Monday, September 29, 2008


Hi folks. Just realized this is post 101 since I began. Whooohooo...lets drop that confetti!!!!

I was floating on air this week. It was just like those dreams you have where your floating over the country side. Very Freudian, I assume, but the floating was in a helicopter. Usually, I don't fly in our station helicopter for our Friday Night Touchdown High School Football coverage. This past Friday I flew. We blow things up big in Cleveland for the high schoolers. When I get a few pics on it, I will drop a post about the flying and try to tie it into endurance sports somehow. I will let you know.

Before I flew, I made it official. I sent in the entry for the Winter Buckeye Trail 50K. I am really excited to race/amble/survive it. It will be my first ultra.. I respect what its all about. I don't assume since I have done Ironman's I can just rip off 31 miles on I will keep you posted on the training and I thank anyone from the ultra community in advance who might drop a suggestion my way.

This week, I had one run of 2 hours. Two seperate runs of an hour, plus a 90 minute bike ride that emphasized hills. Ohh yeah, I swam the 1.4 miles in open water with the Tuesday morning group at Fairport Harbor. It was down to just 5 of us. My weight training is getting fine tuned with the goal of each week to have the 6 set upper body workout twice and the 5 set legs once per week. I have some right shoulder discomfort and will bypass swimming this week and go a little easy with the weights.

As much as I have logged somewhat lengthy sessions, I am still fighting the sugar attraction. Its my mistress. I must stay away from the mistress or as I wrote in my last post... I'M DEAD!!

As I write this, I want to congratulate someone I covered alot when he was in Cleveland. C.C. Sabathia. The Tribe traded him to the Brewers and he made it pay off as he was near perfect with Milwaukee and pitched them into the playoffs for the first time since 1982. He was the 07 Cy Young Award Winner and he always was a gentleman to deal with, which in these days is NOT a given...thats for sure.

About 10,000 runners took part in the various stages of the Akron Marathon on Saturday. One of my blogging buds and an aspiring triathlete, IronG2015 ran and posted a time of 4:33:00. Great job Gina. Check out her blog... click here

And many who drop by here know about Kevin. He just hammered his first Half Ironman!!!! Congrats Kevin. click here

As usual...keep training and racing well everyone. and...ohhhh yeah...let me leave you with this!!!

Life's a blast!!!


The Lazy Triathlete said...

JT--Good luck with the ultra. That sounds like a good motivator get one's self going in the cold winter months.

Brian said...

I've done 1 half IM and the winter 50k. I thought the half was much tougher and roughly the same times for both. If you can get down to penninsula for some of the training runs, that is very helpful. Plus you'll meet plenty of the ultra runners. Check the vertical runner web site as they always have runs. Also make sure you have the right winter gear. You will get made fun of if you're wearing a hoodie. They will call you rocky and start humming, "getting strong now"

Formulaic said...

Wow! So many things to congratulate you about!

Congrats on the 101!

Congrats on the Ultra!

Congrats on the training! So much!

Viv said...

Way on committing to that ultra
BT50K!! Now keep committed to that hawt pilates bride and put the sweeets down..hehehe

RunBubbaRun said...

Woohoo, congrats on taking the plunge at the ultra, in the winter too..

Look forward to hearing about it.

Marcy said...

ALRIGHT JT!!! ;D ;D I look forward to hearing about this hehe. Now watch, the next thing you know you'll be ripping off 50 and 100 milers LOL

Wes said...

Yay! Next year, I'll do an ultra somewhere, hopefully flat :-)

Speed Racer said...

Oh, you'll do JUST GREAT in the 50K, although I worry you might be insane doing it in the middle of winter!!! In my vast experience of 2 50K's, I have found them MUCH easier than marathons, and easier than the ironman. Just keep plodding along and it'll be over before you know it!

And congratulations on your one hundred and first post! I'm sounding the trumpets as I type!

Lily on the Road said...

Good for you! I'm soooo jealous, I wanted to do one with YOU!

I suppose I'll just sit here and sulk for awhile LOL!!!

GP said...

Thanks for the kudos, JT!

It wasn't two years ago that I skipped a 5K because I didn't think I could run 3 miles. Oh, what a little training and confidence can do for an athlete!

Which will certainly get you flying across that winter 50K finish line. I'm eager to read about your training for the race. I totally dug the 10-mile trail race I ran last summer... you might just convince me to put trail-running on my list!

Anonymous said...

Hi! If you're looking for some company on those trails during a long training run let me know. Eric and I have signed up for the event as well. It's one of our favorites.

Mrs. TriEricTri

rocketpants said...

I'd say congrats on the ultra...but those things boggle my mind. good luck with the training, i'm sure you will tackle it well.

Rainmaker said...

Wow, flying in a the station's copter and 101 posts. Now you just need a dalmation to round it all out.

Lisa Slow-n-Steady said...

ooooh you're going ultra. game on!

Trishie said...

Woooo on the ultra! How exciting!

Kevin said...

You have been busy with some serious training. Good luck with the uultra. That is something that is on my list of things to do within the next year or two

Thanks for the kind words on my 70.3

Steve Stenzel said...

Nice week of workouts! Nice!

And a 50K? That's just nuts!...

Sarah said...

JT, I never get to read as often as I'd like to, but I LOVE YOUR POSTS! They are always so full of so MUCH GOOD ENERGY that I can't help but feel good about things and life after I'm done.

I know that's cheesy but I just had to say thank and WAY TO GO ON ALL THIS GOOD STUFF!

A few things:
1) GO ULTRA! PHEWWWW! I still can't even fathom a marathon, so I say WAY TO GO! That's awesome you committed and signed up. :)

2) Didn't you mean CC got it in 07? I'm so glad to see him doing so well. We grew up in the same city together and even though our schools were cross town HS rivals, I still thought it was so cool that he was such an amazing athlete. I kept following him because, you know, howetown pride and it's been great to see him do so well!

3) The other reason I had to correct you is because I REALLY WANT TIM LINCECUM TO GET THE CY YOUNG AWARD THIS YEAR!! And when you wrote that I was like "WHAT?!" :)

4) Chopper ride sounds awesome!

Have a great Friday!

Lana said...

Oh yay!!! You're gonna do great in that ultra! Can't wait to follow along!

Tri-ing with Twins said...

Good luck with the Ultra JT! And way to go on reaching 101! :)


Man-you've got me tempted for a little Buckeye 50K action, but I'm doing an ultra in December in Texas