Jason Bahamundi

Jason Bahamundi

I grew up in New York and lived there for 34 years until I got divorced and moved 1600 miles to my new home in Texas.  I love New York and miss it but that does not mean that Texas hasn’t been great to me because it has.  It was here that I discovered endurance sports and specifically the sport of triathlon.  Triathlon has given me new life through all the challenges it presents.  I no longer look at life the same way and I can say that is in part due to my endeavor into this sport.

Wednesday, 26 March 2014 08:01

Mindset Adjusts But Goals Remain The Same?

[caption id="attachment_9540" align="alignright" width="206"]mindset - ultra trail race - run Source: JeeJee Safir[/caption] Mindset can be your best asset, yet simultaneously can be your worst enemy.  When I first tied up a pair of running shoes my mindset was:  How Far Can I Go?  That day I lasted 400 meters around a track before feeling as if kerosene were poured down my throat and a match lit inside my lungs.  It burned and it hurt bad.  Instead of going home I walked 400 meters.  I then went for a second run of 400 meters and that same burning feeling came on.  400 more meters of walking and I headed home.  A total of 1 mile but my mindset was established.  I was going to tackle this whole running thing.  I was not going to give up on myself or my goal which at the time was to run 1 mile straight.  In less than a week I ran that mile and the next goal was set.  2 miles running.  Then 5 miles running.  Then 10 miles running.  You get the picture. I got to the start line of that first half-marathon in the heat and humidity and gave it my all.  Around Mile 10 I had to walk because the fuel to go on was gone.  What happened that day has been happening ever since.  For the past 7 years I have trained for a race.  I have gone to the start line and raced my hardest.  Some days were terrific and other days just sucked.  Either way I was going back to the training grind to get better.  To help develop a new skill for making me a better athlete. Along the way I have realized that the one asset I have is a strong-willed mindset.  I am a determined person and I pursue my goals and dreams with an almost reckless abandon.  This weekend I will be at the starting line of a 100 mile race.  I have zero clue as to what will unfold.  I haven't the foggiest idea if I can make it because it is all unknown, just like that first half-marathon.  What I do know is that my mindset is to go and race the course.  My mindset has been established to allow myself to be smart about the race and pace it from the start.  I have established a feeding routine as well as a drinking routine so that my mind will be as clear as it can be and capable of pushing my body for 20+ hours of running.  Being a stubborn mule, in this scenario, is going to provide me the strength to carry-on and also to motivate Dave and Jeff along the way. This morning as Karen was leaving for work she expressed some fear about us doing this race.  Karen will not be there so I can understand her thought process, but I gave her every bit of confidence that this was going to be fine.  She asked me to not go beyond my capabilities and I promised her I wouldn't.  I told her that I would not allow myself to crumble to the ironwill of the finish line.  Being smart about this race is what is going to allow me to finish this race.  And once the race is complete the focus and mindset will shift to the next training cycle, but while on the course I will be living in the moment. [caption id="attachment_9538" align="alignright" width="225"]mindset - ultra trail race - run Source: Career Rocketeer[/caption] During a text message exchange with our crew leader Caroline I told her that she will have to use her instinct to gauge how we are looking as we enter the aid stations at Mile 50, 68, and 75.  If we are looking ragged then she needed to be forceful and tell us to sit back and not head out for a moment until we rehydrated and ate something.  Our mindset is that of competitors.  Get it done regardless of what may unfold.  Push yourself until the brink.  Run and if you end up in the med tent so be it.  That is where our mindset can be our liability.  This is not a sprint or a marathon.  This is a 100 mile endurance event.  We will be racing this course with as much mental strength as physical ability.  This is what excites me, but also scares the living crap out of me. There have been days over the course of the past 18 weeks of training where I thought to myself:  I got this.  No problem. It will hurt but there will be no stopping us once we get going.  In the past two weeks I have begun to question the physical ability to go from dark to light to dark again. To go from cold to warm to cold again.  To lasting 24 hours without a meal but instead consuming liquid calories and Oreos.  It seems overwhelming and daunting but then I am brought back to my imagination of the elation of crossing the finish line and high-fiving Jeff, Dave and Caroline and saying: We Did It.  That mindset is what will carry me through.

What Has Been Your Mindset Heading Into A Race? How Has It Changed During The Race?

Thursday, 20 March 2014 09:09

Running 100 Miles Fears And Thoughts

[caption id="attachment_9530" align="alignright" width="151"]running 100 miles - fear - thoughts Source: Lake Martin Website[/caption] Running 100 miles in a couple of weeks or even one week is daunting.  Running 100 miles in one day can be downright frightening.  When I registered for Lake Martin 100 I was excited to be taking on a challenge that I never saw coming.  It was one of those moments where you think to yourself:  F' It Let's Do This.  After hitting register you think to yourself......what did I just get myself into. I applied all the training mantras and thoughts from going through Ironman cycles to this training yet it always seemed different.  I tried to incorporate swimming and biking when I could but it just seemed to get in the way.  As a matter of fact I have not been in a pool in about 4 weeks and my bike has not seen my a$$ in more than 6 weeks.  The training, especially the overload weeks, did not allow time nor the motivation to do either of the other sports.  There were days were I wanted to go swimming to aid in the recovery process but then thought to myself:  pack bag, get in car, drive, change, swim, change, get in car, drive, unpack bag.  No thanks I'll just sit on this couch and exercise my thumb as I go from channel to channel. Throughout the heavy training I would think about scenarios in which I needed a response for that just in case moment on the course.  Yesterday, I was speaking with co-workers about running 100 miles and they asked me was I worried if I would finish.  My response came quick and with authority:  NO.  I have trained myself to combat the physical fatigue that is going to occur but I wonder where the mind will go when the time ticks closer to 14-15 hours.  I then started to think about other things that give me pause and this brief list is what I came up with.
  1. Temperatures when the sun goes down.  As many of you know I am a cold-weather wuss even though I ran the A-OK in sub-20* temps I am not a fan of cold weather.  I would rather run in heat and humidity like I did at Ironman Texas than to run in anything below 40*.  When the sun goes down we will have been on the course for over 12 hours and thus the mindset then needed to battle the physical fatigue is going to increase because the sun has gone to sleep and the temperatures will get colder.  Making sure that the gloves I start the race with are in my hydration vest so that they are on my person when the time comes.
  2. Weight Loss.  There is not much I can do about this but it is in the back of my head.  When Jeff and I ran Rocky Raccoon 50 back in February I managed to lose nearly 10 pounds despite drinking close to 120 oz of liquid while consuming a Oreo, M&Ms, Potatoes and liquid calories.  My fear is more about the strength needed at the end of the race to carry on.  Dropping that kind of weight may hamper my ability to move on.  The good news is the chance to eat like Michael Phelps the next morning.  Think of all the pancakes, waffles, eggs, toast, hash browns, fruit, oatmeal and coffee one can eat after a running 100 miles. OK, not a fear anymore.
  3. Blisters On My Feet. This is another scenario in which preparation may not be enough.  I will be cutting my toe nails this weekend so that they can grow a bit but not be too long for the race.  I bring this up because I forgot to do just that for RR50 and while diving downhill I felt my toe grab my sock and sure enough a huge blood blister formed.  Regardless of blisters forming I will finish the race but being in discomfort for very long will take a toll on the mind.
  4. Caroline Our Crew Leader. She scares me.  I am not kidding.  She is a 3:05 marathoner and having to deal with three idiots in the middle of the Alabama woods may be more than she can handle and thus turn into the person that just yells at us and crushes our souls.....I am just kidding.  In our exchanges for the past couple of weeks Caroline is the one thing in this race that is going to be constant....other than PAIN!!!!
Ironically, the pain is not something that I fear.  We all know it is coming and we all know we are going to get through it.  It is the unknown that causes the most pause when it comes to running 100 miles.  That being said there is a start line and a finish line that we all will see.  What happens between those lines is going to be an experience and one that I am thrilled to be sharing with Jeff, Dave, Caroline and the GoPro. OK, maybe there should be another fear...... [caption id="attachment_9531" align="aligncenter" width="300"]running 100 miles - fear - thoughts Source: Lake Martin Website[/caption]
Friday, 14 March 2014 14:52

Sleep: The Most Valuable Free Item Ever?

[caption id="attachment_9521" align="alignright" width="255"]sleep - endurance sports - training - taper Source: Psyholawlogy.com[/caption] Sleep is so valuable yet so abused.  There seems to be some sort of award for staying up late working and getting up early with few hours of sleep in between.  I was caught up in this rat race until I realized that sleep helps me be a functional human being.  From being able to get my workouts in and not have them feel sluggish to being productive at work.  Of course, all of the things I do (eating right, working out, laughing, sleeping) all go together to create this scenario but sleep is the one item that I overlooked for so long that I didn't realize it had such an impact. For over 6 years I worked from home.  I was able to stop what I was doing and take a mid-day nap.  It was glorious.  The best 30 minutes of my day.  I would wake up refreshed and crush work.  Now that I work at a desk in the middle of an office surrounded by other people and not just Ginga, taking a nap is somewhat frowned upon.  Until I am able to perfect the open-eyed nap at my desk I will have to rely on sleep at night taking care of my body.  At first this process was a tad difficult as I thought I could do it all but as days pressed on I came to the conclusion that getting in bed early meant I was going to sleep early which yielded positive results. A few months ago at the DMN Top 100 Workplaces luncheon the guest speaker mentioned that the optimal amount of sleep is 7 hours and 10 minutes per night.  Ever since that presentation I have set a goal for myself to do exactly that.  I get into bed around 9pm after doing 5-10 minutes of stretching and 5-10 minutes of core work.  I am typically turning the TV off at 9:30pm and waking up at 4:30am.  That is a 7 hour sleep pattern and it has been a noticeable change.  The days (like Wed and Thurs of this week) where I do not get that amount of sleep I can feel it.  I find myself lethargic and looking all over for coffee and sugar.  I yearn for the moment to lean back in my chair and fall asleep for 10 minutes. [caption id="attachment_9520" align="alignright" width="300"]sleep - endurance sports - training - taper Source Gymnordic Tumblr[/caption] In actuality, I hope to be more like my dog.  Every morning she wakes up and heads downstairs with me as I fill her bowl with food.  She will drink some water and than head out the door to go use the outdoor facilities.  Once done she comes back in and does a couple of tours of the kitchen as I prepare my breakfast and then I see her scooting up the stairs.  When I finally head up the stairs she is in her crate and laying down getting ready to go back to bed.  She knows how much time she needs to sleep.  Unfortunately, we as humans do not.  We think we can multi-task and accomplish a lot but the reality is that we are doing a half-assed job at it.  If we were to sleep more and take care of items better and not with one eye on something else then our lives would be more efficient and successful. This week is the first week of taper for the Lake Martin 100 race and probably not the best time to have a lack of sleep.  Yesterday I ran 5 miles and my heart rate started sky-high before eventually coming down to a mid Z1 level.  This morning I went out and put in 4.5 miles and while my heart rate did not start out very high it did climb throughout the run.  All indications that I need more sleep to aid in my recovery.  Tomorrow is a 16 mile trail run that I will start at 7am.  Going to bed around 10am I should get 9 hours but I also plan on getting a nap in mid-day as well.  Sleep will be my best friend this weekend and for the next two weeks after that as the body repairs itself. Yesterday (3/13)
Today (3/14)
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How Much Sleep Do You Get Per Night?

Fashion is not one of the qualities that the Hoka One One brings to the party but they certainly bring consistency.  In the grand scheme of things isn't that what we should be aiming for?  Form rather than how good we look as we shuffle around the marathon course at the end of an Ironman because we were not recovered enough to get our training in?  In the most recent past, I have written two blog post reviews for Hoka One One that you can read here and here and the comments were somewhat shocking, but they really shouldn't have been. When Jeff, Kevin and Karen started wearing the Hoka shoe and screaming at me how awesome they were, how awesome they were at allowing me to feel recovered enough to run more and more I laughed. As a matter of fact I called them moon shoes and made a vow that I would never run in them.  True to my word I never did put a pair of these shoes on my feet despite the gallery hollering at me to get a pair and a box of said shoes showing up at my front door on a routine basis.  No way am I ever going to wear that.  How is that going to LOOK?  What kind of fashion statement am I making by wearing these clown shoes? [caption id="attachment_9511" align="aligncenter" width="600"]fashion - hoka - trail running Source: Hoka One One AUS[/caption] Oh, how times have changed.  When Rocky Raccoon 50 training started back on November 25th I did not own a pair.  I was going from riding my bike for 1550 miles over September and October to running miles and miles.  That first week I ran 50 miles (previous week was about 27 - take that 10% increase) but I quickly realized that running 50 miles on a weekly basis was going to take a huge toll on my legs, from my ankles to my hips.  Eventually, that would lead to a breakdown mentally as the idea of running in soreness and pain would be too much.  I ran in the Hoka Mafate first on December 5th and then again on the 11th.  The days then started stringing together and I ordered a second pair.  Before I knew it I was ordering a 3rd pair and now I am like a ravenous dog in front of a piece of meat when I see the shoes on clearance at Running Warehouse.  I am clicking and clicking and putting in discount codes and self-high fiving when the receipt is emailed to me. Once I got past the idea of being a fashion fool and realizing that in order to achieve my goals as an endurance junkie that fashion just did not matter.  My mind and body want to do great things like run across the Gobi Desert but in order to do that I need to train.  Not just train, but train vigorously and keep pushing myself.  For this to occur I need to go out on a regular basis and run and run and run.  For this to take place my fashion sense is best left to what I am wearing to the office and strapping those maximalist shoes to my feet and enjoying the pillow goodness that the Hoka offers. As a matter of fact, it would seem that many people are realizing this as companies like Brooks and New Balance have entered the maximalist market.  Maybe the fact that these shoes seem 'cool' coming from those brands will help them sell and allow people to realize that in order to reach their endurance goals they have to be consistent in their training.  One way to be consistent is to not fall victim to the 'I do not want to run because I am sore' excuse.  Hoka and any other maximalist shoe that comes out is not the end all be all but they sure are a great start. [caption id="attachment_9510" align="alignright" width="300"]fashion - belt buckle - lake martin Source: Lake Martin 100 Mile[/caption] Looking back at my training log I have run 932.29 miles since the start of Lake Martin 100 training.  I can tell you that not one day did I not want to run because my legs were hurting too bad.  Yes there were days of soreness, or days of lack of sleep but nothing from an injury stand point that would keep me from tying my laces and heading out the door.  When the 100 mile endurance event is over I will have accumulated approximately 1100 miles and I will cross the finish line with my arms up thanking my wife, my training and race partners but there will also be a special thank you to the Hoka because in this case consistency will have triumphed over fashion. Let me correct myself.  Form will have led to fashion when I am sporting that belt buckle.

Has The Hoka Lack of Fashion Prevented You From Buying A Pair?

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lake martin 100 - tapering - ultra trail run - endurance sportsLake Martin 100 tapering has officially started.  Actually it started yesterday around 11:30am when Jeff and I finished off the last step of a 26.2 mile run.  Once that final run was over we entered into taper mode and that included refueling properly and getting plenty of rest.  Taper typically has a negative connotation to it, and I would have been in that band wagon two years ago but today I look forward to tapering.  Being able to rebuild the body and just as importantly the mind has become a big focus for me.  I take rest and recovery seriously and do all I can to make sure that my body is fit and ready to go for the next day's training session.  The Lake Martin 100 tapering process will be much the same as the Rocky Raccoon 50 taper but for a small few changes. This tapering cycle would technically be three weeks long when you consider race week but the body has responded so well that I am going to adjust my training for this week to help slow me down and not put the amount of miles on my legs in one day that I had previously planned.  As of this morning week 1 Lake Martin 100 tapering involves a total of 46 miles.  Coming off of a 90 mile week that is a big drop and I am going to try to be as close to that number as possible except that I am going to run more and few daily miles.  My mileage for this week is 0, 5,10,5,0,16,10.  I am going to adjust that to 0, 5, 7, 5, 4, 16, 10.  Shorter runs but the same amount of mileage.  I am also going back to the trails on Saturday and Sunday to purposely slow me down. Lastly, the Lake Martin 100 taper is going to include a focus on getting lean, strengthening my core and stretching out my leg muscles as much as I possibly can.  Right now I am at 147 pound and a 6.9% body fat.  Clearly I do not need to lose anymore body fat but dropping 2 pounds and getting down to 145 where I was when Rocky started is my goal over the next three weeks.  This means that my food consumption cannot go off the rails.  Keeping an eye on the prize is what is going to keep me focused. Now that the last three weeks are over and the mileage is dropping from an average of 88 miles/week to 46 to 26 my ability to work on my core and not be flat-out exhausted at the end of the day will pick back up.  My process includes 8-10 minutes of core with 8-10 minutes of stretching.  Adding a weekly visit to the chiropractor to keep the body nimble should have me in a good place when the start of Lake Martin 100 begins. Keeping to the idea of getting lean and being focused on my food consumption this morning I made black bean waffles with two fried eggs.  The combination of complex carbs, lean protein, fiber and healthy fats will keep me full and help me to avoid the snacking that has happened over the past three weeks.  My food scale and tracking will be going back into effect since my calorie burn will be more minimized and there will be no need for two breakfasts or a third dinner (slight exaggeration!) Here is the recipe for the black bean waffles that helped kick off the Monday of Week 1 for Lake Martin 100 Tapering: [recipe]

Lake Martin 100 Tapering Is In Effect. How Do You Taper?

Keeping it simple this week for Ironman Chattanoog training blog challenge with KC and I.  

KC's Week 17 Ironman Training Words.

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Jason's Week 17 Ironman Training Words.

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Monday, 03 March 2014 07:44

A-OK 50K Ultra Trail Run Race Report

A-OK was not on my radar, not even the periphery, prior to about two weeks ago.  I was introduced to this race by friends of Karen who are on a Facebook page called Dallas Dirt Runners.  The first time I saw A-OK I thought that it would be a great 50k supported training run for me as I build toward Lake Martin 100.  What I didn't expect was to have the time of my life out there.  A-OK is such a classic old-school race that it only allows 75 athletes to enter and you have to mail (Yes, the USPS) in your registration with a CHECK.  This part of the process freaked me out to the point that I emailed the race director to ask if I could either register on race day or PayPal her the money.  Why?  I have not the foggiest of clues as to where the post office is in my town and writing a check seems so foreign.  Mary Ann (RD) replied to my request with a 'do not have paypal' and fortunately Karen was kind enough to mail the check and reg form from her office. A-OK was going to happen.

hoka oneone - bondi b - product reviewHoka OneOne…..what is there to say?  These shoes have been a revelation for my feet, ankles, calves, hamstrings/quads, glutes and hips.  Let us not forget the mind because without these there would have been days that I would have contemplated not running at all because the body felt to beat up to lace up the shoes and hit the roads again. When I first started using the Hoka OneOne brand it was with the Stinson and Mafate, which I reviewed here, but then I realized that the miles would be piling up as I headed toward Lake Martin 100.  When I took out my handy-dandy Google Docs and sorted through the color-coding I realized that I would have close to 300 miles on the Stinson and at least 113 on the Mafate before the race.  Throw in another 300 or so miles and I was worried about how the shoes would feel by the time March 29th-30th rolled around.  I decided to go out and purchase the Hoka OneOne Bondi B as a compliment to the other two, but also because it was on sale and I had a discount code to the Running Warehouse. The Hoka OneOne Bondi B had a completely different feel than the Stinson or Mafate when I first put them on and it worried me.  Could these possibly have the same pillow feel that the other two shoes did?  What if I disliked this model and my Hoka OneOne love would be gone.  The first couple of runs with them and I was not as pleased as I had been with my experience with the Hoka OneOne brand.  The shoes just felt wrong.  They were very stiff but I kept putting them on in the hopes that all that was needed was a breaking in. After about 50 miles the shoes finally started to represent my previous experiences and I was getting happier and happier each time I put them on my feet.  While the feel of the shoe was not ideal at the beginning what I did notice was that they were still doing what they needed to do in terms of keeping my legs as fresh as they could possibly be considering I was coming off of Rocky Raccoon 50 and heading toward The Cowtown Ultra and an 86 mile week.  My recovery was not hampered one bit by the uncomfortable feel of the shoe. When the miles exceeded 50 the comfort returned and it dawned on me that the Hoka OneOne probably required a longer break in time due to the fact that while the shoe is light the platform is large and may take longer to break in.  When I laced up the Bondi B for The Cowtown Ultra I felt confident that they would take me from start to finish without any issues.  My belief was confirmed when I ran the first 25 miles while pacing Karen to a 10 minute marathon PR and then the last 10k at a pace nearly 1:30 less than the first 25 miles and my feet did not hurt and my legs felt as fresh as they could at that point. When Lake Martin 100 starts the Bondi B will have accumulated 221 miles which would make them ideal for that race.  The Stinson will have amassed 334 miles and the Mafate 160 to that point.  I will probably bring all three with me and make a determination based on the course and how technical it is.  Then again maybe I’ll just buy another pair of Hoka OneOne shoes, but I’ll be sure to get past 50 miles before I decide to bring them to the race. In conclusion, the Bondi B is a quality shoe and one that should be in your bag of tricks.  The Heel-Toe drop is different from the other two at 4.5mm versus Stinson (6mm) and Mafate (4mm).  The Bondi B also is the lightest at 10.8oz.  Having a set of varying drops and weights allows you to maximize your training by not stressing the same muscles while running.
   
[caption id="attachment_9476" align="alignright" width="300"]physical mental adaptation - endurance sports - training Source: Steve Ingham Blog[/caption] Physical and mental adaptations are taking place during these training stressors that I am under-going during what can be described as Cycle III of the Lake Martin 100 training.  When I first thought about training for a 100 mile race I was inclined to say to myself:  I will never get through this.  As the days and weeks have passed I have seen my body and my mind adapt to the training and this isn't the first time.  During the three training cycles for the various Ironman races the ability to adapt to the training stressors became more and more evident. Yesterday I was at the chiropractor and we were discussing the training for Lake Martin as well as the events that took place on Sunday at The Cowtown Ultra-Marathon.  During that conversation I uttered the words:  the physical and mental adaptation is quite evident.  The look was peculiar but I went on to explain the following:
  • Running 15 miles is no longer a chore.  It is ~2 hours of training and not 15 miles.  Mental adaptation.
  • Running faster at a lower heart rate has become the norm.  Physical adaptation.
The miles I am covering have all been around the 145-148 bpm range.  This for me is the low-end of Z2 and my body has been able to adapt to this range and along the way I have gotten faster.  This past Sunday I ran 31.25 miles and was able to run the last 10k of that distance at an 8:25/mi pace.  I was able to do this because I kept to around 10:00/mi for the first 25 miles (paced Karen to a 10 minute marathon PR) and my heart rate was barely into Z1.  My energy sources were not tapped and I had physically adapted to burning fat for fuel.  My glycogen levels were not depleted and this allowed me to pick up the pace like I did for the final 6.25 miles. Had I not been training at a slower than capable pace then running those first 25 miles would have been a chore.  Mentally I have been able to accept the fact that in order to keep the motor running for 50 or 100 miles, even 30 miles, I cannot go out and run it as if I am trying to qualify for Boston.  Laying out a race strategy for Lake Martin means that I will have to be able to go slow out of the gate.  Walk the uphill from the start, run the flats and cascade the downhills.  Mentally this would have been nearly impossible a year ago as I would say:  In order to get faster I have to go faster.  The difference is that this year it is about going longer.  In order for me to go longer I need to start out slower. [caption id="attachment_9475" align="alignright" width="300"]physical mental adaptation - endurance sports - training Source: Heather Hagen Blog[/caption] The physical and mental adaptions that is occurring during these training stressors will carry over when Ironman specific training begins.  Matter of fact I saw that happening when I went on a biking binge in September and October.  During those two months I cycled 750 and 800 miles respectively.  As the miles piled on my speeds picked up and when I combine that with what I am seeing from these huge running blocks leads me to believe that the same can be done for swimming.  Of course, I would have to actually go to the pool in order for that to happen.

Do You Experience Physical And Mental Adaptation When In The Midst Of Large Training Blocks?

Ironman training is not plotted out on a graph with a constant upward tilt.  Ironman training goes through many phases and your motivation and inspiration will go through many more cycles than that.  There may be times where you question whether or not you can accomplish the task of completing an Ironman.  There will be times when you think that you cannot be stopped. This weekend alone I had conversations regarding the reality of Ironman training equaling Ironman racing.  There was that moment of a lack of confidence.  In each conversation I made sure to reinforce that the training is much harder than the race.  The race will present its difficulties but that is the only thing going on during that day:  YOU RACE.  Training days involve responsibilities including family, friends, work, etc.  It is a constant juggling act but all of the Ironman training yields its results on race day. This week's Ironman Tennessee training showcased two varying perspectives from KC and I which is not uncommon since we both have different training plans, live in different places and are just different people.  Either way our Ironman training will bring us to September 28th when the canon goes off.

KC's Ironman Training Week 16 Recap

[caption id="attachment_9470" align="alignright" width="300"]ironman training - triathlon - cycles Is this B-O-R-I-N-G?[/caption] B-O-R-I-N-G, that about sums it up. I'm bored with my training and I can't figure out why. Perhaps once i add in the swim this week, my boring mindset will disappear. We'll see. I did most of my training at work this week in our gym. It's a really nice set up and I'm surprised more employees don't take advantage of it. How much better can you get than free?? When I worked for Metlife, they charged a fee to use their gym and it was taken out of your paycheck every pay period. That's all I have for this week. Here's hoping for a less boring upcoming week. Upward and Onward!

Jason's Ironman Training Week 16 Recap

I may have to change my heading for these entries until I actually start doing triathlon training.  I have not seen my bike, well ridden my bike, in what seems like months.  I walk past it at least 3x per week and stare longingly at it and yet I am not drawn to it.  I keep a bag packed and in my car for that spark of swimming inspiration and yet it very rarely arrives.  Running on the other hand is all-consuming right now. Not surprisingly I am running hours and hours and hours right now in preparation for Lake Martin 100.  I recently completed the first week of the 3 week Phase III training for this race.  The next two weeks are even more running volume so the idea of getting on a bike or in the water are going to become further and further away.  This past week I ran 86 miles and I have 88 and 93 mile weeks coming up  before a two-week taper.  I am hoping that during those two weeks I find my inner Nemo.  I am not sure I am going in search of my inner LeMond because I need my legs to be as fresh as possible as they can possibly be and spinning the pedals may not accomplish that. [caption id="attachment_9469" align="aligncenter" width="300"]ironman training - triathlon - cycles Lots of pink on this calendar because I am running, running and running, running![/caption]  
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