Monday, May 25, 2009

Combat Triathlon/ROS

This past Wednesday was my second time riding in the Ride of Silence. Last year I organized the inaugural ride in Lufkin, TX. We had over 75 people come out and participate. Pretty good for a small town with not much interest in anything other than High School football. This ride means a lot to me since I was injured by a motorist almost 2 years ago. My parents rode in the Lufkin ROS this year with about 25 participants while my wife and I rode in the Houston ROS with about 100 people. My mom said the ride in Lufkin went down the same hill I wrecked on. She said it was very emotional going down that hill imagining my collision. It means the world to me that they got out and participated in this event. I cant thank them enough. My friend who I have known my entire life wrote an article about it for the local paper Lufkindailynews. He is actually the same person who started calling me "worm" when I was a baby which now has evolved into a more manly man "gusano". In the Houston ROS the brother of a local girl who was hit and killed this year by a fire truck participated in the ride along with many friends. He said a few emotional words when we stopped at City Hall.

Saturday I raced in the Combat Sprint Triathlon. 300 yard pool swim, 15 mile bike, 3 mile run.

We were positioned to start the swim based on an estimated 300 yard swim time we entered when signing up for the race. I had estimated 5:00 minutes which had me starting 76th position in the water. The pool had 6 lanes and we would swim down and back in the same lane then go under the rope into the next lane. Swimmers were started every 10 seconds. Everything should work perfect and you shouldn't have to pass anyone if everyone estimates their time right. This never happens. I ended up having to pass one lady and some fool didn't finish out their swim and decided to walk a few feet to the exit ladder (WTH! this is a SWIM) It didn't hurt me too much though.
Swim time = 4:47 @ 1:35/100yds

T1 = 0:54

The bike went pretty good. It was a mostly straight flat ride on I45 going toward Galveston. Normally really windy but this time we had just a slight cross wind. So yeah for 15 miles I rode... Took one Hammer Gel and drank water from my aero bottle.... That's pretty much it... Oh, I was able to stay in aero the entire time except for the turn arounds. My neck hurt a good bit the day after,,,like always....but its getting better..I think..
Bike time = 42:04 @ 21.4 MPH

T2 = 0:27 I didn't have any problems in T2.

I felt a little sluggish on the run. It was pretty hot and I didn't have anyone around to pace me. Again my Zoot shoes were awesome!! No blisters and I didn't have any problems getting them on. Thanks again Anne from CEPsocks!!! I caught up to the guy who started right before me on the swim. I didn't push hard to pass him since he wasn't in my age group and I knew if I just stayed close I would beat him as far as time since he started 10 seconds before me. I also didn't feel like puking or almost puking at the finish. Some 15 year old dude blazed past us with about .5 miles to go,,, he had to be running close to sub 6min miles.... I was hoping to go sub 7 min miles but fell short. Shouldof drank more Hornet Juice or something.
Run time = 21:27 @ 7:09 pace

Total time = 1:09:40

I ended up placing 4th in my age group AGAIN! I was 43rd overall. I'm proud of my finish but it kinda sucks getting so close to the podium, (in this case the gym floor..lol). I got home and recovered wearing my CEP socks, drinking a beer and eating a Reeses Easter egg. (Sponsor me Reeses!! I'm running out of eggs!)

I think my next race will be Tejas Sprint in Sugarland, TX. A top 10 in my age group will make me happy there. This race usually turns out some pretty stiff competition. I have a few weeks of no racing to get ready. I need to get my run back under 7 min miles and get faster on the bike. The swim,, yeah I need to be faster butI'm not a fish, nor do I want to be a fish... I just need to be faster at all, like super fast,,, like shake and bake fast... like baby Jesus with little golden wings fast.... yeah.... THAT FAST!!!!

Monday, May 18, 2009

Silverlake Triathlon

This Saturday my wife ran her first 25k (hogs hunt in Huntsville, TX). She did awesome and finished! I am so proud of her. I took the dog and we met her at mile 6 and ran with her until mile 10 then had to book it back to the finish line to see her finish. The trails were really sandy and there were some pretty good hills mixed in. She looked great the entire time. Good job Cathlene!!

Sunday I did the Silverlake Sprint Triathlon in Pearland, TX. It was a 400 meter swim, 10 mile bike and 3 mile run.
Cathlene and I got to the race with about 20 minutes before transition closed. I like to be in transition way before it closes so I was a little nervous making sure everything was in place.

The water temperature was too hot for wetsuits so I had to leave mine with Cat. I was the third wave to take off. I lined up at the front and to the side like I always do. My first stroke I noticed I forgot to give my wedding band to Cat,,, awww great now I gotta worry about it falling off in the lake... I kept pushing it on with my thumb through the entire swim to make sure it didn't fall off. I don't think that slowed me down any though.... What got to me was the idiot without a top and a tattoo on his left shoulder that was a little larger than me cause I wouldof punched him in the face if I thought I could take him but THIS MOFO kept zig zaggin in front of me and I couldnt pass!!!!ugh!! I ended up making it out of the water in 8:29 (2:08/meter). Last year I swam it in 7:40...

T1 was 1:04

The bike was pretty uneventful.. It seemed like I had a headwind most of the way but the entire course was flat. Oh and it had a ton of sharp turns through a neighborhood. I ate a hammer gel and drank water from my aero bottle. Passed a lot of people at the dismount line while they were stopped and unclipping. 27:52 (21.5 MPH)

T2 was 0:38. There was a tree right in the middle of the bike racks that I had to weave around when racking my bike. It slowed me down a lil bit but not much. Racked bike, put on shoes, grabbed visor, race number and glasses and took off out of transition putting everything on.

The run went great for me. My Zoots felt great and didn't rub any blisters on my feet even though I didnt run in them previously. I passed a lot of people on the run but couldnt find anyone in my age group. One guy passed me but he was a clydesdale. I held a good steady pace and felt great the entire time. I was rounding the last corner with about 50 yards to go and a guy in my age group passed me. I said oh HELL NO this dude aint about to beat me with 50 yards to go..... He must not know they call me "White Lightning" in slow pitch softball!!!.lol.. I kicked hard and passed him along with a few others. Run was 20:12 (6:44 pace)

Total time was 58:14 enough for 4th freaking place in my age group! Oh well though, the guy in third beat me by 54 seconds. I ended up in 44th overall. Im pretty happy with everything except my swim. The guy that couldnt go straight really messed me up but thats apart of triathlon. Im super stoked about my run! I can really see an improvement these last few races. I really need to get faster on the bike..

Next Saturday I have Combat Sprint Triathlon. Its a short 300 yard pool swim 15 mile bike and 5k run...

And this Wednesday, May 20th is the Ride of Silence taking place all over the world. Everyone should participate! Look it up, its a free ride! www.rideofsilence.org

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Rough Week



Wow what a rough week! Can I start over??

I didn't want to share my personal problems on a blog and just wanted to talk about my training but what has happened this week has kept me from training so.. (I will keep the personal things to a minimum)..... My grandmother unexpectedly passed away on Sunday (mothers day). The funeral was Tuesday and my wife and I drove home that night. Wednesday my wife came home to find our house burglarized. Someone broke in through a window and took her jewelry and most/all of our small electronics.
During all this time I was dealing with sending my shoes back to trisports.com and they really didn't want to help with the broke shoes. They didn't understand that even though I bought these shoes over a year ago I only race in them. They have less than 60 miles of wear!! I was hoping to at least get prorated for the amount of miles I have put on them!. They werent having any of it and I couldnt handle dealing with more stress so my good buddy Anne from CEPsocks stepped up to the plate. Im really not sure what she did but a brand new pair of Zoot shoes arrived today via UPS (no charge). I cant thank her enough!!! After all Ive been through this week thats the last thing I needed to worry about was arguing with trisports.
So Im not running barefoot at my triathlon this Sunday (damn!!). .

My wife has raised a ton of money this week for Athletes for a Cure and she will be representing during her first 25k this Saturday!!

I ran Sunday after getting home from East TX. Tried to clear my mind... Ran the #tweet5k for AFAC. Thats the last training activity Ive had. Now, Im drinking Rum and Coke,, ,About to put my CEP socks on...
Anne and the CEP guys have been so great,, they by far have the best customer service out of any business I have delt with,,, they are real people that truly care about their customers and anyone willing to say hello..

Sunday, May 10, 2009

barefoot


Some people have asked about me running barefoot. Here is a picture of me finishing a sprint triathlon in 2007 barefoot (was actually the last triathlon before my wreck). I had put new insoles in my shoes and they gave me really bad blisters so at mile 2 I took them off. I carried them until right before the finish line and threw them to my sister. It felt awesome but I'm worried about running a full 5k barefoot.

Friday, May 8, 2009

Zoot Shoes


At my triathlon last weekend my zoots broke. I didnt realize it until I was walking around the post race party (drinking beer of course). The top eye hole for the laces broke. I was like WTF, what do I do, my life is OVER,,, but I sucked it up and tried to convince my wife that I needed new shoes.. That didnt fly over too well so I called zoot and they told me to call who I bought them from (trisports.com)... So trisports.com told me to ship the shoes back and they will inspect them and then give me some options.. They sent me a prepaid UPS shipping thingy.. So now they are shipped off and I am without a pair of racing shoes.

I have a sprint triathlon next Sunday. I doubt I will have my shoes or any new shoes by then so Im debating running barefoot or trying out a pair of my training shoes. I never wear socks during my races but I always wear socks (CEP compression socks of course) during my training runs. I know I can run a mile barefoot but Im a little worried about running 3. On the other hand, Im worried about getting blisters wearing my training shoes. I may try to run barefoot a few times this week to help me decide what to do..

Now Im off to my hometown for mothers day and I hope to get some runs in.. Either that or drink lots of beer with my dad.....holla

Thursday, May 7, 2009

1st post

So I really dont know what your suppose to write on your first post but....

Some background info.. In high school I played baseball (ss, 2nd, outfield), football (receiver), and pole vaulted. I pole vaulted for a short period in college also. Being so active in high school I really needed something to keep me going through college so I started running with the push from my sister. I ran my first half marathon with about 2 weeks of training and was pretty much hooked since then. Over the next 2 years I ran 4 marathons with minimal training which is probably why I always suffer from Iliotibial band syndrome. I completed my first triathlon in 2006 with my sister and wife (at the time, girlfriend). Now, I am hooked on triathlons. The longest distance I have completed is an Olympic distance triathlon. I went through months of training for my first 70.3 (07 Longhorn Triathlon) and had a major setback about 1.5 months away.

I dont want to get into details right now but on August 18, 2007 while on a long training ride for the Longhorn tri a Suburban turned in front of me while I was descending a hill. After that I wore a neck brace for about 3 months and couldnt move my arm for a few weeks.... THAT WAS my 70.3...

This year I am just racing sprints and volunteering at Ironman CDA to register for 2010. I refuse to race a 70.3 before I finish 140.6. Call me stupid, tell me I cant do it, thats just fuel for the fire. Thanks!

I have a series of sprint tris coming up but I have only registered for 2. Next Saturday, my wife is running her first 25k in Huntsville, TX at Hogs Hunt and I am racing the Silverlake tri in Pearland, TX on Sunday. The next weekend is Combat tri in TX City..

I have completed 3 triathlons this year. Last weekend was CB&I where I had a great race. It was 500m swim (1:51 pace), 15 mile bike (21.6MPH) and a 5k (6:55 pace) for a total time of 1:14:52. I placed 7th in my age group out of 50 and 70th overall out of 901. I was happy with it but I want hardware damnit! Last year at Silverlake I placed 4th in my age group,,, I hope to better that next weekend!