BOILHAM's SparkPeople Blog BOILHAM's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Tapering and Maintaining Weight Tapering is going well. My 12 mile long run went just fine, and today is scheduled as a cross training day. <BR> <BR> Even though it's quite cool here in Florida, at 50F, I am going to the springs to swim for 45 minutes today. The water temp is a constant 72 degrees, so I'm usually comfortable swimming here when the outside temp is cooler. I'll use a wetsuit again today, as that keeps my core warm. 45 minutes in 72 degrees water can cool my core down enough that I'm often uncomfortable for ... Sun, 25 Jan 2015 09:44:03 EST Optimism Leads to Power I am a 'glass is half full' guy. Always have been, never had to read a self help article or book which advised me to become a positive person. Either I was just born this way, or life's circumstances made me this way. <BR> <BR> Now, having said that, even we folks with the best attitude can have off days, or even feel the blahs from time to time. Maybe it's the gloomy cold weather we've been having down here in Florida, but I just haven't been feeling so upbeat lately. My subconscious keeps... Sun, 18 Jan 2015 09:47:05 EST Listen To Your Body Today I have a 5 mile run scheduled. I'm going to skip it and do some light strength training instead. <BR> <BR> I believe aging athletes must use the "listen to your body" approach to training all the more than younger folks. So, that's what I'm doing today. <BR> <BR> I really am conflicted, though. I hate admitting that my body won't allow me to train as much as my schedule calls for, it makes me feel weak. On the other hand, I want to train smartly and not just run "junk miles" for the ... Thu, 8 Jan 2015 09:33:19 EST Swam Yesterday, Cycle today. My Own Journey. Yesterday I had a great swim, at Wekiwa Springs State Park. I also renewed my annual state park membership while I was there. <BR> <BR> This spring has a constant 72 degree fahrenheit temperature. Not really cold, but when you're in the water for an hour it does lower your core temp pretty well. I'm often feeling chilled throughout after an hour long swim. I don't know if that's just me, or would affect everyone like that. Besides, the air temp was cooler than the water today, so the water f... Tue, 6 Jan 2015 09:09:06 EST Making A Healthy Choice I could have done a lot of things this morning. I could have sat on my butt and watched TV. I like to do that sometimes. I could've sat at the computer and checked into Facebook, or maybe turned on my ham radio and talked to the world. Saturday mornings are really good for ham radio, everyone's home from work and available to communicate. I like ham radio on the weekends. <BR> <BR> Instead, I opted to do something really significant. I ran 18 miles. It was a difficult 18 miles, since I am ju... Sat, 3 Jan 2015 13:47:05 EST Challenge yourself, and enjoy your accompishments. I've been training for another marathon. This one is in Tallahassee, FL on Feb 8, 2015. I'm just getting into the heavy mileage lately, and I'm feeling old as a result. Well, I am old, so I suppose that's okay. <BR> <BR> Today I did a long slow run, it was a 17 miler. Ended up with just over 17 miles logged in. <BR> <BR> The weather really cooperated today, it was overcast and only 62 degrees when I started out. I brought some candy, and a granola and cinnamon muffin to eat on the way. I d... Sat, 20 Dec 2014 14:09:27 EST On Courage and Beauty I'm not a joiner of clubs, but I do belong to a triathlon club website. One of the member posted a picture of a beautiful lady riding her triathlon bike during a race. She is competing in the race - I see her registration number on her arm. <BR> <BR> I'm not being facetious when I say this lady is beautiful. You might think that, since she's not beautiful in the conventional sense. She is, however, beautiful. <BR> <BR> I remember when I first started running. I was not a youngster, I was a... Sun, 14 Dec 2014 08:49:41 EST Long Runs Are Easy - Take Your Time It's so interesting to me, how ones perceptions can adapt and change as you go about living your life. <BR> <BR> My marathon training is in the ramp up phase now, just getting into the really long weekend runs. This week I decided to do my long run early, as I have other stuff to do tomorrow. <BR> <BR> I rolled out of bed this morning and thought about my 15 mile long run today. "Well", I thought, "It's not a really long run, and at least the weather is cool, so it should be fun". Then tha... Fri, 12 Dec 2014 19:19:54 EST Balancing Endurance Races and Training. I got plenty of rest after my last Olympic triathlon in September. We all need to rest up once in a while. One can't just keep doing race after race, it will wear you down. <BR> <BR> I have a marathon coming up in February, and my first 70.3 triathlon in April. Two pretty big races, but I'm up to the challenge. I've started training for the marathon using my Hal Higdon Novice program once again. It worked well for me in the past. This will not be an A race, as it's only 2 months before anot... Sat, 1 Nov 2014 20:21:31 EST Successful 2nd Olympic Triathlon. Short Race Report. <BR> I was concerned that I was doing this olympic tri a bit too soon after my first one, one month ago. But, it was local and I enjoyed the first so much, I was excited to try again. <BR> <BR> After the first one, I rested for several days and got right back into training. I believe I trained adequately for this race. Plus, I took a nice 3 day break just before the event. For me, that give me plenty of energy on race day, for these 'longer' events. <BR> <BR> I was kind of disappointed at... Mon, 15 Sep 2014 09:48:13 EST Olympic Triathlon at Moss Park Orlando FL A 4 minute video of my recent Oly Tri. You will see a beat up old guy at 3:30, coming from the top of the screen. Thats me - not looking like the youngsters you'd seen previously in this vid. But, hey I'm not perfect, just persistent. Thanks for watching. Thu, 28 Aug 2014 08:34:17 EST It's Good to Fail I failed. My time stunk, I was tired and hot. My legs cramped up and forced me to walk. My race was a failure. I failed. <BR> <BR> "Failure is not an option" is a quote from the Apollo 13 movie. Supposedly spoken by flight director, Gene Krantz. I don't like this quote. I believe failure is imperative. <BR> <BR> You learn from failure, you will find a better way. Your victory is much sweeter once you continue past failure and succeed. <BR> <BR> When you fail, you are given an opportunity... Sat, 23 Aug 2014 12:53:17 EST Redemption - A Race Report I like to hedge my bets on my event result estimates. Especially on new events, I estimate my times conservatively, because I have no idea how my training times will compare to actual competitive times. Even so, I was totally surprised at how poorly I did on my trail marathon. You who know me may be tired of hearing about it, but it shook me up that I was not ready for that kind of event, and suffered during the last half, and ended with a poor finish time. <BR> <BR> It shook my confidence,... Sun, 17 Aug 2014 13:25:26 EST Where Does the Time Go? S0, I'm going over my training schedule this afternoon. I'm not so good at record keeping, but it gets done eventually. I added in a couple of past days training and rest days to update it. It's a big calendar magnetised to my 'fridge. <BR> <BR> Sometimes I'm training at my 'country home' and I don't have a calendar there, so I just add them when I get back 'home'. I especially like cycling at the country place, there are some sweet hills that really give me a workout. And, at home it is muc... Sun, 10 Aug 2014 18:58:29 EST Collector or Crazy Person? I remember when I first started running. I thought about running a 5K some day. I was unsure that I could run that far, and was afraid of coming in last place. Sounds familiar? <BR> <BR> Well, I did it and finished just fine. They even gave me a ribbon! Wow how cool is that? A cool ribbon just for running 5 kilometers, I think I'll save this. <BR> <BR> At some point soon thereafter, I found SparkPeople, and joined that, too. One of the first things I noticed is the runners ribbon racks, an... Sat, 19 Jul 2014 10:47:54 EST Dog Days in Florida As I said in todays update "training in the heat always takes a lot out of me". <BR> <BR> It has been warm and humid, and I'm ramping up my training a little bit in preparation for my 1st Olympic Triathlon in August. Once again, I registered for proximity to home and familiarity with the event location. The bad part is, the timing is not right. I'm a little short after coming off a recent trail marathon that really took a lot out of me. I did rest up pretty well and started back in easily en... Wed, 16 Jul 2014 09:48:25 EST I'm not big on posting other folks stuff, but this sh** is funny!! <link> </link> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 10:24:15 EST Don't Run A Marathon in Florida in June Especially an off road marathon. <BR> <BR> I arrived yesterday in my camper to stay overnight for this race. The young guys who run these events are super nice guys. They're always so happy to see me. I'm usually the oldest runner. He happily tells me he has something 'special' for me, walks away and returns with a laser printed plaque. It's for my being a constant supporter of the Masters of All Terrain events. Check it out. <BR> <BR> <img src=" Sat, 14 Jun 2014 16:28:46 EST Off Road Training For Trail Marathon Had a great run today. Did 9 miles and felt pretty good, even though it got up to 90F degrees at the end of the run. My long run, 20 miles, will be this Saturday. <BR> <BR> I've backed off on swimming and cycling as I am preparing for a trail marathon in a couple of weeks. I'm probably not as well training for this race as I have been for past marathons. Because I've been doing triathlons as well, and the swim and cycle training takes away from the exclusive run training aspect that I had be... Wed, 28 May 2014 11:45:04 EST Another Great Day and Fun Race I've learned that Sprint Triathlon distances vary from race to race. There seems not to be a standard Sprint Triathlon as far as distances. For instance, some of the swims are 440 yards , others are 750 meters. Bike distance can be 10 mile, 12 mile or even 16 miles, and anywhere in between, it seems. This makes it difficult to race against yourself, or go for a PR. The courses are never the same. One can only race against others in any given race. <BR> <BR> I did well today, however. The gu... Sat, 17 May 2014 13:48:59 EST Sometimes I'm Scatterbrained. I admit it. Organization is not one of my strong suits. I seem to have trouble scheduling athletic events. If I schedule them too closely, I might not be up to the challenge, be overtrained, or be just exhausted during the event. <BR> <BR> Or, I schedule them too far apart and I start getting antsy, and wish I had scheduled something to do this week or that week. This seems to happen most. It's even worse, because as you get closer to an event, the registration fee goes up. Being a cheapska... Fri, 16 May 2014 08:31:08 EST Tomoka Triathlon Done - Lots of Pics What an interesting Triathlon! So many different experiences today. <BR> <BR> First, this Tri had a 16 mile bike ride rather than the traditional 12 miles in a Sprint Tri. Plus it started right out riding up Mt. Tomoka. Well it's really the Granada St Bridge, which take you across the causeway which separates the beach from mainland Daytona. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I did this hill pretty well, although quite slowly. My quads ... Sun, 11 May 2014 15:03:31 EST Work and Relaxation When I get out to Citra, FL to visit the Fortress of Solitude, my little place in the country, it is always a combination of work and relaxation. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> It's nice sleeping at night with the windows open, feeling the breeze and waking to the sounds of birds chirping. Neither of which I do at my home in Maitland. <BR> <BR> But, I do have chores to do. I do a lot of mowing, picking up the fallen tree branches a... Fri, 2 May 2014 10:15:15 EST Half Marathon Trail Run Done - Piece of Cake. I'm so humbled by the outpouring of support and good advice from my previous blog. Thank you all for the nice words and suggestions. Yes, I am being cautious and most importantly, listening to my body and the doctor's advise. It's tough holding back when you are in a competition and everyone around you is 'going for it' at their own level. <BR> <BR> I had a wonderful race today! The weather cooperated, not too warm at first, although it warmed up somewhat later towards the end, where I was r... Sun, 27 Apr 2014 20:07:19 EST Long Race Tomorrow - Ready To Run I saw the cardiologist a few days ago. This visit was a follow up because I had a fainting episode during a recent long bike ride, and he was my doc at the hospital. He's also my DWs heart specialist, so I know he's good at what he does. But, he's not a sports doctor and it shows. I'm not confident he understands how, and to what degree, endurance athletes (no matter their age) train and prepare for endurance events. <BR> <BR> However, he said I was in good shape, had a few small issues but... Sat, 26 Apr 2014 13:27:04 EST Not 100% But Doing Okay. I've been slowly resuming training. Today I had a great day, swam and ran, with good energy level. <BR> <BR> I haven't been back to see the doctor yet, but he said to go ahead and work out but at a lighter level than I had been doing and he'd see me in a month for further advice. That appointment is for next week. I'm sure it will go well, since all my tests were fine and they could find no real problems with my health. Best guess is low glycogen and dehydration during a long vigorous workou... Sun, 13 Apr 2014 13:38:33 EST Licking My Wounds Just got home from a little over a week of time away from endurance training. No internet access other than my iPhone, so I stayed away from Sparkpeople, too. Though I wasn't training, I got lots of real world exercise. <BR> <BR> I have a small manufactured home out in the country which sits on 3 acres of land. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src="http://photos-ak.spark... Tue, 1 Apr 2014 15:01:55 EST Hospital Visit, Need Rest During my scheduled 50 mile bike ride this past Saturday, I had a problem on the ride. I ended with 32 miles for the day. I don't remember what happened, but according to witnesses, I stopped the bike, got off, and fell to the ground. I had fainted. 911 was called and the ambulance took me to the hospital. <BR> <BR> I was disoriented but in no pain. After several tests, including EKG EEG, and stress test it remained inconclusive as to what actually happened. The Neurologist said my brain tes... Mon, 17 Mar 2014 22:55:45 EST New Distance New Troubles New Fixes Yesterday's long ride was not like last week's long ride. That's why we do these long training runs and rides. Not just training the body, but looking for potential weak spots and finding how to fix them, or just deal with them. <BR> <BR> I had a learning another experience yesterday. It's not always the body or mind. It just might be equipment or environmental trouble. I learned how the environment could mess with your long runs. I'd find myself getting tired then recovering only to feel ne... Sun, 9 Mar 2014 08:39:11 EST 47 Miles and No Flat Tires. Yesterday I did a fairly long swim. It was 2 kilometers - twice across and back Lake Cane in Orlando. I only rested once, for about 3 minutes before I started the second trip across and back. I had some leg cramps at the very end, so I felt like I had a really good workout. <BR> <BR> Today I had a 45 mile bike ride on schedule, but my calves felt a little sore, I felt tired and I wasn't sure if I should do it. Then I thought, during the triathlon, I have to go long distances no matter how so... Sun, 2 Mar 2014 17:09:09 EST Darn Rest Day Today. Being a curious guy, and an information junkie, I love the internet. It has been of so much help to me on so many levels. The information is out there, if you know how to, and have patience to look for it. <BR> <BR> Except if you're a 67 year old guy who wants to do a 70.3 triathlon, what is commonly called a Half Ironman Competition, after having recently started triathlons in general. <BR> <BR> Just like when I decided to try to complete a marathon. There are few mid to late 60s males who... Wed, 26 Feb 2014 08:24:27 EST Long Ride A Success. Today's training session was a long cycle ride for me. A longer ride, breaking new ground in both distance and time. Recalling last weeks long ride, a 31 miler, and how tired I got, I thought I'd eat and drink more this time. Also, I intended to start slower, and not push so hard, to save some energy for the final miles. I planned on doing 35 to 40 miles and at least 3 hours time, depending on how I felt. <BR> <BR> I started out slowly, and took nutrition every 30 to 40 minutes. I had Fig N... Sun, 23 Feb 2014 14:55:25 EST I Can Do This. Slowly. I'd been feeling great coming up to a marathon I did on February 2nd. So I signed up for a 70.3 triathlon which is scheduled for March 29th. I should have been resting a lot coming off the marathon before taking on this larger endeavor, but too late, I'm already signed up and going to do it. <BR> <BR> Swimming and running are going fine. I'm still not feeling confident on the bike. I took the bike to a local bike shop, had it tuned up and fitted to me. I think I need to work on my nutrition... Sat, 22 Feb 2014 07:58:02 EST Inspiring Others By Doing. I had a great swim yesterday at Wekiwa Springs State Park. They have a natural spring which is (according to my Timex GPS watch) about 100 yards across, the way I swim it. <BR> <BR> I felt pretty good, so I decided to just swim slowly and do a non-stop swim. I usually stand up and rest for a few seconds, maybe after 200 or 400 yards. Today I'd count this a a long slow swim. I ended up doing about 1400 yards steady swimming after a short warm up swimming to my 'start' point. <BR> <BR> <im... Tue, 11 Feb 2014 10:40:30 EST Better Than Expected - A Race Report Tallahassee is about a 4 hour drive from home near Orlando, which got us there about 3PM on Saturday. Tallahassee Marathon has a small expo, in the Ballroom at the Doubletree Hilton, and there I picked up my packet. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> We didn't stay at the Hilton, we stayed nearer the race start at the University Inns and Suites which was very comfortable and saved me some of my retirement funds. <BR> <BR> My alarm went o... Mon, 3 Feb 2014 10:18:38 EST Three Days of Rest For Me. I've done my training, all the hard work is behind me now. My official schedule calls for a final 2 mile run today which I will not be doing. I altered my training plan to include 3 days of rest before a long event. It's an age adjustment that seems to work for me. So now I'm just resting up for the Tallahassee Marathon this Sunday. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> It's a smaller event, limited to 800 marathoners and 800 half marathone... Thu, 30 Jan 2014 08:10:01 EST Marathon Tapering and Triathlon Training. I love tapering. It means I have trained hard for a long time and now am receiving a payoff for all that hard training by slowly decreasing my mileage. Yesterday's long run was only 12 miles and this Saturday's long run will be a trifling 8 miler. <BR> <BR> Everyone trains for a marathon differently. Many (usually a lot younger) have even started a marathon with no training at all. Casual runners who want to see if they can do it, and many do. Others take it extremely seriously, doing all t... Sun, 19 Jan 2014 11:06:11 EST I Give My Long Run a 3 out of 5 Rating. My long run went well, let's say, okay today. I did the distance, felt good for most of it, but probably didn't go slow enough. <BR> <BR> I got very tired during the last 2 miles and had to walk a lot. I was so tired that I wasn't thinking clearly, and somehow forgot that I had a full water bottle in my waistband, that I had filled at the last fountain I passed. I got tired, and wished I had something to drink. I was simply confused from exhaustion. <BR> <BR> As a result, I had nothing to ... Sat, 11 Jan 2014 14:30:55 EST Long Bike Ride a Success Yesterday I was scheduled for a 5 mile run, but I decided to do a long bike ride instead - 31 miles. I'm trying to balance marathon and triathlon training. The bike ride would allow less stress on the joints, and it would still be a tough work out. <BR> <BR> The weather was great - around 50 degrees and overcast when I started. Being in Florida it got a bit warmer towards the end, but not by much. I think it was about 65 by then. I'm certain the cool weather made my energy level stay high. <... Thu, 9 Jan 2014 09:14:29 EST No New Year Resolutions For Me. I'm going to repeat last years New Years thoughts. Each day, every hour, every minute, can be a new beginning. That's what I do, I resolve to change bad stuff as it occurs to me. <BR> <BR> I don't need no stinkin" New Years Resolutions. <BR> <BR> Thu, 2 Jan 2014 14:55:16 EST Another Trail Run, This One Was Better. Masters Of All Terrain 10 Mile Run. How could you pass up a race with a name like that? <BR> <BR> I wasn't really too psyched for this race. I have some stuff going on and have been preoccupied with them, and not really thinking about racing. But, I got my stuff laid out the night before and was ready to give it a try. <BR> <BR> It was only a half hour drive to the site, so that was easy. DW had to be out of town, watching one of the grandkids for a few days, so I was on my own for this one... Sun, 15 Dec 2013 15:31:32 EST Ride On, Fast Girl, I'm Right Behind You. I did a long slow bike ride today. I suppose it turned out to be slower than I thought it would. But it was fun and exhilarating. <BR> <BR> I got off to a nice pleasant start. I'm new to this, so I never know what to expect. I placed my Timex GPS watch neatly on the handlebars, so I could see what was going on, speedwise, and distancewise. <BR> <BR> Was doing a comfortable, for me, 12 mph for about 11 miles or so. I was in traffic on the road. Since I had only recently started to use the ac... Thu, 5 Dec 2013 17:26:02 EST So, You Think You're Tough? I can have moments of excessive pride. Having just turned 67 a few days ago, I was feeling pretty good about myself. Having recently overcoming some big challenges, and crossing a few things off my bucket list. Like completing a full marathon, doing my first triathlon, swimming a mile non stop. All of which I have some pride in accomplishing. <BR> <BR> Last night, I was cruising my Netflix account, and thinking I might get some inspiration from the Discovery Channel's "Surviving the Cut" ser... Wed, 4 Dec 2013 09:47:04 EST Fail But Refuse To Quit <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Failure isn't permanent. It is an opportunity for a new beginning. What you do after you fail is most important. We all know this, but we may forget to apply this reasoning to ourselves. <BR> <BR> There is an almost endless list of those who have been perceived as failures who've begun anew and excelled , performed better than ever in their passions. <BR> <BR> Refuse to quit. The rewards, when you do so, ar... Thu, 14 Nov 2013 08:56:03 EST Savannah Marathon Revisited I couldn't help but compare this race to last years Savannah Marathon. Most all of this years attempt was better. But, not all. <BR> <BR> Had a good night's sleep in my comfy RV. Woke up on time and had my usual pre-race breakfast of oatmeal, banana and coffee. <BR> <BR> DW and I made the walk to the start line and waited for my corral to start. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I had estimated a 5 hour race, which put me in corral ... Sun, 10 Nov 2013 08:15:55 EST Quick Thank You Intermittent wifi doesn't allow me to thank each of you individually for all the comments on my sparkpage and on my recent blog. But, thank you all. <BR> <BR> I got up at 5 AM, I'm ready to walk to the start line soon. It's about 3/4 a mile from here, so that will be a nice warm up. <BR> <BR> It's cool now, about 44F and the weatherman is calling for spectacular running weather here in Savannah! A high of 68 and mostly cloudy. Perfect for me, as I tend to heat up quickly. <BR> <BR> I'm ... Sat, 9 Nov 2013 05:53:56 EST Checking In From Savannah Took the RV to Savannah yesterday for the big day on Saturday. <BR> <BR> We had a little excitement on the way, a dump truck spit out a rock which put a nice crack in my windshield. The third time this has happened in my many years of driving. Each time the rock came from a gravel hauling dumptruck. Should be okay, I have free windshield replacement on my insurance policy. <BR> <BR> Got to the Expo and picked up my race number, swag bag and T shirt. It seemed much larger than last year. Lot... Fri, 8 Nov 2013 09:45:58 EST Still a Runner, But a Triathlete, Too Had a successful second triathlon this morning. Woke up at 5:10, nice and early and had my usual oatmeal and banana for breakfast. Plenty of time to don my race gear, unhook the RV and get to the site. This race was held at Moss Park in Orlando, and we stayed overnight at the Campground in our little RV. <BR> <BR> I had gotten my race packet the day before, so I didn't need to arrive too early. I was very relaxed and ready to do this, I had just done my first tri there last month, so this wo... Sun, 20 Oct 2013 16:37:22 EST I'm Doing a Half Ironman Distance I've registered for the HITS Ocala, FL Half Ironman Distance Triathlon. It will take place on March 29th 2014. <BR> <BR><BR>-fl/ <BR> <BR> I'm certainly not ready to do this as of now, but by then I will be ready. <BR> <BR> In my new approach to fitness, I intend to use a training plan that will allow me to finish. Of course I will train hard, but my expectations are not too high right now. I will most likely be doing the bike portion in my Walmar... Tue, 15 Oct 2013 05:53:47 EST Entering The Food Chain, A Lake Swim Report. Dr. "Lucky" Meisenheimer is a Dermasurgeon, Yo-yo collector, film maker, published author and a pretty good swimmer. <BR> <BR> Lucky lives in Orlando, Fl and has opened his home to swimmers 6 days a week, since 1989. He's a former masters national champion swimmer and world record holder. There is much information about him which can be found by doing an internet search, but this blog is about his daily swim meets at his home on Lake Cane in Orlando. <BR> <BR> People gather there, every mor... Wed, 9 Oct 2013 07:55:43 EST