Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Week Two Training and Totals

Tuesday 12/13/2011
Run 5:00 am
5.4 miles
Total Time: 48:14
Pace: 8:56

Swim 4:30 pm
W/U: 6x100
Main: 4x400
C/D: 2x150 pull
Total: 2500 yards

Wednesday 12/14/2011
Bike 5:00 am
60 min. easy ride on the trainer.

Swim 5:00 pm
W/U: 5x50
Main: 2x500
the first was 9:51 the second was 9:24.
C/D: 250
Total: 1500 yards

Thursday 12/15/2011
Bike 4:30 pm
wu: 10:00 at RPE 2-3
main: 5 x ( 5:00 at RPE 3-4 with last30 seconds fast spin at RPE4,
2:00 at RPE 2 )
Total time: 45 min

Friday 12/16/2011
Swim 4:30 pm
speed day
wu: 300 continuous.
main: 10 x 100 descend 1-5 and 5-10
2 fast times were 1:38 and 1:36
cd: 200 continuous
Total: 1500 yards

Run 7:45 am
7.08 miles
1:07:00 total time
9:27 pace

Ride 1:30 pm with Tiffany
33.30 miles
1:56:33 total time

Swim: 5500 yards
Bike: 3 hours 45 min.
Run: 12.48 miles

Week One Training and Totals

Sunday 12/04/2011
5 miles @ 8:43 pace
43:44 total time

Monday 12/05/2011
WU: 200 swim, 200 pull, 50 kick, 200 swim
Main: 1500 in 34:12
CD: 4x50
Total: 2350yds.

Tuesday 12/06/2011
60 min bike

5 miles on the treadmill
Total Time: 46:22
Pace: 9:16

Wednesday 12/07/2011
4x75 last 25 of each backstroke
3x400 each harder than the last
150 cool down
Total: 1650 yards

Thursday 12/08/2011
8 miles on the Longleaf Trace with Jenny.
Total Time: 1:12:58
Pace: 9:07

Friday 12/09/2011
45 minutes, on the trainer
wu: 10:00 at RPE 2-3
main: 4 x ( 5:00 at RPE 3-4 with last30 seconds fast spin at RPE4,
2:00 at RPE 2 )
cd: 7:00 work down to RPE3 then RPE2 to finish

Saturday 12/10/2011
Speed Day
WU: 400 continuous. Last 50 in each 100 is a kick.
Main: 8x100 EBEH (each 100 = 25Easy, 25Build, 25Easy, 25Hard)
CD: 6x25, each slower than the last.
Total: 1350 yards

Sunday 12/11/2011
90 min long ride.

Swim: 5350 yards
Bike: 3.15 hours
Run: 18 miles

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Here is some motivation for EVERYONE!

I found this while running on the treadmill yesterday. I think that EVERYONE could use this in their everyday life. There are a lot of great quotes that I plan on using in my classroom very soon!

I LOVE this one:

Here are a few more:
"There are only really two types of people. Those who say I can't, and those who say I can!"

"The unknown, we all fear it."

"Pain is about seeing how strong you are."

"It's up to you, and only you!"

"If it is really going to matter, it may be something no one understands, except you."

"If it matters that much to you, I UNDERSTAND!"

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Trainer Ride and Run on a Wet and Cold Day

This morning was the first time that I had to do my ride on the trainer. My alarm went off at 4:30 and I was on the bike by 5:00. I realized that this was going to be a pretty boring thing to have to do all winter, so I decided to point my computer at me and and watch a movie. Today's selection was, "We Were Soldiers." Great movie to start my hour long session on the bike. I have a feeling that I will be watching a lot of movies and shows in the next few months.
My Table of Good Stuff

Today I got home from work and wanted to do my 5 mile run outside, but decided against that when it was raining and the temperature was about 42 degrees. Back to the dreaded treadmill I go. I had a great run considering it was on the treadmill. I had a little help from my friends, Dave Matthews, Green Day, and a few Ironman Motivation videos on youtube to get me through the run. In all it was a really good day of training.
Here is how I finished it off!
Gluten Free Shrimp Pasta

Gluten free pasta (I like corn pasta the best)
1 - onion
shrimp cooked in the onions and white wine
sauce - pictures of the sauce used are pictured below (Classico Vodka Sauce)
It says gluten free on the back! I wish all places did this!!!!

Sunday, December 4, 2011

And it begins...

20 weeks from today I will be doing the New Orleans Half Ironman! I took all of last week off from everything and decided to catch up on work and be lazy. I was actually not supposed to start my training until tomorrow, but decided to get the run part in today so I would not have to get up at 4:30 in the morning to fit in the run. Now all I have to do is get the swim in after work tomorrow.

I am excited to start the training, but it's not going to be easy. If it was easy, everyone would do it.

Today: 5 miles @ 8:43 pace

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Gluten Free Pumpkin Pie!

My wonderful wife knows how much I love pumpkin pie, so she made me a crustless gluten free pumpkin pie! YUMMY!!!!!!!!

To make:
1 can GF pumpkin
2 eggs
1 - 14oz can of sweetened condensed milk
1 tbsp pumpkin spice

Mix all of the ingredients together and pour into a pie dish with no pie crust. Don't forget to spray your dish with nonstick spray.
Cook 15 min at 425 degrees.
Then cook 40 min at 350 degrees.
Let cool for about 30 min or so, your preference! I like to let mine cool for about an hour so that my cool-whip don't melt!!!!!!

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Saturday Long Run

I had a pretty good run today. I didn't know what I was going to run, well to be honest I didn't even know if I was going to run this morning. I have been taking it easy this week and plan on doing the same next week until Half Ironman training begins. I went to run with my wife, Jenny, who is training for the Mississippi Blues Marathon in Jackson, MS. in January. She had a 16 mile run today, I knew that I would not be going that far. I was thinking more along the lines of 5 or 6 miles. We met up with Terri W. and Steve joined us about 2 miles into the run. Then we ran up on Dawn who also turned around and ran with us. After some good conversation I noticed that I was already over the 3 mile out mark and decided to keep running. I turned around at % miles and picked up the pace for the next 5 miles back to the car. Ended up doing 10 miles today at about a 9:45 pace. Not bad for not running much lately.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Gluten Free Turkey and Stuffing

Happy Thanksgiving
I woke up this morning to at 4:30 am to start the process since we have to go to Jenny's parents to eat at 11:00 am. I made some wonderful Costa Rican coffee to help me with the process. Spent the next 2 hours getting everything ready to go. Stuck the bird in the oven and went for a 5 mile run. The weather was a perfect 42 degrees and I did the run at an 8:45 pace. Love runs like this, great weather and a good pace.

Here is my first food post. I know it is not quite ironman training time yet, but I make a mean Turkey and stuffing, so I figured I would put it on here for anyone that might want to try it sometime.

Turkey Brine (for a 20lb turkey)
3 boxes GF of vegetable stock.
1/2 cup of salt
1 tablespoon rosemary
1 tablespoon thyme
1 tablespoon sage
3 to 4 quarts of cold water. (make sure to add enough to cover the turkey)

Simmer all on medium heat for about 15 min. Cover and place in the refrigerator. Pour on the turkey, and let sit for 1 hour per pound. (ex, 20lb turkey should soak for 20 hours)
Rinse before cooking.

Turkey Directions (if done correctly this will be juicy!)
1 Big Turkey!
1 bottle GF creole butter injection
1 large onion
4 stalks of celery
1 large cooking bag

  • Inject the whole bottle of creole butter into the breast and legs of the turkey.
  • Cut the onion and celery into medium slices.
  • Pre-heat oven to 325 degrees.
  • Put the turkey, celery and onions into the cooking bag and place it onto your cooking pan BREAST SIDE DOWN! This is a very important part of the cooking. After 1 hour take the turkey out and flip it over to finish the cooking.
  • Cook as long as needed to get the internal temperature to 180 degree.
  • Take out and enjoy!
GF Stuffing (taken from gluten-free girl.com)

2 loaves gluten-free bread, diced into one-inch cubes, toasted and cooled
2 large ribs celery, medium diced
1 large yellow onion, medium diced
2 tablespoons good olive oil
2 tablespoons garlic, finely chopped
1 tablespoon fresh rosemary, finely chopped
1 tablespoon fresh thyme, finely chopped
1 tablespoon fresh sage, finely chopped
1 cup chicken stock
1 egg yolk
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper

Saute the onion and celery in olive oil on medium-low heat until they are translucent. You will be able to smell the onions cooking at this point. (Take a deep whiff. That’s a beautiful smell.) Add the garlic, as well as the rosemary, sage, and thyme. Stir these in and cook until you can smell the herbs, about one to two minutes. Remove from heat.

Bring the chicken stock to boil on high heat. Place the egg yolk in a medium-sized bowl and carefully ladle two to three ounces of the chicken stock to the egg yolk, slowly, while whisking the mixture. Add the rest of the chicken stock to the egg mixture at this point. (Ladling a small portion of the stock into the egg first, and blending it, will prevent you from having scrambled eggs.)

Add the cooled celery, onion, and herbs mixture into the stock and egg mixture. Toss the bread cubes into this mixture and stir it all around with your hands (or a spoon), to coat the bread. Add the salt and pepper and toss the bread again. Place all of this into a greased casserole dish (big enough to hold three quarts) and cover it with aluminum foil. Bake for twenty minutes at 425°, then remove the foil and bake for another ten minutes. Take a toothpick and stick it into the stuffing. If it comes out clean, the stuffing is done. If not, bake until the toothpick comes out clean.

Serves six to eight people, depending on their appetite for stuffing.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Half Ironman Training is Almost Here

It is almost here, and I am going to try to blog more than I have been in the past few months. If you know me, I have been know to run half marathons and full marathons, and I have one triathlon under my belt. I am signed up to do the Ironman New Orleans on April 22, 2012 and I am very excited about it.
For those of you that do not know, I also live with celiac disease. If you don't know what that is, it basically means that I can't eat anything that has gluten in it. I have to stay away from pretty much anything that most of you eat on a daily basis. This includes, breads, pastas, fried chicken, and pretty much and yummy deserts that you can think up. I have looked for blogs to help me train with a gluten free diet, but there are not many out there so I have decided to try to incorporate that into this blog. Maybe it will help someone out there. I plan to show some of my favorite gluten free dishes and tricks that I have learned over the years of living a Gluten Free lifestyle. There will be descriptions and pictures of some of the meals that I create over the next 20 weeks of training.

Training begins December 5th 2012, thats is the 2 year anniversary of my 1st full marathon!

Friday, July 8, 2011

T minus 24 hours.....

Well it has almost arrived! My first official triathlon, and I am excited. Tomorrow morning I will be making the trek to Meridian, MS. for the Sunfish Triathlon. This is my first stop on the road to my Ironman. I can't believe that a month ago I could hardly swim 50 yards and tomorrow I will be doing a third mile swim. I have to say that I am a little more nervous about my run (my strong point) than anything else. I have not been worrying about that as much for this race due to the fact that it is only 3.1 miles. I am sure that it will not be my best run, but I will finish. I just need to get out of the water and everything else should be fine. I do not plan on going out there and getting some crazy great time. This one is for the experience. My goal in this triathlon is to finish!
I am about to go do one more lake swim and go through my check list for the race. We will be heading out at about 4:00am tomorrow morning!

Let's Roll!

Monday, June 27, 2011

swim, bike, swim, bike, swim, swim, swim......run?

So for the past 3 weeks I have been going crazy in two pools! I have been spending Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 12 to 1 in the pool at Southern Miss, and Tuesday and Thursdays in the pool at Wesley Medical center working on what I learn in masters class. I have also recently been meeting my friend Tiffany at Canebrake to swim in open water (much different than the pool.) I feel that it has paid off.
On the days that I have not been in the pool, or actually the days that I have been in the pool, I have also been on my bike getting in some seat time. I have been hitting 4th street for some hills as well as riding Eply Rd. for more hills. I have had some really good rides alone, but I have also enjoyed riding with James and Tiffany. Company definitely helps when riding. On Saturday I decided to go for a ride and ended up seeing James doing a Time Trial. We shot the shit for a few minutes and decided that we would meet for a run the next morning. This is when I realized something.....
Let me just start this by saying that James is a crazy fast runner and I knew that he would push me a little harder than I have been trying in the past few weeks. I went home had a few Gluten Free (GF) beers with a wonderful GF chicken and pasta alfredo dinner prepared by my wonderful wife, and went to bed. I woke at 6am, had some coffee, breakfast and headed to James house for the run. After a mile or two I realized that I had been neglecting a very important part of the triathlon..... the run! Probably the best part of my tri, and I was feeling like crap. If I learned anything from James this weekend, it is that you can't slack on ANY part of triathlon training! Each part of this training is important, and if I want to make it to my ironman, I need to step it up. I can't take any part of this training for granted.

He calls it Time management 101!

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Tattooed 26.2 moving up to 70.3

Sunday, April 22, 2012
1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike, 13.1 mile run

Signed up and ready to go! Let the training begin. I stared at the computer screen for about 3 days debating on if I could be ready for the 1.2 mile swim by next April. I decided that if I signed up for it, I would really have to bust my butt to get the swim down. I pretty much plan on being in the water 4 to 5 days a week for the next 10 months to make sure that swim will not be a problem.

"Get busy livin, or get busy dyin." - Andy Dufresne

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Sunfish Triathlon

1/3 mile swim, 17 mile bike, 3.1 mile run

I have officially signed up for my first real triathlon!

I have been thinking about doing this for a few days now. My swimming is coming along, so I decided to go ahead and go for it! I'm excited, but nervous. Time to get in that nasty hot muddy water and train for some open water swimming.

This is stop #1 in my ironman mission!

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

It Clicked!

I started swimming about 3 or 4 months ago. Wait, let me back up, I started flopping around in the pool about 3 or 4 months ago! I HATED it, I was getting so discouraged and about to give up. Everyone kept telling me that it would "click" and I would be able to swim forever. I wanted to punch them in the face for saying that. I couldn't do more than 50 yards without feeling like I was going to die. I'll be honest, for the past few weeks that dream of the Ironman has been slipping away from me. I figured that I would give this masters swim class a try at USM this summer, and if that didn't work I would just stick to being a marathon runner.
Well, week 1 and 2 came and went in the pool at Masters swim class. I was doing a little better, but still struggling at the end of my 50 yards. I have been trying extremely hard and even hitting the pool on my off days. My run is not getting enough attention right now, but I have to get this swimming down! Last Thursday I was a t the pool at Wesley Medical Center and did a 50 yard swim. Again I was breathing pretty hard at the end on the swim. I took a few breaths, and decided to try something that was taught to me in class. I started another 50, but this time when I hit 50 I felt like I could keep going. I ended up doing 100 yards and I was not breathing hard at all! IT CLICKED!!!!! I ended up doing a 200 yard set that day and to top it off I finished with a 400 yard set! The next day at masters class I got to do 150 yard sets the whole time. It was crazy how it just "clicked." I am so excited to swim now, and actually look forward to getting in the water. Yesterday i did a solid 500 yard swim in the pool. Today I am meeting Tiffany after work for my first open water swim out in Canebrake. I am a little nervous, but excited to try it.

Here are last weeks swim numbers:
Monday: 1200 yds feeling like crap because they were all 50's
Wednesday: 1200 yds and I felt the same as Monday
Thursday: 1250 yds IT CLICKED..... It felt great!
Friday: 1150 yds and it felt great!
TOTAL: A Whopping 4800 yds!!!!!

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Why Do You Run?

Why do you run?
This is a question I hear all of the time, so I figured I would actually try to answer this one. Do I run for fitness, do I run to prove something, do I run to make new friends, do I run to forget about life, or do I run to learn about life? The list could go on forever, but I am going to try to answer these as honestly as I can. This may be a long blog, and lets just get one thing out of the way before anyone judges me. I am not a writer, I do not excel in grammar or English of any type. I am a math and science guy, so if the errors in the English language bother you, stop reading now and go get a good book to read. With that said, here we go!

Do I Run for Fitness?
The answer to that is yes! When I lost baseball (we will get to that later) I went through a major life change. I think back to a Robert Frost poem here: The Road Not Taken.

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as long as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth...

I first heard this poem in 8th grade and hated that I had to memorize it, I hated every second of it, but it sticks with me to this day! Back to the topic; I run for fitness simply because I chose the wrong road once in my life. Who am I kidding I chose that "wrong" road more than once in my life. After I was told that I should not play baseball again due to an injury, I chose a road. I chose a road that looked like a lot of fun. This road involved sex, drugs and rock and roll. Not trying to be cliche here, but its the truth. I loved this road, and followed it for many years.

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there,
Had worn them really about the same....

Pretty much from the late 90's until I met Jenny in 2002, little did I know at the time that she was to become my savior, my strength and my reason for living. She was the one that got me back into running, and at the beginning it was for fitness. I quit smoking, everything, and ran a 3 mile run with her. Worried about my back problem and the fact that I use to smoke a pack and a half or more a day, I figured I would just do this with her as a way to improve my lungs and get a little fitness.

Do I Run to Prove Something?
Another yes! After I met Jenny and started getting a few miles under my belt I decided that I had something to prove. For those of you that don't know much about my sports life, I'll give you a little background. I really do not want to write much about this, it's still hard for me to talk about, but I'll say a little. I grew up with one love in my life, baseball! If you knew me as a child, you knew that I had one goal in life and that was to become a professional baseball player. I did everything that I could for this to happen and was on the path of making this dram come true when I had a fluke injury that pretty much ended that dream. With that said, I will move on to why I run to prove something. When I got injured I was told that if I kept trying as hard as I did from day to day that I would hurt myself worse and probably never get to where I was before my injury. Basically a lot of people told me to hang it up and find a new goal in life. I listened....

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden back,
Oh I kept the first for another day!

Oh I kept the first for another day. I hung up my cleats and as I said before, took the road that looked fun. When I came back to some kind of reality, I started running to prove something! First to prove that I could do a 5k (3.1 miles) then to do a Half Marathon (13.1 miles) then to do a full marathon (26.2 miles). I accomplished all of these goals, and now have my sights set on the big goal of the half (1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike, 13.1 mile run) and full (2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike, 26.2 mile run) ironman triathlon! So yes I am out to prove something.... to myself and all of those who doubt me!

Do I Run to Make New Friends?
Yep. If you know me, you know that I am a pretty simple person. I have a lot of people that I know, but there are only a few people that I consider real friends. I mean yes, I have a lot of "friends", but you know what I am saying. There are only a few people out there that you know as real friends. The people that you can really talk to and you know they will listen. Well on the run you meet a lot of people and these people seriously become some of your best friends. You can't help that it happens like that. What else do you have to do when you are running an hour or so for 3 to 4 days a week. There is a lot of talking that goes on, and there are a lot of things that are said when you are out on that run that only you and them will ever know. It is these people that understand the battles that you go through day in and day out with, money, relationships, life, stress and pretty much anything else you can think of. These are the people I really consider my friends. You guys know who you are and I thank you for those moments.

Do I Run to Forget About Life or to Learn About Life?
YES! People always say, "What are you running from?" They have no idea how idea how true that statement is..... My friend James (powermultisport) said to me one day over a few tasty beers and some ironman discussion, "You don't get this far in life without a little baggage." I totally agree with him. I have things that I am not proud of, we all do, and I have a lot of stress from the daily grind but there is one place that I feel that I can let all of that go. There are days that I love to run with other people, but there are a lot of days that I like a good long run with nothing but nature and music playing in my ears. This is the place where I can let everything go and leave it behind as I run. I have read so many stories about the reasons why people run. There are stress factors, religious reasons, beating addictions, weight loss, forgetting about family issues, etc. The list goes on and on, but there is no better place to let it all go. Recently I have struggled with some issues in my life that seemed like there would be no cure....until I went out for a run. I know, sounds stupid, but I honestly went for a run and figured out a lot of things. I was sitting at work at about 11:30 one afternoon and it all hit me. I had to get up and get out. I really didn't feel like running, but I made myself go. It was probably about 90 degrees, at noon, in the south mississippi heat.... not a good time to run, but something happened to me that afternoon. I ran 4 miles (not a long run by any means) but during that 4 miles I did a lot of thinking and praying and learned more about myself that day than I may have ever learned. I left it all there that day, and I honestly felt like I was "running away" from everything. My life was changed that day. I believe that if I didn't go run at that very moment I would still be lost. So, do I run to forget about life? I think about that question again as I type this.... I don't think that I run to forget about life, but more to face my life and then leave it all in the past. I have learned more about who I am and what I believe in the past few years of running that what I learned in 30 something years of living. I owe it all to running......

I shall be telling this with a sigh,
Somewhere ages and ages hence;
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I -
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

Monday, May 16, 2011

I need to go for a run....

Too much on my mind lately to write on here. Sometimes you just need to go for a run. Think I may go back to the basics tomorrow morning and go for a solo run with the ipod.

Don't feel like writing much right now so here are last weeks numbers:
run - a pathetic 5 miles
bike - a pathetic 44 miles (both on the spin bike)
swim - I actually did better on this one: 800m (that's good for me)

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

May 2nd thru May 7th (My 1st unofficial triathlon)

Not much to write about here except that I did my first triathlon. No, it wasn't sanctioned or anything. It was a bunch of friends (well Tiffany came up with the idea) that decided a few months back that we would all have a little tri to see who could win. There was a 200yd swim, 10 mile bike and a 3 mile run all in Canebrake. The entry fee was a 6 pack of beer, winner takes all! This made me really want to win.

I jumped in the water at 8:30 am and swam the first 50 or so yards then had to turn over on my back and swim for a bit. I kept doing this until I got out on the water. There were 5 of us in the race, I was number 4 out of the water. Probably about a minute or so behind the leader. I took some time to change into dry clothing and catch my breath... I know, I have a LONG way to go to get to the ironman swim.
Next was the 10 mile bike. I felt pretty good about a mile into it and caught Eric. I could tell that he was not feeling too great so I decided to jump ahead of him as quickly as I could. Next in my sight was Ben, I could see him about a half mile ahead of me and I just grinded down until I got to him. I think we were about 5 miles into the race when I got to him. Ben and I pretty much rode the next 2 miles passing each other. We then spotted Tiffany and she was probably within 50 yards of us when we started up a half mile slow incline. I decided that it was time to make my move. I stood up and started pumping out some serious rpm's up the hill, I never looked back. I knew that I had 2 miles to get as much of a lead as I could.
I came into the transition for the run, changed into my running shoes and took off. I knew that if i kept an 8:00 pace that there was no way that any of these guys would ever catch me. My first 1.5 miles of the run went pretty much as planned. I ran about 8:00 to 8:10 pace and at the turn around I could see Ben and Eric about a half mile behind me. At this point I decided to show off a little. After we passed each other I kicked it into high gear. I wanted to really win this thing by a big number. I decided to push it to 7 min mile and get in as fast as I could. I came across the finish with my run being 21:34 that's about a 7:10 pace. I was really happy with my run.
What I learned today. 1-I am much better at the bike than I thought. 2-I am very happy with how strong I was during my run after the other two sports. 3-I need A LOT of training in the water. My swim is VERY bad.....

My weekly numbers are going to be a little low because I wanted to save myself for this "Muddy Water Triathlon," but here they are:
Swim: 500ish yards.
Bike: 50 miles
Run: 22 miles

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Update for today's post

Yep, after I posted this morning I drank about a pot of coffee and fell asleep with my two dogs (they are wonderful sleeping company). I woke up about 8:00 am and went into the studio to get some work done. I then felt bad for missing my spin class when my friend Tiffany messaged me about riding 10 miles out at Canebrake at lunch. I said hell yes, and had a great lunch ride on some hills!

I feel much better now.

I'm Tired

I have had a pretty good two days of training this week. Monday I went to spin class and Dawn (dawn will run) kicked our butts, it was a great spin class Monday morning! I ended up staying for awhile longer and finished up with a total of 25 miles on the bike.
Tuesday I woke up at a bright (well dark) and early 4:30 am to meet Tiffany at the pool for a swim. I got in the water and floundered around for awhile. Still pissed at myself because I suck at this swimming thing. I'm ready for it to "click" like everyone keeps telling me that it will do. I spent about an hour in the pool doing 25's and 50's and can honestly say that by the end of that hour, I was starting to feel a little better about my swim, not great, but better. We then got out of the pool and decided to run on the treadmill for awhile. Ended up doing 3 miles on that.
Last night I started to get this feeling in my left side of my ribcage, wondering if it may be from swimming? Who knows, but I know it is sore when I twist or breath in too deep.

This morning I thought I was going to get to "sleep in" until 5:00 am. My dog Piper decided against that idea. She decided that I was going to get up at 4:30 am with her to let her out and get her something to eat. I had plenty of time to drink some coffee, eat a good breakfast and go to spin class, but decided that I just wanted to sit here and drink my coffee and watch the news. I think it's exactly what the doctor ordered. I have a busy day of work ahead of me, so I'll take the day off of training today and get back to it tomorrow with a long run early in the morning with Dawn and Terri.

Seriously, how cute is she?!

Sunday, May 1, 2011


New Photo Jenny and I tried with today. I needed one for my new website.

I know, I know I have not posted in 2 weeks on here, so I must make up for lost time. I have been working extremely hard with photography for the past few weeks, so when I have not been training, I have been working. I have kept up with my training so here it is.
For the week of Monday April 18 thru Sunday April 24th:
Running: 23.1 miles
Swimming: about 500 yds
Bike: 100.1 miles

For the week of Monday, April 25 thru Sunday, May 1st:
Running: 20.16 miles
Swimming: zero, yes I said zero.....
Bike: 63.20 miles

OK so week one was a little better than week two, BUT in week two I did my first "long" ride on my bike of over 2 hours. I also got off the bike after the long ride and ran 2 miles. This is something that James (powermultisport) told me to do. It was a lot harder than I expected. Well, I would not call it hard, but it was different. My legs felt really crazy for about a mile and a half, but then started to feel better. As for the swimming. I have decided that I am joining a masters class that will take place on MWF from 12:00 to 1:00. I have not wanted to get into the water too much and take the chance of learning a bunch of bad habits, so I decided to wait until the class starts in the next few weeks and learn from people that know what they are doing.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Long Run

Yesterday I went for a long run with Jenny (hello jenny), Dawn (dawn will run) and Vicki. We started at the Gateway on the Longleaf Trace. Vicki ran out 2 miles with us and then turned around to get 4 miles for the day. Jenny, Dawn and I ran to Jackson Road grabbed some water and headed back. It was a beautiful clear morning, the temperature was in the low 50's and the conversation was great! We made it back to the gateway to make it 8 miles total. Jenny wanted to do 8 today and Dawn and I wanted to do 12, so we turned back and finished our last 4 miles. We were not out today to set any records, we were strictly out there to get some base miles in. Dawn and I talked a lot about how excited we are to have some major goals in place for this year with our training. I really enjoyed today's run, it is nice to be running again for a reason. I know that I have a lot of hard work ahead of me to reach the goal of an Ironman, but I feel that at this point in my life I am ready for the challenge. I can't wait to see how Dawn's training pays off for her. She is doing exactly what Coach James (powermultisport) is telling her and I have never seen her more excited. I can't wait to see how well she does in the Huston Marathon this year. Our goal today was to do 12 miles at about a 9:30 to 10:00 pace. Here is what was on my Garmin:
Distance: 12.04
Total Time: 1:54:57
Pace: 9:33

Great run this morning. Enjoying the last few chances to run in cool weather.

Week totals:
Bike: 9.28 miles (partly on the ground)
Run: 20.08

Thursday, April 14, 2011

What a Day!

I should have known that today was going to be an interesting day when I rolled over to see what time it was and saw that it was 5:07am. I know to most of you out there that is early, and to be honest that is pretty early for me too. The problem with this is that I was supposed to be running with James, Dawn, Terri and Vicki 7 minutes ago! My alarm was supposed to go off at 4:00am so that I could get out of bed and get ready for a tempo run. I figured that there was something wrong with my phone until I went into the alarm settings and noticed that I set it for 4:00 PM!!!!! There you have it I missed my tempo run and I couldn't get back to sleep. I decided to get up, eat, drink a lot of coffee and start work early.

You would think that that would be the worst part of my day.......nope! I decided that since I missed my tempo run this morning, I would get a little seat time on the bike. I called my friend Eric up and he said he would join me. I wanted to do 20 miles or so just to get back on the bike. We started around noon at my house and rode to Clyde Station on the Longleaf Trace. That is roughly a mile, nothing big, I just like to start from my house to get the feeling of the open road. We then went from there to the Gateway Station at USM. During our ride we talked a little about how I have yet to change a tire, but I knew that it would happen sooner or later.....I am sure you see where I am going with this now! Yep, it is amazing how a conversation can tell the future. We made it down to the gateway and turned around, I was a bit hungry so I decided to reach into the little bike pack under the back of my seat to get a lara bar. As I was zipping up the pack with my right hand I jerked my front tire with my left hand and that's when it happened! Basically my front tire went perpendicular to the rest of my bike and that sent me and the the bike into a kind of a flipping motion. I think that I did about 1.5 flips with the bike when I came to a halt. Feet still clipped in, I looked at my hands that had gravel stuck in them from "softening" my fall. Obviously my bike tire was flat and I got to practice switching one out. Well actually my friend did most of that while I tried to gain composure and clean my hands up. We got the tube in and aired it up only to notice that the actual tire had a pretty big hole that the tube was sticking out of. This was not going to help us get anywhere, and we were about 7 miles from getting back to my house. To make a long story a little shorter, I am glad that we had a phone on us and that we could call another friend with a truck to come pick us up.

Total miles on bike today: 9.28 and probably about .01 on my face, but still connected to the bike.

After I got home and did a little damage assessment I took a few pictures with the phone, here is what I took:

I know James, I didn't break mine.

Not as bad as I expected it to be. I am pretty sure that I will need a new front wheel set up. I'll be taking her to see Drew tomorrow over at Hattiesburg Cycle Center to get her all fixed up for me. Hopefully she will be ready for me to hound out 100 miles during next weeks training.

What a WONDERFUL day! Pahahaha!

I'm Training for an Ironman

I ran across this video on YouTube and it cracked me up. Funny stuff, but this is pretty much how the conversations go when I talk to someone about this......

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Ironman Meeting

Last night I met James at his house to discuss my plans for Ironman training. After a few beers and some really good hummus we started discussing what it takes to become an Ironman and what I am going to have to do before I can even worry about Ironman training. Basically it all starts now!
James told me to start looking for the Ironman that I want to do, but we also discussed doing a bunch of sprint and larger tri's to get use to what is about to transpire over the next few months. As for now, this is what I was given to do for awhile:
25 miles running
100 miles on the bike
6000 to 7000 yds swimming (I asked if we could take a few zero's off of this number.)

Here are some of the other topics we discussed for me to work on right now:
This is from an e-mail sent to me this morning....
1. You have to get the swim down. Either more ti
me in the pool, a little bit of time with a swim coach, or preferably both. I would be happy to give you some tips but some 1 on 1 with an expert would be best.
2. More time in the saddle. Right now, it does not matter how hard or how fast – just more time in the saddle.
3. Keep the run the same or cut it back a little bit.
You can easily add a 3-mile run after each of your bikes. This will do wonders for the dead legs you will feel when you start to run.
4. Work on nutrition during longer work outs. This can be a deal breaker when you start to go long.

So here we go..... I am planning on finishing up this week with what I usually do and then getting to it on Monday with Ironman training.

You may ask what Ironman I decided on? Here is the plan.
In either April or May of 2012 I will be going for the half Ironman 70.3 in either New Orleans or Orlando. I am leaning towards Orlando because that is where my family is from and I would love for them to come see it.

Here is my choice for the full Ironman 140.6
There is a reason behind why I chose this one. First it is about 6 months after my half Ironman in Florida which will be the perfect time to start my training plan for the full. Also, you have to register for the full Ironman one year in advance or they fill up. The cool thing about this is that the race date this year is November 20th, one day after my 36th birthday. Yep I plan on staying up that night and registering with a cold beer in my hand as soon as the registration opens! If the race is the same weekend as 2011, the race in 2012 will be November 18th the day before my 37th birthday! You know if, sorry WHEN I cross that finish line it will be the best birthday ever!

So here we go, let the journey begin....... Let's Roll!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Ironman or Bust!

Well here it is, I started running about 3 years ago now for a number of reasons. The main one being because my wife started running and I figured it would be a good thing for me to get out and spend some quality time with her. I was right, we have had some great runs over the past few years and I have come to see what an inspirational and amazing person she really is. I started with a few 5K's, then moved on to run my 1st half marathon, and have since went on to do 5 half and 2 full marathons. The one thing that I have had my eyes set on, but never actually though I would go for was an Ironman. Let me just say this, I have no idea if this will be obtainable, but I am willing to do what it takes to try to get there!

For those of you who know me, you know my background with baseball. When I lost the sport, I felt like a part of my died (I know that sounds stupid, but if you have ever loved a game you will understand.) I was told at one time that it would be hard for me to do many sports again due to my injury. I let that get me down for a long time, and used it as an excuse to do smoke and do some serious partying. Then my wife, Jenny, asked me to start running with her. I told her that I would probably not ever be able to do more that 3 or 4 miles at a time because of my back. As I started running it amazed me that my back did not bother me, so 3 or 4 miles turned into a determination that I had not had in years! My goal was to run a full marathon and prove to those doctors that said I would have problems with sport that I could do anything that my mind and body would let me. Now this brings me to my Ironman goal. After finishing my second full marathon, I really joked a lot with Jenny about wanting to do an Ironman. She said to me many of times get your ass in the water and do it. If you don't know this about me, the only thing that has held me back from even attempting this so far is that I am afraid to swim. I mean I can swim, I grew up surfing, but you cant do an Ironman with a surfboard. Needless to say I know that this will be my Achilles of the race.

That brings me to present day. I have had the pleasure of meeting James Daniel. James has finished an Ironman and is an endurance sport coach. I mentioned to James one day on our run that I was flirting with the idea of doing an Ironman, and he told me that I could do it. Besides Jenny, James is the first person that told me to really go for it. I told him about the fact that I really cant swim more that 50 to 75 meters in a pool at this point, and he said, "But you can swim. We can get you there. Give me a year and I'll get you there." I'll be honest with you, when he first said this to me I thought this guy was crazy, but the more I have thought about it I have decided that it is doable. I know, I know, why would you train for an Ironman if you have never even done a triathlon? Trust me I ask that to myself over and over again. That is why I am titling this "Ironman or Bust." I plan on doing as many different tri races as I can in the next year. Hell, I may get in the first sprint tri and decided that there is no way I can do this. But who knows, I may get in the water and decided that this is not as bad as I thought.

I am going to go for it! If I "BUST" it will be on here for everyone to know, and I will know that I gave it all that I had. If i succeed, it will be one of the most exhilarating moments of my life. I hope that everyone will join me on this journey. James and I are planning on meeting soon to discuss what my goals are and exactly what Ironman I am going to work for. I'll let everyone know as soon as we chat.....

I took a little break...

Been a busy couple of weeks for me at work. I still did my training, but really have not kept up with it enough to post. I am going to try to do a little better job this week. Today I met Dawn, Terri, Vicki and James for mile repeats.
Here is what we did:
1 mile w/u
4x1600 with 800 c/d between each
mile 1: 7:42
mile 2: 7:50
mile 3: 7:45
mile 4: 7:47
1 mile c/d
Total Miles: 8.04
Total Time: 1:12:38

Friday, March 25, 2011

Training Week in Review

Monday 03.21.2011
Not too much to report here. I woke up and hit snooze on the alarm. Missed spin, felt bad and went for a short run that afternoon with Jenny and Terri.
Total: 3 miles
Time: 30:03
Pace: 10:01

Tuesday 03.22.2011
Met Terri, Dawn and Vicki for mile repeats at the longleaf trace.
Here is what we did:
1.5 mile w/u
mile 1: 8:18
.5 easy
mile 2: 8:14
.5 easy
mile 3: 8:11
.5 easy
mile 4: 7:58
.5 easy
1.5mile c/d
Total: 9 miles
Total time: 1:32:xx
Great run this morning.

Wednesday 03.23.2011
Went to spin class this morning.
Total: 19 miles
Lifted weights (chest)

Thursday 03.24.2011
Went to bed last night at 11:00 so I decided that my 4:00 am wake up was not going to happen. Missed my tempo run with Dawn and Terri. I went out with Jenny after she got off of work for an easy run. IT WAS HOT! 85 degrees sucks!
Total: 5 miles
Time: 50:01
Pace: 10:00

Saturday 03.26.2011
Long Run!
Jenny and I met Terri, Vicki and Jackie at the Gateway Station of the Longleaf Trace. Our goal was to run 6 miles on the trace and then hit the Avenues for the second 6 miles.

It was hot and humid this morning. We did the run in a pretty good time, but the weather did not help at all.

Total: 12 miles
Time: 1:51:00
Pace: 9:15

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Training Log Entry For The Week of 03.14.2011

Tuesday 03.15.2011
Decided to meet Terri, Dawn and Vicki out for their 5:00am speed workout this morning. Damn, it is early, but it feels great when I am finished. We did 6x800's today....
8 miles total
Not really what the breakdown was, but it was in the 8:40 pace range.

Wednesday 03.16.2011
Great spin class this morning. Dawn did it again..... yep kicked my ass on that last speed set!
Lifted weights after, triceps day.

Thursday 03.17.2011
Met Terri and Dawn this morning for a tempo run on the avenues. These girls amaze me, they just finished a marathon a week ago and are really keeping a great pace on this tempo. Again, 5:00am is damn early, but I like it! Great thing about my job is that I am my own boss, guess who came home today and went back to bed for about an hour after their tempo run? Sorry girls, that is the perks to being your own boss.
Here is what we did today:
8 miles on the avenues
mile 1 - 9:28
mile 2 - 8:48
mile 3 - 8:40
mile 4 - 8:31
mile 5 - 8:23
mile 6 - 8:51
mile 7 - 8:41
mile 8 - 8:40
average pace - 8:45
overall time - 1:10:10:25
yes Dawn I stole those numbers from your page, I love copy and paste!

Monday, March 14, 2011

Welcome Spring Forward!

I love the sun staying out later, but I hate that it takes the sun forever to come up!

Had a GREAT spin class this morning!
Lifted weights after, today what bicep day.

For not wanting to get up this morning, it ended up being a really good morning.

March 10, 2011 - 4 Year Anniversery

Today is my 4 year anniversery with my wonderful wife Jenny! She will never know exactly how much she has changed my life, and how much she inspires me each and every day!

I have taken this week slow on the running and weights due to working on renovations on our master bathroom. I have not sam due to the new addition on the tattoo (good excuse right?) Today Jenny and I went for a 5 mile run. I love that this is something that we can share as a married couple. It gets us away from the daily grind, if only for awhile. We do some really good talking out there....it's those little moments that matter the most.

We did 5 miles on the trace today.
Total time: 47:18
Pace: 9:28

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Training Log

In the gym for the first time this week. Did an easy spin class today (nice change) thanks to Dawn and Terri running a marathon this past weekend! Ended up doing 19 miles during class today. Went into the weight room after to work out my chest.

Taking myself a slow week here. Not sure if it is a good idea, but I feel like I need one.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

26.2 Tattoo is 99.9% Complete!

The Journey that Started after St. Jude Marathon 2009

The tattoo is 99.9% finished! This was sitting number 5 and 3 hours later it looks like this! All that I have left to do is go back and get minor touch-up work done to it after it heals. This has been a year and a half of work and I am very pleased with it!

Monday, March 7, 2011

Tattoo Continued.....

Marathon Tattoo Phase 4

I know it has been forever since I have posted anything about my tattoo. I figured since I was going today to get it hopefully all finished up, I would show what was done the last time that I went. If you look back on my older posts, you will see the progression of this tattoo. If I remember right these pictures are from sitting number 4 (that's about 14 hours worth now) of my tattoo work on this piece.

I'll post some more pics of the work that is done today asap!!!!

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Missed Swim Again

9:15 a.m.
The alarm goes off at 5:00 this morning, I roll over and immediately turn it off and fall back to sleep. Why is it that I cannot get motivated to swim? If I was getting up to run, lift weights or to go to spin class, I jump (well maybe not jump) out of bed and get ready to go. I guess it is because I just cant seem to get this swimming stuff, and it feels like i never will. I hear from all of these tri guys out there that the swimming was the worst part for them to learn. They all keep telling me to stick with it, and it will come to me.... What I hear them saying is, "blah, blah, blah, blah!" You know like the adults in a Charlie Brown cartoon. It's not that I have bad form in the water, at least that is what I have been told, it's the fact that I can't get this damn breathing down! I mean I struggle to make it 50 meters. That's just plain sad considering I grew up on the beach in Florida surfing my whole life. I mean, swimming on a surfboard is easy. Take that surfboard away and I freak out. Do you think the people in an Ironman would mind if I used my surfboard during the swim? Uugggghhhhhh, I am just frustrated! I am sure it will come in time, I just hate feeling like I am failing at something. If you know me, you know that failing at a sport is not my style!

On the brighter side, I made it to the gym this morning to lift. I did tri's and ab's today.

Think I am going to go run with the wife today and not worry about my speed at all. It's nice to slow down sometimes and just enjoy someones company while I run.

6:00 p.m.
Jenny and I went and did a good 5 mile run today on the Longleaf Trace
Total Time: 47:36
Avg. Pace: 9:31

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Lunch Break Run

So I decided this afternoon at lunch to go get a 4 mile run in. I love days like today. This morning I reluctantly got out of bed to go to spin class and ended up feeling great during the class. Maybe even the best that I have felt at a spin class. Then during my run this afternoon, that I was only going to do 4 miles during, I ended up doing 7 miles.
My goal today was not to break any records, but to simply "feel" my pace. I like to try this from time to time. I will run a pace that feels good to me without looking at my Garmin until it beeps at me. That's when I look down to see what the mile was. All I can say is that today blew my mind, I must have been feeling really good! Here is what my run was.....
7 miles on the Longleaf Trace starting at Jackson Rd.
Total Time: 59:46
Avg. Pace 8:32
Mile 1: 9:00
Mile 2: 8:30
Mile 3: 8:30
Mile 4: 8:28
Mile 5: 8:24
Mile 6: 8:26
Mile 7: 8:25
I wish I could hold that pace for 26.2 miles

Spin Class

8:10 a.m.
Had a great spin class this morning at Wesley. Dawn kicked it with some old school music today. I got there a little early so I could get a few more miles in before the class started. Ended up doing 20 miles today. Ready to get out on the open road soon.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Back In The Pool

March 01, 2011
7:05 a.m.

Today I got back into the pool to "try" to swim again. I was pretty sick last week so opted to not swim. It wasn't hard to talk myself out if that. I don't like this swimming thing too much. I just wish I could get it down without feeling like I smoked a pack of cigarettes after doing 50m. Sooner or later it will all click.....I hope.
This is what I did today:
2x25 with kick-board and fins
2x25 with kick-board and fins

Now I am in the gym doing a chest workout. Crazy that I would rather be doing weights than swimming.

1:19 p.m.
I decided to go to the trace for a quick 3 mile run during lunch today. My goal was to have negative splits and keep my last mile under eight minutes.
Here is what I did:
3 miles
Total Time: 24:35
Avg. Pace: 8:12
Mile 1: 8:53
Mile 2: 8:06
Mile 3: 7:35

Pretty good day today, back to work!

Training Log

February 28, 2011
7:06 a.m.

Just finished a good spin class. 18 miles in 44 minutes. Spin is tough, but love the way that I feel when I am finished. Great way to start the day.
In the gym now lifting. Biceps this morning.

Friday Catch Up

February 25, 2011

7:34 a.m.
In the gym this morning to do a lot of weights! Today I am trying to get in back, shoulders and triceps all before I go play a little golf. Had a busy week at the office and a wedding to shoot Saturday. I figure that I owe it to myself to take today to myself!

Back At It

February 24, 2011

8:00 a.m.
Ok, I had to end up taking two full days off of any workout at all this week! Sucks, but it was much needed. I reluctantly got up yesterday to go to the gym to do a chest workout with the weights. I still didn't feel great and decided to take the rest of the week off from swimming. Chest workout went ok. Still worn out and tired, but glad that I did it. Maybe I'll try a run this afternoon when Jenny gets home from work.

6:00 p.m.
Decided to go for a good slow run with the wife. I like these runs sometimes. It's good for me to run with her and get to talk with her about the day. Sometimes it's really nice to not worry about how fast I am going and to enjoy quality time with my wife. We did 4 miles on the Longleaf Trace today.
Time: 38:27
Pace: 9:37

Monday, February 21, 2011

Training Log

12:44 p.m.

Felt terrible this morning when I woke up. Still trying to fight off this stupid sinus issue that I am having.
Did spin class, 18 miles o the bike in 40ish minutes.
Worked out with the weights: did biceps and abs today. Time to go get some breakfast with my wife who is off today for Presidents Day, then it's in the studio for me to do some work.

Tuesday 8:46 a.m.

Ended up going for a run yesterday about 4:45 p.m. I went to the Longleaf Trace and decided to run a quick 4 miles. It was warm again outside, but I tried not to let that slow me down. Here is what I did:
mile 1: 9:04
mile 2: 8:14
mile 3: 8:18
mile 4: 8:00
Total time: 33:39
Pace: 8:25

I woke up this morning and missed my swim and weights, may miss my run also. I have been fighting this stupid sinus cold, but it got the best of me last night. I feel beat!

Saturday 02.19.2011 - Game 2 - USM vs Eastern Illinois

Southern Miss as Eastern Illinois - Game 2 - 1:00 p.m.

USM controlled this game early with a 2 run homer in the bottom of the first inning from B.A. Vollmuth, and they never looked back. Beating Eastern Illinois 9-1 in game 2 of the 3 game series.

Friday - 02.18.2011 - Opening Day at The Pete!

Southern Miss vs Eastern Illinois - Game 1 - 4:00 p.m.

Southern Miss showed up today to play some Baseball opening the season with a 6 - 2 win against Eastern Illinois.

Here are a few images that I captured from the day.