Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Austin/Longhorn 70.3 Game Plan

So I'm finally racing my first half Ironman this weekend and I wasn't sure how to approach it. Should I hold back on the swim and bike to guarentee Ill be able to "run" the run or should I just throw the hammer down and see when I end up on my face? I've talked it over with Cathlene and my buddy Phil and they both seem to think what I'm thinking, balls to the wall baby! This race means a lot to me and I'm going to finish, I just may not have a stellar race.
I had a great swim last week, 2500 yards at 1:38/100 so I'm hoping I can do close to the same Sunday. Ill be stoked to finish in 37 mins though. Last year I did the bike portion of the Longhorn relay and averaged just over 19mph.. That kicked off my IM training... I'm going to try and hold 20mph this year. Now the run, who knows what will happen. Sub 2hrs will be ok with me but I won't be happy. BUT if I hammer everything before I get to the run will I even be able to run. We will see. If I start feeling like I'm gonna blow up on the bike I'll probably scale back a bit so I can run. I refuse to DNF this race.
Let's shoot for sub 5:30 and see where I fall. It should be fun and the weather forecast looks good.

I've also heard some rumors that Lance Armstrong may race or make an appearance. Wouldn't THAT be cool!

Friday, October 8, 2010

2010 Kona Picks

Thought I would throw out my 2010 Kona picks....

Men:
1.) Chris Lieto
2.) Craig Alexander
3.) Andy Potts

Women:
1.) Chrissy Wellington
2.) Samantha McGlone
3.) Mirinda Carfrae

Im calling for Macca and Terenzo top 5. I believe Lieto truly has the heart to be #1 this year and hope he got his run together. Andy Potts seems to be a good contender this year for the podium. Unless Chrissy has a mechanical or broken limb there is no reason she shouldn't win.

Monday, October 4, 2010

September Totals

September was an “ok” month.  My running has picked back up due to Cathlene training for her 50k but I’m still slacking on the swimming and didn’t do great on the bike this month.  But I’m still maintaining and believe I’ll be just fine going into Longhorn 70.3.  Weekend runs have been awesome.  Cathlene and I have been meeting up with a group almost every weekend for the past two months and have run 13+ each time.  My knees have been pretty good up until this past weekend on our 16 miler.  I rode 52 the day before and really hammered the hills so my legs were pretty shot and made for a tough run the next day.  I’m feeling some ITBS but nothing to worry too much about.  One more week of training and then taper for Longhorn on Oct 17th.  This is my first half Ironman so I don’t know what to expect.  I’m hoping to break 6 hours and a perfect day would give me sub 5:30.  But knowing how anything can happen I just hope to finish on my two feet un-injured and feeling decent,, not great but decent.  Things will be perfect if I puke at the finish line.

September Totals

Swim: 16,315 yards

Bike: 256.57 miles

Run: 82.79 miles