Saturday, May 25, 2013

All Business...I Gotta' Race Like Spock

Yesterday's EPIC Day:
3,100 yds swim
107 mile bike
6 mile run

Today:  REST

Yesterday was a big day for me on my journey to July 28th.  It wasn't necessarily about fitness.  It was about figuring out stuff like: How does my nutrition plan hold up?  How does my neck feel after an hour of swimming and 100 miles on the bike?  Can I start my run on a pace SLOW enough to make sure I can start racing at mile 18?

Some of my questions got answered.  Some are still question marks.  But overall, confidence is HIGH. I hit my marks and was spot on my paces.  I really just needed to add another 20 miles to the run and I'm an Ironman.  Sounds easy, right?  Ha ha.

My wife and I got to go see the new Star Trek movie tonight with our good friends.  Besides just being a hell of a good movie...I took something away from it (as I so often do) that relates to my current endeavor.

Triathletes can learn a lot from everyone's favorite Vulcan: Spock

Spock is logical.  Spock keeps his emotions in check.  Actually, Spock checked his emotions at the door.  He doesn't "feel".  Revealing that once he did "feel" while watching his home planet destroyed, and he never wished to feel that sadness again.  So he simply doesn't feel.

"What you do not yet understand is that Vulcans do not lack emotion. This is an all too common misconception. It is merely that our emotions are controlled, kept in check. This adherence to principles of logic offers a serenity that humans rarely experience in full. We have emotions. But we deal firmly with them and do not let them control us." -Spock

Thinking back to late in yesterday's ride...I found myself in a very "Spock-like" place.  All business.  Keep eating.  Keep drinking.  Keep the pace and power steady.  Get the job done.  Get me to the place I need to be.  Get me to mile 18.

You know what happens at mile 18?  I'm gonna' turn into James Mutha-Vulcan Kirk.

Happy training folks...

Friday, May 17, 2013

I ride, I run, I swim, I sleep...I eat.

AM: 50 min run
PM: 4,000 yd swim

Things are starting to get fun.  The long, cold, winter is an after thought.  I love training.  I love training.  I love training...and I LOVE racing.  

The big news of the past week is the IMLP swim start has been changed to a "rolling wave start".  In the IM world...this is big stuff.  99.99% of the rest of the world could care less...99.99% of the rest of the world doesn't even know what a "mass start" is.  In fact, they probably think it involves priests and holy water.  So who cares?  I was looking forward to the "whirlpool", as they call it.  But in the end, do you really think it matters?  Nope.  In the end, most people I talk to won't know the difference between a 11 hr finish and a 17 hr finish.  And they sure as hell aren't going to know, or care, if we all start together or 5 mins apart.  Keep focus.  Do the job at hand.  Don't get caught up in the drama.

Training has been going very well for me.  I've continued my lucky streak to not miss any workouts.  I had mild flair up of achilles tendinitis, which I was lucky enough to shuffle a few workouts and do a few new stretching exercises to take care.  I keep knocking on wood, thanking the triathlon gods, and eating.  Life is good.  Progress is being made.

It's graduation day on Sunday...I've got a great crew of seniors to say good bye to.  I've learned a lot from them during their four years...and it will be sad to see them go.  Along the way, I challenged many of them to "make their mark"'s safe to say that they have left an indelible mark on little old Byron High School.  It's also safe to say that they have many, many more marks to make in the years ahead.  It is perhaps the greatest part of my job to watch them grow and go out into the world.  To the class of 2013...I salute you.

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Happy training...