Wednesday, December 31, 2008
There's a long run scheduled but I'll have to fit it in with fires, movies, dips in the hot-tub, mountain views, and maybe a day spent on the slopes. I'm also going to map out my race schedule and training plan for the year. Exciting stuff! Stay tuned...
12/19 - 4 mile run
12/20 - 5 mile run to hospital to visit A's uncle, 3 mile short route home
12/21 - 1.5 hr ride on SoMo at sunset
12/22 - strength and core work
12/23 - hike with parents and sis on SoMo
12/24 - 4 mile run with A
12/25 - Christmas!
12/26 - rest
12/27 - rest
12/28 - 7 mile run w/A, 45 min functional strength training with sis
12/29 - installed new gutters
12/30 - rest
Top 10 ride the other day on South Mountain. So much has been going on lately is was great to get away for a while and ride some empty desert singletrack at sunset. Riding the singlespeed made it an even more pure experience. I really enjoyed the washes and just bombing in and out of everything just going with the flow of the ride. Stellar.
Friday, December 19, 2008
12/11 - 45min ride on trainer
12/12 - rest
12/13 - 9.2 mile run / 20 min trainer / ice-bath in the pool
12/14 - rest
12/15 - Personal training - main set was alternating a pace or incline increase on treadmill every 30 sec, until I reached incline level 6 at 6:00 minute mile pace. Hardest day yet. Puking at your office gym during lunch is not recommended.
12/16 - rest
12/17 - Personal training - another total body day. Just a solid workout. I need to post that day to remember the sequence, #, weights. / 4 mile run after work
12/18 - 30 min on trainer
Since moving to Arizona I've loved having a garage, but it despises organization. Last weekend I made some big improvements with just a little time, a little money, and quite a bit of PVC. Take a look:
Friday, December 12, 2008
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Saturday: I was all set for our long run of the week, but A was feeling lazy and it was contagious.
Sunday: 8.6 miles, I'm pretty sure this is the 2nd longest run of my life. This will all change soon enough.
Monday: active recovery on the foam roller and light weights
Tuesday: 15 mile bike, bosu squats 3 x 10, lunges 3 x 10, calf raises 25# 3 x 10
Wednesday: 5 minute rowing warm-up
3 x (1 min of box jumps, 10 pull ups, 20 pushups, resistance tube shoulder raises)
3 x (1 min plank hand steps, 15 crunches, 10 bosu push ups, 10 seated rows 80#)
3 x (10 skull crushers, 10 overhand pull ups *lat pull downs for last 2 sets*, side crunches)
SMABS - 3 x
30 each - flat, knees bent, legs crossed, 90 degrees
Swiss ball handoff 15
Swiss ball rollers 30 se
Swiss ball balance 30 sec
15 leg lifts
SAMBOB - that's 90 push ups in case you didn't count
Monday, December 8, 2008
"Oh, you do triathlons? That's the Ironman right?"
I'm sure some advertising mogul somewhere hears the cha-ching every time someone asks that question. For those of us who Tri, but not of the Ironman variety there always seems to be a let down with anyone you meet when you explain the distance or event you do compete in. As if the 1500m swim, 35k bike, and 10k run that are XTERRA Nationals in Tahoe are something for your typical weekend warrior and not really that impressive....
Part of my attitude is jealousy. I admit it. Part of it is also probably fear; I'm less inclined to admit to that. This January I'll be running the PF Changs RocknRoll 1/2 marathon here in Phoenix. This will be a big jump for me in terms of my endurance sport career and will mark the longest event I've ever competed in running wise. With all the longer run training, something I needed for next year's XTERRA season anyway, has come this nagging voice in my head that screams Ironman. Now, at this point the whole thing would be just dumb, but that 70.3 distance is sounding pretty tempting.
Is is the recognition? The personal challenge? I think it's a little of both. I raced XTERRA this year and in my first season I made Nationals. Did I have a solid performance at the big dance? No. Is there room for improvement? Tons. But instead of just focusing on XTERRA this next year I'm looking for a little added adventure, some spice, and that may just take the form of a 1/2 Ironman - 70.3.
Friday, December 5, 2008
Let's get caught up:
11/29 - 40 minute run in Papago with Tri Diva, her hubby, and A - breakfast at US Egg
11/30 - rest
12/1 - 3.5 run
12/2 - 1 mile run, 1 hr personal training - total body
12/3 - 3.5 run
12/4 - 1 mile run, 1hr personal training -total body, 2.5 mile run
I'll get back to the specific nitty gritty in the coming days. This will hopefully make for some more intense workouts as well. The main focus right now is the 1/2 marathon, but I'm also thinking of a 1/2 IM in the coming year.
Thursday, December 4, 2008
I started reading your blogs to learn something about triathlon and training. I'm sure that happened somewhere along the way, but today my first jar of PB2 arrived and with it the need for major props to the two of you. This stuff is amazing.
I read about it here, thought it looked interesting, and finally ordered some last week. This stuff is amazing. Thank you!
Friday, November 28, 2008
Saturday - Ultimate tournament / 12 mile road bike
Sunday - 15 mile MTB
Monday - Yoga
Tuesday - 1 mile run / core with trainer
Wednesday - rest
Thursday - 5 mile run
Friday - 8 mile run
1/2 marathon training continues despite the holiday week. John out here last week was great for my riding, but hard on my recovering neck. I've been putting in some hours working on my new bike and stripping my old bike. We had the in-laws over for Thanksgiving and have plans to spend lots of time with friends this weekend. Life as it should be!
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
That whole "taking it easy" part didn't work out this weekend as I had two great rides with John visiting from Nashville and the final end of season tournament for my ultimate frisbee fall league team. I did forgo my long training run for the 1/2 marathon, because I'm sure of all these things that would have been horrible for my neck :).
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
1) I miss racing
2) I miss structured training
3) I have a new race bike
4) I have a new all mountain bike
5) I've been working on my running
6) I have a new triathlon coach
Some of these items, like say #6, might seem to suggest that 2009 would be a lock for XTERRA. More details in coming days, but the most important thing may be that I miss racing or at least miss having races to look forward to. The weather here in Arizona is also amazing right now and making me wish I had some structured training to be out doing in this weather instead of 100+ like it was all summer. Anyway, thanks for reading and more updates soon.
Sunday, November 9, 2008
Sunday, November 2, 2008
Today had it all. I slept in, ate some breakfast poolside, worked on the bikes, and the highlight of the day - riding Papago Park with A. We hit the trail around 11:00 and it was in the upper 80s, but dry, so pretty much perfect. It had been a while since I had ridden with A, she prefers this boring thing known as running.
After getting her ride dialed in, and breaking a brake cable, she got the hang of it again and we had a great mid-day ride.
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Training has mostly consisted of running in preparation for January's 1/2 marathon and thinking about next year and what challenge I'll prepare for. One new addition I'm excited about has been twice a week yoga during lunch here at work. A nice open studio and quality instructor make these twice a week classes perfect for off-season recovery and strength building for next season. I'm also looking to get back in the gym in the coming weeks.
More exciting news on the bike front, but you'll have to check back for that news!
Friday, October 24, 2008
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Until this year every fall brought the end of the competitive club ultimate season. Congrats to JAM, PoNY, Alpha Cobra Squadron, and Guillermo Y Comania for all making Nationals this year. I’ll miss hanging out in
I’m still undecided about next year. Do I return to Ultimate? Do I use my 1st year of XTERRA experience to build an awesome plan of attack for a second year and redemption in Tahoe? Or do I live a more balanced life playing some ultimate, racing some local XTERRA races, skiing, backpacking, and just being active….?
Well, until I make that decision I’ve decided to join A in running the 2009:
I’ll be clear about this – I hate running, but if I want a better 2009 XTERRA season spending time training for this ½ will be a serious plus. If I go back to ultimate or just want to be active in 2009 this training won’t be that bad either. It’s just so much running….
So with my one week of rest after XTERRA 2008, I’m officially training again. Those of you that know me are not surprised at all.
Monday: 30 minute low intensity run
Tuesday:: 30 minute bike / core work
Sunday, October 12, 2008
Saturday, A and I worked for Habitat for Humanity and then I found some time to work on my Singlespeed. I haven't ridden this bike in almost 4 months - a real travesty and a consequence of so much racing and training.
Sunday John was in town so we hit up McDowell Mountain for an AM ride - perfect singlespeed track and tons of fun.
The eats this week have been awesome. I celebrated my one week off-season with Golden Grahams and Little Debbie.
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
I was pretty concerned about the water temperature in
(by waded I meant feet in the water)
The cannon went off and I ran into the water with (315?) other athletes. It was extremely crowded and I had a hard time finding my rhythm. I was breathing every stroke as I planned and the water felt great –seriously. It helped that it was crystal clear and tasted great. The first 300m were way too crowded and not a lot of fun.
After that it thinned out and I could focus on my stroke. I tried standing up too early on my exit from the first lap and should have kept stroking all the way in, but that was my only hang up. I felt strong and fast with no thought of the altitude. This was one of my favorite swim experiences of all time.
(off to T1)
It was a ¼ mile run from the swim to T1. I didn’t leave shoes or a jacket and didn’t feel like I needed either one. I did take my time getting to T1 and got passed by plenty of people sprinting the ¼ mile. I had lots of clothing options in T1, but based on what I saw other riders wearing leaving transition I went for only the UA sleeveless I was wearing under the wetsuit and slid on my bike shorts over my jammers. I had placed hand warmers in my shoes and gloves which felt great on my hands and feet. My core was extremely warm. I’m really disappointed that you don’t get a strict swim split from the swim, because according to my amazing wife/cheerleader/equipment manager I was out of the water less than a minute behind James Walsh and the Diva, but my jaunt to and wardrobe change in T1 tacked on quite a bit of time.
Bike: Yin & Yang
I left T1 feeling strong, warm, and excited to see what this bike course was all about. I fell in behind several other riders and drafted the paved section until the start of the jeep road. Here is where the trouble began.
I’m no weight weenie, but my all mountain rental with a thru axle was quite the porker. I’d dropped the front end down and firmed up the rear shock, but it was still a beast of burden. The sand/gravel road wasn’t helping but I kept a solid cadence and was feeling confident.
Climbing, more climbing, and still more climbing. I hadn’t been training enough for this much granny gear action, but I was still making good progress. I was being passed by the slower swimmers, but stronger riders, and only had to walk twice. I got some nice heckling from passers, “That must be a rental.” Thanks buddy.
The flume trail was everything it is made out to be. One of the most beautiful rides I’ve ever done. I can’t wait to go back and ride it for pleasure since I only snuck one or two glances at the incredible views. I knew I needed to fly on this relatively flat section to make up for my lack of climbing speed, and after passing one slower rider at the dismount section I rode hard and alone until the climbing started again…
(Flume Trail - not my image)
On the Flume section I started to get hungry. I knew this was a bad sign as I had only one GU with me on the bike. I ate it at the end of the Flume trail had enough power to hammer the
(at least it looks pretty?)
I knew it was almost over. Took off my bike shorts, slipped on some mesh ones real quick and I was out. Happy to be off the bike.
I hit the first aid station for some Gatorade and it tasted delicious. I quickly found my legs and lungs and just tried to stay steady until I got some strength back. I was starving. Next aid station I got some GU and water and ate/drank while on the move. I built over the entire run course just getting faster. The twists and turns make it hard to carry any speed, but I could tell such a difference after the initial calories and knew I was going to finish strong.
(best wife ever)