Reviewing February and the YTD

Before we review my February and YTD numbers I want to announce the winner of the Tri-Clips Giveaway.  The winner was chosen through Random.org.  There were a total of 62 entries and the interweb chose #2.  #2 belonged to Nora of Mamarunsbarefoot.  Nora email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your address and I will get it over to the fine people of Tri-Clips and get you your winnings.  Congratulations. ============================= We are a week into March and about three weeks away from 70.3 Oceanside and I took a look back at what has happened in February and what has happened this year, plus what I posted in my first post back in May 2010.  It has been a revelation of sorts to see how I have progressed from my first post to today. My training has been spot on and I feel ready to tackle this half-ironman that I don't know what to do with myself.  These next three weeks are going to be wonderful and difficult at the same time.  Tapering can bring with it madness because I am not out there pounding the pavement or making a splash to the point of pushing my body to the edge but instead letting it recover and heal in time for this race. This is my 'A' race for the beginning of 2011.  I have been contemplating racing 70.3 Austin in October but I also want to qualify for Boston in 2012.  Can it all be done?  I think so but I have to set my priorities before I just push forward into it all.  The priority is California and seeing how well I do there.  I hope you noticed that I said how WELL I do and not how I do.  I don't plan on just completing this race.  I have a time goal in my mind and I am going to do everything I can to get there. What is that time?  I won't tell, but if you follow me you can probably get a ballpark number of what I am looking to finish in. That is the racing part of this site, but as for the training let's just say it has been spot on.  I have missed only 1 scheduled session since 2011 started and when 2011 started Coach went into 'I am going to break you' mode.  She pushed my times faster and faster.  She pushed my distances farther and farther.  It seemed that the edge of the table never showed up until a horrendous 14 mile run. After that run the training moved back to aerobic capacity running and biking.  The swim kept up a good pace of speed and endurance and I have enjoyed my time in the pool more thanks to Greg Larsen.  I met Greg at the Stonebridge Ranch Half-Marathon in person for the first time but we had been tweeting back and forth prior. Greg is a great athlete but more importantly he is a great person and great dad. February Numbers:

Swim: 33,950 yards in 13:19:32 for a pace of 2:21.  These paces include rest time and I can say with pure joy that my times per 100y have gone from 2:15/100y to 1:50/100y through the training.

Bike: I rode 478.74 miles over 27:34:56 for a pace of 17.36 mph.  I was able to get outside toward the end of February and do some long rides at Texas Motor Speedway to really find my bike legs.  I also borrowed Zipp 404s from my friend Juan and that gave me a tremendous boost in speed.

 

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Run: I ran 129 miles over 17:51:52 for a pace of 8:20/mile.  It was over the course of the last two weeks of February that my times went above 8:00/mile but my legs feel very fresh right now.

YTD

Swim: 71,100 yards in 28:06:34 giving me a pace of 2:22/100y

Bike: 901.8 miles in 52:47:14 giving me a pace of 17.08 mph

Run: 249.2 miles in 33:57:41 giving me a pace of 8:10/mile

Total time training for the year: 114:51:29 or an average of 14:21:26/week.   Life is not all about training though and I have been taking pictures of life all around me.  I am going to post the one picture that characterizes the month it was taken in. I hope you enjoy these pictures as much as I enjoy looking at them.  

 

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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.

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