Monday, October 29, 2007

SOMA Triathlon - Tempe, AZ

After a tough week of wildfires in San Diego, I made the last minute decision (at about 9pm Friday night) to head to Tempe, AZ this weekend with Marty and Jay to watch Jay do the SOMA 1/2 Iron Triathlon. Jay was using this as a course preview for IMAZ and to get used to racing at a longer distance.

Since I wasn't racing, that meant that I was resident photographer. Here are some pics I took...

Race Morning Pre-Swim Start


Water Level Action Capture


By far, my favorite picture (oh, it's someone nearing the finish of the swim)


Rounding the final buoy


Some dude who looked fast


Jay on his bike


Good for this guy for doing a triathlon!


OUCH!


The inevitable peloton of a 2 race (there was an olympic tri too) on a 3 loop bike course:


a really cool yellow bike


Looking through a street scene


Someone really happy to be almost done with the bike


Jay, halfway through his run (walk), saying "F%&k it, I am jumping in the water to cool off before tackling the second half of the run (walk)" Gurujan Dourson would be so proud






A "race official" to check and see if Jay was OK


Stretch it out Jay


Yeah!


All pics
http://picasaweb.google.com/ryan.denner/SOMATri28OCT07

Big ups to Jay for finishing his first half ironman!!!!!!!

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Random thoughts on the off season so far and IMHI.

I think I am officially recovered from the triathlon season, both mentally and physically, but that doesn't mean I am ready to get back into training full swing just yet.

After my first season, I definitely enjoyed a "f$%k training, I am gonna eat and drink whatever I want, whenever I want, and working out is just simply going to take a back seat." I was a little tired after my first season, and certainly enjoyed doing nothing but surfing, not being stressed at work, and getting drunk and eating dirty buffalo wings on random wednesday nights. By the time lavaman started up, I gained about 5-10 lbs (which meant my moobs were accentuated, which jay and paul are always a fan of), and was ready to get things back in order.

Things have a tendency to change from one year to the next.

Since Vineman, I have been working my ass off, stressing quite a bit, haven't got drunk since who knows (although, I have been drinking more often recently, just a lot less per sitting - and it doesn't take nearly as much as it used to), barely eat meat, and I have actually lost 7-8 lbs since the season ended.

The good news is my job is in much better alignment with career aspirations - just ramping up to the workload is taking some time. My body is also fully recovering - an aspect most athletes lose sight of. Realistically, resting is the best thing to get stronger - so let's just say I am gonna milk that statement for all it's worth! :)

After Vineman, I thought about continuing and doing LA Tri. But one weekend, a bunch of friends and I went camping up in Sequoia, and that was a pretty significant weekend of change for me. First, I realized that I just didn't want to do LA Tri - mainly because I was tired from training, and because I wanted to focus on work. I was promoted back in the spring, and things were started to kick into overdrive. Second, I had a long conversation with Jeff about nutrition, diet, cancer, health, the american diet, and the china study. Our conversation pretty much changed my perspective on food intake - hence the weight loss. I am certainly not full vegetarian or vegan, but animal products are used very sparingly (asking me to give up cheese is like asking Macca to give up his IM title he won on saturday!).

Speaking of, I did happen to watch the majority of the Ironman on the 'net on saturday (on my girlfriends birthday no less - I dont know how I pulled that off!!!!), and def gotta give props to Macca, and especially to Craig Alexander. I always thought Macca was gonna take it this year, but I don't think Craig Alexander got the props he deserved. I have always been a Crowie fan - he is the consummate professional - shows up on race day, doesn't talk trash or get caught up in the media/hype, and rips the field apart as if they didn't exist. This was his second IM ever, and first time in HI. Although he can rip 70.3's in his sleep now, he put on an absolute great race on the big show. Good on ya mate!

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Life can be lived without a car!

I got the Max back, and here is the three week tally from living life without a car (yes, it can be done!!!):

Home to Work (one way): 14 miles

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  • 2 days: Amount of time it took me to get used to riding my road bike after riding a tri bike for 8 months
  • 2 people who offered to let me use an extra car they have that is not in use
  • 2 people who I said "thank you very much, but I am gonna tough it out" to
  • 4 days worked from home
  • 9 days doing the full round trip
  • 2 days doing one way (took train or got a ride for the other way)
  • 168 miles ridden
  • 3 pounds of body weight lost (apx)
  • 1.5: # of times almost being hit by a car (1 was really close, another was kinda close)
  • $135 saved in gas (apx)
  • 3 flat tires (consecutive days)
  • 2 chunks of embedded glass in my tire
  • 9 sunsets viewed from my bike overlooking the pacific
  • 2 sunrises viewed from my bike
  • 2 cold mornings
  • 1 morning where I actually wore gloves
  • 4 mornings of off shores winds that made for a cold right side of my face, but if there was more surf, would have been a near perfect morning for surfing
  • 3 people who complimented me on my bike (1 while driving)
  • 3 days of sore "sit bones" getting used to the Selle SMP saddle
  • 1 evening where I actually ran afterwards to turn the commute into a full out brick session
  • 1 morning where an old guy on a MTB sucked wheel for apx 6 miles and could actually hang
  • 1 morning where myself and other riders rode 4 deep and cranked up the coast
  • 7 afternoons of riding slower in the stretch between Swami's and Cardiff to look at the hot chics running
  • 3 people at work who thought I was crazy for riding my bike to/from work everyday
  • 1 who still talks about it
  • 1 night where I accepted a ride home so that we could go drink beer and eat tacos
  • 1 sighting of Michellie Jones training for Ironman Kona
  • 0 things left in my cabinet and fridge from barely going grocery shopping!

Monday, October 01, 2007

One Less Car

There is going to be one less car on the road between now and Oct. 12th. I was in a car accident on Friday, Sept 21st while traveling to work in the morning. The good news is that I am fine. The Max is a little banged up, and is in the shop for repairs. I thought I had car renter's insurance on my policy, but apparently I don't. I do have a job that requires me to be there everyday, so I am now relegated to either taking the train and/or riding my bike to/from work everyday.

Overall, it's kinda nice! It's a little bit of a rough start to be on a bike saddle 20 minutes after waking up in the morning, but it's nice riding with the sunrise, and also riding home along the coast at sunset. I think that once I get my car back, I am still gonna ride my bike to/from work 1x/week until it starts getting pretty cold out.