This is for the cannondale rep...you had to be there........
Sunday, May 31, 2009
One of my new favorite products ever ( one of those...Why didn't I think of that??? things ) Action wipes which we have been using for commuting, racing, camping and an UH OH moment on the way to a race......good stuff and now i can say Jennelle is a poster child.
Saturday, May 30, 2009
Thursday, May 28, 2009
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
The ankle is getting better even though I still walk with a slight limp guarding it. continued Ibuprofen and ice is helpful. I swam another 1000 meters or so yesterday and then after work I took Jennelle to swim team and went in to try the spin bike. I had talked with Dr. Frank and he said based on how I was doing to give it a try. OHHHHH YES! the spin bike worked and no pain and no limit in motion. I spun for about 40 minutes and then went in to the gym and did alternating pullups and pushups. I supported my legs on a bosu ball instead of the feet. I got a decent workout. so while I would not go run right ow between bike and swim I will very likely lose no fitness and should be ok by by June 21 ( 25 days away) to run a marathon.......after a little swim and bike. Adversity tests you and that is a good thing. I have been thinking worst case scenarios lately and since I already have an ironman medal what if I lost this one??? oh well i gave it 100% I sure would not want to but I could always sign up for another one. looks like I should be ok in this one though...cross your fingers.
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Oregon CrossFit Championships
Monday, May 25, 2009
since the Giro is not being televised Jennelle and I are watching Lance and boys live on the laptop from Italy. the live feed is pretty good actually. Usually when you watch these on the laptop they are in Italian but I found the English feed. Jennelle has been my bike race buddy since she was old enough to sit up on the couch. good memories being made.
Sunday, May 24, 2009
After a rolled ankle on Friday during the run I continue to ice it every few hours and keep it elevated. The swelling has gone down but is still not gone. I spoke with Pharmacy Rob and Dr. Frank and appears to be a strain and should get better if I stay smart. No black and blue so that was a good a sign. This morning I am taking Jennelle to the pool to do laps. I will use a pull buoy and just work the upper body. I need to work out so I may be improving my swim during this rest of the legs. ARRRRRGGGGG!!!!! this blows.
Finally found where you can watch the giro live:
WATCH GIRO HERE
Saturday, May 23, 2009
This is where I will be one month after Ironman. A great organization that I volunteer my time with....this is my 21st year with the organization starting in 1988 as a student. Hopefully I can use some of what got me to ironman as inspiration for the kids that a skinny asthma kid from nebraska can do some crazy stuff if he sets his mind to it.
Friday, May 22, 2009
So i went swimming this morning for about 600 meters and then realized I needed to head to work, wored on the tips that Brett gave me. I then wrapped up key tens at work and headed out for a 8-10 mile run at lunch.....mile 6 I was headed under the bridge near Alder creek kayak and took the turn and wappppppppp i rolled my ankle bad. I really was in pain. I limped back to my car which was a mile away and went home and wow was it swollen. hurt pretty bad so i started googling "sprained ankle" and even called Dr. Frank.....with some ice and Vitamin I I think I will be ok. I guess I will swim with a swim buoy and take it easy this holiday weekend. I guess the bright side was that it was not a week before the race right????
after a few days rest i will get in another 4 day block of fitness with the three day weekend. today I will go swimming in the 50 meter to work on the tips Brett gave me and a run after. I am getting spoiled having two big weekends in a row that's for sure. I am getting ready to start go into a slight taper mode for the race ( 30 days out!) so get it in now and then do less and less.....I hate the taper which most not endurance folks would think the taper is fun because you get to rest a bunch....NOOOOOOO. If you are used to the stimulation and energy you get from a run or bike for hours then you just get bored really bored!.
I threw in some pics of the bike I am using for Ironman in 30 days....did I already say 30 days...4 weeks? my that is soon. I have also gotten my shoes I will use. I always Wait and get them about a month out so I keep them fresh. They are the Nike Zoom Vomero+ 4. I picked these as they are plush and I want the legs to feel plush during the marathon.
30 days people!!!! 30!
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
We started out with a swim at the Juniper pool out in the 50 meter pool. Brett would be an awesome swim coach, in a matter of 15 minutes had improved my swim 100%.
We then went on to hit Kyle and the KMA workout and both Brett and Emily did well although I think they will be sore today. Steph and Rob joined us in the workout and then also a mountain bike ride right after the workout. Brett and I borrowed some 29 inch wheel bikes from Web Cyclery. Unfortunately the Niner i was on had a fork that blew up and had to return. Rob and Brett headed out for another hour.
I then gave Brett a tour of three of the biggest bike shops in the area ( out of the 6-7 in town) as he also is curious how a small town has so many shops just like I do.
More to follow....I like vacation
Monday, May 18, 2009
I had a great swim session this morning that helped a ton. Brett is a very god swim coach and was able to give me some tips that really stuck. It makes a difference when a coach explains a concept in a way that you understand and can show you. We did some video analysis that I will post later.
busy having fun
Sunday, May 17, 2009
oregon State tri team girl had a beaver tail on her uniform.....tooo funny
what a great race, evertything went well. I drove over at 6 am as my wave did not start until 9:40 so had lots of time. on the way there i realized I needed to use the loo and I pulled into a state park in the middle of nowhere in the mountains.....no paper! but alas I remembered that i had action wipes in the car. Off to the races. The only issue i really had with the race was the bike setup, there were like 6 waves and only bike racks for like 2. As I came in mid race I could not tell where to put the bikes because some were blank areas onb the rack because they were out riding.......cluster.
got in the water and swam fine, I admit there is only so much you can do in a 25 meter pool with 4 other people in your lane. uneventful and good swim.
fast t1 and this time I wore some cycling socks...yeah I know all the cool kids go sockless but the extra 2 seconds really make the difference which think helps in the speed later.
bike was insane!!!!!!! I used Cannondale reps bike and it ripped! I used less energy and went just as fast if not faster than usual. thought about saving some energy for the run.... worked. Also fun to chew up the fast swimmers on the bike......always fun.
t2 really fast and the run was flat as a pancake.....I had a great negative split ruining some people happy finish as i sped past them.
the finish results were a TOTAL CLUSTER. The results came out as having me like 24 out of 300 and 2 or 3rd in my cat. so podium.....but then they kept revising them and handing out trophies and then asking for them back since they were wrong. they then raffled off single powerbars and single gels...seriously......i left as I had to get back home as Brett was coming.......I am still waiting for the official results.
Friday, May 15, 2009
I spent the rest of the week mostly running and biking. I got out on the cannondale rep bike ( super sweet TT bike that weights 15 lbs.) and will race it tomorrow at the lebanon sprint tri. My buddy Canada Dave was coming but he did not register in time....bad Dave!!!!!
I did this little community fundraiser race a few years ago and it is a small one but using it as a training workout and good to get the transitions down and since i am using the cannondale for my ironman (in 37 days) figure I better get some real world time on it.
bagged a training session Wed. for a $15 massage that was 90 minutes. yeah the massage class at the local college has it set up for students to practice. pretty good massage and my legs were still tired from the weekend race so it was needed.
Big news is that long time podcaster of ZEN AND THE ART OF TRIATHLON is coming to hang with me over the next 4 days here in Bend. He and Emily will hit the friendly skies tomorrow from Texas. We will have a jam packed fun time with sights and sounds from Bend and cycling and running and swimming.....will be a blast.
looking forward to meeting Emily since she gives Brett as much shit as I get at my house....
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
So I made a cyclocross film last year with a handheld camera during the race season and edited together on my new mac.........it came out sweet. They are going to use it as part of the 1st annual bike film festival in Bend. That is pretty sweet. so add filmmaker to my resume.