Tuesday, March 31, 2009

SLO training camp...

I am in San Luis Obispo right now and will be for the next week or two. Training camp got under way this morning and the week will be solid for sure...tons of training with some hard riding! Time to get after it a bit and I am excited about it. I am feeling pretty good and this week will only push me further along.
I will post throughout the week to share my adventures...stay tuned.
Hopefully the weather stays as amazing as it is right now =)
Tonight I am riding with an old Cal Poly buddy and doing the local Tuesday night crit...haven't done a crit in years and certainly haven't hurt that bad since last June when I did my last race. Good times for sure!

Saturday, March 28, 2009

The training front...


Well, I am in the middle of a bike focus and I must say that I am feeling pretty good. It has been a good week so far with tons of training. The weather has been killer and I have had some good company for much of my training so the days have felt effortless (almost=) ).
I have been on my mountain bike three times this week and it feels great. I just love riding the trails and getting away from it all. I have a new favorite place to ride around here, sycamore cyn. and it is so nice right now b/c it is all green and I never see anyone out there. It also has the perfect training loop (thanks for telling me about it Jim!) and it is one-way, which means you can go really fast and not worry about hitting someone coming the other direction =). A few of us turned some hard laps out there on Wednesday. It was my first hard ride of the year and it certainly hurt but it felt great to push the pace. I will be riding this loop a lot this year in prep for the Xterra season.


That is about it from here. Jess has some work up in San Luis Obispo so it is looking like we will be up there for one to two weeks starting on Monday. I love it up there so it wasn't a hard decision when Jess asked if I could join her. Plus, being in the middle of a bike focus means that I can just ride a TON on beautiful, quiet country roads. Have a good weekend everyone!

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Who needs a racesuit?

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Race season is fast approaching...for many of us this weekend marks the start of the season with several races going on throughout California.
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-Trisuit with small pad


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Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Back at it...

So, after the accident I took all weekend off from training. I felt much better on Monday and managed to get in 5 hrs on the bike plus a transition run. I did this ride with Lesley (she is tough!) and we got in a ton of strength work, high cadence drills and even a few harder intervals...a solid day to say the least.
Today I felt pretty good given the day I had yesterday. I rode mountain this morning and then got in a noon masters swim (under the blazing sun!). I am in the first week of a two week bike focus so I have a hefty dose of riding on the schedule for the rest of the week. I am excited to log the miles b/c up until now I haven't ridden too much or at least not put much emphasis on it...that is about to change. I respond to training pretty quickly so I am sure after the next two weeks I will be riding well (or at least on the road to riding well).


--not sure the pics do justice to damage but you get an idea.

I expect the insurance company to say that my truck is a total loss so I have been looking for replacement vehicles. Jess and I went to the tow yard yesterday to get the rest of my stuff and it was certainly sad to see "the beast" sitting there in the yard. Well, time to move on.

Train, eat, sleep, repeat!

Have fun out there!

Saturday, March 21, 2009

The big news here....

Thursday was a good day in terms of training but it ended on a bad note as I got into a pretty significant car accident. Overall, I am fine. I have some cuts and bruises but nothing too bad. I am certainly sore but the soreness will go away (especially after the 11 hours of sleep I got last night and the rest day I will have today). I was planning to do the club race today but after a mellow ride yesterday and a brief run to test the body it was obvious that it was a no go...my whole right side is very tight and my hip is pretty bruised up (mostly from the seatbelt actually). Plus, coach Reto advised taking some time off to let my body heal so that my training isn't impacted next week when I start my two week bike focus.
My poor truck has seen better days and will likely be a total loss. Ahhh, the good'ol ford ranger...been around since I was in high school, it was my first vehicle, and when I left my corporate life in pursuit of my dreams the ranger seemed to be the natural choice (or maybe the only choice but we will call it the natural choice) =) The ranger has certainly been on some adventures!
I hate when these things happen b/c they are such a pain to deal with but, at the end of the day, I am just happy to be alive. It could have been much worse and, honestly, if I wasn't an athlete that is relatively fit and strong I am sure the injuries would have been more significant. Looking back at the incident serves as a friendly reminder that we only live once so we better make everyday count! In a split second it can all be over...being alive and well is truly priceless.
Have fun out there and be safe!

Thursday, March 19, 2009

News and training...


Well, the big news is that I just signed up for Ironman Utah! The race is May 1st 2010. I am excited about the challenge but this year it is all about Xterra so I will worry about that race after Xterra World's.

--The ladies on the ride yesterday...I was lucky to be in good Xterra company!

The past few days have been very solid from a training standpoint. On monday, I logged a good swim session, a longer ride with fellow Xterra Pro, Lesley Paterson (10th at world's last year and 2nd at Alabama!) and a run along the bay. Then Tuesday I knocked out a hard run (ran pretty fast actually, which was nice. 6x1k ) and a mellow swim. Yesterday, I picked up Renata Bucher (Xterra pro that was 4th at world's last year...so a stud!)and we went for an awesome 3:30 ride out east. Amazing weather and gorgeous scenery. Then we finished up the day with a KILLER open water swim session run by Jim Vance. Seriously, it was awesome and I can't wait to do it again...thanks Jim!
Today I will go to noon masters at UCSD and then get in a hilly 1 hr run. Tomorrow will be some active recovery and then I will do the club race on Saturday.
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Tuesday, March 17, 2009

update...

The past week or so has been packed with training and work. I am in the middle of a run focus (2 weeks) and I feel like my run is coming along. I haven't run this much since I was training for a marathon several years back. Right now I have the usual aches and pains from increasing the mileage but my running economy is increasing daily. I am excited to see how I feel in a couple weeks when the hard work has had time to settle in. In about an hour I am off for another hard run...6x1k and I am sure I will be beat after this one =) Then I have a mellow drill swim and some core work at the gym with Jess.
Last weekend I finally made it out to ride Mt. Palomar...what a great climb! It is a perfect training ride that I will frequent often in the coming months...perfect Xterra training. The last week I logged 21 hrs of training with a lot of quality running and this week will likely be right around the same...good form is on the horizon, I just know it =)
Next week I start a 2 week bike focus where I will ride A TON! Huge hours on the bike (25-30 hrs of training) that will no doubt pay dividends. I am excited to start the bike block b/c I want to get my cycling legs back and lay a good foundation for the Xterra season.
This weekend I am going to do the Tri club race at Fiesta Island. I haven't raced in a long time so it will be a good test and show me where I am at this point in the season. I won't be racing Xterra Real afterall...I am traveling a lot next month and it just doesn't make sense for me to drive up there when there are no pro points or money to be made. Instead, I will try to get in some mountain bike racing during my big bike block. Staying close to home for the next few weeks will let me really focus on my training and work, which will be very good for me.
Also, I have been linking up with Lesley Paterson (fellow Xterra pro) for a lot of training. It is great to find someone with similar goals that is in a similar situation. Training alone is fine sometimes but doing it everyday can get old and lead to burnout, which is why I am excited about partnering up with Lesley. She has been nice enough to show me some very cool rides out in east county...there are some great roads out there and I look forward to exploring more of them.
Alright, that is it from here. Off for some training...it is a beautiful day down here at the beach.
Have fun out there!

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Training and work...

This week I have been logging the training hours and trying to get some work done. Training has been going well although my swimming seems to be lacking. No doubt the result of being gone for a while and barely swimming (let alone swimming hard). The run is coming along very nicely and the bike volume is going up, which feels good.
The last few days have been solid and the next few days are going to involve more quality work. Overall, I am feeling very good and I am excited to dial up the volume over the next few weeks. I am fired up to race in a couple weeks to see where I am...truthfully, I feel like I am getting fit (by no means race fit yet) but I haven't raced in a long time so who know how it will go.
Kind of boring post. I should have better stories after a sold weekend of training.
Have fun out there!

Monday, March 9, 2009

Trifest and other stuff


The last few days I was in Tucson for Trifest. We had a Skinfit booth and all the work managed to kick my butt...I am so beat!
I drove home yesterday after a long day. I wasn't going to but I just wanted to get back to normal and sleep in my own bed. So, 6 hours in the car and I got home around 11:30. So, as expected I was really tired this morning and I decided to take the day off from training so I could get everything in order.
Back to normal and a really hard training block starts tomorrow. I am excited to be home with Jess and I am excited to get after it a bit on the training front. I think the next several weeks will bring some great fitness and I will have some opportunities to test myself with some racing, which I haven't done in a LONG time!
I will keep you posted on my progress. The next four weeks will bring some interesting things and I will share it all with you.

The highlight of the weekend was certainly my ride up Mt. Lemmon with Tom and Brian. A very cool ride with good friends...perfect! Here are some pictures from the ride.
26 mile climb (we only went 14 miles up b/c I had to get back to my booth at Trifest). It was a cold morning so the way down was pretty chilly...good thing I had my klima baselayer!



--Where the ride starts...coffee!

Friday, March 6, 2009

Trifest--Day 1



A busy but successful first day at Trifest.
It was hectic getting setup this morning but it all came together by noon in time for the start of the event. Foot traffic was a little light today and that was to be expected. However, we did make some sales and we were well received. It feels so good to finally be attending events and showcasing Skinfit! Tomorrow will be a very busy day and I am excited to see it play out!
I wrapped up the day with a run at sunset...awesome!

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Easy week and a ton of work


--Our life in boxes...this place is only 450 sq. feet!

The past couple of days have been filled with prep for my upcoming travels to AZ for Trifest. Plus, we are doing all kinds of things to get ready for other races and to get our name out there...to say we are busy is a huge understatement.
I took Monday off from training and today I went to Stanford for swimming...a hard set and I felt flat but I got it done. This week is a recovery week, which was planned b/c the last couple of weeks have been hard and I am traveling a ton. Plus, the next four weeks (after this week) are going to be brutal...big hours and a lot of hard training. I am doing a two week run focus followed by a two week bike focus and I am sure by the end of it I will be completely smoked but very fit. I will also be doing Xterra Real at the end of march...I can't wait to race and test my fitness. It has been a long time since I have toed the line and I have never been more ready to lay it down!
Tomorrow I am off to Monterey after some training in the morning. I am meeting with a couple customers and then I am off to SLO before making the long haul to Tucson on Thursday morning (very early!). I want to be there Thursday in time to set up our Skinfit booth. So, it going to be a very busy week and I am looking forward to finally making it to AZ. The weather should be much nicer and I can't wait to see what type of reception we get at Trifest. If you will be there stop by and say hi!
We will be serving FREE 53x11 coffee. That is a summary of my crazy life right now...crazy but I would have it no other way.
Have fun out there!

--The fastest green racesuit you'll ever see =)

Monday, March 2, 2009

New Skinfit blog post


Read about our Skinfit weekend on our blog...our first event was a success!