Friday, July 18, 2008

Racing at Racine

I'm racing!!!

Holy crap...I've got a half IM in two days....and my brain isn't in it yet....

Let's hope I can get out of work at a decent hour tonight...oh I'm shooting to leave work by 19:30. Then on to Chicago tonight and then to Racine Saturday.

Let's hope my bike is in good shape, because I didn't realize until last night that I had to check it in on Saturday. Let's hope I've packed everything I need. And let's hope my cousin remembers to bring my nutrition with her....(do you know I couldn't find Sustained Energy here in C-bus?)

I'm really not sure what to expect out there...I haven't thought about this race...I'll worry about it Saturday night....

Hope I survive....

Wednesday, July 09, 2008

What's going on here?

Two Weeks; Two Posts. What the heck?

Well, I think my training is progress all right and my confidence is growing right along with it. I think I'm still a little fatigued from WIBA, but I've been able to keep making deposits into the IM bank account. Work and a nasty headache wrecked a few days of training, but I came back with 2 miles of swimming, 85 miles on the bike, 15 miles on the run for a nice long recovery weekend. The volume is coming back down just a bit as I get ready for the Spirit of Racine Half IM. Last time I mentioned a few differences between '06 and '08. Well here's one more.

I'm bringing the brick back, baby.

See there's a lot of crap going on at work that doesn't involve the work itself. Well I can't often go out for long workouts during the week so heck let's get in some quality workouts. I've been trying to do bike/run workouts about once a week. Sometimes I'll even throw a swim in the morning. I am working out much less now than in '06 but I have a feeling these work outs will pay off.

I was once told: "There's more than one way to skin a cat." So brick or no brick...I'll still cross that IMWI finish line.

Wednesday, July 02, 2008




Hello? Is this thing on?


Okay so I'm not dead...yet...

Sorry I haven't been around blogland much at all the last, uh, six months. I do still lurk around many peoples blogs to catch up every now and then. But at the end of my day, sitting down here and typing a little ditty just isn't happening.

My journey to Ironman Wisconsin in 2006 was a wonderful journey.

My life now is completely different from 2006.

'06 - xx years old
'08 - xx + 2 years old
'06 - full time student
'08 - full time employment and typically working over 50 hours a week.
'06 - living in Cleveland with parks and trails and hills galore
'08 - living in Columbus with limited training grounds
'06 - training with partners in crime Trina and Cassie
'08 - training mostly solo
'06 - relationship status: single
'08 - relationship status: =)

Okay the three of you who are reading this probably are thinking: "We want training updates!"

WIBA was just this past weekend and yeah the discerning eye will catch me in different photos from some other folks' blogs. (See specifically Wil and Steve) Last year at WIBA I was there for the experience; this year I was there to do some work.

Friday during the day I spent some time gathering information on the next big project at work. Then I got in a good forty mile ride from Middleton to Mt. Horeb and back. (Yes I hit the big hills on the IM course) followed by a 30 minute run. Saturday was a short choppy open water swim, sans wetsuit....brrrrr....stopped to pick up some donuts....then the mental challenge of going 112 miles on the bike. That was my longest bike ride to date by...oh...62 miles. Thanks to the small crew for listening to me mumble obscenities all day. I would have bailed earlier if not for them. Sunday, being short on time, I got up early to run about 20 minutes before meeting the rest of the WIBA crew and running another 1:30 with the cool kids.

So where do I stand? I'm not sure. I know I have not put in the work and am under trained compared to 2006. But you know in 2008 is pretty darn good.

I'm not sure when I'll report back next so....

Stay tuned...