Friday, February 20, 2015

Consider Renting a Home for your Next Race

As I plan out my racing, I find myself planning vacations around my race schedule.  I find that living in a hotel was fun, but I now enjoy renting homes near the race starts.

We started last year renting homes when I did the Timberman Half Ironman up at Lake Winnipesaukee, NH which was about a mile away from the start.  It was a nice condo which had a pool and a section where we can swim in open water.  Unfortunately the water was cold to be in the water for long.

This summer when we volunteer at Ironman Lake Placid we got another place.

I like that I more space for the kids be able to move around.   The kids are bigger and just take up more space!  I like that I can prep my own food.   And it's typically more cost effective.


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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

After 66 days, Now I feel like an Ironman

I have the Manhattan Half Marathon this weekend, so today I did some speed work to loosen up the legs with some catch up repeats.  Basically, I did 6x400 at a 8:57 pace.  I can do them faster, but I am still a little gun shy about pushing it since most of last year, my Achilles really acted up with tendonosis, so I really felt that I did not train enough for the run part of Ironman Arizona.  In fact, throughout my running career of 6 plus years and counting, each year, I have had to deal with some kind of injury.

Even though, Mike Reilly spoke into the microphone, "Noah Lam, New York, You're and Ironman, Noah, Congratulations".  Crossing the finish line in Tempe left me wanting.  I diminshed my accomplishment because I could not "run" the entire race.  So for 66 days, I have had that thought haunting me that I was not good enough.  Even with the support of my family, friends, Cactus Buddies, my Wildwood Warriors Triathlon Team, Iron Fit Endurance Team, and complete strangers, I felt like I did not earn the title, Ironman.

It was a strong workout, my ankle felt good to go for this weekend. As I hung up the sweaty shirt that I wore today for my workout in the locker, I then realized the mDot was facing me.  I smiled and finally came to grips that I did my best and I did earn the title, Ironman.  While I tell everyone that being an Ironman was about the journey, it really sunk in today, that it is really about the journey.

So the next chapter in this Blog will be about getting to the next level with my running and I have set my sights on qualifying for the 2017 or 2018 Boston Marathon by making my the 2016 or 2017 Chicago Marathon the race to make it.  It depends on the scheduling and timing.  I might have to adjust it, but I am going to Boston one way or another!  And more importantly, I will earn this jacket!

This year and next will also be about my role as Sherpa for Irene as she takes on 2016 Ironman Lake Placid.

I will be back in 2018 for my next Ironman, either Boulder or Wisconsin!




Thursday, January 15, 2015

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Friday, January 9, 2015

M Dot 140.6 Sticker



It's time to get one, and I am surprised that I have not gotten one yet!


Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Moroccan Carrot Salad


INGREDIENTS (makes 1 serving)

  • 3 medium carrots, grated
  • 2 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
  • 2 Tbsp. chopped fresh cilantro (or parsley) 
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • 1/4 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp. ground paprika 
  • 1 dash cinnamon 
  • 1/2 tsp. Himalayan Salt
  • 1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper (to taste; optional)

DIRECTIONS 

Combine carrots, oil, lemon juice, cilantro, garlic, cumin, paprika, cinnamon, salt, and cayenne (if desired) in large bowl; mix well. Cover and marinate in refrigerator for 2 to 3 hours before serving.

Friday, December 26, 2014

My Favorite Moment of 2014

Comment Below with your Favorite Moment of 2014?
2014 was Epic! As I think about the past year, there were so many special moments with my friends and family. From watching Zachary's face as he scrolled down the placement list of this duathlon to find out he had a top 10 performance, to watching Elijah in his gymnastics show which he made it look so effortless, to Emily pursuing her culinary career when she was so excited to help out in the kitchen of a real restaurant, to when I saw Irene's eye change from "I can't do it" an Ironman to "I am going to be an Ironman" herself as we sat in the Bench and watched our friends cross that finish line at Ironman Lake Placid. All great moments!


Many would think crossing the line at Ironman Arizona, and having Mike Reilly say, "Noah Lam, New York, You're and Ironman! Congrats, Noah!" would have been the highlight of the year.

Actually, My Favorite Moment of 2014 happened early in 2014. I was happy to go for a run alone in the snowfall. As I looped back, I looked over my shoulder and notice someone else enjoying a run. I said to myself, "that guy is crazy to go out to run." Then I recognized the running gait and it was Zachary. I paused and was reminded of how lucky I am to be able to be breathing, be living life to the fullest and be able to share it with someone I love. He was so excited to do his Ninja Shadow Running without me know that we was following me. As we ran back home, it was only our foot steps in the snow 

I would love for you to share your favorite moment of 2014 below.