Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Staying in Touch

Sorry its been so quite around here lately. The holidays coupled with a cold have not made for the best training times.

I have conceded that I have not met my goals for this month, by a long shot, but I learned quite a bit. I will try and talk more about everything I learned and look back over the past month here soon.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Falling off the Bandwagon

I'm off, lying in the ditch somewhere...

I'm burnt out. I have realized that jumping from my October workouts (basically nothing) to trying a super advantageous November workout was a bad idea. The bricks everyday of the week except sunday and monday when I play tennis was silly. I am glad that I was able to keep it up for 2 weeks, but I am tired. Physically and mentally.

I have a ton of weird lower body ailments. I am assuming most of them are mental issues stemming from my lack of motivation and maybe some shin splint issues that have crept back up. The best explanation for the shin splint is overuse. I did not work up to my distances and workouts enough to let the muscle build.

Lesson learned.

I flaked out on my workouts thursday and friday of this week, and only got a couple miles in this morning before heading to Tulsa for the marathon. I am going to focus on working out 5 times a week, but I do not plan on doing any more bricks. I do not want to run myself too ragged and too exhausted (mentally and physically) and give up completely on my long term goals.

Its easy to see others lay out their workout plans and think/assume/decide that you can perform at that level. Its hard to know what else everyone has going on in their personal lives (read: not documented on the internet). If triathlons or endurance sports are your life, and how you make your money, you can probably afford to work on 2-3 different sports every day. When you work 8-10 hrs everyday, then have personal matters to attend to and then, on top of everything else, try to workout 2-3 sports every day; its a whole different story.

This underlines how much of a sacrifice this is going to be going forward. Training for a half marathon and a olympic triathlon will be doable, but once I move on to further distances, my life will be very cramped. I will go ahead and apologize to my better half for the lack of attention she may receive during those days (she may even enjoy not having me around all the time). All good things require sacrifice, I just need to decide in the coming years whether I am willing to sacrifice my personal life, and the ability to grow a family to achieve a full ironman distance tri.

(Some of you may say I can train very minimally and still complete a full ironman or redman tri, but you obviously do not freaking know me. I cannot just "complete" anything. Its one of my many quirks.)

Start line of the marathon the day before. Luckily we are staying at a hotel that backs up to the end of the last corral, about 4 blocks from the start line.

The infamous "better half" going over her race gear for the ump-teenth billionth time this weekend.

More to come later, but rest assured this is not me giving up, bailing out or being a bitch (as several of my friends have asserted); it is more of taking a more logical approach to this. I have 7 months till my next tri, no need to be putting in a peak training schedule just yet and risk injury.

Just repeat: slow and steady, slow and steady

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Feeling Good

Quick post for the night.

I thought about the post I wrote about motivation all day today, before and after I posted it (I had written most of that post prior to tonight, I just saw that video and decided to post it during my lunch). Needless to say, I was pretty amped by the time I made it to the gym. I was even excited to get into the gym.

I decided to forgo running tonight as I am having some really intense shin pain. I planned on compressing them if I can find my socks and taking ibuprofen tomorrow and seeing if that fixed it. I concentrated on cycling and swimming. (excuse alert) I hate the seats on the bikes. I've said it before, I'll say it again.

There is no way to maintain a 100+ rpm cadence and not rub your thighs to death on the fat seat. Not everyone who uses the gym is obese and needs that giant and wide of a seat. I got in about 10 miles or so before I got tired of my legs and ass hurting from the seat. I hopped in the pool and knocked out 500m in 10 min and called it a night.

I'm running pretty far behind in my goals, and its looks dark and gloomy ahead for my chances of making all of them, especially with thanksgiving coming up, but I am going to try and give it my all. I have already drawn some conclusions that involve my workouts and setting goals from this, but I will hold off and bore everyone with those at the end of the month.

I don't know if I will be able to get a post in before the Marathon, but I will try and get something up about this weeks workouts, my new strength program, and the running expo before the race by Monday.


"Stay hungry, Stay foolish" - Steve Jobs

This quote may seem a little overplayed lately, but it is a very important idea. It can be applied to any facet of humanity, and the lives we all live.

As it pertains to me and this blog and my life, is that I need to never be satisfied. Never think myself out of something. That I should not stand in the way of my own happiness and goals.

I'm writing this because it has become something I am starting to make more of a focus in my training. Motivation has always been my downside. When I do have it, I'm unstoppable in my own mind. When I've lost it, I just cannot seem to get clicking again, and it is hard to find it again. I like to believe that everyone needs to be hungry, to have that fire, to obtain what we want and need in life. Thanks to this idea, I have undergone a sort of transition over the past year in regards to my motivation.

I started to work out just as something to do, everyone was doing it (please do not feed me any lines about this...ugh). I was not setting goals, or working towards being more productive, healthy or more importantly, happy. Though, over this past year I have become hungry. Insatiable would be a better word for it...

Out of this hunger, I decided to do very foolish things in the eyes of many of my friends and family (e.g triathlons, running, etc.). This doesn't mean they were bad things, which I have done many stupid foolish things in my life, many of which way too many people know about (college humor). They were just things that were not normal to my lifestyle or goals. I want to be healthy, I want to create a better me and become more happy with everything in my life. Losing over 30 lbs was a good start, and did make me happy. But that wasn't enough.

I wasn't staying foolish.

This is why I decided to do something I never though I would be able to do, triathlons... and now I am aiming at marathons and century rides. I'm called crazy all the time, but I know that crossing the finish line and hanging my bib number up on my wall give me satisfaction that I haven't had in years, that I am starting to crave.

Everyone needs to be hungry. If you find it hard to find the motivation you need to get out and get healthy, lose wieght, run, be more sociable, perform better at work, anything... just look inside. Rediscover that need to improve and find the happiness that comes with it, stop being content.

I've came across a short video from a man who transformed his entire life, lost over 120 lbs to finish a full Boston marathon and Ironman triathlon. I know it definately reminded me why I am doing all these foolish things, and reminded me that the workouts everyday after 8 hours of work are for a purpose.


(I know there are tons of videos like this out there on the interwebs, but I just can't resist a good video set to coldplay...)

Monday, November 14, 2011

Don't drink and drive... run instead!

Whew, I've been lazy super busy lately.

Ive broken the 25% mark on my running goals. Too bad it has taken me 1/3 of the month to get there. I am lagging very far behind in my bike goals (11%) and I'm starting to get doubtful on whether I will make it or not. 15 hours is tough to get when I have to use the bikes in the gym. SOOOO boring. I'm gonna try and give it my best shot though, and see how close I can get. I'm pretty far behind in my swim, but I'm confident I can get to 4 miles by months end. I need to work on staying focused on the indoor bike and treadmill, as I find myself getting very distracted. Please let me know if you have any good distraction tips in the comments.

On that note though, I want to send a special thanks out to all the women who put on nice smelling lotion, then go workout. You're making the world a better place, one smelly gym at a time!

This past weekend I experience too awesome new events. My OSU cowboys going to 10-0 and routing Texas  Tech, and running in the McNellies pub run.

The pub run, for those who are not lucky enough to have heard of it, is a 4 mile run through the hilly downtown Tulsa blue dome district. The fun twist is you get to down 3 12 oz guiness beers during the run. I have never run , at least an organized running event, while drinking, and I must say that it was a blast. It was pretty rough after the first beer, getting used to all the sloshing, but it wasn't as bad as you would think. The hardest part was just chugging the beer. I completed the 4 mi run in 35:06, which is a 8 min/mile and I am pretty pleased with it.

Too bad I had the great idea to "pre-game" the run by drinking a couple light beers during the OSU game before the race. Terrible idea. It made the first couple of miles really really rough. I should not have done that. Lesson learned. I also learned not to get too cocky when you're still 40 yards from the finish line. I did this to a friend of mine I was running with and he ended up out sprinting me to the end... what a jerk. Here is a picture of said jerk. (Just kidding Eckhart, even though you swear you don't read my blog...)

It was an awesome time though in the end. I got to meet up with a friend in Tulsa I do not get to see too often, have some good drinks, get in some running, and watch my Cowboys roll yet another football game. Totally worth the 1.5 hr drive there and back to Tulsa. Can't wait to run next year. I need to get to where I can run this in 20 min or less to win the main prize of a huge free bar tab. (We all need goals...)

I have one last 5k left this year, on thanksgiving and I think that is going to conclude my racing for this year. The rest of my time is going to be spent on training for a half marathon and an olympic tri. I plan on racing in both next year, along with some 10k's and probably a sprint tri, possibly a cycling race.

I have decided on my first olympic tri. I am going to compete in the Playtri Festival, Olympic distance triathlon in Irving, Texas on June 3rd. I may compete in a sprint tri before that, but I will be busy training for the OKC half marathon in April primarily. You can keep track of my upcoming races by looking in the tab to the right.

Im trying to play around with some new layouts and scripts for the site, so look forward to those in the future. Ill try and get another post up this week, I have some other thoughts I want to talk about, but this post is already too rambly (sp?). I will be at the Tulsa marathon this weekend though, so I will try and get some good pictures as I follow my girlfriend around the full course on my bike... or try to at least... so there may be a good post about me getting lost and mugged in Tulsa next week.

Here a few more photos from the race:

Some of the costumes worn at the race.

Drinking and smoking go hand in hand, I am not sure how it worked into the run though...

Finish line.

Mass drinking event that was the finish line. You did get 2 free beers as soon as you finished.

My better half, who got me motivated to do this run... and I am so glad she did now.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Post-workout views

I am starting to like the nighttime skyline of OKC much more than the sunset skyline.

The clearing after the storm

Nothing crazy happened today... and I was cleared of damage in my wreck, the guy was trying to pull a fast one! Woohoo!

This was great motivation to get to the gym today, even though I just wanted to sit and watch my roomate play the new xbox game he got yesterday...

I got up to the Y and was surprised how fast I found my rhythm on the treadmill. I settled into a nice pace (6.5) and set off for at least 30 min. I noticed the older man (older than me that is) was wearing a "tri-okc" group shirt. He had been running for a few min more than me when I started, and we both were pacing at the same rate. I noticed he looked at my numbers a couple times, as I was at his. I hope you can see where this is stupidly going...

He increased, I increased. He increased more, I increased more. I was competing in the worlds most boring race on a damn treadmill at the Y. How stupid was this. we were up around a 7.5 pace when he increased more up to around 8 and I finally snapped out of my stupidity and slowed back down to a 6.0 pace. Im upset for 2 reasons:
  1. I broke out of my rhythm, on a day I was wanting to put in a good distance, for some silly spitting contest on a treadmill at the Y.
  2. The old bastard beat me.
I talked to him a little bit afterwards once he was on his cool down and I was taking a short walk break (< 1 min, I overdid it a bit). Im really glad he didn't call me out or mention our little race. Maybe he was just increasing his pace on his own, and not racing me, but in my mind, we were bitter enemies racing to the death. He talked about doing an olympic tri a little bit, and told me I should really join the local tri group. I may look into this more in the coming year.

I got off after 4 miles, got in a good 500 yd swim, left the Y, drove back to the Y to pick up my goggles I left in the showers, went home. Not a bad workout. I only had a slight pain in my right foot. Im starting to get a buldge on the pad of my foot around my 3rd and 4th toe. I plan on webmd'ing it later, but I am sure it will just tell me its cancer (like every ailment always is on webmd).

I mentioned earlier than I have been having some asthma issues in the cold. After reading a few sites, here are my solutions:
  • Wear a scarf or something around my mouth and nose. This will increase the humidity and temperature of the air entering the lungs, which will help unrestrict the airways.
  • I need to warm up more.
  • The more I run outside, and less I overdo it up front (never an issue for me...), the more quickly I will acclimate to the cold, and the asthma should reduce.
  • If all else fails, see a doctor.
  • Stop being a baby, other people do it. (this may not have been as helpful as the others)
Here are a couple site that have good information on cold running safety and asthma info.

That's all for tonight. I am still working on setting up a strength training program, as well as finding some good triathlons for the next year. I will put up another post about those, as I have rambled on enough for one night.

Don't forget you're tights

Yesterday was sort of a culmination of everything bad. It was as if everytime I said or wrote down that I will not let anything get me down or frustrated, something just a little bit worse occured.

Things that happened since I wrote the last post:
  • I rear ended someone
  • I left my sunroof open and had to deal with a minor flood in my car driving to work (and eventually to said wreck)
I really just wanted to go home and consume about 40 party burritos from Taco Bueno, but I didnt. I went for a run.

I am going to try and look into this more tonight and post about it again, but on my last 2 runs, I have not made it as far as I wanted to. The cold air is killing my lungs. My body feels fine for the most part, and I feel strong enough to run more distance, but my asthma has different thoughts. Now it wasn't as bad yesterday as it was last week, which I guess is encouraging, but it is still going to get very annoying.

Another annoying thing, is when you go for a run and its in the 40's and its drizzling and you forget to take long tights for your legs... so you have to run in shorts... soooooo cold.

Tonight will be an indoor brick workout. I really need to put some time in on the bike so hopefully I can get a 5k and 1-1.5 hours on the bike. I have a hectic day ahead so we will see if I have the energy, but I am going to stay freaking positive.

Also, notice I have added a section to the right about my "Personal Bests" and "Upcoming Races". I plan on filling the races out more with some early season run's and maybe a sprint tri, but I will really be looking forward to finding my first Olympic tri. I get nervous just typing that. Look for more additions coming this week. I'll probably just add them, then write up one post about them all (read: I'm kinda lazy).

Monday, November 7, 2011


I need to set goals. This is the next step, the first step.

Racing schedules
Workout routines

More to come on all of this.


Zen motivation

Today was supposed to consist of a small run then my tennis league game. Here it is... 8:45pm, tennis was canceled and I have not run.

The weather has been sketchy at best all day, and looked worse as I left work at 5 today (an hour later than I normally leave or planned to leave today). I figured tennis would be canceled and I would go for a run/swim brick around 6:30 or 7. Solid plan.

Too bad they were still planning on holding tennis at 6:30, so I headed up for my 7pm match, and was told at 6:40 they decided to cancel it. It is so frustrating driving up to Edmond and getting ready, just to have them cancel it as soon as I get there. There was lightning all night, but oh well. I got frustrated and decided to not rush home and to the Y for my workout. I got down on myself and made lame excuses. This is what "fatty days" Peterson does, not badass current Peterson.

This is a continuation of my trying to yell at myself and hate on myself. Out of pure coincidence, my friend Allison commented on my last post with a article talking about self motivation... and basically why I am doing it ALLLLLL wrong.
"Think about it. To your mind and body, a harsh, loud voice ordering you around is jarring, regardless of the source. You respond with stress and resistance whether from an outsider imposing his will or you imposing your will upon yourself."
This is a great quote that describes my problem to the T. I bark at myself, I yell at myself, trying to motivate myself to go workout or train. Even though, the thought of competing in the next race or event gives me so much drive and fire, I just cannot seem to connect the power to the ground. Its like I am swedish sportscar with no tires.

The article gives a great suggestion on how to deal with this though. Basically, I need to be more conscience of my self-motivation processes. Think about what is motivating me, relaxing, and not letting stress run my training. It seems so simple, I would never respond well to someone who yelled or barked at me. I would buck them in every way possible. Maybe reading this from someone else is what I needed to get more proactive about this issue.

So thank you to Allison, this is what I was looking for on this blog. Crowd sourcing my way through training and competition. Hopefully there are other that will find great advice from this blog like I already have. Here's to a more positive, conscience mental state going forward... and sorry if the last couple of post have been very negative or down, writing it all down is a great way to point out my negative tendacies and shows me what I need to change. Its all part of the process that I can look back on and laugh at (or is it with? Im confused).

Tomorrow is back to my running, hopefully 6+ miles, and then bricks the rest of the week and the Tulsa Pub Run on Saturday. I need to get the graphs at the bottom of this site moving back upwards ugain.

The full article can be found here.

BONUS: Things that happened while I was writing this post:
  • 4.7 magnitude earthquake (in oklahoma) that shook my entire house
    • Resultant 5 phone calls
  • Lots of loud thunder and intense lightning
  • A full, unopened Dr. Pepper can falling off my end table and exploding all over my room and my Zoot shoes... (fits so well with the title)

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Late nights and lame excuses

I've been pretty busy the past 2 days but have managed to get 2 short workouts in.

I went for a quick 5k in my neighborhood last night. I had some slight pain in my left foot pretty much the whole time, but I think I tied my shoe to tight (I hope). The big issue was that I started having an asthma attack about mile 2, so I just ran back to my house. I haven't had an attack since I was a kid, and I am assuming it is due to the cold air. I guess I'll just keep trying to run outside and hope I acclimate. I will try and look into this more sometime this week.

This morning, my better half got up early and went for a 20mi run so I decided I would go for a swim and cycle at the Y. Too bad I spent 30min looking for my goggles, which I never found. It's a stupid excuse (of which there are many I will try and pass on you readers), but it just threw me off my game. I still went and tried to spin for the first time. It was nice and I can see the workout advantages, but I just wasn't feeling it today. My legs never woke up. It also didn't help that I was slightly hungover from drinks with some friends from out of town last night...

This is, in my opinion, my greatest fault or failure. I do not find the motivation to dig deep and push through days like this. I hate myself for it. The entire time after I left the Y and drove to buy new goggles, I just kept hating on myself. This is my new goal to work on. I need to get over this "Debbie downer" mentality if I am going to be able to push through to iron distance races.

Well it's time for post workout bagels then onto college football. Go pokes!

Friday, November 4, 2011

This shit just got real

Just wanted to drop a quick note today since I have started publishing the link to this blog.

I hope everyone will enjoy the limited content and keeps coming back to see what becomes of my journey into the craziness that is triathlons. I plan on updating several times a week, and Im sure more once race season comes back around, so while it may not be a flood of expert, quality, humourous information, it is coming! (I will also try to keep the number of run-on sentences down)

I will try and post some pictures from the Tulsa, OK McNellies pub run I am running next weekend (hopefully the only problem is trying to stomach the 3 Guinness beers, and not so much the 4 mile run), as well as the Tulsa Marathon that I will be not running, but will be at supporting my much more talented better half. So check back for more post about all that stuff.

Long term, I will be starting to look at Olympic tri races, as well as some sprint tri's (hopefully some that involve me traveling out of flat Oklahoma...) and working towards a half/full marathon race. Then onward to the 70.3 beast...

I only ask for your feedback. Let me know when something sucks, or is awesome and I'll make sure to stop /or not stop doing it.

Day 4

I meant to post this last night but got caught up doing other things.

I've finished my second day of brick workouts and the third day of my challenge. I am quite surprised at my lack of soreness. Maybe this is an indication of becoming less of a fat ass and more of an athlete... maybe.

These past two days have also marked my first forays into working out inside the Y. I have not ran on a treadmill in a very long time, and I remembered why very quickly. While it is always nice getting to have all the "look at the wording on my tight yoga pants ass region" girls around (sorry babe), it still gets boring running on a treadmill. In the past 2 days I have only ran 2 and 3.1 miles respectively. I'm hoping that I will get over the immense feeling of boredom soon and be able to focus on increasing past the 6 mile mark.

On Wednesday, I followed my little 2 mile run with a bike session. Note, the stationary bikes suck. The seat is worse than my road bikes' was that one time I rode without cycling shorts on. Its too big (I can find an excuse to hate anything I swear) (there's also a "that's what she said" joke in there, but I'll try and refrain). I still got in a short ride of 8.5 miles before I got bored again and went home. I plan on trying to steal a spin bike next time and put in some longer times. I've only knocked off 30 min of my 15 hr goal.

Yesterday I bricked my 3.1mi run with a 400m swim. I do not think I have ever felt as good as I did yesterday in the water. I usually have to stop every 50yds to 100yds in the pool to catch my breathe but not yesterday, I was managing 150yds to 200yds. My breathing came natural, I fell into a very balanced rhythm, I could feel myself working on my immersion technique instead of just trying to bust out my distance as fast as possible.

Im not sure if the swim felt so good because I had burned off some energy before hand or what, but it was amazing. If I can continue to feel that comfortable, increasing to 1600yds in a session and beyond will come faster than I thought. I will play with this a little next week and see if I can find a correlation between doing my swim last in a brick, and how good the swim goes.

On a final note, I plan on working out tonight and hopefully tomorrow morning, which will keep me on pace for my challenge (please note the new dynamic graphs at the bottom, feel free to call me on days when I "phone in" my workout). I have friends in town so it may be a late night. Ill leave you with the best part of my workout so far this week. I get to walk out of the Y, into the parking lot, and see all the progress on the Devon tower in downtown OKC. It reminds me, if the crappy downtown OKC I grew up in can make itself into the town it is today, I can surely push myself into something I thought I never would be as well.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

November Challenge

Here is a quick post before I hit the sack for the night. I am following the lead of another triathlete blogger (or stealing the idea, however you want to look at it) and setting myself a challenge for November.

Race season is essentially over, other than a few pub runs and 5k's, and I am finding it increasingly hard to get motivated to train and work on my endurance.

Below are my stated goals that I am working towards for the month. I will talk about them more in my next post.
  • Running : 100 miles (for a run to count, it must be at least 20 min long)
  • Cycling: 15 hours
  • Swimming: 6400 yards (4 miles)
  • Strength: 8 sessions


Thanks for stopping by my small, slightly cluttered, corner of the world.

I'm starting this blog for a couple of reasons. One side is purely selfish and personal. I would like to create a central base to write about my training and competition experiences that I can reference in the future. On the other side is that I would love to get other opinions and insight on my goals, regiments and general outlook on what I am embarking on.

My aim is to post about my experiences and all the new tips and trick I learn, as well as the many obstacles I am sure to find. I hope to break free from my analytical side and have some fun with this as well, but we shall see how well that goes.

Please make sure to stop by the "Who I am" section at the top of the page, so you can see where this idea came from, and how I became involved in the wonderful sport of triathlon. I'm sure I will post more about why I did this, and started this blog, and my goals; but that section is a great start.

I hope you find my post here to be helpful/inspiring/funny/not-quite-full-pathetic.

I look forward to hearing from others about my training experiences. Feel free to comment or hate as you please.