Friday, December 25, 2009
Thursday, December 24, 2009
I rode for an hour and my HR didn't get above 130. I watched the last hour of the movie on my trainer....I know. I eventually looked down at my HR monitor and I was at 106 so I stepped it up a little. Definitely wanted to stay aerobic but that was a little too aerobic. It felt good to go for my stationary ride.
I also signed up for Memphis in May Olympic tri. It's in May. I know. This year's MiM is a qualifier for the USAT Age Group Nationals held at the end of September in Tuscaloosa. My goal is to qualify for that.
I love a goal!
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Jeff lives in the SW corner of Oklahoma, Altus. It's were I graduated from high school. Home of the bulldogs! I digress.
Jeff is a great lover of hunting...he's also very good at it. The picture below is just a few of the monsters he's taken.
We got in Saturday afternoon, hunted that evening and all day Sunday before driving back Monday morning. It was three hunts total, a lot of good conversations and plenty of food. Too much, actually.
Anyway, the Sunday evening hunt was adventurous for Alex. Plenty of deer were in sight but ended up being a little too far to try and take. But lo and behold another predator came on the scene. It ended up about 100 yards away and will soon be on the wall.
Saturday, December 12, 2009
Friday, December 11, 2009
Who passes up 'Five Guys' burgers and fries? I didn't.
I did pass up most of the stores...including D&G, Dolce and...something, I forget. I did take a picture and sent it to my wife. She was jealous.
Friday, December 04, 2009
Tuesday, December 01, 2009
After my first Ironman (Wisconsin, 2007) I decided to run the Little Rock Marathon. I figured, why not. I had already done a lot of running in preparation for the Ironman so that, surely, gave me a jump start on training for just a little old marathon, right?
Well...a funny thing happened on the way to the finish line. Well, O.K. I'll say it, a lot of time elapsed on the way to the finish line, like 4:42:and change. My marathon at the Ironman was 4:57:and change. So the absence of swimming 2.4 miles and biking 112 only netted me 15 minutes.
The truth is I did not train properly for the LR Marathon in 2008. I disrespected the distance. I paid the price and got exactly what I deserved. I will not make that same mistake again.
I'll lay it out right now...my goal for the 2010 LR Marathon is a sub-4. That's already a stretch goal but, what if I could qualify for Boston? I'd have to run a 3:30! Now that's a stretch goal!
Saturday, November 28, 2009
After drinking in the shout-outs and feeling the adrenaline surge kick in it was off for the start of 26.2 miles. Looking back on it now I didn't have the same feeling in Florida that I did in Wisconsin. I remember in Wisconsin feeling that I was never more thrilled to be running a marathon because that meant that I was finally off that bike! I didn't feel that way on this day.
The biggest disappointment after starting the run was that we had to turn left out of transition. Why that was such a big deal to me at the time I'm not sure except that in my mind I had rehearsed coming out of transition and turning right. The entire marathon was right and here we had to turn left out of transition! Oh, the unfairness of it all! That distance wasn't even a tenth of a mile before we headed in the right direction...inotherwords, no big deal!
My marathon strategy was to run 10-minutes and walk one. Run 10, walk one, run 10, walk one.....and repeat. I trained that way based on some research I did stating that people PR'd utilizing that strategy no matter what their PR was. This strategy was suppossed to keep you fresh for the back half of the run and keep your heart-rate in check for the duration. My marathon goal was 4:30:00. My time in Wisconsin was 4:57:50.
Ironman Florida is probably the flatest run course on the Ironman circuit so there were no hills to deal with on this day making it easier to work into a nice stride rate and rythym. My pace to start was a little more than 9-min/mile, a pace that I wasn't going to be able to maintain, but I think I was running on adrenaline to start.
The course was a 2-loop out and back with the first couple of miles in town. From there the map led us though some neighborhoods then a loop through a state park before heading back in for the turn-around/finish. There were aid stations about every mile. These stations were stocked with all sorts of goodies: water, sports drink, gels, pretzels, orange slices, bananas, ice, cold/wet sponges (those were so nice to put in your hat, down your shirt or anywhere else you deemed fit.....it was warm, to me, for the first loop of the run), coke and, later in the day they were stocked with chicken broth. I know, it sounds weird to drink chicken broth during an event like this but it is so good for many reasons. First of all it tastes good. It also provides some quick sodium and it's warm. I took it at 4 or 5 aid stations on my second loop.
People lined the streets at various points of the run which is always great encouragement because they cheer for you whether they know you or not. There's also a section during the run where they place all these signs that family and friends created in the days leading up to the race. So for about a tenth of a mile, on both sides of the sidewalk there are these hundreds of signs sticking in the ground offering encouragement to the athletes. I couldn't believe it but I actually spotted the one my oldest, Alex, created for me!
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Friday, November 06, 2009
Wednesday, November 04, 2009
Tuesday, November 03, 2009
When I look at the calendar it's just a hop-skip-and-a-jump away. But for some reason or another, right now, race day seems a long way off. I guess it's because I'm still at home and the race is in Panama City Beach, Florida. That all changes tomorrow. I will also be in Panama City Beach, Florida.
Today is today, though and there's much to do. The list I made yesterday was mostly completed. Oh, the yard looks great. The oil in the car is fresh and ready to do its job. The loose ends from work are no longer loose.
A new list was made this morning and it looks longer than the one from yesterday. No details today but rest assured that many endorphins will be released as I cross things off.
After the kiddos are off to school I'm going to hit the streets for about a 7 mile run. Gotta recharge my iPod now......OK, that's plugged in and is now recharging. Whew! Hey, I downloaded that new Creed song, "Rain" the other day. I kinda like it.
Today weather.com says Panama City Beach will be partly cloudy with a high of 72 on race day! Even better!
Monday, November 02, 2009
Again, it's Monday of race week and there's so much to do before we leave on Wednesday. The list is extensive:
-get oil changed in car
-buy new bike tire
-put said tires on bike
-get tri gear together (that could be broken down even further)
-tie up some loose ends for work
-tidy up the yard (and have strapping young sons do the same!)
-continue to train (taper) - oh, by the way, love the taper!!!
Having all that stuff to do is not necessarily a bad thing. It certainly keeps the mind occupied with things other than Saturday's 140.3.
I feel good. I feel ready. I'm not even as anxious as I was last week. Saturday's long ride had something to do with that because I felt good off the bike. Oh, and not to mention all the other endless hours on the bike, in the water and afoot on the road!
Weather.com today gives Saturday's forecast in Panama City Beach a '10'. It's supposed to be mostly sunny with a high of 75! Sweet!
Sunday, October 11, 2009
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Next your going to tell me that Brett Favre, the hated Brett Favre who ruled the frozen tundra of Lambeau Field of the hated rival Green Bay Packers, just signed to play for the beloved Minnesota Vikings! Yeah, right! And the miserable Herschel Walker trade never happened, right? OK, so the Walker trade did happen. That one still hurts.
But it's true. Brett Favre is wearing purple. Bizarro world. Helicopters flew overhead yesterday as his motorcade drove from the airport in Minneapolis to the the Vikings' practice facility. Grown men cried and sprinted across parking lots in suits and ties to get a look at the guy who will turn 40 during this NFL season, the guy who they're certain will take the Vikings to their first Superbowl since the late '70s.
Favre is certainly an upgrade from what was on the team's roster before yesterday. The biggest question is, at 40 years old is there enough duct tape and cortisone to keep his right arm attached to his body and on the field for a full 16 games and then, potentially, 3 or 4 more in the playoffs? Time will tell.
There is a bit of excitement in the air for this lifelong Vikings fan. The quarterback issue has finally been addressed for this team....if you call signing a 40 year old quarterback who just had surgery and admits he still has a tear in his right rotator cuff, addressing the issue.
Excuse me, I've got to go tell my teenager to cut the dang grass!
Monday, May 25, 2009
The journey begins tomorrow.
Ok. Let's be clear. The journey really began some time ago. I guess it was when I signed up November 3, 2008 for Ironman Florida 2009. Or was it 3 1/2 years ago when I rode a stationary bike at the gym for the first time with the idea that I'd like to, some day, try the sport of triathlon? Of course, no one knew my plan at the time but me. I didn't want that crazy idea seeing the light of day....at that point. Three plus years and 12 triathlons later, the journey begins tomorrow.
Or did it start January 25, 2009 when I started a 16-week training plan for the Memphis in May Olympic distance race. I do MiM every year as kind of a kick-off to the season. I followed a plan this year not just for the race itself but to get my body prepared for the 'A' race training. And that journey begins tomorrow.
Tomorrow starts week 1 of 24 of my Ironman Florida 2009 training plan. I feel prepared. I feel ready. I feel excited and anxious at the same time. I want to do well. I plan to train hard and consistently.
As I look around my office there are signs of an endurance lifestyle that serve as both reminders and motivation....
...from the two wheels that carry me 112 miles...
...to the shoes that are under me for 26.2....
...to the nutrition that helps sustain my body to go the distance...
...and the reminder that hangs above my office door.
That's my dog Maggie. She doesn't really fit the story but there she was while I was taking pictures. So there's that.
Anyway, the journey begins tomorrow. I'll wake up a little after 5 a.m. and head to the pool for the first of many workouts on my way to becoming an Ironman x 2. I know how far my body has to take me...140.6 miles. Now I want to find out how fast it can take me there!