May 26, 2010
I truly think you should consider stopping production and subsequently banning the P3 model from competition in any sort of triathlon or time trial event. It is simply not fair to the other competitors in a race who do not own one of these bikes.
Travis Earley (P3-owner)
Haha! That bike is a freaking ROCKET SHIP!!! I don't know if it's because I'm quasi-rested and "tapered" in prep for the Buffalo Half Marathon this weekend, but the virgin ride that I took it out on last night was amazing. GOOD stuff and I cannot WAIT to haul @$$ on it during a triathlon....it's gonna be a fast season! :o) Cheers.
May 25, 2010
May 17, 2010
I've never really raced a half marathon before and want to see what kind of time I can pull out for this one as it seems like it's a very flat and fast course. I had some good training over the weekend that I'd be remiss if I didn't let you all know about.
I had a long bike ride planned for Saturday that didn't really go quite as planned. I wanted to do a 56 mile loop around Canandaigua Lake and test out my fitness a bit, but it was a little windy out on Saturday. There were gusts of up to 30mph and for the majority of the ride I was gripping the handlebars for dear life. The descent into Naples was about the scariest thing I've done on a bike since I decided to vault my handlebars at IMLP last year. Honestly, my triceps hurt at the end of the ride because I was gripping so tight and jsut wrestling with the wind. I wanted to go 20+mph and that DEFINITELY did not happen. Oh well, on a positive note, that night I got a new uniform and dropped off the Beast and a bag of parts to Wil at TriSpot to have him piece together the puzzle that is the new bike!
This is the frameset that is going to be built for me. Turns out Wil squeaked a black one out of the folks at Cervelo and he will be throwing my parts on a bike to make it look like the one above. I'm pretty stoked that I kept all the "stock" parts from my bike after I've done upgrades over the last 3 years. Those stock parts are coming in handy now... I don't have a pic of my new duds yet, but will get one of those soon enough up here to let you all know what I'll be racing in.
But anyway, back to the training! On Sunday, I woke up and needed to do a 15-17 mile run on roads to get some pace work done in prep for Buffalo. I really wasn't feeling too hot having wrestled with the wind, climbed Bopple, (did I not mention that?....oh yeah that added to the stupidity of that ride) and been in the saddle for 3+ hours on Saturday. Needless to say my legs hurt a bit. Regardless, I went out and decided to run 3 loops of a 5 mile course I have from my apartment. It was a shorts and t-shirt kind of day and I brought a Gu with me as nutrition.
I hit the first loop in 30:00.8 and mentally rounded that to a 30:01. I was feeling tired and probably unable to hold the 6min/mile pace without a warmup (stupid yet again) so I backed off a little for the next loop. I came thru in 31:07 and it felt MUCH easier. That one translated to 6:13 miles and seemed a little slower. After that was done I decided it was time to take a gel, grab a quick swig of a water bottle I stashed under my car and rolled out for the 3rd loop. I didn't know what I was capable of, feeling quite blasted already, but wanted to really hammer this loop. My plan (I guess) was hammer/float/hammer. I came thru in 29:52 and finished with a very respectable time for 15 miles of 1:31:00. I was very pleased and struggled to get in 2 more miles of cool down at 7 minute pace making the final tally of the day 17 miles in 1:45, not too shabby.
I feel like that was a HUGE confidence booster for Buffalo and with proper rest and a quasi taper, I can be in good shape to hit my goals next weekend. They are as follows:
1. Run a race I am proud of, regardless of time or outcome
2. Run a sub 1:20:00 half mary (just having a time in the teens is solid)
3. Run a sub 1:18:41 (6:00/mile pace)
4. Run a sub 1:18:00 and place in the Age Group
5. Place in the top 10 or 5 overall. (strongly depends on who races)
That's it, I've published them, so lets see if I can pull it off next weekend. Should be a really good race and I'm stoked to see what I can hang on to in order to finish well. I'm stoked and this will be a really fun race with good support from TriSpot at the mile 9 water stop. Until thrn friends, as always, rest and train hard, listen to your body and I'll see you all out on the roads and trails, cheers.
May 5, 2010
After about 5 minutes of picking up the pace, I still hadn't dropped my new companion and solo competitor, Todd Stewart, and he apparently thought this would be an excellent section to pick up the pace as well. Only problem was that when he elevated the pace, I couldn't hold on his shoulder and lost the will to chase him down. Long story short, he broke me, and I broke HARD.
This was the third weekend of hard racing in a row for me and I'm gonna be honest with you, when I saw Todd go, I knew I wouldn't be able to catch him and I turned off the "after burners" I put it in damage control mode and I cruised in to finish the 2nd loop. I was hurting and not willing to put myself in pain by chasing him down. I was tired and this was the week after a rest week in my training and I SHOULDN'T have been tired, but I'd spent my rest week RACING the Muddy Sneaker and not properly recovering. To boot, I'd also gone out drinking with my bro in law Dave and a former co-worker on Wednesday night to Tap and Mallet and hadn't really caught up on my sleep. All this was running thru my head in the middle of the woods and I was losing concentration on the race I was running. Not good...
Loop 3 came with a bang and I'll have to be honest, I had proverbially put on the brakes on this race and was just getting thru it. The big scare came when about midway thru the 3rd loop, I looked over my shoulder and saw someone behind me gaining fast. I got scared that it was a friend of mine, Alan, and didn't want to get passed by him so I was forced to pick up the pace.
I was hauling over the last few miles, but this guy just kept on gaining. Even though there were relays all over the place, I still figured I was in the top 3. We hit a large, VERY steep hill at about 0.5 miles from the finish line and it's one that's so steep that you need to powerwalk or scramble just to get up it. I could hear this guy coming and by now I knew it wasn't Alan, but I still didn't want to get passed so close to the line! I was powerwalking and I could hear his breathing coming closer and closer. I made it to the top in front of him, but it wasn't long after that I got BLOWN by. I was exhausted. I made my way to the finish line and split the clock in 1:46 which was signifigantly slower than last year, but still good for 2nd overall in the solo division!
I was pooped as you can see by the picture above. That's me looking fairly exhausted and slumped over after crossing thru the finish arch. It was nice though, we had an excellent bbq cookout that is put on by the race afterwards and it's catered, which makes it extra good. Awards were quick and I came away with a nice gift certificate to the presenting store, a pair of North Face socks and a full belly from the cookout. Good times. This race is always a good one if you're going "best bang for your buck" and this year was no exception. I will try to do this one as many times as it fits my schedule. This week brings another big week in prep for the Buffalo Half Marathon at the end of the month. The goal there is to be sub 1:20 which is lofty, so we'll see. Until then folks, I'll see you all out on the roads/trails. Cheers!