Wednesday, February 25, 2009

 

Too Funny!!





Tuesday, February 24, 2009

 

Trainer cockpit

cold and windy outside today...

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

 

Life off the bike, out of the pool, not on the run and out of the gym...

All this posting about training and racing...that is not all I do, really!

Since being laid off in November, I've been having meetings and trying to figure out what my next career moving is to be. This is such a strange time and extremely difficult to be on the outside looking in. On more than one occasion, I have been in a meeting where a top level executive has commented that they are holding off on hiring not only because of the economy but because he or she is afraid that they will loose their job soon. So, the conversations sway from a focus on their company to a focus on the industry and what I've experienced in terms of opportunities. I come out of these meetings feeling like I'm in the twilight zone...who was helping who and what just happened?

I had the opportunity to present at the Running USA Conference in San Diego last week and found the mood to be relatively good. Most people I spoke to were complaining about the lack of sponsorship but happy to tout that participation numbers are up. The industry is strong, but as the San Diego Tribune reported, even event companies are getting a second look at how they run their business and their financial dealings.

I'm continuing to talk to a lot of people and explore a variety of opportunities, I'm confident that things will turn around and I'll find a new job, but in the meantime, training and racing keep my mind clear and sharp.

Oh, and Weck? He is growing everyday...I am so lucky to have this time to hang out with him and watch him grow; my wife is afraid he will walk and ride a bike before he can crawl...

Sunday, February 15, 2009

 

Strong weekend

Getting back into the swing of training and logging some good miles...
We were at our home in the Catskills this weekend, the weather was a bit cold but tolerable...
Saturday - 13mile run, late in the afternoon, good pace got really cold when the sun went down.
Sunday - 42mile bike ride, averaged 240 watts with a few strong intervals and some hill climbing.
Now, I need to get in the water at some point!

Friday, February 6, 2009

 

OUTSIDE!!

I couldn't take another turn of the pedals on the rollers, so I bundled up and braved the 12degree temps and 6degree wind chill for a really good ride in the Catskills...a bit sloppy towards the end with all the crap on the roads...

Monday, February 2, 2009

 

An INDOOR Tri

As a beginning to race may way into shape and to break up he monotony of training, I entered the Indoor Triathlon at the JCC yesterday - 10 minutes swim, 30 minutes on a spin bike and 20 minutes on the treadmill.
This was quite the experience. I showed to the club about 7:50 for my 8:45 start time, got a tour of the areas where the disciplines would be held an then headed to the swimming pool. I watched a couple of heats go and found the people competing in this race to run the gamut, guys in basketball shorts for swim trunks and some young 'hardcore' triathletes. It was impressive to see people getting into it on an early Sunday afternoon.
I jumped in the pool for my heat and since this was the third time I'd touched water since the fall I had no grand plan other than do a solid 10 minute swim. I split a lane with a very nice woman and when the whistle blew I went out at a good clip. I felt my lack of swimming kick in pretty quickly and faded throughout and was really happy when the 10 minute stop whistle blew.
We now had 15 minutes to go to the locker room, change and get to the spinning studio. Once in the studio I set up a spin bike, man are those things awkward and uncomfortable, and started pedaling to loosen the legs. I had my running shoes on with baskets as no clipless shoes were allowed. First thing I noticed was that with cages I pedalled on my toes due to the length of my feet.
We were give our instructions and began the 140rpm spin. This was brutal as the whole point was to go the furthest distance gauged by the magnet and computer the had mounted on the flywheel. no hills, no tension, just spin the thing as fast as you could. As I have some nice sized legs this was hard and favored the scrawny little legged guys who could just get their legs going super fast. I finished up and felt like it was a good endurance ride by not particularly hard and little power output.
Another 10 minute to get to the floor where the treadmills were. Once on the treadmill it was hit start and run as far as you could for 20 minutes. I went pretty hard to see if I could simulate coming off the bike and getting the running legs gong.
All in all a good time and worth a Sunday morning workout. I have yet to see results, but I'm not too concerned.
February looks like a long, lonely training month ahead...

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