Thursday, March 5, 2015

2014 update continued......

So the summer comes and brings with it the return of the brick into our training schedule.

I actually enjoy brick workouts, probably because I am not doing them correctly.  Anyway, I enjoy ridding my bike to work and then being able to run afterwards.  It is a bit difficult to get a brick in before work so I usually hold it until after.  Ridding back to the car, securing it to a bike rack, changing shoes and off I go.  I have often received comments like, wow biking and then running, way to go.  I won't lie, it does put a smile on my face.  The big down side is the time it takes.  I really enjoy the biking more so than the running, but both can take up so much time. That is way you need to work up spousal approval units.  Communication is the big thing that needs to be done.  I have learn, but don't always practice, that if you don't inform your spouse exactly what you plan on doing and about how long it might take, you might need to come home with flowers or chocolate or something else.  

Anyway, I really don't recall a lot of my training that I was doing during the summer, I was just doing my regular running during the week.  Biking to and from work, not all the way, but usually 15 miles one way.  I would focus my brick workout on the weekends.   All working up toward the Maryland Duathlon. 

***Race Report***  Maryland Olympic Duathlon

It was a very warm day.  I was hoping to get a time as close to 2:15 as possible.  Spoiler alert.  I did not get there.  This is a very well run event and I have done it in the past.  I plan to participate in the future as well.  
From what I remember, the first run (2 miles) went well. No issues.  Transitioning to the bike went smoothly, however it is something that I really want to focus on to get faster and smoother.  
The bike leg was good.  From what I remember my energy was draining.  I believe I might need to take a close look at my nutrition next time around.  This is a very hilly bike course.  so I come into transition and get ready for the 4 mile run loop. I knew that I was not going to beat my time from before so I focused on just finishing.  I did not want to walk but I did and ended up finishing anyway.  Like I said this is a very well run event. I do plan on doing this event again and will do more brick training as I believe that might be one of the reasons why it did not go as well as I wanted it to.  My goal is to get as close to 2 hours as possible.  

Friday, February 27, 2015

2014 - more updates

As 2014 continues to move forward so do I. 

***Race Report***

Hometown Festival 5k

The end of May brought us Memorial Day weekend and the start of Summer fun.  We usually go camping but for some reason we did not.  I am not sure why.  So instead we partook in the Hometown festival activities.  This included a 5k.  I started and ended at the local Elementary School.  It was a good race.  Being that it was a local race there were many people there that I knew.  
It was a bit of a hilly course but it was a good run. I do remember walking a bit up one of the last hills just to catch my breath.  I was able to make the final stretch home.   
Good event.  Great weekend.  Lots of different events going on to partake in.
If we don't go camping Memorial day weekend I would do this event again.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

2014 - continued

So I am not keeping up with my Lenten resolution.
At least this update is sooner than the last one.

So on April 2nd I was ridding my bike to work.  My last hard ride before the Virginia Duathlon on that Sunday.  I won't lie, something felt odd that day.  Not sure what it was, it was just a feeling.  No real way to describe it.  Something just did not sit right but I quickly brushed it away.  I felt that I was making some good time.  I was trying not to push too hard but at times I wanted to see what I could do.   I turned off the trail and headed toward the office.  I was on a road and was now a vehicle and not a cyclist.  A vehicle was coming out of a parking lot on my left, I signaled that I was going to be turning in that direction but the driver did not see me.  Yep you guessed it, he T-Boned me.

That was the first (and hopefully last time) I was hit by a vehicle.  It did not feel good.  I was in pain.  laying on the ground with a wide range of emotions running though my head.  What happened?  Did that just happened?  What was the driver thinking?  Did they not see me?  I was in pain.  My legs hurt.  My shoulders and back hurt.  I heard people around me.  Some calling my name.  They asked if they should call someone and I said yes.  Police and Rescue were called.  I was starting to relax and come to my senses.  I wanted to get up, however I had enough wits about me to know that I should not move as first responders were on their way and I need to wait for them to access me.

They finally arrived and started talking with me.  They did some "tests" and then asked me if I wanted to get up. I said yes please.  They helped me up and I got into the Ambulance for further review.  They asked if I wanted to go to the hospital.  I said no.  My leg was cut up a bit but I was able to walk.  I had some discomfort in my shoulders but other than that I was fine.  A police office came in and talked with me.  Told him my side of the story, then he left.  After a bit, I exited the Ambulance.  The driver was thankful that I was not seriously injured.  He was charged with failure to yield.  Anyway, I ended up working a half day.  Was able to get a ride back to my car and then took my bike to the shop.  I did not think that there was much wrong with it only that the handlebars were not straight, but I did not want to move anything.  I want the mechanic to look at it without me moving anything.  Turns out the front wheel was shot.  Out of tru and all banged up.  Everything else seemed ok.  There were able to check everything else out and actually let me borrow a wheel set the the weekend, however I need to get myself checked out first.  Well I contacted my PCP however they were not able to get me in.  I said "I got hit by a car".  they still said "sorry no appointment available".  So I went to an Urgent Care.  Doctor checked me out and I told him my situation.  He said biking should not be an issue, but he was concerned about the running.  He told me that if it did not hurt to go for it.

So here goes nothing.  ***Virginia Duathlon race report***

I was a bit ticked off with everything that happened in the last couple of days, however I did a couple of very short distance runs and felt ok.  I really wanted to get under 2 hours for this Duathlon.  The set up is 5k run, 23 mile bike, 5k run.  The previous time I did it in 2:08.  Taking 9-10 minutes off is, well, was very duable, but now?  Well it was not pretty, but I was able to complete the event. My time was 2:27.  Not too bad for being hit by a car.  I guess the big blessing that I have is that he was not going that fast. If he was going faster or if he did not do a rolling stop things could have been a lot worse.  I am counting my blessings and moving every forward.

The Virginia Duathlon is a great event.  I plan/hope to be able to do this event in the future for many years and eventually get under 2 hours.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Lenten resolution

Well this was suppose to be a New Years Resolution but being that I am so far behind it is turning into a Lenten resolution.
I can not believe I have let this blog go for so long without an update.  
My last post was back in 2013 after I ran the Annapolis Half on a Saturday and then turned around and ran a 10k on Sunday.  It was so much fun that I did it again in 2014, but I am getting ahead of myself.  I have a lot to write about and update on.

**Race Report**  Jackson Day Race 1/12/14

Ok. So I traveled to New Orleans with my company for our annual kick off meeting.  It was a good time.  I had never been to New Orleans so I was looking forward to the trip.  I did some research and found a running event that was going on the same weekend we were suppose to arrive.  So I went out a day early to participate in the Jackson Day Race.  This was a 9k road race.  Why 9k?  I don't know.  The race started at the Old Spanish Fort and went to the historic French Quarter finishing in Jackson Square.  Luckily our hotel was less than a mile from Jackson Square. They provided free bus shuttle from Jackson Square to the start of the race so it was just too convenient not to take advantage of it.
I am still not sure where the name came from as well as why it is a 9k race.  I had found out at one time but can not seem to locate it now.  At any rate, I went into this with the mindset that I was running a 10k.  I felt good but looking back I am sure I was holding back a bit, especially being that I was unsure on the route.  
There was some entertainment at the start, very good support (aide stations) on the course and excellent entertainment and after race party at the end.  There really was not a lot of crowds on the course until you got closer to the city.  If I do ever go back to New Orleans I will try to make it a point to participate in a running event.  I had a very good experience and the after party was great. 

Well I will close this post now and will look to make more posts in the coming days.