Spring Break, Ice cold water, and many unexpected challenges, looks like the 2011 race season has begun…Saturday March 19, 2011 I had my first race of the season an Olympic distance race in Lake Havasu, Arizona. The Lake Havasu Triathlon is a VERY early season race thus my personal expectations are fairly low. This is the third time I have completed this race and for me this race has one main purpose: It is a benchmark for me and helps to determine my training focus for the year. In other words, helps me better determine my strengths and weakness.
Lake Havasu is a great place for the first tri of the season because it takes place during spring break and there is plenty of great scenery, if you know what I mean :).
Race day: This is an early season tri which typically means cold water and Lake Havasu did not disappoint. The water temp on race morning was a cool 62 degrees. Awesome! Why can’t I find those stupid swim sock things and are they even legal? Nobody seems to know if you can wear them but it does not matter because I don’t have them anyway. As the swim started I get a headache from the cold water on my forehead…I guess I need to buy a neoprene hat. Anyway despite being cold I post a PR for an Olympic swim 27.44 minutes.
While running on the beach to the transition area I realize I can’t feel my feet, which probably worked out in my favor at first because Continue reading
I know this was promised a few weeks ago but here it is in all its glory:
This was for the week of February 21, 2011
Monday: This was right after a ski weekend so very low to moderate activity (fat burning) over the last couple of days, which is why I only had two meals.
- Breakfast – 4 Scrambled eggs with cheese, 3 pieces of bacon, and one medium sized potato (pealed)
- Snack – handful of raw macadamia nuts and glass of coconut milk
- Dinner – Spinach salad with olive oil and vinegar dressing, Shrimp scampi (shrimp and broccoli cooked in butter), a couple ounces of natural sauerkraut.
- Dessert – Guinness
- Fat = 101.2-grams, 49% of diet
- Protein = 129.3-grams, 29% of diet
- Carbs = 85.8-grams, 18% of diet
- Alcohol = 4% of diet
- Total Calories = 1821
The calories and carbohydrates were a lower than I would expect, but Continue reading
I know! I have been getting emails asking for my food log, I promised to post my weekly food logs very soon, I have been busy driving cross-country and while driving cross country healthy food options are few and far between, I did manage to eat Primal-ly. I will get to the food log soon, I promise, but now I would like to talk about what makes a triathlete.
My definition of a triathlete – somebody that has trained for a race, started that race with every intention of doing their best, completed the race, and then signed up for the next race. If you have done that, congratulations you are a triathlete regardless of the distance of the race!
I bring up “distance” of the race for a specific reason. It is no secret that I prefer Sprint and Olympic distances, while I plan on doing a 70.3 this year, unless I have some magical experience, I believe my love will always be with the shorter distances. Does that make me less of a triathlete? Well Continue reading
I have an unique
ability curse that allows me to complain about everything, even the stuff I love. It does not matter how much fun I am having or how great the food is, a complaint is sure to be just around the corner. Don’t get me wrong I don’t hate life, I am very grateful that I have the health, wealth, and freedom to compete in triathlon and don’t have any “real” problems to worry about. With that in mind my first race of the season is just a little over a week away, so please allow me to complain about the sport I love.
I have two bikes one training and one racing bike. Ready for the first complaint…Don’t get me wrong, I am very grateful to be able to afford two bikes, but with two bikes storage is a major issue, then there is the headache of swapping parts, and two bikes means twice the maintenance cost…Anyway like I said, I am just about a week away from my first race so it was time to get the racing bike ready. Is it just me or is triathlon the most expensive and stressful sport on Earth? Continue reading
I recently became aware that traditional bike seats (tear drop shaped) can lead to erectile dysfunction (ED). This happens because as much as a quarter of our body weight rests on the the nose section of traditional bike saddles and this can significantly reduce blood flow to our most, um…prized possession. Most cyclist I know, both men and women, have experienced some numbness in their genital area after a long bike ride. Traditional saddles can reduce blood circulation by as much as 80% and we triathletes are even more prone to experience a reduction in blood flow because we normally ride in the “aero” position which puts even more pressure on our groin. This news was very disturbing to me because I am not willing to give up what is probably the most primal activity of all, sex.
Luckily, there is a solution! Continue reading