Sunday, July 24, 2011

Another part of the balance routine....

At the lake this weekend with the family and freinds. Besides our family of three, my freind is here with his son and their 3 dogs. On top of that his brother in law is here with his three kids his two dogs and the grandparents dog that they are sitting for. But wait that's not all he also brought two freinds of his son, His sister with her daughter and the daughters boyfreind AND another dog. So for a grand total in the ~1200 sqft cottage we have: 7 adults, 5teenagers, 2 kids, and 7 dogs! Good times for all. I did manage to get in a very hilly 6 mile run yesterday morning. And hopefully will go back out again this afternoon before we leave.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Big day in the mountains

Not for me but for the boys in le Tour. I'm home watching the Tour live. I started doing this a few years ago. Each year there is a "Queens Stage" that has the huge mountain stages and will most likely decide the race. Got up early this morning to ride a little and now just watching the stage with a big cup of coffee. Training is starting to pick up with my consistency going better this week. The heat has been miserable this week and no real end in sight.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Not much happening here lately. Since pulling out of IM the motivation to really train has been low. I've kept running a little and get on the bike once or twice a week. I did a sprint race last Saturday and took third overall. I told myself that I would get back at it this week but when the alarm went off this morning I didn't stick with it. I've been staying up to late and my internal clock is off. I had finally gotten adjusted to DST after a month of struggling but now it feels like I'm back to "real" time. Maybe once the Tour is over I won't stay up watching so much TV. Speaking of the Tour John Hoogerland is a STUD. See the pics below.

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Ironman is out

It is official, I have withdrawn from IM Louisville. I've just accepted the fact I am not meant to do long races in hot conditions. I fooled myself into thinking I could learn to overcome it this summer. However the mild temps at Racing for Recovery putting my in the hurt locker for 6 hours proved otherwise. I gave myself 3 weeks to really think it through and the decision feels right. I'll get back in the swing of things here and find some shorter (Oly and Sprint) races to do. That has always been my real strength. I want to really build some fitness for a fast 1/2 marathon and then cyclocross season. Unfortunately this mornings run felt really sloppy not hard but not smooth either. I guess that is what comes with "variable volume trainging"(borrowed that term from Joghard) the last 2 1/2 weeks.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Pokagon Triathlon

I had decided to do this race if I didn't get hung up running registration. Besides the timing guy oversleeping and getting us the chips 30 minutes late packet pickup went very smoothly. I decided to jump in the race and see what would happen. I wasn't really expecting much since I left the park at 8:30 on Friday night drove home and then let De talk me into meeting her at a school party. We got to be around 11:30 and were up at 5:00. Water was cold at 64 degrees but not a problem after the first few minutes. I lost some time taking off my wetsuit but still came out of the water around 24 minutes. For the bike I didn't have time to set up the race wheels and then forgot to pump up my tires before the race. Still felt strong and made up ground on the leaders. Actually I think I pushed a little to hard on the bike and didn't have the speed I wanted for the run. This is a very tough run course with lots of turns and constant hills. Felt good overall with my performance.

Results: 2nd overall 2:16.xx

Friday, April 29, 2011

16 years ago today......

I pledged myself to the most wonderful woman in the world. I wouldn't be the man I am today without her and I feel thankful everyday that she has stuck with me. I love you De.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Feeling pretty good lately. The weather is starting to warm up and we had 2 days in a row with sunshine! That is almost unheard of around here lately. My training is going well. Despite having missed some workouts, I feel stronger/faster. The six week focus on VO2 was more difficult than I expected. I liked that style of workout at first but it seemed to wear on me more as the block progressed. I didn't make any gains on the bike but cut 32 seconds off my 5k test. Now it's back to threshold work and I'm feeling strong again. I think it's down to 18 weeks until Louisville but I've managed to not focus or really even think about it yet and that is good.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

What a lucky weekend!!

Above is a picture of the motorcycle I won last night at the Supercross races in Indy. The Traxxas rep said it will probably take 30-45 days to get the bike but I probably won't even ride it. It will get sold and the cash is going towards a new mountain bike and some other toys for the family. However it may have to go for a little test ride before it is gone ;) What an incredibly lucky day. Beer with old freinds, good races, and a new motorcyle(mountain bike).

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Well the first 8 weeks of the training plan are finished now. I did a second FTP test on Tuesday and am quite psyched by the results. I had a 47 watt gain over the last 8 weeks. But I also realized in analyzing the results that I misread the results last time. I've been doing the workouts based on thinking my FTP was 250 when it was actually 186. I guess I just wanted to kick my ass to get started. I adjusted the power zones for today's ride and it was quite evident that I was over reaching. 80-85% felt much more sustainable. Lessons learned. Now it's time to move on and build from here.

Monday, February 21, 2011

A Decision has been Made

I am officially entered in Ironman Louisville. Race date is August 28, 2011. Let the fun begin.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

All is well.

Training is going really well. I'm really enjoying the plan from EN so far. The only thing that is starting to bug me a little is almost every run is interval based. I'm starting to miss just going out and running. I know this is more focused and productive but being a runner at heart sometimes I just want to run to run. I'm supposed to go into a 6 week VO2 focus after next week but I may throw in a week of just cruising runs and rides. Time to put the munchkin in bed. Later.

Sunday, January 30, 2011

I feel the start of something good...

I'm 3 weeks into the EN Outseason plan and starting to feel the work paying off. Finally starting to shake the sinus infection with the help of some antibiotics. It's always fun to do the fast hard work so I think that is part of the appeal of this plan. Now the hard part is making a decision on a season goal. Ironman or ???? Louisville is still open but won't be open for long I suspect. I need to make a decision NOW!

Thursday, January 20, 2011

It's been a weird week. Had some weird pain in my right knee that wouldn't go away for over a week. I skipped a few workouts last week and did some extra stretching but it just hung on. I think I ramped up the intensity too quickly and it bit me in the ass. Able to workout this week but it is just in the background a little. Being careful to do more stretching and keep it in check. I like the limited hours and structure of the EN plan so far but it is weird to do such intense workouts this time of year. Had to do a run on the treadmill yesterday because it was just ice everywhere outside and impossible to do the speedwork required.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

First Post of the New Year!

Well the first week of 2011 is over and today is Gavin's 5th birthday! Unfortunately he came down with a bad fever this afternoon. So we've had to postpone his party from tomorrow until next week. Below is a picture of the truck that I painted up for Gavin. He wanted a Batman party and I am giving him one of my old RC trucks as a gift so got a new body and painted it up. A shame it will end up destroyed but that's the way it goes with plastic bodies.

I've decided to purchase an EN training plan and give it a go this year. They specialize in 1/2 and full Ironman training but their Outseason plan is supposed to be great for building speed for the shorter races as well. I'll be putting my training log stuff here this year as I gave up on Buckeye It just got too slow after his redesign and I couldn't keep up with entries when it was so slow. Basically going back to pen and paper for the logging.