Thursday, June 28, 2007
He gives a formula for crank length.
The standard typically put on bikes is between 165mm & 175mm most bikes come with 170. Both my current bikes are 170. I had to measure inches and convert. It was fractionally off of 170, but close enough.
So, I went through the formula in the article above and discovered my optimal crank length should be 185mm. So, I did a little geometry and determined that the optimal angle between my foot and lower leg when the crank is ninety degrees from top dead center (horizontal compared to the ground towards the front of the bike) should be 58 degrees, based on 185mm crank. A picture would be helpful, but just trust me. So, with my current 170 mm crank I am closer to 61 degrees at this point. You understand this means my foot is not allowed to bend an extra 3 degrees on every pedal compared to someone who's optimal crank length is 170 mm, hence losing some of the power stroke. He has some theories about how this hurts a tall guy when hill climbing or sprinting.
So, I have been looking for a 185 mm crank. I have found some, none made by Shimano or SRAM. The one I found was over $400 (not a mis-print) for the crank, custom built by a dude in Colorado. So, off to eBay I went. A 185mm not happening. So, I checked 180mm. Saw one sell for $75 that was so well used that the manufacturer name was rubbed off the side of it. I looked the next size down which was 177mm, I have found them selling for about $35 to $40 dollars.
You may ask why do I care. I will tell you. From 170 to 185, I could achieve a 8.8% increase of torque at the 90 degree position. This probably does not translate into 8.8% increase in power over the whole revolution, but something higher than I am currently doing.
Now before everyone goes out and starts getting all crank happy, I must warn you that a smaller rider than I , must stay in his optimal range. A crank too short for you has never shown to do knee damage, but a crank to long has the potential. From what I have read, professionals have used them to get an advantage, but the advantage only lasts as long as your knee holds out from the constant increase in angle change.
I may not be able to get the 185, but am hoping for a 180, will settle for 177 which gives me 5.88% increase in torque, or 4.12% increase respectively. I believe I currently am losing power compared to someone with optimal crank length, so you could say I have crank envy. Ha Ha!
Wednesday, June 27, 2007
I spotted a cheap set of very stiff and long fins tonight at Ollie's outlet, but they turned off the lights on me before I could tell whether I should get them or not. If I were going to drill holes in a set of fins to make my whale tail by adding some kind of custom plastic appendage, this is the sort I would want. I may go back and check them out. I think they would be 17 bucks.
I am still thinking that if I don't use my arms, a professional swimmer could beat me using the crawl, even if I have fins on. This concerns me. I want to go faster! I have not yet experienced tired legs in the water. I just run out of air when I really push it using all four limbs. I need time to experiment. The Tango is only 38 days away! I also need some webbed gloves so I can get those muscles and joints in shape.
In the meantime, I will keep up with the HR training so I can set the reservoir on fire.
Getting your hip out of the way is key. Otherwise you pull wide and your legs will likely sway to the sides.
Still need to work on finishing the stroke strong and quick. I feel that's where muscle strength is needed. I could stand to put some more time in with weights. Of course a ton of laps would help too.
The kick is improving. During the kick board drill my feet were actually doing what they were supposed to. If I would have continued for more than 2 laps, my calf would have cramped up tho'.
Tuesday, June 26, 2007
Running should be the highest. Biking is typically 7 beats slower. Swimming another 7 beats slower than that. Though it would be best to actually test for your "VT" Ventilation Threshold for each event. This was just an estimate of what is typical.
What that means is if your HR is the same biking as running, you are probably training in the next higher zone while biking.
Your HR is highest while running because of the vertical orientation and you are using basically all your large leg muscles.
2) I saw Todd this weekend as well. He's going to check his schedule but I think he'd like to join us and be part of the canoe team. Casey should apply some arm twisting here.
I did do a bit of canoeing but didn't really leave Putnam's Eddy.
3) On the way up to Dew Drop I was glad Craig was going to do the bike.
4) Looking at the swim... Well I was wondering if you would want to try to take the straight line across to the beach or if you would want to reach the other side so that you could take a break now and then by standing.
5) We need to register. I was going to do this but the Y was closed on Sunday. I Guess I need to find out if he can modify our participants, or if whomever we register is the group and that's that.
I went almost 17 miles last night I did the first 15 without stopping (slow on this hill but no stop). Kid's were at a vacation bible school at the 15 mile mark or the 2 mile mark going backwards. I have posted a map with the elevation changes below so you can see what this looks like.
I am not doing this to show you my hill climbing prowess, but to let you know about the first hill in the TANGO bike up to Jakes rocks. My climb last night was 400 ft vertical in 3/4 mile. Jakes Rock climb is 600 ft vertical in 1.25 miles. Pretty similar grade, I believe Jakes Rock will have a couple points that you might shift up a gear for 100 yds, but makes you pay with the overall length and a couple real steep points.
I looked at the 5th street hill. Not as long or steep overall, but right before you turn to the High School and half way up the high school drive some nasty little walls. The hill to my parents up Jackson Street is the least daunting of all. It just has that little wall right before their driveway. I have walked this many times.
Sunday, June 24, 2007
I think I also got a good sense of what it is going to feel like to try to run after biking that far. Not too good is the description.
I also swam for two hours, so overall it was a good day. I'm ready to Tango.
Saturday, June 23, 2007
As for bombing down hill... I intentionally take a route that allows me to have a nice downhill run. Now that my bike is tuned up I can hit 40mph. I usually tuck and don't think about hitting the brakes until the hill runs out. I've never shied away from a good downhill 'tho. I used to ride up to WAHS just so that I could bomb down 5th Ave. (usually on a Sat or Sun with little traffic) I guess I have always figured that I don't go very fast otherwise, I might as well let gravity give me an assist. However, there really isn't a sustained downhill on the Mooseman course. I'm getting the impression that there usually aren't many hills on ironman courses.
I'm glad to hear that Thad has a good sense of humor. The walking across the bottom bit made me laugh out loud. I think that the swimming is overlooked and ends up being the most daunting. I'm glad that you guys are taking it seriously. I'll have to try to spend some time in the open water soon (I was gonna say "this summer" but it's here).
As for the "Clydesdale" division. I'm sure I'll be in it too. I've lost some weight this spring but I don't imagine that I'll ever get under 200 without major sustained effort. CC and SJV are big guys, I'm just flabby but I've haven't been under 200 in 15 years. HOLY Crap! That's horrible! Oh, well.
Finally... You nearly broke your toe off playing with your daughter in the pool? Well, wow. Wear that f#!*'in t-shirt! I'm sure there's an award for that somehow. Maybe we shoud have our own annual awards and have a "most stitches" category! I ended up with three staples on fathers day 2005... but I digress.
Oops, finally, finally. MC, You had some cramps while doing laps in the pool? YOU PUSSY! Walk it off! Otherwise, well done on beating those jocks!
While at a garage sale, we bought a book called "You don't have to be thin to win." It was written by a woman who started doing triathlons after her doctor said she was "morbidly obese." I'm pretty sure no matter what I do, I am never going to be light, so this might inspire me as well as my wife.
I also looked for a Clydesdale specific podcast on iTunes and found nothing. Maybe Craig and I should start one. We would be the world's first and only podcast dedicated to the larger man. And woman. What do you think, Craig? We could interview big peeps at all the races and report times and stuff. Talk to exercise physiologists here at the college and ask them why Clydesdales can't win. Complain about sizism. Clothes cost more for me, but not for every other size! If the argument is that they use more cloth for my shirts, then a medium should cost more than a small too! This world ain't fair. Big people get screwed.
I have all the equipment we need.
Gotta go run.
Thursday, June 21, 2007
Snorkels are allowed...bore and length? no greater than 6 feet (humor). That
bore and length question makes me curious to what your plans could be....are
you thinking of walking across the bottom?
If you come with hand paddles..go ahead and use them...just so you don't
some how fashion them into a boat. Did you consider kite power? (again
Okay, so I think this will again give me more food for thought. My plan at the moment is to fashion a pretty long flexible snorkel with a small floatation device at the top, so it won't submerge. This will allow me to cruise the entire way under the surface (hopefully just a few feet), which gives the dolphin kick much more power. I want it to look like that scene in Jaws after they harpoon the shark and attach the 55 gallon drum to the cable, and he just takes off dragging that thing across the water. Of course this is all completely guesswork until I get to test it out, and see if I can maintain the dolphin form for that long. The reason that I asked about the hand paddles is that I need a counterbalance on my front end when doing the dolphin kick, especially if I fashion a bigger tail. My head moves up and down too much. So last time I was at the pool, I held my arms out like superman and used those as a sort of hydrofoil to stabilize the bow. I would like that force to be bigger, so am considering making a neutrally buoyant water wing that I can hold out in front of me and kick with a whale of a tail behind. Assuming the snorkel doesn't provide too much drag, I think this will be a pretty efficient way to go.
Matt's speedy 50 has encouraged me to see how fast I can go fully outfitted. I sure hope it's faster than people with no fins and snorkels. I guess I'll find that out soon. Gotta test this stuff, since we don't have a whole lotta time to practice now.
P.S. My local lake, where I planned to try the open-water swims has banned swimming due to e-coli. Terrific. I might have to make a few road-trips to Warren or I'm afraid I might not get any open-water experience. We don't have many deep lakes around here.
Wednesday, June 20, 2007
Tuesday, June 19, 2007
Finally jump back in to try without fins and I'm cramping so that my toes are crossing.
I hop back out again. Stand and talk with the coach about stuff while the rest of the class is chuggin' along.
So he decides since it's the last class of the session. We will do a relay, guys vs girls. They talk me back into the pool so it's 4 vs 4. 50 yds each person.
They say that competition brings out the best in you. Just for reference. 10 weeks ago I was doing 50 yds in 70 seconds. Last week I felt that I was clocking in near 50 seconds during class. Well for this relay, I was the lead guy and finished in 41 seconds. I was stunned as was the coach and everyone else I think.
Too bad the mooseman isn't a 50 yd swim....
So talking to the guys about the leg cramps. They all seem to get them but they seem to be able to tough it out and keep swimming. I guess I'm going to have to try and work through them while I'm still swimming. Ugh! Not looking forward to that.
I did an out and back ride last night. Got to the bottom of Breezy Heights hill (windy at the top, not a breeze to climb). This hill is also known as Happy Jack, Rt 218 hill, and Daybrook Hill. It has three roads that climb it from different sides. I travel it every day to work. The side I was coming from was the steepest. It is about 3/4 of a mile long from my side, over a mile from the other two. I made a plan to only ride five minutes up and see how far I got, without stopping and keeping my heart rate in Zone 2 (70% of Max). I did the first two, not sure about the third. It was burning. I went just over 4/10 of a mile. I checked a topo map, this was a about 220ft vertical in that distance. The total hill is about 375ft vertical (a nasty 100 yd wall at the end, maybe I will do next time). I wanted to check my Heart rate, but I had to make the turn in the road, my feet were clipped in, so I just swung around and started back down.
5 minutes up, 50 seconds down. Now that 50 seconds says I was going only about 25 to 30 MPH, but I didn't have the nerve to look at my watch until I had done an extra 10th of mile at the bottom. I took my heart rate at this point, it was over 130 (not sure from fear or exertion). The unnerving part was I was apply some rear brake and an occasional front brake, I never felt like I could have stopped the bike if I needed to and I didn't remember the roughness of the road in my car, and the shocks in my car aren't that great.
The thought was "You dumby, your the father of three, and the husband of a stay at home wife". Also tomorrow is your Wedding Anniversary, was a clear thought once I was safely on the flat again. I believe I do this a couple times I will be more comfortable, I am also looking at the brakes to assure they are as tight as they need to be. The hill definitely reminds me of something like Jake's Rock Overlook hill.
Speaking of hills. I was bored or excited about the Mooseman, so I went on to their website. They have a forum about the Mooseman there. I linked this thread about the discussion of "Devil's Hill" at about mile marker 5. Sounds like a good time and Matt your 39X26 combo on the new bike looks like a check list item. At least we will only do it once.
Monday, June 18, 2007
The good news is if I compare to these gents, I would have been fourth in this division. I would have also had the third best swim and the third best run. Feeling a little better. Of course I would have been ticked off if I would have not weighed in and won, but I wasn't that close to the winner so no harm no foul.
That's right. I broke my toe.
I took my profusely bleeding foot to the lifeguards, who were proclaiming this was the most action they have seen in at least a year, and put on a temporary bandage, then headed home to a wonderful meal made by my wife. I decided this might be the last meal this toe ever got, so I thought I better eat before going to the hospital. The end result was that I had to get a tetanus shot in my shoulder, and 4 or 5 stitches to put my toe back together. Three of these stitches go right through the toenail, which reminds me of some kind of torture. I broke the end of that toe bone off, but it's still in there. It looks like it will be okay, if all goes well.
I am not supposed to swim for at least a week, and running is out for two weeks, probably. Looks like I will have to go back to juggling dumbbells, and possibly biking more. The dumbbell juggling might be good for swimming and paddling anyway, so that may not be so bad. I am going to try to do aerobics in the target HR zone using this technique.
Happy Father's Day.
Sunday, June 17, 2007
'06 Trek 2200: ZR 9000 Aluminum with Bontrager Carbon fork and OCLV carbon seat stays.
The front derailleur is a 105, everything else is Ultegra.
Dual Crank: 53/39
12-26 9 speed SRAM cassette. 12,13,14,15,17,19,21,23,26.
It weighs 20 lbs. To compare, my hybrid bike weighs 31 lbs.
Now I have no excuse not to be riding. My other bike was really uncomfortable. I'm looking forward to trying some of the bike shop's group rides and finally feeling like I'm actually training for all 3 events.
I'm also going to be very curious to find out if I can ride the Mooseman course with a Dual Crank. If I could have found a triple, I would have bought it. Perhaps knowing I don't have that option, I'll train harder.
Saturday, June 16, 2007
Soon I'll have to experiment with timing different kicks for 100 yards and checking my HR to see both which provides the fastest time, and how each affects my heart.
If snorkels are allowed, I have some adventurous ideas.
Friday, June 15, 2007
That's my update for this week.
Last night I ran slower than a 10 min/mile pace. Which I haven't done for two years, at least for a whole run and less than an hour. I kept myself just at the point where I was starting to sweat. When checking my heart rate I was 114 to 126. My legs did not feel any worse on mile three than mile one, they felt great. I was below my aerobic maximum (calc. 143) and I was about 60 to 65% of my Maximum Heart Rate (calc. 187). I feel like I could have gone for 10 miles at this rate.
So, Eric Harr's book indicates that most of your training should be Level 1 and Level 2 Heart Rate zones. He also said most of your race will be Level 2. Which I believe is about 70% of your max. In my case about 130. His Six week Training program doesn't get you into Level 3's and 4's until about week four.
I just want to assure I got this totally right, please let me know if I am off base. I run in a zone that is very comfortable, this would be about 80% of the time spent training. This burns more fat, and increases my bodies ability to use Oxygen. This causes me to be able to go faster with less effort. Seems almost insanely stupid that I would think I need to finish my workouts with a sprint or push my aching legs beyond their limit when my aerobic level can't handle it.
In contemplating all this I go back to Shawn's original theory of life from High School. He started the SLUG club, and we even had T-shirts. The slogans were "Work Why" and "Laziness Breeds Success". Shawn probably had this type of training in mind, he just didn't realize it.
Thursday, June 14, 2007
This link I found after talking to Shawn over the weekend has led me to think I need to only focus on aerobic when biking and running, then focus on form in swimming without going anaerobic. Finally go anaerobic when I do strength weight training.
I am trying for six weeks, starting today. Of course I have two 5k's in that period that will surely be somewhat anaerobic.
Wednesday, June 13, 2007
Here is a big Chain Store in Eastern Pa. Check out their closeouts.
The Equinox are the Tribikes. I was on a Trek 1500 and a 2100 tonight. I'm really thinking the 2100 is going to be the best deal I'm going to find. Carbon Fork and Carbon Seat Stays. I'm hoping I can get them to upgrade the shifters to Full Ultegra. I'm going to call them back tomorrow. If not, I'll some other shops and see what deals I can work out.
I'm not terribly comfortable on a road bike yet. So aero bars seem to be off in the future to me. Though I probably should drive out to Bethlehem just to ride that Equinox 07, then I'd know for sure.... more later.
A tired Craig rehashing the lack of race strategy with Shawn as Levi prepares himself for a race, which race we do not know.
Link to a bunch of pictures of Rocky Gap race. Specific pictures of other athletes in the transition areas that seem repetitive are of Vinnie (winner), or Meaghan Durst (Morgantown local radio personality who we met that day and shared a spot next to me on the bike rack). Other photos are just ones Bill took of other athletes. Picture of a Canondale bike by itself was probably the best bike there and owned by, wait for it, . . . . . . . Vinnie the winner. It is a tri specific bike.
The two main coaching points for me tonight.
1) Keeping that relaxed hand while out of the water. It's amazing how much easier swimming feels if you keep that part of your stroke easy /relaxed. My problem with that is turning it back on once I get to the "catch".
2) Hip Turns: He kept saying that you gain speed by turning your hips over quickly from side to side. That's back to that core strength. It's tough to maintain those turns over a long interval. I did notice my stroke count would drop a couple per 25 yds when I was really focusing on the hips, so there is an effect.
I'm definitely catching up to the class. (I think the new suit helps more than I thought). I was sharing a lane with the guy that did the Mooseman the other week. Speed wise I was ahead of him, I can't say that I was aerobically.
Tuesday, June 12, 2007
So I started to look west of me in PA and Western NJ. I came across a site that was listing closeouts on 06 Treks. Then Found a shop in Princeton that was also closing out 06 Treks. So I called them. I guess they were able to buy quite a few '06s in models I was interested in. If you are shopping for a bike too. Now might be the time for those '06 deals at your shop too.
Craig I'm curious of your opinion regarding Tri vs Road bike. I was interested in those low end Tri bikes like the cannondale optimo 4 or the Trek Equinox 5 but nobody has them. I'm going to look at Trek 1500's 2100's and 2200's tomorrow night. Time to spend some money!
The good thing about going to all those other shops. They all had group rides on various days of the week. I'm going to have to add one to my schedule and learn from these people.
Monday, June 11, 2007
Here is a link to me:
Here is a link to the winners photo, Vinnie Monseau: I think he is photo 242, then 245-248
Just compare and contrast his facial expressions at the end compared to mine coming out of the water.
Another great side note, Vinnie was set up on the same bike rack in the transition to me. This was the 8th race in a row where he has won the race or his age group. He also was planning to go do the The EagleMan Ironman 70.3 Triathlon in Cambridge, Maryland the next day, Sunday, June 10. So, I looked up to how he did. He finished 2nd in his age group and 29th overall, of course about 15 of the 29 in front of him were professionals. Just thought I would let you know, his streak ended. Don't worry he had already qualified in St. Croix last month for Hawaii. By the way he was a super nice guy and joked with me about Rocky Gap, how I was going to have to use gears here, not like Morgantown. I thought he was joking, no joke.
2 29 VINNIE MONSEAU 38 MORGANTOWN WV 4:13:38.65 total time
Sunday, June 10, 2007
This is the web site to view the results. Just to start off, the best part of my day was the friends that came to watch me. I had some support. My friend Bill Martin, his wife Mary, his son Scott, Levi (my son) and arriving just in time to see me start (he really made it fifteen minutes early) my brother from another mother Shawn Vashaw. So, just spending time with these people was the best part.
I was 107 out of 192. I lost a solid 25 places in the run. It was as I deem it a cataclysmic meltdown. The problem was not the run. The swim did. Open water sounds nice, but the constant banging into others, the sea (lake) weed and actually swimming into too shallow of water threw my rhythm way off. I lost it mentally. Could not breath right during freestyle. I told Shawn I thought I did Breast stroke 60% of the time but it was probably closer to 70%. This was to get more air and avoid obstacles mentioned above. I was two minutes slower in the swim than I thought. And my heart rate was way too high. I could not get enough oxygen.
The bike went well, but "Rolling" country road means you are climbing a hill or descending a hill the whole way. So I still was not disappointed until I hit the run. At ten minutes into the run I was convinced I had passed the mile marker and missed it. A minute later I found it. My air finally came back at the turn around on the run. I ran well then, but the damage had been done.
A couple good lessons about open water swimming learned, I also may be a bigger fan of heart rate training after talking with Shawn and experiencing what I did here.
All in all, my performance not what I expected, but it is a great race, beautiful setting and it was a great day. Just as a final note, I would go back. Also I think doing something this early in the summer is tough if I don't maintain over the winter, which I didn't do this year.
I will tell you about the winner of this tri in another post when I have more time. or Shawn could let you know. He is very impressive.
Saturday, June 9, 2007
So today I decided that I wouldn't swim less that 100yds at a time. I figured that would be a good place to start. I should probably make that 150yds at a time by next week and force myself to stick with that progression. (warmup/cooldown excluded).
I also think I need to take a printout of some sort of workout with me. This would simplify keeping track of yardage and hopefully track progress.
Or maybe it's worth doing this workout the other 2 days outside of class.
1 mile in 6 weeks
Friday, June 8, 2007
Kick Timing 1
Kick Timing 2
Basically I think without fins I could get away with a very sloppy kick. Once I added the fins it created so much extra force that when I tried to swim, I felt like a car with one of the cylinders not firing. It was really really awkward feeling.
I really think it was the timing of my kicks. The next time I worked out with the fins it was much better. I think you just naturally work yourself into proper timing with the fins on.
I'm just guessing this is the case. I haven't actually stopped to think about my kicking to the degree that they are talking about. As I've mentioned, I already have so much going through my head while I swim, I can't even count laps.
Thursday, June 7, 2007
Fortunately, everything went very well. I was rather quick tonight. I was doing 50yds in 50 seconds. Some of that time could be the fact I replaced my baggy suit with speedo jammers. From what I can tell this is about 10 seconds faster than anything I can find I've reported. That's the good news. The bad news is that I'm wearing speedo Jammers. I can't lose 20 pounds fast enough now. Ha!
Foot & calf felt great this morning. Legs overall felt fatigued. It might have been the hot pool last night or I need more sleep. I am not getting down as early as I would like. I need to get to bed by 9:30 tonight. They always say you are working on your sleep from two days ago. Also, I am very focused on fluids before an event. I am drinking a ton, which means I am peeing a lot. I should be drinking like this all the time, but I get more focused before an event. I hope to get to the chiroprator for an adjustment in the next two weeks. May be I will ask him about the foot. If I don't get there I think I will call the family physician. Feeling good today.
Tamara always comments on how impressed she is with how I am preparing for an event when it gets close, but then she usually comments on me getting a little disconnected from the family and her. I usually disagree with this assessment, but I have been known to have tunnel vision, so I am working hard to make sure my triathlons don't get in the way of the family, one of the reasons I didn't get the sleep I wanted last night, was taking time to spend with her.
Bike tire fixed. The tire thingies worked great. I bought three, I may have only needed two. Also re wrapped handle bars. Previous wrap was done by me, not a very good job. I did it 12 years ago or so. Tired of living with it.
I did this last summer too. Had tons of time to know I was doing something and waited to the last week to make sure things got fixed or were the way I wanted. I know I am posting alot, but thought you might want to know what happens with your little anxieties before you do a triathlon. I didn't touch worry about how the transitions will go. Of course knowing Shawn and how relaxed he is this may not make any sense to him. That is a compliment by the way.
Wednesday, June 6, 2007
Well, I am resting good this week, took Sun & Mon off essentially. Ran 20 mins last night, which almost seemed pointless, but was part of the schedule and rest. Tonight 25 minutes in the pool. Thursday 25 minutes on the bike. Nothing too hard.
I did puncture a tire Monday working on the bike. I am picking up a new tube tonight. I don't trust a patched tube. I'm also picking up enough tire thingies to change a tire without cheating with a screw driver. Not to smart on my part. I wanted to re tape the inside of the rim because the piece protecting the spokes from the tube didn't look too good when I changed tires last year. Should have left it alone.
Will keep you updated. By the way I'm shooting for 1 hour 2 minutes. Under 1 hour would be awesome. I also hope to bring home the coveted Clydesdale first place, but I'm sure some big swimmer will show up and out do me.
Monday, June 4, 2007
Ryan and I went to the beach at 3:00 (beautiful day, couldn't resist) and I was amused at the number of athletes sitting on the beach chugging beer. One girl in a group of about 10 was trying to get the others to admit that they had also walked during the run.
Scott was in the half-iron on Sunday. The weather was pretty crappy, misty, damp and cool. He said he didn't notice at all. His goal was to finish sub 6 hours and he accomplished it! He didn't seem very happy about it, tho. His brother (my buddy Phil) asked him why he was upset. He smashed his personal record on the swim, broke his personal record on the bike and turned in an average time on the run. Phil asked "Would you have done better in Georgia (their home state) because the roads are better and flatter?" Scott's answer was "Yeah!" So Phil says "Then you rode a tougher course and kicked it's ass! What's your problem?" Leave it up to a brother to straighten you out.
Their final word to me Sunday afternoon was that they wouldn't be back. They use Triathalons as destination holidays and didn't find New England all that attractive. I think that they just didn't like the mosquitos. They are ferocious this year, there are clouds of them at the farm.
If you have any questions let me know and I'll try to recall more of my conversations with them.
The big thing with allergies is that you have to be preventative. You need to have your defenses in place before you run into the stuff you are allergic to. For me that would mean taking something 24/7 for about 4-6 weeks in the spring. I was concerned if that was ok to do. I found this article on WebMD which seems to say that it is.
Antihistamines aren't Addictive! Link
So today the Dr prescribed Allegra-D for me. When I got to the pharmacy it was going to cost me $130. So they still have their pills. I still have my $130. I'll use Claritin. I'm currently in search of the Generic which that article refers to because it's so much cheaper.
Hopefully this will work, I'm disappointed about the Rocky Gap but I'm already thinking ahead to the Tango. It's time to get healthy and back on schedule with my workouts.
Sunday, June 3, 2007
It contains the results for the Mooseman of this year. I found it to be helpful in showing how fast we should be doing each discipline if we want to be in the thick of things next year. I was delighted to see that there were people finishing in the top half running 9-minute miles, and one guy (Brian Pare) even ran 10-minute miles (after my own heart, he came out of the swim in 437th place, then rode a blistering bike as the 71st fastest contestant, then slogged along in the run at an average 10:17 per mile to end up at 299th place out of 660 finishers). Congratulations Brian! I hope I can do as well. He appears to have been a biker in a past life.
An eight-minute mile doesn't seem inconceivable to me, though it certainly is at the moment. To find the first 12-minute miler (a steady 5 mph run), one must drop down to 549th place. Now, I suppose the good news is that there are still 100 people finishing behind me if I do that, but I would like to get at least into the 6 mph category by race time. Maybe I'll shoot for 21 mph on the bike. Can't do too badly if I keep up that pace.
At least this shows what we're up against. Had I done this race this year, it looks like I would place somewhere in the mid 500's to mid 600's. I'm in the mood to do better than that.
Saturday, June 2, 2007
I am now excited to try some fins and eventually get out on a local lake for some long swims to see if this technique will really work for an hour or more. In the meantime, I will continue to try to boost my aerobic capacity.
Eric is up at the Farm hosting a couple racers. I went online to see the Mooseman webcam but I couldn't get it to work.
I was able to locate a number of my swim class in the Mooseman registration. Which then led me to finding this site.
It looks interesting. It keeps track of all your races and your results.
Friday, June 1, 2007
I am stretching hard to keep it from getting worse. I think a couple days I will be Ok. It has felt fine all day today.
Just wondered if anyone else has had a foot problem?