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Week 64…

1 Week to go…

Had a very quiet week on the workout front. I had a pretty busy week with work, going out a couple of times, had parent teacher night, and then Nate got sick. That led to me only getting in a 2 hour bike ride on the stationary bike on Saturday where I covered 32 miles. I’m at the point in my mind now that it’s either going to happen or it’s not. Me missing a couple of workouts this week, I don’t think is really going to make much of a difference at this point. As long as I rest, move around a bit, and eat well, I’ll go into the race feeling pretty good. The doubts will be there either way. speaking of eating well, I’m down to 182.4 lbs.

The game plan is to leave after lunch on Thursday to head up to Tahoe. Before then, I’d like to do a dress rehearsal, I need to pick up my bike, and I’d like to get a haircut if possible.

Once in Tahoe, the things I need to do are-
– Athlete check-in.
– Mandatory athlete orientation
– Quick warmup swim in the lake to get a feel for swimming in altitude.
– Drive the bike course.
– Relax!


Week 63…

2 Weeks to go…

Had another solid week of workouts. I got in 2 bike workouts before work where I rode 31 miles total on the seated stationary bike. On Saturday I did 2 hours on the bike again, riding for another 31 miles on hills which brought the total for the week to 62 miles of hills. This morning, I hit the pool for a long swim. I did 2.4 miles in the pool, which is now my 3rd time swimming that distance. I finished it up in just under 2 hours at 1:57:30.

As for the diet, still plugging away, although the weight is not coming off as fast as it was. I weighed in yesterday at 184.4 lbs.

There’s been some really bad forest fires up in the Tahoe area which has some people concerned as to whether they will cancel the Ironman based on air quality. As of the last post to the website earlier this week, the race is still on but they are monitoring things very closely.

Week 62…Labor Day…

3 more weeks…

This week was an ok week as it pertained to workouts. I fell behind a bit as I came down with a stomach virus that knocked me out of commission from Thursday night up until Saturday night. Despite that, I was able to get 4 workouts in. I did 2 separate hour long runs outside followed up by 2 bike workouts on the seated stationary bike. I totalled 47 miles over 3 hours.

This weekend I also dropped my bike off at Summit Bikes. I’ll pick it up right before we take off for the race. I bought a new Cobb seat which I’m getting installed. I also bought a two bottle set up for behind my seat so now my bike will be able to hold up to 4 bottles in total. I have them checking / fixing my bike computer and lastly, once the seat is put on, I’m going to adjust my bike fitting to make it more comfortable for climbing.

I also stopped by Sports Basement to pick up a few odds and ends for race day, a few Bonk Breakers, Peanut Butter & Jelly Gels, Salt Stick Electrolyte Capsules, a Swim Cap, and Arm Warmers.

My diet is stilling going well. No grains and no sugar. Down to 185.4 lbs. That’s 8.2 lbs. since Cabo.

Week 61…

I’m entering this week’s blog entry using my new toy, the IPad Mini. Love it. Since I’ve picked it up, my new addiction now is podcasts. I’ve been listening to them to and from work, at the gym while biking, and I download them to my IPod for when I run. The one I’ve listened to the most so far is Vinnie Tortorich’s. Also check out Rich Roll’s and Joe Rogan’s. Good shit.

This week, I can finally say I had a solid workout week. I got 3 workouts in during the week before work, despite a busy schedule with work and with Nate starting school. I rode the state stationary bike all 3 days on level 11 on hills to the sum of 56 miles total. On Saturday, I did a brick training, 19 miles on the bike, same settings, followed by an hour run. Today I did a 2 hour run on the Los Gatos Creek Trail. I ran between 11am – 1pm and to say it was hot was an understatement. It felt like Vineman out there.

I also got the results back from my physical and I was given a clean bill of health to go ahead with the race. My doctor said I have the lungs of someone in their late teens and my blood pressure was also very good, 100/80. The one negative was that my LDL was a little high which I was expecting, as I’ve switched my diet and have been eating a ton of meat lately. It’s 136 and my HDL dropped too. When I was doing an 80% vegan diet the prior year, my LDL was 95 and my HDL was 53. Big difference. After Ironman, I’m going to play with my diet a bit more until I get it where I want it. I envision something Paleo like with a heavier emphasis on plants. I for now am following a diet of no sugar and no grains. My weight is now down to 186.6 lbs., taking off 4.6 lbs. this week.

4 more weeks! Just thinking about it makes me nervous.

Week 60…

Did I say it’s time to get serious in my last blog posting?  I meant it’s time to get serious this week J  Last weekend, I swam 2.4 miles in the pool, broken up into 2 sessions.  The 2nd day was a 38 minute swim where I tacked on the balance.  Adding both days together lead me to a 1 hour 58 minute time on the Ironman distance, about what I expect(ed) ~ 2 hours.  After the swim, I changed and did a bike workout.  Between that workout and another in the AM one morning during the week, I ended up biking on hills on the stationary bike for a total of 32 miles.

 This week was definitely tough, coming back to work after being out for a week, having a couple of late nights out, and then I had friends in town for the weekend up in Napa.  That added up to me not being able to get myself to the gym as planned.  In the coming weeks leading up to the race, my calendar is clear, so I definitely plan on getting my final workouts in during that time.  It’ll essentially be 4 solid weeks where I’ll get full workouts in with the 5th week being pretty light, the week of.

On the bright side, I did manage to lose 2.4 lbs. this week despite the lack of training.  Healthy eating.  Also, I created my Ironman Charity page, where you can donate.  I am raising money for wounded vets, firefighters, police, etc. through the Gary Sinise Foundation.  If you’d like more information on the charity, you can find it at www.garysinisefoundation.org.  If you can spare a few bucks, please go to the link on my Facebook page.  I’ll be re-posting it every week.

Special thanks to my Mom!  She’s taken to the campaign trail for me this week and has led the charge in helping me raise $1,000 in my very first week.  I initially set my goal for $1,000, which I already accomplished, so let’s see if I can get to $2,000.  It’s really a great cause.

Week 57 – Week 59…Cabo…

I pretty much decided that when I got back from vacation with the family, I’d kick it back into gear after letting my training go for the past few weeks.  Between work, traveling to Boston for work, and then a short week leading into our vacation, it was hard to find the time, hence also the reason I fell behind on the blog.  Heading into our Cabo trip, I think I only got one workout in, an hour on the seated stationary bike.  I did bring workout clothes to Cabo, thinking I’d use their gym while there, but as you guessed, that never happened.

Cabo was a blast.  Our best family destination vacation to date.  The days / nights were spent drinking, relaxing, swimming, eating, reading, and more drinking with family and friends.  The weather was awesome, in the 90’s, sunny, with a breeze as the sun was going down.  Looking forward to our next visit.  The kids really enjoyed it and it was amazing to watch how good they have gotten at swimming and diving.  It’s great to have the villa for the them as they will get to grow up with it in the family, eventually being able to pass it down to their children.

Beginning this weekend (Sunday), it’s the 6 week countdown to Ironman Lake Tahoe.  Time to get my shit together and hunker down on the training.  Friday morning, after a week of drinking Coronas, tequila shots, margaritas, chocolate martinis, and mojitos, I tipped the scales at 193.6 lbs.  That means I have 17.6 lbs. to lose in the next 6 1/2 weeks.  I tend to lose weight fairly quickly, just like I put it on, so provided I amp up the training, eat really clean, and cut back on the drinking, I’m pretty sure I can do it.  My diet the next 4-5 weeks is going to be a low carb, high protein diet, with a lot of fruit and vegetables.  The 1-2 weeks leading into the race, I’ll reintroduce carbs back in to get ready for the event.  Since I’ve been back, here’s what I’ve eaten to give you an idea.

Friday –

Breakfast – Muscle Milk Protein Shake.

Lunch – Ahi Poke over Seaweed Salad, 4 pieces of Sashimi, Miso Soup.

Dinner – Sea Bass, Potato Croquette, Broccolini.


Breakfast – 2 Eggs, Avocado, Spring Mix, Salsa, Chicken Breast, in a Whole Wheat Tortilla.

Workout – I swam 115 laps in the pool at a moderate pace in 80 minutes.

Post Workout – Muscle Milk Protein Shake.  Gatorade.

I still have a number of things to do leading up to the race that I will knock out in the coming weeks.  I think I’m going to change the saddle on my bike to make it more comfortable, I need to fix my bike speedometer, add a water bottle holder behind my seat so I can carry now 4-5 water bottles at one time, buy a swim cap for cold weather swimming, and buy arm warmers.

I also need to put together a race plan and a nutrition plan too.

Week 56…

I spent the week recovering from Vineman.  I’d say I started feeling normal again around Wednesday and then from there I just rode out the rest of the week at work.

On Saturday, I did a brick workout, 25 miles on the seated stationary, on the alpine pass level for 45 minutes, the other 45 minutes on level 9.  From there I jumped on the treadmill for a 3 mile run at a 9:30 pace with a 2:00 walk at every mile mark.  We spent the rest of the day relaxing by the pool with friends.  Later that day, we hosted a barbecue to celebrate the boys’ birthdays which was a lot of fun.

On Sunday morning I did another 25 miles on the seated stationary bike.

This coming weekend, I have my trip to Boston for our summer party and then the following week, we have our family vacation in Cabo.  It’ll be our first time back since we bought our time-share and it’ll be the first time with the boys.  Looking forward to it.

Then it’s the home stretch to the Ironman.  After Cabo, the game plan is to cut back on the drinking and to eat a clean diet.  My goal is to get my weight somewhere between 176-179 lbs. by race day.