Thursday, May 31, 2007

It's Time!

Well… The training is done, the gear is packed and I'm ready for Mooseman!

To everyone doing Mooseman… Good luck, be safe and see you up there!

Just remember... Have Fun!

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Making a list...

Today I went for a 22-mile bike ride. I took it easy and didn’t push the hills as much as I wanted. Tomorrow I’ll swim 1000 in the morning and maybe run a few miles before lunch. I’m thinking about skipping the run, my right foot has been hurting me after my runs lately. After that… nothing until race day!

I'm starting to get my gear together for Mooseman on Saturday, this way if I’m missing something I'll have time to get it tomorrow or Friday morning at the latest.

Funny... before it was always "Mooseman on June 2nd" now it's just "Saturday".

I need to put a list together because I love to procrastinate about things like this and I always end up running around at the last minute.

The List
1. Confirm reservations for cottage
2. Wetsuit
3. Body Glide
4. Goggles
5. Ear plugs (I bring them but never use them)
6. Sunglasses
7. Bike (I still need to clean it)
8. Helmet, gloves and bike shoes
9. Water bottles
10. Repair bag (spare tubes, pump and tire wrench)
11. Tri shorts and shirt
12. Running shoes and socks
13. Hammer gels, Heed, Cliff bars
14. Transition stuff (Water and towels)
15. Directions to Mooseman!

Did I miss anything... probably!

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

The Countdown Begins...

I went for a nice easy 25 mile ride on Monday morning. I road my usual loop through Padanaram Village through back roads of Dartmouth and Westport. I was heading up Elm Street towards the center of town when I noticed that there appeared to be a lot more people on the side of the road then usual. As I got closer to town the crowd got bigger, the road was now completely lined with people on both sides. This should have been a clue! As I road up the center of the street… no cars… people were waving and saying hello. I was starting to feel like I was riding in the Tour… only much slower! Now I know all these people didn’t come out to see me ride up the street… That’s when I saw two kids walking down the street towards me holding a sigh… Town of Dartmouth Memorial Day Parade. You would have thought the marching band music would have clued me in sooner!

My wetsuit finally came in this weekend from I needed a full length wetsuit for Mooseman because I heard the water temperature will be about 60 degrees. When the wetsuit arrived I couldn’t wait to open it and try it on. I opened up the box, held up the wetsuit and said to my wife, there is no way I’m going to fit into this thing. I went online to check the sizing chart again… it’s the correct size! After some grunting and groaning I was able to get into it. I’ll need to pick up some body glide.

To everyone going to Mooseman this weekend… take it easy this week and be safe.

The countdown begins... I need to start thinking about packing!

Friday, May 18, 2007

Week in Review… Crash Avoidance!

Last week wasn’t great and this week is no better. Most of my department was at a training seminar last week so I had to pickup some extra projects. I was able to get the miles in, but not on my scheduled days. This meant that I had to double up some workouts in order to get them all done… I’m tired!

Next week is the start of my two week taper before Mooseman, I can’t wait! I’m going to run into a problem next week. I’ll be going for three days of training given by the International Software Testing Qualifications Board… Boring! This better not cut into my training again!

Enough about that…I almost went down on my bike… twice!

On Saturday I had my best 44 mile ride with an average speed of 18+. The weather was perfect, the birds were singing, the little baby farm animals were out in the pastures and my legs were feeling great. It was an awesome day… until I almost T-boned a car at 30 mph! It was entirely my fault… I must have been day dreaming about Mooseman. I was on a long winding stretch of road about 15 miles into my ride and I hadn’t seen a car all morning. I just crested a hill and was carrying about 16 mph when I started my descent… I was feeling great. I changed gears, got aero and pushed hard… 16...20...25...30...Woo hooo!

As I said this road is long and winding but then opens up at this weird intersection. Three different roads intersect with only one stop sign… my stop sign. As I came around the final bend heading for the intersection I could see in all directions that there were no cars coming… so I thought! As I approached the stop sign I thought to myself… should we stop… yes we should stop…I don’t see anybody… Oh shit! This car was flying up the road and he didn’t have a stop sign and I was going way to fast to stop. I braked as hard as I could while trying not to lock up my wheels… I was going to make it! That’s when my rear tire hit some sand and started sliding out for underneath me. Luckily I was able to keep control while in a sideways skid and stop within a few feet of the approaching car… that was close! I never even had time to clip out!

The second time (this all occurred on the same day) was fare less dramatic. I had just finished another climb and stopped at the top to check my directions. I clipped out of my right pedal as I always do and had my left at 9 o’clock ready to push off and start riding again. I was trying to decide, turn right and take back roads or turn left and go along the beach. I decided to turn left and ride along the beach. I pushed off with my right foot, but for some reason my left foot was already down and over I went. I was able to clip out of my pedal just in time to stop myself from falling completely over… that was close! I thought I heard some cows laughing!

Well… Mooseman is quickly approaching and I can’t wait. My training has been going well, I’ve put in some good miles and I’m injury free… for now! This will be my first Olympic distance triathlon so I’m not expecting to much… just have fun!

Totals from last week
Swim 4750
Bike 90 miles

Run 18 miles

Monday, May 07, 2007

Happy Belated Birthday to Me...

My birthday was last week… on Tuesday... no need to sent gifts! Unless you want too!

I’ve had the same Timex Ironman watch for about 17 years. My wife gave it to me for my birthday we were dating at the time… I loved that watch. In 17 years I’ve had to replace the batter only 3 times and the band about 7 times. They stopped making the replacement bands a few years ago so now the band is held together with sutures and surgical tape.

She hinted around at the idea of replacing my old watch, the tape was starting to fall off! I mentioned that if I was going to replace my old Ironman watch, just a simple one would be fine. Well this year she bought me a new Timex Ironman Data Link System watch for my birthday.

This thing is amazing it’s like a little PDA on your wrist. It has a crap load of features, Chronograph (200 lap splits), Countdown Timer, Interval Timer, Synchro Timer (not sure what that is yet), Schedule, Alarm, Appointments, Occasions (so I can’t forget anymore important dates), Contacts, Notes and a bunch of customizable options. Hey… it even displays the time!

It came with software so you can set the thing up on your computer and download the data to the watch… so cool!

I’ll add pictures tonight!

Totals from last week
Swim 4750
Bike 95 miles (40 of them in the rain!)
Run 22 miles