Sunday, June 29, 2008

My Iron Finish

Thanks TriBoomer for recording this! It means everything to me!!

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Ironman Coeur d'Alene Race Report

My alarm went off at 4am. I went to bed just before 10pm and slept the entire time. I am not sure if I woke up to use the bathroom. I brought my oatmeal and bought some milk the day before. I had 2-3 packets of sugar with my oatmeal. I also brewed some coffee. I don't remember having the entire pot, but a cup or two works. Bathroom breaks. You mean to tell me I have to use the bathroom again. I used the bathroom 4+ times before every race. I must get some kind of pre-race jitters? It gets annoying sometimes, but that's life.

Nicole and I left the hotel about 5:15am. I setup my bike and transition bags the day before so I didn't have much to setup. I pumped up my tires to 115psi, took off the plastic bags and made sure everything was ready.

I put on my wetsuit and was almost ready...wait a minute. I forgot to put on my bodyglide so I unpeeled the wetsuit halfway and applied the bodyglide to the necessary areas. I don't really need the bodyglide, but I put it on just in case.

Once I got the wetsuit on, it was time to line up for the swim. That came really fast and we started to head to the lake. I stayed out of the water before the swim. I wiped some water around my goggles to make sure they wouldn't fog up. Great plan!

Swim: 1:17:02 (2.4 miles)
The gun went off and so did the swimmers. YIKES. The swim was the craziest swim I ever imagined. It was like everyone trying to swim all at the same time in the same area. On the bright side of things, it forced me to hold back and pace myself. One of the turn-around buoys was packed with people. I heard people scream "lets go" and "come on now". We were at a doggy paddle because it was congested.

I didn't drink too much lake water. There were times I got a big gulp. I didn't get too beat up during the swim. I did get bonked and bonked others, but for the most part I was good.

Turn-Around point came and I was feeling good. I clocked my time at 37:35 for the first half. Not too bad!! Time to dig in deep and finish the swim. I really enjoyed the swim. The temperature on race day was 59.5 degrees. That made me happy to see that the lake was warming up.

T1: Swim-to-Bike 12:10

The time started once I got out of the water. I was running towards transition. I couldn't believe how many were walking. Helmet, socks...., shoes...., sunglasses, bib #, gloves...., sunscreen. All went well. The shoes and socks took longer than I anticipated. The change tent was packed with people. That was crazy!!!

I had to stop and use the restroom. I spent too long in the port-a-potty. Once out I ran to the bike. Uh oh.......Back to the port-a-potty I went. No wonder why my transition took so long.

Bike: 5:57:37 (112 miles)
What a great ride. I think I went out too fast. It was hard to pace myself because I felt great and I had tons of people to pass. I was talking to other riders as the day went. It was neat to hear from others and enjoy the experience.
Some of the views were breathtaking. Passing by the lake was a big highlight. Some parts were tough, but because I live in Colorado, the ride wasn't too hilly. I would pass many on the uphills and some would pass me back on the downhills.

I had to stop 3 times during the ride. I had to pee each time, but made it quick. A volunteer would hold my bike, while I went to the port-a-potty.
My nutrition was great. I had a GU gel every 30 minutes and drank 16oz of GU20 or gatorade every hour. I think I kept it pretty close to my plan. I tried eating a cliff bar, but I couldn't get it down. I think the cliff bar was giving me cramps for the run in prior long rides.

T2: Bike-to-Run 3:29
The volunteers took my bike and I went to change to my run gear. Shoes, Hat, water/nutrition pack and I was off. This was quick and easy. I did use the stall briefly just to be safe.

Run: 4:08:38 (26.2 miles)
The run is my strong point. Of course, it slows down a little during triathlons. My goal was to run 8:30 min per mile. I ran for one mile an walked for 30 seconds. This was great for the first half, then I walked a little more.

The first half marathon was great. I was feeling pretty good. No cramps, no stomach issues. I ate a gel every 30 min and had 3-4 water bottles worth of GU20 and gatorade. The crowd support was the best. There were so many people cheering us on. Some were doing the wave, some asked for kisses. What an amazing day.

The second half marathon went great too. I noticed that I did slow down, but that was expected. I stopped a took off my sock. I had some dirt/sand in my sock that needed out. That was much better. I saw Nicole, Duane and others cheering me on. Wonderful!!

The Finish
The finish is one of the best parts of an Ironman. There were so many people cheering and the emotions were running wild. I would get chills watching others finish, but for me to finish was amazing. I was running as fast as I could towards the finish. I wanted a good photo finish, so I let one or two run past me. A volunteer at the end took care of me. He asked if I was alright and if I needed anything. I met Nicole and Duane at the finish. How special this day was!!

Total: 11:38:56 (140.6 miles)

After talking with Nicole and Duane for a little bit, I needed to sit down and stretch. I eventually got my bike and gear. I was walking, but it was tough. I was told later that there was free pizza and massages. I could have used both. Oh well.

I settled on some gatorade and my cliff bar for dinner. Nicole made a hot bath for me at the hotel and I plopped on the bed. I wanted to go back and cheer others on, but my legs were shot for the day. I slept pretty good that night and it took my legs a few days to recover.

Nicole and I went to another mall the next day. We also went to a TriBlogger's party at Momo's house. That was really fun. I drank some beer, but regret part of it because it made my immune system weak and I got a cold.

These memories will last me a lifetime and I am so thrilled. I am now an IRONMAN!!

What's next? I have another half-ironman race this year. I am thinking about trying to qualify for the Boston Marathon, but maybe next year. I was also thinking about a tattoo, but we'll see.

I want to thank Nicole for all the support. This year as been amazing and worth it! I also wanted to thank my friends, family, supporters of the Challenged Athletes Foundation and others who have followed my progress.

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Ironman Coeur d'Alene 2008

I am now an IRONMAN!! My finish time was 11:38:56.

It feels good. It feels great. The full race report will be coming soon.

Nicole and I left Denver to Couer d'Alene, Idaho on Wednesday. We arrived Thursday and found our hotel. Not the best of hotels, but it worked. We stayed at the Guesthouse Inn and were about 2 miles from the start of the race.

I had small workouts here and there. 15 min run, 20 min bike, 30 min swim, etc. I went to the lake and had my practice swim. I swam much longer than I anticipated. It was cold, but just like home. I was only supposed to swim for 30 min and it ended up being 38 min.

The TriBloggers group had a get together at Capones on Thursday evening. Nicole and I were a little late because we went to the wrong restaurant. We met Bigun, Di, Taconite Boy, Spokane Al, Bold, and so many others. It was really amazing to meet so many bloggers and follow their journey throughout the year.

Friday and Saturday went by fast. Too fast. Nicole and I went to the Ironman Expo on Friday and probably spent too much time there. I got a 30 min massage, which I think made a big difference. We stopped by the booths and hung out for a few hours. We went to the mall on Saturday. We traveled about 20 miles to a mall headed towards Spokane, WA. It was fun. I let Nicole buy some Bath and Body Works stuff. I wanted her to come home with something too!!

Our ride home after Ironman was long. We took a different route which added almost 3 hours to our drive. YUCK. We went headed towards Salt Lake City and didn't plan this part well. Of course, we stayed at a really nice "Sleep Inn" hotel. We finally arrived in Denver the next day at almost 6pm.

I got a cold along the way and is starting to clear up. The cold doesn't help with my recovery time. Oh well.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Bring it on...Ironman CDA

It's been a long journey and most of it has been fun. Some days have been tough and others very easy. I have only planned for a few days in advance because my workouts became hard. I changed plan plan a few times, but stuck to it.

It's been almost a year since I decided to sign up. I made a big decision and it's been worth it. Nicole and I drive up to Coeur d'Alene on Wednesday morning. Bright and early so we can get there by Friday afternoon. It's about a 16 hour drive and should be a fun road trip.

I am going to Ironman a little banged up. I had a bike crash today at the entrance to the Cherry Creek State Park over the weekend. I lost control because of the gravel/sand. I got some scrapes and more battle wounds to add to my collection. My wrist hurts pretty bad and pray that I just sprained it and will be healed by race day. I have one week to heal. That's crappy. I will make due and hopefully this will teach me something important. (not to crash a week before your race)

Checkout on June 22nd and checkout my progress. The race starts at 7am Pacific Time. My bib # is 61. I will be racing and at full force. I have been training hard and will try my best. Here are my goals:
1) Finish
2) Finish before dark
3) Finish in 11-13 hours

Wish me luck and pray for some super fast healing.

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Week Totals - Ironman Week 19

6/9/2008 -Bike 44:58, 15.48 miles; Run 5.69 miles
6/10/2008 - Swim 3,200m; Run 2.58 miles
6/11/2008 - Run 30:58, 4.5 miles
6/12/2008 - Swim 2,500m; Bike 1:15:44, 23.55 miles
6/13/2008 - Off Day
6/14/2008 - Swim 55:40:05 open water, 3,000yards; Bike 1:55:19, 37.59 miles
6/15/2008 - Bike 51:09, 13.58 miles

Total Distance:
Swim: 8,700 meters (5.8 miles)
Run: 12.77 miles
Bike: 90.20 miles

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Last weekend before Ironman

That's right. Last weekend before Ironman weekend and I went to Aurora Reservoir for more training. This is the 4th week in a row that I have swam the reservoir and today I only swam 3,000 yards. I didn't want to overdue it.

Getting faster!! Thursday's workout at the pool the fastest swim workout since I started training for triathlons. That is a cool thing to say. I am able to swim farther and fatigue less. That's Ironman training!!!

Today's swim was better than the last three open water swims. It was about the same coldness, but I just felt like I had more in me. Plus there were others swimmers and I felt awesome!

I swam 3,000 yards in 55:40.05. I got out at 2,000 yards and ran just a little bit. My hands and feet weren't nearly as numb and cold today. I think it made a difference that it was hot day already and no wind. The lake was calm!!

I decided to make it a brick workout so I could get my workouts done and over with. I rode my bike for 1:55:00 and went about 40 miles. I averaged 19.6 mph and I was slowing down. I know now not to push it too hard at Ironman!!

No sunscreen today, and I sure did pay for it. I finally bought some Aloe Vera, but I look so red and starting to get a triathlon tan. Yikes. Well, at least Ironman is week away and I have enough time to peel if necessary. Tomorrow is a 1hr bike and 30-40 min run brick. It will be a early morning workout!!

Friday, June 13, 2008

Ironman Dream

I had a dream early this morning about Ironman. How cool! It was a good dream, thank goodness.

Not much to it. Nicole and I arrived early and we started meeting other athletes. Booths/Exhibits were just setting up and the store was starting to open. The hats were cool!!

I was doing a quick tune up on my bike. I was checking my tires, brakes, etc. I had another blogger friend (TriGreyhound or Spokane Al) check it out. I remember them borrowing my bike for a quick test ride. I also remember my bike being very dirty. I remember asking if he was going to stop at midpoint??

That's really it. I need to go tune on my bike now. Bye.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Ironman CDA Bib #

My bib number has been announced. My bib # is 61. That's a low number, and I feeling great! Almost professional. Very Real.

Sunday, June 8, 2008

Week Totals - Ironman Week 18

6/2/2008 - Bike 1:10:14, 21.17 miles
6/3/2008 - Swim 2,000m; Run 51:11, 6.0 miles
6/4/2008 - Bike 2:00:27, 36.57 miles; Run 3.76 miles
6/5/2008 - Swim 2,800m; Bike 50:01, 15.58 miles; Run 35:12, 4.30 miles
6/6/2008 - Off Day!
6/7/2008 - Bike 1:57:57, 35.2 miles
6/8/2008 - Swim 4,000m 1:24:05; Run 50:32, 6.01 miles

Total Distance:
Swim: 8,800 meters (5.87 miles)
Run: 20.07 miles
Bike: 108.52 miles

Not much to say, except its taper time!! I am finding more time to do other things. Some things went well this week and others didn't. I cut one swim workout short because I ran out of time. My runs have been pretty short and my biking has been a little less.

I have been to the Aurora Reservoir 3 times in the last three weeks. Each time I have done a total of 4,000 yards. Each one I have timed and I have not improved my time. OK, so I have but all are within a minute.

I have come out of the reservoir after the first 2,000 a little and jump back in. The last two times my fingers and toes went numb. The hot tub seems like a good idea??? I have tried a neoprene cap and it does nothing. I can manage the swim, but it's not my best swimming so far. I will finish, but I will be cold afterwards. How to warm a hurry. I think I might just deal...jump on the bike and hope I warm up??

Friday, June 6, 2008

Why do I Run?

The Denver Marathon has been doing a great job promoting this year. I received a post card at an event that I attended this year. The phrase that I have been seeing advertised is:

Why do you run?
My response: "Push my limits, live long and run FAST!"

Then I started thinking...Why do I do triathlons?
My response: "Changing things up. Not all just running, swimming or biking"

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

RMRR Trophy Race - Stone House Park

The RMRR Trophy Series Race was a 2.4 mile run held at Stone House Park. I was grouped with the fastest male of the day. The first mile was crazy!! I couldn't keep up...I had to slow down. The first mile was 5:15. That was super fast. I was running with 2 fast runners. My second mile was 6:09. Not very even. I remember this race from last year and I had terrible cramps. Not so bad this year!!

Sunday, June 1, 2008

Another cold swim

It's been a long day...

I had a Rocky Mountain Road Runners Race today. It was only 2.4 miles! Short, but fast. Ran it in 14:16. That's under 6min per mile. Too fast...

Went to church.

Went to a Graduation Party. My second cousin, Josh, graduated from High School. Cool party. Lots of family present.

Came back home (was way to late)

Nicole and I went to the Reservoir again today. Nicole brought her book and she read on the beach area while I swam. Thanks Nicole!!

The water was said to be 56-60 degrees. The first 2,000 yards was pretty cool. It didn't seem too cold.

I got out, ran just a little bit, and jumped back in.

The last 1,000 yards was tough. My fingers and toes were cold. So cold....
So cold they went numb.

Oh was extremely windy too. I did pretty good considering the circumstances, but I can't wait till the water warms up a little more.

We drove home and I was shivering (just like last time) and Nicole turned on the heater. So nice!!! What am I going to do for Ironman? I won't have time to dink around. Hurry up...dry off...and go...Which means I will have to warm back up on the bike...Arg. Me and 2,000+ other athletes. Crazy!!!!!!!!!

Week Totals - Ironman Week 17

5/26/2008 - Bolder Boulder 10K Run 37:36, 6.2 miles
5/27/2008 - Swim 4,000 yards; Bike 1:26:07, 25.38 miles
5/28/2008 - Run 1:00:00, 7.76 miles
5/29/2008 - Swim 3,100m; Bike 30:09, 8.33 miles; Run 50:00, 6.28 miles
5/30/2008 - Off Day!
5/31/2008 - Bike 6:07:12, 112.28 miles; Run/Brick 30:03, 3.43 miles
6/1/2008 - Swim 1:24:05, 4,000 yards; Run RMRR Trophy Race 14:16, 2.47 miles

Total Distance:
Swim: 11,100 meters (7.4 miles)
Run: 26.14 miles
Bike: 145.99 miles
What a great week. A PR at the Bolder Boulder, Long Distance swimming, nice easy run, LONG Bike ride with a pretty good brick/run workout, open water swimming.

This week I have not been to the gym for my weight training. I have finished my training program 2 weeks ago and miss the gym...just a little.

My run numbers are a little low, but I am not too conerned. I had a side cramp during my run/brick workout so I need to figure something about. My toes and fingers went numb during my long swim and I am borrowing a Silicone "warm wear cap" from my co-worker. I will try this out next time I swim. I hope it works. I am not sure about Aqua Shoes??