Ironman Wisconsin 2010 Race Report

All my eggs in one basket. That's how to sum up Ironman Wisconsin.  Training for an ironman was one thing I had no experience at.  A 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike and a 26.2 mile run, all put together in one event.  I remember watching the Ironman World Championship on TV 4-5 years ago when I just got into triathlon.  I thought to myself, there was no way I could ever do such that distance.  I … [Read more...]

Caffeine-Free

It's been 1 week since I last had caffeine.  I'm going caffeine-free in an effort to gain all the benefits possible from caffeine during portions of the Ironman.  Hopefully it will give me the extra boost I need to get through some of the low points during my 13 hour event.  Not the smartest thing to do before the biggest race of my career but noone has ever accused me of being smart. This past … [Read more...]

Dog Days

Now that the dog-days of Summer are behind us, it's hard to imagine that stifling heat of Summer on the track.  Last Tuesday's workout showed that Summer is not over just yet.  It was a brutally hot day to be on the track at Noon.  The guys fearlessly showed up and had 5 miles of pace work on the agenda (though one was cut due to the heat).  2 miles, mile & a mile were the flavors and the plan … [Read more...]

Less than one week

It is amazing how quickly one year has passed since I registered for Ironman Wisconsin. Now the hours are trickling away and there is nothing else to do but wait for the gun to go off. I am very nervous even though I know I am ready.  I have had a year of stellar training, and working with Eric Bean on a late season training plan has really reassured my readiness. This week I will be … [Read more...]

Hamburger Toes

My feet will be happy when this Ironman training is over.  Every long run ends with black and red toes.  In all seriousness my feet are starting to hurt on long runs and I just hope that it won't affect me for IMWI. My weekend was full of continuing education.  I took Saturday off so decided to go for a long run on Sunday.  It was hotter than I anticipated.  By mile 7 my socks were wet.  This … [Read more...]

volume

With my absence on the track of late, the boys have been steppin' it up with the workouts.  Last week, in preparations for Fall marathons, they did: 2 miles, 1 mile, 800, 400 at a little faster than 6:00 pace.  In fact, I heard results of 11:48, 5:47, 2:43, :81.  That's a tough workout.  Great job guys. The plan today is take this trend even further and run: 2 miles, 1 mile, 1 mile, & 1 … [Read more...]

Rocky Weekend

All the other rabbits doing Ironman Wisconsin seem to have some kind of training regimen.  I, on the other hand, am going into my training and racing completely ad lib.  So I thought this Saturday I should just put in a long brick. I woke up at 04:45 to fuel up for today's ride.  My plan was to leave the house by 05:15 but it was still pretty dark so I waited until 05:30.  It was still dusky … [Read more...]

Miles and heart burn

Last tuesday at lunch, instead of nearly throwing up on the track, I did what every red-blooded Springfieldian does in August... I ate my way through the fair (and back).  Both "lunches" will make you nearly throw up, one is just a little better for you than the other.  I'll spare you the details of what I ate (trust me, you wouldn't want to know).  The guys, however, didn't follow me to lunch and … [Read more...]

meltdown

Last week our running group broke up into two groups for two different workouts.  Bill Owens took a group to the boulevard to run quarters on the grass and in the shade.  Essentially to get a little break from the heat.  I stayed at the track with a group to run a lot slower and a lot longer.  Did I mention it was 96 degrees with a 109 heat index?  Boy, did I choose the wrong workout.  The … [Read more...]

Hills, the way

Last week was again the first Tuesday of the month (boy they come around quickly) so we found ourselves marching down 1st street towrad the cemetery.  There were 12 of us, which seemed huge considering the heat index was 111 deg. (thanks, Buzz).  It was really an impressive group for the conditions as well as the fact that there were at least a couple no-shows due post half-Ironman recoveries.  I … [Read more...]