Have easily recovered from the half marathon and have my sights set on upcoming races. The Edinboro Triathlon is nextSaturday. I am on the fence on this one. Traditionally, its been the first one of the year, but this season, I have two Half Ironmans I want to race. I might pass on Edinboro. Beauty of this race in past years, is that you could sign up for it the day of. Mountaineer in Morgantown WVA Half-Iron is the first Half Ironof this season for me.The Greater Cleveland Half Ironman that Mickey Rzymek puts on is the second. I always do the Fairport Lighthouse Sprint. Best triathlon, dollar for dollar. This year, they added a kayak division for those who are nervous about swimming. Top that off, I am shooting to break 2:50 in the Portage Lakes Olympic triathlon. Somewhere in all this is my 55th, (June 17th) which will likely consist of 55 minutes, swimming, 55 minutes biking, 55 minutes running. 55 Stadium Stair Climbs and 55 One Minute rope skipping with 20 seconds rest. I will likely take a Pilates Class from the Master, aka THE BRIDE. that day. Ohh, yeah, and I'll blow out 55 candles. Speaking of my Beloved, we were putting up some Christmas lights all over our Forsythia Bushes that border our gorgeous patio and the next door neighbor. I was fiddling around while connecting one string to another....
"You plug the male into the female"
"Thanks for coming everyone...try the veal!!!"
My hamstring is still sore and bothersome (injury not connected at all to any Christmas light plugging in..metophorically speaking, ahhh humm") I have been trying to stretch, ice it...rub it... talk bad to it....anything save calling my congressman. Still bothersome.. So I have been trying Icy Hot. which brings this question...Icy or Hot??? How does it know???
I am A Guppy.
Have graduated from mindless swim workouts to getting some intervals in. Have done some pull sets. Am now working on more kicking. In straight 100 yard sets, I have been able to go 1:45, 1:49 1:47 1:48 1:50, with 30 seconds rest. I can see some of the ability coming out. I have hit 2,700 yards tops for my workouts. Reminds me of 5 years ago, Jack Caress, who puts on the Cleveland Triathlon, invited me to do some radio work and set me up to train with Melissa Mantak., a former ITU 5-time World Cup Champ who coached from within the stable of Chris Carmichael.
http://www.empoweredathlete.com/Chris of course, coached the guy on the right in the photo with Melissa. You might have heard of him. Melissa was the only coach I have had. Fabulous. I had a sore foot at the time and she really got my swimming technique sharpened and helped me refine some biking skills. I recommend a coach to those who are somewhat new to the sport. Melissa runs a company called The Empowered Athlete. Check her out if you get a chance. LINK
Tomorrow, THE BRIDE has a Pilates class and I will use that time to run to North Chagrin Reservation. I want to log 2 hours of running and I am going to experiment with some GU's and different forms of hydration. I feel at the Cleveland Half Marathon, I might have semi-flamed out due to a lack of proper nutrition. So, I am gonna be my own lab rat. Finally.. the helping set of hands pertains to my next post. How a mysterious hand lifted one little boy to a second chance in life. Oh, yeah... a shout out to my southern buddie, WES, who competed in his first 70.3 recently and best to LILY, who runs the ING Ottawa Marathon this weekend.
Best to you.!!!!!