Good luck to all racing this weekend! I know these guys are going to BRING IT to the races this weekend. Stop by and send them along some good mojo!
- Miss Zippy is running a 10 mile race in Baltimore this weekend. I am not sure which one, but I know she is going to rock it.
- DR is running Grandma's Marathon after struggling with a frustrating injury for about a month. I feel his pain and frustration, literally, just in a different place. Have fun DR, I know you are going to bring it!
- Glenn is going to do the Billy Goat's Half Marathon Hill Climb - sounds like a fun race, I bet that hill work is going to pay off Glenn!
- Anne Marie will be rocking the San Jose International Distance Triathlon. Best of luck Anne Marie, rock it!
Ironman Lake Placid
I have decided to go to Ironman Lake Placid and volunteer. This is the closest Ironman race to where I live and is in all likelihood the one I will do next year. Actually unless I see something completely horrifying, I will be signing up for IMLP 2011 the day after the race. I am psyched to see the race, kind of be part of it, and support the athletes. I think I am going to be on a water station somewhere during the run, that is all I know at this point.
My nutrition sucks. I have lost some weight (2lbs) but could definitely be doing better. I drive a lot for work and find that my worst eating is on the way home. Just for reference, this is the drive into my office:
Welcome to mile 12 on the Holeb Road
And this is my office:
Welcome to downtown Holeb
So lunch is generally a sandwich. Something I can keep in a cooler and try to keep my dog from eating before I get to it. It also helps if it tastes good with a side of black flies, because they usually end up in my mouth too (extra protein!) I also try to bring some healthy snacks (baby carrots) as I am usually hungry at 5am, 7am, 10am, 12pm, 2pm, 5pm, 7pm. Kind of like an infant.
Anyone have any ideas for something better for lunch on the go? I am reading Chris Carmichael's Food for Fitness (or rather skimming through it) and find it does have some good recipes.
Word of Caution
Be careful out there on the roads. A blogger buddy, Jason at Tech-Tri, had his back wheel clipped from behind by a car, which sent him flying. The car just drove away, even after they realized they had hit him.
May the fleas of a thousandJason had moved over to the shoulder as he saw the car approach, but the car went to the shoulder too, (probably because they were text messaging, putting on lipstick, or something besides being an alert driver) and clipped him anyway.
camelsmoose infest the crotch of this person and may his or her arms be too short to scratch. ~ Old Caratunk Curse
He is fortunately mostly OK (some nasty road rash), I haven't heard about his bike yet, but I hope it is OK too. This reminded me that we really have to be riding our bikes and mentally driving all the cars around us at all times, and even then we are at risk. Ride safely out there folks.
Some good training planned for the weekend. A run and a swim on Saturday and a 60ish mile hilly ride to Jackman on Sunday. I will start posting my weekly numbers here every Sunday - this will help keep me motivated since I am making this public. In theory anyway!
A few folks were wondering how I measured and tracked and measured my training. I track my training on Daily Mile, it allows you to track swim, bike, run, weights, pretty much anything you want. I have been using it for a year now and I like it.
The downside is that there is no elevation graph option, so if I want to see how much I climbed on my bike I head to MapMyRun (I know there is a MapMyRide too, but I am already registered with MapMyRun and don't feel like filling out another form.)
The Big Decision...
Now, this is the most important one folks. Big Daddy Diesel had a great post on naming your bike. My bike is nameless. I am pretty sure it is a he, and that he would be faster if he had a name. So here is my bike:
Last year at the Lobsterman Triathlon
It is yellow and black (I guess you can see that). Playing on the color theme, I thought of yellow jacket (the bad tempered wasp) or bumble bee (BDD pointed out that is the fast Camaro on the movie Transformers, which I thought was really cool), I kind of like how bumble bees are not supposed to fly but do anyway...but it just doesn't work for me, I tried it out today on my ride, and my bike just didn't like it.
And we all know how important it is for our bikes to like their names. Right now, I am thinking Studmuffin, but I haven't talked to my bike about it yet.
Thank you all for your support of my Pirate Triathlon fundraiser. We were able to raise enough money to sponsor a family to attend Camp Sunshine, a place for sick children and their families. I will notify you directly if you won one of our fabulous prizes drawn by Random.org (none of my blogger friends who donated won, or else I would give a mention)! Thank you again Brooks Running, Adventure Bound, and Fieldstone Media for your donations!
I am going to go for a run this afternoon. I have been doing the PT exercises and pressure point releasing recommended, and I think I am FINALLY on the upside of this thing. I hope. My running numbers are going to be really low this week, but I am going to ease into it at the PT suggested, not put my head down bull through it for miles like I do everything else (save that for race day I guess). SO I am tentatively optimistic that this thing is getting better.