Sunday, April 10, 2011

Racing Paradise

Well I returned this picture back as my header for a reason. I rode the famed Queen K highway while on vacation a few years ago and my wife snapped this lovely picture. While my Ironman World Championship dreams are a ways away, the Kona 70.3 is just a click away. After RAGE this weekend I will be on the clock with IRONMAN 70.3 Hawaii. I have a good buddy and his son who moved back and I will be mostly visiting him. My wife and I get away, we get to hang with good friends, and I get to race "in paradise (as the website says)." I am pumped.

The direction of this blog is working its way out. My side job as a faculty member and teaching a class on running is getting some publicity. People are interested. I was not sure what to make of it. There are definitely some big things coming out of that. If you do not know what I am talking about here is my profile. Here is the link for class personal development. Stay tuned for my next post on that blog. It should be up sometime soon.

My week:
Monday-pushed my swim to watch national championship game. Darn Butler.
Tuesday-4 Miles easy run and long swim. Sully and I just hanging out and getting some miles in. Then in the pm long swim. 1500m time trial. Here are 250 m splits: 5:53, 6:44, 6:29, 6:41, 6:41, 6:45, ave 6:32, and total 39:15. Not really happy about it since it is not any better than last year. Hmm...may be its because I dont want to swim? lol.
Wednesday-Strength training. I have put together some functional body weight strengthening and combined a few programs to make up my own super program. I am shooting for 2 X week.
Thursday-4 miles with the dog.
Saturday-Bike/Run brick. Since the routes for RAGE this year are going to be very different mostly harder. I wanted to feel them. So 25 mile bike on a new course with more hills. 6.2 mile run on a new course with more up but it is out and back. Up 3, down 3. The cold, wind, and increased hills led to a slow bike. Cold, wind, and sore/tired calf had a slow run. I sure hope this is not what is in-store for me on saturday.
Sunday-Volunteer and long open water swim. Today the Western US Xterra championships. Fun to watch great athletes fly right by me while I kayak. I wish I could have stuck around or messed around on the courses. Seems like a "fun" bike ride and a "fun" bike. I heard they are ridiculous. I met a small group of friends for a long swim. 1500m open. Seemed like it was longer than 1500 m. My pool is much faster. That usually isn't the case. I just couldn't get into it. It was cold. Weather was gorgeous. I had fun and stuff but swimming wise is was ok. Quote:

“Hawaii has always been a very pivotal role in the Pacific. It is in the Pacific. It is a part of the United States that is an island that is right here.”
Dan Quayle

Thanks Dan.


Karl Stutelberg said...

I hate to sound negative here but I have said it before and I'll say it again, there just isn't enough running going on here. I know you are building back up but, 4miles, 4 miles, and a 10k? Run 4 miles with Sully, then drop him off at home and do another 4! That strength training program can and should be done the same day as an easy run or swim. Why not do it at home in the evening and you and Julie can do it together. See how many reps you can do total in a half hour. If you are only running that day why not make it at least an hour. A 4 mile run should be combined with something else (swim, bike, strength training). You could almost call it a rest day. I hope that lit a fire. You can handle more...lots more.

Kimberly said...

To me, the best place to race is actually where the Dakar is held: Argentina. It has the best roads, routes and paths. Besides, you see the most beautiful landscapes.
I remember when I travelled there, I rented an apartment in buenos aires and it was great because it was located in fron of the Botanical Garden. The green of the vegetation made my day every day!

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Ulyana said...

Love the bio!! VERY impressive! Congrats on the class, sounds like so much fun.

I'm with you... "Thanks Dan".. hahaha!