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