Richmond Sprint Triathlon

Results: 1st Overall – 54:24 (400m Swim (5:16), 20k Bike (30:11), 5k Run (17:06)) The Richmond Sprint Tri was my first triathlon of the 2014 season and I had been looking forward to it for quite some time. I felt like my winter and spring training had gone well and that with a few good running race results the past several months, I was ready to get out and test out the swim and bike fitness and pull it all together. Pre-Race: Route 95 traffic – no matter what time you leave on Friday, there is always traffic. Also, I had some odd soreness – almost bruised feeling – in both of my quads. Coach Jenny and I decided it was just the result of an easier few days of training and my body a little in shock from cutting back some. Race Morning: Earrrrlllly! It’s ironic that the shorter the race, the longer I need before the race to get ready. A 7 am gun time, meant that the alarm went off at 3:45. Thankfully for me, CJ and Alice are real troupers – I never have to wonder if they will be awake and ready to help as needed: Swim: Ran over a few guys in front of me who didn’t quite understand the idea of correctly entering their predicted pace time. I really try to be considerate in mass/open water swims, but I don’t really have too much sympathy to guys who seed themselves 10 seconds faster than a pace they can actually hold. Thanks to the small miracle of overnight shipping, I got to use...

GW Parkway Classic

10-Miler Results:  12th / 5,164  – 57:08 This race was on Alice and my 1 year wedding Anniversary!  It was a great race.  But, afterward, it was time to celebrate our anniversary (i.e. no race...

Fort Hunt 10k

10k Results: 1st Overall – 34:46 Being that I had almost bonked during a 4-hour “recovery” ride the day before, I wasn’t quite sure how my body would feel and perform at my first 10k this season and second race of the year. But first, my lesson from the Saturday ride: If you’ve got a long ride that caps off two tough weeks of training, taking in just one GU packet for 75 miles will probably result in a BONK! As for the 10k: With daylight savings on Sunday morning, it was an early start to the day (and one less hour of sleep). And it was a dark start too! As Alice and I were driving south on the GW parkway to the course, I commented something like, “Whoa, it sure is DARK out here.” Just as as those words came out of my mouth, we both realized that some headlamps would have come in handy for pre-race warm-ups and for Alice’s long Sunday run (she’s gotten pretty impressive with her ability to wake up early, drive to the races with me, get in a long run before I cross the finish line, and even manage to snap some decent pictures!). Fortunately, the sun came up rather quickly, burned off the morning clouds, and brought in some nice sunshine by the start of the race. It was a low-key, but very well run event put on by DC road runners with around 80 toeing the start line. TRBRunFortHunt10k I had felt pretty good in my warm-ups (which is rare) and actually took my first mile out a little...

Pacers 5k and Combine

Results:  3rd Overall in Combine – 16:49 This was the first event of the 2014 season, and with all my training focused on base work (read: easy and slow), I wasn’t quite sure how’d I would do with a 5k race. Problem that I find with 5k races is just around the time my body realizes that’s racing, the whole thing is over. Fortunately for this race, I had an additional set of exercises to do after crossing the finish line, hence, 5k and Combine. The Combine was quite a bit of fun, in fact, I wish they had included additional drills or more repetitions. I mean, who competes with 20 sit-ups or 20 push-ups? 20 squat jumps and 20 lunges – now that was a bit tougher – but 20 sit-ups? Maybe they forgot a “0” for the sit ups and push-ups? Nevertheless, thanks to Alice’s photography talents, I realized that I’ve got quite a bit of work to do on my lunges – I really look like I’m about to collapse: Fortunately the 5k results looked a little better than my lunge form. I finished in 16:49 and while it was no PR, I was satisfied to be able to run under 17 minutes without any track or speed work in several months. But even with a good race under my belt, I’m still toying around with the idea of trading in my triathlon stuff and seeing how I’d do in the NFL. It seems that I’m a natural at holding a mini football: I suppose that until I put on 50lbs and am able to bench...

First Official Post

This is the first “official” blog posting for my triathlon website, and being the first, I pondered for quite some time, “what do I write about?” I considered the whole range of things – a recap of 2013, goals for 2014, my struggles and successes with family-work-spirituality-triathlon balance, my two fantastic new sponsors, GU Energy and Amino Vital (more to come on this), my first bike block in December including 100 miles in the rain and snow, things my wife taught me as she trained for her first 50k, lessons from my plateaued running and higher-than-I’d-like resting heart rate phase (more to come on this one too), or the recent crash I had while riding on my indoor trainer (even bent my training wheel in half). Instead, I decided to start my blogs on a somewhat lighter, yet critically important subject. As I sat down at the computer, frustrated at the cold and snow and how it is really screwing with my training schedule (my single-speed doesn’t do well on ice, so commuting has been rough), I thought back to the picture I snapped of my dog, C.J. running outside on Tuesday: The picture reminded me that this is really what it’s all about. Sure, the expensive shoes, new power meter, and meticulously combing through IF, TSS, and EF data is loads of fun, as is going out for a long easy weekend ride (“maffetone” training as Coach Jenny likes to call it) or an intense track session that has me pushing all the way to a glorious state of pain-induced endorphins (I haven’t had one of these in...