The last couple of years we have gone to Austin, Texas for the Livestrong Austin Marathon/Half-Marathon. Austin is one of my favorite cities to visit, which is strange for a life long Sooner to say, but we always enjoy our visits to Austin. In the past when it is marathon weekend I am usually really relaxed and I have always enjoyed following the girls all around the course to cheer them on, but the last 6 months have changed our game plan since I am now running too. One part of running in these events that I really enjoy is getting to see a city from a different perspective, seeing the city on foot running is different than any other way to experience a city. My fitness level continues to get stronger, feeling the difference physically from the two earlier half-marathons to yesterday’s was really gratifying. So to give you a glimpse into the biggest part of my weekend training, let me share a some of the Austin highlights.
The city of Austin has a feel unlike any other city than I have ever visited. There is just such a positive vibe about the whole community. Austin is considered one of the most physically fit cities in the country and my experience has been that the more physically fit I have become the happier I have become too. So it is no surprise that people in general just seem to be happy about life, there is a certain aura that people generally have in Austin, they seem to have this carefree positive attitude that just exudes from them. Of all the places that I have ever visited in my life I am certain that there are more people out with there dogs in Austin than anywhere else in the world, seemed like everywhere you went there were people with their pup dogs tagging along. Who doesn’t smile when they have a great dog-friend to run around with? So besides the music and awesome food, those two points stick out about this great city!
So the stage is set, we are getting ready for a great weekend in Austin on marathon weekend. I have done a bunch of these events with Becky and Cynthia over the last 12 or so years and always loved following them around the different courses to root them on! As a spectator watching your family members get to work hard and accomplish their goals on race day, that is a lot of fun. I am always really proud of them. That was how race day had always been until this November when I became a participant myself. Now the thrill is different, there is more of a common bond about being at the start of these big races with them. Not only is it the excitement of getting to expereince what you have worked hard to do, but getting to do that with your family is even extra-special for me. The girls do the full marathon and I am doing the half marathon. There is a since of closeness doing that together that I suspect few get to experience. It is just so odd to even be thinking about it too, going from someone who never exercised to actually being out there doing this type of thing still blows me away. None of us would have ever thought that we would be doing this stuff together until the last few years. So we are really gratefull for the experience.
The start of the race was at the State Capital, it is a really beautiful place too. After leaving the capital you weave through downtown and eventually head out on Congress Avenue through one of my favorite places to hangout and eat. One thing that is dieffernent in Austin than in Oklahoma City is all of the food vendors in “coaches” or trailers throughout the city. There are even trailer park type areas that they are alll set up in that have bunches of picnic tables around for customers to sit and have their meals. They have some great park areas in Austin too, I hope someday Oklahoma City develops a park system in that same class. As I was running I made notice of all the dedicated bike lanes in the roads, there are some many bike lanes throughout the city, it is just awesome. You could actually safely commute to work on bike in this town without getting run over or have some fat cig-smoking, jelly donut eatin’ neanderuthal riding up your ass and honking at you to get out of his way! (and yes that may or may not have been me 3-4 years ago) One of my favorite parts of the race was when we were running at about 10 miles with all the Livestrong volunteers out on there in their yellow cheering us on, they were absolutely great! Again, the atmosphere of Austin makes the race.
Now about the race and my fitness gains, this was my best half marathon so far. I was able to improve my half-marathon time by 17:19 minutes! I was really pleased, to say the least. I really wanted to do well and I felt I was in much better shape than back in November and December, but I was a little apprehensive about expecting a great gain in time. At Dallas after the first one in Tulsa, I was actually slower; that stung my pride pretty good. I thought surely I would do better than time. So with that experience I was a little gun shy about my expectations, especially since I knew this would be a tougher course than the others. I had a little piece of paper on me that showed where my mile splits would need to be for 3 different finishes, one being a “pie in the sky” time that I didn’t think I would even be able to do. Well at mile 11 I was so close to the “pie in the sky”, I couldn’t believe it. If mile 12 didn’t have that one major hill, I could have maybe done it. I tried, I really did, but I just wasn’t able to get up that bastard like I needed to close it out. Having said that I was so pumped about the time I was going to be able to pull off! It was actually a better time than I honestly thought I could do; 2:33:49 ! I felt so stoked about that! I was one big major smile when I crossed that finish line!
So that was my training highlight this week, I leave Austin feeling really confident that I will be able to do Galveston. I know that my run is getting better and stronger, I also expect it to be even stronger by April 7th.
Tonight let’s listen to an Austin favorite son Jimmie Vaughan live at Antone’s.
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When I first started this blog several years ago the original title of the blog was “Body, Mind, and Soul”, so today I am going to go back to that pattern for this post. There are lessons that I am learning along this Road To Glaveston; some new, some old with renewed strength. So with this being my first post in over a week, I feel somewhat refreshed and not nearly as over-whelmed in writing this morning. I like the tri-concept of body, mind, and soul; it seems to weave a really beautiful tapestry of life.
Body- Physically last week I was to have a recovery week in my workout routine. If recovery was the goal, I acheived that. I had two scheduled days of rest and ended up with 3 rest days. There were three workouts that were my highlights, each for different reasons. My swim workout was awesome this week, I really enjoy getting into the pool. I wouldn’t have ever thought that swimming would become so enjoyable. For me to come full-circle in swimming is a big deal! My favorite run this week was Saturday’s Fridgid Five in Edmond. We did this event with my brother in law. He wanted to do a run to celebrate his 70th birthday, so we had a nice dinner out with them on Friday and met them for the run on Saturday. Jim has been a lifelong runner and has done the Boston Marathon a couple of times too. I know my wife felt good about doing that with him too. She feels like her mom would have been proud to see them running together. The bike ride on Sunday at the lake was really relaxing, it was to be 90 minutes of riding just for enjoyment. I put in my headphones and did lake laps. It was refreshing too, helped me to get my head clear. Hopefully with the recovery week I will be able to hit this week in full gear. We will cap the coming week off with a good trip to Austin for the Livestrong Marathon.
Mind- My mind is in pretty good shape this week. Mentally I feel pretty positive about where I am with the Road To Galveston. There are times that I wonder “are you friggin nuts?” but those are usually fleeting and I don’t feed them with second thoughts. But more importantly there are times that I think “what else can we do?”, the opening up of a wide range of possibilities is so refreshing to me. I don’t just mean what other exercise goals, not just the thought of another physical challenge like maybe a 140.6 or maybe something like a Leadville 100 bike challenge; I have some other challenges that are teasing me too. The ability to put my mind in better focus towards goals is opening up some other new possibilities that I have thought were maybe lost to my age. So stay tuned this year, there just might be some other journeys on the horizon.
Soul- Spiritually this last week was really good. I had the opportunity to spend some time with another man listening to his life story; the good, the bad, the ugly. I love getting to do that, it is a real honor and priveledge. If you have never had the chance to sit down and tell someone your entire life story, warts and all, not withholding anything, give it some thought. Maybe it might be something you would consider for Lent this season. Richard Foster talks a little about this in his book Celebration of Discipline, and I believe that it captures the spirit of two verses in particular in the Christian faith James 5:16 ” Confess your sins one to another that ye may be healed.” and Matthew 18:20 “Wherever two or three gather in my name, I am with them.” When I get the opportunity to listen to someone like this, it reminds me of how we are all just human, trying our best and at times our ‘not so best’, and really I have never felt anything but a real sense of love and care that I know comes from our best “Spirit”. It also helps me to loosen some of that hyper-criticalness I have toward myself too. Looking forward this week towards Lent, I know that I have one commitment that I want to be diligent with, that is daily meditation. As far as something that I might sacrifice, I still am not sure what that will be. I am looking forward to this season though, it is one of my favorite times of the Christian faith.
So there you go! That’s the recap from last week. Hope you find something useful in my ramblings today.
Don’t you just LOVE THE GRAMMYs? Today’s tune is from Ed Sheeran and Elton John singing A Team. Elton John was a true ‘elderstatesman’ last night, what a great man he has become.
Have a blessed week.
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“ “Baseball is ninety percent mental and the other fifty percent is physical” ~ Yogi Berra
Those that have been following my blog on this adventure to the Lonestar 70.3 Ironman in Galveston know and have read of my swim “issues”. From my earliest memory of sinking in the pool as a kid, to struggling to learn to swim as an adult has damn sure had its ups and downs. It was a summer of struggle and I almost gave up, then going out to support my friends Jeri and Jason I just knew i had to get back in there and keep trying! As with so many things in my life about the time I realise I am going to have to show a little humility and get help, a break though happens. I had been “cross-blogging” with our blogging friends The Water Blogged Triathlete and they had suggested searching out area Master’s Classes as a way to find a good coach in the area. One of the places in Oklahoma that was on the site to search for classes was The Lighthouse in Oklahoma City. I was getting ready to put a call into them when I saw a twitter post by Dr. Amanda Stevens announcing a swim clinic in Oklahoma City at The Lighthouse! So it was time to get a move on my coach search!
After going to The Lighthouse to inquire about the workshop, I checked out the facility and they hooked me up with Brian Kidd who is over the aquatics center. So leading up to the workshop I had a few sessions with Brian to get a little more of a handle in my breathing work. Brian was really good in getting me going and giving me some good early direction that helped me move forward.
I signed up to do the Workshop on November 28th, what an awesome experience! Here are a few of the highlights for me: 1. It put me in a setting with other people that had the same interests and I quickly realised that I wasn’t alone in my “water struggles”. 2. Doc Amanda is not only a premiere triathlon swimmer, she is a great coach too.
Being a part of a group with people that have a common interest and cause has saved my life. So it’s no wonder when I get in settings like this with a group of people that all have a mutual interest and passion, it feels at home. Getting to just be a “fly on the wall” and listen to the people that were veterans in the sport was fun and inspiring. I love the fact that the group was made up of people from a wide range of experience. While most all there were much more advanced than I, there were others that were of a similar level to me. For some reason that kind of “lightened my mental load”. It helped me to relax and feel comfortable. If you only knew how friggin self-conscious I have been about this swimming deal for my entire life, you would know that was pretty damned amazing for me. It left me with a feeling of “hope”. I knew I could do this, when I left. And I don’t mean from a “technical” standpoint, I mean from the “mental/emotional” side of this deal. So a big “thank you” to all of the participants that were there with me.
First of all, I have to tell you I was a little bit intimidated by the thought of doing a workshop with Amanda Stevens. I mean she is only the Ironman Swim World Record Holder! Amanda is like many of the other truly gifted people that I have met; they have a passion for sharing what they love with others. She took us through several exercises in a classroom type setting for the first part of our session then we all went out and got in the water. She would break us up into several different groups and kept us all going with different drills and exercises. I really had a good time with it, even though I struggled with some of the drills. Her husband Randy also helped, great guy with a helpful attitude too! I got alot “technically” from the workshop too. The work in the water helped me to improve on the spot. It was super-cool. But again, while it was a big help “technically” it was probably an even better help “mentally”. I swear, this whole thing is as much mental as anything.
After doing the workshop I set up a couple of 1 hour swim lessons with Amanda for me and a friend. The first lesson left me feeling really good. My buddy Jason was fired up too! A great hour experience. I also have asked her to coach me at least through the next six months and through the Lonestar 70.3. I am really excited that too! So here we go The Road To Galveston is going to be a great time, no doubt.
There is still one more workshop coming up on December 15th. Click on this link to find out more!
And yes, I wouldn’t ever blog without posting a song!
Next post will probably be about our trip to Dallas for the MetroPCS Dallas Marathon ! The girls did the full and I did my second half. Also I will be having my 1st Annual 49th Birthday on Sunday the 16th. I have a blessed life.
Keep those who are struggling in your thoughts and prayers this holiday season too. I know some really special people that are having some tough times right now. We Sure love you all.
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My Granddad’s Hardhat
I am pretty pumped about this weeks training. For all around effort I give the it an A-, withholding a little for the Tuesday “no-show”. But as a whole I feel really good about the week. There were two thoughts that stick out the most this week. 1) Just three years ago I would have been sitting on the couch doing “nothing”, weighing in a about 240 LB’s. 2. I was thinking of my last conversation with my grandfather. He was grasping to breath dyeing of emphysema. Before I left, both of us knowing it would be our last time to see each other, he said “Come here, I need to tell you something. I quit smoking over 25 years ago and it wasn’t soon enough. Those cigarettes are lying to you if you think they aren’t going to kill you. I know you’re still smoking and I’m here to tell you there’s no promise you can quit before you end up like this.” That was the last of many gifts that man gave me in his lifetime. I think about him often when I am out running or riding my bike. I loved that man. Thanks Dad.
So this week I was to do the following workouts: swim 3, bike 2, run 4 and strength 2. This week I was able to get them all done too. I was so tired from staying up most the night the Saturday before, I ended up resting both Monday and Tuesday.
Swimming continues to be a positive. The breathing breakthrough is awesome. I still have some trouble putting long lengths together, but I know that is just around the corner. My focus has been on just becoming comfortable swimming with my head in the water. I haven’t been worrying about the distances or drills that the workouts call me to do. Instead my focus has been simply on becoming more and more comfortable with swimming with my head in the water and not struggling with doing it. I still have been staying for the “time” that the workouts call me to get; this week it was 1hr, 1:15hr, and 45min. I am just so fired up about getting through this breathing block, you have no idea how excited I am about this. I’m talking about a 45-year-old fear that I have finally moved through! That’s friggin’ awesome!
I had 4 running workouts that I was to get in this week. Three 45 minutes and one 1:30hr run. The long run was stretched out to 1:46:02, so I could get a solid 8 miles. It was so cool too, I was able to get negative splits on the whole 8 miles! That’s damn good for me! And yes I did use my “mantra”. And no, I still will not share my “mantra”, ha! Becky went with me on this run, she wanted to get a good run in too. We went to Bluff Creek Park. That was the first time I have ever run there. It was pretty cool too, a little more scenic and the trees knocked down some of the wind.
My favorite exercise is cycling. This week there was a 1hr and a 1:30hr ride. The weather was absolutely perfect for the rides too, especially the Sunday ride. I did both of the rides outside at Lake Hefner. It is a pretty flat track, but that is what my training plan has been asking me to do. I really like riding out there. The time change through a kink in my Sunday plan of starting my ride at 4pm. Luckily Becky reminded me of the time change and I hustled on out there at 3pm. I was really pleased with the ride and effort too. The Sunday ride was to be a total of 1:30hr, with 1hr at 20bpm under my Zone 5a LTHR. I’ll tell you, at the end of that 1hr, I was ready for a little ‘recovery’ spin! My average speed was 17.1 mph, which is pretty good for me. Oh and that was without anyone else to draft with and it was on Hank, my road bike. So I was really pleased.
Doing weight training is still a new deal for me. I guess I was supposed to have changed this workout up a little this week, but I didn’t see that until today. Hey, I’m gonna give myself a break on that anyway. I did put out the effort and got two workouts done, even if they weren’t exactly like the ones that were listed, WTF.
So considering the whole week, I am really pleased. You might even say I am pumped! I just have a feeling that I am creating a positive “snowball” that is going to keep building steam and push me to a place that I don’t even think I can fully comprehend.
So tonights music will be a throwback tune in honor of my Granddad, Warren Cunningham. Take it away Glenn!
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So I am a little slow in getting out the week 4 re-cap. Probably three reasons: 1) I was really tired this week from working “crew” for my wife and daughter at 24 The Hard Way this last weekend. 2) I just haven’t been able to get the time to sit down write a blog entry. 3) I just don’t want to take the humility and say I missed one of my workouts last week. (There, I said it!) So last week I was to have done 3 swim, 2 bike, 4 run, and 2 strength workouts. I missed one of the strength workouts. So how did the week go? Pretty damn good actually! I still struggled with early week workouts, but I did get things to come together at the end of the week.
Running, I felt pretty good on the runs. I feel like I am making some steady progress. I stretched my long run out to an 8 miles this weekend, and that’s pretty good. My knees seem to be recovering pretty good too. While there is a little strain in the left one after the weekend, it seems to bounce back after the monday rest day. When I was out at 24 The Hardway with Becky, the people set up in the spot next to us were doing the 24 hours as a relay team. They were really fast as hell, they were a group of triathletes that were doing that event for the fun of it. I was really kinda shaking my head seeing how good an athlete they all were and I started to think “why the fuck do you even think you can do that”? It started to work on me a little, but then I remembered two life lessons that kinda pulled me up. One was my old mentor who talked to me about how we don’t all start out in life at the same starting point and that when we accept where we are instead of wishing or being down about not being where others are, then we can find some peace and start to grow in our own journey. The second life lesson was from my move to Scottsdale years ago. I had this great positive “vision” of how beautiful it was going to be but in the month before I left I had a bunch of family and friends start to say how desolate and ugly the desert was. They clouded my “vision”. The cool thing was once I got there is was every bit as beautiful as the “vision” I had. So I always remind myself not to let ANYONE else’s negative bullshit cloud my dreams! I am Galveston bound. I found my mantra too. Becky tells me that she is superstitious about sharing her mantra, so I will hold that to myself until I decide if I want to share that or not. Do any of you run or exercise with a manta? Do you share yours or keep it personal?
Swimming is really cool! I am making some really good progress in my swimming since I just decided to work on getting the technique down and my breathing down. It is pretty amazing how just in a day, something happened that changed everything. For some reason when I went to take my breathe, I actually had some good body rotation and it made the breath easier. It was a fluke that it happened, but it was a game changer for me. Now I am actually keeping my head down and swimming the way I am supposed to swim! The cool thing is how much easier it is and how much less effort it is taking now. I am starting to think that I just might not drown in that Galveston Bay now!
Biking is still my favorite. Both of my bike rides went pretty well last week. The 1-1/2hr ride was a nice ride at the lake, but it was still a little nippy. Having to be out at the Ultra-marathon the night before all night in the 30 degree cold made that a little less than appealing, but I got thru! I don’t think I actually got warm until Tuesday! Another note on the cycling front, I ordered a CycleOps Powertap Hub this last week. The bike shop said it should be in by the weekend. I will probably wait to have it installed next week. That is going to be pretty cool. A friend of mine said I could make some really good strides and train much more efficiently training with power for my cycling. So I am really fired up about that.
Strength training was the where I missed the mark in completing all of my workouts. I got one weight workout done on Friday and intended to get the other on Saturday or Sunday, but just didn’t get it wedged in. I should have had it done on Monday or Tuesday and then it wouldn’t have been an issue. I still was thinking I had done one weight workout on Wednesday and just didn’t get it logged, so there is an outside chance that I actually did get it all in. But since I didn’t get it logged and can’t be certain, I will call it a “no go”.
I want to also mention a little more about the Ultra-Marathon that my wife Becky and daughter Cynthia did this last weekend. The event is called 24 The Hard Way. It is an annual event in Oklahoma City that the girls just love doing. I think Becky has found her passion in ultra-marathons! She has made some really great strides this last year too! Becky’s had three main goals this year at this event: 1) Finish and stay out on the course for the whole 24 hours. 2) Try to get 80 miles. 3) Keep her feet in healthy condition throughout the race. No doubt she exceeded her goals! She finished with 93.5 miles and was 1st place Masters Division! Awesome job and I am so proud of her. Cynthia completed 58 miles and we are really proud of her too. Becky is already thinking ahead to next year and looking forward to the challenge of breaking 100 miles!
Dream big or go home, baby!
Think I’ll go with Foo Fighters and Learn To Fly!
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Week 3 was a recovery week; a week of highs and lows, a week of regrouping, a week to rethink some of my plans. I know where I would like to go, and I believe it is even achievable but, that doesn’t mean that I can jump ahead of where my current physical fitness level. I also can’t neglect the fact that I have some deficiencies skills and technique. That could sound a bit on the negative side but it is all balanced with the fact that I am a guy that has over the last few years came from deep in the couch to where I am now. A chain-smoking, junk food eating overweight 40 something year old guy that was weighing in at 240 pounds. That is not who or what I am today. I am down to 209 pounds and love my life today!
So let’s get on with the recap.
The swim part was made up of 3 workouts. The two shorter workouts were mostly used to try to get my breathing down, and I made some progress with those workouts. I actually have started to believe I will eventually learn to swim and breathe right. I’m telling you, the level I am starting out at is remedial at best, so while some might be discouraged if they were at my level, for the most part I am not. The progress was good enough to encourage me to keep going. Now the 2400y workout today didn’t really go well at all. I plodded through the distance but it sucked. After doing some reading on a new blog I am following, waterbloggedtriathlete.com, I think I will look a little more seriously into finding a coach. There are 3 options that I am thinking about; local triathlete that’s a top-notch swimmer, a local masters swim coach, or maybe a workshop in Houston doing Total Immersion training with Third Coast Training. It all just depends on time availability and cash.
This week there were just two running workouts. The first was a very slow and easy zone 1 run for 45 minutes. The plan encouraged me to do it alone because it would be so painfully slow it might seem embarrassing. That’s sort of funny to think of how slow it would have to be to embarrass me! I mean, I am slow to begin with! Just how slow would that have to be? At any rate I ‘slogged’ thru it and felt good about it actually. The second run was to be done to measure and evaluate my progress during the next recovery week. I had to back track though, I needed to use this workout to get a good LTHR for both running and biking. I had been using that 220 – age deal and was reading about how counter productive that can be so I use my evaluation to do a LTHR test. I did that and found my LTHR to be 166 on the run. After doing the test I went ahead and finished out the hour. I think his will give me a better bench mark to work with now.
Cycling was about the same as running this week. I did two different cycling workouts. The first one was to be a one hour ride in zones 1 and 2, mostly 1. I just used the old zone charts that I had been using the last year or so. It was a windy day but I churned through it anyway and enjoyed being out at the lake. I really love riding at Lake Hefner, it just feels good to be out there with a bunch of people all smiling and doing something positive. It just seems to me like people who exercise are just happier people! The second workout was to be an evaluation workout, much like the run. I used that time to get a good fix on my cycling LTHR too. My cycling LTHR was 169, in Friel’s book he explained that the run and cycle would not be the same, and they weren’t. So now I will have a good bench mark to work with here too.
There were a couple of weight workouts too that were pretty uneventful. Nothing good, nothing bad to report. The main thing is that I got it done.
So as a whole I feel good about the week. I managed to get all my workouts completed, even if some had to be altered. I also think getting some good working LTHR benchmarks was a good thing this week. So I am pleased with the progress. For a guy that was never really all that athletic, I think I have made some good progress and feel pretty damn good about it. After watching some of my friends hobble around from injuries during their high school days, I sometimes think it might have been a blessing to not have been all that athletic when I was younger. At least I can still walk and get around fairly well today. I am blessed with the health I have and for that I am grateful!
Tunes for tonight will be Robert Palmer with Power Station, remember this one?
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As part of the plan that I have downloaded from Joe Friel, today was to be a testing day on my bike. When I was looking at how I was to do that I realised that, I needed to get a good LTHR to set up my zones the way they set them up in The Triathletes Training Bible.So instead of doing the workout in the plan I did a workout to get my LTHR so I can set up my zones in the same fashion that they call to use them. It was interesting to see the differences in the zones when doing it this way. There wasn’t alot of higher end differences, but zone 2 gave me a wider and higher range for my heart rate. Becky helped my by recording my times and heart rate at each half mile as I increased my mph on each ‘lap’. So my LTHR turned out to be 169, a one point lowering than last year. After finishing the testing part I finished out the hour in a zone 2 finish.
I really want a CylceOps G3 power meter hub, but they just are so damned expensive! I had an idea of how to shuffle a few funds $$$ around to do it, but I am just not so sure I should. What I need to do is sell this damn set of D.W. drums and use that money! If ya know anyone that is looking for a good deal on a great drum kit, let me know. Hey Steve Schlegel, you ought to take up the drums dude! I got a deal for ya!!!!!
Gotta go with the all time greatest drum solo!
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