Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Proper Prior Planning

Just stuffed myself with homemade salmon pizza. Damn! It was good!

But now I am supposed to run 6 miles at tempo!!

How do I get myself into these type of scenarios?

What would you do? Go out and bang out the miles and suffer (read: die) through them? Or wait until early the next day (get that early morning exercise in to stimulate that metabolism)?

Of course you could just wait an hour or two, but by then it'll be too late and I'll be jonesing for my pillow.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Is it too early to panic?

I don’t know what has happened to my swim. It has gone from slow to god awful.

I mean I never was fast but at least I could hang, but ever since I got back into the pool this season, it has been horrible.

I am talking 30 seconds slower than last year!

30 seconds!

That’s enough time to eat a sandwich, make a phone call and take a (quick) nap.

I don’t know what the hell is going on. But I am starting to freak out.

At first I tried to write it off. Maybe its just because I haven’t swam in a while. I’ll get the mojo back soon…..sooon….um…mojo?


Today was no better. In fact if anything it was worse! How can you get worse! I don’t know but I found a way. After 800 I was ready to call it a day. I still had 1200 to go!

By the end I was 10 seconds slower than I started at. And I started 10 seconds slower than my 30 seconds.

So let’s recap shall we:

30 seconds slower
10 seconds slower
10 seconds slower
I might as well walk!

HOLY CRAP! I suck!

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Inquiring minds want to know...

I am feeling sick (mild cough and slightly sore throat). Today I donated blood.

As I sit there on the bed watching my blood flow through the tube, I wonder

"will they throw away my blood because I am slightly sick?"

More importantly, could I get some one sick from my blood (I'm talking cold not some bad disease - you sicko!)?"

And finally most importantly, "Can I get sick from someone giving me blood (in case I need a blood transfusion)?"

I am almost certain that question 2&3 are no. But does that mean that 1 is true? Or does the cold virus not hang out in the blood?

Does anyone out there know how they filter the blood?

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Run tip of my day

Tuna = bad vurps! (vomit & burps)

Apparently, eating a subway tuna right before an intense brick leads to some intense vurps!

Burt DAMN!! Those subway tuna sandwiches are sooo good!

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Spill the beans on the table

It’s time to fess up!

It’s the start of a new month and, knowing that I am a numbers nut, it’s time to look at the numbers.

Let me just warn you: It ain’t pretty!


February 2010 Totals:
10 Swim – 15650 yd – 06:54:24 (9.78 miles)
12 Bike – 241.60 – 15:22:35
9 Run – 37.90 – 06:16:55

31 Workouts
28:33:55 Hours
288.4 miles

Compared to Last Month:

January 2010 Totals:
3 swim – 3000 yd – 1:58:42 (1.88 miles)
5 Bike – 82.3 – 5:17:52
6 Run – 111.0 – 23:05:28

14 Workouts
30:22:03 Hours
195.0 Miles


On the surface it looks good. All my numbers look good (except the run, but that includes a 50 miler race too). So what is the problem?

If you look at last years totals at this time, it looks bad!

February 2009 Totals:
9 Swim – 16000 yd – 11:25:00 (10.00 miles)
14 Bike – 466.0 – 35:20:50
13 Run – 78.40 – 13:39:26

January 2009 Totals:
5 swim – 8150 yd – 6:35:00 (1.88 miles)
6 Bike – 159.4 – 11:30:20
13 Run – 74.3 – 13:26:05

My last year’s numbers look way better!

Not that this means anything except I am do a repeat of last years events.

Last year I did Rage and then IMCDA this is I am doing the same.

Yep, I said that I am doing IMCDA again!

I feel the need for redemption. I know that my performance there could have been a lot better. One problem here…so far my training times are sub-par, meaning that redemption could be hard.

For the past two years, it’s been all me-all the time. And while I think that has worked out OK, it didn’t go great. Now that I have more responsibilities in my life, I have even less time to train.

I need to get faster and stronger on less time and less training. I need a solution.

With that in mind I have buckled down and decided that maybe it’s time to look at a coach.

While I am excited to be training under someone, I am sad to say goodbye to the title “Self-coached”.