Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Decisions, Decisions, Decisions

Decisions, Decisions, Decisions... Cancel my 2014 NYC Marathon and do it in 2015 or Crush Ironman Arizona

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Ironman Training - Feeling Alone on the Bike and Am I Really Helping

After stripping off my wetsuit and prepped my bike for my 3 hour ride, I kissed Irene good bye.  I peddled away to join the Bike Pack for a ride around town.  A few more people joined the morning swim crew and we headed out.  After a few short minutes, the lead pack was at least a 1/4 mile down Route 51.  I was in a group with John, Susan, Jason, Mike and Kurt.  I did my best to keep up with my Coach's lead group.  After a few rights and lefts, eventually all of us either peeled off or pedaled away and I was left alone.  I did my best during the first loop and stayed with them for the most part.  The second half of my ride, I sort of got lost.  We all have different abilities and we want to do our best each time.  That is different for each of us.  It's not unusual to be left alone, as I train alone most of the time. 

Usually during long training sessions, it's nice to have your thoughts to yourself.  No customer questions or kids yelling at each other.  I usually end up thinking about Irene, the kids, finishing my races, Irene finishing her races, business, my friends, what's happening in my life, or something like why do I have so many socks that do not match.  Once and a while, I would pay attention to my watch to let me know to hit the gas or take it easy.  Avoiding the road kill of some animal, usually wakens me from my deep thoughts.

Even though I feel like I am riding "alone", I have a team that supports me.  My family team, work team, and even my triathlon team.  Which is important to accomplish the amazing.

This time, I thought about how it would feel if I came home with an empty stomach and went to bed hungry.  I thought about the 100,000 plus kids who go hungry every night.  Even my son, helped out in several food drives for Island Harvest this year standing outside of Shop and Stop or King Kullen doing food drives and collected close to 27,000 pounds.  Very proud of him!

When I first learned about Hunger On Long Island over 7 years ago, I was surprised that it even existed.  I felt ashamed for being ignorant.  There is so much more we can do! Several years ago, people who use to support Island Harvest are now going to Food Banks and Pantries to assistance.  This needs to end, and I have some ideas to make that happen for a few people!

By dedicating my Ironman Race, I believe my goal of raising $25,000 is just the beginning.  As I ended my ride, I thought about what else can I do. 

For now, what would be helpful is for you to visit http://bit.ly/CrowdriseIronmanHunger

That kid that you will feed today will be Ironman Grateful!

Ironman Training - Swam the Ironman Half Distance in Under an Hour

This morning Irene and I arrived in 2 separate cars, since she had to go to work after our swim at Wildwood Lake.  As I parked the truck, I noticed the mist hovering above the lake waiting to be disturbed by us triathletes.  The lake was peaceful as a lake should be at 6am.  No fisherman or drunk people were to be found at the beach where we normally enter into the water.

A handful of us entered the water and started swimming to the left the sun and its reflection.  Irene was still a little nervous and got to the halfway point.  She was about 25 yards behind me.  Then I noticed Coach, Danielle start swimming towards Irene to check in on her.  I finally got to the other side and Deepak was treading water and waited for me, which I really appreciated.  He completed Ironman Syracuse 70.3 a couple of weeks ago and this was his first time at the lake.

The both of us headed towards the far side of the lake which I never have been before.  I aimed for the house and some kind of floating thing.  We both finally made to be greeted by John, Jose and Shane.  As soon as we arrived, it was time to head back and get on our bikes.  John pointed to the light pole, like he was Babe Ruth pointing to where we was going hit his homerun.  Technically this is John's tapering week before he does his first Ironman at Lake Placid, but I am not sure if he is quite tapering...  That is another story, and he looks strong for his race!

About 25 minutes later, I finally stood up and Irene was waiting for me and Deepak said his Garmin showed 1.32 miles.  I thought perfect, because my watch did not pick up 0.23 miles and showed that I did 1.09 in 58.55, which means I should be good for Timberman 70.3 next month.  A little more training and I should be faster.  Never thought I would be able to swim that far ever. Note, Ironman Swim Distance is 2.4 miles.

On to the bike!

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Ironman Training - I Can Power 3 Light Bulbs!

Today, I got to see my starting point in terms of how much power I can produce during my bike ride.  It sort of like how many light bulbs can I light up.  So my average was 204 and my Functional Threshold Power was 193 based on my Age and Weight.  Based on that I can light 3 light bulbs!

To get those numbers, I rode my bike around the loop at Hecksher State Park.  It about a 4 mile loop which is fairly flat, however the wind coming off the bad can be very wild.  And it was that day!

So the Power Meter that I opted for was the Stages Power Meter. The one that fit my bike was the FSA left side crank.  It fit budget and I wanted to swap out my wheels at any time.  The drawback is that I don't have numbers for each leg.  Stages uses an average of the legs.

The great thing is that the Meter is compatible with my Garmin 910XT Training Watch.

I am so excited to see how my perceived power compares to my actual power.  Stay tune for those numbers to increase!

Monday, June 9, 2014

Ironman Training - Swimming Backwards with the Kickboard

Since my Achilles is not 100%, my Coach added more biking and swimming for this week.  So today, I had to swim and she included the kickboard as part of my yardage.  Well that was no fun!

I grab the kickboard and start using my legs and feet and actually go backwards.  There was no warning about going backwards!!!! It turns out that the strengthening of my ankles because my running make by ankle inflexible.  So my the motion to propel forward is not easy for me. 

I will keep trying because a little boost from the feet during the swim will help a little!  We shall see!