Thanks for the Augusta 70.3

I’ve failed miserably lately keeping up with this blog due to my hectic balance of family, training, and work.  I do, however, want to take time to thank a bunch of people.

First, Kristin Snyder.  Two years ago, you inspired me when I saw that you had done the half ironman right in my own “New” backyard.  A month after I got my butt off the couch and started training for a half marathon, I see your accomplishment and couldn’t believe it.

Second, Rick and Dick Hoyt. I know they probably won’t see this blog, but they are who inspired me to get my butt off the couch in the first place.

Brian Willis is next.  I don’t know how many times Brian posted comments or simply “liked” a workout of mine on my journey through all the training.  As little as it takes to just click, it meant a lot to me.

To old and New friends Maria, Angie, Mike Martin, Brian Irwin, Michael and Barbara and others for all the positive comments and vibes throughout my training.

David Nance, for the positive comments and fun stuff. It was inspiration helping you out on your 24 hour journey.

To those who have commented and told me that I’ve inspired or motivated them, you keep ME motivated.  It’s awesome to know people are watching and I can help by just doing something I love.

To the TriAugusta folks I’ve met and keep meeting!  They are an awesome group!  My U18 (under 18 mph) peeps are awesome.  I’m not excluded now that I averaged 19 on the course, am I?  Nancy, Julie, Ted, Jeff, Alex, Val, David, Steve, oh I can go on.  It was so cool finding a group of people with such welcoming arms and getting to meet folks that I will consider friends the rest of my life.

To Brian Patterson.  I’ll never forget that July weekend when you hung back with my slow ass on my first “attempt” on the half ironman bike course.  It was 100+ and you didn’t have to do that.  It made me want to prove to you that this wasn’t a waste of your time or effort.  It meant a lot to me that you looked out for me that day.

To my coach, Harvey Gayer!  THANK YOU SO MUCH!  This has been such an amazing experience!  You pushed me when I needed to pushed, kept quiet when I had it, and kept me inspired when I need inspiration.  I loved the fact that you would check in just at the right moments without me asking.  It was like you had a sixth sense.  You have done an amazing job getting me here and also improving my performance.  We even nailed a long term goal of mine in the meantime!  I will be forever grateful for this experience and hope to pay it forward with the kids’ Dream Team Tri club.

Finally, to my wife and kids.  I know my wife is sick of all my training and having to deal with the kids, pets, house, etc by herself way more than she should.  I love you all and do this all for you.  I started this journey to lose weight and improve my health so I can live a long life with you and be a positive role model for the kids.  I pray you all don’t have to experience with my father’s and grandfather’s heart attacks.

If there if there is anyone else I’ve missed, please don’t get offended.  I didn’t do it intentionally.  I simply wanted to get this out there before I forget (or start training again…)!

Who’s ready to train for a FULL Ironman?!

T

Rocky Mountain High

Ran 7 miles here in Denver last night.  All I can say is, CAN I CAN THAT RUNNER’S HIGH SOMEHOW?!!!  WOW!!!!

I guess one of the great things about the lack of oxygen here is the runner’s high.  Woohoo.

It felt pretty stressful at first getting used to the altitude, but once I found a comfortable pace, it felt like I could go forever.

Workout:
Bike 10 min warm-up, 4x 5 min with 3 min soft pedal, cool down
Run 4 miles

Travelling again

Flying out to Denver today.  I managed to get a bike and run workout in before.

Nothing to report on really.

I guess the only thing I have to say is it sureal doing a 70 min bike workout and a 4.5 mile run and think that its short.  Last year when I was doing sprint distance triathlons, this would practically be two thirds if the race…

Workout:
Bike 10 min warm-up 3x 10 min in Z2, 5 min soft pedal, cool down to 70 min
Run 4.5 in Z2

Fail

I failed to get my long run in this week.  I was supposed to do a 13.1 mile run.  I wasn’t about to run 2+ hrs on a treadmill.

I’m truly sick of this rain.  Why can’t it rain while I’m at work?…

Workout:
Cycling 90 min in zone 2, 30 sec in big ring every 10 minutes.

Dodging lightning

Managed to get my workout in right before it started pouring! 

Had a great interval workout on the bike and did a 4.5 mile run afterwards.

Have to run 13.1 miles and swim the 70.3 swim course tomorrow.  Should.make for a long day!

Shedding the weight off now!

Gotta get early if I’m gonna get it done.  Good night!