Posted on: September 5, 2008 11:18 am

August training totals, the end is near

My girlfriend completed her Ironman in Louisville this weekend, finishing in 15:45.  I'm so proud of her and what she achieved, it's an impressive feat to finish an Ironman.  She worked her ass off to achieve that goal and she deserves the kudos for what she accomplished.  She's an inspiration to me.

It's less than a month until the Longhorn Half-Ironman, so I'm hitting the last ~2 weeks of heavy training before the tapering starts.  I'm already starting to get nervous about the event; I mean I've been training and the plan I'm using has been pretty successful for many people so I should do alright.  It's just that I haven't actually done this race distance before so I don't know that I can finish and finish well.  It's mildly terrifying thinking about it.  I'm probably just having a bad day, other days I feel good about my chances.  I'm going to be a ball of nerves the days leading up to the event.

August totals:
Swim: 10060.00 Yd - 3h 09m 02s
Bike: 217.11 Mi - 12h 37m 31s (new PR!)
Run: 40.2 Mi - 6h 50m 06s

2008 totals:
76055.4 Yd - 26h 30m 55s
Bike: 1026.70 Mi - 62h 26m 18s
Run: 264.52 Mi - 47h 07m 03s

September events:
TX Tough Bike Rally - 56 Miles: September 14th
Category: General
Posted on: August 4, 2008 12:10 pm
Edited on: August 4, 2008 12:13 pm

July training totals & nutrition worries

I didn't hit any new records on training volume for each discipline this month, but I had easily the most well-balanced month thus far. I was just under my personal best on the bike & swim, and I was about 13 miles off my PR for the run. I can tell the training plan is getting near its peak of the training schedule as the lengths of individual training sessions are growing. Nonetheless, I felt like I wasn't getting long enough bike rides in so I'm going to try to do 1-2 "overdistance" rides a month. In other words, I'm going to do 1-2 rides that are 56+ miles so that I know how I feel when I'm getting off the bike at the race. I did the first of these Saturday(it was the 1st so I didn't include it in the totals here) and it opened my eyes to a couple of things. The biggest is that my nutrition needs work. I need to put something in the bike that's a little more 'solid' than Gu or Clif Shot Bloks. After 3+ hours on the bike, my stomach isn't happy with them anymore. I'm definitely hungry near the end of the ride and the Gu doesn't cut it. It may be something as simple as bringing a Clif Bar or similar on the bike, I'll have to try it out in the coming weeks. But this is one of the things I wouldn't know from a 2-2.5 hour ride; as odd as it sounds, the extra 30-60 minutes makes a difference.

July totals:
Swim: 11300.00 Yd - 3h 31m 05s
Bike: 188.09 Mi - 11h 28m 18s
Run: 45.08 Mi - 8h 36m 36s

2008 totals:
Swim: 65995.4 Yd - 23h 21m 53s
Bike: 873.09 Mi - 53h 32m 47s
Run: 224.32 Mi - 40h 16m 57s

August events:
Rockwall triathlon(sprint distance): August 24th
Posted on: May 19, 2008 4:35 pm
Edited on: May 19, 2008 4:36 pm

A look back at my training totals

On an unrelated site, I was talking with some friends about new running shoes(more importantly, trying to dissuade them from buying Nikes and ruining their knees in the process) and I brought up how much I've run using the Mizunos that I love so much. I decided to take a look back and see what my training totals were since I started doing triathlons in 2006. I didn't have the '06 numbers handy, but I pulled the stats since Jan '07 and it kinda surprised me.

2008 totals
Bike: 26h 28m 30s - 423.85 Miles
Run: 23h 59m 46s - 136.58 Miles
Swim: 14h 47m 09s - 38,625 Yards

2007 totals
Bike: 32h 13m 35s - 560.01 Miles
Run: 55h 46m 33s - 341.17 Miles
Swim: 13h 59m 41s - 42,200 Yards

Overall totals
Bike: 983.86 Miles
Run: 477.75 Miles
Swim: 80,825 Yards

Total time training since Jan 1, 2007: 167 Hours, 15 Minutes, 14 Seconds or about an hour short of 30 days.

That's a lot of freaking time. And you know what? I wouldn't take any of it back. OK maybe the time on a treadmill or a bike trainer because that's just miserable , but otherwise it's been mostly fun and very rewarding on a mental/physical/emotional level. I'm in arguably the best shape of my life and I'm doing something I enjoy. I could think of a lot worse ways to spend a month of my life.

I'll venture back over here more regularly to post some of the stories of my training the last couple months, like my never-ending saga with the CycleOps bike trainers or my encounters with wildlife while out running(mostly them attacking me...or as I call it, 'tempo work')
Posted on: April 8, 2008 10:34 pm

H-IM training notes for 04/05 wk; new swim record

I hit a new high mark on my monthly swim total! This was the first time I've cracked 10,000 yards in a month. I've been swimming for about 2 years now, sometimes with a break when I get burnt out. For whatever reason, I've never gotten over 10,000 yards in a month. It hasn't been a goal I've ever pushed for or anything mind you, it just never happened. I hit 9,000+ yards one month last year, that's as close as I came. I realized on the 31st that I was only about 350 yards from cracking 10k, so I decided to go swim and crack this total. Well, not only did I break 10k but I broke 11k. The best part is that I didn't feel like I was making some massive investment in time & energy. The work with the swim coach has really been paying off.

As for the other parts, I bought a new bike trainer. Well, I say "new". The reality is the online store sent me some completely used POS that was in worse shape than the one I gave to my girlfriend. They swear it was an accident and it was shipped straight from the warehouse, so they're trying to get a new one to me. We'll see how that sorts out. Riding on the trainer can be a real beating; you're not going anywhere and TV can only entertain so much when you're exercising. I don't see me getting much beyond an hour at a time on that thing.

03/30 - 04/06 Totals:
Swim: 1600.00 Yd - 28m 22s
Bike: 50.39 Mi - 3h 03m 48s
Run: 8.19 Mi - 1h 23m 45s

March Totals:
Swim: 11250.00 Yd - 3h 37m 26s
Bike: 136.40 Mi - 8h 35m 29s
Run: 25.56 Mi - 4h 35m 27s
Posted on: March 31, 2008 1:26 pm

H-IM notes for the last 2 weeks

I skipped on the blog entry last week as I was attending a friend's funeral. I won't get into the details too seriously as funeral talk is a downer, but suffice it to say my friend dying from a heart attack at 40 reminds me why I work out. He was a great guy and a friend to everyone he ever met, and there are a lot of people in the world that are sadder because he's gone. If he had watched his weight better and worked out more, he might still be here. He was an athlete in college too; he was a lineman for OU in the 80s and was a wrestler in high school(maybe college too, not sure about that though). But even he fell ill to diabetes after his weight went to sh*t. Anyway, I won't go on a long diatribe, but I took a valuable lesson from his demise about the importance of staying fit. The last couple weeks were a wash from a workout perspective thanks to attending to all the events around his death(not to mention March Madness), but I'm working back into the workout routine now.

03/16-03/29 Totals:
Swim: 5150.00 Yd - 2h 04m 09s(includes 1 hour swim coach time)
Run: 10.24 Mi - 1h 49m 06s

Posted on: March 17, 2008 2:14 pm

H-IM notes for 03/16 week

This last week was a pretty kick-ass week of training. I hit the bike 3 times, put in a long brick workout(30 mile bike + 6.2 mile run), and my swim instructor even called my new form 'pretty'. If I could knock out weeks like this regularly, I could be ready for a H-IM in about half the time it's going to take me now. It helps that there were no late-night maintenances this week and the weather cooperated, but nonetheless this was a good training week. To give you an idea of how much I trained this week, I basically duplicated my cycling mileage total from the entire month of February this week.

As a result, I think I'm ready to tell my girlfriend about signing up for this thing. I bought her this shirt and I'm going to put it in a box with my entry form. Hopefully she'll react well. I think she will...OK I hope she will. The shirt will be here this week, so there's no going back I guess.
(OK now I'm nervous...sh*t)

One downside is that my neck is starting to act up on me again. I've always had a problem with neck pain when my cycling ramps up. It's probably due to my form, but I don't know how to change my form to alleviate/minimize it...or if that's even possible. Maybe I need to strengthen my back muscles or something. I'm going to bug a few people about this, because right now I can't do 3+ hours on the bike with this kind of pain.

03/09-03/15 Totals:
Swim: 2000.00 Yd - 18m 43s(1 hour swim coaching not included in time)
Bike : 75.91 Mi - 4h 48m 23s
Run: 6.20 Mi - 1h 10m 18s
Category: General
Posted on: March 3, 2008 1:55 pm
Edited on: March 3, 2008 1:56 pm

H-IM for 03/02 wk; 5 signs triathlon season is on

It looks like winter's coming to a close in Tex-oh wait, nevermind, it's snowing outside. I think Texas weathermen are masochists by nature; only somebody who enjoys public scorn & verbal abuse would take on the job of trying to predict weather in this state. Yesterday it was 80 & sunny, today the high is 45...and that was at 7am. It's supposed to snow at least an inch in the DFW area. I know that doesn't sound like much to anyone north of the Mason/Dixon line, but you have never shared an icy road with a Texas driver. There are 2 types of drivers in Texas when it comes to icy roads: 10mph or 90mph, and they share the same roads. There's almost nobody who drives sensibly in Texas when the snow & ice hit. The entire city shuts down if the roads ice over at all. Can you blame them? Who wants to get stuck behind a Ford Fiesta doing 12mph on the Dallas North Iceway with an Excursion flying up your ass at 85? Anyway, this last week wasn't a bad week for getting in some outdoor training. The weather was decent, though I made sure to get a ride in on Saturday because Sunday sounded like it was going to be windy(and it was, my gf actually got blown off her bike on her ride). With things starting to warm up, you see some signs that the triathletes are ramping up for the summer:

  1. The 'Team in Training' jerseys start surfacing. The TnT people are great and they're working for a good cause(fundraising for cancer research), but their logo should be changed to say 'HI I'M A N00B' or 'WATCH OUT, I SWERVE'. If you're not a TnT coach, you're probably a newcomer to the sport. They're the tri equivalent of "New Year's Resolutionists" at the gym. Good for them for improving themselves and raising money for a good cause, but Sweet Jesus Stay To The Right.
  2. Tan lines. During the summer, I look like I'm wearing a pair of white bike shorts when I'm naked. Calm down ladies; I know the image of a pasty ass really gets you going, but I'm taken.
  3. The barely-there bike shorts. A note to any prospective triathletes: bike shorts don't last forever, they get thinner over time. At a certain point, they get translucent bordering on transparent. The problem is that the transparent part is on your butt; so unless you preen in the mirror, bent over staring at your butt in the shorts, you're not going to know unless somebody else tells you. This happens mostly in the beginning & end of the season when people are either dusting off a pair from last season or using shorts they've been using too long at the end of the season. When you combine that with #2, that's a lot of glowing gluteus maximus in a group ride. When in doubt, replace the shorts. You don't want to see my pasty butt anymore than I want to see yours...unless you're a hot woman. In that case, please never change out your cycling shorts. Sincerely, All Male Triathletes
  4. The Jammers. Listen, I don't mind if people listen to music when they train. I do it too. But I never blare the music so loudly that I can't hear somebody screaming "ON YOUR LEFT" when they're passing you on the road/trail/sidewalk. That's just for running; the people that wear headphones in both ears on open roads when cycling are just asking to be somebody's hood ornament. I only put on headphones when I'm on a closed path(i.e. not on a path with vehicles) and even then I put it on low and only in my right ear. That way I can hear anyone coming up behind me, whether they announce themselves or not. Everybody needs motivational music, but The Jammers only motivate me to go on a psychotic rampage against all iPods.
  5. The Piranha. These guys - and let's face it, 90% of them ARE guys - are the speed demons. They go 20+ mph, they ride in packs, and they're on a mission to train no matter who is in their way. These guys will fly by you without so much as a whisper. They've got the right to the road/path as much as anyone else, but you have to keep an eye out for them or they'll scare the unholy sh*t out of you.
Of course I was happy that Daylight Savings time started this weekend. I was looking forward to an extra hour of sun to work out in, being able to get out and run outside after work without hurrying. That also meant I might be able to ride once a week after work since the group rides would be starting up. Then my gf informed me that I was a week off. Apparently I don't know how to read a calendar, which bodes well for any appointments I have coming up. Oh well.

02/24 - 03/02 Totals:
Bike: 32.58 Mi - 2h 03m 18s
Swim: 2000.00 Yd -35m 15s
Run: 6.00 Mi - 1h 00m 51s

Feb 2008 Totals:
Bike: 79.31 Mi - 5h 20m 52s
Swim: 6230 Yd - 3h 07m 13s
Run: 36.86 Mi - 6h 46m 21s

2008 Totals through 03/02/2008:
Bike: 130.12 Mi - 8h 33m 09s
Run: 63.97 Mi - 11h 18m 27s
Swim: 16230 Yd - 6h 35m 22s
Strength: 50m
Posted on: February 20, 2008 9:32 am

H-IM notes for the week of 02/17 + injury notes

Last weekend I bought new aero bars for the bike. If you're not familiar with aero bars, I explained them in a previous post. Here's a picture of some handlebars with clip-on aero bars as well:


Anyway, I got a set installed on the bike and had the bike re-fitted since my aero position changes with the new bars. They raised the seat up about 3/4 of an inch amongst some other changes. You wouldn't think 3/4" would make much difference, but after riding on Monday(the results will be in next week's totals) I can tell you without a doubt that it absolutely killed me. Specifically, it killed one part of me. The most sensitive part of me. You see, there's a condition called "cyclist's penis"(no I'm not making it up, read about it here) that any male cyclist who puts in decent miles will probably experience at some point.  Basically your little guy downstairs will go numb if your bike fit is wrong, because you're sitting on important blood vessels and depriving Man's True Best Friend of oxygen & blood.  The solution is usually either getting a better bike fit or trying out a new saddle.  I know my saddle is fine, so I took the bike in to get the seat dropped back down.  Hopefully I won't have to go through that again, because if you let the condition persist you can have any number of long-term issues(like impotence, for example...yikes).  So fellas, if you're reading this and your junk falls asleep on rides, go get your bike fit & saddle checked ASAP.

I had a slow training week otherwise.  I've got to rededicate myself to working out on the weekends now that work is really ramping up and keeping me from hitting the pavement more than I might otherwise.  It looks like my run & bike totals will be up in February, but my swim totals are declining sharply this month.  Getting a good training balance is hard to do with 3 different disciplines involved.  I'm already over 50 miles running for the year, which is a good start.  I just need to keep pushing.

02/10 - 02/16 Totals:
R: 13.62 Mi - 2h 33m 32s
S: 700.00 Yd - 13m 52s
Category: General
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