Tuesday, June 5, 2012

San Diego Rock N Roll Half-Marathon 2012

After having a rough night with a 2 year old girl who didn't want to sleep at all, I feel bad for my wife because she had to get up early too. My alarm went off at 3:00 am and I got out of bed and had a bowl of cereal and loaded up my fuel belt with GU gels. Once I got to the parking lot my only concern was to find a bathroom because I had to go. After parking I managed to find one and headed straight for it. I opened the door and realized that it is pitch black dark out. Using a porta potty in completed darkness is NOT an ideal situation and when I was done I heard a bonk and noticed that a couple of my GU gels fell into the crapper. ERRR not the way I wanted to start the day.

I originally signed up to run the full course and man I am glad I decided to run the 1/2 marathon. I ran the full marathon last year and really struggled finishing a little over 5 hours and in intense pain. My game plan entering the this run was to run hard and run fast and walk the aid stations. At the time this seemed like a good idea but once I was out on the run I didn't find any need to walk the aid stations. I haven't ran 13.1 miles in over a month and two weeks ago I was sick as a dog and spent 4 days laying in bed so I really had no idea what kind of pace I was looking to try and maintain. I wanted to start slow and go for a reverse split and pick it up towards the end. I was hoping to run the first 5k at a 9m pace and then slowly speed up from there.

At the starting line it was the typical June Gloom type weather, perfect for running's. I was in coral 12 and had to wait about 20-30 minutes before my coral was ready to rock. The countdown began from my coral and boom I was off, I jumped out fast trying to get a feel for how today was going to be. I only ran twice in the last 2 weeks and was concerned and really didn't know what to expect. My thought process was go out strong it's only 13.1 miles if I start to tire then I can just slow down. I hit the 5k mark at 27:20 at a 8:48 pace, I was pleased with my first 5k and I was hoping that I can keep my pace. My main goal for today's run was to completed it under 2 hours.

I started to run into heavy traffic and just wanted to get through the crowd without them slowing me down to back because I was still trucking and well under my 2 hr goal. I hit the 10k split at 54:32 and was feeling pretty confident. It was around this point that I knew that I was going to be just fine, just keep at this pace until the end and then turn up the heat. Running down the 163 is a trip, I am usually traveling 75 mph on it but today I am running on it. I passed these guys dressed up as Elvis and jamming out to their radio. It was great, oh did I mention each of them was drinking a Miller light..ha-ha that is the way to run.

I hit the 10 mile mark at 1hours and 27 minutes and knew I only had a 5k to go and it was time to give it a little extra. The course started to narrow but I knew it was my time and aimed for a 8 minutes pace the last 3.1 miles. Not only was I under a 8 minute mile the last 3.1 miles but I felt GREAT!!. I managed to pass a grip of runners near the finish line and crossed the line at 1 hour 52 minutes and 52 seconds, a good 7 minutes under my 2 hour goal. This was my first race at this distance and I really felt strong. I managed to finish 2002 out of 17,568 runners and 252 out of 1073 runners in my age group.

Here is the video from my race

Sunday, May 13, 2012

San Diego Spring Sprint May 6 2012

Well my first Triathlon is in the books!!! And man do I have my work cut out for me for future races. I dropped my 2 year old off that morning at my brothers so my wife would have a little easier time only having to worry about my 6 year old son. My son Kyle was more nervous than I was about swimming in the ocean, he was sure a shark was going to get me.
Ha-ha we got to mission beach right when the parking lot and transition area opened up I was one of the first to my wave section and was able to set up nicly my area. I managed to get an end spot, i figured it would give me more room and for my first triathlon my transitions went fairly good. My training for the swim leading to the event was 300-400m workouts but not at the same time and in a controlled setting of the swimming pool. When I first checked out the swimming course I thought to myself, I got this it looked super easy and I was sure that I could at least finish in the middle of the pack, my biggest fear was finishing last in the swim or having to be rescued because I bit off more than I can handle. When I first dipped my toes into the bay I was surprisingly happy with the water temperature, I was surprised that it was fairly warm. My entire age group was treading water and I was looking around and sizing up the competition, I knew I was going to get smoked on the swim but was pretty confident in my cycling and running. When I looked to my right I was pleasantly surprised to see another dude out there with nose clips…Ha-ha. I don’t know what my problem was but I can’t swim with after my clips, my wife tells me just blow air out your nose..hmmm….That doesn’t work for me. The 3 minutes that we treaded water seemed like eternity with all my nerves on edge. When the alarm went off to go I tried to get into a groove and follow all the steps I used in practice but at about the 75 meter mark I panicked and pulled up and ripped my goggles off. I never swam in the ocean and I was out of breath and couldn’t see anything. I paddled over to the nice lady on the paddle board to catch my breath and she was all “this is your first race huh?” I’m like yup. She then asked if she wanted me to paddle me in, I said no even though I wanted to head back to land. I tried back stroking for a bit to help relax myself. This worked great until I noticed that I swam roughly 25 meters past the first buoy and was heading for land across the bay. I quickly made an adjustment and stayed on course, it was at this time the next wave started and it was pretty clear I was about 10 seconds from the last person in my wave. I continued to conserve my energy and continued to back stroke out until I was 50 meters away from the finish, I was beginning to get smoked by the women in the wave after me.
When I got out of the water I was completely out of breath and dizzy but I survived and headed to my strong sports cycling and running. When I was watching the first waves come in I was wondering why everyone is out of breath and not pulling their wetsuits down? Then it was my turn and I was slightly dizzy coming out of the water and I didn’t remember to pull my wet suit down until I was near the transition area. I was pleasantly surprised that my transitions went smooth. I ran my bike over and clipped in and was GONE! The course was 9.17 miles of a flat FAST course. This is where I made up a lot of time.
This is where I made up a lot of time. I put on some new aero-bars the night before and despite having some cramping in my calves I finished in 26 minutes flat, nearly a 22mph average. My transition into the run went fairly smooth again, I started my run off fairly slow since both my calves where cramping but once I was about a mile in the cramps left and I was able to put the hammer down.
I ended up finishing strong on the run with a time of 25:41 and a total time of 1h 11m 32s, my age group was fairly tough and I finished 40 out of 60 in my group and 333 out of 572 overall. With the fact I can’t swim for crap I was pretty pleased with my final results and can’t wait to do another sprint in July and a Olympic in September, I defiantly have my work cut out for me in regards to the swim. Below is the GoPro video of the bike section of the race.

Monday, January 30, 2012

Training Log 1/23 - 01/29/2012 - Stupid Flat!!

Good week of training! . It feels good to slowly but surely get over this nasty cough that I had, it made it really rough to breath especially in the pool. Trying to keep at zone two for my run/bike rides, I have been noticing the quick recovery time due to staying at zone 2. My wo’s this week pretty much stayed on schedule without much of an issue, except for my Sunday bike ride.


My weeks totals where:


Bike:      2:08:38  35.65 miles

Run:       2:47:23  17.52 miles

Swim:   0:40:00  .27 miles

Str:         0:30:00


T:            6:06:02  53.44 miles


My Alarm went off Sunday at 4:30 am, I got up super early so I can get the car loaded up and head out to Del Mar. I wanted to ride up the coast for two hours, I figured since it was going to be in the 70’s during the day the morning shouldn’t be too cold. I planned on getting out there by 5:30 and going for a 2 hour ride and getting back as the kids where getting up. My wife has to deal with these bratty kids so I don’t like for her to be all alone during the weekend mornings. I left the house around 5:10 and made it about 5 miles before I remembered that I forgot my head light, so I headed home and picked it up. This already set me back around 20 min, so in my mind my ride just went from 2 hours to 1hr and 40 minutes. Not a big adjustment so I felt ok with it. When I got up near the 101 there wasn’t a car or cyclist in site, this is a cycling haven so in about an hour or two it’s going to be packed. I unloaded the car and geared up, I know it’s only in the 50’s but that’s COLD for me..haha. At about 5-7 miles into my ride I heard my tire making an odd sound, this is right before I’m heading down a decent.  I decided to pull over and check the tire, sure enough its flat. UGGHH I just happened to hit a pretty dark patch of the ride, I did have my helmet light but it was pretty dark still. For some reason even though I was wearing gloves my hands were freaking COLD…It took me around 30 minutes to change the tire, which is ridiculous in its self. So back on the road, I ended up riding a few more miles and stopping at Solana beach took a picture and headed back to the car. I wanted a 2 hr ride but ended up with 45 minutes of actually riding.



Stupid Flat in the pitch dark..boo





Pic from Solana beach..I was all alone..so nice


Take care



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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Training Log 01/16 - 01/22/2012

Twitter Even though I showered I still reek of chlorineugghh

Man what a week!! I got my new trainer a cyclops2 fluid trainer, a Christmas gift to myself.  I was pretty motivated to jump on that. It’s going to take some getting used to when managing the time that I can ride the trainer. Normally I get all my WOs in during the early mornings and at lunch time, with my training on the bike trainer I am going to have to add a few nights to the weekly routines. This is going to be difficult since my nights are pretty fool with home work, dealing with two kids and handling all the nightly chores my wife things I need to do..ha I did manage to get on the trainer once this week, but my hopes is to be able to get on the trainer at least twice a week followed up by a Sunday ride .

Swimming!! How much do I hate you!! I planned 3 swims this week but due to a chest cold that I was battling I was only able to get in one session. I am not too worried about it, I find that I have been approving every time I get in the pool. My breathing is my biggest issue with my swim, I am guessing that is like most people struggling with the swim.  I just need to keep my cool and keep my form tight, I tend to freak myself out so I gasp for breath rather than following a smooth process. WORK IN PROGRESS.My spring sprint isn’t until May so I have time to get decent at the swim.

My totals for the week

·       RUN     16.63 Miles , 2:42:43

·       SWIM    219 Yards, 20m

·       BIKE    17.19 Miles, 1:00:02

·       Strength 1:00

    Total Time 5hrs 02min 45seconds

    Miles: 33.94miles

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Monday, January 23, 2012

2012 Rock N Roll Marathon 26.2

It’s that time of year again...Raised over $400 last year. I hope to reach a goal of over $500 this year...thank you

I am running in the 2012 Rock N Roll Marathon in San Diego to raise money for Girls on the Run San Diego. Girls on the Run is a nationwide program that encourages pre-teen girls to develop self-respect and healthy lifestyles through running.

The Girls on the Run® mission is to educate and prepare girls for a lifetime of self-respect and healthy living. The Girls on the Run objective is to reduce the potential display of at-risk activities among its participants. The goal is fewer adolescent pregnancies and eating disorders, less depression and suicide attempts, as well as fewer substance/alcohol abuse problems and confrontations with the juvenile justice system.






Thank you


Sunday, January 22, 2012

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Registered for my first Triathlon

Over the past 2 years I completed my first Marathon at the Rock “N” Roll 26.2 and completed my first century bike ride with the tour de Tucson. I have a passion for both sports but the one passion doesn’t dominate the other. With that in mine I decided why not add in swimming to the mix and become a Tri-athlete. I officially registered for the 2012 Spring Sprint in San Diego. This will be my first Tri and I hope I do well enough to maybe register for an Olympic later in the year. I also have the 26.2 Rock “N” Roll marathon sprinkled in to the mix.

My biggest concern is that fact that I CANT SWIM!!! When I first started to contemplate if a triathlon was right for me I headed to the pool very confident that I could swim decent enough due to my high level of fitness. Well, that was NOT the case I swam about 100m and got out of the pool and told the guy getting into his lane..This is HARD!  I knew then that picking up swimming is going to be harder then I originally thought. The sprint is only ¼ mile so I am pretty confident that I can transform myself into a somewhat decent enough swimmer to be able to hold my own in a ¼ swim.

Please follow me in my journey to my first Tri. I will be sharing nutritional tips as well as training tips that I have learned from my past events. I am looking forward to watching my progress with swim as well as learning as much as I can about what to expect in transition.

Thank you,


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