IRONMAN........ I on my way to earn this title

This is a Journal to my trials and tribulations of my journey to conquer the 140.6 miles of pain and mental anguish.

So, I plan to journal daily.. if you want to be apart of this journey.. follow by blog.. You will see the up and down days of training for an event.. hopefully it will be something that can inspire you to do something crazy.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Life Got in the Way

It seemed that work and school took away the vision of completing Beach to Battleship 140.6 this year.  So i had to pull my registration.  I was very reluctant to do it because mentally i feel that i could have completed.  But reality set in.. I wasn't making the cut on weekly volumes.  The commitments of school and weird work hours made this goal unattainable at this time.  BUT.. Im slowly get the wind back in my sails for training and racing...

I havent raced all year.  good and bad thing.  good, because im healing old injures.  Not training hard, just maintaining what i had.  Bad, because i feel very unproductive.. no new medals this year.. bummer.

The days anew.. time to get back on the horse..


Monday, May 28, 2012

Today, is the day

Its the official start date of training plan.  Time to get busy with it..

Started the day with a 25 mile bike..  Felt great throughout the ride.  first 16 miles where great.. i felt good legs felt strong..  breathing and shoulders were relaxed.. all in all, things were going good.  the back half on the ride changed..  good ole wind and heat increase.. the 49 mins it took to make the 16 mile mark.. the temp went up significantly.   Sweat was dripping from under my helmet on to my sunglasses..  needless to say.. it was tough.  Seems like there were more lights or i caught them all in the return home.  The wind was tough as well.. i guess winds from the tropical storm near georgia/south carolina. it sucked big time..

Sunday, May 27, 2012


I have been slacking lately with training..  Mainly because of work schedule and long hours..  I have had some time off..  So Im using this time to rest up and heal some nagging injuries..  as well as, get my mind focused to the task at hand.   From the 3 days of resting, im feeling better physically and getting more mentally focused daily.   I hope to be more consistent with this blog.  This will be a good look back tool for later.

I have a tendency to go hard to often, I intend to get more quality training done.. I have 21 weeks til this events takes place.   I have to be in top form for this.

Im excited, pretty pumped up....


Saturday, April 14, 2012

Great month so far..

Today, my leg were tortured.. I did a 40 miler, with some training buddies..   Sucks because it started with a blowout at mile 3..  So my buddies with, brought a new wheel to me.. Sweet, back riding..  Different cog, than i was use to.. I typically ride an 11-23, switched to 12-25..  I struggled to find my comfy gear..  None the less, i got it done.  The idea was to keep pace around 21+..  My legs were cooking. Legs spinning faster that normal..  This cog came in handy with climbs that came later in ride..   I got my ass handed to me.. At one point, my legs were so tired, i couldnt get over 19mph..   Starting taking down the added nutrition, and popped a stringer. Started feeling better.. Got back on the prowl.. Speed was over 21+ .. Feeling great only to have my bubble burst.. At mile 36.  This mammouth of a bridge.. So i get psyched to climb this beast.. I shift to a higher gear.. Then im dance on the pedals.. Thinking i got this and i was moving at a decent pace.. I looked down.. I was only going 12.9mph.. What a deflating moment.. But i kept hammering..  Finally the apex.. All down hill.. 30+ on downhill.. Felt great..

I have been on my bike alot this month so far.. 135miles so far. Rides are getting longer.. I can see being at 1000 miles by august, if not before....

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Been on the up.

Training has been going really well..  Legs are getting stronger with each outting, whether running or cycling..  Swimming is work in progress, but its in the forward direction.  I have to get some ows in. My weekly volumes are increasing.  I really trying to take advantage of time available. Sucks sometime when i have to choose one or the other..  Im gonna have to start waking earlier so i can get volumes in.. It will probably be swimming and weight training in the morning. Running and biking in the eves.. With exception on weekends.. Weekends, ill ride in the morning..

I have some good training partners.. They are doing a good job of pushing me and keeping me motivated. 

Getting pumped for Beach to Battleship..

Monday, April 2, 2012

One Windy Ride

Sunday myself and a few riders set out on an adventure.  The intent was to get in 2 hours on the bike.  The temps were in 50's starting out, which wasnt to bad.  We hit the road bright eyed and excited for getting out of the bike.  Initially the is was pretty cool the route the shaded,, BRR..  i just wanted to go to go faster to so i could get warm.  The ride was relatively calm the first 11 miles.  But afterwards that 11 is became a mofo..  We encountered headwinds the entire ride out to turn around.  My quads were on fire, screaming for mercy.. but we kept hammering. We got to the 24 mile mark.. i noticed that there wasn't any signs on the road.. I was looking for a particular road to turn down.. wasn't there. We stopped, i had to adjust my cleat on my shoe.. One of the riders had to get back.  so we march on back.. FUCK, the winds shifted it again.. seems like the wind picked up. 

So i recommended that we paced line it, so everyone would have a turn in the wind.  1 to 2 mins pulls is what i recommended.. it worked really well.  we got back really quickly. we took a little break at mile 36 or so.. My quads were spent at this point and we still 10+ to go i was thinking.. wind isnt dying down..  so we start back.  HR was moderate, but my quads were screaming at me..  we reach the trail, like 6.5 miles left. i tried to get in a rhythm, wasnt happening.  at the last mile is decided to blow my legs up with a sprint.. oh man did that hurt..  i tried another, i failed miserably.

I cramped up so bad later in the day.. Cramps were so bad i started sweating and couldnt breath.. lol

mistakes: i drank most of my fluid on the ride..  i didn't eat prior to ride.. i was really in the hole in the nutrition category..

My data is off, i forgot to start watch after a stop.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Last couple days

Wednesday was a great workout.. Great ride.  I got to course a little earlier than expected.  So I decided to race the clock.  I wanted to do one loop on the course before another rider showed up... I was windy as hell out too..  So the elements were against me in my venture to have a high speed run...  So i grunted it out..  First 6 miles were great.. breathing was good, shoulders were relaxed.. My speed showed it..  avg was around 20.1 mph.. i was stoked so i turned it up even more.. But, there's always a but. A guy had caught up with me.  We chatted for about a mile or so.. slowed the average some.. gave him some time to recover..  We got into some crosswinds.. they were tough..  so, we worked together to get though it.. the pace average went back up and so did my HR.. i sustained 183 bpm for the last few miles.. hammering the pedals in a head wind.. we got to the end..average was high.. 21.5.. we were cranking along at 24ish for last mile and a half..  21 mins one way.  We started the trek back to start point.. we separated.. i darted.. i had a decent tailwind for a little while.. my quads were on fire... holy shit was all i could say..  then i said shit, i have to do this again.. damn.. 10 mile mark i saw that i was making good time.. i hammered even harder.. i dont know where i was on the course.. i saw 44 mins,  i glanced up and saw i was near the end.. i let go..  7 mins later i was done..  i was feeling great.. leg felt like i pounded them.. not much recovery though.. other people showed up with in 5 mins of my return...  DAMN IT.. So back out again.. Second lap we had to been the sunset.. it was 58 mins to complete second loop.  Man my quads were really smoked...

slow loop
Fast loop

Todays run was good..  temp was great.. i set out to do 4 miles... I was worried my legs wouldnt be able to handle it.. but i very surprised.. legs felt great.. lil tired but not enough to hinder my run.. I tried keeping my HR in check.. for the most i did..  My recovery is a lot fast these days.. which is good.  show that fitness is coming back.. im pretty excited about this..  on way back in.. i was still feeling pretty good.. so i decided to keep going.. i added a mile an a half.. i hit the 5 mile mark.. still feeling good.. HR is was hoovering at 166..  so i picked up the pace.. and just blew it out.. 

great week..