Sunday, January 26, 2014

Battle of the Sexes - The Challenge

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Saturday, January 25, 2014

Ironman Training - Run - January 24, 2014

My head said 12 miles, but I ended up with 7 miles on the treadmill at World Gym.  I ramped up the speed from 5 mph to 6, but it felt so hard.  I will make the attempt during the week.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Ironman Training - Swim - January 23, 2014

Today, I decided to get my swim in.  Did about a mile, not sure if how accurate my Garmin is.  I did swim about 40 minutes and it felt great!  I use to be worried about getting to the other side of the pool, and all was thinking, you can do this :)

To finish off the day, Irene and I are doing Focus T25 - Upper Focus.  Still working my core as much as possible.  Also including some hip exercised that my Triathlon Coach emailed me!

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Saturday, January 18, 2014

Sayville Running Company 10 Mile Run to the Brewery

This awesome race was filled with many runners who ran the local streets.  At first, we all ran past and then away from the Blue Point Brewing Company, around the towns of Blue Point and Bayport, and finally back towards the brewery. In the title of the race, I figured the run would be a point to point race.  In reality it was a nice "loop." 

Irene and I were greeted by many friends at the race, which is always cool.  We got to put a face to different Facebook friends as well, which is even cooler.  Most of them were at least 2-5 minutes faster than us, and they took off as soon as the timer started. 

Many of the runners have trained on the course during the weeks leading up to the race.  Unfortunately, my schedule did not allow for me to get to know all the lefts and rights.  Actually, I prefer running on a course that I have never done before.  The adventure of doing something new always keeps the left and right fresh.  I have run on the South Shore of Long Island and it is usually flat, which was a perfect long run to start 2014 with as I build my base for my Ironman race in November.

I did my best to run the course in tangents like I normally do during a long run, basically to reduce the actual miles during the race, especially with all the corners I encountered during this race.   I must have saved at least a 1/2 mile overall during this chilly day.  

Both Blue Point and Bayport are quaint Long Island suburban neighborhoods that include very small and very large homes along the tree lined streets.  The best scenery during the race was a left turn onto Newport Street, that opened up to the Great South Bay.  You can see Fire Island in the Distance.

During the race, I thought about what is going to happen in 2014 and I look forward to sharing my adventures with you.  The last mile I quickened my pace a little, which slowed after mile after mile.  I noticed that my untrained legs were feeling tired as they should be since I have not been running as much as I should for a 10 mile race.  Never-the-less, I love challenges.  The good thing is that I have lost 12 pounds with some swimming, biking, very little running, and Focus T25 over the past 6 weeks, and that really helped the pounding on the joint that comes from running.

As I cross the finish line I stopped the watch around 01:45:43.  I wanted to make sure I broke 2 hours and I was also thinking of breaking 01:50.  Which I did with out stopping.  Actually, I hesitated at Mile 6.3 for some Gatorade because I did not want to spill any onto my glove.  Staying dry is important.  Normally I would not care about getting wet, but temperatures close to freezing does not make for a fun run.  Anyway, a bunch of little plastic 6oz cups were filled with water a few yards from the finish.  I grabbed a cup and walked back on the course to cheer on Irene on her finish.  She did a great 2 hours and 15 minutes.

We walked back to the Brewery who had a Tent set up with refreshments that included, soda, cakes, sandwiches, fruit and of course Beer!  A live band was jamming away in the middle of the tent.  We grabbed some goodies for the kids and headed home.  It was  good run.


Friday, January 17, 2014

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Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Road ID - Who Am I - Safety Tips when Training

There was a recent story of Rynn Berry, 68, who collapsed from a cardiac arrest after  jogging in Prospect Park in Brooklyn.  The scary thing was that he was unconscious at New York Methodist Hospital for several days until his half-brother, Charles, identified him.   Unfortunately, he did not carry any identification with him so that they can contact his family sooner.  It was only until the authorities released his picture to the public that anyone knew that the Vegetarian Expert was missing.  In fact, a friend posted his picture on my Facebook Wall, so that I can share the picture to the different running groups that I belong to help identify him. 

Many professional and amateur athletes never think that a short run, bike or swim will finish in a hospital.  It's the last thing anyone thinks about.  In fact as more and more people are getting fit and training for different races, the odds are that you might get into an accident with car.  Or what do you do if you slip and fall and hit your noggin.  Who will anyone know who to call.

It's more and more important to prepare, regardless of how long you will be out.  If it's 5 minutes to 6 hours, it only takes a few minutes to prepare.  1.  If you can, let someone know where you will be going and for how long.  If you don't come back by the time you suggested, they should start worrying and they at least know where you might have gone.  2.  Bring your Cell Phone.  While it is a pain to carry a cell phone, if something bad happens you can still call someone to pick you up.  3.  Hydrate.  Either carry a water bottle with your favorite hydration liquid, stash your water along the route, or bring money or a credit card to buy something at the store.  4.  Most important is to carry some kind of identification and emergency contact info. 

I use to carry my wallet and a credit card in case something happened or I needed to get something to eat during a long run.  Then I got use to running without.  That is why I am so happy that my wife bought me a Road ID bracelet.  I started not to carry anything, because I did not want to be weighed down with anything.  So when I received my gift.  It was the perfect gift for me.  Basically it's a ID bracelet that has customized print laser etched on to the metallic plate.  It has my name, my wife name and phone and my mothers info.  It gives my wife a peace of mind.

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Thursday, January 9, 2014

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Tuesday, January 7, 2014

In the Saddle with the Adamo Time Trial

So when I purchased my Triathlon Bike, it came with the Prologo Nago Evo Tri40 saddle.  While I have ridden several hours on it, I felt or I should say my Butt felt the need to test out a different seat and get more comfortable in preparation of hours of riding for the months ahead of me.  My estimation for the the bike portion of my Ironman will be about 6 to 8 hours.  That is a long time for anyone to sit, and a really long time to sit on basically a rail with some padding, so might as well test out different seats.

I heard great things about the comfort from a brand called Adamo by ISM Seat.  A bunch of my friends are using it, and as I researched further, I realized there were different models to choose from.  They have a seat finder and I began to narrow the choices for a performance, triathlon, flat and Ironman distance.  It looks like if I chose hills, the options change, so I will take on the Time TrialModel first

After a bike clinic at my bike shop, Carl Hart.  I decided to take the test model home.  It was easy to swap out, but I still needed to position the saddle correctly.  So I visited the ISM site and watched the video for tips.  Unlike a normal saddle with a single nose, the Adamo splits the nose and widens the split nose to accommodate the sit bones which is all you need to sit.  Basically the muscles and fat are there for cushion when you sit on a chair, but for a bicycle, you don't really need your muscle and fat that is attached to your butt.

I made the seat adjustments as best I could and began an interval type of ride.  While, I was thinking it would feel like I would be sitting in my Herman Miller Office Chair.  It did feel better than the Prologo saddle, but after a half an hour, I noticed that my right ____ was getting a little numb.  So I moved around and readjusted.  

Overall, it was better than other my current seat, and I will test out another Adamo models and keep making adjustments and fine tuning my experience as I train for my races.

Monday, January 6, 2014

P90X3 Cross Training Shoe by Asics

Tony Horton mentions this shoe while he is explaining the moves in P90X3.  Since there are alot of side to side movements, a running shoe typically is designed to front and back motion, and not side to side.  He does not mentioned the brand in the DVD's but it appears to be the Asics Fortius TR Cross Training Shoe.

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Saturday, January 4, 2014

Ironman Training - Learn to Change a Tire

Today I took a Bike Repair Clinic on how to change a Tire.  For the longest time, I wasn't sure what to do.  Even watching a few YouTube Videos, I still felt very uncomfortable  removing my tire and tacking this task.  I'd rather bring my tire into the tiny shop around the corner and have them do it.  However, as I started my triathlon training, being proficient at changing my tire tube was an absolute and not an option any more.  Otherwise these articles will be about walking instead of training for my Ironman.

Around 10am I opened the door of Carl Hart, my local bike shop located in Middle Island, NY.  Carl Hart Germany to a finally landing on Long Island.  Current Owners are a Father and Son Team, Fred and Darren Feller.  Well as I walked into the door, Darren was there to greet me and we chatted a little bit before heading to the back for the clinic.  I also met up with Carrie, who recently got into triathlons as well.
has a lot of history for the 100 year that the business has been around moving from

10 people showed up with their front tires and stood around Brian, the head bike mechanic explain and give some hints about what to do when your tire goes flat.  Who really wants to be stranded on a trail or on the road.  Either you can change the flat or walk.  Each one of us wanted to ride back from where ever we rode to.  Anticipating the  long training rides in my future, I wanted to make sure that if I ever get a flat that I was prepared to replace the tube.  On race day, there will be bike support, but on everyday rides, I will be alone with my thought of "Damn it!" or "Yes, I know what to do!"

Here is what happened next:
  • First thing Brian had us do was to simulate the flat, so we all deflated our tires.
  • Next we used the tire levers, a piece of plastic, that you can wedge between the rim and the tire.  Starting from 180 degrees from the valve stem.  We stuck the lever into the tire to release it from the rim
  • From there we began to move the lever around the rim, so that one side of the tire would release from the rim.
  • Now we can remove the "damaged" tube
  • Then we rotated the tire to inspect the tire, using our fingers to feel inside and visually inspecting the
    outside for any sharp objects that caused the flat.  Be careful for any sharp things.
  • Afterwards, inspect the rim tape, that covers the end parts of the spokes into the rim.  If there are and parts exposed, you must cover them otherwise you will end up with a flat again.
  • Once everything looks clear, you can grab your new tube and put a little air into it to give it some shape.  It makes it easier to work with.  You can use a tire pump or blow with your mouth.  I opted to use my lungs for this clinic, and it was easy.
  • We all started to insert the slightly inflated tube back into the tire and rim, and the little air helped push
    the tube back into it's original home.
  • Now it was time to push back the tire into position, by starting at the valve stem side and going around the both sides at the same time pushing the rubber on the tires with our thumbs over the side of the rim.  The hardest part was the section furthest away from the valve stem.  However with a little fiddling, everything was back into its original spot.
  • Then we re-inspected the tire-rim-tube to make sure that the
    tube did not stick over any sides and was inside the tire, basically you can pinch the tire around to make sure the tube was in the middle of the tire before re-inflating.
  • We all waited for the tire pump, and some used a CO2 cartridge for a quicker inflation.  Basically you can use a mini pump, and it can take minutes to inflate the tire.  With the CO2 cartridge, it takes seconds.  Brian noted to slowly use the CO2 to make sure there are no bulges before completely inflating.
What was once a scary action step has not been demystified!  I recommend that you find a local bike shop and find out if they have any clinics.  Happy Riding and see you at a Race!

Friday, January 3, 2014

How many Calories are burned during Shoveling Snow

How many Calories burned during 

Shoveling Snow

By Hand

408 calories per hour

Assuming a body weight of: 150 lbs
This is equivalent to eating any of the lines of the following table.
1.5Grande Starbucks Caffe Latte - Made with whole milk272
0.6McDonald's Big Mac - With cheese704
5.2Glasses of wine (3.5 fl oz)79
1.5Snickers Bar273
2Cans of Coca-Cola207


Wednesday, January 1, 2014

My Ironman Journey Begins

Wow the end of 2013 has arrived.   2014, I will be reporting back on my usual running adventures that you have come to expect from me for the past 5 years.  Next year, you might read something about swallowing lots of lake/river water, crashing my new bike, P90X3, or Irene and one of the kids doing their races as well.  Some of you know what that is all about, others might scratching your head and thinking, “What the heck is he up to now?”  Well, on November 16, 2014, as the sun sets in the distance with an interesting shade of reddish orange, with flood lights illuminating the stands filled with cheering strangers standing alongside Irene and Emily, and I eventually will grab Zachary’s and Elijah’s from the crowd to run the last tenth of a mile to cross the finish line that was set up at Tempe Beach Park in Arizona.  After swimming 2.4 miles, biking 112 miles and running 26.2 miles, the plan is that Elijah and I will do a cartwheel together, as Mike Reilly announces, “Noah Lam, You are an Ironman!”
About 2 months after waking up at Stony Brook University Hospital from a seizure caused by sleep deprivation which irritated a malformation that I was apparently born with in my noggin, I turn to Irene and say, “I going to do an Ironman.”   It wasn’t the meds or the frying of my grey matter.  While I have been on my marathon journey to run a marathon in all 50 states, an Ironman was something that I thought about for about 2 years, especially after my friend Scott completed his Ironman race.  Heck if he could do it.  It was something that I added to my long bucket list.  Now I am going to do it!  It was the same feeling when I said to Irene, that I was going to do a marathon.  It was the feeling of endless possibility.  My heart said, “Why not me.”
So on Monday morning after the completion of the 2013 Ironman Arizona, I stood in line at 4:15am with about 2000 others who have dreamt of being called an Ironman for the first time and others looking to perform better than a previous time before.  I was never so excited to hand over my credit card and receive my entry to Ironman Arizona 2014.

The motto of Ironman…”Anything is Possible.”