Wednesday, August 18, 2010

August 18, 2010

It’s been 3 years today since my accident.  I’m not fully recovered but I know I will never be the same.  I took too much of an impact with my shoulder and head (trying to save my bike of course) to ever be 100% back to normal.  I am perfectly ok with that.  3 years ago becoming an Ironman seemed impossible, something only crazy folks do. Well, I did suffer from a high grade concussion so I was probably left a little crazy in the head.  

One of the first things I asked the doctor as I was lying in the hospital was if I was going to be able to compete in my first half Ironman that October.  I didn’t realize that I would be wearing my neck brace through November.  So I got pissed off, said screw the 70.3, I want the whole thing.   It can’t hurt worse than changing the bandages in my arm.

Since August 18, 2007, I have gradually increased my training.  2008 and 2009 seemed pathetic compared to this year.  

To this date from my wreck I have:

Swam – 134.46 miles

Biked – 4,120.88 miles

Ran – 1,268.57 miles

Raced – 35 races, including 1 Ironman, 5 half marathons, 11 shorter runs, and 18 shorter triathlons.

I know these numbers aren’t very amazing or anything considering some people put these up in just one year BUT, this is what I’ve done and how far I’ve gone.   From a hospital bed not knowing if I will ever race again to an Ironman, this is what it took for me to get there.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Bridgeland Triathlon

I raced Bridgeland last Sunday after riding 100 miles on Saturday. This race wasnt planned but when I found out about a few friends racing and you could buy a resale packet I jumped on it. I didnt expect a great race and just wanted to get back to racing and have fun.

I felt pretty good during the swim and didn't push too hard. It was a bit crowded but nothing too bad.
500 meter swim
9:57 - 1:59/100m (1:49/100yard)

T1 was awesome! I was first in my age group for T1
T1 - 0:56

Bike was basically and out and back on a flat concrete road. I was in a group of 3 other guys (2 in my age group) that kept passing getting passed, re-passing and on and on. We always stayed 3+ bike lengths between and never drafted. Around mile 9 I put the hammer down and passed them holding 25MPH. 2 of them caught me with around 2 miles to go. Looks like we dropped the 3rd guy that was in the group.
14 mile bike
36:16 - 23.2 MPH

T2 was pretty good too.
T2 - 0:50

The run hurt pretty good. My run has suffered since Ironman due to shredding my knees up so bad. I havent been able to run much since then. I was mostly by myself during the run until about one mile to the finish 2 guys in my age group running just under 7 min miles passed me. I held on their heels for a few seconds until I started dry heaving so I brought my pace back down to something manageable. I figure if Im dry heaving that means I'm basically leaving it all on the course.... which is the only way I race :)
3.5 mile run
26:16 - 7:30 pace

1:14:16 total time
10th place in 25-29 males out of 74
50th place overall out of around 800

July Totals

July training totals:
Swim - 6,637 yards
Bike - 182 miles
Run - 12.2 miles

I slacked way off in July. Still recovering from Ironman. ITBS is still bothering me on my runs. Slowly getting back to training.