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Tuesday, December 30, 2008
I knew it was going to be bad...
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
10 Down and 20 to Go (or 18 Down and 34 to Go)
- An unlimited monthly
- A 10 pack of coupons to use once a week. If you miss a week you are supposed to pay anyway.
- Pay week to week.
Of course, the unlimited monthly is the cheapest option as I guess they have a fair share that keep on paying even when they "drop out". I decided to go the 10 pack route. The guilt looking at the coupons helps keep me going.
This is my 10th week and I'm out of coupons. I need to buy the next pack and realized that I have two 10 packs to go before I take a little weight loss break to focus on my race day performance. This is where the 10 down and 20 to go came from.
Today was also a weigh in day. Today's result showed down 0.8 lbs for a 10 week total of down 18.0 lbs. The only disappointment was that most of the weight loss happened in two weeks. Out of the 10 weeks, I had 2 weeks were I was down a lot (-9.2 [week 1] and -4.2 [week 9]), 6 weeks where I was down a little bit and 2 weeks where my weight actually went up (boo, hiss). In order to hit my race day target, I need to lose 34.2 more lbs in the next 20 weeks (or average of about 1 3/4 per week). On the high side, but still doable.
Bringing this back to the world of triathlons, the good news is that my power to weight ratio on the bike is improving (the power is going up while the weight is going down) and I have less to lug around during the "run." The bad news is that I'm going to need new race clothes and a wetsuit. I no idea of the size that I would need.
I like having these problems.
Sunday, December 21, 2008
Ho Ho NO - my first DNF
Saturday, December 6, 2008
- Run the whole thing.
- Finish under 34:00
Thursday, December 4, 2008
Give me a break
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Let's go to the video tape
Tonight I am getting my swimming form (or lack of it) videoed. I know I suck at swimming but I need to see the video to see the degree of how much I suck. After we film, I'll review it with Steve and/or Takao and try to identify the most impactful flaws to try to get those problems minimized.
To coin Warner Wolf I hope this isn't the "Boo of the week."
Saturday, November 29, 2008
Friday, November 28, 2008
Amanda the rockstar.
Monday, November 24, 2008
Hi Ho, Hi Ho......
Monday, November 17, 2008
Mineola Mustang 5K
- On 11/11/08 the scale said down 2.4 for a total of down 10.8. WeightWatchers awarded me two gold stars - one each for losing 5 pounds!
- On 11/18/08 the scale said down 2.6 for a total of down 13.4.
Just as important, I ran a race on Sunday, 11/16 - the Mineola Mustang 5K. For most of the time I looked like I was running but much slower in comparison to "real" runners. I planned in 2 walk breaks: one at the one mile, a second at the two mile, and threw in an extra one at about the two and a half mile. The wind was howling and I consider my finishing time of 35:34 a great success for a slow fat rockstar.
Even with the injury and weight loss challenges, this was my third fastest 5K (in modern times). The anniversary of my now second fastest (then PR) 5K is next week. I'll be running the same event, the Gail Goran Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving in Smithtown, NY ( http://www.leukemia-lymphoma.org/all_page.adp?item_id=317828 ). Dawn and Courtney are doing the fun run and Amanda and I are scheduled for a repeat showdown in the 5K. Last year she toasted me finishing a little over 7 minutes better than my performance (remember, this was my PR :( ). Stay tuned to see if there will be the smell of burnt toast for Thanksgiving in the Rock Star household or will I take some time out of her!
Monday, November 10, 2008
"A man's got to know his limitations" - Dirty Harry
The reality was doing the Philly Half was a long shot given my physical state. I gave training for it a try and could have slogged through the race, but it wouldn't have been a happy day (or a happy week or perhaps even longer after). My longest run is about 5 miles and that wasn't smooth (I know, how many of my runs are smooth?) so, I've decided to not do this race.
I haven't "lost the moon" as there are other races on the horizon and the primary goal is still Eagleman in June. I'll shoot for a different half most likely in January and will fill in a few short races as training exercises in the near term. Most won't be determined very long beforehand so check back frequently if you want to run with the "Rockstar."
A better quote from Jim Lovell is "There are people who make things happen, there are people who watch things happen, and there are people who wonder what happened. To be successful, you need to be a person who makes things happen."
I'm making Eagleman happen.
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
In for a penny, in for a pound
Thursday, October 23, 2008
A fine line between supergenius and insane.
I entered to lottery for the NYC08 marathon but Yolanda Vega didn't pick my number. I thought of the next best thing and signed up for the Philadelphia full marathon on November 23, 2008. This was going to be my first full marathon having walked the Long Island half marathon in May 2006 and run/walked the Disney Half in January 2008. I wanted to actually run (vs run/walk) Philly.
Then reality struck when I hurt my leg shutting me down for most training all summer. I've started training again but my longest run in months was this week: 48 minutes of 5 on/1 off. It wound up being a little less than 4 miles and I was hurting afterwards.
But I still have an entry into Philly. I downgraded it from the full to the half but they don't offer refunds. Maybe I can do it, maybe I can't, but I'm going to see if the training progresses enough to give it a shot. Stay tuned to see if the shot turns out to be a dud.
PS: Weight Watchers says down 9.2 pounds this week. Who woulda thunk it?
Friday, October 17, 2008
10/16/2008 will be the last day that you are expected to report to work.
Yesterday I had a hand delivered letter that included this title as one of the first sentences so today was my first day as a somewhat unemployed rock star. My thoughts are still a bit jumbled trying to figure out which is the best path for me but it does indicate another step on the journey is required after being with the Brothers for 11+years. Based on the news, it wasn't a complete surprise.
In the short term, it is giving me more opportunity to train while I look for a job. Making lemonade out of lemons......
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Are we making headway on the body composition front?
Stay tuned as there is a reason why there aren't many fast fat guys.
Cedar Beach Tri
I could write about:
- How I wasn't ready for this race this year due to my leg not letting me train for the run. I was just going to do the race as a training exercise.
- How the water conditions were hard with swells and currents causing a lot of people to bail out (maybe they were the smart ones as my time for the 3/4 mile swim exploded from 29:49 in 2007 to 38:45 in 2008).
- The almost wipe out on the bike on wet pavement going downhill at about 30 mph. Did the second bike lap with a wheel out of true.
- The nonrunning run being close to last year's time. Huh?
- My lame attempt as a Capt. Morgan wannabee looking more like the Heisman.
But the most important thing about this race was my cheering sections. Courtney and Papa got up at O'dark hundred. They were there at every transition and helped me keep going just by my knowing that they were there. I couldn't image facing them if I gave up the swim as it was "too hard." Yup, guilt works.
The 2009 Eagleman team was well represented with Captain Casey Morgan getting the golden flipper award as first out of the drink and Fran nipping him at the end after a blistering bike leg. I heard Eaglechick Christine's name announced over the loudspeaker finishing as I still had about a quarter mile or so to go. Lots of TNT and TRE folks there too with lots of stories, some good and some less so.
Thanks to Robin (aka Mrs. Capt. Casey Morgan) for the picture of Courtney and the Rockstar!
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
Last night I went for a run.
It is a big deal to me since the last time I ran was June 18 at the JPMorganChase Corporate Challenge. The rain started about 10 minutes before I started running with 18,000 of my close warm personal friends around 3.5 miles of Central Park. Some were running with umbrellas. Really. The thunder and lightning started when I hit the 1 mile mark. My left calf, left hamstring and left butt started hurting once we started going up the hills on the north side of the park. When I finished I could barely walk. I still finished and cut off about 10 minutes from my time the previous year. The next day was agony.
I tried rest and that didn't fix it.
I tried ART and chiropractic and that didn't fix it.
I saw my regular doc for muscle relaxants and anti-inflammatories and that didn't fix it.
I started PT and that didn't fix it.
I saw the doc who did my back operation years ago. He told me it wasn't my back but most likely muscular.
So, I've been out of the game for for over 3 months. Cancelled doing the Mighty North Fork Tri. Deferred out of the NYC Tri. Walked the Mighty Hamptons Tri 2 weeks ago.
So I was pretty happy with running a mile at a 13:05 and then walking home. I look forward to going for another run soon. We'll see how my leg holds up.
Sunday, September 21, 2008
It is all a matter of perspective...