Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Jamie in Madison

After meeting with family a lovely lady at the gas station doesn't think Jamie fits the Wisconsin mold. Video taken in Madison where the IMWI finish line is located.

Monday, December 26, 2011

Merry Christmas

I'm not sure if I got more from the run or dancing with Teddy at the end. Merry Christmas, holiday training. 

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Pre Christmas Swim

First day of winter. 

Master's swimming outdoors this morning on the first day of winter. Everyone that has ever visited me from home has said "you mean to tell me that ALL the pools are outside". Actually I definitely said that myself when I moved here. Jamie will probably laugh at this post but when you're from a place that can get down to negative thirty degrees and everything still functions an outdoor pool in the middle of December is pretty remarkable. Reminds me why I am willing to "pay the sunshine tax" to live here. 54 degree's outside during the swim. Ride in the morning (outdoors again) then to the cold for Christmas. A little less training over the next week while at home but still going to get in some good treadmill runs and indoor YMCA swims with Jamie. 

Solana Beach Boys and Girls Club in the morning post swim

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Ride this morning, swim/run tomorrow

Great ride this morning with the Revolution Bike Shop group. Started an off season training plan this week, a lot of cycling (4-5 rides a week) and slow zone 1/2 base training. Turned out to be an absolute great week of training. However, blood sugars all over the place at the start of the ride this morning. Insulin use last week to this week is already down a lot. Looks like I need to drop those basal rates, which is a good thing. Blood sugars are also back to being more forgiving with the training. 

Waiting for a few other riders at a juncture in the ride. 
I'll drag Jamie to the pool in the morning to help me with my swim stroke, then a quick lift session and run tomorrow night. Maybe a quick video post or something fun like that as well!

"The pain of discipline is far less than the pain of regret."

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Vegas Half-Marathon

Sleep? Who needs sleep? Not us. Not to run a half-marathon. Alright fine, we slept a little, BUT not much. After some fun in Las Vegas my two college buddies and I ran the Las Vegas Half-Marathon, at night! Skip and Marcus, who I played baseball with in college (and lived with) both flew into San Diego the days before the race then made the epic journey through the desert to the glimmer of Vegas.

Under the beacon of lights in Las Vegas we ran, or should I say I jogged and Skip and Marcus ran. They both cranked out a 1:39 (even after waiting for me to use the restroom) and I had a split slower than my last half-ironman. My body upset from the lack of sleep and the lack of running the last month. 

I envy both of their running ability, both definitely know how to shut off and just run. No over analyzing, no thinking about anything besides the beauty of the run. Skip never runs with a watch in a race, Marcus gets pumped up like a prize fighter before each run. 

Over the weekend we discussed a lot about endurance sports and what it means to us, how it has given us that thing we need post "team sports". Skip hopes to run a 50-miler in the near future, I only hope to be there as a pacer for him the last ten miles when he does. Marcus is definitely going to shatter 1:30 in a half in the coming year.

After a fun weekend it's time to start that base building for Ironman. A lot of slow long rides to come!

"There's just no quiet in Vegas."
Barry Manilow

Marcus and me

Skip and me