Wednesday, 08 August 2012 16:33

Training In The Heat

[caption id="attachment_6319" align="alignright" width="272"]dehydration_heattraining_triathlon_ironman Source: HA Health[/caption] Training in the heat can be both good and bad.  When it goes bad it can really go bad.  During my Ironman Texas training days I would get on my trainer wearing 5 or 6 layers of clothing plus a heavy sweatshirt.  I wanted to mimic the heat that I would face in Texas in May.  I not only got on my trainer in that clothing, but I would also run in that amount clothing.  I am a sweater to begin with but this added that extra heat so that I could test  my sweat rate loss and what I needed to do to replace my liquid loss. Last weekend during the Triathlon training camp Jeff and I were talking about our sweat rate losses and what had happened to him the prior week.  Jeff had gotten dehydrated on a run and had to slow down his training in a big block and while it will not cost him anything it could have been a lot worse.  One thing I noticed when I was training down in Houston was how the humidity had such a huge effect on my performance.  In Dallas it is hot, around 105* hot, but in Houston it is not 'only' 98* but the humidity was 100% and that had a different effect on me.  I noticed the wear this caused on my legs when I went out for my ride on Monday and was still achy in my legs. Today I read an article on Competitor.com titled Thrive In The Heat by Scott Fliegelman.  It is an interesting article as it points out what to do during training and what to do during racing.  Here are the tips about training in the heat: Quick tips: training - To better simulate humidity on the bike, set up your trainer in the laundry room as you dry a load of wet clothes. --> This was my thought when I was on the trainer in my garage with all the doors closed and creating humidity with heat coming off my body in a 'cold' garage. - Plan to add sodium during practice sessions in the heat to aid fluid absorption. Shoot for 200mg per 8 oz of fluid, and then modify until you find the rate that makes you feel the best and results in minimal fluid weight loss measured by the post-workout scale. --> Using the Herbalife24 Prolong (500mg sodium per serving) and EFS Liquid Shot (400mg sodium per serving) my sodium intake was fine and never really a need for salt tabs during training.  I also did not add any extra salt to my food. - Keep an inexpensive scale in your car so that you’ll have the tools you need for pre- and post-workout weigh-ins when training away from home (please keep your shorts and sports bra on when weighing yourself in the parking lot). --> Just weigh myself in my house.  Today's 2h15m run resulted in an 8 lb weight loss and I drank 20 oz of liquid which means it would have been over 9 lbs of weight loss without the intake. - Try to align key race rehearsal workouts with especially hot and humid days whenever possible. Quick tips: Racing - Leave the aero helmet at home. Enjoy the better airflow of your road helmet. At aid stations, take an extra water bottle to pour over your head. --> Flying in the face of this thought is Craig Alexander's Kona race last year.  Wearing an aero helmet for the first time he beat his previous best bike time by 13 minutes.  The key was drinking on a set schedule and allowed him to hydrate without any issues. - Race in low-cut socks. High-cut socks can drastically reduce heat dissipation and possibly lead to blisters. --> This leads me to the question of whether or not to wear compression socks/sleeves on my calves.  I have not done it in training or in a race as I'm not convinced of the benefits of using them during a race.  Do you use them and if so have you worn socks or sleeves?  Ironman Texas was the first time I wore socks at all.  I have an issue with the squishy sound I would hear when pee and water would get soaked up by the socks.   - Stay ahead of your fluid needs. If you feel thirsty, you waited too long to drink. --> My watch beeps every 15 minutes and that is when I know it is time to drink.  This is not a question of should I, but when can I?  It is like Pavlov's dog.  The beep sound is made and I take a swig.  Being able to pee last weekend while on the bike was a sure sign that I was properly hydrated. - Visors work better than hats for shedding heat. --> I have worn both and I will say that I feel much better with a visor.  The water gets onto your head and soaked up in your hair and not the hat is the one thing I noticed right away. I had read an article a while back that the winner of Ironman Texas (Eneko Lllanos) trained for the race by putting a large amount of wet clothes in his dryer and turned it on and rode his bike on the trainer as well as run on his treadmill.  Now if I only had a laundry room as big as my house I would do this as well.

How Do You Train For The Heat?

Do You Do Sweat Rate Loss Tests?

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Tuesday, 07 August 2012 16:26

The Family That Tris Together.....

stays together?  There are a lot of examples of families that train and race in the sport of triathlon and I am so proud to announce that Team Baha will be joining these fine ranks of families.  Karen will be racing her first sprint triathlon this coming weekend and Chico will be racing his second triathlon the following weekend.  If that wasn't enough I will be heading to Maine to race the weekend after that.  Our family will be tackling a triathlon every weekend for the rest of August.  It is very cool to be sitting around the living room discussing the ins and outs of the sport with my family, even if Chico is only 6 years old and just wants the medal.  Although he did say after his swim lessons a few weeks ago:  How am I supposed to do an open water swim at triathlon if I am having trouble in the pool?  Where does he get this stuff? So I did some research on a few families in the sport of triathlon and have listed them below for you:   [caption id="attachment_6310" align="alignright" width="300"]trevor_heather_wurtele_triathlon Source: Trevor and Heather Wurtele[/caption] Trevor and Heather Wurtele: Trevor and Heather Wurtele are professional long course triathletes.  They started racing triathlon in 2004 and in 2009 decided to turn their passion into a profession.  If you think that being the spouse of an Ironman athlete is tough imagine both being Ironman athletes and living in an RV. That's right this couple has sold their home and travel to their training and race locations via said RV.  Coming up for Team Wurtele is Ironman NYC for Trevor.  Their results are incredible: Heather: 2012 - Pro/Elite Rev3 Quassy - 2nd place Ironman 70.3 New Orleans - 2nd Ironman European Champs - Frankfurt - 8th (2 weeks post mile 21 run DQ) Ironman 70.3 Texas, US Pro Championships - 8th Ironman Coeur D'alene - DQ due to mechanical :( - Read blog Trevor: 2012 - Pro/Elite Ironman 70.3 New Orleans - WINNER Ironman 70.3 Lake Stevens - 3rd Ironman 70.3 Boise - 5th Wildflower Triathlon - 7th place Ironman 70.3 Texas - US Pro championships - 12th Looks like they will be heading to the 70.3 World Championships in Las Vegas from the looks of their results.   [caption id="attachment_6313" align="alignright" width="300"]alistair_jonathan_brownlee_2012LondonOlympics Source: IB Times[/caption] Alistair and Jonathon Brownlee:  These brothers can be said to dominate the ITU distance.  Having seen them on TV I would say that is accurate.  These two guys are fast.  I mean very fast.  Having that brotherly competition probably doesn't hurt to keep them pushing beyond their boundaries.  They competed for Great Britain at the 2012 London Olympics and have (well I won't ruin it for you.....in case you haven't seen it yet.) Alistair Results:
Jonathan's Results
  [caption id="attachment_6312" align="alignright" width="262"]mirindacarfrae_timodonnel_triathlon_ironman Source: Lava Magazine[/caption] Mirinda Carfrae and Tim O'Donnell:  Triathlon power couple?  Ironman World Champion marrying a consistent Top 10 finisher at the Ironman distance.  Yes, I would say power couple.  Can you imagine the conversations that take place over dinner sometimes?  Talking about nutrition and racing and creating schedules that allow them the time to be with each other enough while exploring their talents to race triathlon?  I wonder if it is hard to not give advice when discussing a bad training day. This is just a small sampling of the families that race triathlon.  I know that there is another power couple in O-H-I-O.....the Oravecs that I will have the pleasure of meeting in 3 weeks out in Maine.  Matt and Heather please be prepared to be interviewed so we can keep the Families That Tri Together exposure going.

If I missed a couple that is 'famous' or if you are part of a triathlon family let me know.

Published in Train
Monday, 06 August 2012 14:03

Training Camp Triathlon Style

Training Camps have opened all across the country for the players of the National Football League.  For me, this past weekend was a training camp as well but this was a triathlon training camp.  I made the decision about a month ago to invite myself down to the Houston area to spend the weekend chasing The Carrot (Jeff Irvin) all around his neighborhood.  The timing worked out perfectly as Jeff was going to be doing his final big block of training in advance of Ironman Mont-Tremblant and I am in the throes of training for Rev3 OOB Maine and Ironman Arizona. [caption id="attachment_6303" align="alignright" width="300"]triathlon_training_cooktraineatrace_danglethecarrot_ironman At A Rest Stop Flashing Off Jeff's FLO CYCLING Race Wheels[/caption] Our plan was for me to head out from Dallas on Friday afternoon to get to Jeff and Annie's by dinner time.  We would eat, load up water bottles and be asleep early so that we could catch up with a group ride that started at 630a on Saturday.  We would ride for 4 hours then follow that up with a 30 minute run.  After that we had no plans but to make sure to get to bed early again so that we could be on the road running for 1.5 hours by 530am and then hit the pool for a good swim and then I would be back on the road to Dallas by lunch time.  All sounded great and you know what.....we nailed it. Friday around 1pm I got on the road after packing as if I were moving in with the Irvin's and not just staying for a weekend. This sport of triathlon that I love involves a lot of shit.  Let's see what I brought:  1 cooler with Herbalife products, rice cakes, powdered peanut butter, honey, plates and knives and forks.  1 triathlon bag with cycling shoes, helmet, water bottles, running shoes, swim cap, goggles, pull buoy, towels and running sneakers.  1 bag with clothes for wearing and clothes for training.  1 bag with laptop, ipad, cords and magazines.  Oh, and don't forget the bike and the pump in the car plus the small cooler that had fruit and 3 water bottles for the 4 hour drive.  As I had planned on taking it slow I didn't mind stopping nearly every hour to have to use the restroom.  Pulled up to the Irvin's house around 5pm and unloaded all that garbage.  As soon as Annie got home it was off to dinner. Now here is a funny story about dinner.  We go to an Italian restaurant and I order a veggie pizza with no cheese.  After Annie and I split a hummus plate I can see the waiter walk up to the table with the pizza and then turn around to head back to the kitchen.  Annie says that there was cheese on the pizza and so they had to take it back to make a new one.  After the food comes and we are chowing down and laughing and having a good time the waiter comes by with a complimentary dessert.  Guess what he brings?  He brings a cheesecake?  Really?  I just ordered pizza with NO CHEESE and you bring a cheesecake to make up for bringing the first pizza over with cheese?  Annie, Jeff and I just laughed at the irony of it all.  Off to the house we watch some Olympics and then early to bed. When the alarm went off in the morning I hit snooze about 100x as I was just not ready to hit the road but it was time to go.  Jeff and I load up the Team Baha vehicle and head out to the Lifetime Fitness gym.  From there we would ride two miles to the launch site of the group ride.  When we got to the launch site I had to buy some HoneyStinger waffles.  I got two vanilla and 1 chocolate.  I had never tried the chocolate and it was good.  Not as good as the Vanilla and Honey but better than Strawberry.  7am comes and the ride starts.  After about 30 minutes we are stopped by a train crossing and as we are standing there I say to the group:  Nobody told me we were going swimming in the ocean first.  I was covered in sweat and could feel the wet blanket of humidity covering me.  It was unreal how covered in sweat I was. Jeff and I split off from the group and ride at our own pace and move around the area at a very nice clip.  The one thing I noticed about this ride is that it is FLAT.  I mean completely flat.  I downloaded my Garmin data and the total elevation gain over 70 miles was 217 feet.  The ride in and of itself was great as it was a different route, obviously, than I had been riding but the company was awesome.  Jeff and I talked the whole time and laughed a lot throughout the ride.  One thing that was key was that we stopped a few time and I had to pee which meant that I was hydrating properly. At one point Jeff and I were going about 20 mph and enjoying ourselves when this terrier comes tearing out of his yard and chasing us.  We picked up the pace to the tune of 28 mph and the little dude was not just hanging with us but he got right in between us which means he was going faster than 28mph.  It was hilarious and I could not stop laughing at this dog.  Thanks pup for giving us our interval work for that hour. [caption id="attachment_6304" align="alignright" width="300"]triathlon_training_danglethecarrot_nap Dangle the Carrot and Cook Train Eat Race enjoying the Olympics[/caption] When we were done we put in a solid 30 minute run and the legs were starting to feel it by the end of the run.  There was this feeling of a huge gorilla sitting on my chest.  The air is thick and damp and it is a much different climate to work in than the weather in Dallas.  Once we were done with the run we decided to have lunch and as we were getting ready to go grab food we made the best decision ever which was to go and shower first.  Now here is where I feel for Annie.  In to the house come these two smelly and sweaty guys that had just finished working out for nearly 5 hours.  It was a horrendous smell that came into the house.  Shower off to lunch then onto the couch for some Olympics.  Now when they invent the ability to watch TV through your eyelids Jeff and I will be ready. As you can see from the pic we both passed out. On Sunday morning we were going to put in 90 minutes (sounds much longer than 1.5 hours doesn't it?) and then hit the pool.  As soon as we walked outside I knew that the run was going to be a slugfest.  Jeff and I had planned on running 10 miles in the 90 minutes for a 9 minute pace.  We decided to incorporate a 10 second walk break at each mile to simulate the aid stations at the Ironman races.  Once we started that gorilla on my chest had been joined by an elephant.  Seriously difficult to breathe with the humidity.  After about 2-3 miles I finally felt in a groove.  After 45 minutes we stopped at the car to top off liquids and off we went.  It was at this time that the sun was coming up and the weather felt great.  That lasted about 20 minutes and then the heat began to creep in.  When the 10 miles was up (after 95 minutes) and we were walking toward Starbuck's I could feel the bucket of sweat just dripping down over me.  I changed shirts in the parking lot and could actually ring out my clothes they were that bad. At the pool after the run and the 70* water felt cold.  Once I started my swim I thought:  Holy crap this is long.  Did the heat and humidity sap every ounce of strength from me?  That is when I realized that this was a 25 meter pool and not the 25 yard pool I was used to swimming in.  Every set felt longer than the next and it actually was.  I put in 2500 meters of swimming and it felt good on my legs.  The hot tub felt even better. Back at the house and Annie had made us waffles......yaa-hoo!  Oh these waffles were the best thing I had ever eaten.  I jumped in the car for an eat and run incident but I knew that if I did not start driving I would never make it home as the exhaustion would take over soon enough.  I managed to get home in about 4 hours and when I walked through the door the only thing I could think about was food.  I was starving and wolfed down dinner then watched Running the Sahara with Karen and started to doze off around 8pm. An awesome triathlon training camp weekend with Jeff was done and it was time to get ready to get back into my routine.  I cannot wait to have another triathlon training camp and right now we are looking at February in Austin where we can get some climbing in.  Thank you Jeff and Annie for hosting me.

What did you do this weekend?  How was your training?

 
Published in Train
Friday, 06 July 2012 14:07

D-Day: Determination Day

[caption id="attachment_6156" align="alignright" width="360"]determination_inspiration_motivation_triathlon_imaz Source: Nancy Santana Blog[/caption] D-Day is how I'm feeling today.  What I mean by that is I am putting a stake in the ground and taking my training and living my life to the next level starting yesterday but since I already wrote a post yesterday this is becoming D-Day: Determination Day. Yesterday as I was driving home I heard that song that has the word YOLO in it.  Not being the hippest cat on the block (I know you are shocked) I had no clue what YOLO was, but then I listened to all the words and figured out that it stood for You Only Live Once.  At least that is how I'm interpreting it and since this is my blog that is what it is going to stand for. Then after Karen got home she posted on Facebook the song by Eminem to which I trained for Ironman Texas to which was Till I Collapse.  The lyrics are perfect for training in these dog days of summer and in general when training for an event:

'Cause sometimes you just feel tired, Feel weak, and when you feel weak, you feel like you wanna just give up. But you gotta search within you, you gotta find that inner strength And just pull that shit out of you and get that motivation tonot give up And not be a quitter, no matter how bad you wanna just fall flat on your face and collapse.

I got fired up and decided to go back and read Maria's post on Becoming The Athlete I Need To Be.  I don't know how many times I have read this post but it gets me fired up every time and with all of these things circling me yesterday I decided that July 5th was D-Day.  Determination Day.  The Day I take the step forward to crushing my IMTX time at IMAZ.

From this point forward my training will take on new meaning.  I am no longer training to complete the distance I am training to race the distance.  There will be bouts of pain and fatigue.  There will be moments of misery and failure.  There will be times of questioning but in the end the product that goes to the starting line on November 18, 2012 is not going to be the same one that went to the starting line of Ironman Texas.  This athlete will have done all that he can to not just beat that 11:59:51 but done everything he can to obliterate it.

My diet is being cleaned up and tracked.  I have never liked tracking my food but it has helped over the past couple of days to see exactly what I am consuming and how it can affect my workouts and mood.  I am currently at 145 pounds and while it is a good weight for me to be at I want to be down to 140 by August 5th and training at 140 pounds since that is what I plan to race at.

All of these items coming together on one day could not have been a coincidence, but even if they were they came at the right time.  The time to make the declaration that this race will be different and I will make sure of that.

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  [caption id="attachment_6132" align="alignright" width="300"]chrissiewellington_ironman_triathlon_bookreview Karen And Chrissie Wellington At Ironman Texas 2012[/caption] A Life Without Limits by Chrissie Wellington was the first book I purchased on the new iPad.  Before I get into the book review I will say that the purchase of the iPad is so worth it just for reading books.  I love it and have already purchased my second read.....the 909 page book by Marcus Samuelsson titled Yes, Chef. OK, now that we are through with that tiny disclaimer let's get into my review of this book. Having watched Chrissie Wellington from a far during the broadcast of the Ironman World Championships I had some clue as to her story.  We all know that she is undefeated at the Ironman race distance as well as her injuries just prior to the 2011 World Championships and this book goes into that a bit, but there was a lot more that I learned about her and my respect for her has grown. In the book we learn that her passion truly is in helping others in any way she can.  She once worked for the British Government through a position that had her talking and negotiating with the political elite.  It was during her time doing that where she discovered that helping people was not going to be done while sipping cocktails at ultra-expensive hotels.  Knowing her place in the world comes through quite a bit in this book. Another fascinating tid bit I learned was that she has pushed and ridden a bike through Nepal on a 'course' that no bike was ever to be on.  Imagine this tiny woman pushing a bike that probably weighs as much as her through the toughest terrain known to man and coming out the other side doing what she does best.....smile.  A true inspiration to venture outside of your 'comfortable' world and do something uncomfortable. The last piece of information I am going to share with you from her book is that she has a lot of GI issues prior to races.  The face of the sport having major GI issues would not be a big deal, but having them before EVERY race?  I was surprised by this as well as to how in-depth she gets.  My surprise lies in the fact that she is a 4x World Champion and I would have expected her to have sorted this out.  Maybe we all get race day nerves and some just show up in different ways than others. I found this book to be an easy read.  One that tells her story of life growing up and life as a World Champion.  We learn about her personal life as well as her professional life.  Her dealing with her original coach, her 2nd coach and her current coach.  We are given a glimpse into her mindset while she it out training and racing and dealing with injuries. If you are at all interested in the sport of triathlon I would highly suggest you read this.  The book brings a person who would be considered famous and into your living room to enjoy a hot cup of tea and chat.

Have You Read A Life Without Limits?  What Were Your Thoughts?

Published in Product Reviews
Monday, 04 June 2012 11:44

Ironman Arizona - Here We Go

[caption id="attachment_5997" align="alignright" width="240" caption="Ironman Arizona: Let's Get It On!"]ironmanarizona_imaz_triathlon_training[/caption] Ironman Arizona is in 168 days or 24 weeks.  What does that mean for me?  It means that training for this race starts today.  I am very excited to get the training going for this race because there are so many people out there that are training right now and I felt out of the loop for two weeks while I recovered. I have set up my spreadsheet to track my mileage for IMAZ and to compare it to IMTX.  I would think that the mileage would be similar but I do think that there will be more swimming mileage.  I have found an open water swim practice hosted by the Frisco Tri Club on Wednesday evenings and I will be attending this practice as often as I can.  Based on the 1:34 I put up at IMTX I could surely use the practice. There will be a few changes going on during this training cycle:
  • My aerobic bike rides will be done at 140 bpm.  My goal will be to race IMAZ at that heart rate so in order to understand how that feels I need to train there. I will still be doing a lot of my work on the trainer during the week in the garage and with extra layers.  I found that this helped me to understand how much liquid to take in.  While it should be somewhat cooler in Arizona in November if I train at a hotter 'climate' then the cooler weather will benefit me on race day.
  • I have picked up a new bike computer.  I will be training with the Garmin Edge 500 so that I can track all my trainer work properly as well as when I head out on the bike.  This will allow me to upload my bike data for Coach so that she can truly adjust any bike sessions she has scheduled.
  • As mentioned above, I will be heading to the lake more often so that I can get the open water swim practice.  The beauty of this is that the summer will be with no wetsuit but IMAZ will most certainly be a wetsuit event.
  • My aerobic runs will be done at 155 bpm.  I raced IMTX in 4:09 which equates to a 9:31/mi pace.  I had some data before my watch died and it showed a 140 bpm during that first 41 minutes.  I ran that first loop in 8:27/mi and the 2nd and 3rd loops at 10:06/mi and 10:04/mi so I don't think my heart rate ever elevated above the 140 bpm which is not bad but I also know that I can run the marathon at a sub-4:00 pace.
  • My diet is going to be dialed in from day one.  I have been on a routine lately that has helped me keep my post-IMTX weight right near race weight.  In addition to that my body fat% is at 6% and that is an improvement from early April.  That being said Summer Bailey and I are going to be comparing the cost of training for an Ironman being a vegetarian versus being a carnivore.  This should be interesting and my spending will be chronicled through 'Feeding An Ironman'
Here are my numbers from  Ironman Texas and we can certainly compare them to Ironman Arizona as the training goes on.  
Swim Bike Run
Miles 110.8 2858.6 633.6
 

I would be ignorant to think that I will get through this on my own so I want to thank my sponsors for helping me out, but first thank you to Karen.  Ready to rock and roll this training?

  • Herbalife 24 - nutrition to help me start, keep going and recover.
  • Boundless Nutrition - when you want great tasting cookies you come to these guys.
  • Grapevine Grains - for the best oats and flours to make healthy dishes go to them. (CTER code gets you a 10% discount)
  • TriSwim / TriSlide - TriSwim removes that chlorine smell, while TriSlide protects against chafing and sores but also removes your wetsuit fast.
  • Sonix Studio - my partnership with Chad in this web design and internet marketing company that allows me the freedom to train and race.
  • Core Power - recovery milk that goes great in an Herbalife 24 smoothie.
And certainly last but not least.....thank you Coach.  Claudia Spooner of iRuniTri Mutlisport has gotten me to the start and finish of IMTX and will now have the task of doing the same at IMAZ.  Be prepared for lots of questions and suggestions Coach.

Thank you for reading and as they say in boxing:  Let's Get It On

Published in Train
Thursday, 31 May 2012 13:35

Do You Need A Coach?

irunitri_claudiaspooner_triathlonDo you need a coach?  That is a question I get a lot when discussing triathlon and running.  As an RRCA certified coach I always say yes because I want them to become clients and pay me gobs of money......just kidding its not gobs.  Seriously though I say it is up to you on whether or not you need that motivation from a coach, that positive reinforcement or are just too busy to put together a proper plan. For me the latter of those three is the reason I still have a coach after two years.  Running 3 businesses, having a family and friends as well as training anywhere from 15-25 hours per week and I just can't see having the time to put together an effective training plan for myself.  Now, for my clients it is easy to do.  I can sit down and double-check their numbers against my plan and make sure they are headed in the right direction each day and week.  To do it for myself seems like work. If you know MattyO then you know he is going with the No Training Plan, Training Plan.  For me that would never work.  I am to anal to not have something in Training Peaks to focus on.  Something to look forward to.  Something that I don't have to think about but can just wake up and go.  Does this mean that you need a coach or a plan?  Of course not.  You need to look inside yourself and figure that out. Competitor.com had a post that was written by Mackenzie Madison about why self-coaching could be a good thing.  She had great points and here they are:
  • No one knows your strengths and weaknesses better than you do.
  • You learn how to become your own motivator.
  • You know why you are doing certain workouts.
  • You can take credit for your own success. 
  • It’s free.
As I prepare my credit card to register for 70.3 San Juan in March of 2013 I think about whether or not I can coach myself post IMAZ or if I stick with Claudia.  My reaction and thought is that yes I will be sticking with her.  A lot of the reason is that right now in recovery from IMTX I feel very good and am ready to roll but that is not what the schedule calls for.  My fear is that I will not recover properly and then get injured.  For me this is reason enough to have a coach.

DO YOU HAVE A COACH?

DO YOU RECOMMEND ATHLETES HIRE COACHES?

Published in Race
Friday, 25 May 2012 12:43

Ironman Texas Video Review

Ironman Texas is now in the rear view mirror but I am going to bask in the glow of the accomplishment for the next week or so.  And I say that because I realized yesterday thanks to KC and Summer that Ironman Arizona is 25 weeks away.  I'm not sure what Coach has planned for a training cycle but if it is 22-23 weeks like Ironman Texas that means that training will pick up here in a few weeks.  The best part is that about halfway through the training cycle I will be heading to Maine for Rev3OOB to meet Jen,MattyO and Heather, Laura and Mandy.  Exciting times. Winners of the Ironman Texas Giveaway for predicting my times correctly are as follows:
  • Overall:  Kevin --> He predicted 11:29:34 which is the closest without going over.  He wins a case of CorePower of his choice of flavor.
  • Swim: Bob --> He predicted 1:29 and gets a couple of boxes of protein bars from my sponsors Carla and Eddie Weber from Herbalife.
  • Bike: Kevin --> He predicted 5:58:32 and wins a canister of Herbalife Prolong that I use on the bike.
  • Run: Kevin --> He predicted 4:06:17 and wins the book Heart of Iron
I will contact you both for your addresses and to mail out these as soon as possible.  For those of you that entered CTERman Virtual Event I will have an email out to you today for your addresses and what you won. Enjoy the movie and thank you for watching.
Published in Race Reports
Wednesday, 23 May 2012 11:44

Ironman Texas - Run Recap

Ironman Texas - Swim Recap can be found here. Ironman Texas - Bike Recap can be found here. ========================================== After telling Scott I felt great it was time to head to the Run Gear bags.  I yelled out my number and the volunteer pointed me to where it was.  I ran down there and was handed my bag and toward the changing tent I went.  I noticed that not everybody was running into the changing tent and I thought to myself why would I go in there.  I can slip on my shoes (I had removed my feet from my cycling shoes on the ride so I had no bike shoes on), turn my race belt around, put on my visor, grab my handheld and go.  So that is what I did.  I got out of T2 in an un-MattyO like 3:55. Now here is where this is screwed up I thought.  I still had to run through the changing tent to get to the run course.  Why?  That was the flow of traffic and it slowed me down.  Probably a good thing though.  As I exited the changing tent I had them slap that goopy mess of sunscreen on me because I did not pack any into my Run Gear Bag (remember this for Ironman Arizona in November.)  They lathered my shoulders, my legs, my neck, nose and cheeks and off I went. I looked down at my watch and it was still running so I was happy to have it with me to check my heart rate.  As I looked down at my watch I saw my goal Heart Rate for the run of 155bpm.  That was going to be the top end for me and so I started out with that in my head.  Within moments you are at an aid station. Following my plan of stopping at each aid station and walking 30-45 steps I began to implement my plan.  I took in some water and squeezed a sponge on my head and then about 5-6 sponges into the top of my race kit and zipped up. You head out onto a grassy section where you do a complete 180* turn and then head up a steep grassy hill.  Now the hill is only about 3 steps long but it could be dangerous because the footing is not solid.  Once over that hump you are into a parking lot and doing a lot of turns and zig-zags.  The best part is that you are under a canopy of trees but this also screws with your satellite connection to your watch.  I saw I was at an 11:00/mi pace but told myself not to move faster because the data was getting screwed with because of the turns and trees and having to locate the satellites.  Keep steady, keep strong and only walk at the aid stations. Each aid station is so loaded you could get through without bringing any nutrition or hydration of your own.  If you train with what is going to be on the course then you would be all set.  Since I love the EFS Liquid Shot Kona-Mocha I trained with it and was using that in my handheld.  I also had two HoneyStinger waffles broken in half in my race kit to be consumed every two hours. As I was running I started to notice a lot of people walking.  The problem is you don't know if they are on Lap 1 or Lap 3 and are walking.  Either way my observation was that there were going to be more and more walkers along the way.  I got passed by a few people here and there but for the majority of the time I was passing people.  I could hear people complaining about the heat and I thought to myself this isn't hot.  I again go back to the fact that I trained with 5-6 layers of clothes on and forced my body to adapt to the heat and humidity that we would face.  This helped immensely at this race. About one-third of the way through Lap 1 I heard footsteps coming up on me.  They were moving fast but there was no heavy breathing.  My initial reaction was that this person must have just started and they are going out too hard.  Sure enough as I got passed and I looked to my right this person was hauling ass.  They were not breathing heavy and their cadence was quick and light.  I looked down at the calf to make sure they weren't in my age group and noticed the P.  I just got passed by Caitlin Snow as if I were a volunteer handing out water.  She looked effortless and within 30 seconds she was out of eyesight.  It was unreal to see that speed at what proved to be her third and final lap. The run course is gorgeous.  There are some easy rolling hills but nothing that saps your energy or takes your breath away.  Having aid stations approximately every mile apart was perfect.  I knew that I would drop off the sponges, grab a cup of water or ice, then more sponges and be on my way.  It was a perfect cadence and rhythm  through these aid stations.  At one point I thought I need to really keep everything cool and so I stuck two sponges down my short and into my crotch.  As I was running I was thinking what if I have to pee will I take the sponges out and go or just pee on the sponges.  I'm not sure if this was the same thought from the volunteer who just handed me the sponges or not but after she saw me jam down my shorts she made this look of disgust.  I laughed so hard and said:  Jason take them out if you have to pee. After the 30 minute mark and the 2nd 15 minute alarm the watch started to really go nuts and beep.  At around mile 5 I looked down to see where my heart rate was at and my watch was blank.  The battery finally died and it became a race of perceived exertion.  Where am I?  How do I feel?  Are you breathing heavy?  Are the legs hurting?  All questions I would ask myself for the remainder of the race.  Each time I asked the response was you feel great keep plugging along. Toward the end of each lap you get onto the canal and it is lined with spectators.  People cheering for their athletes but as I came around for Lap 1 it was kinda dead.  I yelled out to the crowd that I understood we were having all the fun but let's hear some noise.  Let's get some cheers going and they responded.  Right after that I came up on the Kingwood Tri Club tent, which Jeff is a part of, and sure enough a sign.  Powered By Veggies....Go Jason!  I almost peed' myself from laughing.  It was the perfect sign to see. Right after that I caught up with a guy and we started chatting.  He told me he was on Lap 2 and ready to be done.  I told him he has to look at this like a 5K.  The first mile you fly and love life, the 2nd mile sucks and you are wondering why you are out there, the third mile you are so geeked to be finishing that you turn up the speed.  He thanked me for the analogy and off he went.  I kept at my pace because I was still on Lap 1. Midway through Lap 2 and the bladder was yelling at me.  I knew it was about time to release and so I took out the sponges and started peeing everywhere.  It felt magical and made me feel a lot lighter until my stomach rumbled.  It wasn't a rumble of you have eaten too much and drank too much but more along the lines of having eaten a big meal and your body had to get rid of the waste.  I crossed over the bridge and into the Swim Start area where there were 15-20 porto-potty's.  Stupid me ran past them thinking I could hold it.  Looking back:  Hold it for what stupid?  Anyway about 1:00 past the porto I was faced with turning back and going, keep going forward and potentially be the cover of a poster for Ironman who doesn't quit regardless of situation but then I remembered the bathroom I used at 6:30am was right around the corner. I must have had this look on my face of desperation because a volunteer was about to enter the bathroom when he gave way.  As a matter of fact he did not enter with me either.  I blew that place up and I apologize to those that had to go in there after me.  Let me tell you though about 5 pounds lighter and this race was ON.  I got out of there ready to roll.  My pace felt like it picked up and I started passing more and more people.  Keeping steady to not overheat myself though. Toward the end of Lap 2 I saw Karen sitting at the Kingwood Tri tent and I yelled at her and she yelled back.  It was great to see a friendly face at that point knowing that within the next 8.5 miles I would be an Ironman.  I chugged along and each time you pass through this section you hear Mike Reilly calling out somebody else's name and saying YOU ARE AN IRONMAN.  I played this vision over and over in my head.  My goals times were out the window as I didn't have a watch and just wanted to keep running.  Walking was never an option and especially on Lap 3. I was on cruise control and running strong when Jeff of Apex Endurance caught up to me.  I asked me where we were at because I had no watch.  He told me it was 6:40p and that we had about two miles to go.  I said to him that we have 20 minutes or 10:00/mi to beat 12 hours.  I was ecstatic to think that.  After hearing that I came up on Karen again and handed her my handheld.  I honestly wanted that thing gone at Mile 18.  I was tired of drinking the EFS at that point and even more tired of carrying it.  At Mile 20 I took in some coke and a mini-brownie.  Then at Mile 24 took some more Coke and that would be the end of the nutrition/hydration.  Giving Karen that handheld felt like an anvil was being let go from my hand. Jeff began to pull away and I just kept running.  When you know you are getting closer your pace picks up, and the volunteer directing traffic between the 2/3rd laps and finish was awesome.  When she saw me veering for the finish she smiled bigger than me and said you are almost done so soak it up.  Coming up that hill and into the finisher's chute was something I will never forget.  Karen, Jeff, Scott, Annie, Shannon and Lesley were all there cheering hard.  Hearing their voices was incredible. Now the finisher's chute starts but then you have to make a right turn and then a 180* turn to head back toward the Finish Line.  I was beyond word and high-fiving people when I heard some spectator say you only have 30 seconds to beat 12 hours.  Mike Reilly said something along those lines as well.  Then I saw our friend Stefanie yelling my name and cheering and I just bolted up the hill.  I saw 11:59:4X and knew I would be in under 12 hours. As I neared the finish line I pumped my fist and just let out a yell then jumped high over the finisher's line.  The catcher grabbed me and put her arm around me, then asked me to dinner and a movie.....just kidding.  She asked how I was feeling and I told her great that I just needed a moment.  To them that means medical and ice.  Told her I didn't need any of that and I was just overwhelmed with the enormity of the whole process. From training to racing to finishing.  The whole idea was incredible and now it was over.  She walked me to get my medal and lo and behold:  Chrissie Wellington.  She put the medal over my head and then said to me:  Way to crush that course Jason.  I smiled and thanked her and kept moving.  Another volunteer poured ice down my back and chest, I was handed a shirt and cap.  They took me over to take pictures and were going to shepherd me to the athlete lounge when I told her I wanted to hug my wife. I walked over to Karen and grabbed her and held on for dear life.  Each second that passed my grip on her got tighter as did hers on me.  My tears were flowing (as they are now) and I could barely keep my composure.  I kept telling her how much I loved her and thanked her profusely for going with me on this journey.  As tough as it was to wake up at 2:30-3:00am every day to train it was harder on her.  Lots of missed family time and friends but through it all she kept me moving forward toward this dream.  I cannot say it enough but without her this day never happens.  Thank You Karen.....You Are An IRONMATE! After the crying and hugging we walked into the athlete lounge where the worst part to the whole adventure took place.  I walked to Freebirds to get a burrito and asked for the veggie burrito.  The lady handing them out promptly went into the whole you need protein.....OMG LADY I JUST RACED AN IRONMAN. GIVE ME THE F'N VEGGIE BURRITO NOW!  I then told her that the burrito had plenty of protein in the black beans and what I really needed and anybody out here needed was CARBS.  After that moment came a better moment and that was running into Susan and Neil again.  Just two great and wonderful people. After all that was over Karen and I went alone to our favorite after race or hard workout spot.  IHOP!!!!!  Those pancakes never stood a chance. Stats: 4:09:43 (9:31/mi) –> Goal 3:55 - 4:00 First Lap: 8.4 miles: 1:11:01 for 8:27/mi pace Second Lap: 8.5 miles: 1:26:08 for 10:06/mi pace First Lap: 8.4 miles: 1:26:24 for 10:04/mi pace 0.7 mi: 6:10 for 8:48/mi pace Division Rank: 113 (moved up 91 spots from the bike; moved up 171 spots from the swim) Gender Rank: 544 (moved up 481 spots from the bike; moved up 1010 spots from the swim) Overall Rank: 443 (moved up 404 spots from the bike; moved up 771 spots from the swim) And for those keeping score at home: #1s on the run:  1x #2s while on the run course:  1x #3s while on the bike: 0x Thank you for reading.  Come back tomorrow for the overall experience and wrap-up. [gallery link="file" columns="4" orderby="rand"]
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Tuesday, 22 May 2012 11:44

Ironman Texas - Bike Recap

Ironman Texas swim recap was posted yesterday and so we will pick up the story where that left off. ==================== I got out of the water and up the stairs and saw the clock read 1:34:xx.  I then heard somebody say:  There goes Jason Bahamundi and I turned around and thanked them but had no clue who they were.  I then saw Susan Lacke (whom I met on Thursday night and was everything and more than I thought she would be.  Thank you for spending time with me on Thursday and again on Saturday after the race....see you at IMAZ.) who completely ignored me because I was not wearing a wetsuit but seeing a familiar face helped me tremendously.  Rounding the corner I saw another familiar face in Annie Irvin (Jeff's wife) and that made me smile again.  Shannon was there but I don't recall seeing her or saying anything to her but thank you for the great pic.  I ran up called out my bib# and was directed toward my bike gear bag. Doing some math I though that to get to 11h30minutes that I would have to be 14 minutes faster on the bike and run.  Then I thought about what Coach said and that the race started at the bike not the water. Forget the water and ignore it.  I adjusted my goal time to 11h40m and said to myself that I was going to ride for 6 hours and run for 4 hours.  Not ride for 5h53minutes and run 3h53minutes.  It was over and I needed to stick to my plan. I ran into the tent although I saw many walking and when I got in there I was stunned.  I am not sure what I expected to see but what I saw was not it.  I thought maybe there were chairs spaced out with few athletes in there and volunteers at their feet handing them gear, but I saw tons of athletes and chairs packed like sardines.  I found an open seat immediately and jumped into it.  I sat down and threw on my helmet, then my socks and shoes.  Race belt was next and then sunglasses. I took out the sunscreen spray because I did not want to get lathered in that goopy stuff they put on you, nor did I want to wait in line and lose precious seconds.  I sprayed my legs and then my left arm and the pain was searing.  I looked and noticed that I had a major chafe and what must have been caused by the string from the swimskin.  Holy cow did that burn like mad.  Up and out of the seat and running out the back-end of the tent.  Handed my bag to one of the thousands of volunteers and off to my bike I went. I grabbed my bike off the rack.  Popped the HoneyStinger into my mouth and ran to the mount line.  Went to look at my watch and it had not recorded the swim at all.  I got it set to record before I started pedaling and was off.  As I started down the chute I looked at my right hand and saw 135.  That was my target heart rate for this entire ride.  I knew it would climb a bit with headwinds and or hills but overall I wanted to be right at 135bpm.  As I turned the corner I saw Karen along with a friend of ours and just yelled out:  Hey Honey.....see you in a few hours and off I went. The first 40-45 miles were going to be a tailwind and so I knew that I would be able to go faster with less effort and thought that if I could keep my heart rate around 130 bpm that I would be setup for a good second half of the ride.  As we passed sections there were so many people out there cheering for us and I would thank them for coming out and rooting for us on this journey. After 5 miles the watch beeped and it was time to start the nutrition/hydration plan.  My plan was to drink every 15 minutes and eat a HoneyStinger every two hours.  I had 1500 calories of Herbalife Prolong (1000 calories in my Speedfil and another 500 in a bottle on the back of the saddle) along with 400 calories of EFS Liquid Shot in my torpedo.  There were another 400 calories of EFS in a bottle in my shorts pocket.  Lastly another 480 calories of HoneyStinger in the bento box.  All in all if I drank/ate all the calories I would consume 2780 calories over 6 hours or ~460 calories per hour which is a lot more than I normally would take in but the heat of the day was going to really sap my energy so I wanted to be prepared.  If I didn't eat/drink them all there would not be a problem.  I wound up eating only 320 calories and drinking about 1800 calories for a total of 2120 calories for 350 per hour. Within moments of drinking the first few sips after 15 minutes I felt my stomach grumble.  I knew that being jostled in the wrestling ring known as the Ironman swim was what caused this.  I had drunk (swallowed?) a large amount of water and my stomach was not happy.  I also knew that if I did not take care of this right away that the ride would be horrible and I would be questioning myself all day.  It was at Mile 12 that the first aid station popped up and I got off my bike, handed it to a volunteer and jumped in the porto-potty.  I spent about 2m30s in here but when I got out I felt GREAT.  I was relieved and the best part was the volunteer put a water bottle in my empty cage and that set me up for a perfect ride, even if I did not know it then.  I got on my bike, she yelled out rider in and I was off again. Having read the Endurance Nation article about the ride and where the three troublesome spots were (Miles 45-50, 55-60, 65-80) and having spoken to Neil (Susan's boyfriend) on Thursday I was prepared.  Neil had warned me that the trouble spot was really at Mile 50 where you crossed into Grimes County.  Sure enough Mile 45 was tough but not harder than I expected and at Mile 50 you hit the chip seal and that was exactly what Neil had warned me about.  The thing about it though is that this was not the worst chip seal I have ever encountered and just kept on pushing and checking my heart rate every 15 minutes when the watch beeped. I was staying in my planned heart rate zone very well and was also hydrating right on plan.  I even adopted the method of drinking water immediately after taking in either the Prolong or the EFS Liquid Shot.  I would then also pour water down my back to cool off as well as pour some into the opening of my aero helmet. This helped tremendously as I never felt hot the entire ride.  I was having the time of my life. At one point I came up on a guy named Mack and as I passed him he said I will see you later.  I thought he meant on the run but within 10 minutes he was passing me on my left going down one of the larger downhills.  He yelled:  I told you so and I could not stop from laughing.  I then yelled back well I hope you go down faster here than me since you have at least 60 pounds on me.  We laughed a bit and then when I passed him for good he said:  It gets hard at Mile 55.  Enjoy the day.  I thanked him and told him the same. It was then that a guy named Rico passed me and I thought to myself.  Hold back.  Don't go into a leap-frog mode with him.  Let it go.  Follow the plan, stick to the plan.  I let him go and knew that I would see him again, whether on the bike or the run but I would see him again.  This happened quite a bit and I just kept telling myself that I would catch them all on the run.  I was feeling great and just kept on riding.  My legs never truly hurt, like when you are riding the trainer. I also think I benefited tremendously from training on the trainer with 5-6 shirts and creating an atmosphere of heat and humidity in my garage.  The weather never bothered me, nor entered into my mind about it being too hot or too humid.  Everywhere I have read that people were getting beat up by the heat but it never entered my mind. As I got past the half-way point I came up on a guy who gave me the greatest compliment I received on the course and it absolutely made my day.  I came up on him and as I was passing him he asked me if I was a runner.  I told him that I was and he just said: oh sh*t.  I asked why he asked the question and said what he did he said I am too.  Didn't think twice as I passed him by and then he came up on my left after a few minutes and said:  I said that to you because you look sleek and in great shape ready to run a great marathon.  I thanked him and mentally fist-pumped.  That absolutely made my day. Now I was hooked up with this guy and we conversed for about 30 minutes, even if he was illegally drafting.  He would ride up on me and get right next to me without passing and we would chat and then he would fall back.  Then he would catch up and talk and fall back.  Finally I picked up on what he was doing and I picked up my pace because he was using me to pull him. I then came up on another rider and he asked me where the next aid station was and I said I had no clue but I hoped it was soon because my water ran out and I needed more.  I was worried about grabbing water from the aid stations but the volunteers were well-trained and the riders were respectful of each other out there.  We saw the next aid station tents and we cheered audibly.  As I grabbed the last water bottle, which was at Mile 90, I was ecstatic to know I was only 22 miles from being done.  Then my watch started to really beep. The beeping really threw me off because I knew it wasn't 15 minutes.  I looked down and it said low battery.  I forgot my charger at home so I did not charge my watch the entire weekend.  I was worried that I would not have a watch for the entire ride and really wanted to focus on my heart rate.  If I had no watch on the run, not a big deal but I wanted to have a good bike to set up the run.  Oh well, what could I do at this point.  Just keep on riding and smiling. Finally at Mile 100 I felt the full feeling of all the liquid and food I had consumed.  I burped once and then again and on the second burp all the liquid came flying out.  There were white specs and I had no clue where that came from.  It was all over my arm, but like the getting out of the porto-potty at Mile 12 I felt so much better.  But then at Mile 102 I threw up again.  Now I knew my stomach was settled. At Mile 109 the greatest words to ever hear from a volunteer:  Only 3 more miles to go.  I looked at my watch and knew I was within a decent area of my goal time.  As I got within ear shot of the transition I took my feet out of my shoes and they thanked me profusely.  It felt great to wiggle my toes and to know that within seconds I would be getting off the bike and starting the last part of my journey to Ironman. I came into transition and saw Shannon with her arms up yelling my name and it got me so fired up, that I threw my bike to somebody and yelled.  Jeff then came up to me and told me to slow it down with a laugh but I was so amped up and ready to run that I just kept on going.  Toward the end of the transition area Scott (aka BDD - great surprise that he came down for the weekend) came up to me and asked me how I was feeling and I looked at him and said I feel GREAT. Stats: 6:05:44 (18.37 mph) --> Goal 5:50 -- 6:00 First 56 miles: 2:58:30 (18.82 mph) Second 56 miles: 3:07:14 (17.95 mph) Overall Heart Rate: 134bpm  Max Heart Rate: 154bpm Division Rank: 204 (moved up 80 spots from the swim) Gender Rank: 1025 (moved up 529 spots from the swim) Overall Rank: 847 (moved up 367 spots from the swim) And for those keeping score at home: #1s on the bike:  2x #2s while on the bike course:  1x #3s while on the bike: 2x Thank you for reading.  Come back tomorrow for the run recap.[gallery link="file" columns="4" orderby="rand"]  
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