I’m Back-Hello 2015!

Happy 2015! Wow, I can’t believe how long it has been since my last blog post; seriously, I thought it had been only a couple of months but low and behold its been seven! I last posted about my sorrows and woes regarding Ironman Lake Placid in Heaps of Frustration. Well, a lot has changed since then and I am back on the road to becoming an Ironman, only this time I’m taking my racing abroad, to Canada, that’s abroad right?!

Ironman Mont-Tremblant is on August 16, just two days after my 30th birthday so I decided earlier this year to kick off my dirty thirties with a lil jaunt in the mountains of Quebec alongside thousands of my closest spandex wearing friends (who are just as crazy, if not crazier than me).

Before I get too far into this Ironman business, I feel the need to recap the end of 2014 some and at least document it before I forget everything that happened (seriously, I have to write everything down).

August 2014

  • Moved back to Jacksonville.
  • Competed in the Tour de Pain. 3 races in 24 hours of various lengths.
  • Competed in the World of Beer 5k-My birthday present to myself.
  • Memphis completed his first Monday night run at World of Beer.

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September 2014

  • Competed in the HOT Sprint Triathlon. Good enough for 2nd in my age group.
  • Traveled a bunch for work.
  • Registered for Ironman Mont-Tremblant.

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October 2014

  • Raced in the Evergreen Pumpkin 10 miler that was mostly in a large cemetery.
  • Ran around Washington DC on a work trip.

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November 2014

  • Used my failed Lake Placid spot to go do Rock ‘n Roll Las Vegas half marathon. Not my best 13.1 miles but a fun one with friends and family nonetheless.
  • Did my first Thanksgiving run back in my hometown.

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December 2014

  • Took some time off from racing and training. Ate a lot of holiday cookies, drank some great beer, traveled to NYC for work for a week.
  • Enjoyed Christmas with my family. Rang in the New Year in Jacksonville.
  • Became a Nuunbassador! More to come on this…

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Since January 1, 2015, I have been back on a training plan, working towards my first triathlon which will be in March at the Great Clermont Triathlon. This is an olympic distance race in the hills located outside of Orlando and yes, we certainly have hills here in Florida!

I am about 1.5 weeks into this first training block and it has been going pretty well despite some chilly weather we’ve had recently. Jacksonville even saw snow flurries earlier this week, albeit I did not. So here’s what I’ve been up to since the new year rang in:

Thursday, 1.1.15

  • 1,000 yard swim (only swim so far this year, womp womp)
  • 30 minute trail run with a friend (his first trail run ever!)

Friday, 1.2.15

  • 30 minute trainer ride
  • 30 minutes of at home strength training

Saturday, 1.3.15

  • 1 hour of trail running. I’m trying to adhere to zone 2 HR for runs which on this day was very difficult to do because it was unseasonably warm and humid. Only covered 5 miles in 60 minutes. Can’t remember the last time that happened but the theory is if you train at a lower heart rate for several weeks, you can ultimately train your body to go faster at lower heart rates. We shall see!

Sunday, 1.4.15

  • 1 hour on the trainer.

Monday, 1.5.15

  • 30 minutes of strength training. Tried a new business called Timed Exercise. Without getting into details, I will not be returning.

Tuesday, 1.6.15

  • Rest day. Team dinner at V Pizza, seriously my favorite pizza place in Jax.

Wednesday, 1.7.15

  • 45 minute trainer ride
  • 3.26 miles at the Wednesday, Mellow Mushroom group run.

Thursday, 1.8.15

  • 1 hour RPM cycle class at the Y

Friday, 1.9.15

  • 1 hour yoga class at the Y. Preparing for Saturday’s 10k race.

Saturday, 1.10.15

  • Best Damn Race 10k. Race report to follow.

Sunday, 1.11.15

  • 26 mile bike ride on Baldwin Trail. Went a little bit further than I should have but felt good. Even got rained on for part of the ride.

Overall, I’m pleased at how training has gone thus far. I’m just getting acclimated again to training and organizing my day. My true Ironman training plan starts on March 1 but with an early season tri, I have to get my butt into gear. I look forward to staying on top of this blog and noting my thoughts and experiences through this process of becoming an Iron(wo)man. I hope you’ll join me by reading whenever I post 🙂

PS Shout out to my brother in law Kevin who completed his first marathon today at Disney! He and my sister caught the running bug when I started to train and document my running so I’m excited to have been somewhat of a catalyst in his big accomplishment! Way to Kev!

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8 Weeks of 140.6 Training in Condensed Form!

9 mile run

Wow, its been a very long time since I’ve posted about training and racing but I’m going to ignore that little nugget of truth and act as if I’ve been posting all along!

Ironman Lake Placid training has been in full effect despite the lack of writing. I started with my coach at the beginning of March and we were pretty cautious with my ankle, calf and achilles considering I was still recovering and figuring out what was going on. Thankfully, I’ve been on the mend and able to run fully now.

A little recap since training has started:

Week 1:

-Swim: 2900 yards

-Bike: 1:25 (trainer

-Run: 3 miles

Week 2: 

I attended the Rev3 Team Summit in Virginia so this week’s training was way off.

-Swim: 0

-Bike: 18 miles (test)

-Run: 3.5 miles

Post summit I flew to Vegas for 6 days and got some more training in there

Week 3

-Swim: 2750 meters

-Bike: 11.11 miles in Red Rock. 1,000 ft of elevation gain in first 4 miles!

-Run: 0

Red Rock just outside of Las Vegas-kicked my butt!

Red Rock just outside of Las Vegas-kicked my butt!

Week 4 – Back to the grindstone!

-Swim: 3700 yards

-Bike: 2.5 hrs

-Run: 6.2 miles

Week 5 – April

-Swim: 2400 yards

-Bike: 32 miles + 1 hr trainer

-Run: 7.1 miles

Tri specific shoes from the best sponsor: Pearl Izumi!

Tri specific shoes from the best sponsor: Pearl Izumi!

Week 6

-Swim: 1900 yards

-Bike: 71 miles

-Run: 8.42 miles

Lovely tan lines from 40 mile ride

Lovely tan lines from 40 mile ride

Week 7

-Swim: 1850 yards

-Bike: 45 miles + 1 hr trainer

-Run: 18.2 miles

Now we just passed Week 8 of training and it was race week. I trained through the St. Anthony’s Race and was pretty sore heading into the race. Looking back, my swim numbers just aren’t there. A lot of it has been weather related (we don’t have indoor pools in Fl!) or spring break related. The pools have been super busy with the snowbirds’ grandchildren coming to visit so when I do swim its like an open water swim dodging kids and swimming in waves!

9 mile run

9 mile run

Last week was a very good week of training. The previous weekend I had a 9 mile run in the morning on Saturday and a 45 mile ride on Sunday which was also Easter. When I woke up on Sunday, I had zero motivation or energy to do that ride but I eventually got my act together and got on the bike. Once on the bike, I headed north into the wind and was still questioning what I was doing on A1A during a holiday battling a strong headwind rather than battling a strong mimosa.

Once I made the turn at Wabasso to head South to Ft. Pierce I felt a lot better and my legs started to come around. I finished the ride feeling great and very happy about the big mental workout I had that day.

Getting over that mental hurdle was huge for me and so glad I didn’t cave to my inner voice telling me to go back to bed, to push the ride to the afternoon, etc.

After that ride, I had a rest day Monday and headed into race week. The goal during my recovery was to get to St. Anthony’s as my first triathlon of the season and to be able to the Sprint race. I made it to race week feeling stronger than I expected to.

Last week’s summary-Week 8

-Swim: 5100 yards

-Bike: 1:20 trainer ride, hill repeats where I learned I need to focus on these! + 10.82 miles in St. Anthony’s Race

-Run: 8.82 miles + 3.1 miles in St. Anthonys

I will do a separate St. Anthony’s Race Report but I am pretty happy with my results especially considering I wasn’t really running much until 3 weeks ago.

Channeling Rev3 Teammate Jen Smalls prior to St. Anthonys

Channeling Rev3 Teammate Jen Smalls prior to St. Anthonys

Now its Week 9 of training and I’ve got 2 races in the next 6 weeks, both out of state. Rev3 Knoxville Olympic and Ironman Raleigh 70.3. Neither are on easy courses so they will be good indicators for me regarding Placid. As my training progresses, my mind is shifting from the fast, shorter course racing I’m used to to slower, managed racing where the objective is to finish the distance, enjoy the day (as much as you can!) and learn during the journey.

I’ve got a total of 21 weeks of training and I’ve already completed 9 weeks. Its going quickly and has been a test of mental and physical will but I’m learning as I go and am enjoying reaping the benefits.

Putting the Pieces Together

I haven’t posted a blog post about training or anything related to it for quite some time, basically because there hasn’t been much or any training other than a trail ride here or there. I have been to a doctor twice now to attend to my achilles/plantar issues and seems to be really helping (knock on wood) but since I don’t have a race in the immediate future, I am not allowed to run. This is so I can properly heal things and work on biomechanics.

I found out that I was not engaging my glutes, that they were being bypassed and supported fully by my hamstrings. I also found out that my plantar issues probably have nothing to do with my arch being flat on my left foot and the 1/2″ leg length discrepancy as its been that way since I was 13 years old and broke my femur. Having worn a lift in my left shoe for the past several months hasn’t helped and has actually probably made things worse.

First swim of Ironman Lake Placid Training-From yesterday

First swim of Ironman Lake Placid Training-From yesterday

Now I’m focusing on rebuilding my arch, strengthening my toes and firing my glutes. I have been attending various yoga classes and have really enjoyed going to them. I wen to hot yoga Tuesday which helped clear out some lingering soreness but man was I sore the next day! But it was in a completely, “oh thats a good sore” feeling.

Ironman Lake Placid is 156 days away with Ironman Raleigh 70.3 exactly 100 days away. I can’t believe that but my official training with my coach kicks off March 3. Its time to really get back into gear, start eating better, getting to bed earlier and becoming reacquainted with my tri bike and the pool.

In the midst of all of this health stuff, I am in the process of closing down my physical retail store so I can focus on sport event management opportunities. Its been tough owning a retail store but I have learn a lot in the process that I know will only benefit me in the future.

USAT

Later today I am traveling to the panhandle to attend a 2 day conference so I can receive my USA Triathlon Race Director Certificate. I’m excited about this conference as there are only 20 of us and we are all tri-geeks talking about events!

I know by attending this conference, my fires for triathlon will be stoked which should really help propel me into my training. I’ve got a one-on-one coach for the first time who lives just 40 minutes south of me and who is also doing Ironman Raleigh 70.3 so I’m excited to see how he pushes and challenges me this season. I know its going to be tough but I’m looking forward to the challenge and getting back into race shape.

Sorry for such a rambling post but its kind of how life has been recently, just a bunch of little pieces here and there getting put together. I will be blogging much more often as training starts and I get more familiar with my new Wahoo Fitness Kickr! For now, I bid a do.

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