Friday, August 28, 2009

My Orbea Ora

So here she is... On the way home and when I got her in the house to meet my other baby, Elle..








I went in to Tri On The Run in Houston to pick up my new bike and get fitted. They spent a lot of time with me making sure it was all set up right. Told me that my shoes may be too small for me in the toe box. My little toe on my right foot goes numb when riding. Its not as bad as it used to be but it still goes a little numb. But yeah Tri On The Run is the bombdiggity. I am a very happy customer.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Max HR 211!

So on my way home from work today I decided that I needed to go for a run. Taped my knee with KT tape (Kinesio tape for my ITBS,, use it for my neck too but that's all another story), Put on my CEP socks grabbed the garmin 305, ipod, shoes, running clothes,,,anyways I was planning on doing my normal 4 mile loop around the neighborhood. It wasn't really hot when I started (90 degrees 95 heat index)well,, it could be hotter. At 0.8 miles I had to stop at a light, wait for cars, then take off again. When I took off running again I felt my heart rate skyrocket and got the light headed feeling I usually get when my HR goes out of control. I looked at my watch to see my heart rate... It was floating above 200 and hit 211. I immediately stopped running and started walking. After about 30 seconds I had it under control and around 170bpm. I was able to finish my run but just slower than I really wanted to. I concentrated on taking deep breathes and not pushing myself too hard when my HR got high.

This is nothing really abnormal for me. I have had occurrences for a long time. I remember having this happen to me in football practice after running a route. I always thought it was my pads too tight on my chest. I never told anyone about it. They wouldn't believe me anyway. Football practice wasn't suppose to be easy,, so I kept my mouth shut. It would always happen after sprinting.. Looking back it seemed to occur more during football than baseball but I did have some instances during a baseball game or practice. After high school they didn't happen near as much,, but started again when I started playing softball. Very rarely did it happen when going out for a normal run/jog. I think it was last year during my nephews baseball practice did I actually have it happen with a HR monitor on. I used to coach his team and I would sometimes run before practice. This day I had ran and left the monitor on. I was helping shag balls and felt my heart rate increase. I looked at the monitor and it was floating above 200bpm. I told Cathlene and she thought I should bring it up to my doctor.

My doctor didn't seem to be very concerned about the high heart rate. He said it was a type of tachycardia or something like that. He wanted me to wear a monitor to catch the rhythm or something but it would only last for a few days and I would have to try and make my HR skyrocket.. I couldn't figure out how to "make" it happen and it happened only about once a month so I decided to just let it be. I can pretty much control it once it happens,,, just breath deep and relax. It is scary when it happens though... It has been a few months since the last time. The doctor didn't seem to be worried so neither will I.. Now if it starts happening all the time I am sure I will be seeing someone again.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Back to training?? Well...

I'm still not back to training. I plan on starting soon but I haven't set a date yet. For sure doing something by next week. Maybe when I get my bike... Ive done some pushups lately though. Does that count?
I want to start out doing a lot of weight lifting. I wanna get strong. cock strong.. haha. I figure Ill concentrate on lifting for a few weeks and then spend a good bit on the bike and running. I have a few half marathons this winter that I plan on running (Dallas Whiterock, Houston, Austin). During all of this I need to work on my swimming. I suck at swimming. I used to love going to the pool but here lately I hate it. I think because I really don't see any improvements. Ive swam the same pace for years. Oh yeah I keep forgetting about Longhorn HIM.. I gotta do the bike.. I still gotta sign up though..
So anyways,,, Ill get to that training soon enough.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

New bike


So I finally ordered my new bike. Now I just hope they can get one in my size. Its a 2010 Orbea Ora TLE. Couldnt be a more perfect day to order. 2 years since my accident.

Today has been a rough but good day. I suppose every August 18th will be this way. Alot of thoughts run through my head. Its been like that for the past few days. We finished off tonight eating at the Cheesecake Factory. Its been a good day,, much better than 2 years ago... Im super excited about competing in Ironman next year. This race means a whole ton of alot to me. I will ROCK CDA!

Random thoughts/Athletic career

Sometimes when you’re expecting a fastball life throws you an outside curve ball. So you do whats expected of a good player,, you see the spin of the ball, determine where it will break over the plate and take that SOB opposite field.

You can always describe life as if it were a baseball game. I love baseball. I played as long as any team would let me. I didn’t try to play in college so high school is as far as I went. Then I started playing slow pitch softball. Its just not the same though. Now I randomly play softball since I am more focused on triathlon training. I was a pretty decent ball player. I could play almost every position. Our high school team sucked. We were more focused on football. We were bad ass in football. Football was exciting and fun. There was nothing like a Friday night football game. I wanted to quit so many times but Friday would come around and make everything much better. We were top ranked in the state my senior year but crapped out in the first round of playoffs. We went 10-0 in regular season that year. I was a receiver. I also pole vaulted. I still have the school record at 13’6”. Got 6th place in regionals my junior year. I won every meet I entered in my senior year. I broke a pole once. I missed the mat a few times. At district I was disqualified after winning for looking at the video camera between runs. My coach never told me this was illegal. For 4 years I didn’t know (until the kids coach who didnt make it to regionals had a fit said something about it). I got track athlete of the year my senior year.. I walked on in college and vaulted for a bit…. Then I found running and now triathlon.. Im competitive and love sports.. And yeah I like baseball and the way it can describe life.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Why does the neck hurt?

Just recently, my neck has started bothering me a lot more than usual... The only thing Ive done different is NOT train. Maybe I need to get started back to running or something.
Maybe its all in my head.. 5 days until exactly 2 years since the wreck. Been thinking a lot about it lately.

Philip
has an awesome idea for Ironman. If I get a disc wheel or aero helmet I'm gonna get this sticker put on it. What do you think? (crash dummy logo).
Maybe this can be an awareness campaign? DON'T RUN OVER CYCLISTS!
How about the word "ALIVE" across it.... hmmm

Monday, August 3, 2009

Rivercities Triathlon

Right after work I headed to Diboll, TX, to my parents house. We stayed the night there then Saturday morning got up drove to Cathlene's moms house (mother in law) picked her and her 2 boys up and drove to Shreveport, LA. We left Lufkin around 9am and got to Shreveport around 11:30. Made it to pick up the packet at the now "old" sportspectrum store. They were in the process of moving to a new store a couple of miles away. So this seemed pretty organized (packet pickup) until I was told "and now you need to drive to our new store and pick up your numbers"... WTF!! really, i mean really?? your trying to get me to visit the old store and then I have no choice but to visit the new store to get the rest of my packet so hopefully I will spend more money,,, i mean really...? I didn't spend anymore money at the new store but the old one had lots of shoes and stuff on sale so I did get new tri shorts and Cat got some zoot shoes! very nice!!.. So whatevea, I'm over that, I understand them making us visit both stores but still it was pretty crappy to split up the packet pickup.. onward to the race!..

The drive to the race site was about 33 minutes 24 seconds... google maps said it was around 45 minutes. guess they rounded up.... way up.. so we got to the park at 5:30am and waited in line with the other vehicles until 6 when the gates to the park opened up. by 5:45 there were about 50 to 100 cars lined up outside the park.. . now why cant they open up the park a tad bit earlier? just a little bit, so maybe we wouldn't all be sitting out on the main "small" highway,.. whatever though,,, onward to race site. oh yeah,, I drank Hornet Juice mixed with Gatorade on the drive there. Also had my CEP socks on!! booyaaa

Parked the truck and headed down to transition to find the open rack. (knew it was going to be open rack so I wanted to get there a little early). Found my rack! It was one of the few that was located in the grass!! and it flooded the day before! woohoo.. everyone else has the parking lot to set up transition... now to body mark.. first lady to actually mark my number over my scars. haha, i like to see peoples faces when I pull my sleeve up and they see the scars.. she was gangsta and wrote right over them though.. didn't even blink.. alright now to the swim...
I had plenty of time to get ready, which I like, .. I hate being in a rush.. So when it was my time to leave the family I was able to "shake n bake" with them all and give Cat a kiss and make it to the water where I waited to start. (shake n bake means to fist bump and say "shake n bake"!).. The announcer was annoying talking about Kid Rock and how cool/great he is..yada yada... He announced my wave to start but said the wrong color caps and wrong age.. With about 10 seconds until we started he finally got it right. then BOOM! the canon goes off and we are on our way. The swim was pretty good,. I thought I did really well. Only a few people hit and kicked me,, no biggie. Swam until my hands touched the sand, got up running to my bike...
swim = 0.5 mile 16:50 @ 2:07 pace...

T1 = 1:32.. nothing major.. long run to bike.

The bike went really well,. I was passed by a lot and also passed a few myself. I took one gel and drank water.. The bike course had a lot of rolling hills but nothing bad or really steep.
Bike = 18.6 miles 52:06 @ 21.4 MPH

T2 = 1:24 .. I came in with my feet out of my shoes, nailed the dismount, tried to go straight to my rack but this rude volunteer lady was in my way!! she wouldn't let me go to the rack, said I needed to go all the way around... I didn't understand this at first and the way transition was set up didn't really make sense to me because my rack was sooooo close yet sooo far away. I had a few words with her any ran on around the circle back to where I practically started.. This could have been communicated a lot better.. I guess they thought by making us go all the way around cut down on traffic but where my rack was located it did nothing... but piss me off and make my HR sky rocket..
Racked bike, put on shoes, grabbed hat and race belt and took off.

The first mile of the run was awesome, the temp was still good and I wasn't too hot,.. I ran a sub 7min mile and thought I was going to have an awesome 5k...... the second mile was slower and around 7:15.. I thought I picked up the pace the 3rd mile and then it shot off along a trail,,, a muddy trail,,, What can you expect when it flooded the day before.. The trail sucked and I guess I lost a lot of time on it.. Came into the sandy finishing shoot feeling pretty good.
Run = 5k 22:49 @ 7:22 pace..
I really thought I ran around a 7:05 pace.. felt really good,.

Total time = 1:34:40
25th in Age Group
211th Overall

Found the beer tent asap along with the rude volunteer handing out beer.. (there are nice ways to tell people that you should only get one beer, this guy didn't know how to).. I got mine so I'm good.. As soon as the transition area opened I grabbed my stuff and tried to exit with my bike.. BUT, bikes aren't allowed out of transition until 11:00...

I had a good time at the race but I think I expected a first class race.. The race is 28 years old and looks like they would figure some things out by now. It seemed as if they needed more volunteers,, nicer ones would be great.. Maybe I'm too used to Texas people..lol... This was nothing like the Lonestar triathlon ran by Keith Jordan.. That is a top notch race. But,, the race packet was awesome,, the best ever.. I got a beach towel, bag, cap, two shirts, sunglasses and some gels... Also got a finisher bottle when crossing the line. Thought they were giving out medals but I don't think the website was updated since last year. Not sure if I would do this race again. Its good and bad in many different ways.. I loved the swim and bike.. Not many supporters along the race..

This is my last race until I start Ironman training.. So tonight I'm drinking rum/coke and going to sleep early.