Sunday, January 29, 2012

Can't beat that

Despite terrible blood sugars during the long weekend ride I still managed a good ten minute transition run afterward. The start of the plan to always run off the bike to let my body adapt and change. What I have learned more than anything in my recent training is challenging the body and taking it out of the comfort zone is what leads to the most change. While I can say I already knew this, some times the small reminders don't hurt.

My Sunday morning swim with Jamie didn't go so hot either, however the rest of the weeks training was pretty solid so I have no complaints. Some days are just like that. Ninety minute run tonight after going to see Jamie coach her SDSU Club Water Polo team over at the University of Califonia-San Diego.

Next Sunday, time trial on Fiesta Island. "The race of truth." Twenty kilometers (12.4 miles) of all out pain as hard as I can go. This will be my first cycling "race". Pretty excited about that considering I love being on the bike more than anything else.

Did I mention it's "winter" in California? Can't beat these pictures outside.

Photo at 7:30am on Saturday during ride
Jamie coaching her Water Polo Team on Saturday (01/28)

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Video from ride

Video from Tuesday's day off courtesy of Blair.

I've really learned how to manage blood sugars on long rides (the CGM doesn't hurt). Really happy with that.

78 Miles and 7,874 feet of climbing. "Crushing concrete" as Skip would say!

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Pictures and more

Below are a few pictures courtesy Blair Ryan at the Carlsbad Marathon. 

Jamie and I before the start. 

At mile 12 of the Carlsbad marathon 2012. 

Jamie and I at mile 12 of Carlsbad Marathon. 

Pictures from Torrey Pines on Friday, January 20, 2012. 

Pictures courtesy of Blair Ryan on a long ride with Blair and Tammy Wildgoose (and that is her real last name). 

Monday, January 23, 2012

Carlsbad Half Marathon 2012

This year's Carlsbad Half-Marathon was a lot different than last years. In 2012 as an employee of Insulindependence I worked with our local committee to set up much of the weekend. However, I was luckily enough to run the half-marathon on race morning with Jamie

I don't know how she ended up doing it but Jamie finished the entire race with what was obviously a very bad foot injury. She sprained the top of her right foot on a long run two weeks ago and has had really bad soreness ever since. 

At about mile two she said the pain would go from a nine to a one then back to a nine. Then at mile four I knew it was bad when she said "you can go ahead if you want to go faster". Jamie and I started the race in corral two, we started together and we would finish together. 

Despite what was obvious tremendous pain we didn't slow down much. We finished in 1:54, I am so proud of Jamie I don't know how she did it. 

Now rest for her foot. 

"The man who can drive himself further once the effort gets painful is the man who will win."
Sir Roger Bannister

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Stagecoach Century

One hundred miles is a long way. Think about places that are 100 miles from where you are sitting right now.  I mean I went to college less than 100 miles from my parents house. So doing 100 miles with only your legs and heart to power you takes some time. 

As part of the Ironman base training Blair, Peter and I signed up to ride in the Stagecoach Century this weekend in Octotillo, CA. Don't know where or what Octotillo looks like? Think of a place within that 100 miles of where you are sitting that is beyond barren, possessing hardly any people and doesn't even have a gas station. That's what Octotillo looks like. Just a small town out in the California desert near the Mexican border. 

The first half of the ride was the hardest. Uphill into a head wind. A duel threat. At one point I looked down at my speedometer when it seemed to be flat and it said eleven miles per hour. I thought the thing was broken but no, the wind was that bad. Blair and I couldn't even speak to one another a few times the winds were howling so loud. The way back was another story, wind at our back, deafening silent in the desert. The world quiet expect for the click of changing gears.

The ride was a ton of fun. The first time I have truly experienced "it never always gets worse". A knee would start to hurt then just go away, the body fully accepting what was happening. Both Blair and I commented afterward that we were expecting to be far more sore and tire than we were. Definitely a good sign for our base training miles in January. 

The blood sugars were great all day, between 140-180 on the Dexcom. Managing the diabetes during a ride of this length is so much easier while on the Dexcom (CGM). Also my first really long ride with an Omnipod. Love not being connected to that tube anymore. 

Total Length: 100.41 miles
Total Ascent: 4,391 feet
Total Descent: 4,386
Average Pace: 16.9mph

Pictures here and video of ride below.
I took this picture on the last giant hill of the day. In the
ultimate show of sportsmanship one rider is pushing
another rider up the final ascent.

"I used to work in a bank when I was younger and to me it doesn’t matter 
whether it’s raining or the sun is shining or whatever: as long as I’m riding a 
bike I know I'm the luckiest guy in the world."
-- Pro racer Mark Cavendish, 
after the second of his four stage wins in the 2008 Tour de France.

Sunday, January 8, 2012


It's been a rough diabetes week. After having some weird allergic reaction over the Christmas break (doctor had no idea, probably got bit by some insect) I was on some drug for nine days that increased the level of cortisol. Which by the way, decreases insulin sensitivity in the body. 

Awful! I woke up with blood sugars in the 300's three times this week. Blood sugars were all over during the day and seemingly uncontrollable at night. (To the first person that says "why didn't you increase your basal", I did, A LOT. Nothing worked.) The CGM was nuts, up and down, up and down. Luckily I never felt "sick" as happens when blood sugars get that high, but it definitely does something mentally. 

Also over break I read the book Iron War, a book by Matt Fitzgerald about the 1989 Ironman World Championship. It's amazing in its review of focus and mental strength through training with an end goal. The story isn't just about the race but the mental attitude of the men running the race and the dedication that went into it. 

During the week, through that struggle I thought a lot about the need for mental focus. As my friend Marcus would say, "be zen". In those times when things get tough it only means the level of focus needs to increase. Focus on the end goal. Always the bigger picture. 

We count them happy who endure.
James 5:11


Photo's from a nice recovery ride on Sunday afternoon. Did I mention it's beautiful here?

Sunday, January 1, 2012

New Year, New Goals

I've read (so we can't be certain) that writing down goals makes a person far more likely to succeed. While I absolutely don't believe in "New Years Resolutions" (because if it's that important a person should just start doing it or stop doing it, which ever it may be) I really believe in goals. Life needs goals, both short and long term. In this, "the year of Ironman", I am first setting a goal to log both my short term and long term goals on this blog. Heck, if writing down a goal makes a person more likely to succeed then making them public on the internet must be the fast track to success...right? Right. 

Jamie and I at Fiesta Island before biking.
Short Term - three months
1. Drink less coffee! Caffeine in general actually. Following reading this article early last month on how caffeine stimulates the nervous system a little too much. 
2. Get down to 185 before May's Epic 125 race. Actually I am setting a date of March 20 for this goal. The half distance of this race.  
3. Run minimum ten minutes after each long Saturday ride over the next three months. (Following the advice of Pete regarding Ironman training.)
4. A1C of 6.5 or lower. 

Long Term
1. Finish Ironman feeling good. Do the right training, eat well, as I was taught in grad school; it all ties together.
2. Do the right training all year. There will be times when biking another mile could just become too much. Do the work that is important. Again, it all ties together.

Okay, so when riding I can think of like 100 of these but right now it seems harder. More later.

Fiesta Island Ride Video from today below. 

"Effort is the measure of a man."
William James