Saturday, November 28, 2009

Monday, November 23 - Friday the 27th

Monday - Dead tired from 18.6 in the woods yesterday. Easy 4 mile walk. CTS. Swim 1300 yards. Blah! Bike 30 minutes on indoor trainer.

Tuesday - Run 45 minutes walk another 20. I tried to do 10 miles today but my Achilles hurt and I was being a wuss. My bad.

Wednesday - Easy 4 mile walk. Swim 1500 yards. (450 6:26 with Wetsuit)

Thursday - Crappy 5k in Orlando. 17:17. 5:10, 5:30, 6:00. So not ready after 18.6 on Sunday. Felt the juice sap right out of me after 1 mile.

Friday - Walk 4 miles. CTS. Bike 2 hours in the wind and cold. Not fun but done.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Sunday, November 22, 2009

I knew when I saw the look in her eyes that I'd be doing this race. "Look, dear, a 30k trail race in Tampa..."

I wonder sometimes if she loves me as a husband but secretly hates me as an athlete so she picks out the meanest and cruelest races for me to run. No worries. I'll show her because secretly I LOVE these races.

4:30am wake up. Caffeine. Long ride. Pay my 55 bucks. #2... twice. Ready, set, go.

It took about 9.58 seconds for 2 super fast looking dudes to be just gone. One I knew was doing the marathon and the other was in the 30k with me. That's when I learned that I'd be finishing 2nd today.

The end of the winning streak. Poop. Snapped at 3.

It took me before we got off the road and onto the trail to figure out that I had to pee. I stopped and peed. I then passed all that had passed me while I was relieving myself and was in 3rd place. (or 2nd if you will)

I ran 98% of the rest of the race alone.

Mile after mile I ran. I was running strong but suffering. I was having a hard time breathing but the speed was there and the legs were good. I settled in.

Head and chest up. Arms down. Stride long. I was running 6:15-6:30 miles for a long time.

For 40 minutes I didn't see a single sole. no fans. No family. no officials. No other runners. The only aid station that i saw had inadvertently been left with no humans. I helped myself.

I liked it. I was having a good day and liking the run. Really thought I was going to fly to the finish and run sub 2 hours. Then the left turn from hell.


OK, got through the headwind, right turn... SAND. Shit THAT sucked. It was a half mile or so and there was just no place to go. I was now 12 miles into an 18.6 mile race and my mojo was gone. I would have to suffer to the finish.

I went through the half marathon (just after the sand debacle) in just under 1:29. That's decent. To bad i was now jogging and no longer running.

Luckily a mile or so of road kept me from completely falling apart.

Back on the trail with 3 miles to go. God this SUCKS.

All of a sudden I felt a tap on the back. (He probably would have tapped me on the shoulder but this cat was SHORT) Out of nowhere was the leader of the marathon. He was one of the two fast dudes that darted out at the start. His course was almost the same as mine except that he had to run a couple of extra loops. He was well ahead of me and passing me at the same time. Yeah, weird.

Where was I?

Oh yeah. He passes me and I ran with him. Low and behold my utter slowness and mediocrity were not real they were simply me being a (forgive me french) pussy. I ran with him back at 6:15 pace for almost a mile.

He went strait to do another 9 miles (god help the poor soul) and i turned left to.... SHIT!! run through the sand again.

I did and I finished.

2:07:53. Not a bad day considering. I never bonked and I ran hard most of the way. I finished 2nd overall and only lost by 16 minutes. 3rd place was like 7 minutes behind. I guess I wasn't in danger of being caught.

I hiked around for an hour or so doing some geocaching while I waited for the awards.... which was pointless cause I got nothing.

Oh well. I good day and a great training race. Next it's a barn-burner 5k in Orlando on Thankgiving where I am going to run under 16:15. Till then... get you ass out the door for a run!!

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Giving the achilles a rest. Just walked 4 mile today. CTS

Friday, November 20, 2009

Next Races

OK, here are the races that I'm doing over the next few weeks. Come join me!

This weekend: 30k trail race in Tampa

Thanksgiving: BIG 5k in Downtown O-Town

December 5th: 5k AND 10k in Savannah. Nice!

December 12th: 10k (tentative)

December 19th: Florida Marathon. "Course has some hills..." Nice!!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

30 minute run on grass. 400 yard loop with 100 yard sprint each lap. Felt reall cool to run fast!!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

10 mile run. (Fish Camp 4 twice w/ out and back 1st 2 miles)
7:09, 6:56, 6:53, 7:18, 7:27, 7:05, 6:47, 7:17, 7:40, 7:09 1:11:42
Did this in the morning. Had a really hard time breathing.

1500 yards swim in the evening. Did not want to do this swim workout. Got it done.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

45 minute bike with intervals. 5 min climb. 10 X 1 min. 5 minute climb.

30 minute run. Blah run.

Monday, November 16, 2009

7 mile run. Tired and sore. Ick.
2000 yards swim in wetsuit.

1000 yards 14:38
1:21, 1:28, 1:29, 1:29, 1:30, 1:29, 1:30, 1:31, 1:29, 1:21. If only I could do this without a wet suit!

3 200's. 2:45, 2:49, 2:51

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Easy 4 mile walk CTS

Saturday, November 14, 2009

1st place Baldwin Park Half Marathon.

Total converted time: 1:20:36 (6:09 miles)

Miles 7 and 8 were long. I used the average times for the other miles as split times. This may be overly optimistic but I'm an optimistic type of guy. Felt strong on a coolish day. Won by about 2 minutes. Me and the guy in 2nd ran way far on mile 8 because they forgot to send someone to turn us around. nice. I'm back!

Friday, November 13, 2009

Fish Camp 4 - Fastest time. 26:30-ish. Last mile 6:21

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Bike 1 hour on trainer. Felt good!

Swim 1000 yards. Felt fine.


16:09. good workout. I'll take it!!

Fish Camp 4 - 6:51, 7:03, 6:55, 6:24. A good run! Winter running weather is here. Wahoo!!

Wednesday, Novemberr 11, 2009

4 mile walk and that's it!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Easy run at 7am. 30 minutes. I need a little break. Both feet hurt. Rest of the day off.

Monday, November 9, 2009

10 mile run on Lakeshore Dr. Hot and humid. Middle of the day. Blah.


TOTAL 1:10. Again, blah. I feel like crap. When is this going to end.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Saturday - Sunday, November 7-8, 2009

Saturday - Won the Aquathon in Winter Garden. What a joke. I was so fast they didn't even realize i was finishing and gave me an erroneous time. They gave me the prize for 2nd place! I asked the "winner" what his time was and he said 35 minutes. My watch said 27 something. That was without my suit which I forgot. i had to stop at Wal-Mart and buy a pair of Gym shorts. Duh.

Swim 500 yards 8:22.
Transition 1 minute
Run 5k 18:18.
Walk about a mile after the race.

Sunday - CTS. Walk 4+ miles. My paws hurt like hell. Grrrrr....

Friday, November 6, 2009

Friday, November 6th

1 hour functional workout with Jim Beyer. Partner exercises.

Bike 1 hour on trainer.

Swim 1000 yards easy.

Tempo run (2 miles 11:40 on treadmill)

Thursday, November 5th

7am. Run 7 miles (52 minutes). Felt very poor.

Some lifting (Bench 2 sets 135 lbs 10, 10 and lat. pull down)

Swim 1000 yards (1:33, 1:43, 1:41, 1:42, 1:40, 1:37, 1:36, 1:36, 1:35, 1:32 - 16:19) Very happy with this swim workout.

Wednesday, November 4th, 2009

Bike 1 hour easy on the trainer at the YMCA.

Running intervals in the afternoon. 6X2 minutes at 60-70%. Felt fine. Last one was really bad.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Tuesday November 3rd

Cooler today. Ran 1 mile. 5 clean and jerk (65lbs), 10 DB swings (40), 10 burpees. 2 sets.

Run 2 miles outside.

10 minutes of core work. Felt week and crappy. Easy 1 mile walk to finish off 4 miles.

Tired and weak. Blah.

Monday November 2, 2009

32 minute easy run at 6:30am. Felt OK. Weak at the end.

Swim 1000 yards. Had to stop because I could barely pull my body through the pool.

Bike 25 minutes. Tabata intervals (4 min X 4) rest 1 minute. Leg's burned!!

Sunday, November 1, 2009

November 1, 2009

Won the Tower 10 Miler today. Slow at crap. 1:07 something. Mile markers were all off. Suffered in the humidity. 1.5 warm up and 1/2 mile cool down. 12 total.