Training Tales

Training Tales – The Final Tahoe Workup

May 23, 2016 | 1 Comment

I have not been talking about a lot of the issues I have been having recently on the blog, mostly because when I write I tend to become more … jaded … than when I am speaking so I decided to just keep it to the podcasts instead. Yesterday, however, was the final training ride for the Tahoe Century in 13 days, so it was time I wrote down the issues I have been having, how I tried to correct some of them, and what the final ride felt like (70 miles) after all was said and done. To go back a few weeks, on the first two 60 mile rides we had planned, I developed a pain in my right foot [Read More ...]
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The Manly Art of Shaving

May 11, 2016 | 2 Comments

It’s a part of every males race day preparation. Once you get into racing and triathlons, the inevitable question arises at some point… Do I have to shave? The answer of course is NO you don’t have to. I am not convinced it makes THAT much of a difference, at least not to me because I am not a naturally hairy guy. But I do believe it just looks better, and it makes you FEEL faster if not actually making you faster. I started my first few races without shaving but, after a few experiences with chaffing and unwanted pulling of small hairs during biking and running that did NOT [Read More ...]
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Team In Training and Racing for Charity

May 9, 2016 | 0 Comments

I was thinking the other day about the charity I raise money for while training for these triathlons, half marathons, and bike rides. If you follow me on Facebook you have seen me posting weekly asking for donations for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS). Time being what they are; donations to charity like this are hard to come by. We each, when we sign up to participate and raise money, commit to a certain amount. We then try to raise money to that level. What most people outside of this group don’t realize is that when we commit to this amount we are truly committed, meaning if we [Read More ...]
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Training Tales – Reality Setting In

May 9, 2016 | 2 Comments

Yesterday was a planned 65 mile ride that I ended at mile 42. Foot hurt at the beginning on first climb (13% grade) so had to walk a bit, but seemed to go away even through the Sugarloaf climb (384 feet / 11.5% grade). Felt OK for awhile but entered a section called Dewey Robbins Road, about a 5 mile out and back, and the wheels came off. Pain was bad but nowhere to really stop so had to gut through it. A lot of up and downs, but nothing I shouldn’t have been able to handle. Got back to the rest stop after having to really get off bike about 4 times, and called it quits (had to get a [Read More ...]
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Dealing with Injuries and Exhaustion

May 5, 2016 | 1 Comment

Athletes can be a stubborn bunch. Even though of us that know better, that coach or advise others, tend to not follow the best practices when it come to injuries. You know who I am talking about. When we are training for a specific goal, a target race, the only A race on our schedule, nothing will deter us from those long training days, the early morning sprints around the neighborhood, the sneaking out of work early to get a swim in before a scheduled bike ride. Miles or Time in training equals success on race day, so the inverse must also be true, basically that time or miles lost during [Read More ...]
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Welcome to Moe’s

April 20, 2016 | 0 Comments

As you open the door, the announcement hangs in their air, inviting you further inside. “Welcome to Moe’s!!” “Hello Moe!” I answer …. “What will you have today? Joey Bag of Donuts?” The smile from Moe is mesmerizing. It beckons you. “No Moe. I think today I shall have a Homewrecker.” “Everything on it?” Moe says, already piling the toppings on. “Yes Moe …. please do!” I look down convinced Moe can see the puddle of drool developing under my feet. “How about some queso in there as well??” [Read More ...]
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Product Review: Crotch Guard

April 19, 2016 | 0 Comments

There are many brands of chamois cream on the market today, so another one is normally no big deal. When I was offered a sample of Crotch Guard to review I answered that I would, but felt like it was just going to be another cream that you either rub on your skin or into the chamois and not much different than anything else I have used. I was pleasantly surprised. Crotch Guard wasn’t a cream, to start off with. It is a skin care oil, for starters, and like most creams it is designed to reduce friction during those long bike rides and hours in the saddle. The idea is to strengthen the [Read More ...]
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Training Tales – A Pain in the Ass

April 18, 2016 | 2 Comments

There comes a point in time, if your training is holding true, that obstacles like hills, rain, wind become less of a factor in your decision to head out on a training ride. Last season the threat of rain, or of high winds, on a day when the plan called for 2000 feet of climbing would have had me scurrying back to my bed. Not so this season, and it has been a change I have noticed. This is not to say that I still have an easy time in any, or all three, of these conditions, but it is more to say that they no longer scare me as much because I know I can do them. Saturday’s ride tested me [Read More ...]
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Secret Dreams and Forbidden Fire | The Perils of Goal Setting

April 4, 2016 | 0 Comments

I was having a discussion over the weekend about goals and it came to light that I may think differently about setting goals, thinking about what I want to achieve in life, then some others and wondered how different I really am. The concept of the “bucket list” has been around for awhile, but gained traction with people after the movie came out in 2007 (Morgan Freeman and Jack Nicholson). we all have an internal list whether we ascribe to the concept or not. We have all said to ourselves “before I die I want to …. ” at least once. The danger in setting goals is [Read More ...]
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Does Money Influence Healthy Living?

March 28, 2016 | 0 Comments

There are a few challenges when you are part of a team that is not in your area. Planned rides that start at 8:00 AM for local people is easy, but for me it means getting up at 4:30 AM to get dressed and load car and drive for two hours, which also means added expenses for gas money, wear and tear, etc. The good thing about this is that it affords me lots of thinking time. This can be good or bad I guess, depending on where my mind goes, but what I have been doing recently is listening to NPR Radio. It is easy on my drive because the Tampa station lasts me almost all the way, and when it [Read More ...]
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Product Review: Beetle Bag

March 27, 2016 | 0 Comments

I am not a tourist bike rider. by saying that I mean that since taking up biking 6 years ago it has all been centered around triathlons. It has been a very rare occasion that I have ridden for the sheer pleasure of just going on a long bike ride. But I have wanted to do this, and in readying myself for that I started looking at gear that would allow me to use my road bike for that purpose (a man can only afford so many bikes). I was contacted recently to look at a piece of bike equipment called the Beetle Bag. Looking at their website, the product intrigued me. It appeared to be well built, [Read More ...]
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Frustrated

March 23, 2016 | 3 Comments

I know I keep revisiting this post from 2012 and revise it each year, but it still seems relevant and it is something I like to re-read on occasion. I have reconciled myself to the process of getting better without worrying about others and how fast they are, but I have to admit there are times where the frustration over my own slow progress compared to others gets over whelming at times … to the point of distraction. Let me be clear here … I am not comparing myself to those who have been running their whole lives. I know they enter with a much larger base than I have or ever will [Read More ...]
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The Right to Log

March 22, 2016 | 0 Comments

This is becoming like a job isn’t it? So much of the training  is tied to data. From the very beginning we track our mile pace on the run, or how fast our overall pace is on the bike. We become obsessed with our 100m split in the pool and how that will translate to Open Water once the time comes. Pace watches are not just a nice thing to have, they have become a necessity, needed to track pace and heart rate over the course of a workout. Want to see a triathlete FREAK out? See what happens when his Garmin dies in the middle of a run … or worse even, a race, or if s/he forgets to hit [Read More ...]
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