Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Monday had a long day at work and had a sick wife. Postponed my ride. Today 750 meter swim in 18:57 in the am. Tonight a 2.18 in 20:18 a 9:36 ave. Felt some soreness today. Didnt know that was there. Then I played some softball. I plan on a 15 mile ride tomarrow.....swim/run thurs fly to OR and move my brother home then well see what the weekend holds as far as training goes.
Sunday, February 22, 2009
I arrived at the race site early to scout. FIESTA ISLAND in mission bay, SD. Literally on the otherside of the bay from sea world. A short drive from the intersection of the 5 and the 8 highways in SD. What did I learn? The place they had listed as the start smelled HORRIBLE. Not like your typical beach smell. I found out later at transiton that they found a dead whale there. They had a huge "perimeter" set up where they burried this whale. They moved the swim to last years start. I decided not to swim it because of the smell and I wasnt checking in to the hotel for a quite a while. Saved my wife the misery of a car with me and that STENTCH. The technical corner I was warned about for the bike was a little challenge. The corner is down and a hard left with the crosswinds its easy to take it too wide. This part of the island is where the perform water ski jumping in the bay. Never seen that before. So I coasted the ride and noticed there was a lot of other coasters out there. I decide to cut it all short and head to movin shoes for packet pick up.
I arrived at packet pick-up to learn some interesting news. First the race didnt have the timing chips they ordered. It was then I let my anxiety go and I realized that this is a nice and easy way to do a race. I dont know these people or this place and I can put my training to the test. They also had to modify the race and change the run. The run was now on the dirt. I had just been by the race site scouting and I noticed there wasnt any dirt on the whole island--IT WAS MUD. wet mud too. The kind of mud that makes the jeep lose its control and I always seem to end up in it. So then I though oh boy should I trash my running shoes or should I get some trail runners? Got some trail runners. After packet pick up decided to try a few shops out and see if they had some tri jerseys for me. I found one that I will to work some more to get into. I have to drop more weight. Had a real nice dinner at a restaurant near the hotel in downtown SD.
I arrived at the start/transition about 4:30. I got my area set up in the dark and cold. As I am setting up I notice them setting up the buoys for the swim. Did I really swim that far in training? Is that 500 yards? Also noticed a person that looked familiar. Turns out parvity from survivor was a competitor. (she beat me too but then she won her division) There was a long walk to the start. I was in the 4th wave. The race starts and I let the more aggressive swimmers for a second or 2. Then I swim. As I sit here I dont remember the swim too much. I am swimming and looking around to not get smacked. Turns out I wasnt even touched once. I am spending too much time looking around and not enough time just swimming. I caught a bunch of people and the winners of the wave behind me caught me. I exited the water screaming my number as instructed. I transitioned to bike a little slow to protect me brain from the "fog." The place where most crashes occur. I think I was one of the fastest on the bike with a ridiulous bike. 5 and 10 thousand dollar bikes are literally FLYING past me. I was going about 20 miles per hour and they were passing me like I was standing still. I did my share of passing too. 3 laps around the island and on the 3rd lap is when I started to feel the fatigue. I transitioned to bike rather fast. Now onto the run, the most familiar of the 3 disciplines. I wanted a pace in the 8's. I couldnt keep my number on the belt. I struggled with it as I ran then decided just to hold it. I was about 3/4 of the way through the first mile when parvity ran past. I had to tie my shoe or I could have hanged with her. She made up the stagger. I passed some people here too. I wasnt happy about the first aid station to be out of water. Oh well. I dealt with out it. I saw a lot of people heading the other direction as me which means that I didnt finish last! What a funny thought. I finished with no soreness, no pain, and only just fatigue. 10 min later I was feeling great. I think the olympic distance is more of where Im at. Julie looked over the shoulder of the girl writing down times and it said 1:39. Which means if you subtract 12 min for the wave start then I finished in a about 1:27. Some 2 and a half minutes under my goal. The results will be available soon. All in all a good race. I picked up some details about transition that I didnt see as a spectator.
A funny story. One guy in the college race (the defending champion) broke his goggles 1 min before the start. He ran back to transion (3-4 minutes) and couldnt find anyone who had back up goggles. He did the swim without goggles, did the backstroke the whole time for fear of an infection from the water on his contacts, and still finished the race in 3rd place. He came out of the water 4-5 minutes behind. CRAZY! (more to come in the next few days)
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
not as technical as karl but check this out anway
My plan is to work 3/4 day tomorrow, drive to Murrieta, Ca and hang with Julies cousins. Fri drive to race site and swim 5-10 min in the water, I want to feel it. Then ride a lap or 2 of the course to feel it. Then do a 5-10 min run just to feel it. I WANT TO FEEL IT. Then pick up my packet and do some shopping. Id like a new tri top. Something to make me feel good. Saturday kick ass. Sunday recover see how I feel. Drive home. DONE. quote:
The vision of a champion is a guy who is bent over, gasping for breath, dripping in sweat, when no one is watching.
my favorite quote of all time
Sunday, February 15, 2009
Swam 2310 yards and 810 was open
Bike 18.6 miles plus 60 min on the trainer
Run 10.64 miles
I don't think you can ever will yourself to win. I think you prepare yourself the best you can, get yourself in the best mindset you can get in, and go after it!
Jack Nicklaus - Six-time winner of the Masters
IM READY. Im prepared. The distances, the disclines, the hardwork is in. What I dont know is the race specific stuff. What will be like to swim with all those people? Will I notice a difference in the swim in the ocean? What about riding with lots of people? It will be an experience. I am excited and prepared. Lets do it.....I wil be a TRITONMAN
Sunday, February 8, 2009
swam a total of 2300 meters or 1.4 miles
Rode a total of 30.33 miles
Ran a total of 8.29 miles
More bike and more run this week while fighting off a cold. Way more miles than any of the schedules I was following more like an intermediate version of my first race. I found some new programs and I an going to steal ideas from each. So my weekly format is going to change a bit. Long ride on mondays, swim in the am on tue then run in the pm, another longer ride on wed, thurs am swim pm run, rest fri, open swim/ride on sat, brick on sunday. More riding and running in the weeks to come. I also modified my bike today by moving my seat 1 inch back to allow more "tuck" room. I am going to get some speen outa that bike. Must move fasta....quote:
"Most people run a race to see who is fastest. I run a race to see who has the most guts."
This week took guts to get through...come on spring
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
The rewards for those who persevere far exceed the pain that precedes the victory.
Karen Bliss Livingston – Elite road racer, captain of the Saturn cycling team
sounds about right when I feel like crap.
Sunday, February 1, 2009
swim 3050 yards and 500 of those open
bike 19 miles in 1:30:36 all on the river mountain loop trail
run 6 miles in 58:01
2 softball games and several strength training
Swam 12, 250 yards or 7.6 miles
bike 56 miles plus trainer and spin class
run 31.26 miles
What I was thinking is during my long run sessions for the next race (RAGE in the sage april 18, 2008) I will prepare for a half marathon. and for the half silverman I will include runs to prepare for phoenix rnr marathon. I mean if I have my runs up to 15-16 miles then 2 months I can get that mileage up to 20 ish. just add more running miles?
"Whether I fail or succeed shall be no man's doing but my own. I am the force; I can clear any obstacle before me or I can be lost in the maze. My choice; my responsibility; win or lose, only I hold the keys to my destiny." ---Elain Maxwell
bring it on.....