Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Quiet before the storm

As usual, not a lot to talk about during the last part of taper. Just doing the remaining workouts and getting ready for the trip. I think I'm more anxious about the travel part of this than the race itself at this point. Once I (and my bike) make it to Cozumel safe and sound and I get settled in, I'm sure my stress will switch to worrying more about the race :)

So... next post will be from Cozumel, Mexico - maybe I'll be able to add a couple pictures to liven things up a bit.

Please see this website to read more about the HFK program and to make donations:
RMI Hope For Kidz Website Link


Monday, November 16, 2009

Quite the production

Getting into the detailed planning for the Cozumel trip. Hotel, plane, bike packing and shipping, transportation, phone service, etc. ... lots of things to take care of. Oh, and I guess I should train some, too :) Seriously, flying internationally for a triathlon adds a lot of tasks to the plate! I just keep focused on that goal of crossing the finish line, and then spending the rest of the week with my family enjoying fun, relaxation, and lots and lots of food. I wonder how much weight I can gain in a week?

At the finish line of Ironman Cozumel it will have been close to 400,000 yards of swimming, 5700 miles of biking, and 15oo miles of running this year - and time to blow off some steam and have a good time. A little over a month from when I get back home, I'll be on my trip to Haiti to visit the kids and the friends that I've made in the years past. Pretty hectic, but life just keeps flying by, so you have to treasure every moment that you get to break out of the ordinary, right?

Please see this website to read more about the HFK program and to make donations:
RMI Hope For Kidz Website Link

Race Schedule:

January 11: RunTex 20 Miler (20 mile run) -> COMPLETED

January 25: Frost Yer Fanny Duathlon (27.2 miles run/bike/run) -> COMPLETED

February 15: Austin Marathon (26.2 mile run)-> COMPLETED

April 5: Lonestar 1/2 Ironman Triathlon (70.3 miles swim/bike/run) -> COMPLETED

April 20: Boston Marathon (26.2 mile run) -> COMPLETED

July 19: Marble Falls Triathlon (28 miles s/b/r) -> COMPLETED

Sep 07: Austin Triathlon (32 miles s/b/r) -> COMPLETED

September 19: Redman ironman distance Triathlon (140.6 miles s/b/r)-> COMPLETED

October 25: Longhorn 1/2 Ironman Triathlon (70.3 miles s/b/r)-> COMPLETED

November 29: Ironman Cozumel Triathlon (140.6 miles s/b/r)

Friday, November 6, 2009

Are we there yet?!?

I'm starting to feel like my kids used to on our long road trips... ready to finish the journey and relax/stretch out a bit :) My final race for the year is coming up in just about 3 weeks - Ironman Cozumel on Nov 29th. Not sure if I'm more anxious about doing the race, or getting it over with and being able to hang out on the beach sipping margaritas the rest of the week! This has been a fun year and I've been able to accomplish what I set out to do (well, once I finish this race...); but I'm ready both physically and mentally to do some rest and recovery.

This week I've been back to full bore training, and I'll wrap it up this weekend with a 100+ mile bike ride (with about 8 mile run after); and then 18-20 mile run on Sunday. After that, I'll start moving into taper mode and preparing for Cozumel. I'm actually feeling pretty good this week, other than a slight pull in my upper left hamstring that's nagging me (mostly on the bike).

So, time for the home stretch... Let's get it done and have a great finish to a very good year!