Posted by: riles46 | March 29, 2011

Reflections

These past couple of days have felt strange.  After blowing out a tire last Wednesday, I managed to patch things up and go for a successful 20 mile ride on Friday without any problems.  Unfortunately the weather went south over the weekend, and I ended up doing a gym workout on Saturday and taking a day off on Sunday.

I had a lot of time to myself, since both of my roommates were out of town for the weekend and most of my friends were busy with other things and it gave me a chance to reflect on why I decided to undertake this race.  One of the big reason I decided to do an Ironman was because I enjoy pushing the body to its physical limits; it lets you see what the human body is truly capable of.  You’re using the body to its full potential and not letting anything go to waste.   Whenever I finish a race or any sort of task, I always feel uneasy whenever I feel like there is more that I could have done.  With triathlons (especially an Ironman) you can’t leave anything in the tank at the end.

The weather stayed pretty lousy today, but I forced myself to go for a 5 mile run anyway.  Looking back this was definitely a good decision.  Even though it was raining, the temperature was great for running.  I felt strong throughout the whole run and my mile splits all ended up around 7 minutes.  After being alone for the weekend and taking it easy, I felt I had to prove to myself that I was still capable of completing an uptempo workout (this helped me stay motivated during the middle and end of my run).  I’m hoping to start incorporating some more speed work into my workouts.  I really want to continue to improve my mile times and get quicker on the bike.

 

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Posted by: riles46 | March 24, 2011

(Almost) Stranded

Like most people, I got a little behind at updating this site because of work and sometimes just forgetting about it.  Anyway, training has been going pretty well so far.  I’ve forced myself to get back into the pool and have my swims up to around 45 minutes now.  Most of my bike rides average around 20 miles  and my runs are usually 5-6 miles with a longer one on the weekend.  The weather has definitely given me a lot more motivation to keep up with my workouts; I don’t think it’s gotten below 65 in the past 2 weeks.

I did a little exploring on my bike ride today.  I rode out past Maple View Farms onto some really nice stretches of road with some really pretty scenery; with the nice weather everything is starting to bloom and turn green.  If I had any sense of direction I would stayed out longer, but I didn’t want to get lost.  I really enjoy the rolling hills on all the longer stretches of road down here, keeps the rides interesting and challenging.

At the end of my ride today I had a little over a mile to go when I blew out a tire.  I thought I could make it back to my apartment, but it deflated too quickly.  I debated whether or not to change it on the road,  but I figured since I was so close to my apartment I would just walk back and fix it there.  As it turned out, I was a little further away than I originally thought and it was really annoying having to walk barefoot.  Fortunately this kid from Chapel Hill High saw me walking and offered to give me a ride; wherever you are now thanks a lot for the lift!

Hopefully my tires hold up for a while, I really don’t want to have to start worrying about getting flats and  stranded on all my rides.

 

 

Posted by: riles46 | March 10, 2011

The Beginning (of the End)

Today was a rough training day (if I can even call it a training day).  I ran 4.5 miles in 32 minutes; a rather sluggish pace.  Today was also Ash Wednesday and the beginning of me giving up fried foods, hopefully beyond Easter and until after my race.  My body definitely felt like it hadn’t exercised in a week and was still getting over a cold.  It’s an awful feeling trying to get back into a rhythm after time off, but you just have to power through and get over it.  On the upside, the temperature was around a mild 60 degrees and at the end of my run I encountered four deer across the street from my apartment complex.  It was a rather strange scene watching them congregate; they kept cautiously waiting for a break in traffic so they could run across the street to the park behind my apartment.  One driver (who was texting while driving!) almost hit one of the deer as it ran across the street.  Hopefully tomorrow will be just as interesting and more productive.

 

Posted by: riles46 | March 9, 2011

Kenny Power’s Take on Triathlon

Terrence Cutler: There’s something you need to know, Kenny. You’re not the only athlete here at Jeff Davis. I happen to be training for a Triathlon right now. Doin’ a lot of running, and cycling, swimming. Well you know all about that.
Kenny Powers: No actually I don’t. I do SPORTS. Not try to be the best at exercising.

 

Posted by: riles46 | March 9, 2011

First Post!!!

Hello!  In case you didn’t read the “About” section, last Fall I had the crazy idea to undertake an Ironman race next September and decided to use this site as a way to track my training as well as share other musing with the world.  For those of you not familiar with the awesomeness that is triathlon, a full Ironman race consists of a 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike ride, and a full marathon (26.2 miles) all in 17 hours or less.  The following video is a typical conversation between someone training for an Ironman and a normal person:

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