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Training day at the Great Floridian Iron Distance

Monday, October 26th, 2009

I was planning this weekend on racing Aqua-Bike portion of the 19th annual Great Floridian Iron Distance, and going for a short brick run afterwards…Sunday I would do my long run.  So I was rolling in to the weekend treating it as the end of  hard training block. Well about 4 p.m. the day before the race, I decided to do the full distance, b/c I’ve done back to back Ironmans before, and the second is always better than the first..so I figured this would be good for my result at Ironman Florida….and the race was just down the street, so it was so tempting to have an all day catored training session.

The bike course this year was changed a bit, and managed to make it tougher than years prior drilling us with endless hills.  It was a warm day as well, so I thought it would be a good chance to try out some new things on nutrition that would help me in warmer conditions. In the past I have melted at every hot longer race I have done…and alot of my long workouts in the heat. (I still suffered a good deal yesterday, but partially due to the fatigue in my legs from recent training. and not so much heat) I stopped in to my local nutrition, and Red Bull sponsor “Gear For Multisport” and saw Kevin and Kimberly the night before the race and made sure I had enough supplies to finish…they helped alot, thanks!


It’s a nice little shop located at the National Training Center, I’ll do a blog with some pictures later. Lot’s of supplies for triathletes, from clothing, to shoes, to nutrition.

I came out of the swim in 2nd, and got into the lead in transition. Got to ride behind the lead car all day which was fun, and kept me motivated to ride hard. Onto the run, it was 3 x 14k loops, except there was a short course race going on and it was a 15k run…somehow the first loop i did an out and back section and made the first loop 15k..no big deal, until later in the run when you want to run 42k’s and not 43! My lead had grown, which it should, considering I was the only elite license in the race. I considered stopping after the first loop,to save my legs for IM florida, started walking for a while to give my chip in, but then thought it would be disrespectful to the race and other competitors….and then remember that this would help me not hurt me to finish.

I came across in first place, and was happy with the effort on some pretty tired legs.

Thanks again to SommerSports for putting on a great race here in Clermont. They put on tons of races here in town, and some out of the area. They are always very well run, and I hope to see more athletes at this race next year, it’s well worth the trip to race one of the longest running Iron Distance races in the world and one of the toughest in the U.S.

Racing a 7 year old.

Wednesday, October 14th, 2009

So today was another day of record heat in central Florida, and I was out in the middle of it for a longgg  ride with a brick run after. I headed out on the run, a little hot and tired, close to doing the Subic Bay shuffle, but stayed on top of my salt today, and learning how to deal with the heat better, so wasn’t quite there yet. I got down to the lake, and began running down the trail and ran past a group of people, looked like a family having a picnic. And all of a sudden this little blond haired girl, probalby 6 or 7 years old goes sprinting from the group down the path in front of me. At first I though she was just chasing something, but she kept going…right there in front of me and I couldn’t catch her, everytime I picked it up a little and got close she would hear me and go a little faster.  It was weird b/c her family didn’t yell at her to come back, and no one came after her. She was putting the hurt on me though, and at first just was annoying the crap out of me. A couple hundred meters later, I finally managed to pull beside her, and at this point I thought it was pretty amusing. She was running with typical little kid style, leaning forward, no sense of pacing, just playing. I said to her “good job” and she looked at me with a very focused face, and took off sprinting again and dropped me. Evenutally her lack of pacing got to her and she sat down on a bench, but still was pretty funny. I turned around later, and headed back that way, and she was walking back towards her family. When I went by, I heard her footsteps pick up as she tried to catch back up to me…but a couple seconds later I turn around and she was walking again….BONK!!

I always knew I was faster than 7 year old girls! ;-)

South Carolina Half IM

Monday, October 5th, 2009

36 hours with:

2 x 8.5 hour drives
2 x Waffle House All Star Specials
1 x South Carolina Half
1 x Half IM Run Split P.B.

It was a fun race this weekend, it was my third weekend in a row with a 1/2 IM race, and I been feeling stronger every race. Two weeks ago I race Savageman and it’s a great race, tough course, but I was pretty weak. Last week I stayed here in Clermont and raced the Florida Challenge Half, again on a really tough course, in some heat, and had a better race there than the week before and was able to win. This week was South Carolina Half IM, and I was able to win again. I forgot my wetsuit, and had to borrow one last minute. On the bike it was burning in my legs from the start, but it was good, b/c when you don’t taper and been racing alot, there is no shock or panic when it starts to hurt, it’s a normal feeling. I came off the bike in second and the rolling hills of the run were really fun to run over, I could let loose on the downhills, and work on the uphills. It was the best feeling I have had running in a race in over a year, and was able to run a 1:16:01 which is my fastest run split by 2 minutes.

Thanks to all the races the last three weeks.

Savageman 1/2


Florida Challenge 1/2

South Carolina Half

Living the dream

Saturday, October 3rd, 2009

Can’t think of an interesting blog…..so this was yesterday…and it was a good day, if this is what I “get” to do:

- woke up, ate breakfast, on board my P2, 3.5 hours with 3×30′ at hard pace. Come home, eat some lunch, send out some workouts..watch some t.v. Run 60′ long way to the pool, 4k swim with main set some hard 300′s, and run short way home another 15′, eat, go to sleep. A day of living the dream!