Thursday, January 17, 2008

On the Road

In Boston on business. Did not get to the hotel till late last night. When I got up to go to the plant it was 12 degrees.. I can not handle that kind of cold any more. I have not seen the sun in the 2 days that I have been here. The sky is a solid grey overcast. I was able to do a nice 35 minute run on the treadmill at the hotel. I tried to get a swim in but the pool is the size of 2 double beds.. As soon as I got in the water 4 kids showed up and decided to have a cannonball contest. I love traveling.

Time to Give Back I will be helping my training partner Clint, train the Team in Training Triathlon Team. I have never coached anyone or anything before. It should be a great learning process. I strated all of this and became and Ironman with the help of Team in Training. It seems fitting that I now pay up. We will be doing the Nations Triathlon in DC September 14th. We will probably begin training May or June. It will be very hot while we do the peak training. I wish I was a better swimmer so that I could offer some guidance there.

My other training partner Gary, is looking at getting a coach to help him meet his goal of a Boston Qualifying time. I wish I had the extra cash to get some professional coaching. I need a 3:15 to qualify for Boston. Although, doing this last marathon. I really like triathlon/ Ironman more than just running a marathon.

2009 is not that far away. I should figure out what race to do.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Another Goal Met

Had a decent run on Sunday. Kristy's goal was a sub 5 hour run. We were able to pull in at 4:56. job well done. It ended up being fairly warm. I took off my shirt about half way through and Kristy ran in her jog bra. We ended up having some chaffing issues because of all the sweat.

Disney is a fun race. It starts way to early, 6am. We had to wake up a little after 3am. I think there were some where over 18,000 runners. It made it trying, dodging all the all the runners. There are 2 separate start lines that come together at about mile 3. There are plenty of characters on the course that you can stop and get a picture with. But, none of that this year. We were on a mission. Kristy stuck with Cliff Blocks as she knew this would not upset her stomach. I can pretty much eat and drink what ever. I did have the worst tasting Cliff Shot on the course, double espresso, it tastes nasty. I liked the double caffeine, but that was it. I tried to swallow it without tasting it...

After, the race we were able to meet up with some of the group that I run with. We then headed home for showers. We had a Mexican lunch that hit the spot. I get about half way through any race and I start thinking about what to eat after. It keeps my mind going.

Next race? Tampa Marathon. I want to work on my goal of a 3:50 marathon. Swam yesterday to loosen up the legs.

Need to sign up for a couple tri's..for this season. Also, need to start working on the wife for approval for a Ironman distance race in 2009..

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Marathon Weekend

The Disney Marathon is this weekend. I should be ready. I am running with Kristy. The plan is jsut to take it easy and have fun. I have been suffering with a little Achilles Tendinitis. I will stretch good and suck it up.

I have not taken this training very seriously, coming off Ironman. Again, just want to have fun. This will be Kristy's 2nd marthon. So it should be a good time. I will run with her the whole time and not worry about a finishing time....

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

I'm Back

Time to start think about goals for this year. I have been gong over and over this in my mind. It is tough going from such a huge goal last year as Ironman to something else. I need to re arrange my priorities to balance, family, work and fitness. As of right now my goals for 2008 are:

Sub 6 hour Half Ironman Florida 70.3 and the Greater Floridian Half
3:50 marathon Tampa?
Lose 5lbs

Those are the top 3.

New Years resolution, has been to give up Diet Coke. I was drinking a lot of it and it may contribute to my excess 5lbs. I will still do the occasional energy drink, but that is limited.