Saturday, November 26, 2005

Long Ride

Did my long ride today. 80 miles w/ a 30 min brick run. Hooked up w/ one of the rides from a LBS. I let myself get sucked into a faster pace than I really wanted. But, overall I got a good workout.

I've been reading Gordo's "Going Long", specially the mental training section. I'm going to start thinking like the IM is a reality and I will do well. Here are my goals:

Reasonable finish time: anything less than 13 hours. I may be able to go low 12 hours. I will have a good swim.

I will stick w/ my training routine. I will stretch consistently.

Saw a post on Slowtwitch about another cyclist killed. The cyclist was killed by a 17 year old who was text messaging while driving!

God, please protect me and all the other cyclists out there.

Peace,
Rob

Friday, November 25, 2005

Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving yesterday was nice hanging out w/ friends and family. Friends and family are really an important part of life. Sometimes w/ IM training, one can get myopic and lose focus on the important parts of life. Not that 6 months of training are unimportant, but friends and family are so important especially in the long run. This season I'm grateful to God for the good people he put in my life.

Had a nice swim this morning. Got in 3900 yds and I didn't feel wiped out. Its amazing how a year and a half ago, I could barely swim one lap. Now I'm preparing to swim 2.4 miles.

Lisa is gone shopping w/ her girlfriend, so I'm home alone. This will give me a chance to clean up the house. It'll be a nice for her to come home and I've taken care of the housework. I may even up together a nice, healthy dinner tonight too.

Planning to run an easy 45-60 min run on a hilly route. I'll probably head over to Duke Forest. That is such a nice place to run. I'm really fortunate where I live has so many nice running areas.

I've got an 80 miler for tommorrow morning. I'll get in 15, hook up w/ one of the bike shops here for their weekly 50 miler and then 15 back to the car. It'll be cold in the beginning. Low temps will be in the upper 20's w/ a high in the mid-50's.

Later,
Rob

Saturday, November 19, 2005

More Random Thoughts

  1. IM Coaching - I signed up for an IM coach last week, John Hirsch. Coach J is a pro-triathlete. He took 23rd at IMFL this year. I'm looking forward to his expertise and knowledge to guide my training. A part of me feels like I could've used the money differently, but I'm hopeful that following Coach J's plans will get me through IMAZ successfully.
  2. Lisa and I are getting along really good lately. What a blessing! She even told some of her co-workers about my training. I think she used to shun on this thing, but I feel her support. Just yesterday, she asked me if I wanted to buy some race wheels w/ part of a bonus she's getting from work.
  3. This holiday season is making me reflect on how grateful and blessed my life is. Man, God is really good. My marriage is going good, I'm able to train for an IM, I have a really good job, I like living in my community, I have a really cool Rottie (King von Moody), my health is going good, my parents are both alive and doing well.
  4. I really feeling an attitude of gratitude.
  5. I want to live such that accomplishments, blessings, good stuff is lived as demonstrating God's love and glory.
  6. I don't want to have "big head".
  7. Alicia Keys song, "Unbreakable" is da bomb! I can't get that tune out of my head.

That's enough for now. I'll head off to my volunteer work at the Durham County Jail and then an easy 2 hour recovery week ride.

Peace,

Rob

Thursday, November 17, 2005

Pics and more pics















Kinda bored tonight. Thought I'd post some race pics. Check 'em out.