Sunday, March 22, 2009

For the love of it

Today, I tried out the computrainer CDA course offered by the Dave Carlson (the president of the Las Vegas Tri club).

The computrainer (for those who don’t know) is a trainer hooked up to a computer that automatically changes the resistance on the bike to simulate the hills and the terrain of a course. Dave actually has the advanced model and has a simulation of the CDA course!

Basically, it is a real movie of the course done on race day that shows everything about the ride course. Complete with transition, water stops, the multitude of turns and of course the hills!

The coolest thing about this is that Dave offers his garage up for free! He freely lets riders who are doing CDA come over and ride the computrainer. Anyone who lives in Las Vegas and doesn’t come over is a fool. (Seriously, go see him!)

JT did it last year and raved how much it helped, both physically and mentally.

Anyways, While I sat there struggling through the ride (and I did struggle! Just because it’s a trainer doesn’t mean it is easy on you) a random thought occurred to me.

During the Red Rock Marathon, I finished up with a group of marathon maniacs. I love the marathon maniacs, especially the older guys. These guys are usually retired and they (and often their spouses too) float around the country hitting marathons in each state. It’s not uncommon to hear guys doing one each month. A few of the guys boast 100+ marathons!

But one guy in particular had more marathons than anyone: 209. Two-hundred-and-nine!

He had just done a marathon the week prior to this marathon! He was doing Boston in April and between this marathon and Boston he was doing 3 more!

That's 213 marathons before May!!

I don’t know about you, but 213 is huge!!

I like ice cream. A LOT. I really like ice cream. But a marathon isn’t just an ice cream scoop; it’s like eating three-four scoops of ice cream all at once. You have to be determined to eat ice cream. You have to really love ice cream.

As much as I love ice cream (and I do LOVE it), 213 big bowls of ice cream??!!

In my entire life, I don’t think I’ve eaten that many. 213 ‘full size pizzas’? Nope! 213 ‘bloody Marys’? Nope! 213 ‘all day naps’…ooh that’s a close one but...nope!

213 marathons…that is a P-A-S-S-I-O-N for running!


The Stretch Doc said...

come on.. 213 Beers.. OH YEAH!! your there buddy!!

I dig those random thoughts while on that CompuTrainer.

Nice to get it done though, huh!


Calyx Meredith said...

What a great opportunity. So glad you got to ride the (virtual) course. And 213 marathons? Wow. (I'm not sure I have 213 4-mile runs under my belt.) It's amazing where your mind wanders when you have that much time on the bike, isn't it?

ShirleyPerly said...

How nice of Dave to let others use his computrainer! It's the next best thing to being there from what I've heard, and actually harder too because there's no coasting downhills.

I love those Marathon Maniac & 50-stater old-timers too. Once went out to dinner with some and sat next to an 80-yr-old guy who'd done something like 800 marathons. Incredible!!

Unknown said...

Doing the Computrainer course for CDA is a fantastic idea. The better you know the course, the better you are going to do on race day. Great idea! Use it as much as you can.

213 marathons is a whole lot of them, that's for sure.

IronWaddler said...

How cool to do the course ahead of time! That's an advantage.

That marathoner is awesome.

Borsch said...

wow...213! That is a lot! During Twin Cities last year Pharmie and I passed an 80 somethings guy who had a sign on his back that said that was his 300th marathon! INSANE!

ps...your friend needs to move up here so we can use his computrainer!

Ryan said...

You better get a passion for your bike seat because you have some really big rides coming up. What are you doing still reading...get on your bike!