Friday, December 21, 2007

Merry Christmas

Just a quick "Merry Christmas" (or "Happy Holidays" if you're not into the Catholic thing) to everyone out there.

After doing some research, I found the bike I'm going to buy for IMWI this year. Check it out.


For some reason, I'm not so worried about the bike course anymore.

http://www.latimes.com/classified/automotive/la-hy-throttlejockey092607-vid,0,3625521.ipixpicture?coll=la-home-middleright



Friday, December 07, 2007

The Calm Before The Storm.

It seems like as with many bloggers, the holidays affect the amount you post and I'm no exception. So much else is going on, blogging takes a back seat.

My official training starts Dec 15th. My trainer is already paid in full for the entire year, for some reason that really comforts me, like everything is ready to go, like those moments before tip off/kick off of a big game. I have no doubt I can finish in my head right now, even if it takes me 16:59:59, and with the plan he lays before me, I feel I'll sure as hell be more than prepared. So it'll be up to me, with months of training, just to put it together on that day in Sept that I've been obsessing about. (I mean seriously it's 9 months away and it's always on my mind, what is Aug going to be like?)

I expect I'll post more once the training starts and would even like to make a little video journey as well here. But we shall see how ambitious I am in that. I don't want to scare away anyone with my huge nogging being posted here on a weekly basis, but I think it's a cool idea.

Oh yeah one more thing, I picked up this little bad boy for my trip to Lake Tahoe....got to love E-bay, I got this brand new, never used, for over $200 less than what it sells for at advertised.

I present to you the 2008 Burton Custom X......



That's all I got for now.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Just some pics.

Here are a few reasons the Palos Forest Preserve seems to be on my mind so much lately. In the last 3 weeks I've re-realized why I enjoy mountain biking so much. These pics are of the very easy trails, but there is a lot of technical trails there too, I seem to forget to take pictures of those.



It's hard to see, but this last one is overlooking a cliff, I'd say it's about a 50-60 foot drop off to the road below.

And here is what happens when Dad messes with the little one. This one is called "Let's see how high Daddy can hike up your pants. "

Tree rug or Medieval costume? You decide.

She already thinks she's getting something for Xmas, looks like all the Christmas hype is starting early.

Other than that, I had a great Thanksgiving, it was nice to go back to my parents and relax for a few days with my side of the family. I did get in two 5 mile runs as well (one a family run I actually organized Thanksgiving morning- 2 cousins and my brother in law ran with me), so I wasn't a total slacker. On Sat night my wife and I met up with Cheese and Megan to share some laughs, pizza and beer while watching Kansas lay a turd unfortunately. The past week was great, exactly what we needed considering all we've been through the last few weeks.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Thanks.

Just wanted to say thank you to everyone who has commented or emailed me over the last couple of days, it definitley has helped in dealing with what is going on. Day by day things get a little better, but then moments of weakness and complete sadness still come up out of nowhere and your mind wanders. (Like when I pass by the four pumpkins we bought for Halloween on our front porch steps, one for each member of the family before we knew. I was going to throw them out last week before we found out, now I don't have the heart to do it, those pumpkins may be there for a while). Thanks again though, the support does help.

I did manage to meet my tri coach on Sat and do my bike and run EMR's, so now I know what heart zones I need to train in. Official IM training starts December, so that's a welcome change of pace.


On Sunday I headed out for a two hour solo mountain biking ride at Palos, as I was a little late for my tri group meet up there. I explored some new trails and found some really nice routes. It was great to get out, clear my mind, and kick my own ass (second day in a row, coach did it for me on Sat).

I did have an accident involving the end of the my handle bar straight into my manhood though. I was going uphill and hit a root that was sticking out with my front tire, it turned my handlebars sideways and set me to the ground on top of it. My inner thigh has a HUGE bruise on it. I'd take a picture and post it, but it would take to long to block out the massive specimen next to the bruise, so I'll leave it to your imagination. But just imaging a plum attached to inner thigh and you have a pretty good visual.

Friday, November 16, 2007

Missed Miscarriage

If you would have asked me last week at this time what that meant, I wouldn't have had a clue. Unfortunatley I do now.

You go to the doctor thinking everything is fine and you are going to see your child for the first time on an ultrasound..... you leave feeling empty after no heartbeat is found.

Keep my wife and myself in your thoughts please. I'll be back when I'm feeling semi-normal again.

Here's to my little pumpkin, you may have only been 7 weeks old, but you were still loved.

Thursday, November 08, 2007

Week 2 Weight Watch

Total lost this week:
Weight - 1.5 lbs, Body Fat: 2.6%

Total lost overall (2 weeks)
Weight - 3lbs, BF 4.6%

So overall, even though the weight isn't dropping off in clumps, I'm losing the right stuff (fat not muscle). Even though they are not "The Biggest Loser" (Hi Jillian and Kim, hit me up, would you?) type of numbers, I'm happy with them. Two weeks down, many more to go, I'll be looking nice and trim by next spring, even at this pace.

Monday, November 05, 2007

Some Singletrack Action

This weekend I went to Palos Park Preserve and officially gave "Granola" the breaking in she deservered ....although not a bunch of real technical stuff out there...the trails were a blast. Not to mention I got to meet up with some of my tri group (who I feel like I'm the prodigal son after doing one ride with them all year).

Enjoy, the first 4 pictures are of a really deep ravine...you shoot down and then try to pedal up...the pictures don't show the grade, but it was SUPER steep....none of us made it up.







Dennis of Runbubbarun, smiling early in the ride, he looked mad at the world after it in the parking lot though.... apparently he forgot his nutrion, 2hrs + and no nutrition, I would have been done.
You can see Granola taking a nap up the trail
These pictures really don't do it justice, the group was moving so fast I didn't have time to take a ton of pictures, next time I promise more, there were sooo many beatiful trails there. We hit maybe 15-20% of the total trails, so there is much more out there for me to explore.

Friday, November 02, 2007

Winter Anticipation

Besides being a triathlete and ungodly handsome, The Clyde also enjoys snowboarding. Having snowboarded very often for about ten years (8th grade through college) and then experiencing a slight decline in participation, (in the last five years or so having gone maybe a couple of times a year) it was decided that a ski trip was order for this winter.

That being said, he is taking a trip to Lake Tahoe in February for 5 days, which to say he's a "LITTLE" excited about would be an understatement (no not that way Cheese)....your honor, evidence 1A.


However, the old trusty Burton Custom 164 snowboard he rides is almost (gulp) 10 years old, and it's time for a new one. So tomorrow he's heading over to the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, for the Chicago Snowboard Expo (and for you two plankers, Ski Show), to look and see what new boards are out there and take it all in.

Hopefully he can find a nice deal and bring home a new addition to the family.

On a side note, if you hear some loud sobbing come Sunday afternoon, that's probably The Big Cheese after the Pack continue on their Superbowl run through KC....time to get aboard people, the GB train is moving on.


Next weekend The Clyde himself (along with 4 buddies) will make a pilgrimage up to their Mecca, to watch the Pack in person....debauchery and details may or may not be forthcoming. Although it may not make news like some other LF visitors, it will none the less be something Green Bay will not soon forget.

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

1lb, 2% body fat.

That's how much I dropped this last week vs last week......not huge numbers by any means, but I'm not discouraged........

You see this weekend I went back to visit my folks for the weekend, and we all know what that means, don't we?

Yes, Mom made enough food to feed a small nation for every meal.....and I can honestly say I only slipped up on two meals (OK, and "a few" of the homemade sugar cookies as snacks, if you had one you'd understand)....so all in all, with the trip back home (and all the food), and still being able to drop a pound, I'm happy. I even managed a 4.5 mile run with my cousin and brother in law on Sunday to combat the cookies a little.

More than that though, I think the 2% drop in BF is great and I'll take that for the next 8 weeks if possible. Realistically what it comes down to is even if I'm at 210-215 next year instead of 200-205, if I can get my BF down to 10-15%, I'll look "fit", even if I'm heavier than what I want to be. So as long as that keeps dropping, I really am not majorly concerned with the lbs. I feel they will take care of themselves in the next weeks though, as I increase my cardio again.

Sorry boring post, but I was up late last night after the Green Bay, I had to let my "Favre On" go down after the exciting game last night so it took me a while to get to sleep.

Up next the cream puff Chiefs..........Go Pack.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

A Productive Week.

Yes I am going to actually talk tri stuff and bore you with this post.
Last week I had my first meeting with my Coach, Matt from The Fitness Pursuit, total cool guy. Our meeting lasted about an hour and a half, we went over everything. My goals for next year, my strengths, my weekness, my lifestyle, etc....even down to the type of porn I like (girl on girl if you were wondering). It was exactly what I was looking for in a coach. A down to earth, no nonsense type of guy, not a cheerleader.
Coming out of the meeting we came up with a tenative gameplan for me for IMWI.

1. My "official" training will start in January.

2. If I'm going to lose weight, I need to do it now, so I have basically a 3 month challenge to drop 20-25 lbs.... he felt that weight loss will come as part of the training, but TRYING to lose weight and do training at the same time is something he recommends against.

3. That being said, I have joined SparkPeople (it's free so don't think I'm big time or anything), and will be tracking my diet for a while on their calorie/nutrition tracker)....I figure if I can maintain between 2000-2500 calories a day the next few months, I should be ready to go come Jan.

4. I need to get my bike fitted and my run gait re-analyzed to make sure I'm as comfortable as possible for the next year in both areas. Matt brought up a good point that as you run more and more, you should periodly go and get rechecked out to make sure your stride doesn't change. Say you start out in cushioned shoes, that may change over time so that perhaps you don't need that type of shoe anymore. It's been 3 years for me, so I think I'm due.
5. I am also going get my EMR done so I'll be training in my right zones. So basically this is a 15 minute test where you run/bike yourself to failure....boy I can't wait for that. Nothing like seeing a fat man sweat.


5. As for the picture at the top....I went paintballing for essentially my first time last weekend (I went once in college, but don't really remember it if you get my drift)...WHAT A BLAST....not that triathlon leaves a lot of time for other hobbies, but outdoor paintball is best in the spring and fall when the temps are not so hot, perfect for the downtime of the tri calender for me and most midwest racers with no warm weather winter races on their calendars. Anyone looking for some fun cross training, I highly recommend it, nothing like your heart rate capping out as you're trying to dodge paintballs from all angles behind trees, cars, old airplanes, etc....a new hobby is born. (On the reflection side, it makes you respect soldiers so much more. As you're sitting there and paintballs are flying all around you, you can't help but think of how crazy a REAL war must be, you get hit there your dead for real, not just until the next game.)
6. There is ALOT going on right now behind the scenes, once the dust settles I will let you all know, not like the 3 of you really care, but this is my elementary attempt at suspense.


Friday, October 12, 2007

2008 is shaping up.

May 18th - Green Bay Half Marathon
July 20th - Spirit of Racine Half Ironman
Sept 7th - IronMan Wisconsin

I've got nothing else right now, work has been absolutely high maintenance of late, and as most of you know, I'm not about high maintenance, in work or when I use to date. So as soon as the suckage is over this is all you get.

And to top it off, I have no idea why this post is in purple and I'm too lazy to highlight it all and change it back to black.

Friday, October 05, 2007

She Eats Just Like Her Father

Since everyone and their mother seem to be getting sappy in blogosphere of late, I figured what the hell, if you can't beat them join them.

So, I just want to say Happy Birthday Goomba on more time.!!! Daddy loves you, hope you enjoyed your first birthday, I know everyone else did.



On the Tri front, tonight's my first official weigh in/picture taking sessoin for my own personal challenge......and hell no you're not going to see those, at least for a few weeks so hopefully you can see the change. A shirtless Clyde, as of now, has been known to blind small children and women, so really I'm doing all you a service, you should be thanking me.

Packers 21, Bears 9. I'm out.

Monday, October 01, 2007

It's Official, Official.

IRONMAN WISCONSIN 2008

Your registration has been successful!
"Active.com-Registration" will be displayed on your credit bill.
Confirmation Number: 27182120-100______28
You will receive an email confirmation of your registration.

Here we go.

Friday, September 28, 2007

Monday, September 24, 2007

Al's Run - The Hotness

Get the eye bleach ready kids, don't say I didn't warn you. Here are pics from Al's Run, it's going to take some work on your part though.

Click HERE.

Type in "Al's Run"

Then click on "Al's Run 2007" , it should be the only option.

Enter Bib 4801, hit enter. Enjoy.

C'mon your triathletes, I don't want to hear the complaining about having to do the work.

(For some reason the website wouldn't let me connect directly to it.)

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Al's Run - 5 Mile-40:15

Just a quick note, busy week. I did Al's Run this weekend, a 5 mile race in Milwaukee.

Finishing time was 40:15, not too bad considering I have not trained for any type of speed lately (remember folks I'm 225 give or take) and my weekly mileage's have only been 15-20 the last 4 weeks or so.

I finished somewhere around 850 out of 3300 or so, no Clydesdivision unfortunately but I only saw one dude who looked bigger than me pass me during the race, so I'll take it. Little victories. (On a side note I did see a kid fall flat on his face tripping over a curb, did I laugh? Of course.)

I'm out for now, some fun things going on in terms of IMWI, but I'll save that for a later post, this Clyde is going to grow some fins this winter........

Thursday, September 13, 2007

IMWI In Pictures

Oh Boy, where to start with the IMWI report, what a truly inspirational weekend, and I didn't even compete. I'm not an epic writer, so I'll give you the cliff notes version, because let's all be honest, we only skim these posts anyways.

Highlights :

1. The first line The Big Cheese said to me as I'm sitting in a bar waiting for him (he was an hour late because he had to tidy up his "landing strip" down under, but blamed it on Megan.) As I'm sitting there waiting, all of a sudden I hear

"I didn't know this was a gay bar"

I knew right there we'd hit it off. The weekend with Cheese and Megan was so much fun, and very weird in some aspects, considering I had never met either of them before Friday, but honestly it seemed like I was hanging with old friends. This "blog world" is really crazy sometimes.

2. This guy. Don't Ask. It's Madison, the freak central of Wisconsin, and being from Wisconsin, we can take it to a whole new level.
3. The Essen Haus in Madision. (Evidence below, those watered over eyes can only mean one thing, LOTS OF DRINKING) . Notice how the mug attacked Cindy Jo's head, beware of out of control mug's is the lesson learned here. (On a side note, meeting Moonpie and Cindy Jo was very cool as well, back to point 1, it seemed like I've known them for years, the five us sat at the table and drank/talked the night away like old war buddies or something, surreal.)


4. Telling my buddy Casey's cat as it started to lick my chest, as I was trying to sleep on his couch at 4 in the morning. "Yes I have nipples, but good luck trying to get milk out of them". I don't remeber this but Casey told me about it the next day.

5. Seeing the swim start, ahem, Cheese, Megan, Moonpie and Cindy Jo. Yes someone actually got up after only two hours of sleep to see it (including the time it took to get pulled over for speeding).

The IMWI" Washing Machine"
6. Cowbell-ing in Verona...taking a page from Moonpie/Brett Wildflower taunts (Seriously people, that is the way to cheer!!! LISTEN TO THAT AUDIO.)... calling out each rider I was cheering for specifically, they absolutely loved it....trust me....we chose to cheer for riders wearing anything pink or in obnoxious neon and then those wearing headbands, arm bands, arm warmers and then whatever numbers we could read as they zoomed by. By the end of almost 3.5 hours, my arms were pretty sore from hitting that bell.

No we didn't even plan that.

7. Seeing an old basketball friend, whom I lost contact with since I changed locations at my job 2 years ago, turn the corner right at mile 25, knowing he was going to finish in under 12 hours. (I didn't even know he was racing, sadly that was the first time I recognized him all day).

8. Sitting at that finish line, for 4 hours by myself, pretty much from 8 on, without moving, just standing in the bleachers, taking it all in, putting it into my memory as motivatin for next year.

I laughed, I cried, I boiled with pride, I felt their pain, I WAS that scary solo guy in the bleachers, except I didn't have a big set of headphones on to complete the look.


Looking south towards the finish line. Capitol behind me.
Looking North towards the capitol.

I'm telling you, if you have never been at an Ironman finish line from 8 or so until midnight you are missing something. It's electric, it really is. I can't count the number of times I got goosebumps. The video in the post below sums it up, the crowd is just nuts. So moving.

9. When after opening up this bottle of champagne, Hillary Biscay asked me up to her room to help her finish it. A Gentleman never tells my friends, so don't bother asking.




10. This......



...2008 Ironman Wisconsin, here I come.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Frank Farrar Finishes Ironman Wisconsin

Frank Farrar, 78, finishes Ironman Wisconsin, with little less than 2 minutes before the midnight cut-off. For the full story, click here.

(Click on the plus sign where it says "Watch Video Here" after you hit the link, I can't get it to load to this page for some reason)



Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Oh yeah, one more thing.....


I kind of forgot to mention that after an hour and fifteen minute wait yesterday, I'm officially IN for IRONMAN WISCONSIN 2008!!!!!!!

Boy I just got the chills writing that.

I'll do a complete post in the next day or two about the entire weekend, it was "EPIC", and I'm not just talking the size of Cheese's man boobs.

But in the meantime, congrats again to all the IMWI 2007 finishers, what an accomplishment!!!

Monday, September 10, 2007

Pre-IM Night



More tomorrow, but these two pics pretty much sum up the IMWI trip as a spectator...

Friday, September 07, 2007

IM Wisconsin


Well, I'll be leaving tomorrow afternoon to head up to Madison to cowbell the hell out of the IM participants. I'll try to meet up with as many of the RaceAthlete/Triscoopers/Blogger nation as I can.

If you want to know where the Clyde, as well as the Big Cheese are at any given time, besides the obvious strip clubs, shoot me an email to Cschabel@cdwg.com (Blackberry) and I'll shoot you my cell phone number back.

Looking forward to meeting everyone and wishing the best of luck to all the racers. T-minus one year for my IM adventure, here we go.

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Sunday Ride-Pyscho Century (OK Pyscho 70 Actually)

Who's in? Doing the 70 mile loop. GB and my boy A-Train are in for sure, so stayed tuned of pics of the Clyde and posse in very tight lycra soon to be coming to this blog.

HOT Ladies, I know, HOT. (Who am I kidding only guys read this blog.)

http://www.bikepsychos.org/

(Click on "Pyscho Century" on the left)

Cheese if you go, I'll let you use my Assos Chamois Creme (seriously,with a name like that how can you NOT buy it?) , I'm sure you're an expert when it comes to self lubrication.

Monday, August 20, 2007

Irony (or More Lack of Common Sense) - You Decide.


This post has nothing to do with triathlon and I'm not going to get into the illegal immigrant debate. But let's put it this way, if perhaps, you are a nationally known fugitive (illegal immigrant or otherwise) who is taking refuge in a church for the last year or so you don't get deported/arrested, then it is probably not your best move to go to a immigration rally across the nation, and be a featured speaker, with the national news media following you......just my two cents, but what do I know.
Also I did two marathons, this weekend, that's right two. Watch out Dean Karnazes.
The SurvivorMan marathon on Saturday, and the Ice Road Truckers Marathon on Sunday, that's quality television folks.
Hey the wife was out of town and I had the baby, so with the rain, any outdoor activity was kaboshed. Blame God, not Me.




Friday, August 03, 2007

Trail Etiquette


(rant on)
OK people, it's not that hard.

If you insist to ride three across on a trail that is only 8 feet wide please at least have the courtesy to try and squeeze together so that the runner coming your way doesn't have to veer to his right at the last minute, landing with his foot half on the path, half off, and thus rolling his ankle, again. From the looks of it, you definitely were not training for anything soon, so please don't hinder us that actually have goals with your stupidity.
(rant off)

Looks like it's back to the elliptical until this thing comes down from the size of an apple and lets me put pressure on it.

sucks.

Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Catching Up.

Just a little cleaning up on this here blog.

1. SOMA is off for me. Many excuses, but the biggest one being that I have not been able to get any type of long distance training in so far this summer (meaning more than two hours at a time). Between weddings, baptisms, Summerfest and vacations, this last weekend was the first weekend I had home in 6 weeks. I will not do a HIM if I'm not prepared and I feel even if I started now, it would not leave me enough time, as my fall weekends are booking up pretty fast as well. That being said....

2. I will be attending IMWI this year as a spectator, and will be in line at Madison on Monday to sign up for 2008. That's right, this Clyde is going for Iron.

3. My next "race" is Al's Run, named after the great MU Coach AL McQuire, who led Marquette to the 77 National Championship. If you know one thing about The Clyde, know this, I live for Marquette Basketball and Green Bay Football...seeing as MU's head coach spearheads this race, and several of my alumni friends are doing it, it's a no brainer. Not to mention it's a Sat race, that starts at 10:30, meaning of course I can sleep in late and then pary balls out the whole day after.


4. I'm not sure, why but I've come to find Lindsay Lohan attractive of late, weird, her mugshot picture that's floating around is probably the best I have seen of her, again, I'm not sure.. And not that I'd ever watch "Age of Love", but google "Jennifer Braff" (or hit the link you lazy asses) and then you tell me that women is 48!!!!! You have got to be kidding me.

5. 9 days without the sweet nectar of Mountain Dew hitting my lips....and honestly this week has been much worse than last...it's like my body didn't notice last week and now is saying "All right scrub, quit f*cking around and give me the good stuff, big boy." I'm starting to stare at Mountain Dew bottles in stores like I use to look at porn last nigh,,,er in high school, you know the look.


6. Speaking of hot women, sometimes I do sit back and wonder just how in the hell I was able to "outkick my coverage" by sooo much. Yes I am that guy you pass on the street and say "What the hell is she doing w/ him."....just like my Mom said the first time I brought her home. Thanks for the support. Not only did I marry her, I managed to produce offspring with her...take that all you haters.


6A. 10 months, geez does the time fly.


Anything else?

Monday, July 30, 2007

7 Days "Strong"

.....and no caffeine, right about now I am really hating myself. Last week was tolerable, but I think the withdrawal symptoms decided to wait and attack all at once.

F#cking brilliant on their part I tell you, but I'm not going to cave.

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Summerfest 2007

Nothing new on the triathlon front, except I'm switching up my training a little, but I will not bore with the details, basically just more interval training is going to be incorporated in....yeah something I should have been doing for say the last 3 years or so....

This last week has been pretty hectic....I have a Friday wedding this week in WI, and then the next day heading out for a week vacation to MI without going back home...so that means packing for more than I care too.....that would be enough stress for most, but on top of that we dumped one of our cars this last week in a rush to get a bigger vehicle before the trip. That's right, the Clyde ante'd up and plopped down some cash for this bad boy (mountains not included)



To say this thing is a tank is understantment, probably not the most eco-friendly car, but the majority of the time I only drive it two miles a day, to the train, and back, so I don't feel too guilty.......we just needed it for the trips back home to WI and elsewhere where we have to pack for more than one night. Cramming luggage for 3, a baby car seat, and a portable dog kennel into a sedan just wasn't working. That's right, no more dog ass 2 inches directly behind my head. Sweet.

This past weekend, instead of going to the WIBA like a good triathlete should, I substituted any training for a weekend of heaving drinking and debauchery back in Milwaukee (so that's like a dualthon technically, right?). Hey, we walked about 3 miles all day, so I'll call it even. Here's a pic of myself and my fellow triathlong partner in crime, GB.



The rest of the pictures of all the Summerfest fun can be found here. Enjoy.




Monday, July 02, 2007

Might Wolf Triathlon

Swim: 400 Yards
Bike: 15 Miles
Run: 3 Miles

My first sprint, loved it.

Total time was 1:12:06-- no official splits, but what I got off my Garmin I averaged just over 21 mph on the bike (forgot to start it until a few miles into the bike) and then negative split on the run (passing people again, but most important, three people who had passed me in the first mile I was able to reel in and pass in the last mile). Hard to say my exact run splits, since the first mile of the run on my garmin had a bike portion factored in (again because I forgot to start the watch when I got on the bike), but I finished the last 2.5 miles of the run in 19:37. First all run mile that registered was, 8:05, the second mile was 7:45 min/mi and the last .46 of a mile registerd in 3:27, so I was gaining steam over the last part of the course. Always a good thing.

http://trail.motionbased.com/trail/activity/3184148

65th/169 total.

It was a total grass roots race, but it was flat and fast (not to mention the short kids triathlon before we went was really entertaining), so I'll take it. I actually passed more people than passed me, I owe that to the fact that I think less "recreational" triathletes are willing to do Olympics/HIM's vs Sprints, but I still passed quite a few athletes that looked like they should have handed my a$$ to me on a platter, so I was very pleased with my race. I can definitly see myself doing more and more of these (and doing this one again next year). All the registration fees went to a booster club for the school, so it was for a good cause.

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Feeling Better

Well that was certainly fun...pretty much a 24 hour fever that ended right before the start of my 75 mile Sat bike ride, the first day of the MS 150, which I was thankful for, because it would not have been pretty out there had it continued. The ride went well, it rained for about 95% of the ride, but you know what? It was sooo much fun...I have never been so drenched and cruising along in my life. Not to mention they had hamburgers, cheeseburgers and hot dogs at one of the rest stops...now tell me the last time you've seen that at a race? I think I need to start doing more of these rides. I unfortunately had to skip Sunday's part of the ride because I had a baptism in Il I had to attend (I've picked up three Godchildren and had mine own child as well this year, so I've become a regular at baptisms it seems)

This weekend I have a wedding for my cousin in WI on Sat and a baptism (yet another) for my Godchild on Sunday, but I have signed up for a local sprint I found online Sat morning before the wedding, it's a small local tri called the Might Wolf Triathlon, and unlike The Big Cheese who signs up at the last minute for triathlons for ulterior motives, I'm doing it just to get in a workout because there is no other time I'll be able to get one it this weekend. When I say it's a local one, I mean real local, they don't even have bike racks, you're encouraged to bring one if you have it....... grass roots baby, should be a good time.



I've done HIM and oly distances before, but surprisingly no sprints, so I'm really looking forward to seeing how hard I can push myself on the shorter course.

Friday, June 22, 2007

Sick.

I don't know what I ate, but if this keeps up, I will not be able to race in the Clydesdale division much longer.

Slept until 2:30 yesterday, after spending most of Wednesday night a top the porcelin bucket.....I feel cold, yet I'm sweating profusely, can't eat....this sucks.

Hopefully this will pass soon.

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

That's more like it...

Stats from last night.

5 mile run (with four 1/2 mile intervals - 30 second walk, then jog, repeat)

Overall Time = 41:49

Speed Data Average (mph) Maximum (mph)
7.2 10.2

http://trail.motionbased.com/trail/activity/3067674

Not to dwell on the past, but this puts my Elkhart Lake showing officially behind me.

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Quick Update

Well Jamaica was more than fun and very, very sunny.......apparenlty I look the role of a dope smoker because every Jamaican down there wanted to pull me aside to "give you a great deal, mon". Oh and we accidentally walked onto the Hedonism beach one day....talk about some eye opening experiences....full male junk (along w/ some nice females) on display everywhere...needless to say that was a quick turnaround.

(World's famous Rick's Cafe, a MUST stop if you ever go to Jamaica. To the left of the picture is a 45ft cliff you are allowed to jump off of.)

As for the race this last weekend....well it had been pretty much slim to no training since the GB half marathon....that being said I was faster on the swim and bike than last year...however my run was absolutely horrible (9:30 min/miles, compared to 8:15 min/mi at the GB half, just two weeks earlier).......so I don't know, just didn't feel like I had the gas I guess all day in my legs to be honest. That being said, my time was about 7 minutes SLOWER than last year....d'oh....I came in at 3:04, I guess there's always the next race to rectify things.

I'm a little, but not too bummed....I PR'd in GB by 4 minutes, then 7 min slower 2 weeks later w/ my weakness improving (despite swimming of course, again)...it just goes to show some days you're on, some you're not.

More to come, but a big "holla" to my partner in crime, GB, who blazed the Oly course at Elhkart in 2:47:35, good enough for second place Clydes division, missing the overall title by 30 seconds or so. Not to schabby for his first venture in an Oly tri.