St. George Ironman

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

SHAC Tri and St. George Marathon

Ok so a few things have happened since my last post. This past Saturday, Nov. 13th, I did my first triathlon with my new bike. It was the SHAC sprint tri and was a good learning experience. My swim is still a little slow. Then during my transition from swim to bike I couldn't get my jersey on. It bunched up on me so I took it off and put it back on and it was inside out. I left it that way because I didn't want to waste any more time. My bike ride felt really good and then I transitioned from bike to run and took of running. I got about 20 yards when I realized I forgot to put my number on so I ran back and got it and then headed out again. I felt good about my run as I finished my 3 miles in under 20 minutes. I finished 30 overall out of 350 and 6 in my age group out of 33. Here is a link to the results...
I also participated in the St. George marathon in October. I ran good for the first 22 miles and then started to get dizzy from the heat and had to walk a little to get my balance back. Still ended up with my 2nd fastest marathon time. Here is a link for those result..
This week I've done a mile and a half of swimming and a 9.6 mile run. Nothing today because I got food poisoning yesterday afternoon and I've been weak. But I'm starting to feel better and should be back at it again tomorrow.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Time Flies

It's hard to believe how fast time goes by. There is only 1 more month until the St. George Marathon. I just got done with an 8.5 mile run this morning on the Ironman Marathon loop here in St. George. It took me 1 hour 11 min and 20 sec. Not a bad way to start off the day. I've also done a few rides on my bike here in the house using the trainer. I have to say that it is a lot more fun riding the bike on the roads. I've been doing some indoor rides though because Kristal has needed my help here at the house for the last couple of weeks. After the marathon there will be 7 months until the big day so training every day is going to be crucial. That is once I'm recovered from the marathon. Hope to see everyone at the marathon. It's going to be a great day.

Friday, July 30, 2010

New Bike and New Shoes

So after taking a month off of writing I'm back. This last month has been semi productive. Mostly in the running area. I am now 64 days away from the St. George Marathon. I've been running an 8.5 mile course that is part of the Ironman run. I sold my Honda Civic a week ago so that I would have the money for a bike to use in the Ironman. I bought my bike yesterday, a 2009 Felt S32, from a guy that used it in the Ironman this year. It is a tri bike and it came with a trainer, so I can set it up in the house on cold days and still get bike time in. I also bought some new running shoes yesterday since my old ones are worn thin on the padding. Just need to break them in now. My wife and I got a family pass to the Washington City Community Center since our membership at Gold's Gym expired. I was swimming at Gold's but now I'm using the WCCC. I went yesterday for the first time to lap swim and did three fouths of a mile. Every Tuesday and Thursday are going to be my swim days. My running partner Joel, and my swim coach Kristal both say they'll be there with me. Thanks everyone for your help and support.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Summer Games Triathlon
So here is the link for the Utah Summer Games triathlon results. I didn't have a very good swim as I was zig zagging through the lake and probably swam 1.5 miles instead of the 0.9 miles it should have been. It was a good learning experience. This week has been short on trainging as I played in the Summer Games 30 and over basketball tournament. The team I was on won the Gold medal. It was a pretty good weekend. Now it is back to serious training to get myself ready.

Friday, June 11, 2010

One for One

Well the Utah Summer Games started today for me with the 10k run (that's 6.2 miles for those that weren't aware). I set 3 goals for myself before the run even started. They were to finish in under 42 minutes, place in the top 20 overall, and finish top 3 in my division so I could get a medal. The race started up Cedar Canyon and was a downhill run almost the entire way. I started the first half mile with the lead pack then they started pulling away. I still ran that first mile in 5:38. That happens to be my fastest mile ever. Not the best idea with 5.2 miles still to go. I still kept a good pace for the rest of the run and finished in 39:44 (that's a 6:23 per mile pace). Goal #1 accomplished. I also finished 15th overall. Goal #2 accomplished. And I finished 3rd in my division earning myself a bronze medal for my first ever event in the Utah Summer Games. Goal #3 accomplished. So in the Summer Games I am one for one so far. It was an exciting, beautiful run down the canyon. Next up is the olympic distance Triathlon on the 19th. That one might be a little harder to medal in but I'll give it my best shot. All those 9 and 10 mile training runs paid off today. A big Thank You goes out to my running partner Joel who also ran today and finished with a personal best as well. Way to go Joel.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Utah Summer Games

Ok, so I've been slacking on my posts but I have been training. A big Thanks go out to my running partner, Joel, for helping me get out of bed in the mornings and go running. We've done several 8 and 9 mile runs. I've also done a few swims of basically practicing technique. I've also been playing quite a bit of basketball which is good for cross training. This is going to be a very busy month. On top of moving from one house to another I will be involved in the Utah Summer Games in several events. On the 11th is the 10k race. On the 19th is the Triathlon (olympic distance). Then the weekend of the 24th, 25th, and 26th I will be playing in the 30 and older division for basketball and also participating in the 400, 800, 1500, and 5000 meter races at the track. A fun filled month. Should be interesting.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

My Swimming Coach

I went to the gym today with my swimming coach (my lovely wife Kristal who has vast experience in swimming). It was all technique today. I worked on breathing on my left side (drank a lot of pool water today) and I finally started getting it towards the end of the workout. She also taught me how to do flip turns in the pool to increase speed. Yes, I got water up the nose a couple of times which is always a pleasant surprise. I was also running out of breath because I would exhale all my air trying not to get water up my nose. It is getting better with each attempt. Thank you Kristal for all your patience. I'm definitely learning alot from your help. I can tell I am cutting through the water faster. I'll start getting some pics up soon. We are doing the Midnight 5K next weekend which should be a fun run.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

12 and 6

So my ride on Saturday ended up being exactly 49.9 miles. I went and bought a camel pack afterward so I wouldn't have to go without water for so long. Yesterday I went to the gym and worked on my swimming technique for half an hour. I got a lot of good tips from Kristal and Youtube. I could tell I was going faster just by changing a few things. Today I woke up and did 12 miles on the bike in 46:03 (used the camel pack and it was great) and then ran 6 miles right after in 48:13. Still feeling good and not much soreness. I'll be doing the Utah Summer Games Triathlon June 19 (olympic distance which is 0.9 mile swim, 26 mile bike, and 6.2 mile run).

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Four And A Half Hours

Ok... so I went on a bike ride this morning (5:30) and I thought I'll just do one loop of the Ironman course. Yes that was a huge mistake and was a little too far for my beginning stages. I don't know the exact distance yet but I am going to go drive it tomorrow to find out and I'll post it. It took me four and a half hours to ride it. Not record breaking speed but I wasn't going for speed. I had no food and only a 16 ounce bottle of Powerade. Another mistake. I did learn a few things from my ride however. Like take plenty of water and some food. Also after 3 hours of riding, my fingers went numb and I didn't know why until afterward I found out it was because I was putting too much pressure on my palms. My wise father-in-law told me that's a good way to get carple tunnel syndrome. (I think that's how it's spelled) So he gave me some good pointers about how to avoid that problem in the future. Thanks! I got light headed a couple of times from lack of water and food. I actually walked the bike twice for about 5 minutes each time to get my blood flowing back into my fingers because I couldn't feel the gears. Surprisingly my legs and butt are not sore at all. It was a beautiful ride... just a little too long. After getting home I ended up eating alot and taking a nap to get my energy back. I do have to say though that the downhills are really fun. Tonight Kristal and I went to Cafe Rio (heaven on Earth) and shared a salad. Then we went and saw the movie Letters to Juliette which was a very good movie. Tomorrow is my rest day but I'll let you know the distance.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Swimming and Coasting

Ok so I finally got back to the gym this morning and did another 1 mile swim. My time is still the same at 32 minutes but I didn't feel as exhausted when I was finished. The past few days have been pretty busy with work over the weekend, running errands and planning family home evening Monday with the whole family over, and then helping Kristal yesterday with some girls camp stuff. I taught the young women about knots so they could get certified for camp. It's been a fun few days but not much training. I did do some hardcore cross training Saturday morning and Monday night by playing basketball. Ok, not hardcore but it did include some running. After work today I was in charge of scouts as I am the Wolf/Bear den leader. We went for a 5 mile bike ride (which will probably be my slowest time for the next year). It took us a half hour. It was more like coasting then riding. I am borrowing a bike from my awesome father-in-law. It's a good bike that should give me some really good training on the roads over the next few months. Riding the bike today was really fun and I think I'm going to enjoy that part of the training the most. Which is wierd because it was the part I was most nervous about. Thanks to everyone for the great words of encouragement. I'm still way excited about it.
PS James - you CAN do it.

Friday, May 7, 2010

Back At It.... Sort Of

So I took the day off yesterday because after my last workout I got a rash that covered my entire body. I figured out that it was from the perscription medicine that I'm taking to get rid of a scab on my head that hasn't gone away. I think it's the penicillin. My mom and 3 of my kids are all allergic to it. The sweating just made the rash spread all over. Last night Kristal and I went out to eat to Red Robin and I totally over did it. When I weighed myself this morning I was one pound heavier then the other day. That's going the wrong direction. Uuuuggghhh! So I went to the gym this morning to swim and they were doing a water aerobics class so I worked out chest and legs. By the time I finished the class was over and I had enough time to swim a quarter mile. It only took 8 minutes. So for the next 2 weeks I'll be focusing on swimming until I'm done with my perscription. I'll be doing the Utah Summer Game triathlon June 19th. The olympic distance which is 1 mile swim, 26 mile bike, and 6 mile run. I'll be ready for it!

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

So Sore...

After yesterdays workout my thighs were sore all night. I wondered how they would be this morning. Well I woke up this morning and guess what.. still sore. I thought 'I can't let a little soreness stop me or I'll never make it'. So I went to the gym this morning anyway and rode an hour on the stationary bike. I ended up going 20.75 miles. (Yeah, I felt good about that) I got off the bike, got a drink of water and went straight to the treadmill and ran for 30 minutes. I ran 3.5 miles. Did I mention that I hate running on the treadmill. It just feels like your not getting anywhere. Oh yeah.. you're not. It's wierd... my legs are less sore now then they were when I woke up. Reward for making myself go I guess.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

First Swim & Bike

So today was my first day of training on the swim and the bike. I had swam a half mile about 2 weeks ago so I decided to go for a mile this morning just to see how long it would take me. I surprised myself by doing it in 31 minutes. I know Shayne and Kristal.... that's not very fast compared to your standards but I was happy with it for my first mile swim. I then went and did 30 minutes on the stationary bike in the gym while watching Sportscenter. I know I won't have Sportscenter to keep me company when I'm riding in the streets but I'm just beginning. So start out slowly right?!? The highlights of the NBA playoffs made it easy to take my mind off the pain (for some reason baseball highlights doesn't have the same affect. LOL). I went 9.2 miles in the half hour and I was sweating like crazy. I think it'll get better as I get more conditioned to the bike. We'll see. I am now weighing 177 lbs. which is down 4 lbs. from last week. I changed my diet which is helping. Talked to my brother Joel about doing some shorter Triathlons with him in the summer which should be fun and good training races. I'll keep you posted as they get closer. Hasta manana!

Monday, May 3, 2010

And So It Begins.....

Ok.. so call me crazy or nuts but this is something I've been thinking about doing for a few years now. It is now official. I will be participating in the St. George Ironman on May 7, 2011. After watching the Ironman this last weekend I was kind of upset that I was not participating in it and decided right then that I would do it. I am so excited about it and started my training this morning by doing a 6 mile run from my house, up River Rd., down Mall Dr., up and over Foremaster Dr., and back to home. I had to get up at 5 and run because I had to be to work by 7. My excitement level is really high so it was easy to get up. I put my headphones on and the first song that played was "Dare to be Stupid" by Wierd Al Yankovich. I know... how appropriate is that?! Maybe I am daring to be stupid in my own way. Maybe it's something we should all try to do every once in a while. So.. I feel like I could do the swim and the run but I've never been real big into riding bikes so I'll have to do extra work in that area. This blog is mainly to keep me accountable to myself to help get in the best shape possible for race day. I hope you can all enjoy the journey with me as I make the trip over the next 365 days to becoming an Ironman.