I'll hopefully come back to fill in the details this weekend, but here is what I did this year as far as the racing went. My training early in the year went pretty well. I ran a bit more than I am used to in the winter months and I spent a ton of time on the trainer with the rockin' bike that Katie got me for Christmas. Around the time of the first race, I noticed something was wrong. I ran the American Odyssey relay knowing that I was hurt, but I just didn't want to admit it to myself. It was a stress fracture in my shin. I don't ever want that shit again. I didn't run from the end of April until the second week of June. And when I finally started back up, the small amounts of time I could run were absolutely maddening. All in all I can't complain too much. I had some decent races towards the end of the summer and I still had fun doing it.
St. Malachi Run--5mi 37:17
American Odyssey Relay--202 miles with 11 other people. Total time--30:08:00
NEO Kickoff Sprint Tri--I can't remember the time but it was bad.
Milton Man Sprint Tri--2nd in my age group and 11th overall
Cleveland Sprint Tri--3rd in my age group and 25th overall
Fairport Harbor Tri--3rd in my age group and 18th overall (I think)
Greater Cleveland Sprint Tri--2nd in my age group and 10th overall
Bellefaire Biathlon--1st in my age group and 4th overall
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
I feel like I have been out of town more than I have been home lately. I just got back from my third trip to California over the past few months. Two of those trips came in the last month. This time was for my buddy's wedding. He and I have known each other since we were 12 and there isn't anyone on the planet that I have gotten into more trouble with. It spans multiple continents. He got married in Santa Barbara and we rode tandem bikes into the ceremony. It sounds idiotic, but it worked out pretty awesome.
The photo above is a winery in the Santa Ynez Valley--of Sideways fame. A huge group of us nabbed a limo and took a bit of a tour. The mountains were really rugged, but beautiful. Every time I go to California, I am always surprised at how brown it is.
I suppose this is a triathlon training blog, so I'll mention that stuff. To be honest though, the training has been suffering as of late. It won't get better anytime soon either. The wedding is in ten days. After that, a couple weeks in Paris and then Spain. I have been managing to get some decent runs in though--at least 20 miles a week. Not great, but considering the jet lag, wedding planning, travel, and the seemingly endless bender, it isn't too bad. I got some open water swimming in too. That is, of course, if you count sprinting into the Pacific with minimal clothing, realizing how damn cold it was and then sprinting right back out.