Monday, June 22, 2009

R.I.C.E.

I've never been good at accepting injury and taking the time to let them heal. I've been good about training recovery so I'm fresh for my next training session, usually following the R.I.C.E. formula = Rest. Ice. Compression. Elevation.

Since injuring my ankle in last weekend's race I've kept on the training gas until this past weekend. My ankle had continued to be sore with a little dull pain but would loosen up and feel pretty good after some time on the bike, until Saturday. I woke up Saturday morning with my ankle feeling really sore and looking particularly black and blue...Time to the the "R." serious and get this thing healed up so it does not continue to nag me.

I pulled the plug on all weekend training and racing plans and really stayed off my feet. I'll continue that for one more day and then I'll ease back into training on Tuesday with some swimming and maybe a little time on the bike. We'll see how that goes for a few days and hopefully get an easy run in before the weekend
Injuries SUCK!!!
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Monday, June 15, 2009

Sprint Tri #1 - Race Report

I got up early Saturday morning to close up the house, pack the car, get my gear ready, eat breakfast and drive to the race location. It was a nice looking day with few clouds and no rain, finally!


After the hour drive to Williams Lake in Rosendale, I spent some time walking Chief and getting ready for the race. It was a low key affair in a really beautiful location: the old Williams Lake Resort.


I got in a 10minute swim warm up and felt pretty good considering: #1, I had not been swimming since St. Croix; and, #2 this was my first time in my wetsuit since Alcatraz last June.


We lined up on the dock for a pre-race briefing and then it was a diving start off the dock. I lined up next to a gentleman who looked to be a good swimmer and seemed to be the one everyone had their eyes on as the top swimmer. The horn sounded and in we went; I surfaced and quickly took the lead although I could feel someone on my feet.


At the first buoy I could look over and see that I had gaped the field with one other person. I could feel my shoulders starting to heat up and fatigue from the lack of training, but I managed to power to shore and out of the water neck and neck with the gentleman I started next to - .5mile swim 9:41.


T1 was just plain silly...I was lightheaded from the swim and must have looked like an escaped mental patient in a straight jacket trying to free myself from my wetsuit...note to self: practice wetsuit removal!!!


I finally escaped the black neoprene hell and got out on my bike about :15 behind my swim buddy. I put the hammer down, quickly made the pass and set into a good rhythm. I was soon passed by a guy who was smoking on the bike; I kept on him the best I could and had realized that I had a gearing issue and could not shift into my lower 4 gears. So, on the downhill sections I would lose some ground as I would spin out of the gears I had available.

Into T2, I had a great flying dismount and into my running shoes, had to be less than :15 seconds into T2, certainly made up a little for the T1 fiasco.

The legs felt a little heavy heading out on the run, but that was in part due to the slight incline that greeted us right out of transition. I felt much better once we hit the jeep trails and some flat terrain. I really had a good cadence going and could see the #1 position about 200 yards down the trail. About a mile into the run, a came around a bend and my ankle did the twist and pop on a rock and some mud. I was startled and hobbled for the next 100 yards wondering if I should stop, but as I kept on pace my ankle loosened up and here was little pain...onward.

My pace probably dropped a bit and I knew that the guy ahead of me had turned on the gas once he saw me closing in on him earlier. I kept a strong effort to the line and finished in 2nd place; 1st place in my age group.

A great training race, other than the ankle misstep, but felt really good about my effort and all disciplines; just need to work on T1.

I'll be putting the Tuesday night bike race on hold this week as I rest my ankle and look forward to another sprint tri on Father's Day.
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Amtrak threw a monkey wrench into the weekend plans...
I departed the city for the Catskills house with Chief on Thursday morning. After a quick stop in Rosendale to drive and ride the Sprint Triathlon course, we made to the house in time for some pond swimming and fetch. Jennifer and Weck were slated to join us Friday evening by taking the train from the city, so Friday was spent doing some housework; planed a tree, fixed part of a rock wall and built a stone landing for the hose off area.

At 5:3pm Jennifer called to let me know that all Amtrak service had been cancelled for Friday evening and she was headed home. I hustled to pack up and get ready to drive back to the city, but then made the call to stay at the house Friday night, get up Saturday morning early to race and then proceed home to the city.

Raced Saturday morning, amazing course, good result, bad ankle sprain...race report forthcoming...

I got back to the city around 1:30 Saturday just in time for the heavy rain, again!
Saturday afternoon was spent eating and watching movies on the couch.

Sunday, we ventured up to Pelham to spend the day at the NYAC-Traverse Island; it was a great day and we had a fun family day swimming and playing family games.

No MTB racing Sunday due to travel issues and ankle injury, a good thing because we had a great day!!!
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Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Racing into shape

After a long winter of sporadic training and now a spring filled with rain and disappointing race outings, I'm finding it hard to cobble together a consistent training plan. So, I have now devised a plan to race my way into shape for the NYC triathlon. It starts this week...
Saturday 6/13: Sprint Triathlon Series
Sunday 6/14: NYS MTB Series race
Tuesday 6/16: Floyd Bennett Race Series
Thursday 6/18: Rockleigh Crit Series
Sunday 6/21: Long Island Sprint Triathlon
Tuesday 6/23: Floyd Bennett Race Series
Saturday 6/27 & Sunday 6/28: I'll dig up something
Tuesday 6/30: Floyd Bennett Race Series
Saturday 7/4: Sprint Triathlon Series

I have to figure out a schedule for the rest of July, the Tuesday night Floyd Bennett races will be on there...I'll be amazed if I do all these races, but it is a start to finding some endurance and speed for the July 26th NYC Triathlon.
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Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Atlas Shrugged

I just finished this fantastic book, to took me six months, but it was well worth it and something I think everyone should read in these trying times - especially the members of the House, Senate and any form of government...
One of the defining passages:

"Do you wish to know whether that day is coming? Watch money. Money is the barometer of a society's virtue. When you see that trading is done, not by consent, but by compulsion - when you see that in order to produce, you need to obtain permission from men who produce nothing - when you see that money is flowing to those who deal, not in goods, but in favors - when you see that men get richer by graft and by pull than by work, and your laws don't protect you against them, but protect them against you - when you see corruption being rewarded and honesty becoming self-sacrifice - you may know that your society is doomed. Money is so noble a medium that it does not compete with guns and it does not make terms with brutality. It will not permit a country to survive as half-property, half-loot."
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Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Customer Service

The last few weeks have been busy with interviews, training (not really, but I like to think so), travel and well...life.
We finally made it up to our house in the Catskills to open it up for the summer over the Memorial Day weekend; it is so beautiful up there and Chief, our dog, is in heaven with the room to run, sticks and our swimming pond. I managed to get in some good rides, one MTB up and around the Windham ski area and on the roads the make up the Tour of the Catskills race in the fall.
I'm a little less than two month out from the NYC Triathlon and have not hit the pool since St. Croix. I'm registered in the Elite Age-Group wave and feel like I should do some training as to not embarrass myself...
We spent this past weekend in Colorado introducing Weck to all our friends and family there. It was a great trip other than Continental Airlines...
I normally fly American Airlines because I like them, I have status and 9 times out of 10 provide great service. Unfortunately, AA does not fly direct to Denver so we had to select another carrier. On the flight out, the flight attendants could not have been more unprofessional and flat out mean. We were in first class and basically got our meals thrown at us and then they sat in their seats chatting and people had to walk up to the front with their food trays for the garbage.
Then, on the flight home, the plane was oversold, late, hot as hell and, again, the flight crew was rude and unprofessional. Our son got a little fussy so I got up and walked him to the galley of the plane, the attendant said "can I help you" in a snide tone.
I said "no thank you, just walking my son to calm him down."
"well, you are disturbing me so please go back your seat."
"ah, no thank you, I'll just stick right here."
He took off down the aisle in a huff.

The rest of the flight he would not acknowledge us or get us drinks or food and keep glaring at me.


I will never fly Continental again if I don't have to...
Finally, we were home and I got a call from Toga Bikes on the westside saying that my Zipp 808 wheel had come back.
Weck and I headed down there and picked up the wheel, as I was preparing to pay, the said "it came back 'no charge'". oh baby, that is nice! I'm not as depressed about my DNF/crash in St. Croix now. Huge thanks to Zipp/SRAM and the boys at Toga on the West side, super customer service and really fast!
Now, I guess I need to start actually training...bike race tonight count?
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