Sunday, July 24, 2011


Ha! I really didn't have much of a June. I practically took most of June off with one race and three runs besides the race...
I'm picking up the training a little in July (since I feel like a total slacker). Finished a 13 mile run today just because.... I wanted to know I can still do it... I have a race in a couple of weeks but haven't trained specifically for it. Ill get in some quality workouts but for the most part I'm working on base and building junk mileage for next year. Gonna concentrate on running and a bit of biking. Wanna put together some solid half marathons and have a good run at IMTX next year.

June Totals
Run - 15.35 miles

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Tejas Triathlon (Sugarland, TX...sprint)

June 5th I raced in the Tejas Triathlon in Sugarland... 600 yard swim, 11 mile bike, 3 mile run. This year they changed up the bike course to one and a half loops. Other than that it was the same ol same ol.

I went solo to this race since Cat just had her surgery on her foot. Arrived really early and got a great spot on the rack (open racks). Got everything set up and then went off to be by myself and watch the sunrise over the lake.

It wasn't much later and I was chest deep in the water waiting for the gun to go off. Nerves weren't too bad this go round... The gun goes off. I found myself in the middle of the front of the pack being pushed and slapped around a little. I say pushed and slapped because it felt nothing like the IMTX swim two weeks ago. I would get hit then the guy would kinda back off. I thought I could use this to my advantage and started swimming a lot more aggressive than normally. Throwing bows, fists, kicking nuts, grabbin balls, you name it. I don't think it helped much because I didn't post an amazing swim time or anything.
Swim - 11:00? ( I'm not sure on the time because they have my swim and T1 time lumped together = 12:21)

T1 - 1:21? good transition, no problems.

I started from the get go hammering the hell outa the bike. Never really caught any rest from the swim and Im sure my HR was red-lining (just as planned). Passed two guys drafting and I couldnt keep my mouth shut about the guy sucking wheel (said a few choice words with him as I passed). Jerkface. No one passed me on the bike. Had the 3rd fastest bike split in my age group but we all know the race doesnt end at T2 ;)
Bike - 30:14 (21.8 MPH)

T2 - 0:31 (fastest T2 in my you say...BOOM)

Felt really sluggish on the run, partially due to pushing too hard on the bike and probably due to 140.6 miles two weeks before but Im not out to make excuses. I think 3 guys passed me during the run (one of which was in my age group, and wearing freaking vibrams - shoot me). I started to feel better after the first mile and picked up the pace on mile 2 and 3. It still wasnt good enough to hold off the guy behind me. He passed me within 1/2 mile to the finish. Jokes on him because he got 4th place which put me in 5th and everyone knows how bad I hate 4th place... hahahaha loser.
Run - 21:19 (7:06 pace) I should be running sub 7 min miles. Gotta get this figured out (without slowing down on the bike).

Swim + T1 - 12:21
Bike - 30:14 (21.8 mph)
T2 - 0.31
Run - 21:19 (7:06 pace)
TOTAL - 1:04:26
5th in age group
44th overall

The plan now is to rest up, get my run faster, and podium this year while im in the 25-29 age group. No worries if I don't, would just be nice.
Im also thinking about racing Oilman half iron (Ironstar) in November to cap off the racing season...

Saturday, June 4, 2011

May Totals

May wrapped up Ironman Texas training which was basically tapering. Ive ran once, swam once, and biked once since Ironman two weeks ago. Today I just signed up for a local sprint race that Ive done 3 times before (Tejas Tri in Sugarland, tomorrow). Its a good and fun sprint that seems to attract a lot of speedy locals (600 yard swim, 11 mile bike, 3 mile run). I didn't race there last year due to IMCDA training so I'm excited to see how I now fair on this course. But, I cant expect a whole lot coming off IMTX.... we shall see.

May Totals

Swim - 10,124 yards
Bike - 275.69 miles
Run - 49.17 miles

Me, Phil, Devin after checking in bikes at IMTX.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Ironman Texas

I went in to this race not knowing what to expect. I felt that I learned a lot at IMCDA and this experience would carry over to IMTX. My training hours were cut back a ton due to moving in January and starting a totally new career in March. I wasn’t sure if I had it in me. But that’s what I love about Ironman/long distance racing. You never know whats gonna happen. So I trained as much as I could without wearing myself down. My swimming was practically cut in half and my weekly training hours hovered consistently around 12. I really didn’t take rest weeks since I wasn’t hitting 18+ hour weeks as I did last year. But I made sure my workouts counted this time. No more fiddling around just to get in the hours. If I was gonna wake up a 4:30 I was gonna put in a good effort. All my swims were fast and my runs were pretty hard too. I put in 4 separate 100+ mile rides and totally bonked riding the IMTX course with Phil and Devin (totally executed the plan). My original goal (with everything clicking) for Ironman was sub 12 hours. That obviously didn’t happen at CDA and I was unsure I had a close shot at IMTX. I figured I would be around 13 hours with a good race and truly just hoped to cross the finish line before midnight.

Wednesday night before IMTX Phil and Kate arrived from NY. The next day we were at packet pickup and drove the entire bike course (Cathlene wasn’t able to make it due to work). Friday morning @2for1 (Amy) arrived and Devin met up with us to head to bike check-in and to swim some of the course. Phil and I wore our wetsuits since the rumor was the swim would probably be wetsuit legal (didn’t happen). We tried to get back home asap so we could all kick our feet up and get ready for the big day. The girls went grocery shopping and ended up having a blast (literally) with champagne bottles. Thankfully, Phil and I missed out on the excitement. That’s all a whole other story. We had chicken and rice for dinner and called it a night around 8pm.

3am rolls around and its race morning. Coffee and chickfila chicken biscuits were on tap that morning. We were out the door at 4am rolling to the race with some Rise Against and the Ironman bobby versus commercial “You vs You”. Found my parents at transition and then made our way to our bikes to get them race ready. So I find myself finishing airing up my rear tire and when I try to remove the pump my valve extender blows off. Effing great. At first I just starred at it, then I freaked, then I cursed, then I said I better fix this bad boy quick cause I don’t have much time! I knew the tire would be hard to re-install so I ran over to phil to help lend me a hand. It wasn’t 5 minutes later and I was installing the wheel back on my bike. Thanks for the help phil! We made our way (1 mile hike) to the swim start and stuff started getting real. We had our pictures gave our hugs and then were off to the swim start. We made our way through the crowd toward the water when some officials stopped phil and told him his speedsuit was illegal. He had it off in no time and before you know it we were in the water trying to find a good spot to set up and tread water the next 5 or so minutes. Just treading water I was getting kicked and hit so I had a feeling the swim would be…..”exciting”. I lined up about 5 people back from the front.

The gun goes off and we are finally on the way. The first 100 or so yards I swam with my head out of the water hoping to not get kicked in the face. Good idea. It was nuts in the water. I feared (yet again) for my life in the Ironman swim. I tried to get as far left as possible but the kayaks kept pushing up back into the mass. About half way to the first turn buoy I see Phil to my right. I knew something was wrong, he should be way ahead of me (turns out he had some major problems with body contact during the swim). After I made the second turn buoy things started to open up a bit. My eye socket was hurting really bad so I rolled over on my back to relieve some of the pressure by pulling the goggle off and replacing it. I made it to the canal where they funneled us back in to a pack and things again got rough. Nothing major though except I felt the ground with my hand one time. Finished the swim in 1:22:57 (2:10/100m).

No problems in transition. Socks shoes helmet glasses etc. on and out the tent. T1 = 4:49

Phil passed me within the first 5 miles of the bike. It wasn’t long after he passed me that I picked up my pace a little. I was feeling excellent and holding 20+mph was effortless with the tail wind. I ate a hammer bar the first hour, drank perpetuem every 30 minutes and took 3 endurolytes every hour. At special needs I swapped out my perpetuem bottle for a fresh one and grabbed my chicken biscuit. Ate half the biscuit, chunked the rest and kept right on trucking. Around mile 70 I had to make a stop and water a couple trees. Mile 100 came and went and before you know it I was at the dismount line feeling great. Finshed the bike in 5:54:00 (19 MPH).

Long run through transition and into the changing tent to put on shoes and visor. T2 = 5:14

Started the run feeling great (well, almost as good as you can feel after swimming 2.4 and riding 112 miles). Within the first mile I saw Edwin and his daughter Jenna and then the rest of the family at the first aid station. They were a great site to see. My supporters mean the world to me. I love to see them having a good time. The first 4.45 miles I averaged an 8:27 pace. From there on I gradually slowed down to my slowest splits at 11:33 pace then picked it back up the last 5 miles finishing the last 1.8 miles at a 9:12 pace. For most of the run, when I was running, I was holding close to 9 minute miles. My quads would start hurting or my stomach would start cramping and drive me to walk a little bit. I walked through every aid station from the 3rd station on. I saw my family, friends, co-workers each loop of the run and boy did that help. Running past the finishing shoot for the last time before finishing I yelled to some college friends (fellow kings of trees) “one more lap, one more!”. Around mile 18 I started to hit the wall. I passed my family/friends for the last time and then made it up to Devin. We ran/walked the next few miles together chatting it up. I made it to mile 20 when I finally realized that I had a shot at going sub 12 hours. I told Devin I was gonna go for it and started picking up the pace. The next 6 miles were the hardest I have ever run. I dug deep. I wanted 12 or below. I had to walk a little bit but I wouldn’t let myself walk for too long. I had 1:10 to run 6.2 miles. I did have time for a little fun though… I grabbed a shot (Alabama slammer) from a fellow Houston Racing member, gave a hug to the lady in the bikini with a sign that said “free hugs, happy endings” and kept on trucking. Two miles from the finish I started running with two girls that were holding a good pace (I had 25 minutes to run 2.2). Dropped them at the next aid station and found a guy running a good pace that I hung with until the next aid station. I took a short walk and grabbed a cup of water at the last aid station. Running by my co-workers I yelled out “IM GOING SUB 12!”. One last short walk before entering the finishing shoot I got my stomach and legs back for a nice finish. I wanted to make sure I could enjoy it. Coming around the last turn was just as amazing as dreamed. I first looked at the time on the clock, then heard some friends yelling my name, I was well under 12 hours. I ran along the shoot giving everyone high fives then saw Cathlene and the girls on the other side. High fives to them and a few fist pumps later I was finished, an Ironman, a sub 12 Ironman. I saw Cat at the end of the finishing shoot and I couldn’t wait to hug the hell outa her. A few tears later and everyone else were around congratulating me. I was totally on cloud 9. I was talked in to going to medical and that probably was the best decision I could make after the race. The IV bag and lying by myself, soaking it all in (literally) was great. Finished the run in 4:28:45 (10:15 pace).

Total time = 11:55:45 ….. 25th in age group (30th counting the wetsuit swimmers), 456th overall.

So now its 5 days later and I can’t wait for my next Ironman. I was just saying how I hate the training and how hard it is and crying like a little girl but man o man how I love this sport and lifestyle. I can’t thank my support group enough. They keep me going. I love all you guys so much.And a huge thanks to my wife, Cathlene, for pushing me, keeping me motivated and putting up with me through all this. No way I could do it without you babe.

I want to end with a tweet from Phil - “My bud @gusano82 broke his goal of 12hrs at #imtx today, he is on cloud 9. What car accident almost killed him?!?” – It’s easy to forget the past and how we got to where we are today. I used to think about that accident every day and found myself slowly forgetting it after Ironman CDA. I don’t want that to be my label, but it’s nice that people still remember and know how hard I’ve worked to get here today. Ironman used to just be a dream.

Big shout out to Philip Lavoie finishing his 3rd Ironman distance race and Devin Brown finishing his 1st Ironman!

Finishline Video

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Tejas Triathlon (Colmesneil, TX)

A first year sprint triathlon held in Colmesneil TX at a small Lake Tejas (400m swim, 13 mile bike, 3.1 mile run). Very back woods, nice area that felt just like home. It helped to know half the field competing and probably 80% were first timers. 46 people showed up to race including my brother in law Jake, good friend Mauiricio and life long friend Wiley. It was all their first triathlon and I felt pretty special to be a part of it.

The start was at noon so we had time to drive from my parents house to the race. I thought the noon start was pretty cool and it was perfect timing to see how I dealt with the heat.. Heat? what heat.

Wore my wetsuit in the swim and felt pretty good. I swear the sleeves restrict my shoulder just enough to tire out my bad arm. The swim was longer than expected. I say it was around 600m instead of the planned 400m. The RD thought it was long also. I got a good jump on the swim and stayed in about 3rd the whole way out and was passed by one guy coming back in. So Im 4th in to transition, and 4th out. No big deal. Transition went really smooth except for the sandy transition area and gravel that we had to run out over before mounting the bike.
The bike was hill after hill after hill. The hilliest bike course I have ridden. They werent huge but the ride never flattened out. I passed the first 2 guys ahead of me within the first 2 miles and could see the next one about 1/4 mile up ahead. This whole time I had no idea what place I was in so I was hammering trying to get the next guy. I caught and passed him around mile 8 and kept looking for the next one. Made one turn onto a straightaway of rollers and I couldnt see anyone ahead of. DANG someone must be super fast! Made the last turn and the cop "truck" (of course it was a cop truck, cop cars suck) passed me, threw on his flashers and escorted me in to transition. I was thinking, umm, maybe Im first? maybe not, maybe they are doing this since there is such a big gap. Rolled into transition racked the bike and I was off on the 3 loop run course.
I noticed there werent any other bikes racked but I still had a bad feeling that someone could be ahead of me. It wasnt until the second place guy came in did I realize I could coast and still win. The second loop I finally asked some friends working the water station how far back was second, They said at least half a lap back. I brought my pace down to a more comfortable feel and really enjoyed the last loop. The run course was three loops around the lake on a dirt/sand road. Not the best running surface but we all had to deal with it. It was a great feeling coming in the finishing shoot. The RD announced me crossing the line in 1:10:36, first place overall. Second place came in about 4 minutes after.
I had a great time cheering on my friends and seeing them compete in their first. Had some good times and it was awesome doing a "hometown race" and seeing how much endurance sports have grown in East TX. I was great having my mom and Cathlene there to support me. I think I made them proud :)

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

April Totals

Same story, different month.

Swim - 17,512 yards
Bike - 462.66 miles
Run - 91.4 miles

Ready to race. The hours have been lower than last year but the intensity has increased. Ive added more speed workouts and feel way stronger than I did last year. I only had one 100 mile ride leading up to IMCDA and this year I have 4.

The goal this year is to run most of the marathon. Hoping for sub 5 hours.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Lonestar 70.3

Now known as Ironman 70.3 Texas.

Im starting to learn something about goals and this long distance Ironman stuff. They are nice to have but all goes out the window as soon as the gun goes off.

I had a decent race last weekend and am pretty proud of the results. I just wish everything could click for me on race day. Had great support and that always pushes me a little harder. Saturday night my family shared a double bed hotel room. Family as in Cat, mom, dad, sister, niece, and 2 nephews. Was up at 3:30 ready to race! Had half a chicken biscuit, banana and some coffee for breakfast.

The swim felt great! The water was cold enough for age group wetsuits but the pros were unable to wear theirs. Anyways, within the first 100 yards some punk punches me in the face and one eye fills with water. Rolled over on my back, drained it and kept on going. I felt really good the entire swim except for my shoulder. It started getting pretty tired toward the end of the swim but I was able to hold a steady pace. I think my wetsuit puts a little more stress on the shoulder since I dont really experience this in the pool. Came out of the water in 39:17, a lot slower than I expected but Ill take it.

T1 - 2:24 - skipped the wetsuit strippers. Shoes already clipped in. No problems.

The bike was pretty awesome. Started out with a cross/head wind going out and I hammered pretty hard. I felt really good and held my MPH over 20 until the last 5 miles or so when wind really started slapping you around. I felt my 88mm wheels were great in these conditions. It only took one close call when I grabbed my water bottle and the wind almost blew me off the road. Held on tight after that. Made it to the turnaround and everything got quiet, ahhh nice, the tailwind I was hoping for. Averaged 19.16MPH on the way out and 21.76 on the way back.
Finished the bike in 2:44:54.
T2 - 1:43 - nutin to it.

The first mile of the run I knew it was going to be a long tough one. I couldnt find my pace and having some aches. First my quads cramped up... that went away after popping some endurolytes but then my stomach started feeling full. I was thirsty but didnt want the water or anything else to go in. This never really went away. Due to my quads cramping my IT bands started getting screwy. It wasnt until about mile 10 so I was able to still run without too much pain. The four loop run went like this: 28:14 (8:37), 31:01 (9:28), 34:18 (10:28), 36:29 (11:08). Finished in 2:10. No where near where I should be but oh well, this is all part of training and learning for IMTX.
Swim - 39:17
Bike - 2:44:54 - 20.4 MPH
Run - 2:10:02 - 9:55 pace
Total - 5:38:20
Age group - 44
Overall - 581

Had a great time! Cant wait for IMTX!

Saturday, April 2, 2011

IMTX Training Weekend

Last weekends training was flipping awesome! Friday I took half the day off to pick up the LaVoie's from the airport. Phil was coming in to check out the IMTX bike course and get some good training in, in some heat. The temps were decent but really not hot enough for what May will bring but that dude will be fine.
As soon as they arrived I took took them to Freebirds for some fuel before our swim. good idea? bad idea? probably bad, I'm known to make bad ideas. So from there we head to Dads Club to swim in the outdoor pool, something Phil doesn't get to experience much in NY. Kate decided to jump in with us. Phil and I started off and swam about 2500 yards (for a warmup?). Decided then to swim 5 X 100s at a 1:20 pace, then 2 X 200s easy and 6 X 50s as hard as we could. Finished up with a cool down to knock out 4100 yards in about 1:07 (total swim time for me)... BOOM!
From the pool we met up with Shannon, had a few beers at the house and then went to Cathlene's boys playoff soccer game where we met up with my sister and nephew. After the game I took everyone to meet my buddy Jesus at a local TXMex place where we grubbed out and drank margaritas out of plastic boots.
Saturday morning Phil and I picked up Devin and headed out to The Woodlands to ride the IM course where we met up with 5 others. We had some studs in the group, including Phil, and they pulled us around averaging about 21-22mph the first 50 miles. We hit 100 miles right at 5 hours and I hit the wall. I couldn't make my legs move fast enough to keep up with the group so I fell back and tried to hold 18mph. We ended up getting in 110 miles on the course (including some detours that were not apart of the course) in 5:37, 19.5mph.
We decided not to brick the ride and headed to Freebirds. Beer and burritos after a long hard ride were perfect. From there Cat and Kate took Phil and I to Cats school to ice down our legs. The rest of the day we just kicked it, met Shannon again for mexican food, and crashed out early.
Sunday morning Devin met Phil and I for a quick 7 miler from the house. I was surprised our legs felt as good as they did and we finished with a 7:39 pace.
We finished off the weekend with Migas and beer!
Had an awesome weekend! Who needs to pay hundreds of dollars to train with friends for a weekend when we can throw our own camp? I see many more training weekends in the future. I'm hoping we can make it up to NY some time this summer for one and Devin and I always talk about heading out to west TX for some training.

March Totals

Started a new job in March which totally threw my schedule off. So I'm just getting in what I can when I can. I think I'm still able to manage pretty good training weeks though. Still not hitting 18 hour weeks but they are consistent and I'm hitting all the distance goals. Ive ridden 100+ miles 3 different times (which is more than for IMCDA) and swam over 4k twice now. I'm running 10+ about once a week and will try to get an 18-20 miler in soon. Next weekend I have Lonestar 70.3 so this week will be a slight taper. Hoping to really crush that course. Its perfect for me, flat flat and flat. Will be my first to race the half in Galveston.

March Totals

Swim - 13,300 yards
Bike - 447.32 miles
Run - 73.38 miles

Friday, March 4, 2011

Rodeo Run 10k

Had a pretty good 10k. Ran the first 5k with my friend Mauricio who ran a 3:25 San Antonio marathon. He had a good bit left in the tank so I told him to shift gears. We were holding right at 7 minute miles and I felt like this is all I could manage. I tried to keep him in my sights but mile 5 we came back up an overpass and I slowed down to 7:25 for that mile. Picked it back up and finished pretty strong one minute behind Mauricio.

7:05 pace
25th in age group
163rd overall

Its cool to see my progress over the years of this race. Ive ran it every year since 2005 except 2007 when I destroyed my ITbands and tried to fight that suburban on my bike.
The following are my times over the years:

2005 = 51:48 (8:21 pace)
2006 = 51:23 (8:16 pace)
2008 = 49:23 (7:56 pace)
2009 = 48:02 (7:43 pace)
2010 = 47:21 (7:37 pace)
2011 = 44:07 (7:05 pace)

February Totals

Found a pool at the end of the month. Very little swimming this month but i did knock out a 4k swim in 1:12 which would put me just under my IMCDA swim time. I'm not too worried about the swim. Bike is a different story.

February Totals
Swim: 4,000 yards
Bike: 325.54 miles
Run: 83.79 miles
Strength: 4:45 hours

Thursday, February 17, 2011

NOLA Half Marathon

This past Sunday Cathlene and my parents made the trip out to NOLA to watch my uncle run his first marathon. We were planning on running but finally gave in and Cat and I signed up for the half. I needed to train that weekend anyway. We got there around 1pm Saturday, met up with my aunt and uncle, picked up our packets and hit up some local bars. I wanted to enjoy New Orleans so I didnt hold back to much on the alcohol. I didnt drink a lot but we definitely had a few.

Sunday morning came around and I was feeling pretty good. Walked our way about 2 miles to the start with Cat and my parents. Gave them all shake n bake knuckle bumps and headed to my corral. The weather was perfect and the course was flatter than Disney. The only problem was the road conditions, geez they were uneven and had lots of pot holes. No big deal though. I wanted to hold sub 7:25 pace and started off doing that pretty well. Without Phil, I wasnt sure I would be able to run as fast as we did at Disney. It wasnt until mile 9 when I fell above 7:25. I was ahead of the Disney PR though so I just tried to hold it together. Kept the next few miles under 7:35 and finished strong in 1:37:32 a ONE second PR over Disney! Haha consistent.

7:26 pace
345th overall
50th in age group

We had a great time in NOLA. Went back later to watch my uncle finish. Thats what its about. Was so cool seeing him cross the finish line.... Congratulations uncle Greg!!

Me (far left) Cat (right pic, left) with my uncle (right)

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

January Totals

I haven’t found a pool so my swim suffered in January. Biking has been strictly on the trainer due to the convenience but I plan on starting some weekend long rides this month. Slowly ramping up on running. Still doing P90X every now and trying to get in the 15 minute Ab ripper every other day to help with my core. My weekdays have been going really well except for the swim. Weekends have been really busy with working and still trying to get settled in the new house on top of volunteering for races and racing. Last Sunday we volunteered at the Houston Marathon, This Sunday morning I am pacing Devin for the last 20 miles of his first 100 and then trying to get enough sleep to stay awake during Superbowl. The next weekend we will be in New Orleans for the marathon weekend where my uncle is running his first marathon and Cathlene and I will be running the half. Two weeks after that we have the Rodeo Run 10K.

January Totals:

Swim – 4,600 yards

Bike – 212.98 miles

Run – 55.21 miles

Friday, January 21, 2011

Disney World Half Marathon

Disney World turned out a lot cooler than I expected. But we also had the coolest people to hang with while there and I can’t wait to go back. Cathlene and I arrived Thursday before the race (on Saturday) and met up with Phil , Kate, Samantha and Dave. Before you knew it we were all shacked up in the Dickers room drinking mini keg beer out of cups. That was Monday (I think) after the race so let me start back on Thursday. We all had dinner and a few drinks that night to make for an interesting Friday morning. Packets were picked up Friday and we hit the parks breaking me in with the “it’s a small world” ride… Friday night Cat and I found our pre-race meal in one of the parks and had chicken strips and a chicken fried chicken sandwich with fries (it sounded good at the time and really set well with my stomach on race day).
Saturday morning we were up at 3am and on the magic bus to the race start by 3:45am. Met up with Sam while Phil and Kate were stuck in traffic on their magic bus. They finally made it, Kate found the girls and I found Phil at the entrance to our corral.
The first few miles were pretty crowded and right off the bat stupid people that started in the first corral were walking. I have no problem with walkers but if you know you’re gonna walk, start in the proper corral, that’s what they are there for. At first I thought we were going out way too fast. I didn’t think I would be able to handle the pace but as we kept charging I keep feeling the same,,, good. It was awesome running with Phil. That dude pushed me hard. Around mile 10 he looked at me and said “you know you’re going to set a new PR right?” He dropped me on a couple hills (overpasses) but would slow down and let me catch back up then kept on pulling. It was a great feeling passing the 1:40 pace group with about a mile to go. I didn’t have any goals coming to this race and we kinda set some while running. I was thinking it would be awesome to break 1:40 as my current PR was around 1:42. The weather was perfect and the course was flat. This set us up for a great run. I ignored my heart rate and pace and just ran hard. Our splits were awesome and the final mile ran sub 7. We both finished at 1:37:33 grabbed our medals, pictures, hydration then met Phils parents and waited for the ladies to finish.
We were both worried about the girls since they said they were under-trained or injured but they all finished together with no issues. Big congratulations to Kate for kicking butt in her first half marathon!! Had an awesome time hanging out with these kids and can’t wait to do it again next year. Rumor has it we are running the full marathon, and possibly doing the goofy challenge…HiiiiiiiHoooooo!

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

2010 Totals

Thought I would do a quick summary of my 2010 training totals excluding weights/strength training. This was by FAR my biggest year and hopefully I can continue putting up these numbers.

Swim - 121.03 miles
Bike - 3,550.85 miles
Run - 869.74 miles

Goals for 2011:
Swim ... 150 miles
Bike ... 4,000 miles
Run ... 1,000 miles

Thursday, January 13, 2011

December Totals

Lazy December. Only ran and worked on strength training. Just got back from Disney and we are moving this weekend. I'm pretty sure I won't be able to get into a routine until we are settled in the new place. We will be changing pools too. The plan is to get a membership at a nearby 24hr fitness. I'm hoping to get my swims in the early morning before work.

December Totals:
Swim - 0
Bike - 0
Run - 47.79 miles