Thursday, February 18, 2016

yeah yeah, i suck

The Ironman was November 28th (29th?).  I did it.  Finito.  Never again.

It took me many hours more than projected, partly due to wind on the bike course, and mostly due to the fact that I was completely burnt out and barely trained the last two-ish months before the race.

But I did it, and I now I can say I'm an Ironman.  I've probably already put on all the weight I lost training for it, but....hey, I'll get around to working out again, sometime.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Eat, Sleep, Poop, Repeat

I'm terrible at maintaining this blog.....sorry.

So, it's December 2014.  What has happened? Well, we had a second kid, a little boy.  He was born November 1st.  That keeps us busy.  Season wise, I completed my first 1/2 Ironman, and 2 Olympic distance races (one of them was at sea level, so I cut 20 minutes off of my PR) and one sprint.

This off season hasn't really been much of one....I'm still training six days a week at a fairly decent intensity level.

Coach and I are going to sit down next week and plan out next years schedule.  Oh, for shits and giggles, I entered the lottery for Kona.  Knowing my luck, I'll probably get in, just like my first triathlon ever was a lottery for Escape from Alcatraz.

If I don't get in (hopefully), I'm leaning towards IM Cozumel.  It's usually the Sunday after Thanksgiving, so we'll have the holiday in Mexico.

Sorry I haven't updated in a long time, but my life has been pretty boring....swim, bike, run, repeat.
Now with the new baby, I've added eat, sleep, poop, repeat into the mix...

Thursday, July 31, 2014

It's been a while.....

Sorry I haven't posted in so long.  That's mainly because I'm least when it comes to maintaining my blog.  So what has happened since my last post in February?  Well, lets see...
My training time has increased, and my weight and waistline have decreased.  I'm down to around 200 lbs (90 kilos for the rest of the world) and my pant size has dropped down to a respectable 33.  Considering I weighed around 239 when I started, and was a size 38, I'm pleased with the results so far.

As for races,

I ran a 5k race (and won my age group with a time of 22:58),
I competed in a sprint distance tri with a time of 1:30, and
I competed in an olympic distance tri with a time of 2:59.

Some interesting tidbits: in the olympic race, I cut 7 minutes off of my swim time from the last olympic (in Düsseldorf), 6 minutes off my bike time, and a whopping 10 minutes off of my run time!

I am gearing up for my 1/2 iron distance on September 7th, and for fun I signed up for another olympic distance on September 21st (the day after my 44th birthday).

My goal for the 1/2 iron is a time under 6 hours.

Thanks for reading!

Friday, February 14, 2014

The Miles are adding up

Since I started my IM training on September 2nd,  I have amassed quite a bit of mileage.

I have swam over 45 miles
I have biked over 700 miles
I have run over 160 miles

Almost a 1000 miles under my own power!

-Oh, and (so far) I've lost about 25 pounds!

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Race Schedule, 2014

Today my coach and I planned out my triathlon schedule for 2014.

So far, I'm signed up for:
 Boulder Sprint, June 1st
 Boulder Peak (Olympic Distance), July 13th
 Harvest Moon Long Course (1/2 Ironman Distance), September 7th

She also wants me to do a few running races, and possibly one more tri.

This shit is getting real!


Sunday, December 15, 2013

Swim, Bike, Run, Repeat

It's the off season for triathlon, which means most triathletes take a little time off from training and let their bodies rest and recover from the season.  Since I didn't have a "season" this past year, my Coach isn't giving me an off season.

As the title of this post suggests, I have been biking twice a week, swimming twice a week and running twice a week.  My only off day is Friday, that's when me and the little lady do something fun like go to the aquarium (My gym has daycare, and she loves it).

Some stats:

I've been averaging 50 miles a week on the bike, 2.5 miles in the pool, and about 8-9 miles running.

These numbers will obviously go up the further into the training I get, but the important thing is that I'm injury free.  When I first started racing, I was constantly plagued by calf injuries, which would set me back on my running.  Thanks to our careful build up, I am running pain and injury free (knock on wood).

I've actually gained a few pounds, but I have dropped in pants size from a 38 to a 34, and the 34s are fairly loose.  I can definitely notice definition in my arms, legs and well as a skinnier face and more double chin!

My goal weight that I'm shooting for is 185, based upon my ideal weight for my height and body comp.
I expect some weight to come off once the run miles gets higher.....thinking about doing a modified atkins to help kick start the fat loss.

Thanks for reading, and have a happy holiday season!

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

One month down....

It has been awhile since I last posted, but honestly, not too much has happened.  The general purpose of this blog is to make you the reader laugh...and nothing really funny has happend.  However, a friend pointed out that if I'm not posting, I must not be working out.....well that's not entirely true.

I've made it through a little over a month of my training, except for last week.  Typical for me, I get sick when the season changes.  So last week it was bronchitis and sinusitis, with a good portion of lung-hacking up chunks of what looked like fancy dijon mustard.  YUM!  So in the interest of my continued breathing and living, my coach and I decided to take a week off, which really isn't a big deal this far out.

But we're back at it now, and honestly it felt good to get back in the pool and swim.  It was a shorter workout with lots of intervals...about 1500 yards (ok, shorter than the 1800 I was swimming).

See, I told you..nothing funny to report.  So I hope you enjoyed reading my (really boring) blog entry.