Friday, March 30, 2012

I have chosen another goal and it requires completely different training,

I was sitting in traffic this morning on the way to work when a thought hit me.

After St. George, you will need another goal. You will need something else to accomplish. I want my post 140.6 endeavor to be a bit less time consuming.

This one seems really petty. Petty or not, it is something I have always wanted to be able to do. At 5'10", 185 lbs., and 38.5 years old I want to finally dunk a basketball on a 10' hoop with a normal size basketball. There are a ton of "guaranteed" workouts that I can buy that will increase my vertical leap and explosiveness. My challenge will not just be the dunking ... but also figuring out the training program I need to get there. Suffice to say this training will NOT involve endurance. It will be all out effort with short explosive movements. I think it will be a good compliment to the base I will maintain from triathlon. That's right. Time to work some fast twitch type 2b muscle fibers. There. I wrote it down. I will build the plan and then execute. I will have more on that later.

Bike maintenance Friday! I swam 1500m, biked a quick 12 and jogged a mile before I started working on the bikes. I am going to give the Spinergys one more try on the Kestrel. At last check they were the cause of the creaking. If it creaks on tomorrow's ride, I will have to send them back to Spinergy to figure out what is going on to cause the creaking. I moved the Speedfill from the TT bike to the Kestrel and added a new length of hose for better drinking access. Then I had to adjust the rear derailleur to account for the slightly different cassette on the Spinergy wheel. I also changed out two tires. At the end of this whole thing, I will be somewhat competent with bicycle maintenance, fitting and repair.

This weekend should be fun and probably a little tiring. Two longish bike rides, an open water swim and a long run are on the training plan. Couple those with house chores, grading student papers, two new web site releases, a Kentucky vs. Louisville basketball game and I'll have my hands full!



  1. Good luck with the dunking! It's something zi ave up on long ago:)

  2. Thanks- I think it will be fun to try. There was a time when I was close but that was many moons ago.