Saturday, June 28, 2008
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
See you all soon, or maybe you'll see me on Ironmanlive.com.. !!!!!
Sunday, June 15, 2008
Taper has been everything as expected. Feeling cooped up and resting all week does have it's disadvantages. It gives you lot's of time to think if you have done enough to make it to the finish line of 140.6 miles. I guess this could be looked at as a positive thing as the mental game of Ironman must be considered. There are types of situations to think about and realize that you must handle them with calmness and patience's. Keep moving at all costs! I have actually enjoyed Taper, maybe, too much as my workouts this week were really short or non existent but either way the time has come and no amount of training, either short, long, intense or easy can make me any more ready for next Sunday!
As I am checking the weather forecast, it seems it keeps changing and now there looks like some rain is possible, 30% on one forecast and 60% on another. Can we really predict what the weather will be, humm, probably not but does it really matter in the grand scheme of Ironman? No. B/c just like all the other athletes out there we will all enter the water, rain or shine!
This week I will look to finalize my packing and lists to make sure I have everything. I will pack up my bike on Wednesday and come Thursday it will be time to go. The week will be short but also long in anticipation. I will be looking to hit Lake CdA on Friday to really get a feel for this cold water.
Today, Father's Day, I enjoy the time with my dad and talking about the race and listening to the last minute mental strategies and any advice he can provide. He and Mom will be watching that day and I know he will be glued there all day!
until next time...
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
Monday, June 09, 2008
I was able to get a 2 OWS swims in with Formulaic and the Mrs. and what a great experience as the first one brought nice big waves and the 2nd brought smaller faster waves. Rounded out the 1.2 mile swim in 52 mins swimming with the waves and against so it was great experience and a nice slow time, wait, I am slow! HA! And I was also able to try out the Neoprene head cover which really worked even though the water was only about 64-65*.
On Saturday morning Formualic came over nice and early and we were out the door on my side of town heading to Red Rock for a nice easy 60 miles. The wind was kicking from the left for the first nine miles which made the gradual grind it out uphill climb not as fun as it usually is, yes, it's FUN! But when we made the turn onto the loop we had a little push through that part of the course. There were some of the Las Vegas Tri club peeps out riding and I was able to talk to a few, one who gave me a few ideas/suggestions for CdA as he took the Dave Scott Seminar when he did IMFL07. At one part of the loop where we have some nice down hill I pushed the HR and was able to catch a guy that had dropped me earlier on one of the climbs. Soon after Form and I made our way back to the house and quickly performed a T2.
As we set out on the run it was feeling nice and hot and even with sun block it didnt take long to start playing the HR game. Run until the HR gets too high and than walk to bring it back down. I started with 6 mins runs and 1 min walk but again with the heat I wasnt able to keep cool long enough to keep my HR down. So anyway, Form was nice enough to run with me and once finally over heating and getting sun burned I stop at 5 miles. Oh, Form had these DeSoto White Arm Coolers (compliments of Mrs. Form, ur so spoiled Form) that were pretty neat and he said they totally kept him cool, although I am not sure how as the boy didn't even have a hat! Dude, get a hat!! lol..
Well what can I say, I am overheating and inside and Mr. Badass Form with the DeSoto Arm Coolers went outside to run up and down my streed like 7 1/2 times!! to round out his mileage to 8. Way to go dude!!
Sunday I rode on the trainer for about an hour messing with my seat again and my aero bars and I feel finally 85-90% comfortable! It will have to do for CdA and now I am worried that when i break the bike down for plane shipping I'll be back at 60-70% cuz I wont be able to get it back in the right spots. But I am going to mark every freakn` angle and distance there is!
This week finds more cut backs and rest! Yes!
And as posted on the IronmanCdA Peeps bloggers site, I had to order these b/c I figured if we can use them why not get them before I get to CdA and pay 2-3x as much!
Thursday, June 05, 2008
Monday, June 02, 2008
This comes from a long day in the saddle on Saturday when I went over to Dave’s house and got set up on his computrainer. I set everything up just like race day will be and started plugging away at the 1st of 2 loops but only planning on doing the 1 loop. Inside Dave’s garage it was getting a little warm, although out of the direct sunlight I timed my bottle refills and bathroom breaks with the actually course and only stopped where there were such things. I did have to stop a couple of extra times and mess with the damn seat again as it was totally uncomfortable and giving me problems! I don’t think I ever got it 100% but it stop bothering me for short periods of time and I was able to “deal” with it.
As I cranked through the 25-40 miles where the Hills are for this course my avg. speed dropped as expected and by the time the last 15 miles came I was ready to crank it back up but kept my HR where it should be and finished the 56 miles at 3 hrs 33 mins. I decided I should keep going as Dave as not back from his ride so I restarted the trainer and away I went for the 2nd lap. Dave showed up when I was around mile 68 by which time I had started up the tv with the Tour de France of Lance winning #7 and was just cranking away. We chatted a bit and he went inside to do what he had to do. By this time I was ready to feel what I was going to feel like come the Hills and soon I was finding out! As I went into the just pedal and watch tv zone I really began to get tired but next thing I knew I was out of the hills and heading back into town.
The last 15 miles are pretty flat with mild down grade and I was ready to get off the bike as I was out of Gatorade and my seat was still bothering me! So the end of the 2nd loop, time: 3:45 mins. Total 112 miles = 7:18 of Actual Moving time, but with seat changes, bathrooms and stretching just cause, it was 7:45.
Thoughts: This course is a little tougher than I was expecting but if the trainer provides a harder bike than I will be more mentally and somewhat physically prepared. I was not looking to be on the bike this long but again if I am than I know not to panic as I will be within all the cutoff times even if I come out of the water 2:18 mins and get on the bike by 9:30am, worst case scenario.
I will make it to the run and from then on it will be just get to the end, so SWTRIGAL I will be looking for you.
But what an accomplishment, 112 MILES ON THE FREAKN` BIKE TRAINER!!!!!!! YEA!!!
I was so tired on Sunday that I didn’t even run, I slept and ate and slept some more. Today I feel better and will look to get some short runs and swimming in as the bike mileage drops out and we get closer!