Friday, September 01, 2006
Some more thoughts on Ironman... For me I have always enjoyed the journey of preparing for an Ironman race. The race itself is almost secondary. This year I had a bit of a detour with the passing of my mother, but in a way, the long days alone training gave me an opportunity to cope in my own way. I really had no expectations going into race day. I have found that in an Ironman race you just take what the day gives you, no more or no less. Suprisingly this was one of the easiest Ironman races for me physically. I was happy with my results. Next year is the 25th anniversary for IMC. Organizers say they are going to open the race up to 3,500 people! I think that is absolutely crazy. Needless to say, I won't be back. I am a bit disappointed in how corporate Ironman has become. It has lost a lot of its original appeal for me. I am not sure what my next big challenge will be. Maybe I'll work on that 200 fly.
Monday, August 28, 2006
WOW!! It's over! Over 2,300 started the swim Sunday morning. I thought the weather was perfect. Bright and sunny. I think the temperature bearly topped 90 in the afternoon. Here's how the race went down:
Swim split: 58:24- I started at my secret spot that Chuckie V showed me during the 2001 race. It was pretty much clear swimming. I was happy with my time considering I have been struggling at masters lately.
Bike split: 5:55- The first 30 miles goes by pretty fast. The climb up Richter Pass was longer than I remember. The climb up to Yellow lake was shorter. One thing I notice in these big races, when I get passed on the bike it is not by one or two people at a time, its by a freakin peloton. 20-30 guys grouped together. That happened 2 or 3 times and that really kinda ticked me off. My back tightened up a bit mid way thru so I backed off to prevent further suffering. All things considered I was happy with my ride.
Run Split: 4:13- 9:41/mile splits doesn't seem very speedy, but during the run I felt like I was moving fairly well. I passed far more people that caught me and my splits were even- 2:05 going out, 2:08 bringing it home.
Total Time: 11:14:36 , 320 place of 2,175 finishers
All in all it was a good long day training.
Saturday, August 26, 2006
Friday, August 25, 2006
Thursday, August 24, 2006
Tuesday, August 22, 2006
AM: Master's IM day
PM: ride, mostly easy, 90 minutes
Off to Canada!!!!
Monday, August 21, 2006
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Saturday, August 19, 2006
Thursday, August 17, 2006
Wednesday, August 16, 2006
Monday, August 14, 2006
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Saturday, August 12, 2006
Friday, August 11, 2006
My friends Josh and Angela are off to Santa Cruz at the end of the month. We had a nice party at Hazard's to send them off. It will be sad to see them go. Josh is a top mechanic and he took great care of all my rides. Cook and Flood also made an appearance. They take great pride in shaving each others heads and dressing alike. Go figure.
AM: Masters swim. Kind of a complicated set. Some easy, some kick, some fast.
PM:80 minute ride
Tomorrow my super brick! Last hard workout!!!
Wednesday, August 09, 2006
A patient brought these back from her trip from Peru. Its made from the extract of the leaves of the coca plant. The native indians chew on coca leaves for that extra boast and to battle fatigue. I'm going to save this baby for the last part of the marathon at IMC!
AM: Masters- main set-100,100,100,200,100,300,100,200,100,100
PM Track- 3x800,1mile, 2x800, 1 mile
Tuesday, August 08, 2006
Monday, August 07, 2006
Sunday, August 06, 2006
While most people visit Hawaii to bask on a sunny beach and drink mai tai's, I dropped a visit to the historic Kamaka Ukulele factory in downtown Honolulu. Second only in nerdyness to maybe the accordian, the uke is none the less a great instrument. It connects me to my parent's past.
Friday workout: Ran for 1 hour
Friday, August 04, 2006
Wednesday, August 02, 2006
Here I am staying at the Pink Lady on Waikiki Beach. The Royal Hawaiian is a grand old hotel, ironically built the same month and year of the birth of my mom. Went for a run this evening. Ran for an hour, worked up a good sweat in the humidity. I'm thinking all this heat training should pay off in Canada.
Tuesday, August 01, 2006
In case you are wondering what the Wanger keeps in his refer: watermelon, unidentified leftovers, 2 cartons of soy milk, bottle of water and 2 tubs of yogurt.
Swam a bit this morning. This evening I'm packing and heading off to Hawaii for my mom's memorial.
Monday, July 31, 2006
So I'm around 10 miles into the bike and I blow my rear tire. Not really too much of a problem but I couldn't get the friggen sew up off the wheel. I kept telling myself this was only a training race and my time didn't matter but it still bugged me watching everyone pass me by. After 20 or so minutes of prying and hand cramps I finally got that tire off. I put on a ratty old spare and I continued the ride, scared to death that it was going to roll off at every corner. I finished in 5:34. Felt pretty good all day and all in all it was a good day training.
Saturday, July 29, 2006
Thursday, July 27, 2006
Bugman turned 15 last month and although he is totally deaf now, he still is amazingly spry for an old guy.
AM- Masters swim- IM day today
PM- easy spin for 1:20
Tomorrow I'm off to Vineman. I'm staying with the Wanger. I'm really curious to see if he has any furniture in his house. We seem to have gotten a little break in the heat which is a bit of a relief.
Wednesday, July 26, 2006
I've been on a mini taper this week. Heading up for the Vineman half ironman this weekend. Its been nice and hot up there so there should be plenty of excitment!
AM masters: 2x100, 200, 2x50, 3 times thru.
Lunch time at the gym
PM- Ran for a little more than an hour. I stuck in 1 mile at 6:50 pace just to stretch it out a bit.
Tuesday, July 25, 2006
Monday, July 24, 2006
Sunday, July 23, 2006
The Wanger was in town today so we rode out to Ojai up to the summit above Santa Paula. The temperatures topped 100, with some humidity to add to the pleasure. Total ride was 100 miles. I ran for about 20 minutes afterwards. The heat has been absoulutely crazy. Penticton has been hovering around 100 so if this keeps up I'm in for a long day!
Saturday, July 22, 2006
Thursday, July 20, 2006
Wednesday, July 19, 2006
Monday, July 17, 2006
Sunday, July 16, 2006
Saturday, July 15, 2006
Friday, July 14, 2006
Thursday, July 13, 2006
AM Swim Masters- A triathlon celebrity, Wendy Ingram, join our lane for a swim. Main set- 100m, 2x150m, 1oom, 3 times thru. The 2nd 100 was fast.
Lunchtime- to the gym for a core workout.
PM- Track- 8x1000. Just tried to hold a steady effort, 6:40 pace
I overdid it a bit at the gym and I'm a little sore today. Rode 90 minutes
Tuesday, July 11, 2006
Monday, July 10, 2006
This morning: 400m, 2x200, 300m, 3x200m, 3x100m.
PM: easy spin for 1 hour
Sunday, July 09, 2006
Wednesday, July 05, 2006
Tuesday, July 04, 2006
Monday, July 03, 2006
Sunday, July 02, 2006
Finally there was some hot training weather. I drove over to the valley. Rode 100, ran 2:40. The run felt pretty good, except I couldn't bring quite enough fluids and I got a bit dehydrated at the end.
Friday, June 30, 2006
AM: Masters Swim- Fast 50's today. I did as many as I could fly until I cracked.
Off to the gym for some core then I embarked on my death defying bike ride.
Thursday, June 29, 2006
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Tuesday, June 27, 2006
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Tuesday, June 20, 2006
These are my new cycling shoes. They are 2 oz lighter than my old Carnacs. Hmmm, lets see, 2oz, 80 revolutions per minute over a 6 hour ironman bike ride.... thats 3,600 lbs saved! Boy I should fly on that run!
Lunchtime- 40 min run
PM- 70 min bike
Monday, June 19, 2006
Sunday, June 18, 2006
I took this picture yesterday in honor of my friend Mike T.. Mike and I took several bike adventures from SB to San Diego. That was probably the last time I was in Santa Monica.
Today's workout- Run 2h15m. 4 mile tempo run which pretty much ruined me for the rest of the run.
Saturday, June 17, 2006
Sadly, my mom passed away today. 27 days after she was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. A nurse friend said, “Pancreatic cancer, quick and painful”. Mom never complained once. During her last days she says, “I’ve had a good life, don’t worry about me”. Mom was 79 years old. She walked 3 miles a day. Born in a small plantation town on the
Today I rode from
Wednesday, June 14, 2006
Lunchtime: at the gym for some core work.
PM: Off to Duncan Thomas' house to celebrate his daughter, Devin's graduation from high school. Duncan was bemoaning his recent propensity for night cramps.
Tuesday, June 13, 2006
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Wednesday, June 07, 2006
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Thursday, June 01, 2006
Wednesday, May 31, 2006
I was really kind of pissed off when someone took my water bottle off a park bench while I was running. You can never go home again...
Tuesday, May 30, 2006
Monday, May 29, 2006
Saturday, May 27, 2006
Friday, May 26, 2006
Thursday, May 25, 2006
Wednesday, May 24, 2006
Lunchtime- core work at the gym
PM: A Rusty torture session. I ran with Melissa, 16x200 uphill on the grass in Shoreline Park. I managed 15 before I blew. I was toast!
Tuesday, May 23, 2006
Monday, May 22, 2006
Sunday, May 21, 2006
Saturday, May 20, 2006
PS: I got my first flat of the season today!
Friday, May 19, 2006
AM Masters- main set- 4x150m, 2x100m, twice thru
PM- to the gym for some core work followed by a 90 minute run.
Tomorrow I plan to head to the Valley to try and get away from the overcast weather we've been having over the past month
Thursday, May 18, 2006
Wednesday, May 17, 2006
PM: Mike set up a 600m run on the grass in Shoreline Park. So our workout was 5x600m with a full recovery, then 5x 200m. Running on the grass was tough. Ith felt like my legs weren't going anywhere! I also totally suck running 200's.
Tuesday, May 16, 2006
Sunday, May 14, 2006
Saturday, May 13, 2006
Friday, May 12, 2006
Thursday, May 11, 2006
Wednesday, May 10, 2006
Tuesday, May 09, 2006
The Wanger sent me this picture of Natasha Badman at Wildflower this past weekend. Check out those areobars. I would have have liked to see her screaming down that descent after the nasty grade!
Tonight: Track workout- 1 mile, 4x400, 1mile, 4x400
My legs felt the pain that last 400!
Monday, May 08, 2006
Sunday, May 07, 2006
I ran a whimpy 2 1/2 hours this morning.
Saturday, May 06, 2006
Friday, May 05, 2006
Thursday, May 04, 2006
Wednesday, May 03, 2006
Tuesday, May 02, 2006
Monday, May 01, 2006
Sunday, April 30, 2006
Saturday, April 29, 2006
Friday, April 28, 2006
AM: Masters Swim: we did some kicking today. Main set- 2x 200m, 2x50 kick, 4 x 100m, 4x50 kick, 6 x 50m, 6 x 50 kick.
PM: an easy jog to the gym for a little core.
SB Running 10 miler tomorrow. I'll try for 7:00 min/miles
Thursday, April 27, 2006
Wednesday, April 26, 2006
Tuesday, April 25, 2006
Monday, April 24, 2006
Sunday, April 23, 2006
Saturday, April 22, 2006
Friday, April 21, 2006
Off the the gym for some core.
PM: Medium long run, about 2 hours
There was a nice article about my dental hygienist, Stacey, in the SB Newspress today. She just started racing mountain bikes a couple of years ago and is kicking some butt this year. I got a mention as a top Santa Barbara Ironman triathlete which is a little embarrassing. It should have read: top Santa Barbara Ironman triathlete in the middle age oriental dentist division.
Thursday, April 20, 2006
PM: time for a ride up Old San Marcos and Painted Cave this evening. Would have gone a little longer but it started getting dark. Total ride- 1 1/2 hours
Wednesday, April 19, 2006
Tuesday, April 18, 2006
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Thursday, April 13, 2006
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Monday, April 10, 2006
Sunday, April 09, 2006
Saturday, April 08, 2006
Friday, April 07, 2006
Here's my GriffenVulcan Kompressor with Zipp 606 wheels. It rides pretty well. Now I just have to work on the legs to power it!
AM: Masters Swim- Main set- 2x100m, 6x50m, 2x150m, 3x100m, 200m
Off the the gym for some core.
PM: Run 90 min, ride easy 90 min