As I mentioned the other day, December 27th is a day for new beginings and positive change. I had a “cup of that bad coffee” with some friends at lunchtime to honor the past 6 year and even had a chance to talk to a guy just trying to get it together. It’s a great journey, I am grateful for where it has taken me! So with that said, what will the changes be this year? The change that I am going to go for will be a diet change starting with dropping sweets (to exclude Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas at my mom’s house). Becky dropped sweets at lent a year or so ago and she loved deserts as much as I do. I don’t want to limit the change to just sweets, but I do think that alone will help me get some more weight off. Whats the replacement? Fruits and smoothies will help fill in some of the gap. I figure I need to get some good breakfast’s first thing in the morning too. That way I won’t be grabbing the junk food at the first quick stop I come to right off the bat. I suspect I will get some input from my new triathlon coach too. She seemed to have a pretty sensible approach, sounds like she would want to stear me to smaller changes that I can maintain for the long haul. I’m cool with that too.
Speaking of “new coach”, today was the first day of training directed by my new coach. I’m pretty excited about it too! Today was a 1 hour bike ride on the trainer. After warmup I did some sets of ‘one-leg’ drills, followed by some riding in Zones 2 and 3. I also had a couple of times where I was to really push it hard for a solid minute then back down again. I am curious to see where my power was for those minutes. I was trying to make sure I held at least 300watts. One thing I really enjoy when on the trainer is listening to music! Today I went with Pandora’s Third Eye Blind Radio. When I ride outside I don’t use the Ipod, I like the “all natural” sound thing, plus it is just more safe when out on the roads. I was using heart-rate zones to do the workout. I suspect will will probably shift over to using the power meter at some point. That’s still a pretty new tool for me. I’ll kind of take the cue from my coach on how we will do that as we go along.
Mentally and Spiritually, it was a pretty good day too. I was able to get an early enough start to get a good prayer and meditation time to get the day going. I always like the picture of the cloudy water swirling in the cup and how continued practice of meditation lets that whirling crap settle down and rest on the bottom so we can get a better picture of what is goin on. Even in times where my mind is more “out there”, I know it is just a matter of making that time to practice that will help it to settle down. That alone helps me keep in a ‘hopeful” state of mind. One strain of thought that keeps seeping inside is that “the more you are able to stay in the moment and present, be it in meditation or even in day to day/minute to minute life, the more the past begins to heal and fears of future subside”. I believe it, more important than believing it is that I have started to experience it too!
Tonight we are going to enjoy my favorite pork tenderloin with that ‘gunpowder’ rub (actually it is chilli powder) on the outside to give it a little bite, brocolli, corn, and a nice salad. Good stuff!
No doubt, I have ‘the good life’. And the best thing about that is I know it too.
Tonights music clip will be a Led Zeppelin tune! Did you see the Kennedy Center honors last night? I only got to see the Led Zeppelin part and it was so cool getting to watch them listen to everyone doing thier songs! I was trying to decide which song I would post, then I found a clip of the whole segment so why not just post it all! Enjoy the greatest rock n roll band ever!!!
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Time, Time, Time, Priority, Priority, Priority, Lifestyle, Lifestyle, Lifestyle, Adjustment, Adjustment, Adjustment, Commitment, Commitment, Commitment….To me that sums up what The Road To Galveston has made me continually re-evaluate. So how do I feel about where I am in this journey? Just as positive, challenged, and invigorated as I was the night after Redman when I clicked on the link to enter the Lonestar 70.3. To me it is the most amazing journey that I have ever been on. To say that it has been cathartic, would be an absolute understatement. While it might look like a physical feat on the outside, I swear that is just the tip of the iceberg. It is so much more than the physical. While I have found a coach to help me with some of the technical-physical parts of the challenge, I suspect the mental/emotional/spiritual will eventually play just as big a part of the journey. In many ways, I feel like Dean Karnazes getting up off the bar stool and running for 30 miles on the eve of his 30th birthday, except I waited 20 years longer than he and could only get to the end of the block! So there are changes and adjustments that will have to be made, but what an abundance of life this gives me.
I was reading a blog by Chrissie Wellington about her retirement this last year and she said “My passion for the sport hasn’t waned, but my passion for new experiences and new challenges is what is now burning the most brightly.” New challenges and new frontiers, that’s where I have always found life! The focus and excitement of a new frontier, that’s good stuff. Good stuff, but not without challenges. This is pushing me in ways I never would have dreamed. Physically, I don’t see my limiter as any one part. My limiter is my overall fitness, but the cool thing about such a ‘base’ limiter is that as my general fitness rises, so will my performance in all three sports!
I am blessed in my life, I have had the chance to meet some of the most incredibly inspirational people. I have named a few in the last several weeks, some were realtives, some were mentors, and some were people that I have met on this journey. This week while at my swim lesson, my inspiration to keep working came from a high school classmate in Seminole named Greg Powers. Greg was a guy that to me had a work ethic and determination to succeed that was just a step beyond what others had. He was a guy that fell in love with playing tennis and probably worked harder than any of our school mates to excel. He was a guy that had athletic ability, but he wasn’t the ‘most’ athletic. The thing about Greg was he had a determination and work ethic that pushed him to be his best. I suspect that Greg probably was closer to achieving his maximum ability than anyone else at our school. When I was struggling with the swim exercise I thought of the example that Greg was, to bad I didn’t learn those lessons from him 35 years ago!
So this will probably be my last post this year. I look forward to a new start with my new coach, Amanda Stevens. I love her attitude and the energy that she has brought to our swim lessons and can’t wait to get started with her next week in all of the disciplines. We set a start date of December 27th; which, as I mentioned last week, is special date in my life. It is a date of change, no doubt! This year I can’t wait to see where this journey is going to take me, already it has been awesome! I am so grateful for the life I have today.
So I wish you all a Happy Holiday season!
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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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What a week! This week my schedule consisted of: swim 3, bike 2, run 4 and strength 2. It was a rocky week at times. i got off to a bad start when I didn’t get my weight workout done on Monday and had to play “catch up” all week-long. I had thought that Friday was going to be an easy day to shuffle in the lost workout but I had not noticed that this week there were 11 workouts instead of 10 like last week. That made the “catch up” a little tricky. Then if starting off in the hole wasn’t enough, it rained almost all day Saturday. I had to shuffle around my Saturday and Sunday workouts and ended up doing my long run on Sunday morning and my long ride on Sunday afternoon. Fortunately it all came together, with a little prodding and encouragement by my wife!
Swimming was pretty good this week. On my two shorter distance swims during the week I made some good progress in my technique. I was about to put some fairly good distances together with my head down and breathing the way I need to. It was a first to get the lengths that I did. So that was a big positive on the week! I am still looking into getting a swimming coach, just having trouble finding one in Oklahoma City that fits with what I need to do. There are people who are great swim coaches for “real” swimmers and triathletes, but that’s not what I am. I need some remedial help. I still struggle with the whole water issue. My friends and family all know that I was a guy that didn’t even learn to dive until I was in my mid 20’s and that the earliest memory I have was sinking to the bottom of the pool at 3 years old. My Saturday swim was the longest that I have ever done, 2149 meters. I was in a bad mood and I didn’t even try to worry about form or anything, I just wanted to get it the done. So get it done I did. So all in all, I was pleased with the swim week.
Biking was fun this week! There were only two workouts: one on the trainers doing “isolated leg exercises” and the other a nice 1-1/2 hour zone1-2 ride that I did at Lake Hefner on Sunday. The trainer exercises are kinda tedious, but it reminds me of doing hills. So I figure somewhere down the line it will help me build some strength. Now the Sunday ride was awesome, the weather was the best possible. Nice sunny day in the 70’s with a good breeze out of the north. You just couldn’t have asked for a better day to be at the lake on the bike. The atmosphere was excellent too, all kinds of people out getting exercise on the trails. People in nature getting exercise are just a happier people than most. They smile more! One thing that really made the ride enjoyable was staying focused on “enjoying this ride” doing my best to block out any “goals” or stuff like that. When my mind started to wonder I would just say a little prayer and try to focus back on the ride at hand.
Running this week came around too. I had started to build up some descent distances towards the end of August but then when I had to get a problem on my foot looked at, I slacked off and didn’t run for a good 3-4 weeks. I really lost some of my momentum, as far as distance goes. One benefit from the rest is my knees seemed to get some needed re-coup time. They were pretty tender from jumping up the distance a to aggressively. So while I am having to back track a little on distance, I am doing it with a pretty fresh feeling pair of knee’s now. I did a 1:20(hour and twenty-minute) run today. On my last two “distance” runs I have gotten back into that “sweet spot” at about 2 miles where my breathing cadence gets into a good rhythm. So that’s really encouraging. I am still a little nervous about being ready for the Route 66 run in November, but I will just gut it out and make it happen.
Strength workouts were probably the easiest to do. The time flexibility to do these workouts is just so much easier than any of the other workouts. I was pretty pleased with my progress too. I am doing the “AA” workout from Joe Friel‘s The Triathlete’s Training Bible. The particular workout is made up of 8 workouts done in a circuit. They are not heavy loaded in weight, but you do 30 reps of each exercise then repeat the exercise 3-4 times. This week I went up a little in my weights on each of the exercises. I felt pretty good about it too. I have never done any weight training before now, so this is a total new deal for me.
This week was a good solid week. My attitude at the end of the week is really strong and positive. My main goal for next week is to get the exercises done! I want to keep up my search for a swim coach and I have been thinking a little more about “power training” for the bike too.
I have a great life and I appreciate that more every day.
Music for this week is a little Outkast doing The Way You Move. Enjoy!!!!
Only 174 Day 2 Hours 52 Minutes to go!!!!!
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