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Friday, April 17, 2009

Triathlon Training Plans

While I am not currently training for a triathlon, I am still interested in tri-training, because I plan to resume tri-training in the future, maybe as soon as 2010 ramping up for another IM in 2011.

I just read an article on training volume that sounded interesting. The concept being discussed is why many age-groupers hit "the wall". Jesse explains his theory of the volume required to avoid what he terms System Failure (walking the last 10 miles of the marathon in an IM for example). He states that for a triathlon, the following required distances should be met at least twice in the 6 weeks before race day. These distances are based on your race distance according to the following formula:

Swim – 9/3 of the event distance, per week
Bike – 8/3 of the event distance, per week
Run – 7/3 of the event distance, per week

For someone training for an Ironman, that means that in their final build block before race day, they should have a week with at least 12,660 yards of swimming, 300 miles of biking and 60 miles of running. For me, that would mean about 29 hours (based on my speed leading up to last years IMAZ race). That is a lot of training and does not factor in things like getting to training locations, gear maintenance, laundry and logging all those training hours. Add those in and you have a second FULL-TIME job if you are a working person like me.

All that work for the honor and privilege of a solid race. A solid race IF your nutrition plan is tested and works well for you on race day, and IF the weather cooperates to some degree, and IF you have a good race pace plan and you stick with it. Some of those are in your control and others are not.

That is a very short summary of the article and he goes into much more detail, so if you want more info, I highly recommend checking it out.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009


No, not just the English greeting or a toast. Cheers was one of my favorite sitcoms so while in Boston I stopped by the Bull & Finch which was the inspiration for the show.
That's me next to the famous stairs down the the bar "where everyone knows your name".

I enjoy barfood, after all, what's not to like about greasy fries and a grilled burger. Since I am a bit cynical, sometimes I think that "landmarks" don't have great food. Maybe it is because they get a sizeable chunk of their business from tourists that won't be back for the next weekly special they don't feel the need to try to make their food special. Maybe the demanding nature of some tourists make it hard to keep good kitchen help. Whatever the reason, I have seen it more than once and accordingly was not planning on anything special at Cheers.

I was surprised! The cheeseburger I had was probably second only to a great place in Minnesota. (I think it was called the Lion's Tap. Anyone been there recently? Is it still good?)
Anyway, the burger was cooked the way I ordered it and was just the right amount of greasy. The fries were ok, but with a burger like that, who cares? One of the people I was with had a turkey sandwich and said it was a bit dry and lamented trying to eat healthy. The other person also had a burger and agreed that it was great.

It was also about the only sun we had all week, so I was glad I had my camera with me to get a few pictures, even if it did help make us a few minutes late back to class.

Now I turn it over to you, blog readers. Do you have a favorite restaurant? Any "famous" ones that you've been to with great food? Leave a comment here or shout out over on Twitter. Don't know what Twitter is? Go visit and sign up and join the fun. An upcoming blog post will talk about one way Twitter is useful to just about anyone.

Friday, April 3, 2009

Update from Boston

Sometimes a stranger can bring great meaning to your life. - fortune cookie

After walking around in the rain for awhile, I decided to grab a quick bite to eat from McDonald's. Not the healthiest choice, but once in a while it's not too bad. I was partway back and I felt the bag shift a bit. Before I knew it, my bag was torn and most of my fries were on the sidewalk along with my napkins. One friendly passerby chuckled and said something like "sucks to be you doesn't it" which was in line with a fair number of people I have encountered here this week. [Side note: Before all you Bostonians jump all over me, I have encountered a fair number of sociable and friendly people here as well.]

This brings me to the point of my fortune cookie. The whole incident could have ticked me off and ruined my afternoon, but it didn't for two reasons. One is that I try to not let minor things (people cutting me off in traffic, spilled milk, lack of casual dress-codes, etc.) ruin my day.

The other is that another passerby stopped (in the rain) and helped me pick up my stuff. She asked if I wanted the napkins I dropped. I said, I would just throw them away and looked around for a trash can. Not seeing one, she said not to worry, she would throw them away for me. She had no reason to stop and help and in the rain, every reason not to, but she still did.

Just a random act of kindness that someone did that helped brighten up a rainy day for this traveler. Reminds me I need to keep my eyes open for opportunities to "pay it foreword".

Boston pictures to come soon over on my photo blog.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Hiking & Computers

Hiking and computers really have nothing in common, but I have to talk about both and I'm too lazy to make to make 2 separate posts.


Good news is my laptop is back and mostly 100%. It did take me about a week to get most of my programs reinstalled and get the operating system patched back to a reasonably current level.

Bad news is the family pc took another dump. Even worse is the timing, I am out of town and can't even work on it till Saturday. That is a bit of a problem for my oldest son will need to use a neighbors computer for his school work. It is a near catastrophe for my wife who will now be hopelessly backlogged on her FaceBook "work".

Hopefully I can get it back up and running quickly, but may need to pick up a new pc since this one has now had strange problems a couple times in the past couple months. If so, I'll put Linux on this and fire up some "uptime" tracking tools to see if I can figure out if it is hardware or operating system related.


This past Saturday, one of my nephews came to town for a week with my parents. My youngest son and I talked them into going on a hike with us. We went to the San Tan mountains as they are pretty close and I had not been there since they closed off a bunch of the trails to 4x4 vehicles (used to have some fun with the Durango there, almost rolled it once)desert, hiking, AZ, cactus, San Tan, mountain, boys. There were some up's and down's like this, but nothing to extreme or risky.

Just don't let my sister see that sign in the picture below. :)

We had fun and hiked about 2.5 miles. We might have gone longer, but some of the older group was getting tired and the other one needed to pack for a trip very early the next morning (some would say later that night).

desert, hiking, AZ, cactus, San Tan, mountain, boys