BOILHAM's SparkPeople Blog BOILHAM's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Take What You're Given and Make The Best Of It - Ocala Ironman Report I understand that we all must do each race as it is presented to us. A race can be done on one of those days where the stars are perfectly in alignment and everything is setup and executed perfectly. Then there are the times when just everything that can go wrong does. Bad weather, equipment malfunctions, difficult course, improper nutrition and hydration are just a few of the things we endurance athletes must train for and train to overcome should they be put forth to us on race day. Today w... Mon, 4 Apr 2016 08:49:41 EST Toughing It Out Things don't always go as you planned, but that shouldn't stop you from completing what you'd set out to do. <BR> <BR> A couple of days ago I finished my third Half Ironman event. I had planned on doing it in under 7 hours. I felt like I'd trained properly and was ready to get it done. <BR> <BR> I drove about 3 hours and 45 minutes from my home near Orlando to Naples, FL where the HITS Naples Triathlon event was being held. I was solo this time, no family support since everyone was working ... Mon, 11 Jan 2016 10:34:04 EST Second Half Iron Triathlon Done - Mixed emotions I was ready for this race, well rested and excited to be doing another Half Iron distance triathlon. <BR> <BR> I stayed at the Host Hotel in Jensen Beach, FL. Beautiful accommodations, and I needed to rest well the night before. The day before I had just returned from a 2 day visit to Pensacola Naval Air Station to see my grandson graduate from US Navy Rescue Swimmer school. That's about 8 hours drive each way, and I helped drive some of it, with my granddaughter and daughter. <BR> <img sr... Fri, 2 Oct 2015 10:39:59 EST Another triathlon blog August isn't the best time of year for an Olympic triathlon. That's <BR> a 1500 meter swim, 25 mile bike ride and then a 10K run. I did pretty well, though. <BR> <BR> Didn't sleep well the night before for some reason. Maybe because we had a power failure and the power was still off when I went to bed at 9:30. Seemed like I was waiting for the power to come back on instead of falling asleep. I never worry about sleep the night before, it's 2 nights before that matters. <BR> <BR> Finally do... Sun, 16 Aug 2015 09:27:31 EST Ironman at 70? I made the commitment. This morning, I emailed my race director for HITS Ocala Triathlon Series and asked to upgrade from the Half Iron to Full Iron distance. <BR> <BR> I've been thinking about this since I completed the Half Ironman event a couple of months ago. For a year or so I've been waffling about whether I have what it takes to do a full distance. I wasn't even sure I could do the Half before the time cut-off of 8 hours 30 minutes, but I surprised myself with a much better finish. <... Thu, 18 Jun 2015 11:46:14 EST I Am An Athlete I have some remarkably fit athletes in my family. One is a professional, a mixed martial arts champion. I would assume his name is recognizable to any MMA fan, as he's a weight class champion. <BR> <BR> Another grandson is in school for the elite Navy Rescue Swimmer program, a remarkable young man. Another GS a high school record holder in track and cross country. My brother in law was a HS wrestling champion, and wrist wrestling competitor later in life. I could go on, but you get the idea... Wed, 27 May 2015 10:05:18 EST A Few Mistakes But Good Result Tomoka Triathlon was a success. I got a PR on this race, 13 minutes faster than last year. It's a sprint, but a longer than typical cycle portion of 16 miles. <BR> <BR> I ended up doing at least 17 miles, 'cuz I took a wrong turn. There was a portion where I was alone near the end of the course, and I didn't see anyone turn right ahead of me and I turned left. I was pretty upset that there was no yellow sign with the arrow on that turn, as there was on every other turn. DW was at that turn ... Mon, 18 May 2015 11:20:55 EST Thoughts On Doing The Impossible. I try to be honest with myself. To not use wishful thinking. To not exaggerate or lie to myself about a situation to make it seem more in line with my thinking. I tend to be a literal thinker, which sometimes gets me in trouble. <BR> <BR> It's difficult for me to imagine or visualize the completion of huge goals when I imagine the end result. I understand that imagination and visualization is necessary to achieve mighty things. But first we must visualize small goals, then add slightly more ... Fri, 17 Apr 2015 08:35:58 EST My First Ironmam 70.3 A short video. In the swim start I am almost last in the group, wearing grey and white top. I chose this position to avoid the bumping and take it easy to save energy for the bike and run. Please visit my Spark Page and read my blog entry about this race, I hope you'll find it interesting. Tue, 14 Apr 2015 08:51:39 EST Better Than I Expected What a day! Ironman puts on a terrific race, and everything went smoothly. <BR> <BR> I hadn't slept well the night before, as per usual. But, I did get plenty of rest the night before, so I was well rested for the event. <BR> <BR> Got up at 4 AM, had my usual breakfast of oatmeal and banana. My bike had been dropped off the night before at the transition area, so I only had to bring my clothing and shoes and a couple of bottles of Gatorade to put on the bike. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://p... Mon, 13 Apr 2015 14:50:16 EST This Is Ridiculous So, I'm getting packed for Florida Ironman 70.3 this morning. So much to remember, my checklist is looong. <BR> <BR> I had all my stuff laid out for my transitions, just to see how it will look, to familiarize myself just one more time. OK, I have everything. Now I pack it into a couple of pouches and put it all into one large waterproof sack. It's going to rain on race day. <BR> <BR> Go to the refrigerator to pull out my food and drinks to put in a cooler and I notice my hand is trembling... Fri, 10 Apr 2015 10:03:29 EST Tapering For My Half Ironman Begins I have 11 days until the biggest challenge I've yet attempted, the Florida Half Ironman in Haines City, FL. <BR> <BR> Some people have opined that a marathon is more difficult than a 70.3 triathlon. I don't think so. I've done several marathons, and they are difficult, but I'm more intimidated by this upcoming triathlon. <BR> <BR> I kind of think running came relatively easy to me. From reading other folks blogs and race reports, I just get the sense that, I could run fairly well with not... Wed, 1 Apr 2015 09:19:39 EST Sometimes You Win One I wasn't too excited about this triathlon. I'd done the venue a few times before, and I knew the course well. I see familiar faces everywhere. I was happy to be here, I just wasn't so charged up. <BR> <BR> This was the first time I drove to an event, rather than taking the RV. It was only 40 minutes from the house, so I took my pickup truck with the bike in the bed. <BR> <BR> Got there very early, plenty of time to set up my transition area. It's a smaller venue, so there were few bikes in... Sun, 15 Mar 2015 08:37:08 EST It Takes All Kinds I went for a nice hour long swim today at the local State Park where there is a constant temperature spring fed pool. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> After I'd been swimming for a while I noticed some rather overweight folks donning their large wetsuits, getting ready for a swim. There was a very fit lady accompanying them. <BR> <BR> They all got in the water and we're all out there swimming at varying speeds. The slimmer lady was a... Sun, 1 Mar 2015 19:25:08 EST Rode the bike yesterday, swam today. Triathlon training continues. I rode for about 26 miles yesterday, then went for a half hour run right after. Today it was cold, for Florida, about 60 degrees when I went for a swim. The Springs where I swim are a constant 72 degrees, so it was reasonably comfortable. <BR> <BR> I grew up on the beach in Connecticut, so I have a lot of experience in the water. I never swam organized sports, I just swam for fun, but I did a lot of that. I swam every day in the summer during school vacations.... Sat, 21 Feb 2015 16:59:32 EST Tallahassee Marathon Third Time I ran this marathon with a slight injury. Nothing serious, just something that results in discomfort after running long. It's called anterior ankle impingement, and is caused by running uphill too quickly, from what I understand. And yes, I have been running lots of hills lately. <BR> <BR> I stayed at the Days Inn near the racestart last night. I could have walked to the starting point, as I was only 1 mile from there. But, I drove and parked right near the starting line. I didn't sleep as w... Sun, 8 Feb 2015 19:30:23 EST Tapering Can Be Frustrating Tapering has made me bloated. lethargic and achy. I am unable to maintain my healthy weight. <BR> <BR> That's the nature of tapering. We eat more carbs, drink a lot of fluids and don't exercise like we're accustomed to. <BR> <BR> These things in combination can, and usually do, lead to symptoms I'm experiencing. And, I'm feelin 'em this morning. <BR> <BR> Having said that, I now understand the process. My body is loading up on the glycogen I will need to run (and walk) 26.2 miles this Su... Thu, 5 Feb 2015 08:09:02 EST 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