Sunday, July 26, 2009


I just finished a 3.75 mile run right before a small storm hit. Ive been doing pretty good this month keeping up with training. Next Sunday I'm headed to Shreveport LA for the Rivercities triathlon. This is suppose to be my last triathlon of the season but it may not. I'm probably doing the bike portion of the Longhorn 70.3 relay. This was the race I was suppose to do in 2007 when I had my accident. I also may do Toyota US Open Dallas Triathlon. I just found out that my wife will be working the race and can possibly get me a compd entry. I cant pass that up. She is also working the Dallas White Rock Marathon so I will probably be running the half.

I had an MRI of my shoulder a couple weeks ago and found out last week that nothing is wrong with it. Thats good news but doesnt explain why I still have pain almost 2 years later. It gets tired really easily. Even from just holding a phone to my ear (seems to put the deltoid in a bind). So the doc said I need to strengthen whats left of the deltoid muscle. ha, oh yeah and the xray he took showed that I still had a chunk of glass in my bicep. Not suprising to me since the doc that removed all the glass said he had to leave a large piece because removing it would cause more damage. The glass doesnt seem to cause any problems though.

Congratulations to all the Ironman Lake Placid Finishers! Last I heard Philip Lavoie finished under 12 hours!!.... Thats awesome and I hope to be there next year... well, not "there" as in LP but "there"., you know..
gotta go! time to eat...

Monday, July 13, 2009

Jeff & Bredes Triathlon (Sprint)

On Sunday I raced the Jeff and Bredes Tri put on by the Houston Racing Triathlon Racing club. This was my first J&B tri. It is a 300 meter pool swim, 12 mile bike and 3 mile run. My goal was to finish under 1 hour 5 minutes.
The race started at 6:30 and I arrived around 5:45k... Drank hornet juice/gatorade and ate a pop tart on the way to the race site. Got body marked (#83 which is 83rd start position in the water) then found my rack for my bike. This was again an open rack which sucked big time! I found a small area to rack my bike, put out my shoes and stuff and put my bag to the side beside the transition fence. The rack was slanted which made it hard to keep the handle bars straight so I could balance my helmet on top (I rack my bike by the seat, ISM Adamo saddle).. It worked out ok but was still a pain in the azz..

Swim.... The pool was indoors which made waiting around for my start pretty hot. It was already in the 80s when we arrived that morning. Finally made it to my turn to start and was counted down until I could jump in feet first to the 4' pool. The first half of the swim was good until I met up with a lady that was walking the entire swim... Finally passed her and then my goggles started leaking. No problem though because I didnt have much more to go. With about 3 stokes to the end of the swim I felt the guy behind me tap my toes.. ($hit, he caught me!) I jumped out of the pool and started making my way toward T1.
Swim Time: 5:33, 1:51/m pace

T1... Feet got dirty from running over,,,uh,, dirt,, wiped them semi clean then put on shoes and helmet then took off for the mount line. (oh yeah, my helmet fell when trying to grab it to put it on, and my sunglasses were fogged up so I left them) Almost fell trying to stop to get on bike but didnt,,, clipped in and took off.
T1 time: 1:51

Bike... I got passed by a girl! and she was hauling..... on a road bike.. damn,, I suck.. and I thought I was doing good.. ate a gel and drank water from my aero bottle.... got passed by a couple more dudes (MEN) and passed a few other MEN...
Bike time: 35:25, 20.3 MPH

T2... came in with my feet out of the shoes jumped off and kept on running... almost lost my rack but found it.. racked bike, threw off helmet, put on shoes, grabbed visor and race belt and took off.
T2 time: 0.48

Run.. The run felt really good most of the way... It didnt seem too hot and there were plenty of aid stations. Around mile 1 and 2 I drank a little water and poured the rest over my head.. This seemed to help cool me down a lot. I kept a steady pace and passed a few people only getting passed by 2 dudes. One of them was super fast and turned in a 5:49 pace.. WTF! but he came in one place behind me at number 7.. his bike sucked. ... coming into the finish my sister and wife were there telling me to go faster and pass the chick in front of me... being the gentleman I am I just cruised on into the finish..
Run time: 21:14, 7:05 pace

I was really happy with my time considering the lack of training I have had since going on vacation... I didnt have many good runs since and was really hoping to just stay under a 7:30 pace.. I seem to base how well my race goes depending on my run. Its probably not a good thing but it seems to be the easiest way for me to know how well Im doing. Looking at past results I peaked in May running 2 triathlons at a sub 7 pace and in April I ran my fastest stand alone 5k...

Total time: 1:04:18
Age Group Place: 6
Overall Place: 53

I have one more race this season.. Rivercities Triathlon in louisiana in August. Then starts Ironman training.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Getting back to training

I finally started training again the Tuesday after getting back from Puerto Vallarta. I haven't missed a day since. I don't really have a plan and for now I'm focusing on running... I see the most improvement in my running and I like to see results. I have been stuck at the same pace swimming and have improved a little bit biking but my running has really improved.
I swam one day last week and biked once on Saturday. My wife and I rode for about 23 miles on the 4th. Sunday we went to the beach were I was able to get some surfing in... I consider this a swim workout since you are fighting the current the entire time and everytime you catch a wave you must paddle back out past the break. Surfing is very tiring and works out a lot of muscles you normally don't work out with just swimming..
My running suffered since I haven't ran in a little over a week with vacation and all. I have been running 3 to 4 miles and trying to keep the pace under 8mins. Normally for a 3 mile run I can hold closer to a 7 min pace..
I have a sprint triathlon this weekend and I hope I am ready for it. I think I will be happy if I can hold a sub 7:30 pace on the run but who knows... Its a 300m pool swim, 12 mile bike and 3 mile run... I'm aiming for 4th place..
After that I have one more sprint this season.. Rivercities sprint triathlon... Its suppose to be an awesome race with a great packet..
Then starts Ironman training in September... I will follow some type of plan until January.. then I am hiring Brett (aka texafornia) to coach me from January thru June 27th. I don't plan on screwing around and really want to do well at my first Ironman...
If you have any suggestions on a good free training plan from September to January let me know..

And I almost forgot... I met Sister Madonna at the Ironman!! Very cool!