Achieving a Goal

When I was 25 years old and was bitten by the tri bug, I set a goal to complete a Half Ironman before I turned 30 years old.  Three months ago I turned 29.  Therefore, it is crunch time!

My uncle lives in St. Croix and my wife has been dying to visit.  I’ve also been dying to conquer The Beast.  It all fell into place! So in May, my wife and I will be traveling to St. Croix to visit family, celebrating our 5 year wedding anniversary, and she will watch me defeat The Beast (while she drinks on the beach) and support me in accomplishing the goal she witnessed me make 5 years ago.

w97315 So every climb in training  from here until May, becomes The Beast in my mind. I can hardly contain my excitement.

Team effort or fail!

Triathlon is generally an individual sport…however…for me and a lot of full time parents and employees, it is very much a team effort to make everything work. Without the support of my amazing wife, I would be worthless. Whether she is watching the kids, lugging kids and snacks while navigating confusing race courses, suffering through another conversation about training, or plugging her nose from the stench of sweat, she is a saint and pushes me to reach the goals I have set for myself.

I saw this picture today and it immediately reminded me of the daily comments about how much dirty clothes I produce on a weekly basis.

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Yes my wife is amazing and supportive…that doesn’t mean she loves all the unfortunate side effects of being married to a triathlete.

I also can’t wait to see the look on her face when attempt to pack our little hybrid car for thanksgiving vacation with three kids, luggage, stroller, and all my gear. I may be riding on the roof of the car for the 9 hour drive…

Regardless, marriage is a team effort,
and for me, triathlon is a team effort. I would never make it to the finish line without my wife. She is my biggest fan and I could never express my gratitude enough.

Week 2 Summary

Week 2 started off strong.
It panned out like this:

Monday: 1 hour Bike session (spin class) focusing on strength

Tuesday:  1 hour strength swim session (see earlier post for actual workout)- This was awesome and I could have kept going, but work beckoned!

Wednesday: Strength Training and Bike session (Spin class) focusing on endurance

Thursday: 40 minute run focusing on endurance.  It was cold and dark…I loved every second.  I started the run listening to music and it quickly became irritating.  I ripped the headphones out and enjoyed the simplicity of my feet hitting the ground and my breathe in the cold night air.

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Friday: Sinus Pressure and Congestion….Nooooooooooo

Saturday: More Sinus Pressure and Congestion….so I head to the gym and tried to work it out with a 1 hour bike/run brick workout.  For the bike I used a Sufferfest video (which held true to it’s name) followed by a quick 15 minute treadmill run. The plan was to run 30 minutes, but I quickly lost energy and still wasn’t feeling well.  So in an effort to listen to my body, I opted for some strength work.

Sunday: Down for the count….working through the cold did not help.  Its time to rest!

Today’s swim

I didn’t feel into it after a restless night with a stomach ache…but I just busted this out and felt GREAT!

WU: 100 swim 100 kick with fins 100 pull 100kick with fins 100 swim

DS: 4×25 side kick 4×25 finger tip drill

MS: 2x (200 pull with paddles, 200 kick with fins, 2×100 swim building to hard) 30s RI 1×50 sprint

CD: 100 easy kick

Week 1 Summary

We are off. The first full week of official training is complete. The plan was to begin the preparation period with 7 total hours of training for week 1, including strength work. Let’s just say that adjusting to training with a 4 month old requiring nightly feedings…is just as difficult as I imagined. I managed a measly 5 hours, but it felt great! 2 spin classes, two short runs, one swim clinic, and one strength training session. There was plenty of rest, which was needed; however, I need to capitalize on the times when I feel well rested. I think I’m quickly learning that I can make a detailed schedule, but the 4 month old will not follow said schedule. Flexibility will be my friend I feel.

“It’s gonna be a bumpy ride.” (Kudos if you can name that movie)

Honey Stinger Sponsorship…Hopefully

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I just sent in my application to be sponsored by Honey Stinger for 2015.  This is by far my favorite company and product to use when racing.  The natural ingredients burn clean and leave me feeling great during a rough ride or run. If you haven’t tried their products….give it a try.  The waffles are incredible!

 

Hopefully they are willing to sponsor a relatively new age grouper!

“It’s time to see what I can do”

“It’s time to see what I can do
To test the limits and break through”

Yes I just quoted Let It Go. It happened….moving forward…

 

This day marks the beginning to a long road to new accomplishments and personal acheivement.   It is the first training day in the 4 week preparation period.   After a 2 am feeding with the little monster, the alarm rang at 4:50.  One snooze (out of habit) and I was out of bed to spin class.  My body was cursing me for the falling off the grid for a couple months to “recover”, but mentally I was amped…ready to push towards 70.3.  Day one down….many more to come….

Bring.It.On!