Saturday, November 29, 2008

I love simple rides on Saturday's

So here I am drinking coffee and listening to old Hank Williams Jr. This is a good morning but I will bitch about Starbucks a bit. I don't really drink coffee. I get one after my rides on Sat. as a little gift to myself but every week I regret it because I can't drink the entire coffee. I get the smallest one they have but it's still too much and now I'm all jacked up on the caffeine. What am I going to do? Stop being a candyass and suck it up? Stop drinking the coffee? Add bourbon to it?

Today's ride was seriously small. I think my athletes are taking the off season a little too serious. Besides Pain and myself there were only 3 other riders in our group. We usually have at least 20. Seriously people.... get off yer ass and get out there. You'll be thanking me by the time IMCDA training starts. The ride was an easy 34 miles in the SW Hood. No major hills but enough work to get a sweat going. I love riding with Pain. She keeps me in check. I am really hoping that by the 3rd month of IMCDA training I'll be able to keep up with her on the bike. I have a meeting with her tomorrow to discuss my training for IMCDA. Between my day job, coaching and training my schedule looks a little crazy. I am hoping Pain will stay on my ass throughout training this year. She has a lot on her plate but she motivates me like no one else so hopefully it will all work out.

Ahhhhhhh... coffeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee.

Oh yeah...... Beer Mile later on today. I'll take some pics and post them tomorrow.

One last thing. the new album from Guns N' Roses, Chinese Democracy sucks!!!! Nothing like the old GNR. I was really disappointed.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Yoga is goooood.

I hit up Yoga again yesterday. I kind of enjoy it but some of the poses leave me looking like a poser.

Monday, November 24, 2008

It’s been a few days since my last update. I really haven’t done a tom of training so you didn’t miss much of that. So here are some of the highlights of the past week or so.

Wednesday: My morning core class with Pain was awesome!!!!!! I sometimes wish it was 2 hours instead of 1.

Thursday: I ran after work for 4 miles.

Friday/ Saturday and Sunday: This was the start of my weekend in Smithville, TX. There is a place called Rock Hill Ranch out there. It’s about a 45 minute drive from Austin. There was a race on Saturday that I was doing and it was a 12 mile trail run. Now…. Trail racing it totally different than road racing. I am a much better trail runner than I am a road runner. Trail running is much more technical with quick turns, uneven surfaces and sharp down hills to go along with sharp uphills. Oh….. did I mention it’s all in the middle of the woods? It started in a small park and went immediately into the woods. The trail is marked with orange tape and some signage. One tough part about this race was that the trail also had pink tape marking it because there was another race out there this weekend. We never go lost but it was close a couple of times.
The race itself went well for me. I went out strong and held it until the end. I placed 3rd overall in a time of 1 hour 33 minutes. I fell only once but I am still wicked sore from the fall. Not as young as I used to be. I beat Fish by 2 minutes which is what I wanted to do. I knew Jamie and Cpt. Jim would mop me up but I figured I could hang with Fish and I did. But I also knew that Fish has a 50 mile trail run coming up in 2 weeks so I figured I would use that to my advantage.
So back to Friday…… I loaded up my pop up camper and headed out to Smithville. Once I got there I was met by Cpt. Jim and Brad. They had brought out the J&A’s pop up so we just put mine next to it and made J&A city. Their pop up was smaller than mine and they had 5 people staying in it. Cpt. Jim had the small bed and asked if could roll with me and I was more than happy to help out. I ended up taking in Cpt. Jim and Drew for the weekend and that was totally cool with me. I did a lot of hanging out with Chock-O (real name Garvis and Jack’s brother) this weekend. Well…. More drinking with Chock-O than anything else. Good times!!!!
After the race on Saturday I stuck around to help set up for the duathlon the next day. High 5 events put on the race on Saturday and I was announcing on Sunday so I helped with set up of the du. All went well and we were off to dinner. After dinner we headed back to the ranch. Once there I noticed my friend Suzanne was nowhere to be found. I knew that she and her friend John had gone for a ride on the trails @ 4:30 but it was now 6:30 and it was totally dark out. I knew they didn’t prep for night riding so we mounted up a search party and headed into the woods to track them down. I was happy to hear that there we just coming out of the woods when we started in. They missed the turn around point and had to walk out because riding in the dark would have been too dangerous. Plus it was Chock-O and I in my X after a few beers and that was only spelling bad news.
Sunday went great and I was very happy to get some sleep on my own bed last night. It was a long weekend.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Motivation and why I shouldn't bitch about it.

So I have no motivation to do anything except to eat and sleep. Any type of working out is like pulling teeth. I shouldn't bitch about this since the is my off season but I have been going at it for about a year now and taking a break it just mentally tough for me. I feel as a if I am getting crazy fat and out of shape. For of those who don't know triathletes, we are some vein people. I have gotten worse over the years and any time I'm out of shape I feel like shit.
I should be enjoying this time of year since the holidays are coming up. This is when I am suppose to be able to eat whatever I want and relax. I am worried that I'll go into CDA (Ironman CDA) out of shape. I did this last year and suffered.

I ran this evening by doing a track workout with a group called the Ship of Fools. We did most of the run in the dark and that maybe why I'm feeling like crap. I don't mind running in the dark but that should be in the morning and not after work. After the main set I just didn't want to run anymore. Ugh.... my life is soooooo bad. Yeah right.

Monday, November 17, 2008

It's official..... I now do Yoga.

This morning was the first Monday morning yoga brought to me by T3. We started a yoga class at the PTC this morning starting @ 6:15. Someone forgot to tell mother nature to turn up the damn heat. It was 41 this morning. Not easy to stretch that early when it's that cold. But I have to say that it was fun. Pain swears it will help with flexibility so I'm down for that.

Tomorrow is another early morning. I just figured out that I now wake up @ 5:30 a.m. every morning to either train or coach. I think I may have a problem.

I am thinking about changing my cell phone carrier. Sprint sucks!!!
I finally joined the rest of the world and downloaded Itunes and downloaded some songs. What gets me is that I can't download them to my standard MP3 player. Now I have to go by a freaking Ipod. Son of a bitch!!!!!

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Weekend training an such

Saturday morning was very windy. I'm talking 35mph winds. Riding a bike outside was not in my best interest. So we opened up the PTC for anyone that wanted to hook their bike up to a trainer for a few hours. I lasted 2 hours, which is about all I am good for when it comes to sitting. After the ride Mo and I reworked the bike rack issue and it came out a lot better. Not exactly what I wanted but Mo was happy with it.
Yesterday I went to a new restaurant in the hood. With a place named Texican Cafe I should have known that it would suck. I had the worst steak in my life there and the service was horrible. I seriously don't recommend it.

This morning I awoke to temps in the mid 30's. Nothing like doing a long run in the cold. Seriously..... it's way morning fun that when it is 90 degrees outside at 7:00 a.m. It was another small group this morning. Just 4 of us ran the Scenic loop. A solid 10 miles of hills on the first half and then sorta flat on the back half. I took it very easy today and really enjoyed myself.
The rest of the day will be cleaning and prepping for the week. I am also playing Stelmach in fantasy football this week and even though I think he'll beat me I am really hoping for some luck to come my way.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Again... not too much on the table as far as training goes. I did a run hill workout this evening. The main set was 3 1/2 mile repeats. I did them in 3:25, 3:25 and 3:19. 3 was about all I had in me today. Coming off of Ironstar last Sunday is going to take a little bit of time. Hopefully not to much time, I have one last race for the year. It's going to be a 12 mile trail race in the woods of Smithville, TX in 9 days. It's more for fun but I bought trail running shoes a year ago and have yet to use them so I would like to try and get my money's worth.
Mo (my other coach @ T3) and I looked over the bike rack that he built the other day. It needs some help so we're going to fix it up on Saturday after the bike ride. I'll get a before and after photo to show you the progress.
Kitch sent me the pics of the deer that he and Coolio tagged on Wednesday. I thought that they were joking about the sizes but I guess they weren't. The buck dressed out at 200lbs. Dammit!!!!! Last year we saw 1 freaking deer all damn week and this year Coolio shoots a 200 lb buck on the 3rd day. Ugh!!!!!

Gotta coach at 6:00 a.m. tomorrow morning. The one big difference about training and coaching is that I can sleep in if I want to when training. Sleeping in while coaching is not an option. Oh well.... I know it will pay off down the line.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Believe it or not... today was a slow day.

This morning started the same way that all my Wednesday's start. I wake up at 5:30 stroll over to Starbucks and get a grande coffee with room for cream for my coach. Then I make my way down the street to the PTC (PTC is Performance Training Center. It's where all my indoor training takes place and it also houses the coaching office.) and hand the coffee over to Pain. Pain is one of my 2 coaches. Her name is Chrissie and she delivers the pain so I just call her Pain now.Starting @ 6:00 I take a 1 hour core class that Pain teaches. It's freaking tough. I swear she stays up late at night watching those Chuck Norris infomercials just to find insane stuff for us to do. But I really don't complain about it because it makes me a better athlete and I kinda like bringing her coffee. It says, "Morning Pain, here's some free coffee now please kick the shit out of me."At lunch I headed over to Performance Wellness for some medical care. PW is the office of my chiropractor Chris Sellers and his crew of voodo healers. Chris and company have kept me going for over 2 years now and without them I would be in a wheelchair. I have been having neck and shoulder issues lately so they have been working on that for me.After work I headed to the track to coach a running speed workout. It was a smaller group than usual since this is technically the off season for triathletes. Coaching in the dark is a bit tough.A couple of tidbits:-- I found out Monday that I have Orthostatic Hypertension. My blood pressure is so low that when I stand up it takes a few seconds for the blood to get to my head after siting for a while. Makes me crazy dizzy. Nothing serious but it's fun to watch me get off the bike sometimes.-- This is usually the week that I go home and go hunting with the boys up in Maine. I didn't go this year because I just didn't have the time or the $$$. Well... I received an email from the head cheeze up @ hunting camp and they have already taken 2 deer this year. I am happy for the guys but I sure wanted to be there for it. I'll be back for '09.

How does my hair look???

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

You never get it right the first time.

Since this is my first attempt to blog something I figured I'd give you a little background. After a few moments of thinking I came to this conclusion. Screw that and let's start fresh.

Today I didn't do a damn thing training wise. This is officially the off season for me as I will start training for my next Ironman in January. I did go to the PTC and do some coaching stuff both this morning and after work today.

Mo built this bike rack for all the bikes at the PTC and it's not doing it's job. The thought was great but the execution of the bike rack is not all that good. I'm going to offer my skills in order to help him rebuild it so that it holds the bikes. This might be my weekend project. We'll see what he has to say.

So there you go.... my first official blog. I hope this thing has spell check.