The Results Are In

March 27, 2007 at 9:47 am | Posted in Sports | Comments Off on The Results Are In

The results of the Lifetime Fitness Indoor Triathlon just posted.  I am absolutely thrilled with the results.  I did pretty much what I expected.  Overall I was 62nd out of 122 entrants.  Out of just the Men, I was 48th out of 69.  And in the Masters Division I was 14th out of 22 entrants.  I couldn’t be happier with the results.  I was about 98th place in the swim which is what I would have expected.  On the bike I was 17th overall which was very pleasing to me and in the run I was about 68th.  Among the Masters Men I had the 3rd best distance on the bike which is what I needed to do to do well.  Not a bad result for someone who is still carrying 245 pounds.

The Best Ride

March 26, 2007 at 8:32 pm | Posted in Sports | Comments Off on The Best Ride

It wouldn’t be fair to call it a workout or even a recovery ride, but I did the best outdoor ride so far this season.  I took my eight year old daughter for a ride around the neighborhood.  I am a geek so I did have to take the GPS, although I didn’t bother with the Heart Rate monitor 🙂  You can see our ride here.  It is so much fun to see her gain confidence on her bike.  She doesn’t wobble all over the place and actually understands how to use her coaster brake.  I was quite proud of her.

I am still impatiently waiting for the results of the Lifetime Fitness Indoor Triathlon.

I Finished The Triathlon (and didn’t drown in the pool)

March 25, 2007 at 8:30 pm | Posted in Sports | Comments Off on I Finished The Triathlon (and didn’t drown in the pool)

Well I did it. My numbers: 14.5 lengths in the pool, 11.7 miles on the bike, and 1.95 miles running. I was pleased. The run was the only place I didn’t perform up to what I had hoped but I did just fine. I did a few things wrong, like the eating and drinking before. I drank way too much coffee before the race and I ate some sweets that didn’t sit well and I was really feeling it in the stomach by the end of the race.

Below is my heart rate chart for the bike and the run. I forgot to start the timer on the Heart Rate monitor until about 2 minutes after the start of the cycling.

LTF Triathlon Heart Rate Chart

Last Minute Preparations

March 25, 2007 at 3:27 am | Posted in Sports | Comments Off on Last Minute Preparations

I am getting ready to leave for the Lifetime Fitness Indoor Triathlon.  I feel rested.  I woke up 10 minutes before my alarm went off.  I am just starting on my first cup of coffee.  In about 15 minutes I will be getting dressed and leaving because I have about an hour drive.  My start time is at 7:00am so I intend to arrive at 6:00 and have time to arrange all of my stuff, just to make sure I go from the pool to the bike quickly.

Last night I celebrated my 17th anniversary with my wife.  We went to P. F. Chang’s for dinner and Cold Stone Creamery for dessert.  All perfect food for athletic competition…..NOT!  Kinda explains why I still weigh over 240 pounds in spite of the hard work I have put in this year.  Well, I’d better start getting ready.  A post and maybe some pictures coming later.

My Last Workout Before The Triathlon

March 24, 2007 at 2:19 pm | Posted in Sports | Comments Off on My Last Workout Before The Triathlon

I did an interval workout using the CTC Mountain Bike Racing Training Video as my last workout before the Triathlon. I haven’t worked out since more because of my Job than the desire to work out. Below is my heartrate and speed profile for the video. The speed is taken from the trainer so I really have no idea how accurate it is. It just shows how speed and Heart Rate go together.

CTS Mountain Bike Racing Workout

Indoor Triathlon in 5 days.

March 21, 2007 at 7:24 am | Posted in Family, Sports | Comments Off on Indoor Triathlon in 5 days.

When I signed up for the Lifetime Fitness Indoor Triathlon, I had no idea the time would fly by so quickly.  I am oncall this week for work which just messes with my training horribly. I am going to try and take it easy until Sunday, hopefully one more good hard workout on the bike then rest.

I recently received the rules and my start time.  I will be starting at 7:00 am Sunday morning.  The good news is that I will be able to compete and still get to church.  The bad news it that the run on the treadmill will be done on a 2 degree incline.  This is something I was totally unprepared for.  I tried this a couple of days ago and it is significantly harder than I expected.  This is the sign that I will be done running once this triathlon is over.  My knees hurt after running on the incline and it took a few days to recover.  I can say that although I am a very slow swimmer, the fitness improvements from swimming are great and I will be including more swimming as a part of my training.

Gotta Love Unseasonably Warm

March 13, 2007 at 3:01 am | Posted in Sports | Comments Off on Gotta Love Unseasonably Warm

Thanks to a very gracious wife, I was able to take advantage of the very warm (upper 60’s) temperatures to get in a long outside ride on a week night.  I went out for a little over 3 hours and rolled through Belleville, Ypsilanti, and Plymouth as I covered 42 miles on my mountain bike.  The ride started into the wind and the wind didn’t really let up until the ride turned north in Ypsilanti.  It felt really good to be out in the nice weather.  Now I just can’t wait for spring thaw to be over and to be able to ride on the trails.

I Got To Go Outside!!!!!

March 10, 2007 at 9:48 pm | Posted in Sports | Comments Off on I Got To Go Outside!!!!!

I was so excited by today’s soaring (55 degrees) temperatures because I was able to go for a ride outside.  Unfortunately, A minor household disaster delayed the start of my ride a few hours so I could only go 2 hours and 19 minutes instead of my planned 4 hours.  The only water on the roads was from snow melt.  You can see my ride here

Who Am I?

December 11, 2005 at 8:18 am | Posted in Family, Religion, Sports | Comments Off on Who Am I?

I just posted on my Personal Blog a profile of me in case you are interested.

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