Thursday, July 8, 2010

Thursday Randomness

  • Have you ever done a long ride so early in the morning, by the end of the day you feel like you did that ride yesterday?  I have been feeling that way a lot lately.
  • Leeches don't bother me nearly as much as they used to.  As long as you keep moving, they don't get on you, and really, in the past 4 weeks I have seen 2.  And some of you swim with gators, sharks, jellyfish and other stuff that can eat/bite/hurt you so I am not going to complain at all about a measly little 4 inch leach.
  • I want a camera I can get wet.  The loons have been swimming with me (OK around me) on the lake the past few times out and I could have gotten some awesome shots.  Any suggestions for a camera I can get wet and somehow tote along with me on a swim? 
  • I am very much looking forward to volunteering for Ironman Lake Placid.  But I am a little unsure about signing up for IMLP 2011, mostly because I need to figure out how much more time I will need to spend on training to complete it.  (Bob, hurry up and get that book out!) Right now I am averaging 8-9 hours a week, which I am happy with.  But honestly, that is about as much time as I want to spend on training, because I have to work and want to see family and friends too.  I just want it all really.   Ironmen and Ironwomen - how much time on average do you train a week?
  • Lots of you asked about the Apple Pie Jam!  It is awesome, I eat it everyday.  If you like apple pie, you will love this jam.  I am working on a fun give-away, I should have the details worked out next week sometime.  Stay tuned!
  • My leg is touch and go.  Sometimes it feels great, other times it hurts a lot.  I don't get it.  I am going to run when I can (when it feels great/good/OK/tolerable), and focus on the bike and swim when it sucks.  Tomorrow I am going for a 7 miler (if the leg cooperates), the longest in a while, just to see how it feels.
  • Good luck to all racers this weekend!

21 comments:

Christi said...

Okay, I don't have things to swim with other than slapoptamus that are creepy. Mainly because I don't do really any open water swimming. So congrats to you with swimming with leeches. I don't know if I could do that! I hope the leg heals soon!

skierz said...

Come on! Don't thin about it, do it! A few more hours per week for an adventure that will be one of a lifetime! I have an Olympus water camera. it rocks. Awesome underwater photo and video, tons of fun.

Matty O said...

I agree, someone come up with an IM plan we can do for 10hrs a week. Not really sure how many hours we put in a week. I assume 10-12 on average for the HIM program, you are probably at the same time for your program.

Apple pie jam. Do a giveaway for ALL of your followers!!!!!!

Have you been icing your leg at all? Worth a shot.

Kovas Palubinskas said...

We have the Olympus Stylus 850 SW (Shock + Waterproof). Having dropped it many times and used it to take pictures in and under the water of my kids in both pool and lake, I receommend it, especially as it's not overly expensive.

Laura said...

You are volunteering at IM?? Me too! Shall we do a blogger meet up? :D We never did coordinate that ride together... we still have some summer and well fall left! ;)

Yea I think 2012 will be my year! There are so many 70.3s around here.. have you done Syracuse, RI, or either of the two in NH? Wait... Timberman.. aren't you doing Timberman? I'm thinking RI next year.. you????

Ironman By Thirty said...

We have an Olympus 790sw camera (now discontinued). It is water proof, shock proof, freeze proof, etc. I think we got it for around $200 a year and half ago and it is still working great. It looks like it has been replaced by the Olympus Stylus Tough series and they have a few comparable ones for < $200 on Amazon.

AM-GoalsfortheWeek! said...

it would be awesome to volunteer for an IM. that's sweet.

I don't know training for a full IM, for my HIM- it's been ~3-mo's of 7-10 hours, and sprinkled weeks of ~12-15 hrs. I've heard you don't need that much more for a full. but don't know. ;-)

Jon said...

Ewe Leeches! When I think of a leech, I think of the movie "Stand by Me."

Lake Placid is almost 2 weeks away! I am freaking out man!!!!

misszippy said...

Leeches! Keep moving!

When I did LP (eons ago) I eventually got up to peak weeks of about 25 hrs/week. However, I had no kids yet and worked from home, so I had the freedom to do the miles, rest, eat, etc. That said, I know plenty of folks have done it on far less!

Patrick Mahoney said...

Leeches freak me out as much as Jellyfish. Maybe sharks have an edge. Size is irrelevant.

Beacro said...

I am preparing for a IM 70.3, training 13 hours/week. My husband is training for an IM, 18 hours/week, same coach. The long workouts we do on weekends and we have 1 day off. We both work, no kids yet. If you want to do Lake Placid, go for it! If you can swim with leeches you can do anything in life!

JudyMac said...

I'd say it depends on when you start training, I'm doing an average of 2 hours a day (12 hrs/week) for HIM, and intend to do the same next year for IM. Others have got it down to an average of an hour a day over 9 months...

The photos would be fantastic! I can imagine the loons from a swimmers perspective.

I think I prefer the thrill of pike bites, to leeches...

TRI-james said...

IM training was much more demanding than 1/2 - mostly because of the fear.

Julie said...

Good Lord! Leeches still scare the crap out of me! As soon as I read the word leeches....it reminded me of going for a swim in the pond across from my house when I was a little girl! It wasn't pretty:(

I wouldn't mind a camera that can get wet too! Several of my recent races have had rain and I get so worried that I am going to wreck my camera. Let me know if you find something good:)

Jeff - DangleTheCarrot said...

Mandy - I have already informed all immediate family and my friends that if they want to see me anytime from this Dec - May they will need to either run, bike or swim with me. Come to think of it I only see my Tri friends anyway nowadays. Anyway, leeches do suck!

KC (my 140 point 6 mile journey) said...

Well, now that you put the leeches into perspective, I may have to say that they'd be ok to swim with...as long as I don't stop, right?

J-man and I always ask each other in the evening, after we rode in the morning, if that was this morning that we actually rode or was it yesterday. I'm used to it now.

Sending you good vibes for a great 7 mile run tomorrow.

Big Daddy Diesel said...

I want apple pie jam, I found apple pie trail mix at Target

And I want a camera that mounts on my bike!!!

Regina said...

I'm with you, IM on the same amount of time. Working, a kid, training, IM? Not sure I could handle more than what I am doing.

Have fun at IMLP.

Apple Pie Jam, yum!!!!

RockStarTri said...

My wife and I are visiting our kids in camp outside of Augusta. This temperature is so much better than 100 degrees!

My coach says the training for ironman is about the same as training for a fast 70.3 until about 3 months before the race. That's why I can't do imp as the kids schedule ramps up in May and June. I'm 75 percent going to Placid this year to cheer. I'll be riding the course on Saturday. Send me an email if you want to join me and my crew.

Midwestern Dot said...

Ewww!! Leeches! Wow, my dirty lake water doesn't seem all that bad now!

Do it! Do it! IMLP! IMLP! We'll suffer through training (although my race won't be until next September).

Glenn Jones said...

I see a couple people have recommended the Olympus SW cameras. I also highly recommend them.I had an Olympus 780 SW. They have been replaced my the Olympus tough line.

Noe - if you really want to get fancy - look into the Kodak Playsport. Capable of full 1080p HD video, and 5MP still photo. Shockproof (drop from 5 feet) and waterproof (to 3 meters). And all for less than $200. The videos on my blog the past couple of weeks have been from that camera.