Woke up for tri and weather was perfect. Wind died down to a slight breeze and temp was 82 degrees. Couldn’t ask for a better day, weather was perfect I was happy and relieved. Was excited to start, and about 150 yards into swim is where my good day ended. There are so many issues to list of what went wrong, but to sum it up everything went to crap and fast. My biggest concern is my wrist. I don’t know if it is possible but I may have dislocated my wrist/hand on the swim. Whatever happened it is no good.
Finished 6th out of 26th in age group and 138 out of almost 480ish overall. To say I was dissatisfied and disappointed would be an understatement.
It was an eye opener of where I am for my half in 7 weeks and it doesn’t look good.
Back at it tomorrow, as i have no time to rest.
After tri went to daughters play, she had some small part as a fish in the little Mermaid. Play wasn’t bad, some really talented lead actors for such a young age. What I was most amazed by was my 8 yr old daughter’s muscle definition as she ran around stage dancing, etc. Although I see her everyday when she was onstage you could really see it. Her shoulders, arm and leg muscles were all popping out. Made me smile. I guess having her run, do push ups and pull ups and otherwise keeping her active has paid off for her.
Then when we were Waiting outside with 5 yr old son after show, he jumps up on handle shaped monkey bars amd starts whipping out pull ups to show me how strong he is. Did a set of 12, 8 and 4.
Apparently I have some super fit kids. Makes a dad proud.
After that we spent 3 hours at Christmas parade. Its been a long day, I need to go to bed.
Oh and my UNH Wildcats won there second round playoff game. On to the third round. Go Cats!!!!
Did a practice brick today on tri course. F me is all I said during whole course. Wind was awful. Tossed around on swim, no visabilty and lots of seaweed, biking and running into 25 knot winds was miserable. Somehow due to course shape we go into wind like 75% of time. Wind was strong enough to allow me to hit 30 mph on bike with wind at back without even trying. Just need to figure out how to stop wind for tomorrow.
There were a lot of concerned faces at registration.
I guess I just have to put my head down and battle through.
Time to figure out the sheet of 20 stickers and tattoos I have to put on everything.
Turned down lunch to go swimming, get to pool, starting to change, no swim suit in bag. Damn me. Back to office, eating carrots and turkey. Now have to figure out how to get swim in today as well as run, all after work. I may have to swim in bathtub.
Tri Key West takes place this coming Saturday. 26 guys in my division. Hoping to be better than 25. Weather the last 2 days has been awesome, however it is supposed to change this weekend and get windy and hot. I have place 2nd the first 2 years and 3rd last year, so the pressure is on to make it 4 in a row. This time I would like to take 1st.
The Christmas party I have to attend on Friday night does not help the situation but I won’t let it distract me.
I hate the final days before the race. Let’s just do this.
Homemade applesauce done
Homemade cranberry sauce done
Sweet potatoes prepped and ready to be cooked tomorrow
3 Veggie sides prepped and ready to be cook tomorrow
Turkey and ham have been in brine for two day.
Wake up early get turkey and ham in smoker. (
Go for long bike ride.
clean house again as kids and dog follow behind and dirty as I clean it.
Cook remainder of food
Wait for family to show up and complain about something (its only about 45 people)
Got my back adjusted today. It was Torqued so bad my right leg was 2.5 inches shorter. That would explain the horrible pain and loss of power. I Immediately felt better. Went for a run after adjustment, amazing how sore muscles felt now that spine is where it is supposed to be. Ass muscles were on fire.
Actually had to wear a wind breaker today for first time all fall. It was 73 degrees with 19mph winds and a misting rain. Not ideal but needed to be done. I guess it is a while lot better than you folks in the North.
“Winter is coming.”
And second case is over. Defenst just called and settled matter. That frees up all kinds of time. Just one brief due on Monday and I can then possibly take remainder of week off. Yaaahhhoooooo. Today is a good day.
Took bike in for tuneup and some new tires, getting it ready for my next two races. Picked up some red striped tires. Pics to follow on Monday.
“You don’t play triathlon. You play soccer; it’s fun. You play baseball. Triathlon is work that can leave you crumpled in a heap, puking by the roadside. It’s the physical brutality of climbing Mount Everest without the great view from the top of the world. What kind of person keeps coming back for more of that?”—Chris McCormack (via amberrunner)
One trial down. Jury came back for my client on all matters. Nice way to start. Taking a few hours off tonight to change gears in head and recharge and then back at it tomorrow. This work crap is mentally exhausting.
I would rather “tri” all day. So if anyone wants to pay me to workout I will take it.
Tomorrow morning is the beginning of back to back jury trials. I have 2 trials in 8 days. Thanksgiving can’t get here fast enough. Who sets trials the week before and thanksgiving week? I am sure my jurors are going to be really pleased to be there.
Oh I forgot to mention I am hosting thanksgiving for about 45 people, so somehow I need to clean yard, power wash decks and furniture and cook a bunch of stuff including my smoked turkey during my “free time” I hope my neighborhood doesn’t mind me working in the middle of the night.
This is not helping my training for my Dec 7th tri nor my half iron in January.
I hope I make it.
Due to time change, had to run in the dark. So I grabbed the knuckle lights and had a nice refreshing run. Weather was 80 degrees and breezy with somewhat low humidity. What a difference from running in the blaring sun, I was able to add an additional mile just bc I could actually breath. BTW if you have to run in the dark, I recommend the knuckle lights, they are awesome.
while most of your northern folks are starting to get cold weather, I just wanted to let you know it was 85 and sunny and breezy at times today, almost a perfect day. That allowed me to go for a lunchtime swim workout in our outdoor pool. Although i must admit the water was a chilly 80 degrees. Brrrrrr.
On a completely seperate note, my pre-k child was moved to kindergarten today. Pre-k teacher said he was to smart and getting done with his work to fast and then getting into trouble due to boredom. We think she just didn’t want to do any extra work. That being said we are ok with the move and K teacher said he did great, but what happens next? Does he just repeat K next year? So many questions.
Back injury has caused pain and an apparent loss of power in my legs. Biking and running feels like I am just going through the motions and workouts are feeling pointless. My legs even feel week just walking around. I just want to lay down on the ground and go to sleep until it is all better.
I have a staff of 5 of various ages and personalities, etc. It is a constant ebb and flow of good moods, bad moods, who is the bad person this week, who is not doing their job the next, etc. We are in a cycle in which all of them are mad at one or another due to the simple fact that each are asking the others to do their jobs as when one break down affects the others.
Sensing the tension in the office and an eventual uprising I advised them that I would like to take them out to lunch so that we can get away from the office and maybe boost moral, etc. I was immediately advised that 3 of the 5 had no interest in going to lunch today as they did not want to eat with the others. it was an all or nothing thing so now the other 2 are pissed at the 3.
Soooooo I have that going for me. Little did they know I was going to give them the afternoon off after lunch to enjoy the great whether we are having as well as the big Fantasy Fest festivities that are going on in town.
I guess they will just remain at work mad at each other for these petty arguments. Ahhhh good times, good times.
Just got home from a Zombie party and then Zombie bike parade. 5000+ people dressed and made up to look like zombies riding the streets of Key West. It was quite a show. The group of riders must have been over a mile long.
Wondering how to be a good spectator? Here are the 10 commandments of spectating to make any athlete’s race day the best day.
Totally agree with these. Especially #2!
Spectating is a special thing. For some (*ahem Mr. rUnladylike, cough cough*) it may seem boring. But for me, standing on the side of the road watching people I care about (and people I don’t of every size, shape, age and walk of life) race by with hope, anticipation and pure physical and mental guts sends little charges of electricity and excitement through my blood. Spectating reminds me that anyone can do amazing things. At Augusta 70.3, I saw a man with both legs amputated, a woman who was severely obese, a man that must have been in his 80s and countless others who probably thought they could never finish a half Ironman. And they did. We are all capable of amazing things. We just have to be willing to reach inside ourselves far enough to bring them to life.
For the athlete, having spectators on the course to support you is a game-changer. It can be the difference between keeping your mental sanity or having a mental “I want to quit right now” breakdown. Spectators keep you going. They remind you to smile. They convince you that you CAN do this. I can honestly attest that there have been races in which my spectators literally kept me alive. If I can just get to mile 23 where mom will be … If I can just get to the run, I’ll see Mr. rUnladylike …
I’ve written before about how to be the world’s greatest spectator, but spending 10 hours as a race Sherpa, cheerleader and logistics guru last weekend reminded me about the do’s and don’ts of spectating. As many of you are heading into your goal races this month and next, be sure to remind your friends and family about how to be a good spectator.
The 10 Commandments of Spectating
1. Thou shalt do whatever your athlete wants of you – no questions asked. If they want you to stand on your head, pat your head while rubbing your tummy or walk 2 miles to find them at the next stop, just do it. Anything you can do (that is legal of course) to help them mentally and physically get to that finish line makes a difference.
2. Thou shalt never, ever, under any circumstances complain about how tired you are. Yes, you got up at 4 a.m. So did your athlete. Yes, you’ve been running around all over creation from one mile marker to the next. Must I remind you what your athlete has done? After running 26.2 miles several years ago, my dad tried to tell me how tired he was from spectating. If he wasn’t my dad, I would have punched him in the face. You don’t have to say everything you are thinking.
3. Thou shalt be overjoyed to carry around lots of stuff, be it backpacks, changes of clothes, water bottles, extra GUs or even ridiculous things like balloons, umbrellas or rafts that will help your athlete see you better on the course. You will be sore from lugging around gear and you will like it.
4. Thou shalt not act bored at the race expo, the days leading up to the race when your athlete doesn’t want to walk anywhere or stand for extended periods of time even though you may be on what is supposed to be a vacation or complain about being bored. As a friendly reminder, this is not about you. See commandment #1 as a reminder.
5. Thou shalt not yell stupid things to runners on the course, like “You’re almost there” at the half way point, “Pick up the pace,” “You can go faster,” etc. Just clap and smile. Clap and smile. When I see someone struggling, I often say “You’re looking strong,” “You’re doing great,” or “You’re stronger than you think you are.”
6. Thou shalt have high energy at all times. Although not required, dressing up, getting creative with your attire and being cleverly witty with signs not only helps your athlete spot you but also gives a boost of positive thinking to other runners and athletes on the course.
Cheering on our friends in wigs and a sparkle skirt!
I loved this lady who was standing by the swim to bike transition. Best spectator costume ever. I hear this wig is available at Target.
7. Thou shalt make every best attempt to see your athlete as many times on the course as possible. Yes, even if that means you have to run 6 miles to get from place to place. It means more than you know.
I saw my friend Amy 7 times on the course and at the finish.
8. Thou shalt take excellent pictures to counteract the terrible ones that the professionals are sure to take of your athlete with their eyes closed, looking like death and so they don’t have to pay for great shots to show all their friends on Facebook. Thou shalt not have a camera roll full of blurry images or pictures of the guy right behind your athlete.
9. Thou shalt understand the emotions that race day can bring to your athlete. They have trained for months and months. Given up opportunities to do fun things on the weekend. Given up opportunities for sleep. Made sacrifices. And they likely have goals that are important to them. Race say is emotional. Be supportive at the finish line. Share how proud you are of them. Make them feel special. And be there at the finish to share their victory.
10. Thou shalt allow your athlete to revel in their race and talk about it non-stop for the next 24 hours before crushing their spirits and letting them know you cannot take one more second of recounting every detail. Again.
What are the most important ways your spectators can help you on race day? What other commandments would you add to this list for how to be a good spectator? Who is coming to cheer you on at your fall race(s)?
Prepared and stressed for 2 weeks for a jury trial, only to have client accept a last minute settlement agreement late last night. Sure it relieves the stress and the matter is over, but after all that prep it would be nice to play the game.
Now back to trying to catch up.
Preparing for a week long jury trial has me stress eating like crazy. I am trying to limit myself to fruits and vegetables so I don’t fall into sugar coma and gain 10 lbs this week, but man that pumpkin pie sitting in my office refrigerator sure is looking good right now. I can always blame it on the cleaning crew when I come back in the morning.
I need to get out of this line of work and find a job with high pay, low hours and no stress. With the booming economy, there must be tons of jobs like that out there.
Dog goes out before going to bed, 10 seconds later a torrential downpour happens. Haven’t seen it rain like that in some time. Dog doesn’t run in, but rather runs around outside playing in the rain. I think I actually saw her smiling or laughing at me. Damn her.
Nothing like a soaked and muddy German Shepard to clean up before bed. Par for course today.
Forgot to mention my greatest feat during my sprint tri this past Saturday. During the swim, in the mass of 100 people, someone knocked my road ID bracelet off of my wrist. Somehow in a moment of coordination i actually felt it get knocked off my right wrist and caught it with my left hand as it was dropping to the bottom of the bay. Put it back in right hand and place in the pocket of tri shirt. Problem solved. I should have gotten time taken off for getting this done.
Although I was somewhat happy with my sprint tri this past Saturday, I just got the feed back from my Garmin and I am not happy at all. I was slow on everything. I thought I was moving pretty well in the swim and bike (run, not so much), but the numbers don’t lie. Apparently I really need to get my ass in gear.
Oh how I hate my neighbors dogs. I wish I could take those 3 f’n jack russel terrriers and drop them off far far away. They bark about 16 hours a day but the neighbours are either not at home or when they are they are to damn drunk to care.
Thank you UPS man for leaving box, somehow wide open, in the pouring rain. How about you walk another 20 feet and put it under my house or porch.
So now my son saw his birthday present, which is now soaked and possibly ruined. Good day to you a-hole.
Due to heavy rains and lightening I missed my distance run and swim today. Usually not a big deal but with my sprint tri this Saturday I like to stay on schedule. To make up for the missed workouts I ran sprints with the team I coach. We ran them in 3 groups, but I went with every group. Players joked that they would take me and some did, but i went with every group, not just every third group and still beat most of them except for the small fast guys. We did a ladder of 30, 60, 100yds for each round of timed runs. I made a deal that anyone I beat had to run extra. Those who lost were pissed on that deal. They didn’t think this “old man” could beat them. Most don’t know I compete in tris and am in decent shape. Legs and ass are now sore, sprints are a whole new ball game, but it felt good to run all out.