Saturday, October 21, 2006

Lavaman - Part Deux

Well, here I am, back at it again for another season of training for the Lavaman triathlon! In an attempt to spruce things up a little bit, I will be a mentor this season for all the “newbies”. A mentor is someone who helps the team meet it’s fundraising and training goals. Whether that’s planning a fundraising event with someone, or helping someone climb that last tough hill, I will be with my new teammates every step of the way. Somewhere along the way, I will try to get in my training to bring my Lavaman time down into the sub 2:30 range (2:37:22 was my time last year) too.

If we haven’t talked much over the past few months, it’s safe to say that I have totally caught the triathlon bug. Since Lavaman, I have competed in 3 different Olympic distance events. My favorite one since Lavaman was the triathlon at Pacific Grove in Monterey, CA. Here are the highlights:

* “PacGrove” is another huge TNT event, so I was racing with a lot of friends from lavaman, and my girlfriend, who did a great job in her first tri!
* The conditions couldn’t have been any different from lavaman: 58 degree, kelp filled water, and at the end of the first loop of the swim, you had to get out of the water, run up the beach, around a rock, and back into the water.

This compared to 80 degrees of clear water swimming above sea turtles and tropical fish.
* Air temp at Pac Grove was not much more than the water. After 25 miles on the bike, I had just about no feeling in my right foot!
* My buddy Dan, his girlfriend Arlene, and most notably Jeff Hartnett competed in the triathlon as a relay team! Jeff was less than 3 months removed from chemotherapy for Lymphoma, and tackled the bike leg like he hadn’t missed a step.
* I actually drove to Monterey and back, mainly for the drive home: Route 1S, the pacific coast highway, from Monterey to Santa Barbara. This is a drive everyone should do in their life.

Some of other cool things since Lavaman:
* I got a new bike! Cervelo Dual.

Studies have shown that yellow bikes can take minutes off one’s bike and run times in triathlons :)
* Michellie Jones, 2006 Ironman Woman’s
drafted off me on a bike ride on San Diego’s famous coastal ride through Carlsbad. I will take that as a compliment anytime!
* I did the Iron Mountain Brick 4 times this summer. The Iron Mountain brick is a workout that is harder than any triathlon done to I have done to date, with nearly 2500 ft of climbing on the bike, and 1000 ft of climbing during the run.

The summer was spent logging lots of miles in the ocean, on the saddle, and putting one foot in front of the other. It was an incredible season that flew by incredibly quick!

The first week after Pac grove, my last race of the season, was spent almost confused. I had all this free time now! Instead of doing workouts after work, I actually had the ability to go home and…. watch TV. It was a very foreign concept I must say. But, I finally found something more worthwhile and pursue my interest in photography. I plan on creating a photo show documenting our Lavaman Training season!

Thanks for reading everyone, and make sure to stop by often to check on my progress!


Anonymous said...

so excited for the season beb! you'll do a great job!

Tri-ing to Find a Cure! said...

so excited for the season beb! you'll do a great job!