Friday, January 30, 2009

Good grief Charlie Brown

When will you ever learn?

It was all "worry worry worry. This person is doing this and I'm only doing this. I'm not working hard enough...blah, blah, blah".

Now look at you. You're working harder than ever.

Just one conversation with Dave Scott ends all worries about not doing enough.

No wonder they call him 'the man'.

Doing his workouts and you're guaranteed to do well on Ironman!

After a quick chit-chat we got right down to business. What are you doing now? What have you done? What do you want to do?

Get this...I told him my goals and...he didn't laugh!

Now that's a good coach!

Then he lays it out for me:
3 runs
3 bike
3 swim
Some weights

Umm...I'm not a mathlete, but that seems like there are more workouts then there are days in the week! Oh no! Double workout days!

So the freakout about not doing enough is GONE!

Thanks everyone for all nice, supportive comments. They really helped ease me back from the edge.

I don't know what the next freakout will be, but I'm sure that there's more in store for me.

Ironman here I come!

Sunday, January 18, 2009

so...this is what a freak out is...hmmm

So...It's 22 weeks until IMCDA. (I like I.M.C.D.A. It's some how dehumanizing to the event. Some how all those intials blurrrr the cold hard reality)

22 weeks. That's NOT a lot of time!


Let's talk about race times. Never a good thing! Truth is, I am not the fastest boy out there (shocking!).

My run times are slow, averaging about 12 min/mile for the marathon. I am getting nice and fast (for me) on the short miles but it is not translating to long distance.

My bike times are not much better. My typical average speed is right around 14 mph. That seems to be case no matter how hard I push the pace, big ring or small ring; Hills or flat; none of it seems to matter. It always averages out to 14. If I take that speed to CDA, I'll be out there for a looong time.

I've got to find a way to get better and I've got to do it quickly.

22 weeks is not a lot of time and I need to get faster. Faster running, faster swimming and heck of a lot faster biking.

22 weeks.

No pressure.

I actually thought that I was doing good. Not Ryan good but first-timer good. If the race was today, then no way, but come D day then sure. Good to go.

But then I check out Shannon's Blog.

Umm..she's doing a double workout. E.v.e.r.y.d.a.y! That means wake up at 5. Workout. Work, Come home, Workout, sleep. Repeat and repeat and repeat!

That's not me! That's not me by even half.

So...should that be me? I mean this is my first IM. But..this ISN'T hers!

Maybe..just maybe (more than maybe), she knows something that I don't.

Not that I'm freaking out or anything but!!!!!!

This Wednesday, I start with David Scott. It looks like it'll be about 6 weeks of schedule training with a consulte at the beginning. I assume he'll send me a training schedule and then we'll have a couple e-mails during the weeks.

After that we'll start over again. For 4 months. That should take me right about into taper. Either this will be great or this will be a total flop.

Either way it'll involve some seroius training.

I can't wait. Because, I mean REALLY I need some help!


On a side note, I found out that I can still swim! I still suck, I am still slow, but at least I found out that I can still make forward motion in the water!

We have a new swim/masters group here, and they are offering a month of stroke drills. Easy no pressure. Emphasis on technique not speed. Sounds like a great way to get back into the water.

One good thing I've noticed is that my cardio is still pretty good. Now mind you these are only drills but I actually found that I wasn't dying for breath at the end of each lap; As a matter of fact I was relaxed and calm. I didn't need to worry about breathing at all. I actually found that I could do the whole 25 without breath at all. NICE! And the best thing was that at the end I wasn't hypoxic, I actually felt fine!

That is awesome. Each 25 was breathless! Of course, this was only doing drills and it doesn't translate to hard swimming, but still it was cool.

It's was a nice first time back into the water.

OK! So to review. I have just under 6 months to become a faster runner. I need to be a heck of a lot faster biker and still have a lot of work on the swim.

Run; bike; swim.

Work your weakness!

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Rock N Roll Vegas Style!

The Race Report is on its way, but in the meantime:

What’s that?

Rock and Roll?


Las Vegas?

OH yeah BABY!

The Las Vegas marathon is now the Rock n Roll marathon!

Rock n Roll has bought the Vegas marathon and let the good times roll.

If you love the rock n roll type of marathons with lots of live music and huge support (and who doesn’t love it?).

If you love a nice flat course (And who doesn’t?)

Then why have you not registered yet?? I mean come on! You got me, you got Las Vegas, and you know you’re gonna have a rockin good time!

What else do you need?

Borsch, you asked where do we go next? Here

Monday, January 12, 2009

I'm so far behind, I'll NEVER die!

(I wanted to steal Calyx's title)

I’m not DEAD!

I know…I SUCK! It’s been almost a month since I have reported in.

I should be slapped.

But never fear, I haven’t been eating bon bons on the couch (OK that was ALL I have done!), I actually got out there a rode the bike, ran a marathon and more!

Oddly enough, it’s all these activities that have prevented me from writing. I want to do a race report, but before that I have to write about my long bike ride, and after that I need to write about my fun run and don’t forget to write about the snow mountain and don’t forget…..

At this rate, I am so far behind that I’ll never get caught up!

So screw it!

Here I am and we start from here!