Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Ironman CDA 2010

Im finally able to sit at my computer and write a little something about my last week.
Cathlene and I made it to Spokane Washington last Saturday rented a car and drove to Coeur d'Alene to pick up our tshirts and wristbands for volunteering on Sunday. The town was beautiful. I loved it there. If it wasn't cold I could live there for sure. Anyways, we were set to volunteer from 11:30am to 5:30pm at transition aid station.
We got to the race site right after the pro wave took off. It was a little chilly and windy. Found a good spot on the pier to watch the race and settled in to film and take some pictures. The start of the race is just as chaotic as everyone describes but super awesome to watch. 2000+ people running into the water is freaking cool. We were able to catch the first few pros come out of the water and get on their bikes. We watched them for a bit then made it back to the swim to see the final age groupers come out of the water. The energy was amazing seeing/cheering in the last few swimmers before the cutoff time. I admit,, I shed a few tears, I wanted them to make it sooo bad. About 10 people were still in the water when the time was up. It was heartbreaking seeing them be told they could not continue.
We sat on the bike course until 11:30 when we went into transition. This was really cool! We were right there when the pros came in off their bike. I filmed alot of the first few pros in T2. We saw Kate Major who came in 2nd out of the female pros and Amanda Lovato. I even had to point Amanda Lovato in the right direction to the portapotty. wooohooo!!... It was fun seeing everyone come into T2 and trying to help out as much as possible. I think I learned alot about the transitions by working this area. When 5:30 came around, no more bikers were allowed to continue the race.. Cat and I went to eat our free volunteer food and by this time it was raining. So now its rainy, windy and cold... You could tell this sucked big time for some of the athletes.
We stood in the bleachers for a little bit cheering in some finishers at the finishing shoot, walked up and down the last half mile to the finish and then decided to grab some beer at a bar right on the course. This was very nice. very very nice. out of the rain drinking beer and watching runners pass by.
Around 10:45pm we started making our way back to the finishing shoot to stand on the bleachers and cheer in the last finishers. THIS was super freaking awesome!! The time went by sooo fast and the energy was again amazing. It was awesome seeing Mike Reilly announce "YOU ARE AN IRONMAN". The last couple of finshers made it in with the help of the crowd... Its hard to describe how awesome and how much energy the finish line had. These last few minutes were really great and I'm so glad we stayed until the last guy made it in. The last guy was actually 3 or 4 minutes over 17 hours. Sucks that he doesn't get an official time but the crowd tried to make up for it. Mike Reilly still announced him in but did not say "you are and ironman" and one finisher that stayed to see the last finish offered to give this last guy his finishers medal. . What a great guy!...
We got up the next day to go down and sign up for next years race. They had already started signing up but I was able to move right to the front of the line with my volunteer wristband and get signed up in just a few minutes!... So now, today, I just finalized my registration... I am signed up for Ironman Coeur d'Alene 2010!!!!! Can I get a mofo Hell to tha yeah!!!! I cant wait to cross that finish line. I have been dreaming of it ever since. .. not sure when my training truly starts or how this next year will pan out but who cares!!,, It will come and I will be ready.. im super stoked! So wish me the best and hopefully I can entertain/inspire you during the process. June 27th 2010 IMCDA!!

The next day we flew to Puerto Vallarta for our belated honeymoon (~6months later) and relaxed and drank lots of beer on the beach. What a great trip.. Couldnt be better....

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Tejas Triathlon

This past Sunday I competed in the Tejas Sprint Triathlon in Sugarland, TX. My wife also was on a relay where she did the bike portion of the tri. Her team along with Shannon and Katy placed 3rd female in the relay!!

I started off the race weekend on Saturday by going to Galveston with family. I sat on the beach and had a few beers in the hot sun. Sounds like an awesome day huh?? Well I "caught" this horrible migraine headache, probably due to dehydration and not eating properly.. (Cathlene hates when kids say they "caught" something,, cramp, etc. haha).. My neck was also killing me so I took some good drugs hoping it would make the pain go away.. Didn't happen,, just made me nauseous and we had to pull over 3 times on the way home so I could puke my guts out. Twice we didn't make it but I had my trusty plastic bags in my truck so yeah you know... Got home, took Tylenol, packed my race bag and slept...

600 yard swim, 11 mile bike, 3 mile run
I felt awesome when 4:45am rolled around. We took off shortly to the race and I ate crackers and drank Gatorade/hornet juice on the way. The transition area always sucks in my opinion. The end of the rack is marked with a set of #'s and you don't have a specific place on the rack for your bike. I hate when your specific spot isn't marked for your bike. Lucky me I get the far end of the rack which explains my transition times.

I started the swim on the far side behind one person. It was a wadding start.. I only had a few people bother me during the swim from swimming zig zag and grabbing my ankles. The swim was and always is longer than 600 yards at Tejas.
Swim time 12:35 @ 2:05/yard (650 yards would put me closer to my average pace)

T1 = 1:16,, bike shoes on, sunglasses on, helmet on, grab bike and go

The bike was a flat out and back with a slight headwind on the way out. I think I passed one person in my age group and as always got passed by a few. I really need to get out more on the bike if I want to be more competitive. First in my age group averaged 25Mph.
Bike time 31:15 @ 21.1MPH

T2 = 0:58,, same as always, come in barefoot, rack bike, take helmet off, shoes on, grab hat and race belt while running out.

The run felt really good. I passed around 4 people in my age group including a guy who averaged 23.4MPH on the bike and ran a 7:40 pace on the run. I caught up to him with about 1/5 mile to go. I passed him but he hung on my heals and re-passed me with around 100 yards to go. I knew I had him so I stayed right behind him and with 50 yards to go turned on the burners and made a good sprint past him. I wish I would have been around a 6:50 pace but will take my time.
Run time 20:59 @ 7:00 pace

I ended up 14th in my age group out of 48 and 101 overall. At first my results weren't showing up but after talking with the timing peeps they got it figured out. Also, Cats relay team showed 4th place for them on the posted results at the race but ended up in 3rd later that night when results went online.. Something was wrong with the timing that day but I guess they got it all figured out. I hope they get their awards..
NO beer at the finish sucked!! but at least they had pizza..

Friday, June 5, 2009

August 18, 2007

Ive been thinking about this a lot lately and thought I would post my story... It helps to put things out there sometimes.

My sister and I were out on a training ride for our first half iron distance triathlon. After about 56 miles we were heading back home (~5miles to go) through a neighborhood that we frequently pass through. I was going down a hill when a suburban turned left onto a side street in front on me. I do not remember anything from about 15 minutes before the wreck to about 2 hours after the wreck. I am told that I smashed into the side of the suburban busting out the back seat passenger side window. My sister said when she rode up on me I was lying down, holding my shoulder and saying it was hurting pretty bad. My arm was bleeding pretty badly so she took her cycling shirt and wrapped it around the open wounds. She said I kept asking what happened and where we were. The ambulance arrived and strapped me down onto a spine board and that’s when I mentioned that my neck hurt. We went to the local hospital and after many x-rays a CAT scan, and MRI they came in and said my neck was broke in three places and they were sending me to Houston for surgery. I was told I needed to lie still and not move or I could become paralyzed. This was the first I remember. My dad rode in the ambulance with me to Houston. I remember dying of thirst but they couldn’t give me any water and the spine board was very uncomfortable. I laid in the ER in Houston on a Saturday night until around 6am Sunday morning. I had to stare at the ceiling for hours listening to gun shot and knife stab victims screaming. Hours later I had more x-rays and another MRI. This all showed that my neck was stable and I would not need surgery. The three broken vertebra turned into one and somehow two of the vertebra were already fused together (possibly from a childhood neck injury). They had also slipped forward tearing all the ligaments and stuff holding them together. Later checkups I learned that it was C5 and C6 and my disc in between them was/is shot. I had fractured many of the small bones in the back of my neck at C5 and C6. Without surgery I would wear a hard neck brace for about 12 weeks. They preformed surgery on my shoulder and removed tons of broken glass from beneath my skin. It would be weeks later until another doctor looked at my shoulder and determined that it had been fractured and separated. I was released from the hospital on Wednesday. I had many checkups on my neck and lots of physical therapy for my shoulder. The spinal doctor told me I would probably be at best within 2 years. Well It will be 2 years this August... I sure hope this isn't the best. I still have pain in my neck, I go through good days and bad... Its no where near where it used to be but still some days it hurts like hell. My shoulder tends to give out very easily. It tires out just from holding a phone to me ear. But again it is no where near how it was 1.5 years ago. I couldn't lift my arm for weeks after the wreck. I am still seeing my doctors for both injuries. I should be seeing another guy for my shoulder pretty soon.

I think about the wreck everyday.. Sometimes wake up in the night from
it... But I do know that it HAS been worse and can only get better. I set tons of personal goals and do a lot of races. It would be easy to give up... I accept that it is what it is but I refuse to let it hamper me,,, I tell myself at every race to "finish what you started" whatever that means.lol.. Maybe IMCDA will be the finish... Thats what I'm hoping for. I don't expect people to understand why it means so much to not do a half iron first, but thats my plan. I had all my races planned out.. I was to do Longhorn Half Iron and then IMFL in 2008 or 09. I feel as if I did Longhorn... I still got up and went to the pool with my sister after the wreck.. I was at the race,, I trained for the race..

Here is a pic of me body marking my sister.