Saturday, December 29, 2007
Running: 1,515 miles (220 hours)
Cycling: 585 miles (31 hours)
Swimming: 48 miles (24 hours)
Total: 2,148 miles (275 hours)
275 hours only equates to 3% of the hours in a year. So I have some room to pick up the miles in 2008!
For 2008 I'd like to hit 2,000 running miles for the year. I don't have a specific cycling goal but I'd like to step up the cross training on the bike since cycling is my true passion.
Friday, December 28, 2007
Thursday, December 27, 2007
Tuesday, December 25, 2007
Sunday, December 23, 2007
Friday, December 21, 2007
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
- Gain some experience with the ultra running scene
- Log some training miles in preparation for our first 50 mile race
- Fulfill volunteer requirement for entry into the 2008 VT 100
Click here for an account of my pacing experience at the 2007 VT 100.
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
Here's a video I put together of the hike:
Monday, December 17, 2007
1/27/08 - ING Miami Marathon - Registered
Location: Miami, FL – I hope to qualify for Boston!
3/16/08 - Shamrock Marathon - Registered
Location: Virginia Beach, VA - St. Patrick’s Day celebration!
4/21/08 – Boston Marathon - Pending Qualification
Location: Boston, MA – C’mon 3:15 in Miami!
5/18/08 – Soapstone Mountain Trail Race - Gonna register
Location: Stafford Springs, CT – Had fun in this 14.5 miler last year.
6/1/08 – Nipmuck Trail Marathon – Gonna register
Location: Ashford, CT – A tough 26!
7/19/08 – VT 100 Mile Endurance Run – Registered
Location: West Windsor, VT – My first 100 miler!
9/28/08 – VT 50 Mile Endurance Run – Gonna register
Location: Mt. Ascutney, VT – My first 50 miler last year.
10/11/08 – ING Hartford Marathon – Gonna register
Location: Hartford, CT – My 3rd consecutive HM.
“Run as fast as you can until you can’t, then go slow”
- Dean Dobberteen
Saturday, December 15, 2007
Thursday, December 13, 2007
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
Monday, December 10, 2007
Here’s a slide show of some more pics I took at the airshow:
Here’s a video I found posted on youtube that has some cool footage of the action from the show:
Sunday, December 9, 2007
Today we had lunch with Santa and Mrs. Claus in the historic Lyman Orchards Homestead. The only disappointment was no horse and carriage rides this year!
Here’s a short video of the weekend activities:
Saturday, December 8, 2007
Friday, December 7, 2007
Thursday, December 6, 2007
After checking the thermometer and noting that it was not so cozy outside, I put on my cold weather gear, lit up the headlamp and set off on my 7¼-mile route. I must’ve chosen the right clothing combination, as I was comfortable and not too bothered by the sub-teen temp. I managed just under an 8:00 min/mile pace completing the run in 57 min. It was great to be back outside running, even though it was an icicle forming 11 degrees!!
Wednesday, December 5, 2007
Pre-Race: Two days before the race my family and I traveled out to Southern California. The day before the event I visited with my friends in San Marcos, picked up my packet, checked out the race expo, organized my gear, carbo loaded, and settled in to the West Coast time zone as best I could. Race morning, I woke up at 4 AM, loaded up my stuff and arrived at the race parking area in Oceanside at about 5:15 AM. I picked up my bike from the tribike transport folks located by the expo area. What an excellent service they provide! I biked the 1.5 miles from the parking area over to the race start. The nervous energy and buzz of the pre race transition area is always one of my favorite parts of an event. Thoughts of keeping all the gear straight, visualizing the flow of the race, hoping I don’t drown, psyching myself up, culminates all the time and effort invested in training and creates an energy that’s intense.
Swim: At 6:40 AM my age group wave started. It was an in water start, and the only chance to get in some warm up strokes was the short swim out to the middle of the harbor starting line. The cold air temperature, which was about 49 degrees, actually helped with mitigating the shock of the 60 degree ocean temp. The air temp along with wearing my long sleeve wetsuit resulted in the water not feeling too cold… at first. I faced the usual challenge of maintaining a straight line, and easing into a rythmn while bumping into people, getting kicked and sorting through the congestion of bodies, arms and legs. My hands and feet numbed up and it was odd to lose the “feel” of stroking through the water. Open water swimming is quite different then training in the pool! I completed the 1.2 mile swim in just over 36 minutes which I was happy with…
Bike: I didn’t bike train over the winter much at all. Winter in CT doesn’t make it easy to get out and ride. So I was wondering how I would feel in the race and how prepared I was to handle 56 miles at a solid pace. The first 25 miles were pretty flat and fast. It felt so good to be out on a ride, I forgot about the race and just enjoyed the scenery and the perfect weather. This allowed me to get into a nice rythmn and hold a decent speed. About 30 miles in, there were a series of major hills, which slowed things down dramatically. I pushed through as best I could and this is where I started to feel the lack of bike training. I got through the climbs and finished off the bike segment with a solid time of 2:42.
Run: The run was an out and back along the ocean and was lined with spectators the whole way. The cheering and support was pretty awesome. It was hot in the direct sun and I made sure to drink at every station and dump some cold water over my head. I kept a steady pace the whole run and finished it in 1:51.
I completed the race in a total time of 5:18. It was an awesome race, well supported and a lot of fun. Here's a table of my split times:
After the race I had to walk over a mile back to where my family was parked and my son insisted that I carry him on my shoulders. My few hours as a triathlete were over and I was back to being Dad!
Monday, December 3, 2007
Here's another wingsuit video
Yet another wingsuit video
Crazy!! I think I'll stick with the land stuff.