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Archive for January, 2008

New bet

So I was chatting with my coach last night, and I was discussing my trials and tribulations on the bike. He asked if I was a “bigger”guy. Now, I’m not a clydesdale (200+), but I weigh about 180 right now.

So here’s the new bet – maximum of $20.

I win if when I leave DC for Arizona, I weigh 165. You win if I weigh more. I’ll weigh myself pretty much every day, and I’ll post it here. Betting closes after February 21.

UPDATE: This morning, I weighed 179.2

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more why

Training is something to do. It’s something to keep me from getting bored and something to offer a change of pace from work, as work is work can be a damn sight frustrating. Don’t know what I would do if during the day and after work without training.

In a sense, the ironman has become me. What will I do afterwards? I don’t know. Maybe just more of the same. In any case, I’ll figure something else out.

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Why I’m doing this to myself… or for myself…

Iron Bear
Bear courtesy of Calondra Ludlow

There’s got to be more than life other than this. There’s got to be more than the DC area, than the George Washington Parkway, than the horse country of Montgomery Country. I’m not asking for much, just something that makes me absolutely sure that the world is, indeed, a beautiful place filled with awe inspiring sights. I haven’t felt that way since Positano last summer, and before that since Vail in the summertime 4 years before that.

I’m not looking for that. You can’t look for stuff like that and expect to find it. Positano was… holy shit, you can’t describe a place like that and you can’t expect a place like that.

But I digress. Why am I training for an Ironman? Why am I putting my body through the amount of training I’m putting myself through, etc.

I suppose to get to the end you have to start at the beginning. I am doing this, in the first place, because it is something I have wanted to do since I was a kid. I remember reading in SI Kids about the Ironman. Or maybe it was the Ironkid. I have no recollection. But I remember vaguely the idea.

But why now? I guess the situation just presented itself. For one, the job switch reduced my daily workload, but more than that, it made it so that I didn’t have to do anything to do on the weekends. When I say to do, I mean work to do. For two, the end of a 2, almost 3, year relationship.

I guess that’s more of the how I can do this, or at least the how I can train for this (not that I couldn’t do this in a relationship, but I couldn’t do it and try to hold together what obviouly, looking back, was a relationship on the decline). The real reason? The end of a 2, almost 3, year relationship. She said a lot of things, and a lot of them true. One of those things was that I never follow through on anything. To be fair to her, she was right. I guess in the beginning, this was something that I thought might get her back. And I had all these delusions of grandeur, but I think I knew that would never happen. And I came to grips with it, and I got past that. I think. But int hat tim, it’s become entirely about me. It’s about pushing my body far enough that maybe I can learn something about myself. And maybe I can find whatever it is that I found at Positano and Vail. It’s about making sure that for once in my life, I accomplish something I set out to do. And yeah, maybe I’m doing it to meet another woman. But that hasn’t worked out so well either (perhaps because I train as a loner). But I’m feeling better about myself, better about who I am and who I will be… I guess that’s what matters.

Am I worried that I won’t finish? No. I’m not worried about anything anymore. I know my body can do this. I know my mind can do this. In 86 days or so, I’ll have the long-lasting mark, the story to tell my children and grand-children… Am I looking forward to it? Oh hell yes.

I’m an open book. This is page 973.

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In which our hero takes out a stake

I had a shitty week at work last week, and I took it out on my body. Didn’t sleep much, didn’t eat much, didn’t do much of anything that was healthy outside of the training. Ran 11.5 miles of hills on Wednesday (including the first mile which rises 200 ft mostly concentrated over half a mile (~6% grade)). Saturday was the typical brick day. 4:15 of “rolling” hills on the bike, 25 on the run. I went places I didn’t know existed, and eventually arrived back at the start earlier than I expected, so I decided to ride around the Potomac/Avenel/Congressional area. Whilst in Avenel, I let me mind wander a wee bit and ended up taking out a plow stake (the things they stick near the roads so plows know where to go). Fortunately, no damage was done, but holy shit I was a little freaked. Needless to say quite a bit of work still needs to be done, and I’m still recovering my language skills (don’t know where they went), but all in all, a good punishment for the body, mind and soul.

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Long run tonight

I’ve been having a shitty time at work lately. The stuff I’ve been working on has become a quagmire, a morass, a life-sucking beast that despite my full days and partial nights of work, appears no closer to the end than when I started. Under my training plan, I was supposed to run for 1:35 on Sunday and ride for 2 hours today. But 2 hours is quite difficult right now given the lack of daylight, so I decided I’d run tonight. Did about 11.5 miles of hills. Slower than usual (~8:15 pace vs. <8:00 pace on Saturday) but that may be due in part to a reduced recovery time and the fact that I was running at night. No idea. Unfortunately, it didn't really get my mind off of any of the stuff that is or isn't going on in my life.

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Oh right, I forgot

Yeah, I’m not really good at keeping this updated. That said, I am good about uploading most of my workouts to my MotionBased digest so you can see that I’m not slacking off, at least not 100%, as I think a lot of people expected me to do. I’m battling a lot of stiffness/soreness in my left calf. It’s odd because I know it’s driven by the time I’m putting in on my bike, but I’ve ridden this bike for 6 months and am only now beginning to get the pain. So I’ll probably tweak my setup a little bit so that it doesn’t get as sore.

Fortunately, it’s not really affecting my running, or I’m just making it worse. Who knows.

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