Thursday, September 27, 2012

T-Minus 70.3 Hours Until Ironman 70.3 Augusta

The ESi Ironman 70.3 Augusta starts on Sunday, September 30, 2012 at 7:30 am, exactly 70.3 hours from the time of this post.  I have been training for this race, which will be my first Half Ironman triathlon, since mid-July.  Due to a variety of circumstances, I haven't trained as much as I would have liked, but I feel like I have done enough to at least finish the race in one piece before the course is closed.  Here are my training totals for the months of August and September:
  • Swimming - 8.00 miles over 4:44:55 (1.68 mph average)
  • Biking/Spinning - 259.29 miles over 16:51:36 (15.38 mph average)
  • Running - 76.12 miles over 13:30:28 (5.64 mph average)
If I maintain the same average paces throughout the race, I will finish the 1.2-mile swim in 42:51, the 56-mile bike in 3:38:28, and the 13.1-mile run in 2:19:22, for a total finish time of 6:40:41 (not including time spent in transition).  That bike time seems about right, but I expect I'll be faster on the swim--due to the downstream current in the Savannah River--and slower on the run.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Weekly Report - July 15, 2012

"All athletes are disciplined in their training." 1 Corinthians 9:25a (NLT)

This week, I kicked off my 12-week training regimen for the ESi Ironman 70.3 Augusta.  I took it pretty easy since I hadn't worked out much recently and didn't want to injure myself.  My "long bike" on Sunday was the highlight of the week because my wife--the soon-to-be Triathlete Mom--accompanied me.  It was her first true road ride, and she did a great job in light of that fact and the fact she was riding a heavy hybrid bike.  I can't wait to race together with her on July 28 in the Tom Hoskins Memorial Triathlon!

Sunday, July 8, 2012


Wow, it's been quite a while since my last post.  I injured my foot back in mid-March, which interrupted my training and left me with no workouts to include in my weekly reports.  That created negative momentum which ultimately led me to miss several months of blogging.

My family at the Columbia Downtown Triathlon

Since my injury, I've completed the Columbia Downtown Triathlon (during which my foot was still recovering), the Lake Murray Triathlon, and the 65-mile circuit of the Tour de Cure.    Next up is the Tom Hoskins Memorial Triathlon on July 28.  Two years ago, I completed my first triathlon in the first running of this event.  This year, my wife is running the race with me.  I am very excited about the fact that she will soon be The Triathlete Mom!

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Weekly Report - March 4, 2012

"All athletes are disciplined in their training." 1 Corinthians 9:25a (NLT)

I have no excuses to offer today because I don't need any.  I was able to work five workouts into this week's busy schedule.  Hopefully, I am getting back into the habit of training and will be able to sustain a five (or six) workout per week pace throughout the upcoming season.

For one of this week's runs, I wore my new Vibram FiveFingers KSOs.  I love these things!  I would never have imagined that running in such minimalist shoes would be so comfortable, but it is.  Because I feel almost barefoot when I wear them, it makes me run lighter and (I think) swifter.  Note the difference in pace between my two running workouts below (I wore my Mizuno Wave Creations for the treadmill run).  I just need to figure out a way to transition into them quickly during a race.  Any suggestions?

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Excuses, Excuses

I have been full of excuses for not working out recently.  First, there was Without Remorse.  Then there was vacation.  And then there were others I haven't even posted about, such as being sick and a having a heavier-than-normal workload at the office.

However, with the Downtown Columbia Triathlon coming up in less than a month, and the Tour de Cure and Lake Murray Triathlon following just six weeks later, I need to get serious about training or I'll be running those races with remorse!  Accordingly, I'm casting all excuses aside and jumping headlong back into training this week.  Expect me to report five or six solid workouts in next week's report!

Sunday, February 5, 2012

A Howlin' Good Time

Main entrance to the lodge
Did you miss me?  I didn't get my weekly post up last Sunday because I was out of town celebrating my beautiful wife's 30th birthday.  Our family and some friends spent a few days vacationing at Great Wolf Lodge in Concord, North Carolina.  What a cool place!  This was our first visit, but since everyone had such a fantastic time, I'm sure we will be at least semi-regular visitors in the future!

In case you've never heard of it, Great Wolf Lodge is a chain of indoor water park resorts based in Wisconsin.  The water park at the Concord lodge (which is one of the newest) features a number of water slides, a wave pool, a preschool play area, an activity pool, and a treehouse/splash pad featuring a 1,000-gallon water bucket!  My two-year-old son loved the Cub Paw Pool and my four-year-old son couldn't get enough of Slap Tail Pond, but my favorite attraction was the Howlin' Tornado, a pulse-pounding vortex slide that is very hard to describe.  You'll just have to experience it for yourself!

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Weekly Report - January 22, 2012

"All athletes are disciplined in their training." 1 Corinthians 9:25a (NLT)

I was not disciplined in my training this week, and I blame Tom Clancy!  I started reading Without Remorse--the first novel (in plot chronological order) of the Jack Ryan series--last weekend and spent every spare minute reading it until I finished.  One reviewer on wrote: "You simply cannot put this one down for something as trivial as sleeping or eating."  I might add working out to that list of "trivial" things!

I was only able to squeeze in two workouts this week around my sleeping, eating, working, parenting, and reading about the exploits of John Kelly, and both workouts were brief "bricks," i.e. two-sport workouts (usually consisting of biking followed by running in the triathlon training context).  In hopes of doing better this week, I have not yet started another thriller novel.  (In case anyone is wondering, John Grisham's The Runaway Jury is next on my list!)

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Weekly Report - January 15, 2012

"All athletes are disciplined in their training." 1 Corinthians 9:25a (NLT)

Though my distance totals were fairly low, this was the most consistent week of training I've had in a while.  I only skipped one planned workout, but I made it up the following day, so I guess you could say I didn't miss any workouts.  Having races on the calendar really makes a difference in my motivation level.

The outdoor temperature reverted to the January mean this week, so all of my workouts were inside.  That's OK, though, because working out on indoor cardio equipment--which has book platforms on the displays--gave me additional opportunities to engage in my other addiction: reading on my Kindle.  I love that thing!

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Weekly Report - January 8, 2012

"All athletes are disciplined in their training." 1 Corinthians 9:25a (NLT)

I jumped back into training with a bang last Sunday via a 17.1-mile bike ride.  That may not have been the best idea coming off three months of inactivity, as I was saddle sore for the next several days.  I had plenty of time to recover, though, because my work schedule interfered with training Tuesday through Friday.

In other news, the weather has been absolutely fabulous here in South Carolina, which allowed me to do all of my workouts (other than swimming) outside.  With the exception of two days, the high temperatures were in the 60s and 70s all week.  I love the south!

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Getting Back in the Game

As we transition into 2012, I am resolving to get back into two things I've done very little of over the last three months: training and blogging.  Since my last race--The Dam Tri on October 8, 2011--I have worked out a grand total of eight times and logged just 1.3 miles swimming, 8.9 miles running, and (drumroll please) zero miles biking!  And my number of blog posts in the same time period is the same as my bike mileage.  Yikes!