Wednesday, January 2, 2019

2018 Recap and Future Plans

2018 consisted of finishing my teaching license and starting as a teacher in Eau Claire. Training took a back seat to the early year stress (EdTPA which is the worst assessment for teachers ever) and my weight got up to 222.4 at the end of August. The higher weight definitely affected my motivation to workout and ride. My gut was also literally getting in the way based on my position. Since September I have lost an avg of .18 pounds per day or 1.29 pounds per week. Just gonna keep going on that. I am 46.1% of the way to my goal at only 45.2% of the time so a couple tenths ahead of the game.

Swim: I think only 3 swims for about an hour.
Bike:   2295 miles in 131 hours  or 47 miles a week
Run: 144 miles in 22 hours or 2.8 miles a week.

The main plan is to focus on the weight loss while getting more regular about workouts.  Main goal is to do the Eau Claire Triathlon on June 7.  I will try and get a race or two in before then and do some more Zwift events as well. After that I would like to hit some sprints and olympics with maybe a Half at the end of August or Sept if swimming is going ok.

Monday, October 1, 2018

Been a long time.

Started the month off at 221.4 pounds which is by far my highest ever. Ended 7.4 pounds down, .21 pounds per day or 1.48 per week, and 14.5% the way to my 170 goal. Out of the Obese category at least. It has actually affected my cycling and running with my stomach getting in the way cycling and legs getting trashed for days even though a run might feel good.

Starting a full time sub teaching position in Eau Claire teaching Physical Science to 8th graders and Earth science to 9th graders so I will have some routine and less stress (worrying about finding work is much higher for me personally).

Hoping to just get back under 200 so the workouts are not so bad, then keep rushing to 180. By that I mean the weight loss trumps workouts. a 8-10 mile ride needs to be fine mentally and a 1-2 mile run also needs to be. Also not worrying about pace. I have always had a habit of getting out of shape and being able to salvage it in a few months but this will be a long term process.

Planning on using some early spring and summer races as carrots for certain weight loss milestones. We will see how it goes. Here are my Sept totals.

Run: 6.7 miles in 1 hour.
Bike: 502 miles in 31 hours

Switching to indoor always takes me a bit to work up getting some bigger miles in.

Goal is another 7 pounds this month. Try and get some sort of workout in 6 days week. As long as I start it counts.

Friday, August 14, 2015

Deer slammed the car and took the bike off the top.

Click to enlarge the picture.

Well, as you can see there once was a bike up there and now there is not. (it was actually dangling off the back from a strap to the rear wheel rim)  Car is gonna be outta commission until mid Sept. bc they are somehow fixing it.   Already cancelled Pigman bc I wasnt able to even ride it until today and the race would have been Sunday with no rides this week.  I guess there is always next year for racing.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Wisconsin Plans

Work up this morning at 167.6 pounds. That is 13.2 pounds lighter then April 5 which was about 45 days ago.  I have been able to get my running to come around and my cycling is through the roof. A 22:07 or 27.1 mph on the bike for an out-n-back 10 mile TT is by far my best ever. Also got in a couple 80 and 90 milers at 20.5 mph getting off and feeling fresh. Running, I am up to a long run of 15 @ a 7:40 pace and my track 400's are right at 1:20. Mile is a 5:39 recently but altitude has never been my friend running. Haven't been in the pool much but that should come back quick with some bands I have been working on. Here is a tentative schedule for the year.

I am moving to Menomonie WI on June 10 with the kiddo for the summer as well so the first race will just be to get back in the swing of things as we will have barely arrived.  

June 14: La Crosse Olympic
June 21: Rockchester Olympic (tentative)
July 11: Phillip Chain of Lakes Sprint
July 26: Toughman MN 70.3
Aug 9: Red Wing Sprint
Aug 16: Pigman 70.3

Saturday, January 31, 2015

January Recap February plans.


Swim 2:22:00 for 7400 yards (almost as much as all of last year!)
Bike 22:22:00 for 417 miles
Run 14:06:00 for 105 miles (24.5 a week)
7 days off

The beginning of the month was really icy and snowy so happy with the totals as my running and biking took a hit. Key workouts were 10x100 in 1:23avg on the 2 min. and a 100 all out in 1:15.
I was also able to get in 4 rides over 3 hours including one over 4 hours and one Z2 power and HR ride of 60 miles at 20 mph on the new bike. Neck still recovering but it was too fun. 

Had a duathlon and I went way too hard on the first run and bike and was in third overall and then faded to 9th. 24.5mph on a 3.3 mile leg dodging people and a decent hill thrown in. I think I can break through in the last event Feb 21 though. 

Main goals for Feb are to do another time trial to get numbers on the new bike now that I have some rides.  Really need to run at least 30 every week. After 30 the main goals are getting in some tempo, speed and maybe some long runs. Gonna try and take the weight down to 172 as well.  

Friday, January 16, 2015

The New Steed

I was able to pick up a size Medium Quintana Roo Lucero without a crank or wheels on Slowtwitch.  I have been itching for a Tri bike again now that we are out of Maryland and the 1 bike limit. I had to get a new seatpost but as you can see it gives a lot more options then the old style. Should be able to dial in a great fit. The frame is one of the lighter Tri ones around so it will be more then noticeably lighter then my Kestrel.
Zipp Carbon Vuka Base Bar and Extentions with Carbon Tektro levels and Lizard Skins wrap.
Zipp Alumina Clips (tons of adjustments though kind of a pain to change)
Dura Ace FD and RD along with brakes, shifters, and chain.
FSA Gossamer 172.5 cranks with 52/38 TT rings paired with a Sram 11-25 cassettte.
Fizik Tundra 2 Mtn bike seat with upgraded seatpost.

Thursday, January 1, 2015

2014 Year in Review

2014 Year in Review
Swim 2 hours 27 min             8600  yards
Bike  287 hours 52 min          4811 miles
Run   75 hours 53 min           552 miles
1:14:00  weights
Total:     366 hours 12 min


1:00:00 workout per day.   
7:00:00 workout per week. 
Days off: 146
Weeks over 10 hours:  10
Weeks over 14 hours:    1
Biggest week June 21:31 March
Swim 165 yards per week. 716 a month
Biked 92 miles per week. 400 a month
Ran 10.6 miles per week.  46 a month
Triathlons: 0 completed
Duathlons: 1
Running Races: 2
Weight in Jan 173, Aug 187 end 181.

Well, another year of no triathlons. Moved to Utah this March and then got injured for the first time. Pushed too hard on the bike in the mountains after making too much of a change with cranks and cleats.  Took until Oct to get it figured out and it was pain to nothing right away after adding a small shim and most importantly Specialized brand show inserts when riding.   While in Utah my job was worth a ton if I did overtime and then I just didnt want to run in the evenings. Tried a couple times at 5 am but that was just not happening. Coupled with some family medical issues at home this year was as bad as last.   Did a duathlon in Denver in Dec and came in Top 10 overall with the 5th best bike on these numbers for the past two years is the hopeful thing to look at in the data.  Have a power test and renewed motivation under my belt. Now to just figure out how to get a medium size Quintana Roo tri bike so I don't sit up like a sail and waste 50 watts (about what I came up with from Strava files during the DU).