Monday, September 8, 2014

Lost Loon Triathlon - Nashville, TN

This is a fun and family oriented event. It is chocked full of costumes, singing, and fun-loving outdoorsy types.

This was also the site of my first ever multisport event back in 2010.

It was fun coming back after all the training and racing I've done since. I remember the bike was fairly easy for me back in 2010 - but I still worked up quite a sweat. This time the bike was laid back and enjoyable - even with all the beginners and congestion on the course. I remember the canoe portion of tow 2010 event making my heart feel like it was going to leap out of my mouth and swim back to shore. It was vastly different this year. I am no longer scared of the water AND we've been through 3 months of rowing courses. We cruised that portion - passing several canoes and taking it easy. It was fun. Carrie and I did the run together, so we briskly walked it to protect her knee.

Good times. Fun event. All the proceeds go to the Long Hunter State Park. It is a nice park and not too far from downtown Nashville.

Rumors of a 200 mile bike day for Bryonman have started to swirl. It may happen this fall. Stay tuned.

Monday, June 9, 2014

I've taken a couple of weeks off to move ... time to get back on the horse

So we moved back to our origins. I am now based in Western Kentucky. The move has gone very well. I have been "cross-training" over the past couple of weeks. Moving furniture, cutting timber, digging holes, installing flooring and general moving-related tasks.

We are not moved in yet, but it is time to get some cardio going again.

I suppose it was time for a mini-break. I have been training very consistently for over three years. I think it has been healthy for me to break the cycle a bit. The good news is, the fitness is now 100% part of my lifestyle. Yet another positive effect of triathlon training.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Mesa Olympic Relay - The debut of The Wayward Farmers

Sharky and I were 1st place in the Mesa Olympic relay on Sunday. Of course we were the only male-based relay team.

He did the swim and the bike and I did the run portion.

He swam a 32 ... which is a quick swim for an Olympic pool-based swim. That's about 8 minutes better than I would have done.

Then the race went on pause.

During the swim, a couple of uncaught thugs decided to jimmy open the door of my Silverado. My wallet and cellphone were gone and my console and door were wide open when I went to the truck to sit down for a minute. Panic ensued. I found a passerby that was willing to lend me a phone. I called Carrie to cancel the debit cards. The guy I borrowed the phone from said that there was a Cop patrolling the parking lot earlier. So I went out to where the race course meets the road ... and I see something lying in the rocks next to the school hosting the triathlon. It was my wallet ... with everything in it - except for a 50 dollar bill. Then, about another 100 feet away, I saw something else. It was my cell phone. I can only speculate, but I suppose the Cop rolled up on these punks and they ditched my stuff. How do I know? He spotted them and noticed they were just trolling around the parking lot rather than racing or spectating. I asked the Cop how they were dressed and he said "Just like the rest of you folks." I filed a police report. I doubt anything will ever be done. I am out 50 bucks, but I am 100% lucky to just be out that.

He biked a 1:14 for the 24 miles. I was happy with his time considering he hadn't ridden much since Ironman in the fall.

Oh yeah, now I have to run a 10K. My heart rate never dropped below 160 during the whole run. I was so adrenalized that it probably hindered my run. Couple that with the fact that while passing another runner at a little under a mile, I stepped on the edge of the sidewalk and turned my ankle. My pace slowed from a 6:45 to a 7:15 and then to an 8:15. I settled in there and hobbled my way to the finish. I ran a 49:40.

Click this link to check out my mile splits:

We did a 2:36.

It's good that I did the run for him since his broken foot is still on the mend. It was fun - even with all the added drama.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Whatcha been doin' Bryonman?

I have been busy. Work is fast-paced nowadays and having a full-time and two part-time jobs can put a wee bit of strain on a feeble brain and a crazy schedule.

We've bought a property in Western Kentucky, which is where we both grew up. We will have updates on that project over the next couple of months.

This weekend I am doing the run portion of an Olympic relay with my amigo Sharky. He's gone and gotten a broken foot and is not cleared to run. (That's a long story.) For my part, I am going to shoot for a PR in the 10K distance. I am afraid if I underperform 'the Shark' will be disappointed with me. Good luck to us in dealing with the wind we've had here in the valley over the past few weeks. We'll see what happens.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Personal Best at Bartlett Lake Olympic

The Bartlett Lake Olympic Triathlon is fun. It's challenging. It's scenic. It's more intimate than the larger races. If you ever get the hankering for a triathlon course that will beat you to death and make you enjoy it - this is your course. It compares very well to the Mountain Man 70.3 in Flagstaff. It actually may be a little tougher than the 70.3 in Flagstaff ... which is amazing considering it is only an Olympic.

In October 2011, I did Bartlett as my first ever Olympic triathlon. I wrote up a race report for that day. Upon re-reading that post, I could not be more pleased with my performance from yesterday. It was like two different triathletes. In fairness, the last time I did this course I had much less experience in the sport.

Race Report ++++++++++++

I slept about an hour the night before the race. I have a huge web project with a compressed timeline ... and Carrie and I worked all weekend on that beast. I admit I was not as "jazzed" about racing until about an hour before the start. The energy consumed me. I hadn't raced since October 2013 and I guess it was time to get back out there.

The water temperature was perfect for me. I have a little extra insulation than some of these 5% body fat racers. I think it was about 60 degrees. The water would have been just like the pre-race water at St. George in 2012 if it were a little cleaner. The swim is tough at Bartlett because you swim right into the 8am desert sun. Just as I was calculating my turn to get the second buoy, I ran ashore on some sharp desert granite. I was 25 feet from the shore - but this rock was only about 6 inches submerged. I hopped up on it and dove out into the water and kept swimming. I did the same thing on lap 3, because I liked the extra momentum it gave me. I swam the short 1500m in 31:01 - which includes a barefoot and 6% incline run up sharp and weathered pavement. My previous best swim on this course was 39:05. My transition went pretty well considering this was the first wetsuit race I have done since Ironman Arizona in 2012.

On the bike, my first lap was really quite good. The last time I did Bartlett, I struggled for a long while on the bike calming down my legs from the swim. I kept the pace around 9 or 10 mph on the uphill. Speaking of uphill - here's the course. The course is either up or down. There is literally no flat ground after you leave the beach. It's pretty rad!

On the second lap of the bike, I was torn between ripping it up OR conserving some for the run. I settled in right between those two and raced a very smart race. I hydrated. I kept nutrition flowing. At times all I could hear was my breathing and the wind. It was a bit windy and dangerous on the downhill of the bike. I did reach 52.7 MPH on the down on each lap. At one point I passed a truck pulling a boat. That's always fun to pass a vehicle on a bike. I was consistent all day. My bike has been mechanically sound and reliable for over a year now. Yesterday was no exception. I biked the 24.6 miles in 1:44:00. In 2011, I had much more cycling in my training - and I was still faster this year. I think that is about a 14.4 mph average. On this course, that is very acceptable.

Time for the run. I knew the run would go better this year than it did in 2011. I have much more running experience now. After Pikes Peak, no uphill run frightens me. I conserved on the first uphill out of transition. It is serious. I think it goes 10% in places. At mile 1.3 it becomes a downhill course. I blasted those two miles time-wise without killing myself for the return uphill trip. At the finish, I ran down a fellow and almost ran down another. I still had gas in the tank. Last time around I was gassed at the beginning of the run. I ran a 59:20 for the 6.4 miles. In 2011, I ran it in 1:17. I am thrilled about that improvement.

Did I race this time? I guess I did. Or at least my heart thought I was racing.

This course is my favorite course ... which is a big deal considering it is an Olympic and it is stacked against me.

2011 Time : 3:43
2014 Time : 3:16

Run splits

10:47 - best pace 7:19
9:22 - best pace 6:32
7:32 - best pace 6:25
10:32 - best pace 6:34
10:40 - best pace 8:17
7:57 - best pace 6:11
2:53 - best pace 3:51