Thursday, June 12, 2014

2014 2.0

As I look back at the first 1/2 of 2014, it has been one of my better years athletically.

  • Won 3 bike races
    • Mt Hamilton Cat 2
    • Red Kite Crit Cat 2/3
    • Knights Ferry RR P/1/2
  • A few other solid showings on the bike
  • PR in the marathon and a Boston B cut
  • PR and amateur OA win at Oceanside 70.3
  • Decent result at Alcatraz on a day I felt very flat

So as I look to 2014 part deux, what are my goals?

  • What should I try to achieve in:
    • cycling?
    • triathlon?
    • running?
    • swimming?

Caroline' getting after it! Have a read.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Old Man Strength: Oceanside 70.3 2014

It's been a solid two years since my last post and this weekend feels like it deserves a post. My training has been focused on and off since deciding to alter my priorities in the last 3 years. I have a beautiful fiance, a great and demanding job, a heck of a family, and then racing is a solid and distant 4th place. And between bike racing, running racing, and the very occasional swimming race I have had mixed results the last few years. However, because I have done at least a bit of all three, I have been able to put up a decent tri from time to time.

This weekend was one of those good races. It started with a 6 hour drive from SF down to LAX to pick up Caroline flying in from Miami from a conference. Then it was another 3 hours to Oceanside. Caroline, Chris and I got checked in, snagged some dinner and were packed and ready for the day ahead. The morning started with a and a couple coffees as we prepped for the day. I was in the first wave of M30-34 which followed 3 waves of M40-44. My swim fine. Having swam 6-8 times in the last 12 months I couldn't really hope for much.

Heading out on the bike, I felt pretty great. Rolling smoothly in the 310-330 wattage range on my Quarq Elsa. When I dropped 1 of my 3 bottles with 2 scoops EFS and one scoop Carbo Pro I figured "well, I better ride pretty darn fast if I am only going to have 2 bottles." And ride fast I did. I felt pretty great yet tried to keep it as steady as I could. Out of the saddle only when it made the most sense up climbs and rollers. Strava has my weighted average power at slightly under 300 watts. I believe I pass the last racer in my age group at about mile 30 and powered on, rolling into T2 ready to run.

The run was a new course for me as it had been 4 years since my last Oceanside. The double out and back let me keep and eye on the competition. My goal was to run steady as I was still recovering from Napa Marathon in early march. I have been able to run 6:00-6:30 but barely any faster. I ended up running 6 @ 6:00 and 7.1 @ about 6:30, a good run, but not world beating. I was happy to have put a great race together and with the amateur overall, something I have not done in a long time.

We hopped in the car and drove straight home, 9 hours again!

It feels good to be racing well, but even better to be watching Caroline progress so quickly. It doesn't get much better than a 30 min PR!

Next event is heading to Boston to watch Caroline. She will put together another studly race I am sure.

Friday, October 28, 2011

When 1/2 > 1

We are heading out to Yosemite for a fun weekend for some medium hikes and way above medium views. If you have never been, put it on your list. Half Dome is incredible. The falls are spectacular. We are staying at the late 19th century Wawona Hotel, living the way John Muir envisioned life when visiting the park.
Hopefully a few runs will get snuck in, but if they don't it won't be the end of the world. This is a getting back to nature weekend, especially when compared to last weekends boondoggle. Hopefully I will have a few photos from the weekend showing how amazing the park is.