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Month: February, 2012

Wedding Season

You won’t find this part of the season in any training plan. But I have just concluded this wonderful and unique aspect of the offseason where you get to party and refuel for the upcoming season. This season, Wedding Season, consisted of three weddings in the past month that I had the pleasure to attend. And attend I did.

Let me tell you a little about Wedding Season…..

In Wedding Season, the weekends are not filled with workouts but rather with dancing, or lack thereof on my part. PACE is really about lasting the whole weekend when you have a rehearsal dinner one night and a wedding the evening after. Pace also presents itself in the form of libations. Drink too much and you bonk before the party is over or you limp to a finish. Drink too little and you left some effort out there on the dance floor. LAPS is all about how many times you have walked around the party to scout out the next conversation or source of entertainment. Hydration consists of a cold Stella Artois at an open bar…. and don’t get me started on nutrition! The most important part of one’s nutrition strategy is saving room for desserts! Ice cream. All sorts of chocolate. Yes, the list goes on. Not a care in the world.

Throughout wedding season, my weekends have been more about fun than fitness! With that being said, I have not neglected fitness…just reduced everything. By everything, I am referring to the number of swim, bike, and run workouts and time spent working out. I have been averaging around 6 hours a week since the HITS iron-distance race in January. I have not woken up to swim, bike or run before work once and have been somewhat alright with this schedule. Like I said in earlier posts, it took some time to come to grips with easing off a little bit. However, I feel pretty damn good now and I am already looking forward to getting back into training for the 2012 season.

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Now that Wedding Season has concluded, I am looking to gain some momentum before I really buckle down and get ready for Ironman 70.3 Florida in May.

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10 Reasons to Love Triathlon

1. You do not have to dry yourself off from a swim before getting on your bike. The Wind and Sun will do that for you.

2. You can eat whatever you want during long runs and long rides. On second thought, afterwards as well because you “earned” it.

3. You have a decent excuse for not attending that dinner party you were invited to.

4. You find yourself keeping so much equipment in your car that you are prepared to swim, bike or run at any time and anywhere.

5. People think you might be nuts and generally do not want to bother you.

6. You get to wake up for races in the middle of the night. On a Saturday or Sunday nonetheless!

7. The smell of chlorine becomes a part of your “essence”.

8. You form a special bond with your bike seat. Kind of a love-hate relationship. It’s complicated.

9. Runner’s high.

10. You get to spend a decent amount of time swimming, biking and running in the great outdoors.

Ironman 70.3 Panama

Ironman 70.3 Panama went off with a bang this past weekend! I woke up on Sunday to a “live internet feed” (of course NO TV coverage) of a close race between Bevan Docherty and none other than Lance Armstrong in his 70.3 debut. So I sat on my couch and “watched” messages appear from ironman.com detailing how close the race had become between Armstrong and Docherty, who caught Armstrong in the final miles of the run to win the race.  SO what did Lance have to say about his Ironman 70.3 debut and second place podium finish….

To begin with, Lance Armstrong made headlines last week with his announcement that he will be racing in a few triathlons this year to qualify for a coveted spot in Kona. Besides Panama, Lance will be racing Memorial Hermann Ironman 70.3 Texas, Ironman 70.3 Florida, Ironman 70.3 Hawaii and Ironman France. I will be racing with Lance at Ironman 70.3 Florida in Haines City.

Lance had his reasons to celebrate in Panama…mainly though, in the beginning of February, federal authorities decided to close a two year investigation into Lance Armstrong based on allegations that he systematically used performance-enhancing drugs in cycling. Lance must have been relieved to hear this news. We all know, the thought of looming bad news causes way too much worry and stress.

Lance was obviously ready to go for his debut race. And for the One Million dollar question….alright more like the $20,000 question, what bike was Lance riding ?

Lance Armstrong's bike (Photo via http://www.everymantri.com)

Make: Trek

Frame: Speed Concept 9 series

Front Wheel: Bontrager Aeolus D3 7

Back Wheel: Lightweight Disc

Saddle: Bontrager Hilo (triathlon prototype)

More details: visit this article on Triathlete.com

What do other triathletes have to say about Lance’s debut in Panama?

I wonder what this means for coverage of triathlon moving forward… Lance Armstrong is a household name across the world, not just for his accomplishments in sport, but also for his fight against cancer, both personally and professionally, through Livestrong.

In today’s Lance Armstrong news, the media and other people are wondering if Armstrong purposefully snubbed Docherty at the finish line by not shaking his hand or offering congratulations. From what i have seen, professionals usually congratulate each other at the finish line, especially the podium finishers who finish within seconds and minutes of each other. Even ESPN got in on the mix today….Wrongly stating that the run portion of the half-ironman is 16.5 miles. LOL! Docherty tweeted to clear up the situation that he was snubbed by Lance…

The only thing I have to add to this “Lance Armstrong to triathlon” frenzy is……..WOW ! Cannot wait to see what he does next.