April 21, 2013
Ha, I have to chuckle in reflection. I view my outcome a lot like Javier Gomez's ITU race yesterday in San Diego. A few things didn't go my way.
1. I've been struggling with some really tight gluts from doing some different biking sets this year. Add in some long car travel, things were tight. I had some ART done the day before the race, but it wasn't enough. My right gluteus medius grew into a minor ache as the race progressed. At miles 7-8, the gluts on both side started to cramp and suddenly other minor player muscles like vastus lateralius and IT Band had to compensate to keep going. The effort felt the same, but the pace was much slower.
2. It was cold. I dressed in shorts, short sleeve shirt, visor and running gloves. I should have ran in running pants and a long sleeve shirt. I felt warm for the first 2 miles, but got a little chilled from there on.
3. Trick ankle flared up. Yup, that's the old injury that occurred 15 years ago while playing soccer. In cold temperature and/or rainy day it aches. Today it was a problem. To compensate, I ran more on the mid-foot compensate.
1 - 5:53
2 - 5:55
3 - 5:56
4 - 6:03 (into wind)
5 - 5:57 (into wind)
6 - 6:07 (into wind)
7 - 6:06
8 - 6:04
9 - 6:22
10 - 6:17
11 - 6:35
12 - 6:34
13 - 6:23
.1 - 6:04
I'm going to brush it off and have a better outcome next time. Take home points: skip the weekly hard bike ride and take a salt tablet at mile 5.
Sunday, April 21, 2013
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
After a few minutes to regain my composure, we took off and I did my best to manage the pain. Marc had some Advil along that I took and that started to kick in about 30 minutes later.
It was a long haul back. We had another two hours in front of us and I was bonking. Somehow I thought this was a 10 mile ride so I had only packed two Powerbars. So for the next few hours I grimaced at the pain and tried to ignore the ache in my stomach. The last thirty minutes of ride was not rideable so I walked bits and pieces of it. In many sections the trail led right to the cliff's end making any sort of mistake a fatal one. Eventually, the end came and after catching my breath, I felt reinvigorated enough to ride hard back to town and give back my bike.
It was great trip and something I look forward to doing again.
PS Because my flight got delayed I spent another day in the area of Park City, Utah in a quaint town of Coalville. Because Marc has a decent motorcycle collection, we did a nice ride in the area in the early evening.
Thursday, September 20, 2012
I signed up for Ironman Wisconsin 2013. 2012 was a fun year without a single triathlon. Without the burden of a weekly training regiment, I had a lot of free time. It allowed me to have a life as well as participate in a few non-athletic hobbies as well. Last year in the midst of traveling to Kona, we bought a mid century modern house in Fox Point. It has permitted me to grow my MCM furniture collection and abstract-modern art collection. At this point, I'm nearly at the end given the space requirements of the house so another endeavor needs to fill the time hence the return to Ironman.
Since I've had a number of good races under my belt and done Kona, I don't really care about how it turns out and remain focused on being the rabbit and Thomas Brunold being the tortoise, ie keeping Thomas Brunold staying behind me for as long as possible (or any others for that matter.) My guess is that it'll take:
Swim - 55
Bike - 5:10
Run - 3:02-05
Training Benchmarks become:
10x200 on 2:30 with 10 seconds rest
230 watts for 4 hrs
7:05 pace for most runs
Swim - hard the first 100 yards, settle in
Bike - 220 watts; 260 hill cap
Run - 7:00 for first three miles then a bit faster
The funny thing for me is that my wife Adrienne is the biggest pusher of this. She is tried of me goofing off and thinks I need to do this race to achieve my "nearly perfect race" as most of the ones in the past were be marred by inexperience, flat tires, a penalty, and a busy work schedule. I can live with those hiccups, but she cannot. Secretly, I think she just wants me to be her training partner and do every workout with her rather than just a few like I did this year. See you out there training! Best Regards, Matt
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
I had a fun time doing this with Scott. He was looking to go 1:19 and take out the first few miles at 6 flat. I hung on for about 2.5 miles before settling in at 6:2X pace. Certainly not a hot rod time but good considering weekly run mileage is about 15-18 miles/week.
Saturday, March 17, 2012
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
Wednesday, December 28, 2011
This has been an interesting year. It was a constant juggle between the fun of participating in a new work venture and the drag of Ironman training. I knew upfront that Ironman was going to take a back seat this year and that work was ramping up; however, I did not expect to have significant hangups when it came to training. Unfortunately, I did get sidelined for awhile.
As I danced across the Central USA for work, I visited too many YMCA's to remember, along with unknown roads, parks, and sidewalks. On my third trip to St Louis, running around the Arch was becoming a bore, especially since it was nearly midnight when I finally fit the workout in. The eventual result was a bad back that lingered with me through Ironman Hawaii.
While the finishing times at this year's races were not great, the fun level was mostly high. American Triple T was a record bottom mainly because the motivation was low, the training going in was too hard, and I got lazy during the races and forgot to take-in the necessary nutrition. Thank goodness I'm not going back to Ohio.
Ironman Hawaii was fun. Because of the aches and pains it wasn't as fun as I'd hope. Adrienne and I did manage to cross the line together, something unique, but that uniqueness did not satisfy the need for conclusion. We both left Hawaii with feelings of "only if." Is there another Ironman Hawaii to come? At the moment, I'll say yes. If life doesn't get more hectic, I figure I'll go back to race the race.
2012 remains uncharted. I have resumed training with Adrienne to the extent of doing something for fitness. I may do a few races this coming year.