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Zach Ruble's Blog


Ironman Wisconsin..from the other side

September 14th, 2009 by zachruble

Yesterday, I watched Ironman Wisconsin…online :-) . It was my first time not racing there in 6 years. I had several friends racing who I followed online, and one of the guys I coach was racing. I have really enjoyed coaching Jerry this season, and he was in contention for a Kona spot yesterday. Already with a big P.R. @ 70.3 distance, and a clearwater slot earned a month or so ago, I was glued in the final hours of his race to the computer to see if he could pull it off  and get the slot. It ended with Jerry placing a little over a minute behind what most likely would be the final Kona slot in his AG! It was so close, he was gaining in the final 10-k thanks to an evenly paced run. In the end I’m not sure if he got the roll down this morning, but it was a 2+ hour p.r. for him on the course, so I was really happy and not so dissapointed with not being able to race this year :-)   Congrats Jerry!

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Swine Flu Protection

September 10th, 2009 by zachruble

I’ve been feeling sick lately, body aches, sore throat, runny nose, low fever. It sounds like…the Swine Flu! I don’t want to get any worse, or contract anything worse (like the real flu virus, or even worse…a cold!!!). So between training I wear my protection..see below:


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Savageman Triathlon and Melanoma Fundraiser Link

September 5th, 2009 by zachruble

The Savageman Triathlon is a 1/2 Ironman held in Maryland, on September 20th.. Its the toughest course in the U.S. for the 1/2 Iron distance. The Westernport wall portion of the bike course reaches a peak incline of 31%, along with many other tough climbs along the way. Its a great late season race for us in the U.S. I will be racing there in two weeks, and am excited to get back to racing, and to visit the Deep Creek Lake area of Maryland again.

The race also raises money for the Joanna M. Nicolay Melanoma Foundation. Melanoma is the most prevelant and lethal form of skin cancer, in the U.S. alone one person dies every hour from the disease. The foundation has done great work in the area in educating the public on the dangers of Melanoma, raising funds for Melanoma research, and supplying Melanoma patients and the general public with helpful resources. I have created a fundraising page, and set a goal that I hope can be surpassed and will make a large dent in the foundations goal dollar amount for this event. If any readers want to visit and donate, it’s very easy, just scroll to the bottom of the page and click the “continue” button on the contribution box.

Here is the link:


If anyone is interested in racing, or just checking out the race, here is a link to the race website. You’re in for a fun race, different from any other tri I have ever done b/c of the course and the time of year.


Thanks Everyone!!

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The Country Music Charts

August 25th, 2009 by zachruble

Some of the new country music, usually I would rather hear some of the stuff from the 80′s, 90′s, and early 2000′s….but there is some good stuff right now:

“People are Crazy”


“I Still Like Bologna”

“Big Green Tractor”



“Chicken Fried”


“Seen it in Color”


“Small Town USA”




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Good Morning

August 22nd, 2009 by zachruble



Now I can’t figure out how to get these words above my picture.   So they’ll have to stay down here.  The  picture is just me eating breakfast.  I’m up early, drinking my coffee to promote a nice bowel movement, reading emails from the Doc, and………..ok, just back from a bathroom break, coffee worked well, the “you know what” is full.   Also notice the fresh scar on my left elbow from my bike accident :-p.

I’ve had some breakdown lately, and now am on a program for my next two races, IRONMAN FLORIDA and the SAVAGEMAN HALF IRONMAN.  

My bike saddle has died, so I got a new saddle coming, with matching bar tape, I’ll put pictures of everything next time, so you can see the beauty of an ’09 Cervelo P2.

I raced a super sprint here in Clermont, two nights ago, it was a 300 “swim” (dive, run/walk through the water), 7 mile bike, 1.5 mile run.  I had done a 3 hr ride early the day, and it helped me come to the race warmed up and ready to go.  I was beaten out of the water by almost everyone in the elite wave (bad water runnig, dolphining skills), and my transiiions and bike mount wernen’t exactly up to par, so I missed getting to ride with my housemates Viktor and Max on the bike.  Since it was a draft legal bike I was not going to catch them, and Viktor is a stronger cyclist than me anyways.  It was good to race again, and be wheezing from the high intensity.  I think it got me outta my depression, and able to train well again.

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The Real Florida…

August 14th, 2009 by zachruble

Florida is sort of…well I shouldn’t say “sort of”….it is a major tourist destination in the U.S. With tons of beaches and theme parks(Including Disney World and all the surrounding parks), and warm weather year round for most of the state it’s no wonder people like to come here from the colder states for vacation during the winter months. I went on a few vacations to Disney World when I was younger…in January.

…but now, I am here in central Florida in August, the hottest month of the year, in a place that has winters that are similar to mild summer days in Indiana. Staying in a normal house, in a normal neighborhood, the best way visit a place if you can. Its wasn’t like coming here in January to escape the cold and snow of Indiana, for temperatures in teh mid 70′s. Instead, I left great weather to come down, for a heat index of 100+ degrees, the relentlss sun beating down , a pool with temps in the mid to upper 80′s, and daily rain showers that soak your training clothes (that will never fully dry). I’m not complaining though, I think it’s great too see what the people who actually live here have to deal with in Summer, and get a better appreciatin for the near perfect weather they have in the winter time.  I think it’s the best way to visit a new place if you really want to appreciate it….and you may end up liking the place better in the harsh weather versus in the good weather??

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Wrecked it…..

August 9th, 2009 by zachruble

So I am pretty proud of my very mathematically friendly  crash history on the bike.   It’s basically been a gradual decrease in crash incidence  since I started riding.   I know sometimes, crashes can’t be avoided and are not your fault….but if you were to do a poll of riders, and look at the results, you would most likely see an inverse relationship between experience and crashing…or atleast there should be.   As your skill on the bike increases, the incidence of crashes should decrease. The first summer I started riding, I had a few crashes with the local club. A couple of the guys had nicknamed me “crash”, I overlapped a wheel, and went down pretty hard on one of my first rides. I fell several times when I failed to unclip at a stop sign, and went around a few corners too fast and went down b/c of loose gravel.   Towards the end of that summer, I was not fearing for my life anymore and was not crashing anymore.   Then my next few year I had only one crashe breaking my arm in two places in my first road race.  Next about a year and a half later I crashed around a corner really hard on loose gravel, nearly passed out as I sat at a random person house bleeding when they didn’t answer the door right away, and got stitches on my hand. And then 2.5 yrs after that, in the 2005 winter, I had a few german sheapards take me down at high speed, as I was trying to outride them one day with a hard tailwind blowing.  And then yesterday, about 3.5 years since that last crash, it was destined to happen again.   I was standing up to pedal and hit a bump in the road I couldn’t see and went down giving me some cuts on my hands, shoulder, and knee….and smashing the bars into my quad. It wasn’t too bad of a crash, and I guess I was pretty much about due for another….so if I follow the trendline, then it should be about 5-6 more years till I crash again, right :-) .

So now I’m gonna go ride, and I hope I haven’t jinxed myself with this post…..Shitters Full

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Its got 3 speeds…

July 30th, 2009 by zachruble

I didn’t leave Lake Placid with a good finish like I hoped, ‘nor did a get to bring home a paycheck. I did though get a conselation prize. One of my housemates Darryl, left me a blender. Its got 3 speeds, maybe more. So I’m pretty fired up about that blender.

If theres one thing I learned from Brett and the team, its to keep moving forward. I’m not fastest guy out there, but I see how the people here just keep doing their work, whether its going good or bad. So …in the words of the All American Rejects – “Move Along”


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Olympic Town

July 26th, 2009 by zachruble

I’m here in Lake Placid, for the Ironman tommorow.  This small little town was host to the 1980 Winter Olympic Games, and most of the venues are still are here and used. I saw the ski jump (looks pretty intimidating), the speed skating oval, the mountain where all the skiing races where done (also very intimidating..especially when you can’t see the top b/c of clouds/fog), and the big arena for the ice skating and hockey events. There are pictures and memorials all over town of the Olympics from 1980.

So yesterday, I was looking for the rental house I was going to “homestay” with a group of other triathletes. I followed the directions, and was sure I was at the house and walked right up and saw some people on the porch. So I walked in to say hi, and confused, the woman(Gail) on the porch asked who I was. Eventually I realized I was supposed to be one house down, and this was just a residential house. I got talking with Gail, and she had moved here just to help out with the Olympics back in 1979 or so. She was a young single nurse at the time, and helped at several of the events, also just liked to skii so why not come here for the Olympics. She told me a few stories of Eric Hayden(spelling) and seeing him win all of his speed skating medals that year, and how her future husband was at the “miracle on ice” when the U.S. defeated Russia; but she was watching in a bar. There must have been so much energy flowing through the this place. After the games were over she said she just never left the town b/c she loved it so much, and eventually married and settled down here.  Now 30 years later, she and her family are doing pretty good in a nice house with her own business taking care of local rental properties. Her whole family was coming to visit for the Ironman — they all volunteer and help with it every year staying at her house. It was cool to talk with her, and think about how much this town meant to her, and a whole lot of other people.   So hopefully I can feel some of that energy tommorow and use it to push me forward.

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Back to Muncie

July 14th, 2009 by zachruble

I went back to Muncie, Indiana this past weekend. It was the 30th year for the Muncie Endurathon (1/2 Ironman), I think it’s the longest running half ironman in the world. It was my first 1/2 Ironman I ever did in 2001, then I went to school in Muncie and was always out training on the roads near the course, thinking about winning the race, and maybe getting under 4 hours on the course…I finally got both of those last year :-) . This year though I wasn’t going to be racing., which was really weird. I was advised not to race, having just raced Ironman 3 weeks ago, and have another in 2 weeks. So I went down to see some of my friends, and to workout on the run leg of a relay. It stormed for a couple of hours, basically the whole time I waited to take off for the run, the whole time on the run, and the whole time I was standing/sitting around after the run. Even though it was wet and miserable, it was still a good time to be out there and see so many familiar faces at one of the best races around.

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