Wednesday, November 15, 2006
But we never took it to this level, ala what they call Parkour, crazy.
Sunday, November 12, 2006
Monday, November 06, 2006
There will be some fine tuning, as the dates for a few of the sprints/olympic distances are not out yet that I would like to do...but this is what my 2007 race calendar is looking like so far...some of the dates are from 2006 as well, but it gives a general idea of the timeline of the events.
Sun March 25 Shamrock Shuffle (preffered start from last years performance, oh yeah!! This year we are sub 40min)
Sat May 5th Mini Indy Half Marathon
Sunday May 20th Green Bay Half Marathon
June 4th? Tri-State Tour (bike tour from Indiana to WI in one day)
Sat June 25th? Tinley Park Duathlon
Sat,Sun, July 7-8 WIBA (ride/run) IMWI course (RaceAthele crew podcasters)
Sat, July 21st The Spirit of Racine Sprint Triathlon
Sat Aug 4th Xterra Off Road Triathlon Championships - Milwaukee or Steelhead
Sun August 26th Accenture Chicago Triathlon
Sun,Oct 7th Chicago Marathon
Sun Oct 27th SOMA Half Ironman (Arizona)
So not too bad...two races out of the Il/WI area....the two I'm really excited about are the Xterra (my first one) and the SOMA Half Ironman...it's looking like GB and The Big Show will make SOMA, as well as doing a little head to head with the 2006 Clydesdale Champion of the Southwest Challenge series, Myles...gulp, what did The Clyde get himself into to?
Nothing is better to help in training than having a schedule...and now we're tenatively set, so let the games/training begin!!!
Tuesday, October 31, 2006
But now, I am back, and ready, to start rocking and rolling for the upcoming 2007 season.
Which leads me to my next question, which races should I do?
So I throw the question out to you all. Mrs Clyde has said she'd be more than willing to travel next year to watch some races, so that means this next season I'm taking this little sport of mine nationwide!!!!!
........So I need your help.....what races have you guys done that you'd recommend?
At that this point, I'd say it have to be at least an Olympic or HIM Tri or at least a Half Marathon to make the trip worthwile. So let's hear it everybody, what is a race that The Clyde should do in your area? (oh yeah, and can I crash at your place? haha).
In other news, next year I will have a bonafide partner in crime (possible two, but one for sure). Much like the Kahuna/Robo-Stu affair, some question our real motives, but I will plead to the grave that the relationship we share is purely platonic and the object of our affection is simply triathlon (along with beer and Marquette Basketball). From here on out he shall be referred to as "GB", explination later, and the other, if he sticks to his commitment will be "The Big Show".
I've been lurking, so have been up to date on what's going on with everyone, and now it's my turn to get back into the fray, as you can remember, I have a bone to pick with the last 13 miles of my next HIM. Let the training begin.
Wednesday, October 04, 2006
Here she is, my little princess, Violet Renee, born the 30th at 6:06 in the morning. Looks like she's going to be an Athena, born at 9lbs, 9oz. Mom and baby are doing great!!! (Mom had to have C-section after 16hrs of labor 4hrs of which were intense pushing. Talk about an IronMama, no way that almost 10lb baby was coming out of her 110lb frame the doc said.)
Friday, September 29, 2006
Thursday, September 07, 2006
This doesn't directly relate to triathlon, but I think it captures our mindset pretty well. If you think something is impossible, go for it, anything is possible.
Make sure to watch the video on the right of the link. Amazing.
Tuesday, September 05, 2006
Friday, September 01, 2006
Thursday, August 31, 2006
Since Steelhead I've pretty much been hanging low. Probably get a run and ride or two a week in, and some weights. Things should be settling down now in relation to chaos of shopping for new baby stuff, and after this weekend's painting mission, the house should be pretty much set, so I'll probably start my base training for 2007 in mid to late Sept. Until then, I'll just do some recreational runs, rides and of course b-ball nights start up.
Next season for me is going to be a little more active, race wise, as I plan on doing two half marathons, at least 2 0r 3 sprints, 2 oly's and one half IM, capped off by the Chicago Marathon in October to set me up for my 2008 IM dreams. We shall see.
I'm out for now, trust me, I'm still lurking on all of your blogs, but for the next few weeks it's all baby mode for me, I'll report back when my base training starts.
Tuesday, August 15, 2006
(Sorry for the lack of pictures, but bozo here forgot to pack the special battery for his digital camera, BRILLIANT!!! I'll have some video and pics from the throw away camera I had to buy in the next few weeks, I did remember the battery for the camcorder)
Friday: Not going to bore you with all that went on. Basically got to the transition area, picked up my race packet (with a sweet Steelhead shirt inside) and checked in my bike. Happen to run into Elizabeth as she was coming out of the water and stopped and chatted for a little.
Friday Night: Dinner with the bloggers. It was really cool that a bunch of people who never have met each other, or conversed more than through a couple of emails, could sit down and make 1.5-2hrs fly by like it was 5 minutes. I don't think there was a second of dead air as we all seemed to really click and get along. Bloggers in attendance included Habeela, Elizabeth, Shelley, Mike and for a brief few minutes Alison. Thanks again to Habeela for organizing everything and showing us an AWESOME Italian restaurant in that area. We vacation in that area every year and will be sure to hit up again.
Friday later night: Get back to hotel and meet up with my TNT coach for the first time. I'm informed that we will be MEETING at 4:15, yes that's AM, in the lobby to leave. I say, "quit f#cking with me" only to find out he's dead serious, which makes sense since my heat doesn't jump off the pier until 7:30!!!! But anyways, I didn't want to fight against the trend of the team so I agree to it (it's already 10:45) and head to bed. Takes about an hour to fall asleep and I'm out.
Sat Morning: Wake up, meet at 4:15 and leave by 4:30. Get to transition at 5:10 or so, set up, and then sit on my a$$ for the next hour, literally. I was not very happy about the whole situation, but enough about that, as you can tell, I have an obsession with sleeping time. So after that I catch a bus to the start (1 mile down the beach), do the potty stop, get my wetsuit on and wait at the beach. Bump into the blogger crew again and wish everyone luck. 6 heats go out and I as am walking to the pier I run into my family and wife. Take a quick picture and head on my way.
The start, as the others have mentioned, was pretty cool. You jump off a pier into Lake Michigan and swim along the beach. So after I leapt off with a cannonball (I knew I was going to do this as soon as I signed up, and hey, I am a Clyde) going along the beach was perfect for me, as I breathe most of the time to my right, so I always kept a swimmer or two inbetween the shore and myself and I knew I would be on course (let them spot and go off of that). It was about 15 minutes into the swim and still had not really found my rhythm...and that's when the mind started playing games....I have to admit, I wanted to stop right there, not because I couldn't do it, just because I couldn't find a rhythm...almost like I wanted a do over of the start. Really the only thing that got me through was just a little while after this whole mental dialogue, the buoys changed from green to orange. I looked up and only saw what I thought was 3 more orange ones...so I figured I was close to finishing. Well that was a total miss count....no sh!t, there were just as many orange as green, so I really was only half way done, but at least it got me into a rhythm and the last half of the swim seemed to go by pretty quick. There was a huge Gatorade blow up bottle on shore and the first time I spotted that breathing I could have swore I saw heaven on earth, not that the swim was hard, I was just glad to be done with it. So I get out of the water, and start the trek to T1 , it was pretty far. Total time was around 42 minutes, 3 under my normal pace, so I was happy to say the least.
So I get to transition throw down my wetsuit, and yes, had to pee, which was OK considering the porta potty was 6ft from my transition area. Get on my gear and head out for the bike mounting area. Lift my leg to go over the seat and kick my water bottle full of Perpetuem right out of its behind the seat holder. SWEET!! I have not even started the bike yet and already have one dropped bottle. Go pick it up and start out, again. The course takes a pretty nasty left up a hill, within the first half mile of the course. Luckily I rode the course before hand so I knew it was coming, geared down and started passing people. The bike course was relatively flat in the middle of the course, with some mild hills at the beginning and the end, that being the case it did take me a good 7-8 miles to get my legs under them.
So about mile 9 I permanently got in aero and just started pushing. Not being the fastest swimmer out there and being behind the 40-45 womens age group meant I had plenty of "hello's" and "keep it up's" on the course. At about the halfway point I looked and my average was 20.1 for about 30 miles or so. I was pretty pumped. The course then headed back west and made a turn south and that's when I realized...there was a slight tailwind I had been riding with that we would now be riding into for the majority of the way back to Benton Harbor, not real bad, but enough to slow you down a tad and be an annonyance. About mile 50 or so, I did manage to pass Elizabeth, but knew my victory would be short lived as that girl is a freaking cheetah when it comes to running, it's almost not fair ..So the wind along with coming back home down the stretch with the hills lead me to a total overall speed of 19.28 for the course. Not the fastest I have biked, but I was still pleased. I headed into T2 knowing that a sub 6 IM is very much attainable for me (42 swim + 2:54=3:36 + transition times, I figured I was at about 3:45 or so.)
I rack my bike and start to change. At this point I'm thinking.
"OK Clyde, your fastest half marathon is 1:51, which was this year, at your Olympic in June you did 6 miles in 56 minutes, in ABSOLUTE pain after the swim and bike, you can knock this puppy out in 2-2:10 and still come in under 6hrs."
I thought everything was going to be fine.
I. WAS. WRONG. WAY. WRONG
I head out of transition and I'm feeling fine, just telling myself to take it nice and easy and you'll be back in about 2hrs. This lasted all of say, 3 minutes. Out of nowhere I get this sensation that you get when you know you've done too many situps...you know what I'm talking about? My midsection all of a sudden just tightened up like someone had two giant hands around me was squeezing as hard as they could. In a second, I couldn't get ANY air into my lungs. OK, OK, let's walk a little and see if we can shake this. So I walked about 50yds, then tried to run again. The first 20 steps or so were fine again, and then BOOM the tightness came back.
"Oh f#ck, this is not good"
So that was they way it pretty much went for the next THREE HOURS, physically my legs and back felt awesome, but for some reason my diaphragm would just tighten up and restrict my air intake, not the best thing to have happen to you in an endurance event. I would pick out a street sign to run to and just try to make it to it. I've never had anything like this happen before and trying to explain it is hard. At any rate I ended up running, walking and shuffling the rest of the course. I did everything I could on the course to try and help. Ice on the head, ice down my shorts, ice down my shirt, etc....nothing seemed to work. I even had salt tablets that I had been taking all day to reduce cramps (for my calves, that have worked wonderful in trainig, but those were rendered useless for my midsection apparently).
On the run I did see the bloggers I met the night before and a lot of the TNT folk quite a bit throughout the course and even gave some high fives and encouragement as they flew by. The course was a series out and backs all over, so it almost was like you were a spectator as you were participating in the event.
So I finally get to the finish chute and manage to get through, happy to finish, disappointed at what had happened.
So it's been over a week now and to be honest I still don't know what happend. Throughout all my brick sessions, nothing like this has ever occured. My calves had cramped up in the past, but the salt tablets seemed to fix that only to have no effect on my stomach muscles. I'll admit I have not done core workouts every day (who has??), but I was doing those workouts occasionally, so maybe I need to put more effort into that.
I thought maybe it was hydration but I was drinking more than enough, making myself drink on the bike when I was not thirsty, and when I counted I actually had pee'd four times on the course. So I don't know. I guess I'm just a little dumbfounded by it all.
Initially after the race I was really, really dissapointed to be honest. Yes I finished, but to me it was all about the time, to prove to others that a guy with a bigger stature can race a "relatively fast" race. I guess I 66% proved that. This last week I have reflected a little more and I realize the time isn't as important as I first thought, especially when hearing people's reactions about me finishing and how "I don't think I could ever do that", but it is still something I would like to obtain. I will definitly be back next year (probably Steelhead, but maybe Florida or somewhere out of the midwest), wiser, better trainied, and more experienced, I'm thinking the combination of those 3 will get me to where I want to be. I think I am also going to sign up to a training coach or program at the beginning of the year to provide me with some guidance and instruction, especially for the swim.
So all in all, yes I'm a Half-Ironman, and no one can take that away from me, but on another level, I have a score to settle, and you know what a wild animal does when backed into a corner? Watch next year and you'll find out.
....and now it's time to lace up the hightops, my much foresaken Tuesday night mens basketball games are officially back in the "training program".....YES!!!!
Friday, August 11, 2006
Sunday, August 06, 2006
42 min swim (45 pace was what I was expecting)
2:54 bike (wanted sub 3hr)
Was on par for sub 6 finish through 2/3rd of the race.
I finished the race. (my A objective)
I LEARNED a lot about what I need to do for next season.
Got to meet some really cool bloggers.
Run, er walk, er shuffle didn't go so well. MAJOR cramping, not of calves, my usual problem, but of my diaphragm (people I couldn't even breathe running DOWNHILL???? WTF?). (2hr planned, 3hr actual)
Outlook for my 1/2 Ironman career?
I'm calling it quits.
Just kidding, I hope you'd know me better than that. I am all about redeeming myself and my sub 6hr finish at the next one. It's personal now.
Wednesday, August 02, 2006
...let's get it on!!!!!!
(The names on the shirt are of people who have had cancer at some point. Some of the people on there have won their battles, others were not so fortunate. They got on my race day shirt by people I know donating $50 or more to my TNT fundraising on their behalf. I thought it would be a good way to get people to donate, boy was I right, it was no problem raising the $2300 I committed to.)
Monday, July 31, 2006
2. I very much like that the Clydesdale are scheduled to be in the last heat. There was something about having everyone and their mother pass me in the swim at my Olympic tri two months ago (Clydes went right after the pro's - 2nd heat) . I mean you realize you are not directly against them since they are not in your weight division, but it still messes with your psyche a little bit. It'll be much better to be the hunter, than the hunted.
2.1 Aquabikes are scheduled to start with the Clydes/Athenas...is it illegal to draft one of those puppies? How about skitching on an aquabike? Now there's a thought.. (OK, am I the only one who was confused about the aquabike? I thought people rode these for the swim, since they were not good swimmers. I was unaware that aqaubike people just swim and run....um yeah, not so bright sometimes, carry on, nothing to see here. As you can see, there will be no skitching)
3. Number 2 indicates there will not be many bikes left in T1 when I finally wash up to the shore. Any pictures taken of me in said transition must have a caption letting viewer know I was in the last heat, thus the absence of bikes.
4. I am hoping there are not so many bikes again when I get back to T2 (biking is my strong point, I hope to be able to make some noise in this stage of the race). Caption here again to point out my Lance like trek would be appreciated.
5. Per the Steelhead Athlete Guide:
"Run Rules & Regulations
1) No form of locomotion other than running, walking or crawling is allowed."
---well at least I now know that is an option, I may have to take advantage.
6. I am not looking forward to the last 5 miles of the run, I know that already. (It's about that time I am ready to be done with my long runs).
7. This is the first time I've done an out and back run course. It will be fun to see the leaders of the back flying towards the finish as I am in the first stages of my run.
8. I could not be more pumped for this race to start.
9. I fully expect to break down and cry. At some point in the race the realization that this goal I set for myself almost a year and a half ago is finally going to be reached may choke me up.
10. As pumped as I am, I am also scared as hell. These two emotions have started to flip flop almost per minute these last few days, that alone is tiresome.
11. It will be fun to meet some of the bloggers I've followed since I've started this journey. Friday night should be fun.
...that's about it for now, have to get back to work.
Monday, July 24, 2006
Last week as stated below, was my vacation/workout week in Michigan. The majority of the days I stayed at the resort and biked/swam in that area. However, last Wednesday I finally ventured over to Benton Harbor to check things out.
There's really not much to report on the beach/swim portion, it is a little ways from the beach to where I'd imagine the transition is going to be, probably 300-400 yards or so, but it shouldn't be too bad. Lake Michigan, is well, Lake Michigan, the waves didn't look too bad, but then again it probably will not be the same conditions as last week on Aug 5th. I can say that fairly close to the tranisition area (two miles or so south on M63) is a very nice little downtown area, that if your spectators want to do something while you're out on the bike, has some pretty cool looking little shops, just an FYI
Now on to the bike course, or at least part of it. I had to drive around a little to find the TRI arrows that are painted on the road, but finally did. Not feeling the most confident and since I was solo, I decided I was going to drive the bike course first. For two reasons.
1. To make sure the arrows did in fact mark the entire course.
2. As you can see in the pics, the weather didn't look all too promising.
Both turned out to be good decisions. My take on the course is this. It really is "rolling hills". I drove about 30-35 miles of the course before I lost the markings on the road (there was construction and a new road, so I bet they paved right over it, and of course I forgot the detailed map back at the resort). In those 30 miles, there were only 3 hills that I legitimitely thought would be classified as a climb. And even then, not in the truest fashion of the word. These are not long, drawn out hills, but rather, shorter steeper hills that should take no longer than 3-4 minutes to get up and then be on your way. There is one fairy steep hill with the first mile or two of the bike, after a sharp left, you'll have to climb, once again steep, but not very long, just an FYI. The rest of the course is fairly flat, with rolling hills, where if you get enough momentum on the downhill, you should have enough to get up the next small incline. All in all, I thought Michigan had bigger hills, like back home in WI, but it appears that's not true, which I am happy about. The training I did on those will set me up well for the bike course next Sat.
As I said above, I lost the course about mile 35 or so, there was road repair gonig on and it looked like the had just laid new pavement, so the arrows must have been covered. I doubled back twice and could find the arrow, so I decided to call it a day. It started to rain around this time as well, so I figured I wasn't going to be able to get a bike in that day anyway. So sorry no run report, since I didn't complete a full loop in the car, but from what I read in the participant guide it's flat except for one big hill, so keep that in mind and save a little in the tank.
Other than that these photos pretty sum it up. Some nice flats, with a few rolling hills, and one "extra effort" hill maybe every 9-10 miles. I think we are going to be all right people. I know a few of you are going to be there, so leave me a comment and I'll keep an eye out for you on Fri and Sat.
The pic above is the lake where I got to do my swim....I swam from the pier to about where the sun is and back, roughly a mile or so, pretty sweet, except for a few boats (most of which belonged to the family/friends I was vacationing with.) I did pretty good, got in two bike rides of about 45 miles each and two days of swimming. Not bad considering it was wrapped around 3 nights of pretty intense drinking. Ah the challenges of a social triathlete.
Also had to put this one on here...it's me with my (hopefully to be very soon) adopted nephew. This guy could absolutely not leave my bike alone all week, perhaps a triathlete in the making, let's hope so.
Friday, July 14, 2006
(Above - perhaps one of the "rolling hills" of the Steelhead course? I'll find out this week)
Well everyone, my week off is here. Unfortunately the po-dunk place we stay at doesn't have internet, we're lucky it has running water, so I'll be gone all week from the computer. I will return next Sat with pictures galore of the Steelhead course and my report of the course for those of you not able to see it before hand.
In the meantime, it's the first time I'll probably take a vacation and come back more tired than when I left. I plan to use this "vacation" to get in a few long bricks, that's if I make it through my workout tomorrow in this ridiculous heat and humidity, see you all in a week or so!!!
Wednesday, July 12, 2006
Picked up these beauties this week
And I am going to get these next week when I get back to the shoe store, I think these are the ones that are going to drag my Clyde ass around the steelhead course. It's brand new technology from Brooks, and it's suppose to give more bounce back to you than most shoes out there.
You can read all about it here. I'll have my "Mogo" on, baby!!!
This weekend is my last long brick before my workouts start to gradually cut back. 200 minute bike ride, followed by 60 minute run. I just got a huge shipment of Hammer nutrition stuff in this week, including Electroylte tablets. It's suppose to be very warm and humid Sat, so I can't wait to see how these salt tabs are going to help me in my fights vs leg cramps. I'll keep you posted.
Thursday, July 06, 2006
Well, folks, it's getting to be that time. 4 weeks until Steelhead. That means, only about 3 more weeks of real training, a little taper, and then the race.
Following along with that, much like some did last year, I am going up to Benton Harbor the week of the 17th-21st to scope out the course. (Staying in Paw Paw, MI for "vacation)". So I'm going to put it out there.
If anyone wants to ride/run/swim any part of the course that week with me, you are more than welcome to join, just let me know via comments. For those of you that can't make it (I do realize it's the middle of the week)....I am going to take AMPLE amount of pictures so maybe you can at least visualize the course.
Just think of it as my pay back to society for all those times I use to steal from the house that blind person lived in.
Yes, that was a joke.
PS....here's a good link with ton of info about the race.
Monday, July 03, 2006
Do I want to be an Ironman?
Yes, it's a bit premature, considering I have not even completed my first half yet (Aug 5th, hopefully), but none the less, it's been something I have been kicking around during my training. Much like Benny did here, I have at times doubted my desire to become one (well for him to re-do it, but for me to do it once).
Is it too far? Can I make it? But most importantly, DO I WANT TO TRAIN THAT MUCH IN ORDER TO BE READY FOR IT? I mean you hear these stories of 8-9+ hour TRAINING days, that must be put in to get ready. So after much deliberation and consideration and in a moment of "slight" drunkeness, I have decided that my aspiration to do a full Ironman is dead.
Yes folks, I have no desire to put that much time in in order to fully prepare for IM WI or Florida or wherever. You see, there is something I have not let out on this here lil' web page.
Let me explain. This blog initially started out as a way for me to just keep track of my training and to give me a place to write down how it's going. When I started I had no notions of sharing it with anyone, nor did I want to include anything else about myself on it. Triathlon, training, etc...all the time. (Like MTV when it use to actually play videos)
However, throughout the last year a few people have stumbled across it (aka my faithful followers) from comments I left on other blogs, and I've given it out to a few family members and it has, at times, has had to deal with more than just training (much like MTV is much more than video, I mean do they even play videos anymore?)......anyhow, in a very strange way I have come to almost feel like I "know" some of you, at least in a wierd internet type of way, so I have decided to let you in on a little more about self....
........so this goes back to the time thing and not having enough time to train for IM in 2007. The reason I have given up my IM dream for 2007 is because of this.....
.....now hold on, I realize the SHOCK you may be experiencing is two fold........
.......yes, there is a Mrs. Clyde and yes, we are expecting a lil Clyde coming in Sept. So as you can see, I feel my time the next year is going to be a little more, how shall we say, taken up with other "adventures".
Now don't get me wrong, Mrs Clyde would be more than willing to take over and support me during my training (like she has ever since I started this little sport), even with the extended hours it would entail, but I just can't justify missing that much time and letting her fend by herself while I'm out doing my training missions.
So this last week, I have finally come to a resolution and decided to hold off on an IM for 2007, BUT, I am 100% dedicated to one in 2008. I feel the extra year will give me time to do a few more Oly's and another half IM and it'll give me another year to gain experience and get ready to gear up phyiscally, mentally and perhaps even equipment wise (full carbon baby) for 2008. Not to mention that the baby will be a "little easier" to handle (or at least we'll know a little more on how to deal with it since this will be our first), with a year under our belt.
Now all those are great reasons, but my favorite is that by putting this off a year, it'll give me the chance to walk the lil guy (or girl) across the finish line with me in 2008......
Happy 4th everyone!!!
Sunday, June 18, 2006
Tranisition area, pre race. The race was held at the beatuiful Osthoff Resort, in Elkhart Lake, WI. If you ever want to go to a secluded "little" resort to get away, I would highly recommend it.
A view of the swim course. The close yellow bouy is the turn around for the sprint, the second (way in back if you click on the picture and expand) was the one for the olympic. You never really get a grasp of distance in the water when you swim in the pool. Looking out there I was a little intimidated by the distance, but then had to keep reassuring myself, that I had gone much further than that in the pool plenty of times before.
This being my 1st time ever donning a wetsuit or doing a legitimate open water swim, I was a little nervous. However, once I got in to the water, it quickly passed. The swim was OK, the water was pretty cloudy, so you couldn't see much, barely the tips of your hands as they passed underneath. Besides that, the swim was pretty uneventful, only got kicked once, and I think I may have elbowed some people 3 or 4 times, but besides that, it was pretty smooth. I finished in 34 and some odd minutes. Came out of the water, fatigued, but VERY glad to be done. One thing I do need to work on is spotting, there were two seperate times, where I was WAY off course.
The bike course was VERY, VERY hilly and I could tell my lack of hills in the area I live in was definitly not helping me out. Even though we started seperate from the sprint tri, the road course was the same, so it was difficult to tell if I was passing competitiors in the oly or not, either way, I definitly passed more people on the bike than passed me, so I was happy with that. I should point out that there was one hill that was so steep that they actually had a medic stationed at the top, to help anyone if need be, I would say a good 20-30% of the riders actually unclipped and walked/jogged up it, it was Colorado mountain foothills steep (I use to live in Fort Collins, so yes, I do know what I'm talking about). The second half of the oly course, was a 3 mile loop, that we had to do 4 times. It was pretty interesting to see how the "elite" athletes just absolutely fly on their bikes. ZOOM, GONE. Totally amazing.
So for the bike, I managed to get through (and up that one particular hill without unclipping), and actually felt like I had more energy than I did coming out of the water, so that was refreshing. Total time was 1:27, which for me, is a pretty slow pace, I was a little dissapointed in that, but the hills definitly were the instigator there. Also my bike computer became "unsynced" during the ride, so I had no information on mileage while I was riding. As I come back to town, I could tell that the hills had taken there toll on me, as my legs as I unclipped and ran to T2 (above) did seem a lot more heavy than normal.
Racking my bike, T2
As I come out of T2, my legs actually seemed to "lighten"a little bit, but this would be short lived. I run out of the gate, grab a gatorade (pics above and below) and head out on my way. The first 3/4 mile is no problem, but then, you guessed it, for the next 1.5-2 miles, it was literaly a slow sloping uphill (I thought we had enough of these on the bike) with an occasional uphill steep kicker thrown in. My legs just pretty much died. However, I promised myself that no matter what, I would only walk when drinking water/gatorade from the aid station, and no more than 25 paces before I start to run again.
I held on to that and finished the last 3 miles. In those last 3 miles there was, to my relief, a good mile of gradual downhill, followed by another pretty steep uphill which finally leveled off for about the last 3/4 mile into town. Right about as this picture was taken below, I looked up and saw the clock said 3:00:01 and at least smiled in knowing that I did make my time of 2:45-3hrs that I had set for myself, the Clydesdales were the second group to start, behind the elites which went out 3 minutes before us so I knew my time was 2:57-2:58ish. My run time a lethargic (for me) 56:30. Not horrible, but not the best either, at least it gives me something to work on.
Coming down the homestretch.
Where's the beer?
All in all, it was a great learing experience. I took 1st in my weight division of the Clydesdale, but besides that my overall placing was not something to write home about. 142/219.
The thing I realized about this distance is that people take it a lot more serious than say a sprint triathlon, or even a 5 or 10K road race. There are a lot more hard and well conditioned bodies racing, and you don't have as many weekend warriors willing to do the Oly distance event. This has made me realize that for distances of Oly or higher, I really need to start taking my training more seriously if I want to be more competitive, not only in the Clydes division, but overall. I have also realized that I need to get in more hill training (run and bike). Doing flat intervals in a higher gear (or intervals when running) does not equal the same workout as actually riding/running on hills. I do have 3 or 4 where I live that I can utilize, so I'm going to have to start doing more loop workouts that work those in. That, along with trips back home to WI and to MI (to ride the Steelhead course), should get me a little more prepared.
Well I probably have bored you enough, so I'll sign off for now. I did do some training this weekend back home at my folks place in WI, so VERY hilly and slow (3hr bike ride in the hills at 90 degrees and ridiculous humidity), but I'll leave that for a post later in the week.
Monday, June 12, 2006
CLYDESDALE DIVISION: AGE 1 - 39
Place No. Name Ag Rank Swim Rank Bike Rate Rank Run Pace Total Penalty Final
1 42 Chris Schabel 30 3 34:22 1 1:27:39 27.4 1 56:30 9:06 2:58:31 2:58:31
2 30 Shawn Adams 33 4 34:23 2 1:35:27 25.1 2 58:51 9:29 3:08:40 3:08:40
3 175 Sean Mars 35 1 30:12 3 1:36:17 24.9 3 1:02:47 10:07 3:09:15 3:09:15
4 31 Perry Benes 39 2 30:38 4 1:40:09 24.0 4 1:02:52 10:08 3:13:38 3:13:38
I tell you, lately I come in to work more tired Monday than when I left Friday..(for those that don't know, I'm Chris Schabel).
Tuesday, June 06, 2006
6:30 - 7 - get up and get ready
7-7:45 - Drive to meet up with TNT group.
8-10:05 - Double brick...bike 11 miles, run 3, repeat.
10-11 - Drive back home
11-1:15 - Shower, clean up, eat.
1:15 - 3:30 - Drive to Milwaukee for Brewer game (bad traffic)
3:30-10:00 - Tailgate/Watch Brewer game (no not a single beer, if you really know me, you can only understand how hard that was)
10:00-12:00 Drive back (no traffic)
12:00-12:30 Get ready for bed.
12:30 - Sleep
4:30 AM - Get up, shower.
5:00-6:15 AM - Drive to start of Tri State Tour
6:30-1:30 - Enjoy the tour (total of 90 miles biked)
1:30-5:30 - Wait for bus (activities included showering, finding a local eatery, and waiting around for the sweep bus)
5:30-7:30 - Bus ride back from Kenosha, WI to Hammond, IN.
7:30-9 - Go home (stop for a quick bite to eat)
9 - get home and immediately crash.
So totals for the weekend:
112 miles bike, 6 miles ran and one tired Clyde.
Coming up this weekend, my first Oly, the Elkhart Lake Triathlon.
After Saturday's brick (and Sunday's bike), I have to admit, I feel pretty good about it.
Thursday, June 01, 2006
How was yours?
I am not a huge Indy car race fan at all, but I must say, seeing these cars whizz by you at 220+ is pretty breathtaking. And I got to see a crash right in front of us, pretty amazing that drivers most times simply walk away without injury. If you ever get the chance to go to a race, I'd say do it, you will not be dissapointed.
I am doing this on Sunday
Tri State Tour
I'll have pics and a write up after. If I don't get back before then, everyone have a great weekend.
Wednesday, May 31, 2006
Now for the race report.
Green Bay Half Marathon -
Mile 1 - 8:00 min/mile
M2 - 8:05
M3 - 8: 07
M7- 8: 13
M10-13.1 - no timing mats, but a 9:33 average those last 3, not 8:33, 9 effing minutes, 33 seconds.
The day was a bit chilly, 45 degrees at the start, but I felt good and I actually like to run in cooler temps as I sweat like a fat kid in a candy store when it's warm (I can say that, because that use to be me). I actually felt that I was running somewhere in the range of 8:30-9 miles the first couple of miles, so when I crossed the mile 5 marker (1st one with a timer that I saw) and saw 45:26 (knowing I had been back about 4-5 minutes at the start)...I thought I was in business. I really didn't feel like I was slowing down miles 5-10, and staying with 9 seconds on those miles, I was right on in my calculation. (Although my skinny little cousin did manage to pass me in these miles) I was pumped, a 1:45 half marathon was definitely attainable.
AND THEN IT STRUCK........
BAM!!! A pain like no pain I have felt since I started running....my calf, out of nowhere, just cramped. Cramped like it was never going to release....I thought my calf was literally going to rip right off the bone and not just one of them, nope those sons of bitches decided to tag team on this one.
........THIS IS NOT GOOD.........
I remember thinking......WTF!!!!
....as people kept passing me as I tried to limp on, I decided to stop at the nearest tree and try every calf stretch I could think of...it seemed to work a little, but every step after that, I could tell if I tried to push to hard it would cramp again. I would take 5 or 6 strides very slow, and then try to really push off and get back to pace (mentally and breathing wise, I was fine, I could have pushed), my calf would feel like someone was sticking a knife it...like my legs were saying "Don't mess with us right now"
....so I had to surrender and go at this reduced pace. There was one last hill about mile 11, that I told myself there is no way I'm walking up unless I'm dead, so I managed to get up that and carry on, albeit at a very leisure pace. I made it through Lambeau and to the gate....and although my time was a full 6 minutes faster than last year, I came away in a bum mood, knowing breaking last years time by almost a minute a mile was 3 short miles away from happening....
What happened you ask? Not exactly sure, I felt I had enough training and my splits prior to the last 3 show that....the only thing I can think of is dehydration. With it being a little colder out, I didn't take in as much water as I normally do. That's the only thing I can think of. When I play B-ball and don't drink enough (hot, sweaty gym), I cramp. But I have NOT ONCE ever cramped while running/biking/swimming...
So I guess it's on to next year, and you better be ready 1:45, because I'm coming back, and I feel like I need to show you something.
Oh yeah...and to top it off, not one single race photo of my on the site Cellcom provides for race pictures....I guess it just wasn't my day. Now if you'll excuse me, I have to go kick my dog.
Tuesday, May 23, 2006
It was the longest 3 miles I have ever run. Stay tuned.
So the link isn't working.
My finishing time was 1:51:55 for the 13.1 miles.
Tuesday, May 16, 2006
Well everyone, the time has come. The 2006 season officially kicks off for me this weekend with the Green Bay Half Marathon. It was this race, last year, that officially got me hooked on running, which over the course of four short months, lead tom my interest in triathlons. On a whim, I decided to run it, since that day, running/swimming/biking have taken over the majority of my thoughts.
Last year, I placed 21st out of 70th in the Clydes division. This year I am hoping for top 10, a goal I think I can reach, but a goal I'm not going to try and kill myself doing this year. I feel I have the training, but my schedule the next 4 weeks is pretty rigorous for my half Iron Man training, and I don't want to push myself so hard that I have to take a few days off to recover. I guess we will see how I feel Sunday morning. Not to mention I think I have a case of Planters Fasciitis that has been on and off the last 3 weeks. I've been stretching my feet like a mo' fo' the last few days, and some times it feels great, other times it hurts like hell. So we are going to play it by ear, if I can average 8 min/mi or so, I'll be all good, either way I just want to have fun.
I am extra excited for two reasons, acousin of mine (who over the last year has lost a ton of weight) and my Pops have decided to run with me. My cousin runs about the same pace I do, maybe a little faster, so it'll be nice to have someone to pace off of. I'm not sure what pace my Dad plans on running, but at any rate it'll be nice to be able to start with him.
So that's it for now, I'll have a race report after the weekend, I'll try to post before then, but can't promise anything. If any of you get bored on Sunday and want to see how I did, I'm bib number 3738.
Monday, May 15, 2006
Thursday, May 11, 2006
Yeah the picture is blurry, but I took ten and for some reason none came out right, and that was even using a tripod...anyways, there's a calf shot for my faithful followers. Looks like some of hill bike rides are starting to pay off.
Ever have one of those days that just don't work out? Today was one. Forgot my swim bag at home. So I decide to ditch swimming, and play some B-ball tonight, usually Thursday nights are open gym. Get home, quick change, head to the courts.....no B-ball....think, well maybe I'll just go for a run, get back, it starts raining....some days you can just never win I guess. Here's to a better tomorrow.
I guess it could be worse, I could follow "America Idol" and be totally pissed that some big scandal happened, because there is no way that guy that got booted last night should have got booted..........you would think that that was actual news the way the papers here in Chicago covered it......it's a show people, let's get on with our lives, please, for my sanity.........
Tuesday, May 09, 2006
Sunday morning I wake up, shower, etc...go to grab my bike and my back tire is flat. Not a problem, I have two spares at home, so I grab one of those and get to work on the tire. I get the tube off the rim, put the new one on, get it all aligned, put the tire back one, and bam...only about a 1/4 of an inch of stem is sticking out, not even close to enough to be able to hook the bike pump up to it.....what the hell......well it appears that inner tubes come in 3 flavors of stem length, and of course with my funky Easton rims I need at least the middle size stem in order for it to poke out far enough for it to be pumped up....so here I am at 6 in the morning all ready to go, and no functioning bike to ride. I went back to be, and tried to fall asleep through my anger.
So I wake up a few hours later, go to the bike store, and buy a few new tubes with the correct stem length. Lesson learned I guess. No worries though, I found another ride I'm going to do in 3 weeks to make up for it...the Tri-State Tour sounds really cool so I'm going to give that a try.
As for the picture....as I was riding on the trail, I heard this really loud hissing as I riding through this marshy patch of path....and out of the corner of my eye I caught a glimpse of this.....I wish I could have got closer to give you some comparison, but the shell of this thing was about the size of a 14-16 inch pizza, the tail was about 8-9 inches long. I grew up by a marsh and I can say it was absolutely the largest snapper I have seen in the wild ever. It was a nice little couple minute distraction on my "make up for being a dumb ass" ride that I did after I fixed my flat Sunday afternoon.
I am trying to get video I have of myself on the bike from the ride, but YouTube is not cooperating for some reason. I'll revisit the issue tonight.
Monday, May 08, 2006
I PROMISE this will all be righted by Wednesday.
Oh yeah, and did I tell you the wetsuit was only a large? Did the coach not notice my massive frame? Needless to say, the wetsuit pictures are not going to happen, as the thing barely got over my waist...a large? What was he thinking?
Friday, April 28, 2006
So who here is ready for a full body shot of The Clyde all Neoprene'd up? Stayed tuned, pic will be posted tomorrow. This is just advance warning...if you don't want to see the whitest skin this side of the Mississippi clash with the a very black suit, I advise you stay away...or at least have your Oakley's on the next time you visit this site.
I didn't buy a new one, but rather my coach is letting me borrow one of his for my Olympic tri in June, since it is before the recommit date (when they give us our new wetsuits) for TNT.
Busy, busy, busy again at work, how sick is it that I'm contemplating buying a notebook with a wireless data card, so I can blog on my back and forth from work (I commute 50 minutes by train)...decisions, decisions. (I'd probably actually do work as well, but the blogger access would be a huge plus.)
9 or 10 miler one day this weekend, swim/bike brick the other, good thing the weather is deciding to dip in to the 50's for those two days and then get warmer on Monday, I love it when the weather cooperates like that, yes, that is sarcasm.
So get those glasses ready and I'll post "The Horror" tomorrow....later everybody.
Thursday, April 20, 2006
Just thought I'd put this link on here and and ask for a little help from the RBF community. I've only been fundraising for a week now, and have about $300 in checks at home as well as the $75.00 online. So far, I've only had about 4 people respond of the 100 letters I sent, but it's only been a week since I've sent them, so I think things are looking good.
The offer stands for you guys as well, donate $50 or over and I'll put the name of any cancer survivor/victim on the back of the special jersey top I'm making.
So if you find it your heart to help me out, I'd appreciate it.
Tuesday, April 18, 2006
It doesn't help my decision either seeing this.....
....a woman with taste, on a bike I love. I guess I'll have to lose myself with thoughts about this on my RUN tonight...boooo.
Monday, April 17, 2006
This weekend, I ventured back to the Great North to celebrate Easter with my family. Of course with reports of it going to be 70 degrees in April, in Wisconsin, it was too great of an opportunity to leave Flash at home in Illinois. So I left Friday night, bike rack on the back of the car, Flash fastened securely to it, and headed up. Got to my parents place about 11, hit the sack, woke up and got ready to roll.
The weather was perfect, even for 9 in the morning...65 degrees and not much wind. I saddled up and headed out. Riding the roads brought back many childhood memories. There were many times I would head out on my BMX single speed and just ride, we are talking rural Wi (farms Kahuna), so kidnappers, etc...really are not a concern at all. I biked a lot when I was little. The ride was super enjoyable, most of my current rides in Illinois are on an old train line, so you can image the terrain, FLAT. Where my folks live is exactly the opposite... the land was formed by a glacier thousands of years ago...hills everywhere, and the sick part is, I made sure to hit every big hill I could remember. Legs felt great...there were times my Cateye would show 4 or 5 mph as I was in the lowest gear, standing and spinning, that would never happen in Illionis. Needless to say I think I am talking a few days in June to head back up to my parents and get some more training in.
The roads were a dream as well...unlike Illionois, the majority of the roads in WI, have huge shoulders, so that was not a problem, like I said the majority of the roads have a nice shoulder which leads to the following:
I did have an incident though..... on the homestretch, I was riding on a very remote rural road. As I'm climbing up one of the final hills I hear a vehicle behind me...I move to the right, riding on the white line. As the hillbilly passes me, he decides he needs to honk and yells something. The way it looked it was an inconvience for him to have to move to the center of this empty road and he wanted to let me know, even though there was no oncoming traffic (or really any traffic). Being the "take no bullshit" type of guy I am, I gave him my friendly reminder of what I thought of him and kept riding up the hill. Well apparently he didn't like my friendly affirmation of him, and he decides to pull over. Right about now my juices are flowing, and I'm actually standing and rushing toward his truck on my bike, thinking the showdown is on. (I got a good look at him, and let's just say he was "out of shape", probably to the tune of 300-350lbs, I was not worried)....as I got to about 5 yards of the truck, I was getting ready to unclip....just as I was doing this, he yells something like "Flip me off asshole" or something, and then just takes off....classic pussy move on his part.
I mean it's one thing to beep at a biker, climbing up a hill, on an empty road, because you may have to swerve your fat ass and vehicle about a foot or two the left. But it's another thing then to stop and act like you are going to have words, but when it comes down to it you fold and run like a clown. As you can image the next couple of miles went by pretty fast, as the adrenaline was pumping. Don't get me wrong, I'm not a fight type of guy, but this classless prick throughly deserved anything that was coming his way, he was lucky he drove off.
So overall, 35 miles at a 17.5mph clip, which is about 1.5 mph slower than my rides in Ill, but the hills are obviously the cause of that. I will still happy with those numbers, as I have only had my bike about 5 weeks now, so I really don't have "road" legs yet, but that's nothing a few more trips back home can't remedy.
Got to over 40mph as well this weekend, first time for that, boy in the aero bars and going that fast, there's just something that makes you say "WOW" and hold on tight.
Thursday, April 13, 2006
Crappy post, I know, but I'm in a hurry to get out of work and enjoy the weather.
PS....does anyone get the chills like I do when they hear "House of the Rising Sun" come on? Especially the first 20 seconds? It just played on my Ipod, instant chills (It's the song in that Ironman Gatorade Commercial, for those not in the know)......
Sunday, April 09, 2006
...and needless to say, it really got my competitive juices flowing. How I found out about it, is today I signed up for the Elkhart Lake Olympic distance tri..
...which if I finish top 10% gets me a free invite to the Team Clydesdale World games (in Miami)...now I realize that may be "a little" ambitious this year, but at least it gives me something to focus on for the next 3 months.
Sorry for the lack of posting, busy week. Today was 35 miles on Flash, God I love that bike, nice ride, a little too many stops. (The trail I ride on crosses a lot of roads, damn suburbia of Chicago).
Next weekend, going home to WI for a some hill riding and to celebrate. I'll keep you posted.
Oh yeah...did I tell you about my swim on Wednesday? No? I'll tell you tomorrow, let's just say that I think the fins are growing.
One last thing..
BENNY IS AN IRONMAN!!!! HELL YEAH MY MAN!!!!! CONGRATS BRO!!!!!
Monday, April 03, 2006
What I'm Happy About:
1. Had plenty of energy left at the end of the race.
2. Finished in the top 25% of the field overall(5106 out of 20,408)- no Clydes division in this run, but it would have been interesting to see where I finished in that if they did.
3. The course was nice and flat.
4. I felt I handled pre-race nutrion excellent (no stomach issues on the run).
5. My time (42:10)qualifies me, next year, to get to be in the "preferred start" group, which means I get to be ahead of about 18,000 of these runners, and right behind the "competitive" runners..(the guys that fly)...this is what I'm most proud of...for a 215-220lb guy to qualify for that, I feel is a decent accomplishment.
What I'm Not Happy About:
1. Had plenty of energy left at the end of the race. This being due to the fact that I was a little late to the starting line due to a bathroom emergency. So I started at the back of the pack...needless to say I was weaving/waiting/running around people the whole time and there was never any room for me to get into a good pace where I could push myself without running into people. It was so congested that at most corners we slowed to a walk....frustrating.
2. Due to number 1, I missed my 40 minute goal, which I feel I could have easily hit had I not had do deal with this....
So that's about it...it was a fun run, and a nice start to the season, even though I missed my time goal, I hit my "preferred start" goal, so 1 out of 2 isn't bad. Next up, the Green Bay half, and hopefully a Top Ten in the Clydesdale division.
Saturday, April 01, 2006
The object of The Clydes 3 month push of "angelic behavior" so Santa would take notice:
The Clydes reaction to getting aforementioned Voltron:
Except replace "Nintendo 64" with "Voltron", and I shit you not, it was the exact same reaction, except for the solo drum banging part, that he add-libbed.
Wednesday, March 29, 2006
Sunday, March 26, 2006
Transition 2, headed out for the run...
Finish!!!! Oh Yeah Baby!!!
Here's just a few pics and a quick rundown..more tomorrow.
Swim: 8 min (estimate, forgot to stop my watch….)
Transition 1: 5:15 (actual was 15 minutes as I had to drive back from pool, this was the time it took me to get toweled off, socks on,etc….)
Bike: 50:15 (had a little mechanical problem on the ride, luckily it was just a quick fix probably 2-3 minutes lost there)
Transition 2 (4:35 – including time for 3 pictures on 10 second delay)
Saturday, March 25, 2006
Event: Half Marathon - Clydesdale
Bib Number: 3738
Event Date: May 21st
Tomorrow I'm doing the Simply Stu triathlon....made a nice little trip to the bike store, and unlike shopper Susan, I was actually able to restrain myself to just some spare innertubes, a floor pump, and a little bag for under the seat. I'm ready to roll now.