Monday, March 9, 2015

FEBRUARY TRAINING UPDATE

Another month down.

"I may be weak, but your spirit's strong in me. My flesh may fail, but my God, you never will"

For Lent, Jen and I are listening only to Christian music. Which means, taylor swift, Nick Jonas, and country are going to have to wait 40 days. While the kids questioned this at first, we all have been so uplifted lately with the music. Plus, I spend a lot of hours training and listening to music so I am definitely testing myself but it has been great!!!

February was fantastic. It finally "snowed" here. Jen and I went to ski, got engaged, and went to VA Beach to celebrate my Dad's 60th birthday all in the same month.

Work is ,well ,work. I love my job.

Triathlete update - I am very blessed to have sponsors cover the cost of travel when it comes to races along with other expenses that have been great. That being said, It is my duty and obligation to represent them the best way I can. Win races! And of course spread the word about their products.

So, I have really used that as motivation. IF they back me, then I have to make them feel like it is a good investment. Those days where it is 30 degrees, windy, and rainy and I have to go run 10 miles I think of them. I think of how much I love this sport. How lucky I am to get to do this. How Great God is. So much positive stuff to think before I start, that when I start- I am amped!

You have to find motivation in whatever you do. What keeps you motivated?

My hours of training increased in February. Starting to get ready for my April and May races. South beach and Knoxville TN are what are on tap currently for travel. Some big races with great competition.

My training buddy was asked - What technology do you use on the bike - His answer "Nothing. I just dig deep" .

Sometimes in life, we just have to dig deep to get the job done.



Swimming and Cold weather destroy my finger tips :(

Peaks and Valleys = Interval Training

My Brother doing his thing!

One Great Dog!

Pretty big month for Jen and I

Night time reading


Skechers GoMeb!

Trying to be artistic

This coffeehouse knows us way too well. My buddy looks a little cold

Hitting the Slopes with Jen

Not sure what he is looking at.

Waiting for the Garmin to find location




Bonk Breaker

Filters Fast

TriBike Transport









Sunday, February 1, 2015

January 2015

Monthly Recap

   This will be a month I will remember for  a while when it comes to training. Volume was high but I have had some high volume days/weeks/months. What was different was the fact that I did a good amount of training outside in the frigid weather conditions. Its very easy to run on a treadmill or bike on a trainer when the weather outside is freezing, raining, and very windy.

   I feel fit coming out of January. The mental aspect of doing 3 hr rides in 20degree temps at 7am in the winter is what really helped grow my confidence, strength, and toughness.

   There has been some epic training days. Running a 10k Time Trial right after work, doing a 2,000 yd swim Time Trial during lunch. Going all out for 25miles in the pouring rain at 34 degrees temps on the bike. Running 7min miles for 8miles AFTER a 55mile bike. This stuff I am taking with me coming race time along with all the slow yards and miles. All of it adds up.

   Another new tool for me is training with Power and Heart Rate. My coach is amazing and knows his stuff so that makes it easy. Its fun seeing 4 straight 1 hour runs at a Heart Rate of 144 average and an average pace of 7.42 per mile. I make it a game so running easy is not boring ;)

   Nutrition for these workouts is simple. A Bonk Breaker before every swim, bike, and run. And an extra one during the long Bike Workouts.

   I eat an abundance full of oatmeal, bananas, and anything Jen cooks which, luckily for me, is every night and it is delicious!

   Charlotte is such a great city for training, but also for everything else. We have been enjoying the winter walks at parks with the kids and the puppy. Nice to not think about training or work.

   Hot Tea and Coffee - pretty much the daily beverage intake with, of course, water. Then the weekend might consist of Apple Hard Cider :)

   Also, Jen and I just finished up our first Duet Coaching at the YMCA for Families. Its called Family Fit Friday. We had 7 families signed up and for our next 6 week sessions we have 16!! We are very excited.

Tucker graduated from puppy class so we are one very proud parents.

The farm is prettier than ever and our paradise is right outside our front door.

   Next month I assume will be about the same in training but might have some 40 degree rides which will be change.

It was a great month and cant wait for Februrary!




Charlotte looking a little chilly

Skate Night!

Zzzzzzz

After a long workout on a weekend, I may splurge ;)

I love trains, but also a good view of the conditions my buddy Glenn and I biked in

Nesspresso Coffee!

Amen!

Dang I love these bars.

Sunday Funday!

I graduated!


Its too Cold Look







These families did great and all improved their 5k times!



TriBike Transport

Filters Fast

Bonk Breaker





Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Workout Blues

Its that time of year where staying in bed feels so much  better than doing a workout. 

It just happened to me today. TWICE. 

I woke up with a 2 hr bike on my computrainer(in my garage, that holds my race bike in place while i ride creating pretty much the realist possible way of riding outside since you can adjust resistance, power, etc) and a 4,200yds swim (in a pool ;) on tap for the day. 

The bike, that was just mental really. Your long workouts my friends, you will have times where you ask yourself "I at least did half of what i am suppose to do so I am fine with that". But you never will have that full satisfaction until you completed what you wanted to do in the first place. So, I got it done and Jen made my happiness touch the sky when i opened the door to breakfast all ready and even more- a huge smile on her face. 

Swim - at lunch time, I was tired today. But after talking to Jen ( it really helps to talk to someone if your lacking the motivation) I decided to drive to the pool and see if I woke up once I Jumped in the pool. Funny, sometimes it takes a good jump of faith to wake up ;)

Anyway, I dominated the 2.5mi swim and felt very accomplished. 

These Blues dont happen often, but when they do- call a friend, think of the aftermath, talk to God, do whatever to assure you complete the task at hand.

Monday, November 3, 2014

2014 RACE SEASON

I can not be any happier how this Season went!

First, I found the woman of my dreams. Better than my dreams to be honest. I mean, she throws the baseball with me, and plays football, rock climbs, wakes up at 4am just to go to my races, tells me to get out the door and do my workout when I feel bad that I just got home from work. I could go on and on about how lucky I am but I will not. Thanks Jen!

It was another injury free year again. I averaged 1 day off a month for 10 straight months. Raced 12 races. Raced in Chicago and California this year and raced against the best in the world there too. We are talking about Olympic Medalists. Had 8 top fve finishes, 7 being top 3.

My training schedule was working out 2-3 times a day pretty much every day before work, during lunch time, and after work. So, yes, I have an amazing job that allows me to go into work sweaty or smelling like Chlorine.

I also found me a coach that fits my needs. I was with him for 8 weeks at the end of the season, and will be with him during off season and all of next year. I'm pumped about that!

Thanks to my training friends. They also helped motivate me. The group of six are in pics below. Thanks to my Dad and mom for being great support too. And of course, God and I's relationship grew stronger and that's all I can ask for every year-For me to strengthen my relationship with God.

Lastly, My sponsors- Thank you for a great year. FiltersFast, TribikeTransport, Hammer Nutrition, and Skora.

2015 is going to be the best year yet!! I can just feel it..
Kure Beach, NC

Kure Beach Pier





Training Camp #3 with the guys

We put in the work to make races easier


Chicago presented me the toughest conditions to swim in

My Dad and I had a blast in Chicago

Chicago


Too cool of a pic to not share

Oceanside CA


My Angel!


Great trail in CA





Filters Fast

TriBike Transport