Sunday, May 30, 2010

May Totals

Wowza Im putting up "May totals" which means this is JUNE, well tomorrow is June.. Call me captain obvious cuz Im cool like that...I had a pretty good month and put in some decent numbers. My legs feel it too. Im still feeling strong and ready for the big day. Finished another 18+ hour week last week. Ill do it again this week and then one last push with a 20 hour week including my last century ride..

Nerves are getting to me and Im pretty sure Im being a little difficult to live with at the time. ;) Good thing Cathlene loves me. Im moody, tired, hungry, tired, freaking out, tired, and tired. and mostly hungry and tired together. But I still have time to enjoy my beer or rum. Good thing is this is all NORMAL.. So dont freak on me. Supposly everyone racing CDA is getting a little wirey (wirey, did I make that up?). Staying motivated can be difficult but ive found the best thing to do is not give myself any other options besides working out. Its what I do, kinda like breathing... So on the way home from work when I never feel like stopping by the pool I just do it. Just Do It, like Nike. Nike Air Jordans. There are no other options. none, zip. and if I do skip out Im just doing myself more harm and could potentially be disapointing everyone rooting for me. Im a little delirious so if this makes no sense at all please forgive me. Im tired, hungry tired and delirious.

Swim = 29,582 Yards (9.82 hours)

Bike = 602.17 Miles (40.32 hours)

Run = 112.62 Miles (17.03 hours)

Monday, May 17, 2010

Silverlake (sprint) / 20 hour week

Silverlake (sprint) Triathlon/20 hour week

I finished my first 20 hour week last week!! Im so stoked and feel pretty fricking amazing considering all the training… Thanks to Shannon I received a free entry into the triathlon on Sunday but I also had my first 100 mile ride scheduled for this day. So I did what any triathlete would do, signed up for the race and moved my 100-miler to the day beforeJ.

To throw another twist in things, Saturdays weather forecast called for rain, and lots of it… For once the weather man was dead on. Devin and I met with a group from our local Tri club to do a 55 mile loop where we would ride with them the first loop and do the second loop on our own. Well to keep things short, we rode for 6 hours 54 minutes in the pouring rain where at times you couldn’t see the road (not safe at all and probably stupid on our part) but dangit we didn’t stop… We only got lost once on the second loop and didn’t have too many close calls with the traffic. 114 miles at 16.5 MPH pace… I did a 2 mile transition run right off the bike and felt great. I was tired and my neck, geez, my neck is/was sore but overall I felt goooood and freaking stoked!

Sunday came around and I was tired and a bit sore. It was hard to wake up but I made myself (with a little help from Cathlene). Wetsuit Legal! Got to transition with 15 minutes to set up. Racked my bike in a fire ant bed, beat the ants off me, moved my bike to the end of the rack, set back up in 5 minutes…

Swim 400 meters: I started to the outside front of the wave and when the gun went off I jumped right out in front (after cutting my toe on something in the mud). I felt good the entire swim and led the wave for the first 200meters.. A 12 year old passed me and I tried to draft off him but he pulled on ahead. No problems in the swim and I came out of the water 3rd in my age group. (BTW that 12 year old finished 2nd….OVERALL!)(edit-the kid was 14 but looked 12 in the water,,lol, and finished 4th overall,, who knows if hes the one who zoomed by me)

Swim time: 7:38 (1:44/100 yard pace)

T1: Was fast and easy. Shoes already clipped in, wetsuit off, helmet on, grab bike and go.

T1 time: 1:21

Bike 10 miles: The bike hurt. I was only passed by two guys and I re-passed one of the guys in T2. My legs were dead on the bike. Quads were hurting and it was hard to push. Around mile 7 they really started to feel dead.

Bike time: 27:53 (21.5 MPH)
T2: Good dismount, racked bike, helmet off, shoes on, grabbed hat and race # and go. Beat a guy in my AG out of T2.

T2 time: 0.49

Run 3 miles: Right from the start I had a guy running on my heels. I kept thinking he was going to pass but he never made his move. So then I thought maybe he was fading and I could push him too hard. Didn’t happen and I had an eerie feeling that he was in my age group… I found out at mile 2 when he picked up the pace and put a small gap in between us. I tried to close in but I could only hold my own. He’s the only person who passed me on the run and I pulled him most of the way. (I bet he got a good night’s rest and didn’t ride 114 miles the day before)…

Run time: 20:10 (6:43 pace)

Total time: 57:54

4th in age group

20th overall

I finished off the day with a 2 hour trainer ride to break 20 hours.

Im disappointed that I didn’t podium but I’m pretty happy with my results. I can’t expect to have a great race to cap off a 20 hour week with my first century ride mixed in. I can’t expect to, but that doesn’t mean I don’t WANT to! This week and weekend was a big confidence booster with Ironman coming up. I feel strong and good about where I’m at with my training. I know I have put in the time for Ironman and I still have 3 good weeks to put in some more. I have my nutrition figured out and I’m very confident that unless something major happens, I will finish within the allotted time.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

8 Weeks

I just finished up a 4 hour ride followed by a 1 hour run and I was thinking a lot about these next few weeks. Im also trying to figure out my nutrition and what I plan on wearing based on the weather (all tips are welcome)... I think I have my nutrition down I just have to figure out how Im going to execute it during the race (how many bottles, what to put in special needs, etc)..

Ive got 8 weeks until Ironman. This means I have about 6 weeks to train before beginning taper.. This also means that I truly only have 5 weeks of good solid training left. I have two weeks of build, one week recovery, three weeks build then recovery and taper for the big day.... I cant miss any workouts these next few weeks. I haven't missed many in the first place but I'm making sure I hit all these weeks dead on. I have two huge weeks at 20+ hours that include a century ride in each. This will be my first time to hit 100 miles on the bike. EXCITING huh!!? Lets do this, bring on the fun!
Lake Coeur d'Alene

April Totals

April consisted of two races and more recovery weeks landed in April than previous months. Soooo my totals are down a bit this month. Still feeling great with no injuries (fingers crossed). 2 more months to go and I'm steadily getting stronger and faster ;)

April Totals:

Swim = 19,350 yards, 6.28 hours

Bike = 414.85 miles, 28.67 hours

Run = 90.93 miles, 15.56 hours

CB&I Triathlon (sprint)

500 meter swim, 15 mile bike, 5k run...

I love this race. Its flat fast and crowed.. I hate the crowded part though. I raced here last year and finished in a time of 1 hour 14 minutes placing 7th in my age group. I was hoping to be top 3 this year.

Had my morning coffee, muffin and a banana before the race while sipping on some Hornet Juice and Gatorade. Also drank a lot of water to mix in with the sugary stuff. Seemed to work for me.
The water temp was 76 degrees so just enough to make it wetsuit legal and I always wear my wetsuit if it is legal. I got into the water and made my way to the front. The swim was super crowed. I was swimming over people, being swam over, being punched by little kids that I wanted to punch back but I didn't (putting ages 29 and under in one wave = bad idea). I finally got into a rhythm after the first turn buoy but then started hitting the stragglers from the previous waves. This made it even more crowded and at times I had to stop and breast stroke around these fools. Sighting seemed tough in my newish goggles (a bit tinted and it was cloudy out).
Swim = 8:42 (1:44/m)

I was able to get out of my wetsuit pretty quick, throw on my glasses, helmet and I was off. First time I started the bike with my shoes already clipped in and it worked like a charm.
T1 = 1:14

The bike course was very crowded and it was hard to stay out of packs. I managed to hang back or in front of this certain pack most of the time. One 16 year old was pissing everyone off. He wasnt even trying not to draft and at one time pulled right in front of me barely missing my front wheel. Geez kid ya trying to kill someone. The bike course was flat with a few turns and FAST. Fast=Fun
Bike = 38:27 (23.4mph)

T2 went smooth, jumped off bike already out of my shoes, racked, both zoots on, grab bib # and hat and I was off.
T2 = 0:47

I was hoping to run sub 7 min miles for the 5k but I havent rested my legs since last weekend. This included a 12.5 mile run just two days ago. Coach said this was an "Ironman Simulator" race. I felt pretty good the entire run and grabbed some water at the aid stations to pour over my head and wet my mouth. It had started getting pretty hot on the run.. With about 200 yards to go I started hearing some guys behind me. They were cheering on a friend. When this friend of theirs passed me I noticed he was in my age group. I couldnt hang, I tried to kick harder but was giving all I had without puking. The guys cheering for him were on "medical bikes" and were riding on each side of him. Whatever... When I crossed the finish my name was announced as "Jeremy Webb training for IMCDA"... haha this put a huge smile on my face.. Reminds me that the BIG day is still to come..
Run = 21:52 (7:01 pace)

Total time = 1:11:04 (1st in my age group was 1:08:08) I placed 6th in my age group and 32nd overall.

Had a few pigs ears (beers) post race and hung out with Cat and the rest of team BA..