Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Out of the pool and feeling good. Plenty left in the tank. Maybe that's because I cut the swim to about 1800yds. Halfway through my first 500, someone gets in the pool who obviously can't read the "PLEASE SHOWER BEFORE ENTERING THE POOL!" sign. Ladies and gentlemen please, please, please wash off that nasty perfume/cologne/body spray crap. That stuff just floats on the water and infects my lungs. I almost lost my snack. I had to quit early. let this be a lesson to me, never swim during prime time. Get the workout done in the early afternoon. Sorry about the rant.
It was very chilly and windy early this afternoon. I mean windy. 20-30 knots of wind. Not going to accomplish much more than getting frustrated out there today. Modified schedule. Long bike tomorrow and a swim/bike Friday.
Like many of my friends, I am having a lot of trouble with my feet. I have what I believe to be "semsmoiditus" a real condition. I went to the ortho guy a few years back. The bones under the big toe split apart and cause swelling and a lot of pain. Can you train for an Ironman and not run a step before July. We may find out. I ran 4 miles Tuesday and could barely walk after. Sore and swollen foot. Going to let it heal right before I start to torture myself again. Any suggestions from out there would be good.
Peace. Love.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Okay, folks have been clamoring for an update, so here it goes. More self-indulgence. Thursdays run went pretty well. 4 miles in less than 48 minutes. I know what you're saying, "That's is neither fast nor far." While you are correct, neither am I. It was a good run for me. I know coach is going to bitch, but 2 runs a week for now makes me feel much better. Next run is Tuesday. Long for me 6 miles.
Friday was a short swim. Just enough to get wet. Saturday, as a result of falling into a bottle of vodka the night before, was a waste. It was supposed to be a ride. To make up for it, I went for a 27 mile ride in the hurricane force (15knot) winds and freezing rain (light drizzle and 45 degrees). It still sucked. Penance for skipping Saturday. This week will be a busy one.
I swam 23oo today. 800 of balance drills and 15 main set. Could tell that the balance drills worked and then felt them go away mid set. Going to break up balance drills into smaller pieces placed in the middle of the main set. Tomorrow: long run. Wednesday: swim/20 mile bike.
Thursday: 20 mile bike/2 mile run.
Friday: swim 2500. Saturday: 35-40 mile bike. Sunday: 20-30 mile bike (family picture day, you know).

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Back in the pool. Back feels fine. Tried a new set of opening drills today. Thanks Randy. I'm going to need more practice. Wasn't thirsty after drinking all of that pool water. Swam 1750 yds. Was going for 2k but ran out of time. Kid stuff. Friday will be different. More drills, more intervals. Today was 4oo yds of drills, 5x100 int., 10x500 int., 14x50 int. Felt really good. pretty slow but good. Bike's out of the shop and on the road tomorrow. Even a short ride outside is better than none at all. Get out and ride.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Another week has started and started poorly. Last week ended well. A good enough run. I am not a runner. So , "Why," do you ask, "did you sign up for an event that has a 26 mile run at the end?" I have no idea. I know that I can do it, but I am falling behind. I need to get re motivated and get this weeks work done. Now to my weekend.

After having a good enough run on Friday, I decided to take Saturday off. Lots to do. Then have some fun Saturday night, and finish the weekend off with a long ride at the gym. (My bike should be out of the shop on Wednesday.) We decided to go down to the lake with some friends and stay on their boat. Everything was going great until around 10:00pm when my friend Troy says, "Hey, there's a great big ship floating by." Come to find out, the great big ship was indeed, great big. One of the houseboats moord there decided to take off at 9:30. Much to their chagrin, their engine flooded and stopped shortly after they left the dock. The wind was now carrying them towards the rocks and the bridge. It sounds corny, but we actually rushed into action and stopped the boat from hitting the rocks. Troy, his wife Cindy and I were on the opposite pier and threw ropes to the people on board and stopped it from floating into the rocks, and then towed it by hand down along the pier to secure it for the night.

Here is said boat:

I did in fact strain a muscle in my back. Not so painful Saturday night (beer works), but creeping in Sunday and Monday. I decided to take a few days off and try to get back into the swing of things. I road the bike for an hour today and then tried to run. Running kind of hurt. I'll try again tomorrow and get back into my schedule by next week. No sense pushing too hard and really injuring myself. The "no-work-out" depression sets in. Hopefully, there will be better news tomorrow. Peace out!

Friday, April 10, 2009

This will probably be the last post for the week. I know you are all sad. You sit on the edge of your seat waiting for an update of my ridiculous life. Schadenfreude the Germans call it. I may start to get edgy and include some other sort of rants in here. Life isn't just triathlon training. I'm too tired for that tonight. On to the report. Today was an okay bike. Still inside. Bike is still in the shop. Can't wait to get outside and see some stuff. Riding in the gym is so boring. Same walls, same goofy looks from people wondering if I'm teaching a spinning class and no one showed up. I just have to remember to not sing out loud. Laughing out loud while listening to a podcast is also a no-no.
No schedule for next week yet. Need to look at the kids schedule before I commit to times and such. Tomorrow is a swim and a run. I may actually set my alarm and get up before noon.
Remember, Life is the sum of your experiences, if you don't do shit, you aren't shit.
GOYAADS. Alright, maybe not as catchy as I thought it would be. Until next week.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

All out of funny/cool/intelligent titles for now

Another day, another workout. Coach said their would be days like this. I can hear you laughing and shaking your head. Today was supposed to be a 4 miler. Easy/recovery. It was anything but easy. Walked quite a bit after the first 1.5 miles. Could not keep the heart rate and breathing together. Legs were like lead. I know that my body just needs to adjust to the stress of training this hard. I will get there. I do need to keep reminding myself why I'm doing this. I am not a runner yet. I am still waiting for the breakthrough workout that makes me feel good. Can't wait to get the bike out. I feel like that will be my strong point.
If I can average 15 mph on the bike the ride will be over in 7.5 hours. Way too long. 16mph=7 hours. 17mph=6.5 hours. 18mph (I can hear you laughing again)= about 6 hours. The faster I can get through the bike, the slower I can go on the run. Here are my goals.
Swim 1 hour 40 minutes
T1 25 minutes
Bike 6 hours 30 minutes
T2 25 minutes
Run 7 hours
Total 16 hours
Sounds like a long time. It is. I will be done in less than 16 hours. The power of positive thinking.
On a less positive note. The schedule will be reworked to remove all AM activities after work. Way too hard to do after staying up from 2:00pm until 7:00am the next day. Don't believe me. Try it.

COMING SOON: The cartoon series.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Fatigue is not fatal, but it will slow you down

It comes right back to fuel. Didn't fuel up correctly for today's workout. Did fine on my hour ten minute ride. Still riding at the gym. Not because I'm lazy, but my bike is still in the shop getting overhauled. Should be on the road next week.
Fell drastically short on the 2 mile run. Ended up being a 1 mile shuffle. Not discouraged though. Another lesson learned. Legs are lead-like. They told me this would happen.
Today's workout is fairly important as far as attitude goes. AM swim (drills) and then a PM run. With working a midnight shift, it's going to be hard to workout at 6:30am, but it needs to be done.
Luckily I get to go home right after the swim and sleep like a baby. That part is nice.
Back to nutrition. It is time to start applying the rules that I know. Couple weeks off the booze and back to the natural foods. Green is good.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Monday night/Tuesday morning...whatever

Late at work again. Lacrosse was cancelled for tonight. Weather was too crappy. True to my word, instead of taking the day off, went to the pool. Ladder workout. Swam 50 then 100 then 150 up to 300 and back down. Not too grouling. More of an endurance workout. Should be my Monday workout from now on. Screw days off. Feeling pretty good about the training so far. I should be catching up okay. Plan on adding a couple 100 each week, until I get to 3000 for this workout. Doable.
Finnally starting to get nutrition worked out. Big problem for me. PIZZA IS NOT ENERGEY FOOD. More like running e85 instead of 93 octane. Got to get up to 93. E85 sucks. More tomorrow or later tonight. Back to work monkey.

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Sunday night. 2 hour ride under my belt as well as a ton of pizza. Very much a danger food.
On the schedule for this week.
Monday: rest
Tuesday: Brick (1:20 ride 2 mile run)
Wednesday: am swim; pm 4 mile run
Thursday: 1:30 ride
Friday: am swim; pm 4 mile run
Saturday: long run (How long. ?.)
Sunday: Easter, may be another family day.
I am allowing myself 2 family days and 1 screwoff day each month. Helps with the sanity.
Mondays are an off day for now. My oldest son is into lacrosse and we practice Mondays and then I go right back to work.
If you get to this blog, please comment. Both good and bad. I do have a thick hide and can take just about anything. Also, If you get this through facebook and don't want my updates, don't forget that you can just block my posts. From now until September, nothing much is going to happen to me. Tri, tri, tri, tri...............

Friday, April 3, 2009

Another day and another workout. I haven't posted any schedule yet because my computer has been down. I am up and running again and should have info on here now. Yesterday was a grouling double spinclass workout. Lots of funny looks for the guy who wouldn't get of his bike. It went well and I celebrated by drinking the last of the beers in the house. I will be off the beer after this weekend. Today is a 4 mile run. Nice slow recover run. Kind of cool but good running weather.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Here we go. This is my first attempt at anything like this. How Narcissistic is it that I would think that anyone cared about how I did training for a triathlon.
For those of you who don't know me very well, I have tried dozens of times in the past to "get in shape" and lose the weight that I earned through many long nights of partying. I have signed up for several races and DNS (did not show). I have tried to finish a ton of training plans. Nothing seemed to work. Last year, I talked a few of my co-workers into signing up for the Louisville Ironman race. I am the odds-on favorite to not show on race day. I will show and I will finish and I will NOT pick up cones. I figured this would be a good way to keep everyone updated on my progress and what is working and not working. It may inspire others and it may give someone a little shadefreud while they see the torture that I'm putting myself through. I plan to post my planned workouts for the week and then followup with how they went. I don't plan on posting diet info, but I might if someone thinks that may be helpful. I will also post any race results that I may have, both for myself and my friends that have signed up to do this with me. Tomorrow, I'll post my workouts from this past week and the week to follow. My email address is at the top, feel free to write and tell me how you think it's going.
Thanks for checking in.