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11/13/12 5:55 P

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I was lazy and didn't come post my results here after the Half Ironman in Austin. I completed the race, although not quite as fast as I was hoping (I will never go fast enough...ever. just the way I'm wired).

I did great on the swim as far as nerves went. My time was exactly at my predicted time for a fair swim, so that was good. The bad thing was that I started having cramps in my calf and foot halfway through...not a good sign with 56 miles of biking and a half marathon to follow.

I tried to increase my salt intake and accelerate my hydration on the bike(temps were in the low 40's, so another warning sign as to the cramping). The bike was going fair until I got called for a drafting penalty...hokey situation, but I deserved the penalty. I got absolutely no advantage from 'drafting' unlike many if the others that I saw that were literally in a pace line. Plus all the people that cost me time by blocking. I served my 4 minutes in the penalty box and moved on. I had a sub-optimal bike especially with the penalty...to hit 5:00:00 I need to run a strong finish!

My first 0.1 mile felt great, then the cramps immediately started in my quads. Hammered the salt and gels, but they weren't going away today. Anytime I tried to push the pace much my hamstrings started locking up as well. The entire run hurt, and i was not at the pace I wanted, but I finished as strong as could be expected. I almost couldn't walk for about 30 minutes afterward. 5:12 official time.

I'm no longer intimidated by this distance, and my goal for 2013 is to qualify for the world championships in Vegas...time to train!

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9/6/12 9:53 P

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I once again had my problems in the swim in Waco. I will get better.

Last weekend I went to a camp at the 70.3 course in Austin. In 3 days I swam over 4 miles, biked over 130 miles and ran over 19 miles...much of it in 100 degree heat. I feel not only prepared, but WELL prepared for this race. I just have to get myself to calm down and work through the pre-race nerves for the swim.

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7/18/12 2:24 P

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I've had another lag in posting, so here's a quick update...open water swimming is my Achilles's heal! I had a race a few weeks ago where I really expected to be on the podium. I got in the water and felt good, but very soon after starting the swim I panicked again and ended up swimming what should have been a 10-12 minute swim in 17+. I was very frustrated and kinda gave up on the race. Since then I have done several swim sessions that included 30 minutes of continuous swimming (no walls) and have swum in the open water a few more times. Hopefully I will exorcise those demons this Sunday in my first Olympic distance race...1500 meter swim, 40 km bike and 10 km run. I will be disappointed if I'm not in the top 10% of my age group and really think I have a shot of top 3 if I run my race.

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5/18/12 2:01 P

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The triathlon May 6 went much better. Had it not been for a small mistake in transition I would have been on the podium with a third place finish but I missed it by 6 seconds. The best part of the weekend was the day before when my 6 and 7 year old kids finished their first races! They did great!

My training is starting to ramp up. Wednesday was an hour of swimming followed by an hour on the bike and then a 30 minute run. Yesterday was an hour swimming followed by 90 minutes on the bike and then an hour of weights. Today was just an hour of power workout on the bike.

I haven't scheduled my next race yet, but I'm excited. Seeing the results of all the training is fun!

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4/24/12 9:49 A

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It's been a while since I posted here...enough time to have a hernia surgery, recover, and finish another triathlon! The surgery was actually a fairly simple thing. I walked a mile the evening of the surgery with my kids. I was able to walk several miles each day following and started riding the trainer within a week.
I did my first open-water swimming two weekends ago and it did not go well. I think the cold water (73-74 degrees, no wetsuit) might have had an effect but I could not get comfortable in the water. During the triathlon I got very panicked and swam much of it on my back just trying to breathe. I will practice to overcome this deficiency.
As for my training, I'm back to my normal load. I have my next sprint triathlon on May 6. It's back in the pool and I truly hope I can put everything together and make a good showing.

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3/15/12 2:44 P

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Last weekend I completed my first sprint triathlon. I'm not pleased with my results, but i did finish. The weather was awful; 40 degrees and raining. I thought about quitting more than once. On top of the weather, I was also fighting a double hernia which i will be having surgery on a week from today. There was also the slight sprained in my right leg, but it wasnt as big a hindrance as I expected. Later in the month i will be having my first consultation for my heart procedure to be done in April. Nothing major, but heart work is always something to be concerned over. Hopefully once that's done it will be back to training as the sole focus.

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2/22/12 11:18 A

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After the last couple weeks, I figured I was due for a rest week...I was right. This week is pretty easy...3 hours of swimming, 4 hours on the bike, 2 on the elliptical, plus a 20 minute jog to check the knee and 2 weight sessions of an hour apiece. I know rest is important, but I was really liking the hard weeks.

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2/13/12 12:27 P

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I thought last week was pretty tough. Then the first thing my coach said when he sent my schedule for this week...'Cranking the workload up a good bit.' Lol...oooooooooooo kkkkkkkkk.

On paper, it actually looks easier to me than last week, but more intense and longer individual workouts. Mon-Fri starts with an hour of swimming. Today also has a 2 hour bike ride that will be on the trainer due to the snow. Wed and Fri also have 3 hour rides. Weight sessions on Wed and Sat. Finally, an hour of elliptical on each Saturday and Sunday.

I have a feeling we're cresting on a stretch of hard workouts and when my body finally calls for a rest he'll back off and start a new cycle. My goal is to always try to stay mentally strong enough that I don't throw in the towel too early.

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2/7/12 2:46 P

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This is the kind of week that really gets me pumped up! Yesterday started with swimming 3300 yards (almost 2 miles) followed by a 41 mile ride. Today was 3400 yards, followed by 30 minutes on the elliptical (since I'm still not quite healed enough to run). Tomorrow will be another hour swimming, then 2 hours on the bike, then 30 minutes elliptical. Thursday is one swimming, and then a half hour elliptical. Friday is 30 minutes aquajogging followed by a three hour ride. And Saturday and Sunday both have one hour power workouts on the bike followed by 30 minutes of elliptical.
Just in one week I will burn 13,000 calories in 16 hours of work! That would be the equivalent of 3.7 pounds of fat! I can't wait to see what next week brings!

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1/31/12 2:47 P

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WOW! I'm tired just reading that, lol. Congrats :)

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1/29/12 11:25 A

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It's been a busy month of training...up until the last week. Last Sunday I ran my first half marathon. I finished 7th overall and 1st in my age group with a time of 1:38:50. That was the first time in my life I had run more than about 8 1/4 miles, so it was definitely an experience. But what was worse, I had sprained the MCL in my right knee earlier in the week. I didn't know what the injury was before I ran, only that it hurt. Don't ask me why I ran, but I did and aggravated it to the point where I couldn't walk very well once I stopped running. A week later it's finally healed back to the point where it was before I ran, so hopefully a few days more and it will be ready again. In the meantime I can still cycle with no problems and I think I can swim again without pain.

I have re-adjusted my schedule and am no longer aiming at the Buffalo Springs Half IM in June, but the Longhorn in October. That gives me a better chance to get prepared.

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12/30/11 12:18 P

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Wow - impressive! I'll be rooting for you!

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12/29/11 8:38 P

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Last year's challenge after losing 100 pounds was to ride in the Hotter 'N Hell 100 in August. I set a goal of under 5 hours and bested that by about 10 minutes...would've been better without some mechanical issues, but oh well.

My new challenge is competing in the Buffalo Springs Ironman 70.3 event. That involves a 1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike ride, and then a 13.1 mile run. I'm not setting a time target this time, but I am hoping to qualify for the world championships which are held in Las Vegas and will be on the exact day of my 40th birthday. How cool would it be to race in that event on my 40th?!

I will periodically post my training progress here, especially if anyone is interested (kinda been dead around here lately). Right now my bike is pretty strong from this summer's challenge. I'm currently able to average about 245 watts which translates to almost 21 mph....close to the target. I'm running a 10k at around 7:00 miles which is where I figure I'll need to be in Lubbock to qualify. Only problem is I need to do it for a half marathon after about 3.5 hours of intense work. My swim is coming along, but will almost certainly be my weakness on race day.

Today I swam an hour, and then went and ran up and down a hill doing hill repeats for an hour. Tomorrow is another hour in the pool followed by an hour of intense cycling on the trainer. Saturday is an hour of swimming, an hour of cycling followed by an hour of running. Sunday is a glorious rest day

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