Supporting Cast Members!

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Every athlete has some sort of support system behind them.  Sure everyone says family and friends, it’s a common answer from almost everyone.  This blog entry isn’t about them, it’s about the people who support your body and your gear.  The pro’s have sponsors who handle off their gear and nutritional needs to make sure they are on top of their game.  Being an age grouper all this comes out of pocket and strictly from word of mouth referrals.  True it might be an individual race but there is a team behind the athlete and if it wasn’t for that team the one racing wouldn’t go very far.  I too have a great support cast starting with Dr. Dawn who handles my chiropractic needs.  Natalie from The Healing Nat who takes care of my sports massages and cupping needs.  Atsushi who handles all of my acupuncture needs (Speaking of who I need to see next week!).  Chris from Bike Shop Chris who handles my road bike for training.  Hi-Tech Bikes who takes care of my tri bike and long distance cycling needs.  These great places couldn’t make my transformation or accomplishments possible.

Dr. Dawn has been working with me for a few years now and has kept my back and body in working order.  She’s awesome, and has always made sure to give me a piece of her mind when I go and over do it.  I see her on a weekly basis, and I put all my trust in her when it comes to make sure that my body can take what my brain dishes out.  Thanks Dawn, you rock!

I have been going to Natalie for over a year now and what has started as massage to deal with shoulder issue’s has turned into a bi-weekly (usually) visit to make sure that my muscles are working along with the joints   Not only does she do massage but at times she deems it necessary to do some cupping on parts of the body to ensure that it’s ready for action.  I put all my trust in her when it comes to making sure my muscles can take the punishment I lay out for it.  Thanks Natalie, you’re amazing!  Oh yeah she just became a Yoga instructor as well.  Congrats!

Atsushi is the fun one who gets to stick needles into my body.  I was introduced to him by Natalie, and I probably don’t see him as much as I should but I swear by acupuncture.  Thanks Sushi and I’ll get in contact with you for next weekend for a session.

Bike Shop Chris and Hi-Tech Bikes really keep my bikes in order and I go to them for their expertise in keeping them up and going so come race time I’m not bonking or spending time repairing the bikes.  Thanks guys!

4 more weeks out till the Tri Rock San Diego and I’m getting excited.  I did my time trials this week for my training program and saw improvements across the board.  I’m getting excited to put all this training to use and get the race over with.  The Tri Rock San Diego will become an annual event for me since it was also my first triathlon ever.  It holds a special place in my heart and I’ve already set the goal high next year by dropping down into an actual age group and not the Clydesdale group.  4 more weeks to get my cycling improved and my running improved.  Let’s do this.

Training Overload?

5 more weeks to go and I should be getting pretty amped up for my A race of the season.  But this past week it’s been pretty hard I’ve been feeling blah about everything and I haven’t really felt great about training either.  Thursday I took a spill while running some intervals and trying my new Zoot Ultra TT 6.0 racing shoes and kind of been taking it easy since.  I knew I would hit a wall at some point, it’s a fact of training.  I’ve been doing swimming every morning learning the High Elbow Catch and I’m pretty confident that I can relax on that a bit and put more focus on my run.  Evening workouts have been my Tridot workouts and that has consisted of brick workouts of biking and running.  I kind of took a step back and looked at my training and my strengths and weaknesses and really just needed to refocus my efforts.

The run.  I hate running and I’m really not too keen on it.  It’s actually a bit discouraging for me lately, but I can’t be mad I haven’t done much in training for it.  I’ve had to relearn the mechanics which I’ve been improving on and I have been lacking on the drills.  Well come Monday I’ll be spending at least 30 minutes of running intervals in shorter distances with greater intensity.  Most of it will be on the treadmill but since I don’t have access to a track most of the time except for Wednesday TCSD workouts.  Now I do realize that there is no way I will get down to my goal of 7 minute miles for 6 miles in 5 weeks but I think I can at least get it down to a 9 minute mile.  We will see.

I’ve been training for an Olympic/Intermediate distance triathlon which is 1500M Swim, 22 Mile Bike, 6 Mile run.  My expected finish times for each one is 20 mins, 75 mins, 70 mins.  Each transition we will say 1:30-2 minute times.  Now a lot of my training has consisted of mostly volume training which helped me get to this little training wall that I’m trying to push through.  I just need to stand back and have faith in the training program and myself.  The upside is this is what I get to look forward to come Oceanside 70.3 training.  I am confident now that I will finish the 70.3 and I can’t wait to start up training for that once I work on my running form in the off season.

6 Weeks To Tri-Rock San Diego!

998432_10151850340193274_1427937368_n6 weeks till the San Diego Tri-Rock and I’m starting to feel nervous.  Training has been progressing and I’m very confident that I’m going to finish that was never an issue.  But my goal is to be a podium finisher in the Clydesdale division.  Now some people hear Clydesdale and discard the division as the fat guy division and assume it’s not competitive just because the guys are 220lbs and up.   While it might not qualify you for the USAT World Championships it is a great confident builder for heavier guys who have never done triathlon and know they can’t come close to competing with guys in their normal age groups who might weight like 160-170lbs.  Now I race Clydesdale and it will probably be my last year doing so as I’m slimming down and next year I might not make the weight limit, but I’ve also made it a goal of mine to try and qualify for the USAT World Championships by 2016.

Okay, so 6 weeks go to!  Since I don’t know who is entered in this race I have to race against the times from last years top 3 and my current training times.  I’m feeling confident in my swim in that I should finish the 1500M around 20 minutes with a bike time of 50-60 minutes, however the run I’m staring at a 60-70 run.  The run has always been my weak link.  I’ve been working on my run and increasing my cadence (Steps Per Minute).  It used to be around 70 SPM and it’s up to about 80SPM and I need to get it to at least 90 and keep my HR low into the 130 BPM’s.  I had an interesting thing happen to me on the last training run and I started to believe in the high SPM.  I noticed when my SPM dropped to around 70-74 my HR jumped up to 150-160BPM and when my SPM increased to 80-85 my HR dropped to 140BPM.  I was in disbelief at what just happened.  I’ll be damned coach was right and I need to really work on my running drills.  I don’t have enough time between now and Tri-Rock to get down to a 6:30-7 minute mile but that’s okay it’s all about improvement right now and I have a feeling that I will be able to gain a big enough lead in the swim and bike to where I can still finish on the podium.

Bike training has gone good but I need to get out on the road more.  I’ve done the vast majority of my training on my indoor trainer and while it has the upside of no traffic and no stop signs it has some serious drawbacks like no wind resistance and no ground resistance.  I’m going to be hitting the bike paths a bit more for my distance rides so that I can really get used to sitting in the saddle for long periods of time.  This will also help prepare the junk for the suspected 3 hours of biking for the Oceanside 70.3 in March.  Anyways, if I can keep my RPM’s high in the 90’s while I keep my HR in the 140 range while cranking an average speed of 21-22 MPH I think I’ll be doing great.  I will need to test this on my trainer and keep that average up since I can’t get that on the road thanks to traffic.  I’m really starting to grasp this more power less energy.  I’m feeling really good that after pushing it for 21 miles and being able to run 6 more miles to finish it off.  My nutrition will be the key.

The swim, well swimming has always been my strong leg and training has shifted me from the deep catch to a high elbow catch.  It’s been a change and it was hard to grasp at first but I think it’s starting to kick in and I have to be able to push it out and lead into a 16-17 min 1500M Swim.  I’m no longer concerned about being able to finish the swim portion of a half ironman, in fact I can finish the swim portion of a full ironman without an issue.  I surprised myself there and I can’t wait for the Tiki swim the weekend after the Tri-Rock.  1.2 mile swim and I’m gunning for 30 minutes in the open water.

So to wrap things up 6 weeks out I’ve definitely approved in every sport that makes up the Triathlon but I still have so much more to grow.  I still need to shed off close to 9% body fat as well and I’m sure probably 1-2% of that is extra skin from my almost 100lbs weight loss.  No surgery here, I’m going all natural.  I am out to prove to all those who say that big people can’t do it, WRONG.