Archive for October 31st, 2008

A few (4) triathletes from our bulletin board are racing IMFL tomorrow. You can follow real-time tracking via this thread at the kickrunner’s multisports forum: IMFL tracking thread

The race starts at about 6:45AM Eastern Time in the United States. The IM race doesn’t end until midnight so check the MSF tracking thread throughout the day. It promises to be fun!

I’m going to be Mr. ADD tomorrow with so many things going on.

(posted on 10/31/2008 10:00PM Pacific)

(time update 11/1/2008 3:20 Pacific)

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I’m going to see about getting to IMFL or IMAZ next year. Could have signed up for LP or WI (all I needed to do was press the register button on Active–yup, that close); it was premature given I haven’t gotten to Kona yet. This time, I need a 140.6 for next year and either will do. Great races to close a season with.

  • Vineman 70.3–Saturday, 11/1/2008 12:01AM PST (want to do this one just because)
  • Registration times for US events are as follows:
    • Ford Ironman Coeur d’Alene- Monday, June 23, 2008 9:00AM-11:00AM
    • Ford Ironman Lake Placid- Monday, July 21, 2008 9:00AM-11:00AM
    • Ford Ironman Wisconsin- Monday, September 8, 2008 9:00AM-11:00AM
    • Ford Ironman Florida- Sunday, November 2, 2008 9:00AM-11:00AM
    • Ford Ironman Arizona- Monday, November 24, 2008 7:00AM-9:00AM

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What is CrossFit?

I don’t know everything about it, but they do have a website.

It seems to be  an outgrowth of focused training by the U.S. military for whatever activity a soldier engages in.  I remember what PT sessions were like in the military, and if you do those every day you will reach a great level of fitness in a number of weeks.

I know when I cross-train, I do focus on core exercises for triathlon-specific needs.  So in a way, if you cross-train you are doing some of this.  The main difference seems to be the intensity of the CrossFit sessions versus my laid-back workout style.  Apparently they settle on a round of exercises that are distinct, and try to do it one after another with little or no rest in between.  Like I said, I don’t know everything.  This is just what I’m hearing.

As with any exercise method, it can be taken to extremes.  I’ve heard of a few people developing overuse injuries because of it though.  I think you can go crazy with it after a certain point, but as always–get there slowly and cautiously.

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Have you ever seen the series “Iconoclasts” on Sundance? Tonight, it just happened to feature Tony Hawke and John Favreau. You know who Tony Hawke is, the face of skateboarding. He lives up in Carlsbad a couple of miles from my town. John Favreau was an actor in one of my favorite movies, “Rudy”. He got more famous for directing “Ironman”. He also wrote “Swingers”.

So they put these two guys from different worlds and see if they can view the other’s life in their counterpart’s perspective. Kinda cool actually. The biggest thing about these two is that they are not really that different. Both are massively successful and both are humble. Just two normal guys who found ways to make things happen doing what they love. Tony Hawke said about Favreau, “I can learn something from John. He is like me, in that we see failure as something to learn from. You fail one project and then you move on. You don’t spend much time stewing, but you learn from it and try not to do it next time.”. Something like that.

I’m going to watch more of this series. It is refreshing.

Training update:

Ran track at 7:30s. 4X1600 with 30 sec rest in between. 1 mile warmup and then 1 mile cooldown. So 6 miles altogether. I think my lungs are coming back. My coughing after a good effort is less this time than before. Maybe that volcano stuff is no longer in my lungs!  The early miles are still hard for me; I tend to slowly ramp up, getting to race speed after miles 4-6.  So launching into Z3 right away is just nuts.  The coaches did try to slow me down since I just came back from an IM.  They said I was running way to fast for recovery.

Went to the gym afterwards and did 1 hour just experimenting with weights again. Stuff that I used to do with ease I can only do a half-stack. Very weak from neglect. I’m sure my legs are the only part of me that hasn’t weakened. Give it time.

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