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!