My Sullivan race report

Noon seems to be the standard for these indoor sprint races in the early spring.  The Sullivan Civic Center Triathlon started at 12:30.  It was a sprint race consisting of a 400 METER swim, a 13.5 mile bike, and a 3.1 mile run.  I have never done this race before, so it was a first.  John Lawyer talked me into, and like Jason said, It sounded like a good idea at the time.  We had a good  caravan … [Read more...]

Pioneer Race Report

Going into the first race of the year, you ask yourself plenty of questions. Did I swim enough?  Have I put enough miles in on the bike?  Did I put everything into my speed workouts?  Things go over and over in your head, which probably means you are ready.  The Pioneer Sprint in Petersburg, had a 1:00pm start.  This gave you more than enough time to get your shit together.  I actually had the car … [Read more...]

Not ready for prime time

Tuesday was my first track workout and first training race of the year.  Two high intensity workouts back to back.   Eric had set the track workout and I was a little sketchy on the idea, even though we did this same workout last year.  A  half mile warm up then 1 mile, .5 mile, 1 mile. With each .5 being 5 seconds faster than the previous. Quarter recovery between reps.My plan was starting … [Read more...]

Preparing for the first

The Pioneer Sprint is this weekend and being prepared for the first triathlon doesn't come easy.  I have been training pretty regularly until last week when I went on vacation.  I wouldn't say my running or riding slipped, because I kept up with my running workouts and actually rode more than average.  However my swimming was null. Swimming seems to the only of the three disciplines that you … [Read more...]

Treadmill Eternity

This weekend I was able to make it out on Saturday at 7:00am for ride.  Jason had invited Kirk Romanotto, to join us for the ride or at least part of it.  Kirk has not ridden in years.  He use to race with us back in the 90's, but since then, there has not been a lot of riding.  I was skeptical going out with him.  So I chose a route through town and onto the bike path.  I thought this would give … [Read more...]

What the hell have I been up too?

This year I have started tracking my training on  This is a great site.  What I like about it is... one it is like twitter, two it is like facebook, and three, it will soon integrate with Garmin Connect.  Yes, I am a freak, I want to know what I am doing, what I have done, and where I should go.  And all of these free online tools help you do that. Yes, I do use this website to … [Read more...]

Swimming on empty

I showed up to masters swim and started warming up. After a couple laps I stopped and took a breather. I was exhausted. Tuesdays Lunch w/ Eric had taken its toll. We did 6 quarter mile hill intervals in Washington park. These were a long slow incline. Very deceiving. I had set my pace on the first interval staying just behind the elites. I wasn't sure if I would be able to keep that pace up … [Read more...]

Another weekend of base training

We had some great weather this weekend. Saturday I headed out for a long run with Jason and Eric. We planned on doing the Lincoln Memorial Half Marathon course. None of us are actually doing that half, but we thought it would be a good training workout. It has some good hills and plenty of stop lights to give your weary body a rest. We completed the course with a little extra I put a little … [Read more...]

My Vision Quest

The weekend was good and bad.  Saturday I went on a run with Jason and Eric.  We decided to run the 10 mile Vine course.  I started out feeling ok, but after the first couple of miles I started to struggle.  My legs felt like logs.  The run boiled down to survival.  Closing in on the finish of the course we ran through the park trying to hold a 8 min pace.  I couldn't do it.  I got dropped.  It … [Read more...]

Waiting for a miracle to happen

You would think with someone with a little experience would know how to run. But if you ask some of the best runners/triathlete out there, they would say that they are learning something new everyday. Today's "Lunch with Eric" was one of those learning experience.  Maybe not so much during the main workout, but on the way back to the car. I met up with Eric and Lawyer.  We headed to the park … [Read more...]