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One Hour Ironman (bob shuler)



A LIGHT HEARTED APPROACH TO OUR CHOSEN HOBBY.... SERIOUSLY.



Updated: 2018-03-06T19:16:21.519-05:00

 



6on6 act 2

2014-03-13T20:51:18.460-04:00

Next week I head to Melbourne.  My second iron race of the year.  Well Aware is going to provide me with business cards to hand out during the marathon directing people to the site to give.  I am lucky enough to have a fellow Rotarian to stay with in Melbourne so that will help on the expense side .  

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Cheers



Knock Knock Knocking on Heaven's Door

2013-12-05T14:23:23.914-05:00

The strangest thing happened to me this past Monday.
I was at the dentist's office to finish out the root canal I started 2 weeks ago.
Actually you can go back 4 weeks because it started out as a crown replacement but morphed into a root canal since I apparently had a partial dead root.
Well I love nitrous.... or should I say I hate the sound of drills, the smell,  and pain..... therefore I love nitrous.
My doc is a 31 year old guy who actually lives around the block from me.   Quite a character and loves to practical joke.   He is athletic also so I gave him a copy of my book and am recruiting him into Ironman racing.
So 4 weeks ago they have a Paul Simon Graceland CD playing in the background... they were about to turn it off and I told them "no, this is one of the best CDs ever made"  so  they left it on.   Apparently instead of regulating the nitrous they just have two settings.... ON  and OFF.  I went completely out and worried the crap out of the dental technician.  They finally were able to bring me out of the trance.
Nitrous went better 2 weeks ago and I brought my own music and headset...
This past Monday they gave me nitrous and I go completely out (1 setting on the nitrous... FULL out) ... but I can still hear the conversation around me.... it was the exact same conversation from 4 weeks ago with back and forth between dentist and technician and "Graceland" playing in the background.   I actually thought I was dead... literally.... it was "Groundhog Day" and I was reliving my past.
They finally brought me around and things were OK...  They had put on Graceland while I was under since they knew I liked it..... WOW

The bizzare thing?   At the exact same time I thought I was dying a good friend from high school died back in my home town...

Freaky !!....

Tee minus 6 weeks till Continent Number 1



IT IS CLOSE TO GO TIME !!

2013-12-09T13:19:46.002-05:00

6on6in14 starts in 7 weeks.
HITS Naples Florida is the first race on the first continent.
Training has been going reasonably well.  I did an 80 miler this weekend in 90F heat.  Grueling and I lacked electrolytes but even given that... I did good
Well Aware has me up on their site and I am now working a direct link from my domain of "6on6in14.com" to my fund raising page.
CHALLENGE TAIWAN is great.  They have located me a bed and breakfast 5 minute walk from the race venue for $50 and they put me on their Facebook page.  Great group and they are now in North America.. I highly recommend them.
I need a race kit....  EPIX is the way to go.   They actually will work on the whole design with you and the price of the kit is barely more than buying a stock one off the shelf.  Another great company.
 
That's about it.... I do need to get in the pool again though... I will start that in the next week or so..
 
Cheers!!!
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Reflections

2013-12-09T13:20:00.740-05:00

Today was my long ride for the week..  Somewhere between 60 and 70 miles.
As I got ready to go out on my weekly ride I checked my FB page.
There was a posting that my HS class lost another classmate.
Nathan Davis.
I didn't know Nathan too well in HS only that he was one of 4 or 5 black kids in a class of 750.
Yep, I came from one of the most lilly white areas of this country and one that historically has been known to be a bunch of bigots... West Virginia.
Funny thing is even back in 1973 our class didn't exhibit any racial issues... at least none that I remember.
All those things were going through my head  as I got ready to make my weekly ride.
I also reflected that having just come from my 40th reunion, that if the people I saw just dedicated a bit of their time to exercising, that we wouldn't be counting the fallen oh so often..

Today I did a 30 mile out and back solo and then picked up Brandon and Jason (he is the guy who owned the house we almost bought) to do the 30 miler all over again.  We have really never known the elevation change of the rides we do only what MayMyRide tells us..  Brandon had his Garmin today and it turns out that 30 miler has about 1400 feet of gain... so 2800 feet was the climb for me today...

I feel great... I feel absolutely ready for the 6 continent challenge... and I just wish a few more of my classmates shared my love for maintaining a healty life style..

Now go out and enjoy the outdoors... bike, run, swim...

Cheers!
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Joe vs. Kevin

2013-12-09T13:20:38.890-05:00

Every year in my age group at Kona I can always look forward to Joe Bonness, the pride of Naples Florida going against Kevin Moats from Georgia.  Well at least until a couple years ago.  Moats was busted by WTC for using testosterone injections several years back.   I haven't seen Joe or Kevin out there on the circuit since.   Joe was somewhat aggravated that WTC didn't pull Moats' previous wins since he admits to using T injections for several years.  Moats claims a medical condition but also admits that after the injections he has tremendous energy (in an interview with Ben Greenfield)... duh, you think?Here is a article Joe did for his local newspaper several years ago...."Iron Joe" Bonness can relate to all of those competitors who finished behind Lance Armstrong.He knows what it's like to finish second even though he knew he was the best.The local triathlete knows how it feels to lose to someone who cheats."There were rumors. You're not supposed to be using anything," said Bonness of his closest competitor.He couldn't say he is was surprised when it was announced Kevin Moats, an Atlanta man he had been swapping victories with for years, was suspended from competition for a year for doping.In a statement released last month, the World Triathlon Corp. announced that an independent, three member panel issued its decision that Moats committed a doping violation. Moats received a one-year period of ineligibility effective Jan. 30, 2012, which is when he tested positive. He had been suspended from WTC competition since notice of the finding in January.He tested positive for testosterone, which is on the World AntiDoping Agency's Prohibited List and by the WTC rules. Moats admitted at his arbitration hearing to taking supplemental testosterone, contending and producing documentation that he was taking the testosterone under a doctor's supervision since 2005.Moats' suspension came as one of the world's most recognized athletes was stripped of his titles for using banned substances to enhance his racing ability. Armstrong, the seven-time champion of the Tour de France, was banned for life from competing because of doping.Bonness, whose bright blue eyes flash when he talks about it, believes a year's punishment for Moats is not enough. He said he would like to see his competitor stripped of everything he won from 2005 on and be forced to return any trophies or awards."He got seven or eight Kona slots out of this. Those are valuable," he said, referring to a spot in the Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii.The Naples Daily News contacted the WTC about what would become of Moats' wins and whether he would be required to return any awards, but did not receive a response.Bonness began competing in triathlons in 1984, biking 25 miles as part of a team competing in the Naples Olympic distance triathlon, a race that is no longer in existence. He competed in his first solo triathlon in 1988."I got hooked," he said. "I wanted to see what my endurance was, what my capabilities are."He got better, did more and even competed in the same triathlons as Lance Armstrong. In 1991, he raced his first Ironman, which is one of the world's most grueling races. The 140.6-mile combination of swimming, biking and running requires training, almost a professional's knowledge of how to fuel a body and endurance — lots of it."When I got out of the water, I was in eighth place," he said. "I was second off the bike and I was run down by two people. I finished fourth." He would get a slot in the Ironman World Championship in Kona, Hawaii two years later."I got beat up on that course," he said. "I finished in 10 hours and 23 minutes."While he was competing, Moats was competing too."You would hit all of the qualifiers so that you could eventually get a slot (in Kona)," said Bonness. "We would go back and forth (winning our age group), but by 2000, I was beating him continuously."Something changed [...]



Well Aware

2013-12-09T13:21:06.261-05:00

6 Ironman races on 6 continents is fast approaching.  I have officially joined forces with Well Aware which is a local charity here in Austin.  They are small, but the percentage of money that gets to the kids in Africa for the drilling of wells is very high.   The founder, Sarah Evans, has been honored numerous times for her relentless giving ways most recently by Maria Shriver in a national news article.

I will be redoing my blog to reflect links to the Well Aware site and would like to get as much traction from the blog community to visit this site or the one to be launched at Well Aware.com probably by mid November.

It is truly shocking to think that 4 billion man hours are spent every year in Africa by children and women in the collection of clean drinking water.  Even so, over 4,000 children die every day because they lack this simple basic human necessity.

Together we can make a difference.

I am not sure if I will finish the 6 continents but I know that failure is not an option.
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40th.... REALLY?

2013-12-09T13:21:38.741-05:00

I am having my 40th high school reunion this coming weekend.  I went to Parkersburg High School in Parkersburg West Virginia.   There are only 2 high schools in Pburg so there were 700+ in my graduating class.  Surprisingly over 15% of my class has died.   Shocking.I really don't feel like it has been 40 years.  Well let me qualify that.  It seems ages ago but I don't feel any less fit.  That is a good thing I guess.I was trying to get the first annual class of 1973 iron distance competition going but there wasn't a whole lot of support for that.  I guess I will just have to kick everyone's butt in the golf outing instead.Believe it or not, the thing that bothers me about going this weekend is the fact that I won't get to do my long ride.... bummer.Yesterday I did the dam loop.  48 miles door to door.  I was riding alone so I decided to make it a little internal competition.  How fast could I go door to door and what would be the riding time.  It was overcast which helped on the temperture and humidity was not bad.  I went door to door in 2:58 and riding time 2:50.  Average speed 17 mph.   I was pleasantly pleased with the results.I actually bought a bike computer to put on my new aero bottle Charisa sent me.  Just basic info.  speed, ave. speed, distance.  That's all I care about.  I loved having information again.  I have been riding "blind" for the past 2 years.  I loved that too but glad to be back to technology.Ironman 70.3 Championships were yesterday.  Notably Bree Wee came in 18th.  She was the 34th qualifier so she definitely moved up the ladder.  I loved the tats on 2nd place finisher Heather Jackson..   the tatto shop is actually one of her sponsors.6on6in14.com 6on6in14.com 6on6in14.com 6on6in14.com 6on6in14.com6on6in14.com 6on6in14.com 6on6in14.com 6on6in14.com 6on6in14.com6on6in14.com 6on6in14.com6on6in14.com 6on6in14.com 6on6in14.com 6on6in14.com 6on6in14.com 6on6in14.com 6on6in14.com 6on6in14.com6on6in14.com 6on6in14.com 6on6in14.com 6on6in14.com 6on6in14.comWell Aware  Well Aware   Well Aware  Well Aware   Well Aware  Well Aware   Well AwareWell Aware  Well Aware   Well Aware  Well Aware   Well Aware  Well Aware   Well AwareWell Aware  WeWell Aware  Well Aware   Well Aware  Well Aware   Well Aware  Well Aware   Well Awarell Aware   Well Aware  Well Aware   Well Aware  Well Aware   Well AwareWell Aware  Well Aware   Well Aware  Well Aware   Well Aware  Well Aware   Well AwareWell Aware  Well Aware   Well Aware  Well Aware   Well Aware  Well Aware   Well AwareWWell Aware  Well Aware   Well Aware  Well Aware   Well Aware  Well Aware   Well Awareell Aware  Well Aware   Well Aware  Well Aware   Well Aware  Well Aware   Well AwareWell Aware  Well Aware   Well Aware  Well Aware   Well Aware  Well Aware   Well Aware[...]



HITS NAPLES 2014

2013-12-09T13:22:06.590-05:00

I signed up for my last race of 2014 to complete the 6 on 6 circuit.  Interestingly enough it is the first race of the season in January.  HITS series races do not fill up like Mdots do so you can wait till the last minute to get in.  Sept 7 was the cut off for the $300 entry fee so I got my money in before it goes up to $450.   I wish all my races could be like that and that cheap also.Looking at the tally of money we have:HITS Naples: $300IM Melbourne:  $950IM South Africa $450Challenge Taiwan  $400IronCat Spain: $300IM Brazil: $950 (plus EST other lodging)I have been reading books to both get ideas for my next book and also to study up on racing so many IMs at one time.  Fireman Rob (Rob Verhelst) has one out that I just read and interestingly enough his 2012 journey started at HITS Naples.  Having walked a bit with him at Couer d'Alene I am really looking forward to joining his special club of crazy people feats.  I got my prize from Charisafor a contest she had several weeks ago.  I love my new aero bottle and probably wouldn't have purchased one myself... so thanks Charisa.  Hope to see you in Austin in October.After the HHH last weekend, I am 100% and looking to knock out the 50 mile Dam loop tomorrow with Brandon.  I am hoping to be back to my old self tomorrow and not slack off so much as I did a couple weeks ago with him..What else?  I bought my second son a 2008 Subaru WRX.  4 wheel drive hot rod that seems to hold its value real well..  Now that we have a modified Genesis Coupe turbo, WRX turbo and Miata I am looking to start our next hobby... Sports Car Club of America auto crossing...About itCheers!6on6in14.com 6on6in14.com 6on6in14.com 6on6in14.com 6on6in14.com6on6in14.com 6on6in14.com 6on6in14.com 6on6in14.com 6on6in14.com6on6in14.com 6on6in14.com6on6in14.com 6on6in14.com 6on6in14.com 6on6in14.com 6on6in14.com 6on6in14.com 6on6in14.com 6on6in14.com6on6in14.com 6on6in14.com 6on6in14.com 6on6in14.com 6on6in14.comWell Aware  Well Aware   Well Aware  Well Aware   Well Aware  Well Aware   Well AwareWell Aware  Well Aware   Well Aware  Well Aware   Well Aware  Well Aware   Well AwareWell Aware  WeWell Aware  Well Aware   Well Aware  Well Aware   Well Aware  Well Aware   Well Awarell Aware   Well Aware  Well Aware   Well Aware  Well Aware   Well AwareWell Aware  Well Aware   Well Aware  Well Aware   Well Aware  Well Aware   Well AwareWell Aware  Well Aware   Well Aware  Well Aware   Well Aware  Well Aware   Well AwareWWell Aware  Well Aware   Well Aware  Well Aware   Well Aware  Well Aware   Well Awareell Aware  Well Aware   Well Aware  Well Aware   Well Aware  Well Aware   Well AwareWell Aware  Well Aware   Well Aware  Well Aware   Well Aware  Well Aware   Well [...]



Hotter n Hell 100

2013-12-09T13:22:36.387-05:00

The bucket list race is in the books.  I have always wanted to do the Hotter N Hell and yesterday I did, and there is no reason to ever go back.  More on that later.I was meeting up with Jason Bahamundi (CookEatTrainRace) and Jeff Irvin at the expo and sign in at the convention center in Wichita Falls Texas around 2:30pm.   Check in went quick and easy and the expo appeared to be the size of a typical marathon on steroids.  The only thing I needed at the expo was 2 insulated water bottles and after that was taken care of we were off to the Motel 6.This appeared to be a work in progress motel.  There was a court yard that was grass and benches and this was the "new" parking lot for the motel.  The original office building appeared to have been torn down to make room for the grassy parking area.   Internally the rooms were completely redone.  Although is said non smoking, either the workman or prior guests did not heed this sign.  Luckily the new floors were hardwood look alike so we could go bare foot without worry of catching any disease.Dinner was early at an Appleby  and off to bed around 8:30.  Up at 4:30 to get ready to head down to the event breakfast that started at 5.  Jeff has a Honda Element so 3 bikes fit perfectly in back.  Jason squatted in the middle for the 2 mile trip to the convention center. Jockeying for a spot at the starting line is always fun.  It reminded me of a marathon with bikes.  Jeff had 2 friends near the front and we were able to locate them.  We were probably about 200 bikes back from the start line.   The first off at 7am were the people that paid extra money to ride with a pace group.  We went at 7:05.   The first 25 miles or so was mass humanity on a bike.  There really wasn't a whole lot of carnage on the road at the beginning which surprised me.  Of course we were near the front but it was still quite crowded.  About 5 miles in Don Canada and Dustin (my second crew of  Lakeway riding partners) come up on our side and say hello.  And then they took off.  We had great plans to stay together (Jeff, Jason and 2 others) but that didn't work out too well.  We got split up around mile 20.  But there was always a line to join on to for the first 60 miles.  The roads early on were great but around 20 they became chip seal and rough.  Miles per hour dropped from 22 to under 20.  And then the hills hit.  Chip seal and hills and then the heat and not to many pace lines.  Did I mention at 35 we headed the next 40 miles into wind.    What I am trying to say is the first hour and a half was GREAT.... and then HHH reality set in.  I started cramping in my quads around mile 50 to 60.  Hells Gate is at mile 60.  There are many stories on why it is called that but I can tell you my story of why... It is pure hell after mile 60.  You have entered the oven and you are not even close to home.   Jeff told me later his bike computer said 108F and I believe it.   I obviously didn't take enough electrolytes and as slight as some of the hills were, they seemed like mountains.   I was running completely on my watch with no odometer and since they don't mark the distance like they do in an Ironman, I was completely blind on where I was.  At one point I thought I was within 3 miles of the finish and found out I was 12 miles away.  Just to rub it in the race is 102 and not 100.Carnage on the road.   The carnage was later in the race.  I saw multiple groups down, ambulances, people on the side of the road screaming in pain.  The reason was as people got tired and sore they just didn't pay attention and these grou[...]



$2000 in baggage handling fees?

2013-12-09T13:23:01.092-05:00

Historically, bike handling fees were around $100 each way on major airlines.  Well, they have increased and now when you leave the country they are $200.  That is $200 each way.   So next year, I will spend $2000+ taking my bike around the world.  Crap, that would almost pay for me to go to another continent..... oh yea, there aren't any more.... details.I had thought about borrowing bikes along the way and even emailed Ken Glah at Endurance Sports Travel (he is 3x Ironman Brazil champ and runs a travel company for triathletes) to see if he could find me a bike in Melbourne, Brazil and South Africa.   The short answer was "no" but he did put me onto coupled bikes.  At first I didn't like the idea but it grows on you.S & S Couplers is a way to make your round tube titanium or steel bike fit into a special case that is exactly 62 inches (26 x 26 x 10) and weighs under 50 pounds with the bike.  This makes the transport fee each way $50.  Plus I will not have to worry about the condition of the borrowed bike.I am giving this more than serious consideration.  I figure $1000 for a used Litespeed and $750 to couple it, and $400 for the case... It is not a cheap proposition, but quite frankly I think it is something I could live with for a long time.   If you add it all up though, it is about the cost of transporting my TTX.  Another reason to do it is the size of the bike bag.  Going to foreign countries, most do not have nice big cars like we do here in the States.   With this bag, it fits into any small car Australia, Brazil, South Africa, Tawain, or Spain might throw at me.So, I will probably do this and sell my TTX and with it my original sub 6 hour bike... the Cervelo P2SL.   Know anyone in the market?6on6in14.com 6on6in14.com 6on6in14.com 6on6in14.com 6on6in14.com6on6in14.com 6on6in14.com 6on6in14.com 6on6in14.com 6on6in14.com6on6in14.com 6on6in14.com6on6in14.com 6on6in14.com 6on6in14.com 6on6in14.com 6on6in14.com 6on6in14.com 6on6in14.com 6on6in14.com6on6in14.com 6on6in14.com 6on6in14.com 6on6in14.com 6on6in14.comWell Aware  Well Aware   Well Aware  Well Aware   Well Aware  Well Aware   Well AwareWell Aware  Well Aware   Well Aware  Well Aware   Well Aware  Well Aware   Well AwareWell Aware  WeWell Aware  Well Aware   Well Aware  Well Aware   Well Aware  Well Aware   Well Awarell Aware   Well Aware  Well Aware   Well Aware  Well Aware   Well AwareWell Aware  Well Aware   Well Aware  Well Aware   Well Aware  Well Aware   Well AwareWell Aware  Well Aware   Well Aware  Well Aware   Well Aware  Well Aware   Well AwareWWell Aware  Well Aware   Well Aware  Well Aware   Well Aware  Well Aware   Well Awareell Aware  Well Aware   Well Aware  Well Aware   Well Aware  Well Aware   Well AwareWell Aware  Well Aware   Well Aware  Well Aware   Well Aware  Well Aware   Well [...]



The 20 year goal

2013-12-09T13:23:55.557-05:00

Have you ever worked on a 20 year goal?  20 years ago I heard about this bike race up in Wichita Falls Texas called the Hotter than Hell Hundred.  The race involved several distances ranging all the way up to 100 miles.  At the time I was a triathlete but hated to ride more than 20 miles because... well, just because.  But the distance intrigued me, the name intrigued me, and I had to have a shirt associated with such a unique ride.   If you hate to train at 20 miles though, 100 is out of the question.  At the time I was a marathoner so I tackled other "neat" races like.... Dallas White Rock Marathon.   I did that one because I saw a guy in the airport with a "The Rock" tee shirt.  I had to have one..... so I did it twice.But HHH at the time was just a dream.Then we left Texas and I found a new life  in Florida.  And with that new life I found Ironman.  And with Ironman, biking became a passion and not work.So when we got back to Texas, HHH was on the radar.  Last year I had IMNYC early in August so it wasn't to be last year.   But this year.... we are tackling the 20 year dream.At this race you can send the race director your 100 mile sanctioned times and he will place you in the huge group of riders.... "scorcher" being the fastest group.  Well, I have never done a bike race so I was hoping my IM times would do, so he could place me.  To be a "scorcher" you need to have done a 100 mile ride in less than 6 hours.   Hmmmm, do you think 3 IM times for 112 miles in less than 6 hours might qualify?  Well, yes they do.  So, come Saturday me and 20,000 of my closest biking friends will tackle the highways around WF.To make this a little easier, we have formed a peleton made up at the core with 3 sub 6 hour bike Ironman Texas participants (Jeff Irvin, Jason Bahamundi... not sure where his BlogSpot link went) and a 5:38 IM Cozumel guy I know here in Austin.  The goal?  Make the noon lunch reservations downtown.... (race starts at 7am)Living the dream!!6on6in14.com 6on6in14.com 6on6in14.com 6on6in14.com 6on6in14.com6on6in14.com 6on6in14.com 6on6in14.com 6on6in14.com 6on6in14.com6on6in14.com 6on6in14.com6on6in14.com 6on6in14.com 6on6in14.com 6on6in14.com 6on6in14.com 6on6in14.com 6on6in14.com 6on6in14.com6on6in14.com 6on6in14.com 6on6in14.com 6on6in14.com 6on6in14.comWell Aware  Well Aware   Well Aware  Well Aware   Well Aware  Well Aware   Well AwareWell Aware  Well Aware   Well Aware  Well Aware   Well Aware  Well Aware   Well AwareWell Aware  WeWell Aware  Well Aware   Well Aware  Well Aware   Well Aware  Well Aware   Well Awarell Aware   Well Aware  Well Aware   Well Aware  Well Aware   Well AwareWell Aware  Well Aware   Well Aware  Well Aware   Well Aware  Well Aware   Well AwareWell Aware  Well Aware   Well Aware  Well Aware   Well Aware  Well Aware   Well AwareWWell Aware  Well Aware   Well Aware  Well Aware   Well Aware  Well Aware   Well Awareell Aware  Well Aware   Well Aware  Well Aware   Well Aware  Well Aware   Well AwareWell Aware  Well Aware   Well Aware  Well Aware   Well Aware  Well Aware   Well [...]



Just keep on moving

2013-10-17T16:09:20.899-04:00

I worked a local 5K race this past weekend.  There were probably 30 in the 1 mile fun run and possibly 50 in the timed 5K.   My new riding buddy was one of the organizers and since most of the volunteer functions were already being taken care of, he told me to go on the course and be "motivation" in the field.  OK, I can do that...So, I was the self appointed race "sweeper".  I made sure to stay behind everyone and help the stragglers through.  So this meant a walk the whole way.  At first I was helping a mom, grand mom and baby in carriage through the course.   Just ahead of us were two overweight ladies that were representing a local 24/7 Fitness and their pace was just a bit faster than us.   The race directors put a nice hill into the course... the kind that if you were on your bike you would be in small chain ring, your 28 on the back and you still might think about getting off your bike.  I figured "stroller" ladies might need a hand with this hill.   They didn't.By the turn, we were still in solid last and midway on the way back dad (of stroller baby) joined us to help with the stroller as we went back down and back up the same killer hill.  Then something happened about .5 miles from the finish.   One of the 24/7 fit girls was just standing beside the road on the hill saying she was going to throw up and wanted to quit.   Stroller family continued on and I stayed with my new found friend.  I told her that we would just stand there for a minute or two and everything would be alright as the finish was just over the hill.   For the next, what seemed, 10 minutes I stayed and encouraged 24/7 lady to get to the finish which she did in 53minutes and change.  Like the Marines, I leave no one behind.And then I noticed this older fellow at the finish who had done the race.  He looked to be in his 70s and still spry for his age.   Then I learned he was 87..Just keep on moving.... 24/7 lady and 87 year old guy... just keep on movingThe motivator was in turn motivated.Well Aware  Well Aware   Well Aware  Well Aware   Well Aware  Well Aware   Well AwareWell Aware  Well Aware   Well Aware  Well Aware   Well Aware  Well Aware   Well AwareWell Aware  WeWell Aware  Well Aware   Well Aware  Well Aware   Well Aware  Well Aware   Well Awarell Aware   Well Aware  Well Aware   Well Aware  Well Aware   Well AwareWell Aware  Well Aware   Well Aware  Well Aware   Well Aware  Well Aware   Well AwareWell Aware  Well Aware   Well Aware  Well Aware   Well Aware  Well Aware   Well AwareWWell Aware  Well Aware   Well Aware  Well Aware   Well Aware  Well Aware   Well Awareell Aware  Well Aware   Well Aware  Well Aware   Well Aware  Well Aware   Well AwareWell Aware  Well Aware   Well Aware  Well Aware   Well Aware  Well Aware   Well Well Aware  Well Aware   Well Aware  Well Aware   Well Aware  Well Aware   Well AwareWell Aware  Well Aware   Well Aware  Well Aware   Well Aware  Well Aware   Well AwareWell Aware  WeWell Aware  Well Aware   Well Aware  Well Aware   Well Aware  Well Aware   Well Awarell Aware   Well Aware  Well Aware   Well Aware&n[...]



Big week

2013-07-28T13:51:38.565-04:00

The week started out with the death of my father one week ago today.  Luckily I had planned a trip to see mom and dad so I was there when the call came in at 2:20am that he had passed.  I think he actually willed himself to die at the end as he knew there was no hope in having any kind of lifestyle he was used to.  Rest in peace Dad.

On the training front, I hit the roads after 5 weeks of being away.  The Friday and Saturday after IMCdA I had vein closure on both legs and was told to stay off them for 3 to 4 weeks.  I started running at 3 weeks out and this weekend was perfect to try out the cycle.

I teamed up on Saturday with "new guy".  He is 47 years old and has 3 IM experiences.  St George, Cozumel, and Texas.  He also has a wide variety of results.  St George around 14:22 with 7:10 bike, Coz with 11:58 and 5:40 bike and DNF this year at TX.  So I didn't know what to expect.  Turns out he is just a "tad" better than me.   This is great as I start getting into my 2 a weeks on the bike.  Hammer fest with him on Saturday and more in my zone on Sunday with "charmer".  Yes, that's right, the OneHourIronMan is stepping out of his training zone to 2 a weeks.   By next year I want to be at the point where weekly 100 milers are nonchalant.

And then today.... Big plans for another 50miler with Brandon (charmer).  We started out at 8:35am and were going to do the same 50 mile loop I had done yesterday.  At mile 5.... pisssssssssss  flat.  OK good I thought, I haven't done this is a while.  14 minutes later we are back on the road..... Mile 11.... pisssssssss another flat.  OK, two heads are better than one so I let Brandon double check everything I was doing.    back on the road....   Mile 12.... pisssssss   I called the SAG wagon and sent Brandon on his way.   I took it all apart, found the exact location of the issue.... and couldn't find what it was... so, I changed out my tire (threw it away), took my aero wheels off (never took off after IMCda) and chalked it up to a mystery.  And then thanked the Iron Gods that it didn't happen 54 miles earlier at CDA...

What else?  Several blog friends raced this weekend.  Charisa Wernick was chasing Kona points in Switzerland having stuck around Europe for 3 weeks after Frankfurt (and her not so satisfying finish there).  She came in 12th and picked up 640 or so points.  Gonna be close on Kona.  Scott Kaiser,
Big Daddy Diesel  was racing his first IM in Switzerland.  It didn't exactly turn out as he would have liked, but I am sure he learned a lot (RACE AT IMFL, dude! )  Mandy Farrar the Caratunk Girl is still on the course in Lake Placid but as I write this she is half way through the bike.

I signed up for my last race of 2014.  A small race in Tarragona Spain limited to 226 participants and 15 hour cut off.  It appears to be all the tri clubs around Spain use this race as the bragging rights for Spain.   And then there was this gringo....



Cycle orthotics

2013-12-09T13:23:27.793-05:00

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This isn't exactly the way I did my orthotics but it gives some great advice... Tad Hughes (my fitter) had me step on several devices that measured pronation so that he could shim the clips on my cycle shoes and a foot pad so that custom orthotics could be made for my feet.  I can't ride until the 21st (still recovering from vein closure procedure) but everything makes tremendous sense and I can't wait to hit the roads.
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ROOKIE or NO ROOKIE?

2013-10-17T18:37:46.281-04:00

I always try and have as much fun as possible when I go to an Ironman race.  One of the fun things I do is hang out the day before when everyone is bringing their gear in.  As some of you know, you see just about everything.So here is a little contest..... Rookie or No Rookie.... Take a look at the bike below and let me know, is this a rookie or no rookie? I think I count 8 gels of some sort.  Not sure how he came up with 8.  It appears we have room for at least 6 or 7 more.  That's room for at least 1000 more calories.... opportunity lost if you ask me... And then we have the aero wheels.  Always a good touch, but doesn't the gels and the profile bag negate the effects of the aero wheels?  I guess the lord givith and he taketh away? Since I am such a study of the sport, I thought I would dig a little deeper into this athlete.... Greg Terry from somewhere in Idaho...  Male 45 to 49.  His swim time was 1 minute faster than mine..  His bike time a full 17 minutes quicker..... I KNEW I SHOULD HAVE PUT GELS ON MY BIKE!!  But sore feet and all I got him on the run... 1 hour quicker... So I ask you.... Rookie?  or No Rookie? Well Aware  Well Aware   Well Aware  Well Aware   Well Aware  Well Aware   Well AwareWell Aware  Well Aware   Well Aware  Well Aware   Well Aware  Well Aware   Well AwareWell Aware  WeWell Aware  Well Aware   Well Aware  Well Aware   Well Aware  Well Aware   Well Awarell Aware   Well Aware  Well Aware   Well Aware  Well Aware   Well AwareWell Aware  Well Aware   Well Aware  Well Aware   Well Aware  Well Aware   Well AwareWell Aware  Well Aware   Well Aware  Well Aware   Well Aware  Well Aware   Well AwareWWell Aware  Well Aware   Well Aware  Well Aware   Well Aware  Well Aware   Well Awareell Aware  Well Aware   Well Aware  Well Aware   Well Aware  Well Aware   Well AwareWell Aware  Well Aware   Well Aware  Well Aware   Well Aware  [...]



THE NEW BIONIC LEGS

2013-06-30T20:54:23.699-04:00

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About 7 weeks ago I got my leg veins checked out and found out what I already knew about my left leg.... vericose veins.  The valves don't work very well.   Interestingly enough I found out the right leg was also having issues.
It takes 6 weeks of wearing compression stockings to see if they work before BCBS says they will pay for the invasive semi surgical procedure. 
The timing was impeccable since Ironman CDA was 6 weeks into the non invasive treatment.   And I wore the compression socks on the bike, in case the insurance company wants pics that  I was wearing them.
I called the doc on Wedneday to set up an appointment and they had an opening on Friday for the left leg and Saturday for the right.  
Above is what they did.   

2 to 3 weeks of being out of commission.    Perfect timing.

In theory,  I will not get cramps as easily since the blood will be able to get out of my legs.... we will see.



6on6in14

2013-12-09T13:24:53.882-05:00

IMCdA was a training and learning day for me...  I also wanted to get the word out about 6on6in14.  I believe the number 1 lesson learned was that I should listen to myself.  In my book "OneHourIronmen" I talk about how the best money spent in iron distance racing would be to get a pair of cycling shoes custom made.  The reason being obvious.  Happy feet make all the difference in iron distance racing.  Have I ever had custom shoes made or even consulted with a bike shop about shoes?  Hell no.   You might call me a hypocrite, I just call myself cheap.  Well, no longer.  I have a birthday in 2 weeks and I am going to request fitting as my present from the family.Jeff has sent me the name of a shop in Houston that does fitting...  Tad Hughes is the name of the shop and owner.  This place is about 3 miles from where I used to live (I know exactly where it is) so since we are heading to Galveston next weekend I am going to make an appointment.  That will be for inserts.  I have wide feet so I will go with his recommendation on cycle shoes if my SIDIs don't cut it.   Next lesson was running shoes.  Let's face it.... I don't run the marathon. I shuffle, with the occasional urge to jog.  So in reality I need a very nice comfortable pair of walking shoes.  Maybe not the kind that grandma and grandpa use to get around.... you know, the geriatric kind that are white.... but who knows....  When I got to the marathon this past Sunday, I knew within 5 minutes that it was going to be painful.  My feet swell during the ride and when I slip into my running shoes.... pure hell.  And where do I get my running shoes.... online shoes that are on sale.... OUCH!So the feet take priority during the next months.Next was getting the word out and next year's festivities.  I had some wrist bands made that  say "6on6in14   WATER = LIFE" and handed them out to Mike Reilly and Bree Wee.  I also talked to Fireman Rob and a guy at the hotel that designs websites.  Through my membership in Rotary International I am hoping to get some really good traction going in the months to come.6on6in14.com 6on6in14.com 6on6in14.com 6on6in14.com 6on6in14.com6on6in14.com 6on6in14.com 6on6in14.com 6on6in14.com 6on6in14.com6on6in14.com 6on6in14.com6on6in14.com 6on6in14.com 6on6in14.com 6on6in14.com 6on6in14.com 6on6in14.com 6on6in14.com 6on6in14.com6on6in14.com 6on6in14.com 6on6in14.com 6on6in14.com 6on6in14.comWell Aware  Well Aware   Well Aware  Well Aware   Well Aware  Well Aware   Well AwareWell Aware  Well Aware   Well Aware  Well Aware   Well Aware  Well Aware   Well AwareWell Aware  WeWell Aware  Well Aware   Well Aware  Well Aware   Well Aware  Well Aware   Well Awarell Aware   Well Aware  Well Aware   Well Aware  Well Aware   Well AwareWell Aware  Well Aware   Well Aware  Well Aware   Well Aware  Well Aware   Well AwareWell Aware  Well Aware   Well Aware  Well Aware   Well Aware  Well Aware   Well AwareWWell Aware  Well Aware   Well Aware  Well Aware   Well Aware  Well Aware   Well Awareell Aware  Well Aware   Well Aware  Well Aware   Well Aware  W[...]



IMCdA RACE REPORT

2013-12-09T13:25:22.358-05:00

All I can say is the learning never ends in this IM thing we do.  Just when you think you have it all figured out, you don't.I do business in Spokane so I arrived on Wednesday night to get a full day of work in Thursday and head over to CDA for IM related activities.   I couldn't help myself so I took a long lunch on Thursday to go check in.  That went very quickly and uneventful.  I also picked up my bike from Tri Bike Transport.  Thursday was cold, overcast, rainy off and on.... most people hated it, but I was actually thinking it was perfect conditions for me.Friday I was trying to keep my day open in case Bree Wee needed some help.  I texted her and she let me know that her "home stay" Mom was taking good care of her..... Good!  Because I did a business rental for 2 days on my car and needed to turn that paperwork in for a 3 day personal on the same car.  That ended up taking 2 hours. Before I did that TBT had a meet and greet ride with the voice of IM, Mike Reilley.  I gave him a wrist band I had made up to commemorate my 6on6in14 endeavor for next year and told him to look out for me on Sunday (sure he will.....)  But you need to keep hammering your agendas to those that are in important positions and hopefully some day it will stick.Did I say that Couer d'Alene is beautiful?  Definitely.  I got one of those real estate magazines out of the motel room to see how "beautiful" it really is.   3000 square foot home on prime lake frontage... $3 to $4 million.   Whoops!  I think I will stick with my same size house with Lake Travis view for $500K.Took an afternoon dip in the lake.  61F and not too bad.  I wore an insulated cap and determined that it probably wasn't necessary.  The Saturday swim would be without it.I went to the pre race dinner.  IMNYC definitely had this one beat.  Food was very limited (not that any of them are extravagant) and the show was minimal.  I did sit next to an endurance sports nutritionist though... maybe something to look into.  I am sure I will be talking to him.  I took off early and skipped the briefing and went to see the movie "This is the End".Bright an early on Saturday I went for another swim.  No insulated cap and it was just fine.  I did wear booties to keep the toes warm and it worked great.6on6in14.com 6on6in14.com 6on6in14.com 6on6in14.com 6on6in14.com6on6in14.com 6on6in14.com 6on6in14.com 6on6in14.com 6on6in14.com6on6in14.com 6on6in14.com6on6in14.com 6on6in14.com 6on6in14.com 6on6in14.com 6on6in14.com 6on6in14.com 6on6in14.com 6on6in14.com6on6in14.com 6on6in14.com 6on6in14.com 6on6in14.com 6on6in14.comAt bike and gear check in I ran into Bree.  She was with home stay Mom and home stay Mom really tried to protect her new found child.  We talked about the course a little and wished each other well.I actually went to bed at 7pm on Saturday night.  I think I went to sleep around 8 or 8:30.  A good nights sleep and up at 3:45am.  Instant oatmeal in the microwave, coffee.... wait, wait, wait.... all systems working.... bathroom at 4:15.... (I know, too much info).  This race I didn't have my Sportslick for feet and used Vaseline before swim, before bike, before run... thinking it would be just as good.   NEW LESSON:  Don't skimp on this, use the good stuff.Out the door and on the way to the venue 2 miles away at 4:25am.  I got the custom parking spot at North Idaho College and loaded my bike up wi[...]



IMCdA race strategy

2013-06-15T12:05:22.912-04:00

This is my last Ironman race before I tackle 6 iron distance races on 6 continents in 13 weeks next year. For the psychological part of next year's endeavor, this is a very important race.As is human nature, most people enter a race and do just that.... race..You can't do that if you are going to do 6 IMs in 13 weeks (unless you are James Lawrence).Typically, if you are 58 years old, 1 iron distance race is enough to look forward to in a year.I truly believe all the events I have done up until now have provided a learning experience that will give me the edge to complete the task at hand.... 6on6in14.As a quick review, here is what has been learned through my 5 years in this "sport" of IronmanningAZ '08:  Quitting is not an option.  Blisters on feet, dehydrated, electrolytes out of balance... never once did I think of quitting.  I stopped during the bike once and got under an 18 wheel support vehicle to escape the heat for 5 minutes and was sitting next to guys that, in hindsight, I realized  had quit.  I was talking to them about how nice this little break was and good luck with the rest of the race... I am not sure who was more delirious... and I wondered why they never answered me....FL '09: If you go all the way to the right of the swim course, you avoid the "beat down" in the swim..SG '10:  Be prepared for the conditions.  Going to a 55F swim with a sleeveless wetsuit is not a good idea unless you are English Channel Arnie.  And don't quit.  The air was so dry in Utah that I couldn't run or I would start coughing uncontrollably.  So I walk / ran and just enjoyed the scenery and company I could find on the route.  This also gave me great insight into having "legs" the next day if I don't run.LOU '10:  I have pansy feet.  If they are wet all day (sweat) I will get blisters.  So I grease my feet before the swim, the bike and the run.  Also, re think your nutrition for each race.  Electrolytes were lacking.FL '10:  I can recover in 9 weeks from a DNF and put in a PR.  Things can come together.TX '11:  Once again, under adverse conditions I can dial in a great race.  I can learn from the past (I started and swam along the shoreline... no beat down at all).  I greased the feet and had no blisters.  I put in a 6th place bike split with stock wheels and no aero helmet.  I think at this race I truly learned that 6on6 is possible by maintaining the ability to bike 80 to 100 miles each and every weekend and realizing that you can walk a marathon.NYC '12:  Guy Adami taught me that I should look for a bigger reason to race.  The 2 hours I spent helping him on course truly made me want to make a difference in this world.  The time I spent walking and helping him also made me slow down the "race"... So the next day I felt fine and in reality could have probably done another IM a week later.   Valuable day all around.So, what is the "race" plan at CdA?1:30 swim:  I believe 1:25 is possible so I am going to slow it down and stay to the right...7:00 bike:  Given the Austin training I think I could hammer a 6:30, so once again I am going to try and add 30 minutes onto the bike.  Tough to do in the heat of the battle.6:00 run:  This is about what I did in NYC.  I can walk a 7 hr marathon and I can run one in 4 hours.  Since my run pace really doesn't change when running, this is a 2/3 walk and 1/3 run.   The goal is to have "legs" the next day.I plan on biking 80 to 90 miles the weekend[...]



Ridus Inter Ruptis

2013-12-09T13:26:32.239-05:00

Ridus Inter Ruptis:  latin: To start a bike ride with intents of going one distance only to have it interrupted for a variety of reasons and then resuming it a later time the same day.Today was my last ride before IMCdA.  The plan was for 90 miles on the newly established route of 90 miles where I crank out 30 prior to joining The Snake Master and Jason who we will from this point forward dub "Semper Fi" since he was in the Marine Corp.I left at 6:40am and on the return trip to pick them up the skies opened up.  Now if you are from anywhere in the States but Florida and Texas, I am not sure you understand what I mean when I say the "sky opened up".  Two to three inches of rain an hour kind of rain.   So, I kind of knew what would happen to the "join up" .... non existent.  Sure enough, texts started rolling in (as I took shelter) that there would be no company on the next 60.Now trooper that I am, I had full intentions of continuing on, but when it is raining 2 inches per hour, highway riding probably doesn't rate as one of the smarter things to do...  So I packed it it...  32 miles.Well, I have achieved a bunch of honey dos in the last 3 hours and it is back to the normal 90F with high humidity weather that typically follows a rain storm down here in Texas.   My conscience is telling me to finish up.  Hey, my Infinit is all mixed up and will go to waste so might as well, right?5:20pm:  50 more miles in the book for the day... I feel so much better..Cheers!6on6in14.com 6on6in14.com 6on6in14.com 6on6in14.com 6on6in14.com6on6in14.com 6on6in14.com 6on6in14.com 6on6in14.com 6on6in14.com6on6in14.com 6on6in14.com6on6in14.com 6on6in14.com 6on6in14.com 6on6in14.com 6on6in14.com 6on6in14.com 6on6in14.com 6on6in14.com6on6in14.com 6on6in14.com 6on6in14.com 6on6in14.com 6on6in14.comWell Aware  Well Aware   Well Aware  Well Aware   Well Aware  Well Aware   Well AwareWell Aware  Well Aware   Well Aware  Well Aware   Well Aware  Well Aware   Well AwareWell Aware  WeWell Aware  Well Aware   Well Aware  Well Aware   Well Aware  Well Aware   Well Awarell Aware   Well Aware  Well Aware   Well Aware  Well Aware   Well AwareWell Aware  Well Aware   Well Aware  Well Aware   Well Aware  Well Aware   Well AwareWell Aware  Well Aware   Well Aware  Well Aware   Well Aware  Well Aware   Well AwareWWell Aware  Well Aware   Well Aware  Well Aware   Well Aware  Well Aware   Well Awareell Aware  Well Aware   Well Aware  Well Aware   Well Aware  Well Aware   Well AwareWell Aware  Well Aware   Well Aware  Well Aware   Well Aware  [...]



WTC... Friend of Foe?

2013-12-09T13:27:05.203-05:00

Today was sign up for Ironman Brazil.  This is the only other "hard to get in" race that is on my docket for next year in the quest for 6 on 6.

Like a trooper I am on line at the exact time it opens.

I go though the whole ACTIVE on line sign up sheet..

I get to payment and pay...

And then I get a message from the site to call them, that there is an issue and NOT to repay because there  might be a double billing.. So I did what they said. Call and put on hold

I waited for 30 minutes.

Turns out ACTIVE has trouble with Google Chrome users, once I got a live person.

Turns out I should have gone to my company computer (because I still had time) and registered because by the time I found out I was screwed..... I WAS SCREWED! IM Brazil is full in 17 minutes.

No IM Brazil which is about the only show in town in South America because  I DID WHAT I WAS SUPPOSED TO DO , WHAT THEY TOLD ME TO DO..... SCREWED.

So, I emailed Andrew Messick to complain.

I must say this for WTC.... they do respond.  He did in person and basically told me I was SCREWED.

HEY, IF ACTIVE HAS PROBLEMS WITH GOOGLE CHROME..... DON'T YOU THINK IT WOULD RAISE ISSUES WITH PEOPLE ON TIGHT ENTRY DEADLINE RACES AND YOU MIGHT WANT TO TELL THEM AHEAD OF TIME??

Thanks  WTC!  or more appropriately Thanks ACTIVE.... but WTC hired them...

I was watching a YouTube the other day of Messick talking at a triathlon function.  He talked about how when he came in everyone loved Ironman events but no one liked WTC..  

I am not sure if in that 1.5 years since the video was made if anything has really changed.  

Oh and as an update I got into IM Brazil through blogger friend (Brett Miller) who knows Ken Glah and Ken Glah's endurance sports travel company.  But the price was hefty.  A $700 entry became $940 and I have to use their hotel system.  I planned on staying with Rotarians so this is going to cost me probably $1400.

What do you think?  Does WTC have a ways to go to not alienate people?

Any thoughts of Mdot anything tattoo to commemorate this feat just went out the window.
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THE OLD SWIMMING HOLE

2013-10-17T18:38:54.036-04:00

3 weeks out until CDA.  So that means it is time to go swimming.... (I take this portion of IMing extremely serious as you can tell)I have been going to the LSP (local swimming pool) on occasion (rare) but 25 yard liquid trudgery is just that.... 25 yard trudgery (liquid or not).  I hate it.I have heard about this place here in Austin...A spring fed swimming pool near downtown.It has concrete sides like a normal swimming pool, guard stands...But, it has a natural lake bottomHydrilla, fish, ducks..Best part?  It is 1/8 mile long and 66 to 68Fand it is free between 5am and 8am.... 6pm and 8pm (or around that)$3 during guarded hours ...Sweet..But there has to be a down side.. It is 18 miles from the house.Oh wellToday I headed on over.   Tried out my new wetsuit.... this is the one I bought a week ago since the one I bought last year for the 175 pound guy that was supposed to fit into it... well, he just never materialized.  I am still 192.  Sold that baby on Beginner Triathlete website and bought my new full sleeve QR on ebay.  Actually broke even money wise.  Sweet!  And when I put on the new suit, it makes me look like I am 175 pounds... even SWEETER!!  While I am writing this on Saturday, I am tracking my (and your) friend Bree Wee.  She had a nice lead through 7 some miles of Hawaii 70.3 but something happened in the last 3.  At mile 10 she was running a 10 minute mile average for the previous 3 and has dropped to 3rd place.  I hope she didn't aggrevate her broken foot issue from last year..  She is racing at CDA also..    Tomorrow is another 90 miler.  I should have Brandon's company at mile 30 to 80 and I understand the elusive Jason Star will be along.   We will see.  If you recall we were close to buying his house last year.   Cheers!! Well Aware  Well Aware   Well Aware  Well Aware   Well Aware  Well Aware   Well AwareWell Aware  Well Aware   Well Aware  Well Aware   Well Aware  Well Aware   Well AwareWell Aware  WeWell Aware  Well Aware   Well Aware  Well Aware   Well Aware  Well Aware   Well Awarell Aware   Well Aware  Well Aware   Well Aware  Well Aware   Well AwareWell Aware  Well Aware   Well Aware  Well Aware   Well Aware  Well Aware   Well AwareWell Aware  Well Aware   Well Aware  Well Aware   Well Aware  Well Aware   Well AwareWWell Aware  Well Aware   Well Aware  Well Aware   Well Aware  Well Aware   Well Awareell Aware  Well Aware   Well Aware  Well Aware   Well Aware  Well Aware   Well AwareWell Aware  Well Aware   Well Aware  Well Aware   Well Aware  [...]



THE IRONMAN's "BLACK HOLE"

2013-05-26T18:48:52.221-04:00

I have read a variety of posts these past few weeks related to pre race nerves and the unsettling feeling you get as a race approaches.  Bascially the feeling that you aren't quite prepared.   As a member of IAMTRI website, I have also seen 2 or 3 members of the Couer d'Alene forum tell of injuries and how they probably will not be able to race IMCdA in 4 weeks..  A lot of it comes from the fear of the unknown (many have not done IMs) and whether of not they have thought of everything or if that last 20 mile run was close enough to race day.  (Here is a free tip, you probably aren't going to be doing a lot of running anyway so yes you are ready).  You can lump thinking you may "not being prepared" and putting in that little bit extra work and "getting hurt" into what I am going to term "the Ironman's black hole".  The place no one wants to go to.  But once you have gone there a few  times you learn of how to avoid going into future black holes.I have had 3 distinct races where I learned valuable lessons from the "hole" that I was able to file away and use those lessons  at a later date.  Those races were IMStG '10, IMLOU '10 and IMFL 70.3 '12I have definitely had my share of races not turning out the way I prepared for them to turn out.  In fact, every race I have ever done did not exactly go as planned.  I hate to say you get wiser with time, but the last two IMs I have done were the closest to plan (IMTX '11) and modified plan (IMNYC '12). I say modified because I had a long ride of 70 going into that race so I purposely stopped 3 times to rest on the bike.  Modification worked... partly because of "lessons" from the past.Let's look at what was learned at St George..2010 was the inaugural Ironman St George.  Arnie had a wild hair up his butt after IMFL some 5 months prior and wanted to do another, quickly,  so he paid my way into IMSG if I would go with him.  Who could say no?  I considered myself a wily veteran at that point having completed 2 IM races so I had nothing to learn.  I was on top of the world.  Online, the race directors advertised the water temp as somewhere around 60F.  A couple days before the race Arnie went in for a practice swim but I elected not to.  He told me it was probably closer to 55F.  I had gone to the race with a sleeveless wetsuit.  I was concerned but having done Alcatraz 3 times, I thought I could handle the cold water sleeveless.   Race day I would find out that I was 1 of probably 10 out of the 1700 that went sleeveless.  I could have rented a sleeved suit but elected not to.   After all I was a veteran of Alcatraz and that water is 58F.  So no problem right?   Wrong...   Race day I get in about 3 minutes before the gun and once the gun went off and I put my head in the water the shock caused me to start hyperventilating.   I didn't know what was happening and thought it was a panic attack.  3 minutes into the race and I am contemplating DNF.   Luckily I didn't and breast stroking got me warmed up and I was able to free style once again..  Black hole lesson 1:  Know your venue and potential conditions (water temp, wind, hills, morning temp, afternoon temp, etc.)[...]



Method in my Madness

2013-12-09T13:24:24.695-05:00

Ironman Texas was this weekend.  This race for the past 3 years, since it's inception, has been hot.  This year it was made tougher with higher than normal winds.

I knew 3 people in the race.  We had Brandon the "snake charmer", Jason Bahamundi, and Don Canada (a Rotarian in my club).  Two of the three didn't make the finish.  Jason, who did make it, had a stellar marathon doing it in 4:06 for a total just over 12 hours.

Having talked to Brandon since the race, I found out he couldn't keep his fuel down, so my "madness" may not apply, but I want to bounce something off everyone anyway.   I preach the bike.  No reason to train hard on the run until you are an "uber" biker is my game book on Ironman.  If you go into a weekend like the one that was just  presented at IMTX,  you are spending all your energy just getting  through the bike.  And then you will have absolutely nothing in your tank to finish the marathon.  Nothing, nada, zilch, the big goose egg.... you get the idea.

As I scrolled random names, since I have nothing better to do on Saturday, I could see  bike split mph averages for many racers drop off the map after 30 miles.  Now granted there is a nice headwind coming back in from mile mark 56, but I couldn't help but  picture these people having done a balanced training routine and put as much emphasis on the run as they did on the bike.  On Saturday, they paid the price.  They didn't even get a chance to show off their run training because they were DEAD.

So, my take away was until I get to the point I can contend for a Kona slot, I am going to continue to focus on the bike.  Essentially that is what I did 2 years ago at TX when it was just as hot (granted it wasn't as windy) and hammered a 5:52 bike split (6th AG).  Since I didn't train on the run, it wasn't a pretty run but still resulted in a respectable 13:00 hr time (13th overall).  I can't help but think that had I spent more time running vs. biking, the results would not have been as good.

Food for thought, and it just cements in my mind to continue to strive for  "uber" biker status....  I am more than happy to have people say, "did you see Shuler's bike split?"  "Sure did  but he sure  died on the run"   When we get to that water cooler talk then we can work on the 3rd activity..
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DOUBLE DAM LOOP

2013-12-09T13:27:46.024-05:00

The mind is a powerful tool or powerful foe.

When I moved to Austin it only took one ride for me to figure out Florida rides just aren't in the same league as Austin rides.  The 100 milers Arnie and I used to crank out, even in the hillier San Antonio area north of Tampa, just doesn't measure up in terms of difficulty.

After being in Austin for about 6 weeks last July, I invited my blog friend Jeff up for a ride.  I was going to "goose up" the normal ride (to show up the flat lander), by sticking in some hills, and go for 80 miles.   I made 65 that day.  Cramps got me and a nice 20 year old Good Samaritan stopped on the highway and took me home.  Oh, by the way, it pays to be 145 pounds (like Jeff) when it comes to tackling hills.  He laughed at me all the way back to Houston that day.

I wondered if 90 to 100 milers around here were possible..

The DAM LOOP is 48 miles from our house.  2000 feet of climb but 200 of that is in the hood.  The psychology of being able to pull off a DOUBLE DAM LOOP, I knew would be huge.  90 miles would be the distance today, since I would ride right by the point I normally turn into the neighborhood  on my way for the second loop.  3800 feet of climb. 

Today was the day.  It would either be the DOUBLE DAM LOOP or the DOUBLE DAMN LOOP.   It turned out to be the DAM loop.  2 hour 50 minutes on the first loop and 2 hour 55 minutes on the second.

It was followed by a 1 hour nap which I never do...

Two more weeks of double damming and I think I am ready of CdA.
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