Saturday, January 24, 2015
The sun rises, it would soon be up. And we would be off.
Here we go. Just a few miles in.
Already going uphill.
Yup, its that freaking steep
Turnin' over the cranks.
Gut check. Strava start. Yeah, right. Leave that for the skinny dudes.
This is a steep part. I'm doing the "paperboy" Photographer captured it well.
The downhill was fun! Tuck and GO!
Bike: Specialized Roubaix Expert
Fuel: Sunrype Mango Manosteen, Rootbeer Gu, and on course PB&J
(okay maybe an oreo or two, too)
Pedal time 6:38.
Weather: About as good as it gets for the desert in January. 47 at start. 75 at finish. Breezy in spots on northern third, but not bad.
The event: Great. Quiet, low traffic road. More aid stations than you could possibly need. The chance to at least see of the areas best riders. Strongly recommend this one.
Wednesday, November 19, 2014
What is next? Well I am signed up for IM California-Oceanside 70.3 in March. If my knee continues to behave, my plan for next year is one or two 70.3s and several shorter tris. I also want to focus on my weight and conditioning. For a former obese ~400 pounder I have done well. But by triathlete standards I am heavy. It shows in the pictures this year, I really need to get the weight down some more. This will help with speed, but more importantly it will save the joints and muscles stress, allowing me to keep doing this stuff.
No 140.6's next year, unless, of course the Kona Lottery comes up for me! :-) I'd walk through hell in a gasoline suit to race at Kona.
Sunday, September 28, 2014
Thursday, July 31, 2014
Tuesday, June 3, 2014
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Sunday, March 30, 2014
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Steve's suggestion, don't be shy. Call out clearly what you want. The volunteer that has it should respond and hold it out. The volunteers want to get you what you need, and want to help you.
A serious observation: I saw several people come through that looked overwhelmed and undertrained for the event. An Ironman is a BIG event. I encourage all triathletes that want to reach for an Ironman to do it, but please, take the preperation seriously. You don't have to be super lean (but leaner helps) you don't have to be fast, but you can't be slow at all three sports, and you have 17 hours. In my humble opinion you should think you can honestly do it in 15.5 before signing up. This gives you 1.5 hours for "bad stuff" to happen and you will still make it.