Thursday, November 30, 2006

back at it... sort of.

Well it all starts tomorrow... kind of. For first time in about a month I have something in my training plan, but then it's off to Vegas for a weekend of partying. So I am really going to consider Monday, 12/4 as the start of my training for 2007.

For the past month I have just been doing whatever I've felt like. For the most part I have just been riding my bikes. I got a new road bike and I am super stoked on it. I also did quite a bit of mountain biking. Just fun stuff. I ran and swam a handful of times each, but nothing hard.

My nutrition has been less than ideal but I think I really needed that. I am normally really healthy but have been just eating and drinking whatever I want. That all changes Monday. I am ready to start eating healthy and cutting way, way back on the drinking.

That's all for now.

Wednesday, November 15, 2006


My season is now officially over eventhough I have already been taking it really easy since I got back from Maui a couple of weeks ago. My body has been feeling really good and all the day to day aches and pains are pretty much gone.

The XC championship went pretty well. I talked with Jim before the race and based on his recomendation I went quite a bit more conservatively than I have done in past races. This worked pretty well and I finished strong. I probably should have made my final move about a 1/4 mile sooner as there was one guy that was fading fast and I just ran out of room to catch him.

USATF Championship 4 Mile - Morley Field November 11, 2006
22:03 14th Overall

I have not been doing any focused training but I have been riding my bike a lot. I have just been going and riding for as long as I want and some good neighborhood loops. It's been just for fun and when I am over it I head home. I don't plan on doing any running until sometime next and then it will some easy 30 min runs until I hit December. I also got in the pool for and easy 2500 yards yesterday morning and will probably swim again sometime this week and just keep it mellow.

Friday, November 10, 2006

Long week/Last Race

This week is finally ending and it's been a long one. Weeks are a lot more fun when they are filled with hard training rather than long hours of work.

I have my last "real" race of the season tomorrow. It's the San Diego USATF Open Championships. It's supposedly a big deal and there should be guys flying in just for this race. My motivation is kind of lacking for this one but I am going to try to just go all out. Our team moved up into second place in the standings and we are within striking distance. I would be pretty cool to pull out a first place in my season running for Mizuno.

I rode once this week, swam twice and ran 3 times. I am just taking it easy. I have also havent been eating to great and can defintely feel the difference, but whatever. I am not worried about things right now. I figure I will just keep up a similar schedule over the next couple of weeks until after Thanksgiving. I'll probably end up riding more with very little running. I think my legs need a break. Everything at a very easy pace. I will also start doing yoga twice a week starting next week. I hope to be able to keep that up all winter.

Swim - masters 2550 yards
30 min easy run

2 hour easy bike - 32 miles

45 min run with 3 x 3 min hard, descending

Swim - masters 2400 yards

30 min run with numerous strides

Sunday, November 05, 2006

starting the offseason... kind of.

The Xterra Worlds was my last triathlon of the season and I am defintely ready for a break. I am not necessarily ready to stop working out altogether, but just doing some unstructured stuff and whatever I feel like will be nice. I do have a race next weekend. It's the Xc Championship race and it's a pretty big race. My team has moved into second place and we are in striking distance. So I want to run a strong race, but I have to admit that mentally I am done. My plan is just to totally blow it out for the 4 miles and see what happens.

Today I volunteered at the B&L Aid station for the San Diego Triathlon Challenge that is put on by CAF (Challanged Athletes Foundation). I had a blast handing out Gatorade bottles. There was some pretty amazing stuff going. It's pretty rad to see some of the people race and the attitudes they have.

On another note, my coach killed it at IMFL. He finished 3rd overall in 8:37 in his first ever IM. Pretty damn impressive. I am definitely very stoked for him. He had a lot of bad luck this year and to end his season like this is very well deserved.

I did get in some training/workouts this past week.

Monday: off - Travel back to LA
Tuesday: 40 min easy run, shake off the jet lag
Wednesday: 60 min easy ride/core workout
Thursday: easy strength/stretching session
Friday: 30 minute run
Saturday: 1:45 MTB - easy and fun at Daley Ranch
Sunday: 60 min run/50min mtb on neighborhood trails

I am just basically doing what I feel like and staying active. No intensity. I am have been eating and drinking a lot. I went out and partied with my friends on friday night and drank way too much and topped it off with late night mexican food right before passing out. I felt like crap in the morning but it was to get out and not have to worry about getting early for a workout.

I have to travel for work this week. Taking the red eye Tuesday night to New Jersey... not fun. I am going to hit the pool in the morning and just cruise.