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Another great training ride, run, and swim...

Sunday, July 21, 2013

I had a rather long bout since my last just got in the way. I have no idea how I am able to do this but after almost 2 full weeks without any training whatsoever, I picked back up again just like nothing happened. I feel very blessed since I was getting worried with such a big gap in my training and the event is just around the corner.

Thursday - (first day off after my set of nights) I just went to the gym and hopped on the elliptical just to check the status of my cardio and to get my bearings after having had a rough set of nights.

Friday - Went for an open water swim. I put on the wetsuit and went to Teal Lake. This time, it wasn't so easy. There was a brisk Northwest wind and it was coming straight down the lake forming heavy chop and whitecaps. It also so happend that a local triathlon was happening tomorrow and they had a marker bouy out that was 1/4 mile out and back. The problem was that I would be swimming headlong into the chop and let me tell you, It was HARD. It was also excellent training and it put the wetsuit to the test. Swimming into the whitecaps was like swimming into a brick wall. All in all, the wetsuit gave me unparalled buoyancy and control. I made 3 laps around the bouy (3/4 mile) in 43 minutes. All things considered, that was excellent... It's good to know I have the ability to get through tough swim conditions.

PS... also got mildly seasick. *note to self- take dramamine next time swimming in rough water.

Some pics of that day

Marker bouy circled in red... hard to see

It doesn't look all that bad but it was REALLY choppy out there.. pics do no justice.


Saturday - Did my best brick workout yet... and set a new max speed PR to boot. I'll keep it short.. if you want to geek out on the stats and elevation changes etc... click below..

Bike Stats:

* there are a few times on the graph where my speed went to zero, my chain popped out of the sprocket 3 times and I had to stop to put it back on. I finally got it figured out where my shifters need to be to make the transition from high to low...finally....

Run Stats:

Short version...

Bike: 52 miles in 3hrs 23 minutes, avg speed - 15.3 mph.. MAX SPEED - 41 mph (yup, that was a rush!)
Run: 5 miles in 1hr 13 minutes, 14:43 pace.

Total calories: 5,251 cal burned. yup...that's right... that's why fueling is so important and one cannot skimp on calories and expect to perform well at that distance.

The good news in all of this is that I didn't have a single cramp or pain other than just simple exertion. I have been struggling with my left ankle and I think I got it figured out. I also finally got my race nutritional strategy pretty well dialed in and I am starting to feel ready for this 70.3 mile triathlon.

The only way I can describe coming off the bike into the run is the drained feeling you have the last 6 miles of a marathon. it was an on/off experience. It took about a mile to shake off the disoriented feeling I had transitioning from the bike to the run but after that I would have energy to keep a good pace then nothing and I would shut off and walk, after about a minute, I would recover only to shut off again a half mile later. I was able to keep this up quite comfortably for 5 miles and that was enough. It will be like that the whole race I suspect but the good news is that I felt fine during the whole process, no pain, no excessive exertion, just the annoying experience of on / off energy.

I will be fine, no worries. It's gonna be epic.

Here are some pics of my ride and I even was crazy enough to take a few off the aero bars in motion. I couldnt see the screen because it was so bright out, i just clicked.

My bike... loaded and ready to go.


At the rest area where I was parked:

On The Road:

This one I stopped for- I waited until Christmas to turn around... Christmas, MI that is :)

finally: ME :) Still smilin' after all that, a little crisp but smilin'


Thanks for your support, I really appreciate the comments, SP mails and encouragement. You folks are da bestest. It's really good to have such a great cheering section... this is a huge undertaking but it is gonna be EPIC in the end :)

btw... 2.25 mile swim next weekend at Teal Lake- swim for diabetes event... will post results.

You know? I remember when I couldn't climb stairs without feeling tightness in my chest and wheezing. Man, life is good.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
CLPURNELL 7/26/2013 9:36PM


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4-1HEALTHYCYNDI 7/23/2013 5:05PM

    WOOHOO! You are READY! Sweet! Have fun on the swim this weekend and the rest of your journey.

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GEORGE815 7/23/2013 4:26PM

    What a calories overhaul!

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FAVORITEAUNT84 7/23/2013 11:37AM

    Man, if I took Dramamine before going swimming, I'd fall asleep and drown... emoticon

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TRIATHLETE2BE 7/23/2013 8:40AM

  Man that is awesome. You are truly an inspiration to me to keep going. Just when I feel like quitting, you post a blog like this and I get my motivation back.

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WILDKAT781 7/22/2013 7:00PM

    love your updates and blogs - keep em coming

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PIXIEMOM13 7/22/2013 5:44PM

    You call ME a hero! Dude, you are gonna ROCK your event!!
52 miles on a bike, THEN a 5 mile run... you ... wow!!

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LEWILL1982 7/22/2013 11:28AM

    Thanks for the update, I love reading them. You're going to be great next weekend!

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LSPIZZA 7/22/2013 9:14AM

    You are really amazing. And a little crazy taking those pics while riding! Cool! You are going to do great!

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KLSART 7/22/2013 5:44AM

    Your blog is really motivating and inspiring! I've been toying with the idea of doing my first tri.

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WORLDSERIES11 7/22/2013 1:03AM

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Love hearing about your progress!! Good luck on the swim emoticon

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GOING-STRONG 7/21/2013 10:07PM

    emoticon Just fantastic... whoop whoop!

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FITFOODIE806 7/21/2013 9:16PM

    I enjoy the whole blog, but that last sentence gave me goosebumps. You are amazing!

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RUNNERRACHEL 7/21/2013 7:07PM

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Amazing! I am so impressed that you can go for such a long ride (and so fast--incredible) and run after. Fantastic. emoticon

Have a great swim charity race! That is an impressive distance! emoticon

Thanks for giving us the update! Great work!

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LIVE_AMAZINGLY 7/21/2013 6:45PM

    It really does look choppy out there.

I love what you're doing with exercise!

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MT-MOONCHASER 7/21/2013 6:35PM



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    You are doing great... emoticon

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DALID414 7/21/2013 3:57PM

    Christmas- too funny!

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ALIDOSHA 7/21/2013 2:25PM

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_MOBII_ 7/21/2013 2:21PM

    You're's gonna be EPIC! Awesome job!

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SARAWALKS 7/21/2013 2:01PM

    Very exciting and inspiring and it's great to see that big smile on your face and hear your enthusiasm bubbling over!

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LINDAKAY228 7/21/2013 1:52PM

    You are doing so awesome! I'm really excited for you!

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LINDAK25 7/21/2013 1:23PM

    Oh, this is fantastic! Good for you. You might want to try the dramamine before you use it in a race. It exhausts me. Not something you could afford to do to yourself in a race!

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JUNEAU2010 7/21/2013 12:42PM

    I've never been to MI - it looks beautiful! What a fantastic day you had!

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 7/21/2013 12:29PM

    Ya know what Robert, life is good, and you're GREAT at living it! You've come a long way baby = ) It's so exciting to read all that you've accomplished, congratulations my friend! *HUGS*

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_JODI404 7/21/2013 11:50AM

    Totally emoticon !!!!

You are right, it IS going to be EPIC!!!

So excited for you and glad you are figuring things out each time you go out.

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STRONGDAWG 7/21/2013 11:32AM

    Life is good. I'm looking forward to reading the race report!

Spark On!

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UWPALUM 7/21/2013 11:13AM

    Your story is amazing! I don't see triathalons in my future, or marathons, but being able to know that it is possible is all the motivation and inspiration I need! Keep it up!

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PATTISTAMPS 7/21/2013 10:51AM

    That is AMAZING!!! You are going to kick it, for sure! I am so proud for you! WOO HOOO

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CATIATM 7/21/2013 7:37AM

    That is seriously cool that you could be away for two weeks and still jump right back in. I love that you were headed to "Christmas"! Hahaha - and the shadow pic is awesome! You are doing great, Robert!

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NILLAPEPSI 7/21/2013 7:24AM

    Are you sure you don't have bionics? Dude, you are a machine!! emoticon The pictures by the water are beautiful. Looks like a nice ride. I'm going to say this again & I know a lot of folks agree with me -- you're going to make this 70.3 look so easy. Keep up the emoticon work!! emoticon

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123ELAINE456 7/21/2013 7:15AM

  Awesome Blog. You are doing Excellent. Keep it Up. You will do Well in the Event. I like the Pictures to. They are Great. God Blessings to You and Everyone. Have a Wonderful Lord's Day. Take Care. Hugs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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VICKYMARIEC 7/21/2013 7:00AM

    Wow is all that I can are doing great! I can't wait to ee pictures and hear about the actual tri...sooo close!

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MOBYCARP 7/21/2013 6:52AM

    I feel confident that I'll never do a half ironman tri, but it's fun reading your blogs on gearing up for one. You're going to finish strong, have a lot of fun, and inspire a lot of people.

And that beats the heck out of wheezing from climbing stairs. Life is indeed good.

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ALDEBARANIAN 7/21/2013 6:43AM

    Some thoughts, stream of consciousness, not meant to be judgmental, just thoughts.

1. Looked up what a "brick" is. It's fun to learn things, even if you explained them before.
2. Some triathletes look too skinny to me.
3. It never occurred to me that a wet suit would add buoyancy and make swimming easier.
4. I bet your body did a lot of repair/restore/build-up work during your time off.
5. You're looking a lot better since you're doing the triathlon stuff.
6. I'd like to see Michigan
7. There's a lot worse ways to spend a little time than reading one of your blogs.

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OPTIMIST1948 7/21/2013 6:37AM

    I also remember climbing stairs and wheezing. I was never someone that you would look at and say "FATTY" but the being embarrassed because I had to catch my breath at the top of the stairs...that was really an enlightening moment.

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LIVEDAILY 7/21/2013 6:35AM

    WONDERFUL!! I'm getting excited for you!! It looks like you had a practically perfect day, the photos are so clear! Love the Christmas road sign!!
Great smile!!
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GINA180847 7/21/2013 6:19AM

    You are such an athlete! Fantastic!

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ONEKIDSMOM 7/21/2013 5:39AM

    I thought of you, yesterday, at my open water swim. Our water was perfect, ideal conditions... no chop. So when I saw this blog when I got up this morning, before my 27.9 cycle tour... and I see that photo with the white lapping at the shore...

Well! I read this: "You know? I remember when I couldn't climb stairs without feeling tightness in my chest and wheezing. Man, life is good." And it brought echoes of my "walked five steps across the room to answer the phone and my mother in law on the other end asked 'Have you been running, dear?'". Yep, totally identify!

I still have the time off scheduled, but don't know if I'll pull off taking the time... hope to see you across that finish line and if I can't be there in person I for sure will be there in spirit. You... GO... Ironman! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon (How come SP doesn't have a GUY on a roadbike icon?)

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COCK-ROBIN 7/21/2013 5:10AM

    Congratulations, and thanks for sharing!

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WATERDIAMONDS 7/21/2013 3:26AM

    Just look at that great big smile on your face! Congratulations, buddy. YOU are da bestest!!!

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