Thursday, July 29, 2010
Saturday, July 24, 2010
I've got to say that I really enjoy being on the trails more than I do on the roads. Maybe it's just because I've seen nothing but my tri bike since the winter, but being on the trails and tackling some rough and technical trails is so much more enjoyable than just pedaling nonstop on open roads. I guess the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence, but I definitely see some off road tris in my future.
My runs here in Saranac Lake have been nothing short of magnificent. I'm dealing with some niggles in my foot recently, so I've had to be careful, but running around such a beautiful area has reawakened my running bug. I felt like a kid today, just running purely out of joy. Didn't bother with the GPS or heart monitor, just let my enjoyment dictate the pace. I imagine this is what running is suppossed to feel like:).
After the run I hoped in the lake for a quick 10 minute swim. I had planned to go much longer, but again a little niggle in my shoulder has caused me quite a bit of discomfort lately. It kept me up through much of the night aching badly, and its only made worse by swimming. Guess rest is the best thing right now, but I still couldn't resist getting in the water just for a little bit today.
Being up here really makes me not want to go home. I'd love nothing more than to just live simply in the mountains-no tv, no cell phone, and just my bikes and running shoes. Life seems so much simpler and more important up here. Hmm, maybe some day!:) Gotta start scouting out places soon... :)
Friday, July 23, 2010
As for me, I'm taking this time up here to train, but while slightly changing the pace of things a bit. I don't have a ton on my schedule, but I am taking advantage of the mountainbiking trails while I'm up here. I haven't had much of a chance to ride the trails this summer, and since it's one of my favorite things to do, I figured this weekend, with only about 4 hours of riding would be a great opportunity. I got the green light from my coach (provided I didn't do anything stupid!) so here I am.
Yesterday I was able to get out for about an hour and a half on some of the most technical trails I've ever ridden. Long, rocky ascents and descents-made slick from the recent rains-and tough switchbacks. With my 29er (and rusty skills from not riding all summer) it made for tough goings in the begining, but once I got into my rythm and found my confidence, riding was a lot more enjoyable. Today is a longer 3 hour ride that I'm looking to do on some trails near the Olympic Training Center. From what I've heard from the locals, they're a bit more tame, and mostly on the Cross Country ski trails used in the winter. While I definately love the technical rocky stuff, it'll be nice to do a long ride on some more wide open trails. The scenery is beautiful so I'll try and bring my camera to share some pics.
Back to the Ironman, I'm super excited to watch Anne race on Sunday. I have no doubt that she'll do great and I'm looking forward to running around the course all day finding places to scream encouragement at her!:) Yeah, I'm gonna be "that" guy!:) Also, I'm sure I'm probably going to find myself on the line Monday to sign up for this race for next year. In retrospect, I'd wish I'd signed up for this race last year instead of IM Louisville. I'm sure Louisville will be a blast, but seing the course here as well as the atmosphere, I'd have to say that doing this race is definitely a priority for me. A HUGE priority that is!
That's about all for now. I'm looking forward to getting out on the mountainbike today and then relaxing this evening and drinking some PBR:). Tomorrow is a swim and hour long run, followed by and hour and 45 minute run on Sunday while Anne is out on the bike. Good times!
Thursday, July 15, 2010
While my super girlfriend Anne is cooking dinner, I thought I'd take the chance to be a good boyfriend and write my blog for the day:).
So yesterday got done. It was busy with the trip to the city, but I still managed to get in some decent training and am happy that my legs came around so quickly from this past weekend's Rhode Island 70.3. In speaking with my coach and looking at my power numbers, I could have gone a bit harder on the bike. I'm happy to see that my pacing was my downfall and not my ability. I did feel like I was holding back quite a bit, but this was my first race using my power meter so I guess I'll just have to get used to it. I thought it would have been fool-proof but I'll have to think again. Any time you race with something for the first time you'll have to get used to it. I'm just glad that I had the chance to get a bit of a feel for it before IM Louisville.
On the run side of things I know that my downfall was nutrition. Again, I felt great, but didn't have that extra kick needed in the final 10k. In my previous best half iron distance race, I was able to ingest approx 600 cals on the run and set a personal best. For Rhode Island I only ingested 240 cals and was stuck at Ironman pace for the entire run. I never bonked, I just didn't have the "go" that I needed. Also, another indication that I was a bit low on fuel was the fact that I wanted to eat my own arm in the final parts of the run. As I told my coach, I would have eaten a cheeseburger if someone had offered it to me out on the course!
So for the pic of my mountain bike up top, I've decided to do some Xterra races in the future. Nothing "technically" on the schedule for right now, but it's something I can't wait to do in the future! While my focus is totally on Ironman Louisville for the next month and a half, I think the mountain biking will be a great release from triathlon once the race is over. So basically what I did was take my singlespeed setup, replaced the fork with a RockShox REBA shock, and threw some gears and shifters on it and created a proper 29er racing bike. It's still relatively light and hopefully fast. I've never ridden with gears or any suspension so that should be a lot of fun. Since I was keeping up with my buddies on my singlespeed I'm excited to see how fast I can go now that I've got some extra fire power! Should be interesting.
As for training today, things went smoothly with an open water swim and an interval session on the bike. Power on the bike is good and I've made a breakthrough in my swimming. I guess when you've done something (swimming) badly for a while you're bound to make some improvements somewhere! Tomorrow is another swim (back to the pool-yuck!) and threshold bike session. Looking forward to the bike, but not the swim. Why can't all swim sessions be open water swims!!!???
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Anyway, that's the day. At least things are going to be moving along!
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Wednesday, July 7, 2010
I started making excuses about what I should be doing. I started to think about different paths to take, and different things that maybe I was "more correctly suited to". In other words, my confidence hit a low and instead of digging myself out of the hole, I thought of ways to quit. The problem with that is that I'm way to much of a stubborn bastard to quit. The last thing I quit was football in the fourth grade (only to pick it up again in highschool and college!), and I wouldn't dream of repeating that incidence all these years later.
So what have I written in the past two paragraphs? Basically I hit a hole and now I'm out of it. I realized that there is a light at the end of the tunnel and that what I'm going through is normal. Everyone that made anything of themselves, either in sport or in life has been hit with some obstacles. Winners don't think of ways to quit. Winners overcome obstacles and failures. Winners get hit, and hit, and hit, yet still stick around and show up each and every day ready to battle in order to progress.
Ok, so enough with the mushy, "Gatorade commercial" talking crap. The proof is in what you do, not what you say. I've been able to turn things around the past couple of days and I'm happy to be a triathlete again. Success will come with consistency, and that's really one of the only things you have control over anyway. Show up, come to play, and eventually, you'll get what you want. It may not happen every day, but in the end, the reward will be worth the journey.