Thursday, September 18, 2008

Speed Wanted

So I want to get speed... Thats what I stated in my last post. But how to get it. I know!!! Kidnap Usain Bolt, secretly get a transfusion of his fast twitch fiber!! Yeah thats it. Because right now, I have a ratio of about 50 billion to 3...slow twitch fibers to fast twitch.
But kidnapping, I was told is illegal, so I need another plan.

Ahh, I got it!!! I can do more tempo workouts...more interval workouts on the treadmill and...eureka!!! I could even lose some weight. 190 lbs might cut it if I played linebacker, but to be a quicker triathlete, I will have to drop a few...

On that note, I was invited to be a featured blogger on a new website for wellness...Its called wellsphere. They will post my blogs and link to my blog as well. I will also write some fresh stuff for them. I am in the triathlon community. I think they want me because I have been in the sport for many many moons, grasshopper!!!!. The website gets cranking next month... Feel free to drop in or create your own blog and post some stuff..

The legendary ultra runner Charlie Engle has a line of products that are designed for endurance athletes. His marketing folks dropped me a line and I will have the products sent to me.. Then, I will write a little review. I will keep you posted on that.
Thanks for all the suggestions on what direction I should take in the coming months.. Again, the Winter 50K ..Buckeye Trail is intriguing. I will keep you posted.
Got a unique double workout tuesday. Swam 1.5 miles at Fairport Harbor in Open water...Then reduced 3 big branches of a backyard tree that blew down by either sawing...or using my grandpas old axe. That was a workout...Shoulder is almost as sore as Doctor Jodi's, but her excuse is she swam about 15 miles or so in a short period of time...What a machine.
My goal on the speed thing is to resemble my son, Pat at the finish of a Sprint Triathlon. (Fairport-2007)
Note How he is floating on air????
Note How I am not???
His face looks relaxed and he is in perfect stride..
My face looks anguished and I am shuffling....LOL!!
Hey, its something to work on.
Lifes a Blast!!!

22 comments:

Lily on the Road said...

Getting ready for the Ultra will shed the unwanted pounds!! As for speed, if you find out how to do it, let me know!!

Rachel said...

You're going to do an ultra? Envious! That's cool about being featured on the new site.

filoli said...

The photo comparison is great. As for the ultra, I would love to hear more on that and your training. I have a Comrades dream, but every time I mention it my husband groans, physically groans and rolls his eyes.

Congrats, featured blogger extraordinaire!

Wes said...

Yes! Work on smiling :-)

Cliff said...

Those slow twitch fibers will come in handy for the ultra ;)

Kona Shelley said...

Yah..please give me any tips on getting faster..please..:-))

Trishie said...

Very cool about the website! An ultra? Which one?!

Marcy said...

Oooohhhh Ultraman JT. That sounds very nice ;-)

LOL I lvoe the pics of you and your son. You're too stinkin cute (I don't mean that in an offensive way)

Kim said...

Do it JT, do it! I'm planning on running the Winter BT this year.
Some of us are thinking of doing a FatAss 100 Miler, with the BT 50K being the last 31 miles of it.

Lots of folks out around to train with on the hills too, for this race!

Kevin said...

I am hoping to do at least one ultra next year

UntPawGal02 said...

An Ultra... you rock JT :)

JC Sell said...

Hey JT,

I'd suggest reading Ken Mierke's "The Triathlete's Guide To Run Training" Velo Press, 2004. I just modified my technique to this evolution style of running and I can already feel a difference, however this takes a while to get used too. My downhills are amazingly faster and my only aches and pains are muscle soreness, which recovers easily. Anyway, there is tons of good advice in this book about technique, training, biking to run fast, etc.

Brian said...

I did the winter 50k last year. It was a great race. I'm jealous that I won't be able to do it this year. Plus the jackets last year were great. Just get some warm clothes and some decent trail shoes and get out there.

Lisa Slow-n-Steady said...

I'm torn right now - I want to lose weight to gain speed, but I want to add muscle to gain strength and those seem to be opposing goals. Balance, huh?

Rainmaker said...

If you want, I'll take a photo of you when you jump in the air - then you too can be floating on air and fast...yeah...fast!

The fact that you'll be jumping straight up is really besides the point entirely - cause you'll still be floating - and floating is fast. :)

Matt Collister said...

JT. In my own limited experience, ultras are a totally different atmosphere from tris. So laid back. I would say that I think the key to my improvement this year at the 50k distance was doing some speed work. Mainly, the tempo runs. Nothing long - a 5k or 10k once a week. Last year, I was just concerned about covering the distance. Ad that was all I did. This year, I thought about speed, and improved 90 minutes on that course.

Steph said...

Hey JT! Thanks for the comment...i've grown up watching you on channel 8. Thanks for being a great role model...and now a triathlon inspiration!

Tea said...

Your son looks great! That's a perfect race picture.

but, I gotta say...I'm rather fond of yours too. It shows exactly how it feels to race.

rocketpants said...

More speed wanted...lots of 'fun' ways to go after that. Keep us up to date as you reach your goals.

Steve Stenzel said...

HA! LOVE the photo comparison!!

TRI TO BE FUNNY said...

Knees up buddy!!!! OK the Buckeye Trail 50k race sounds VERY intriguing. When is it??

Viv said...

I have a friend who does the Bt50K in the summer and winter and loves it. GO FOT JT!