Thursday, January 27, 2011


Wicked busy week. I'll update more this weekend when I have a chane to rest my head.

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Saturday, January 22, 2011

What a day.

Wow...I am freaking tired. One hell of a day that saw a lot get done.
Woke up when I felt like it this morning. I love it being cold outside. I can be a candyass and ride inside my place. My computrainer is set up about 4 feet from my bed. So when I rolled out of bed this morning 20 minutes later I was on my bike. 2.5 hours on the CMPT today. It was fun out of the gate but with 45 minutes left I wanted off. Just don't have the endurance yet. I'll get there.
After the ride I changed quickly and headed out for a 6 mile run. I found out during this run that I live almost exactly 3 miles from J&A's. Not only the best bike shop on the earth but the best turn around point ever. Felt great during the run today. Please let race day be like this......yeah right!
After the run it was a quick shower and then lunch because I had a meeting at 3 that I arrived early for so I could get some work done.
I spent 3+ hours at Lift Coffee shop today with Cassidy. We worked on getting my website up and running. We ran into a couple of speed bumps but I had a blast hanging with her and we never lost patience with each other. Now that alone was awesome. At one point while we're there I look around the room. I knew all but 3 people. Everyone else was a cyclist or a triathlete. Guess Lift is a hot spot for badasses. Hell...Brandon and Amy Marsh showed up straight from a ride and that just raised my level of badassness to another level.
So after a long time dealing with GoDaddy and me telling everyone that I have an "in" with Danica Patrick we finally called it a day. I took Cassidy out for dinner and we kept talking business. This is exciting shit people and you better get yer ass excited about this stuff!!!!! Love me some shop talking with Cass.
Once home I jump back on my laptop to price out travel expenses for Knoxville. After some much needed research I think we might be having our own 1/2 IM in Austin that weekend. Just too much $$$$$$ for a race that doesn't need to be done by me at this time. But like a good sport I told my co pilot for this adventure that it was her call if we go. Totally passed the buck on this one.

Tomorrow is another long day with 2 meetings, a long run, lease renewal and a stop at the grocery. I need sleep!

Friday, January 21, 2011

First time for everything

Cranberry sauce update: Picked up a can on the way home along with Fritos, pickles, PB and a get well card. Going to the grocery with Logan. Always interesting.

So I did something that I have never done before. I actually did my own swim workout without a coach. They closed the pool at Circle C this morning because of the cold. I needed to swim and I just received a 1 year membership to Pure Austin. Pure has a pool at the Quarry that's outdoors but heated and covered. So I got out of bed at 5 this morning and drove north 20 minutes. I was the 3rd one in the door @ 5:35. At 5:40 I was in the pool and I was all alone. Nice!!!!! I drew up a workout in my head on the drive over there and it worked out to perfection. The funny thing was when I was doing interval sets I could still hear Pains voice saying, "And go.....".
It's nice knowing that I can pull it off. Both Pain and Zane sent me a text about me making it to the pool. Zane called it motivation. Pain said she was having a heart attack.
After work I hit the computrainer and did a workout for 75 mins. Good times and I had a nice sweat going.

Lots to do this weekend. Meeting with Dan and then another with Cassidy, long ride tomorrow followed by a 6 mi run, long run on Sunday, lease renewal and about a million other things. Busy busy busy.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Winter in Austin

When I got to work this morning it was 59 degrees. I went out of the office at 10:15 and it was 53. 5 minutes later it was 41 degrees. That's cold in Austin.
Yoga at lunch. After work was a 1 hour run. Got to run a little w/ Guice (pronounced - Gwee chee). She was moving along so it was a good fit to get me going.

I'm out of cranberry sauce. Shit could get ugly over here if I forget it tomorrow while at the grocery.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Trifecta Wed.

Swim this morning with Pain. 3 things that drive me nuts about this mornings swim
1- Show up on time not 1/2 way through the workout.
2- learn to tell time and not leave 5 secs before you should. Some of us need that 5 secs.
3- The fact that I am the slowest in the lane. Sucks.
At lunch today I hit the Performance Wellness to have my heel worked on. Freaking hurt but we're getting there.
After work was a 1 hour ride on the computrainer. Good lord I am loving that thing. It's totally saving my ass since I can't ride outside after work. Just too dark right now.

I love cranberry sauce out of the can. Not the whole cranberry stuff. I'm talking the processed jellied shit. I could eat that everyday and it would never get old. Best .88 cents I ever spent.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Raw nasty speed

Started witht he SHIP this eveing for my run. I did the warm up with them and then moved intio my own workout. 200's and 400's. I tired to ficus on my form more than anything else. I hope I looked good. lol

Working on getting my business going. If you have not already please like my Facebook page. Just search for Bigmouthannouncing.

Did yoga today and my flexibility kinda took the day off. Tough yoga time for Logan.

Monday, January 17, 2011


I really should not be tired but I am.

75 mins on the trainer with a killer workout. Happy to do it.

The end.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Rain is a pain

But I am not complaining. I got to ride the computrainer this morning for 2 hours. If I were on a regular trainer I would have come close to loosing my mind. With the CPT I got to stay occupied buy all the information it was kicking out. My speed, avg speed, heart rate, avg hr, watts, rpms and a bunch of other stuff. Plus Zane created a workout for me to do for today while riding. If I had to do the workout on the road it would have been tough but on the CPT I could pretty much do what I wanted as far as terrain and weather. Part of the workout was a 20 minute time trial. Wow....the last 3 minutes were intense. I almost fell off the damn bike. I was going pretty hard.
After the ride was a 15 minute run in the cold rain. It was nice to get outside and get some fresh air.

After working out this morning I went and had tea with Haggs. Man I really enjoy yapping with her. We spent almost 2 hours at Life Cafe talking and gossiping.

Tomorrow is an easy effort run. Zane is telling me to take it easy tomorrow on the run because he is preparing a killer week of running for me next week. Oh.......such good times!

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Swim is on!

Got word from Pain that swim is a 99.9% go for the morning. Good news.
Not much to report today. I'm swammped at work and I don't like that.

Yoga at lunch today and trainer ride after work.

Good night.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

I miss swimming!

Odd for me to say that but I honestly do. I was just getting into a good grove but it's looking like I'll loose it because the pool will probably be closed again on Fri. Totally weak!!!!

After work I went and had my orthodic running insoles worked on. I have had them for 3 years and haven't had anything done to them. They were looking a little rough with some rips and tears. Tammy Harbison is the real f'ing deal over at Elite Feet. She doesn't mess around and got me back on my feet in no time. I totally recommend her for your orthodics. Yeah...they are a little pricing but they are totally worth it.
So remember.....when you think orthodics you better think Tammy @ Elite Feet or I'll beat your ass.
After my appt with Tammy I hit the shop for a quick change and then into a run. It was 43 degrees when I started so getting out the door was a little rough. When Stephan Schwartz looks at you right before you run and says, "You should be wearing tights." Then you know it's gonna be cold. I still wore my shorts. Once I got going it wasn't too bad but cold is cold. Ran through Zilker park a few times and had a 30 minute time trail effort mixed into the workout. Great workout and my #'s show improvement over 6 months ago.

Getting a new stem put on my Kaliber tomorrow. It's a little shorter than the one I have now and hopefully this will fix my back issues on my long rides.

Mega're a whore. But I will play you again on Friday.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

It's cold!!!!

Woke up this morning and it was 31 degrees. That's cold for us folks in Texas. I actually wore pants to work today. Yoga at lunch today warmed me up. Each time I go I am seeing improvements to my flexibility. Plus I am feeling better when getting up from places. For years I have looked like an old guy when I get out of bed, out of a chair or off of the floor. But lately I am noticing that it doesn't hurt as much when I get up. Improvements like that keep me going.
After work I hit the computrainer for 80 mins. Some people think I just get on the trainer and ride whatever I want to. Not so. Zane has specific workouts for me to do. Here is an example of why I need a PHD to understand some of this stuff:

W/U 45min including 3x1' drills of fast pedaling with your cadence about 110rpms. Rest for 1' between each, w/ ez spinning. Additionally do 1x5' effort at your FTP (functional threshold power) and then all out 1' effort. rest for 3-5' between these efforts. The majority of the efforts should be levels 2-3 (end-Tempo). Make sure you have 10' of ez pedaling before your first test effort:

That's just the warm up. The main set was even crazier. I am not complaining because I know they are working for me. But before I leave the office I have to write the workout on a post it note in my own words so I can follow it while training. I can't figure out the workout and do the workout at the same time. Just too much going on.

I was texting with Pain this evening and she said there is a 10% chance of the swim actually happening tomorrow morning. That sucks because I really want to swim tomorrow. Oh well....plenty of more times to swim coming.

I kinda jacked up my heel this weekend. I get to run tomorrow so we'll see how that goes.

Come on Mega gotta come through for me!

Monday, January 10, 2011

Focus week

This week I fully intend on hitting all of my workouts. I do not have as many as last week but the ones I do have this week are much harder and complex. Last week I trained for 15+ hours and this week I am scheduled for 11.5. I'm not complaining! I actually get to sleep in tomorrow. Good times.
Today I was up early for a swim. Cold weather keeps people in so it was me and one other guy. It was nice to be able to focus on my technique and not have to work my ass off just to keep up. I'll get that Wed. and Fri. if weather allows it.
After work I hit the trainer for 60 mins. The workout was tough but doable and I felt happy finishing it.

Big score today from Dan and Jack. They got me a years membership to Pure Austin Gym. I'll be ripped soon! Yeah right.

Sunday, January 9, 2011


When I run the trail here in Austin I always think in sections. That's how I get through my runs. The section behind the Statesman, the section between the dip and the rowing center, the section from 35 to the entrance back onto the trail and etc. There are so many sections going on in my head when I run i couldn't even think about listing all of them. Again....sections keep me going when I'm struggling.

Yesterday was a good day of training. I hit the roads for 2.25 hrs of cycling down in Circle C. Plenty of shoulder to ride on and nothing too boring. I averaged 17.5 and I took it at a moderate pace so that was nice. After the ride I laid low for a few hours before I jumped onto the trail for a run workout. 20 min warm up, 25 min time trial and 15 min cool down. Good times.....I like this workout.

Today was another character builder. It's more for mental toughness than anything else. 1 hour 40 mins at 8:50 pace and then the last 20 mins a 7:40 pace. Nailed it! the big thing about this workout is that I can't eat anything while I do it. I have to go on what I had for breakfast. All i can have it water and salt. Towards the end my hips were cramping a little but not bad enough to get me to slow down.
Happy with the outcome.

Went to the movies last night with Nat, Boozy and Beth. Saw True Grit. Great movie and acting. The movie had more of an old English flick with long winded answers and New England wit. I still enjoyed it.

Friday, January 7, 2011

swim/ run/ repeat

Hit the pool with Pain this morning. Good lord I am out of swimming shape. Pain will fix me or kill me trying.

After work I run for 60 mins. I forgot 2 of my snacks today because i was wicked busy at work. I paid the price during the run. Light headed after 30 mins. I knew it was nutritional so I just kept going knowing it wasn't going to kill me. Score one for mental toughness today.

Looking forward to a solid weekend of training and relaxing. Changing the oil in the X and paying bills are really all I have to other than train. Kinda nice not having 4 million places to be.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Nice night for a run

The weather was just about prefect this evening for a run. I was joined by O'Connor the Blonde and that totally helped passed the time. The point of the run was an easy effort and since she was sick we didn't go even close to moderate. Just social and that was just what I needed.
Hit up yoga today at lunch. Gettin' more flexible everyday.

My job is not rocket science so I don't get too serious about it but......I have a guy that sits near me and he is sick with a cold or something. He has the manners of a 12 year old boy and the noises that came out of him today got so bad I almost whipped around and told him he needed a class in manners....the guy was freaking gross. This is coming from a guy who has seen his share of gross shit while tri training. But this is the office for Christ sake.'re gross and you're mother should be ashamed of how she raised you!

Oh yeah.....get better asshole.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Good sore

I hit the pool this morning and it showed that I haven't been for about a month. I was wiped 1/2 way through. Pain was loving it. At about 11 this morning I started feeling the aftermath of the workout. My shoulders are dead right now. Gotta start somewhere. Pain had us breathing to our weak side this morning. Swallowed a lot of water.
After work was a run out of J&A's. Dropped my Kaliber off there and while I did my run James dialed it in for me for this weekend. Thanks James.

1 hour swim
1 hour run

I get entirely way too much freaking mail.

I swear I was at work when this went down!

This guy kinda looks like me but not as good looking.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

I'm not so much of a 5:00 a.m. guy

When your alarm goes off at 5 a.m. and you automatically get pissed you could be in for a long day.
Was up early for a 75 min trainer ride today. Didn't feel great getting on but felt good getting off.
Had yoga for 1 hour today during lunch and that was a good workout.
After work I ran w/ Boozy for 90 minutes. She talked about her stressful day of trying to find the right door to an office building and I educated her on the history of the Teamsters. She had no idea what the were and I was shocked. Guess that's what you get when you grow up in the upper burbs of Houston. I don't think the guys from NASA have a union.

Had the X worked on today and the bills was less than I expected. Nice!!!!
Used the new bathroom stop that O'Connor the Blonde showed me last week. Boozy was impressed with my bathroom knowledge.

Coming out of bed swinging tomorrow morning. I actually get to see Pain. Haven't seen her in over 3 weeks!

Monday, January 3, 2011

Making the effort counts.....


I didn't sleep well last night so I slept in this morning. Not the best way to kick off training for the year. I figured I'd just hit Barton Springs after work and swim a mile.
That lasted all of about 5 minutes. I was sooooo uncomfortable in the water today for a few reasons.
1- It was cold
2- I brought tinted goggles and it was getting dark. Everything looked like weeds and it was wicked dark.
3- I did not have a wetsuit and as soon as I got out I realized I really needed one.

Shitty way to start but I made an effort even though it was a shitty effort.

Sunday, January 2, 2011


Enough fucking around.

Tomorrow is day 1 of my training for IMCDA. 06/26/2011 is the date and I fully plan on going into the race prepared and ready.
Day 1 is already having some complications. The weather guy is saying that it's gonna be around 27 degrees @ 5:30 tomorrow morning. The pool will not open if the temps are below freezing. So I am just hoping that 32 plus degrees will show up instead. I am eagar to get back in the pool. I miss my Pain injections on Wed. and Fri. mornings.

Ok....gotta go for now. The L Train is starting it's departure from the station tomorrow. next stop...Painville.