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Nautica Malibu Triathlon & 3 Weeks to Ironman Louisville

12002488_10153709407493274_4471941097899110989_oFirst and foremost, sorry it’s taken me so long to blog.  I had a change of work laptop that I used to publish everything and the app that I used didn’t update with Windows 10 so I’ve had to try and find other ways, since I hadn’t used the website to write a post before.   Turns out, that it’s not that bad.   So since my last post with metabolic efficiency I’ve dropped down to 213lbs.  Then I remembered I signed up for Clydesdale at the Nautica Malibu Triathlon, so I had to actually put on some weight… funny I know.  Friday at packet pickup if they would have weighed me I would have been right at 225-227lbs since that’s what I weighed in at in the morning.   They didn’t and after the race I was probably 218-220lbs.   It’s the very last race I’ll race Clydesdale, or so it better be.

So this was an important race for me mentally, the other short races that I kind of laid the expectation that I need to be a podium finisher failed… I was 4th and 5th at them.  I thought to myself… great I’m not the fastest fat guy anymore.  It was to be expected though.  When you train for Ironman distance events you lose a lot of that top end speed and the sacrifice of endurance.  So while I couldn’t go as fast as they could in the sprint… I could certainly out swim, bike, and run them in an Ironman.   Anyways the Clydesdale’s here was a huge field for us, there was 21 of us.  I beat the 2nd place guy by seconds time wise…  I saw him pass me on the run around mile 2… he was already hurting and I cruising in my Zone 3 HR while trying to keep cool.  With the sun just beating down on me, I couldn’t risk injury or blowing up to early so I slowly reeled him in, and around mile 4.5 I finally passed him for good.  Not to mention I wasn’t really getting passed by anyone on the run other than some of the top females.  It was great to be able to run and not get passed by everyone like I had grown accustomed to.   It was also a great confidence booster for Ironman Louisville which is right around the corner.  Three weeks out and I’m feeling really good about it.

On the other non-triathlon racing side of life school has been crazy.  Between my Health & Wellness Coaching Class, Advanced Nutrition Class, and trying to finish up my Ironman University Test it’s been a mental challenge.   The upside is that I’m helping people achieve their goals, and slowly setting both my Health & Wellness Coaching and Endurance Coaching business.   More to come as I get close to Ironman Louisville and I get this website authoring squared away.

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New York City Triathlon–Race Report

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I got into this race through the lottery system.  I signed up with a case of the F’ it’s for 10 bucks and sure enough I got it.   It was the final travel race of the summer and what better way to end a racing tour with the Big Apple.  I got to see some friends and see NYC from the outside for once and not from inside a bar.   Life Time Tri is the company that put it on and they really do know how to hold organized races.  I have not had a bad experience yet that has been a Life Time Tri.  From the moment I went through the 45 minute course/race overview to leaving the transition area after the race everything was very organized.  So without adieu here is the race report.

Pre-Race: 3AM Wake Up Call – WTF?
Yup this race starts early with the first wave at 5:50!  We had busses from the hotel to the transition area which made getting through the city easy.  We had to drop everything off the day before so transition setup was easy this time around.  Had a chat with an official because the bike next to me racked their bike wrong and it sucks to be them, they got a 4 minute penalty before even starting the race.  We had a nice mile walk up to the swim start on pavement that wasn’t even swept so it was not a fun walk barefoot.   At time time it was about 5AM and it sure didn’t look like much of a current unless you looked at the wakes coming off of the boats.  I was getting really excited for this 15 minute swim time.  I was in the red transition so we had to wait till all the yellow transition people were completely finished before starting.   Finally as the waves lined up in their corrals it was time to start.  I’m used to only like 10 people in Clydesdale here there was 41 of us!  I really have some people to race.

Swim: 15:12 4th out of 41
I was literally the last person in the water.  They had us going every 20 seconds in groups of 10.  We weren’t allowed to dive which really sucked but I can understand why.  Some people are just not bright and dive straight down instead of shallow and out.  Once in the water it had a salty funky taste and yeah I couldn’t see past my hand.  I tried not to focus on it too much and just swam.  I wanted that 15 minute swim.  Not only did I weave my through the other swimmers but I swam over several swimmers just floating there.  I’m not sorry for swimming over anyone doing the breast stroke or floating down stream anymore.  This is a race and if you’re a slower swimmer stay out of the middle!  There was a small exit ramp that made getting out of the water suck because there was a lot of people there so I wasted probably 20-30 seconds waiting for people to get up the ramp.  Next up was to get out of the wetsuit for an almost 1 mile run into transition.

Bike: 1:38 6th out of 41
The bike course was challenging and had some rollers.  But what made it difficult was the rain.  I had never raced in the rain before, in fact I don’t even ride in the rain.  Again with so many other races I spent a lot of time flying by slower people and yelling “On your left”.  There were a few sections of road that were just horrible in terms of creases in the asphalt and pot holes.  In fact I lost my entire water bottle cage 4 miles into my race from all the damn bumps and vibrations.  So long electrolytes and carbs.  There were some technical turns that I really slowed down more than I should have but that’s after the fact because there were a lot of people who crashed their bikes for not slowing down.  I kept a 19.6 MPH average and felt absolutely great through the entire bike.  In fact I probably should have pushed harder but I really didn’t know my legs would be on the run.   Finally getting into transition I’m ready to hop of the bike in the middle of the dismount and this guy makes a complete stop in the middle sideways on his bike.  I crash into him and he proceeds to tell me I’m the one at fault for him completely blocking the bike in.  F that guy and he needs to learn to keep the right or to the left if he’s going to completely stop.  Then he needs to learn to never turn his bike so he’s blocking the bike in from other racers coming in.

Run:  1:04 23rd out of 41
Well this run again had no flats at all.  Not to mention it starts with a steep climb out of the river park that was congested with walkers.  The best part of this run was the spectators.  The entire street of 72nd St was lined on both sides giving us high 5’s and cheering everyone on.  It was really energizing and it really didn’t seem like it was a close mile run into Central Park.  The course winded through the northern part of Central Park along the road.  Again there were people lining both sides of the street and I was having an awesome time. while holding a pretty good pace at 10:06 for me.  It wasn’t until mile 4.5 or 5 that having not having any electrolytes or carbs outside of the gu packets (of which I lost 2 out of my tri kit) started to catch up to me.  I could feel some cramping in the quads and hamstrings and I had to do a little bit of walking but not a whole lot as the sun was starting to heat things up and really bring that humidity out.   Was able to run through the finishing shoot and I eased up right before the line to let the challenged athlete soak up some spotlight time crossing the finish line.   As I was running it in I saw my friend Nick’s wife Lindsey cheering me on.

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Finishing up: I’ll do it again.
I had a lot of fun and aside from some of the race mishaps I really enjoyed it.  I will do this race again but probably not till after 2016.  I love New York and I loved having the chance to race here as my summer travelling wraps up.  I highly recommend this race at least once to every triathlete.

SEAL Sprint Race Report

I signed up for this race as a warm up race for Oceanside.  Something to get my feet wet into the excitement of a well known race in San Diego before heading into Oceanside.  The day before the race my coach had our final race simulation for Oceanside which I was not expecting.  Saturday started with a 1.3 mile ocean swim, 56 mile bike on the front side of the Oceanside course and then I just did a 4 mile run.  I reached my goals for the simulation and I can tell already if the sun is going to be out like it was on Saturday (83 degree’s and no clouds) then the run will be challenging just trying to keep cool.  I’ll have to adjust my salt tab intake accordingly.  Racing on tired legs, this should be fun.

Race Day:
I woke up at 5AM and I had everything from the day before still in my car so I didn’t have to spend much time loading things up.  Got down to the venue and had a pretty good feeling going into the race.  My legs felt good and not really totally wasted (I wonder now if I pushed it hard enough during training).  This was a small field of racers judging by the transition area but I’m ok with that.  I prefer smaller fields, just means less crowded on the course.  Got everything setup into what I think is a great transition setup.  Warmed up said hi to some of my fellow TCSD racers and started down towards the water.  This is a LONG run from the bay to T1 and I hate long runs like that.  I was in wave 2 which was Males 39+ with Clydesdale, Clydesdale Masters, and the relay people, this wave was HUGE!  Now this was my first beach entry start to a triathlon and I stuck to the right side.

Swim:
The horn goes off and it’s a mad dash to the water, at first I was a bit irritated with all the people it was crowded and everyone was swimming everywhere.  It was a good thing too so that I can use it as experience come Oceanside and IMAZ.  The swim was a bit rough as the sun was right in our faces where the buoy was to turn right so sighting was a bit hard.  Once out of the water there was a long run up to T1 where the timing mat was (this explains my 12 minute 500M swim).   Had a quick T1 considering I need to work on getting out of my wetsuit faster.

Bike:
Been working on my bike mount so that I don’t have to completely stop and I nailed it this time and was able to maintain a 21.6 MPH average on the whole course.  It was flat and fast the way I like.  I could have pushed a bit harder but I didn’t want to kill my legs (I should have pushed it and gone all out).  I need to really get my head out of the whole go slower part of sprint triathlons.  My overall time was 34 minutes on the bike when it should have been closer to 30.  T2 went really well and I was out in no time.

Run:
The first almost 2 miles of this run is in the sand so I already hated it.  I ran 3.4 miles in about 28 minutes and averaged an 8:29 average which is by far one of my best performances.  Again though I kept looking at my Garmin and kept telling myself that I needed to go slower so that I could finish and not blow up.  I crossed the finish line not gassed and I felt that I didn’t go all out at all.  Looking back I was not happy with the race at all and it was all myself to blame.

Takeaways:
I need to really get my head out of going slow for sprint triathlons.  It’s a sprint, it’s all out or go home for me these days.  I need to realize that I’ve got potential and I need to stop viewing myself as the fat guy on the race course.

Oceanside 70.3 Half Ironman Has Started!

16 weeks…  That’s all the time I have to prepare myself for what will be my longest distance race thrown into 1.  I’ve done the 3 stages (swim, bike, and run) individually but never all together.  For this race I went with a coach and a nutritionist, both came highly recommended.  My coach Julie is also a running coach agreed to help me more with my run so we started that a couple weeks early.  Mind you I was not really happy about this cause I did want some time off from training.    But if it’s what I have to do so that I’m a better runner it’s what I have to do.  My nutritionist Jennie is also a power lifter and one of the strongest women in the country and she also has several endurance athletes do their nutrition so I’m confident that things will be good.   So why both the coach and nutritionist you ask?  It’s because I don’t want to just “Finish” my 70.3, I want to be able to move and recover afterwards.  Even though my next A race won’t be till the end of June I will have several Olympic distance local triathlons up till then.

Running, I can say that in the past week I’ve logged roughly 26 miles of running and it’s only going to increase.  I do most of my running on the treadmill for a couple reasons.  My first is that for me it’s generally safer, I don’t have people in my way that I have to dodge cause they are completely unaware of their surroundings.  The second is that I have found it forces me to keep my mind occupied.  I’ve read several race reports where the racers have said that at some point your mind tells you that you are stupid and that you should quit.   I find this happening at mile 1 no matter what the distance.  So yes I’m able to keep it occupied for 13 miles in the half marathons that I’ve done but I’ve never had to do it after a 56 mile bike ride so it will be interesting for sure.  The number 1 question that I keep getting asked is how do my knee’s feel.  Honestly the knee’s feel great, and that’s part of actually learning to run.  I’ve watched video of me running and video of others running and you could see a huge difference in how I ran.  I would highly recommend taking a clinic on how to run.

LifeTime Tri: Oceanside. Race Report

imageI originally signed up for this event because it was in Oceanside.  I figured since I signed up for the Oceanside 70.3 this would be a good intro course to get a feel for the course.  This was also my first split transition so I figured that if I was going to screw up and forget something this would be the perfect race to do it.  I wasn’t putting any pressure on me to get a podium finish.  I wanted to focus mainly on the run and some of the things I learned from the clinic the weekend before.  I also wanted to focus on the transitions and the area.  Little did I know I was going to take first place in Clydesdale again and I beat the 2nd place guy by a full 10 minutes.  I thought about dropping down to my age group of 35-39 and weeks leading up to the event I completely forgot I entered in Clydesdale.  My finishing time would put me 9th of 14 which isn’t bad.  It really just shows that I really have to improve my run.  I was 74/125 people with my run and 55/79 males with my run.  With my main goal of moving into the Age Group ranks and out of Clyde’s I need to get my runs down to 7 minute miles for more than 1 mile.  I don’t care if I’m over 220lbs and able to run 7-8 min miles I’ll drop down to the more competitive 35-39 Age Group.  Sigh the only downfall is that it was my last triathlon of a spectacular triathlon season where I exceeded my expectation.

The Race Report! – Finishing Time – 01:17:40 – 31/125 Overall. 

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This was just a sprint so I didn’t really do much preparation and it really showed come race day.  Saturday I got my packet and we got a cool little backpack and some usual swag.  I’m a swag whore, I won’t lie.  Then I saw the 2 transition bags and started putting my gear (minus wetsuit) into each bag as I needed.  I figured I’d just put my wetsuit in the T1 bag in the morning before leaving (fatal mistake).  I felt good about it all I had everything in their proper bag and confident in my game plan for race day.  I wanted to have fun and enjoy the last race of my triathlon season.  Got to sleep at a decent hour and got a pretty good nights sleep.  Alarm goes off, I had a few scoops of PB&Co Maple Peanut Butter and got the 2 transition bags in the car along with my bike on the rack.  I had the final thought of just bringing my usual transition bag just incase.  It was cold and foggy coming into Oceanside and didn’t think anything of it really since I’m a big guy and produce a lot of heat once I get moving.  Checked my T2 that I left overnight and everything looked great.  Rode down to T1 and got all checked in and racked the bike and as I’m pulling everything out I realize I forgot my wetsuit!  I accepted the fact that I had to swim this in my shorts and tri-top and then it donned on me that I had my Lava Pants from Xterra in my regular bag that I use for the pool, but it was back in my car which was only a mile from the start.  But when you might not make it back in time to T1 before it closes it puts a certain dash in your step.   So on the return run I did this in my shorts and tri-top with bare feet since I left everything in my car since I couldn’t put them in my dry clothes bag.  Thankfully I made it back to T1 right as they were closing and they let me grab my cap and goggles.  I should note that I asked a USAT Official if they were legal to use and they said yes.  I was saved, to not have to kick through the race.  As the waves started the fog started to come in really heavy and they delayed the start because of visibility was maybe 10-15 feet in front of you.  We couldn’t see past the first buoy, and during this wait the cold really started to get to all of us.

The Swim! Swim Time 6:51 :52 /100M 11/125 Overall

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The initial shock of getting in the water was rough so I started to swim and instantly got used to the water temp.  I was happy and warm, and kept thinking just keep moving to stay warm.   Then the gun goes off and we are outta there.  I stupidly started towards the back of the pack fully knowing that I’m going to swim over some of them.  I really focused on long powerful strokes with the high elbow catch position and felt really calm through most of the swim.  I found a solid pair of feet to draft off of which was nice for a change.  Every time I tapped his feet he kept speeding up which was good till the first turn around.  Since everyone was still somewhat in a pack I didn’t want to go too fast out of the gates.  After we turned the first buoy I turned up the jets a bit and moved through the ranks.  I paid attention to not wanting to use too much energy (at this point I realized I forgot my APX in the fridge) since I didn’t have anything in the system and nothing to drink on the bike (Fat stores don’t fail me now).  Out of the water in 6:51.. Looking back I probably spent a good 5-10 seconds making my way through the start and pack.  Since all the swim times started at the same time I need to start these things at the front of the pack.  I’m wasting too much time getting through everyone when I’m much faster than they are. 

The Bike! Bike Time – 39:23 18.94 mi/hr (20Mi/Hr Goal). 22/125

I had a solid transition to the bike.  The only different thing was that I had to put my lava pants in the T1 bag.  As I was running out with my bike I realized I forgot rubber bands for my shoes!  This wouldn’t usually be a problem except I couldn’t feel my feet it was so cold.  I spent another 5-10 seconds getting that first foot on top of the shoe and on my way.  Getting out was a bit rough with some speed bumps here and some sharp turns here and there but once we hit the 76 things really started to go well.  The course got straight and I could deal with the fog, but hit a false flat (I should say downhill) because what seemed like I should have been coasting it got a bit harder to pedal and I was slowing down.  Since downshifting a couple gears to pickup my cadence hit a solid pace of about 17-18 MPH which for me was slow but I couldn’t feel my feet and it felt like I was pedaling with stubs like a pirate.  As the sun started to appear as we went east I could start feeling my legs and feet again and I was able to pickup the pace to 22-24MPH which felt solid throughout the whole bike portion.  I slowed down a bit more than usual coming down the last bike straight way cause the road sucked and didn’t want to get a flat in the last straight way (I know my back tire needs to be replaced, but I didn’t want to do it on race day).  Nailed my dismount with my shoes still clipped in and I heard a crowd support say I was like a flying gorilla (I laughed inside).  Foggy again and feet where cold I finally hit a GU and some water, and hit the run!  Overall

The Run! Run Time – 28:37 9:13 min/mile. 74/125 Overall.

Here it is, my weakest part of triathlon.  Coming off the bike my feet were frozen and my calves started to cramp a bit right off the bike (realized I forgot my salt sticks) but the legs still felt good and I really focused on keeping my head up and not over striding.  I was cruising at a 9:15 min/mil pace and I felt really good about it, my head was up my ankle on my left side wasn’t going beyond my knee (at least when I checked).  As I was running I noticed that Marc was coming down the hill behind me (I thought he would have beat me out of the swim and the bike, he’s a small guy and fast), my 8 minute dinged and I walked about 30 seconds instead of the 1 minute.  I felt good about things why should I stop it’s only a 5K.  Then we started to hit some up hills at the pier and going up another hill down the street which slowed my pace a bit but over all I felt really good.  I was still cruising a 9:35 pace thanks to that 30 second walk bit which I shouldn’t have done.  Down the final stretch Marc finally passed me and I picked up the pace to a 9:12 min/mil and got across the finish line.  Little did I know that Andy Potts was the one giving me my medal which was really cool!

The Wrap up! – Great Race!

WP_20131020_003Once across the finish line I felt great. Ian Kelly happened to see me coming across telling me that it was a strong finish (I didn’t know my time yet) which was really cool. I still had plenty of gas in the tank and wondered that I should have done the International Distance but who cares I felt great I had fun and I made costly mistakes that probably contributed to a combined 5 minutes tacked to my time.  It was great to see some friends racing and meet Marc who I know through a mutual friend at work (we spoke on Facebook and both belong to the Tri Club) so it was cool to meet him and his son.  Also met a few other guys like Randy who ripped his shorts on the bike the poor guy.  I have to say that everyone I have met through the triathlon community has been awesome!  Finally I got my time print out and sure enough I had gotten 1st Place in Clydesdale but the best part was I felt great.   The LifeTime Tri Oceanside race was fun, it was fast, and it really was well put on.  I can’t wait to do it next year.  

Mission Bay Tri – 1st Place Overall–Relays!

What started as a reply to an e-mail to a fellow Tri Clubber turned into some swaps for members from injuries but we got a team together and met in person for the first time the Saturday before the event.  Come race day we all had great a great leg and killed it as the first relay team across the finish line.  Jeff who was the runner really brought home the gold sort to speak passing the only other relay team out of the blocks since I came in 2nd with the swim by about 30 seconds and Chris held down the bike portion with about the same 30 seconds behind the other team.  I think we’re going to stick together for the Koz Events next season so watch out San Diego “The Good, The Bad, and the …” are sticking around.  Our total time was 3 seconds over 1 hour at 1:00:03.   Congrats guys on an awesome race and great podium finish!

Lately the blog has been about training and about race results because well, that’s been what’s happening on the front lines.  Mentally it’s been an exhausting past few weeks!  With losing 100lbs adjusting mentally is much more difficult than adjusting physically.  It’s still hard to kick the fat guy mentality in how you view yourself.  You still have the access skin and you don’t take the easy way out through surgery so that just makes it a little bit harder.   I don’t let that keep me down though, there is no going back there is only pushing forward.  My body will adjust the way it needs to and I need to have faith in that.

I also made the choice this week to do 1 out of 3 Full Ironman’s before the end of 2015!  Nov 2014 is Ironman AZ which is my goal if I can be quick enough with my registration when it opens.  If not then it will be Ironman Coeur d’Alene or Ironman Wisconsin.  This was a big commitment for me.  I realize that the distance is one of the most demanding distances in the world and a true test of endurance.  I will need at least a year of prepping for the distance alone, but the hardest part will be preparing mentally.  Thankfully I have a year to prepare myself and I have a 70.3 coming up in March so 1 step at a time.

I had an interesting encounter with someone at the local 24 Hour Fitness who noticed my picture on their Facebook page (Yes I put it there) saying don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t do something.  So he said “Clydesdale doesn’t count as a division and just cause I took first doesn’t mean anything.”  I was a little taken back by his boldness and then I asked if he was a triathlete, he replied “I did a sprint distance a few years ago and didn’t like it.”  So I said then what makes you think that Clydesdale doesn’t count as a division?  He replied, “because that’s a fat person division.”   I said well are you a professional at anything?  He said, “No!”  So I said I guess you don’t mean anything either.   All I could do really is laugh at the ignorance of someone completely random person.  Yeah there are those who think that the Clydesdale/Athena Divisions don’t mean anything and there is a stigma that it’s for fat people because it’s governed by weight and not age.  But lets get 1 thing clear.  Those same people went out and raced the same course that the others did and they did their best.  I’ve been committed to showing people that just because you’re overweight doesn’t mean you can’t accomplish what you want to do.  That includes losing the weight to achieve it.

Been getting asked about the love life with everything going on as well.  My response has been what love life?  It’s hard to meet someone when your life lately has been training and being committed to something that was once a dream to have enough confidence to finally say “I can do that”.  So my mentality is back to, if it happens it happens.   Right now it ain’t happening so on with life.

First Place At TriRock San Diego Clydesdale.

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This race was my “A” race of the season and back in June I bumped it up from the Sprint to the Olympic distance.  Before the distance change I told myself that this race will be my entry into a more competitive aspect of the sport called “Triathlon”.  I told myself that if I trained and put in the effort that I could get on the podium.  Back in June after I signed up for the 70.3 Oceanside in March I increased my TriRock distance to Olympic and told myself I’ll use it as a gauge for how I will do for the 70.3.  The last couple weeks of training I’ve been congested and sick with a respiratory infection of some kind and still a bit congested and wasn’t feeling 100%.  But my goal was top 5 and a top 3 “podium” finish would be nice but I just wanted top 3.  When I checked the results all I saw was 1 out of 15, I had gotten first in a my first Olympic distance race and a race I thought went like crap!  As of 3:38PM in the afternoon I still can’t believe it.  My family came down to cheer me on which helped add to the pressure (I put that on myself btw.)  My mom was just happy I was doing it since triathlon has become a bit of a passion.  My family was super excited to be there and cheer me on.  Jojo came down as well to cheer me and our friend Diane who raced the Sprint distance with Team Challenge.  Diane killed her race and placed 2nd in her age group.

It’s been a long 3 months and I’m super happy it paid off with the top spot.  What really separated this race from the past is that I was I got some coaching through TriDot and I joined the Tri Club of San Diego (TCSD).  TriDot developed a custom training plan for me and we adjusted it every 4 weeks.  I had made the commitment to triathlon and being more competitive in the sport.  I enjoy it and while at times the training can suck and you want to just take a day off, you push through it.  Joining TCSD was something I should have done years ago when I did my first triathlon.  There are workouts every week in some type of sport that are complete free and the people are awesome and always willing to help one another.  Now some people will say I caught the tri bug, I like to say I finally embraced it and believed that it was something I can be good at.

The race report will be coming soon.