Saturday, February 21, 2009

Sounds a little fishy

I got back in the pool this week. For the first time since October. I don't really want to say that I know that much about swimming but I swam 1500 meters today in a time that was only one minute slower than my 1500 meter time last year. So, I guess for me, my swim is always about the same no matter how much swimming I do - I think I will continue to swim but not stress about working that much on my time. It confirms my theory that so little time is spent in the water relatively speaking, that it is not worth the investment to speed up when you are not a gifted and talented swimmer.

As I have said many times, my swim speed is "on". I am either swimming or not...that is it. I think to open my swim time and improve it dramatically would take a LOT of time and effort. It seems that the time would be much better spent on the bike and/or the run.

Strangely enough, last year I realized just how much I liked the long swims. They really let me disassociate and zone out and go.

I also ran 6 miles today. My longest run in a month. I have been a bit of a slug since the marathon....but I have been riding and going to spin class.

See you at the finish line.

Monday, February 16, 2009

Riding Weekend....

It was a great holiday weekend. A couple of great rides and a wonderful Sunday off. It was my first Sunday off from trianing in quite some time. What a nice break.

I am beginning to ramp up the short work for the CapTexTri on Memorial Day in May. If you are anywhere close to Texas and you have never done this race, do yourself a favor and go register right now.....stop reading....go is a big, well-run event. You should be there.

Planning the calendar for the year is taking some work since there are a lot of LONG workouts for an IM. I love to do know, someone else carrying the water is cool.

In case you are unaware, I am doing the Janus Charity Challenge during IMAZ raising money for the Lance Armstrong Foundation - one of my employees is going through chemo, my mom is a survivor and my dad, father in law and mother in law all died of cancer. Additionally, I am going to carry a list of names of cancer survivors and victims with me during Ironman Arizona - they will help get me through 140.6. If any of you have names of anyone you would like to add to the list, please email me at

Finally, if you are compelled to make a donation and would like the link to my site, it is

Thanks for considering a donation....see you at the finish line,

Saturday, February 7, 2009

San Antonio Stock Show Stampede

Ran the San Antonio Stock Show Stampede this morning. A warm, humid morning for a 4 mile fund-raising run. The proceeds go to provide scholarships for kids affiliated with the rodeo. They have given $87 million for college tuition over the years and the goal this year is over $8,000,000. The run was pretty simple, no fancy aid stations - just water at one and water and gatorade at the other. A cowboy breakfast after the run and what made it complete???? A cold Lone Star Beer!!! It was an early beer, even for me.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

A new season...

So, it's been a while since I posted anything, it's also been a while since I have done anything too. But I am ready....ready to kick up the activity and the season.

So it looks like the plan for the year goes like this....
1. Running several miles, from time to time, with my brother in his first marathon.
2. Lifetime indoor triathlon
3. CapTexTri - hopefully it is not as hot as last year
4. TriItInSpanish
5. Jack's Generic Tri
6. The Austin Triathlon
7. A Half Iron in here about this time
8. IMAZ....wooohoooo

I am sure I will stick another sprint or two in here and hopefully some organized rides.....I really like someone else to carry my water.

Looks like it will be a full season.

Two races already planned for 2010: Disney half marathon with Sherpa will be her first half marathon. Also, the Texas Independence Relay...a 200 mile team relay in March. Should be a fun next 14 months or so....welcome aboard for the ride.

It will be mid-70s here all weekend with lows in the 60s, so it is outside runs and

See you at the finish line.