Visual Inspiration

I'm a visual person. I think in pictures, I worry about the presentation as much as the content. I see recipes, songs, equations and conversations as images in my head. So it's not really much of a surprise that visualization helps my training.  As we roll into the Ironman race week, I have more time at my disposal (it is taper, after all), and so I tend to spend some of that visualizing the race course, my technique, my future as a triathlete.  And it even at this late point, is helping me improve my performance. My latest ... more ...

A Race Plan

As part of preparing for Ironman, I use a lot of resources to help coach myself through the arduous journey.  One of those is the copious amount of material put out there by Joe Friel.  One of the tasks he sets out for athletes as they approach their big race is to develop a race plan.  This is an overall plan of what you want to accomplish and how you want to get there. This is mine. Race goal The goal of this race for me has always been a sub-12 hour race. ┬áIn all reality this ... more ...

'Twas the night after...

Just for those really into the details, I thought I would post a quick summary of my self-made 70.3. As a summary it was a bit slow overall but a solid effort in the swim and the bike. The run felt extremely hot and I ignored my pace and set off way too fast...the result was obvious. While I planned to start right at 7am, we got started a little late in the morning. The day was certainly ideal in terms of weather conditions: clear blue skies and only a little wind.  I set off straight out ... more ...

'Twas the night before...

At least once before every Ironman event I like to do a "shorter" course. Typically that would be the Great White North triathlon, but this year none of the 70.3's worked for my schedule. Consequently I decided to run my own for the sake of testing my mechanics: the process of doing a triathlon. That day this year is tomorrow and as always the night before is one full of nervous energy. First there's the mechanics as an athlete. Do I have my shorts and my watch and my goggles and my wetsuit (damn I forgot my earplug) ... more ...

How was your ride?

I get asked this question a lot. But it was particularly poignant today because of how I'd approached the day in the first place. This year I'd added a lot of metrics to my riding, in particular everything to do with power. Now when I ride I have as many as many as 6 distinct metrics I'm monitoring as I go along. But to be honest, it's kinda taken the fun out of it. For a while this year, I've been feeling very much as though I can't do enough to have a good ride. When I feel great, ... more ...