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The Beach

Thursday, November 19th, 2009

I just spent the last week near St. Augustine, Florida. I was staying with my friend, who lives right on the Atlantic Ocean. It was fun to watch the surfers, and learn more about it…..it seems like it would be kind of an annoying sport, b/c you can’t surf everyday due to the way the waves are breaking. So you may go 4-5 days w-out any good waves, then when the waves do come you gotta spend the whole day training so you get the most out of it. I also went out to the beach at night andlook at the sky….it’s not a tourist type beach, so very few hotels in the area I was, and not alot of lights. So to stand on the beach at night and look up at the stars it was really cool b/c they are so clear…it also was nice that it was a quiet beach and no one on the beach for miles it seemed in either direction. Also met a nice running group and got to train with them a bit. Swam in the ocean, got seasick, and swam in the intercoastal waterway, and decided this was prime shark feeding and freaked out after about 5 minutes and got out.  Some guy had his car stuck in the sand, and I came and helped pull him out..he kept shakin my hand, and saying thanks..and shaking my hand, and saying thanks…and then he handed me a beer, maybe the only one left in his cooler.  Rode down A1A to Flagler Beach one day, rode back, real windy.

So that’s about it for now, next race will most likely be Powerman Florida in about 3 weeks.

Ironman Florida

Wednesday, November 11th, 2009

I came into Ironman Florida with a little bit more attention than I had before, or so I felt. I got a few mentions in Ironman pre-race articles, and got to be a part of the pro panel before the race.

Leading to the race, I was swimming great in the pool (for me). Last time I was swimming this fast, I swam 51 minutes at Arizona ’06, and was not too far from the front of the race.  With that in mind, I had high hopes for this swim.  But that wasn’t to be, the water was really rough, and 200 meters into the swim, I found myself  in desperation mode.  I was trying to sprint myself onto the back of the quickly dissapearing front group.  As they swam into the waves and out of sight, I had no choice but to settled in. 

I had many opportunities to hop on with other swimmers.  Like when Blake, and Justin came up on me late in the 1st loop.  I tried to hop on with them.  But they just pulled away, I sat right on the feet, but lost them so easily. Into the second loop I was hurting…people just kept swimming by, and I could do nothing to hop on their feet. By the end of the 2nd loop, my focus was on a solo race.  I thought, “Okay today, I’ll ride my own pace, and not worry about staying in any bike groups, b/c I’ll be alone” “Save it for the run” I rememberd Max Longree, and how far back he was on the swim at Louisville last year.  He went by me late in the bike ride, looking strong b/c he paced the bike so well, and just demolished everyone on the run to take the win…I was hoping for this.

Once on the bike, I was optimistic and enjoying the ride. I thought I was riding fast. I thought I had ridden through all the women, but about mile 40 I finally passed the lead women, it was a bit of a blow to the ego, to pass her so late in the ride. Then an age group athlete road up on me, and it really was getting to me now. “this guy has a job, a family, kids…and he has already made up ten minutes on me!!” I don’t know why, but it really got to me out there, like never befoer. A group rode up on me, including two women, and I could not go with them, unless I wanted to cheat and sit on the wheel, like half the group was doing anyways…but I didn’t want to do that. 

Once I got to the bike out and back section, it happened, I saw the lead the the first 15-20 guys had on me…it went straight to my head, and I was done for. I lost all power, motivation, and heart at that moment. I felt so embarrased to be where I was, and at that point was riding to turn in my chip…and save it for Powerman Florida in a month’s time.  I’ll get myself up for that race, and end of season assess where I am at.  I know I have something more in me, I may just need a break and a re-organization of my life.

Pictures of Pumpkins

Monday, November 2nd, 2009

So yesterday was Halloween in the U.S. I don’t think it’s quite as much of a big deal anywhere else, not that it’s a huge deal here…but anywaaays. The neighbors had a pumpkin carving contest last night, and I tried to get a few good pictures, although they did not turn out too great, and a few of the pumpkins were already gone when I took the pictures, but fun to look at in person nonetheless. It’s also Orange season, so lot’s of bright orange colored Oranges popping up all over the groves when you are out riding and running….not supposed to pick them and eat, but if no one is looking..maybe just one. The top picture, front and center pumpkin is supposed to be a couple of dogs/wolves howling, you gotta look close b/c of the lighting. There were alot of interstingly carved ones. I like the basiold pumpkin best though with just a mean lookng face.

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