Monday, June 20, 2011

And just like that... everything has changed

This is a post I meant to write up after the first weekend of June, so my apologies on the delay... however the remainder of the month has played more towards what I was going to write about anyway.

So the first weekend of June I was set to do 2 sprint triathlons in 2 days. Blalock Lakes (part of the Tri the Parks Series) on Saturday and Sweetwater Tri on Sunday. I won't go into too many details because I don't want to go off on a tangent. However I ended up getting 2nd in my AG and 9th Overall at Blalock Lakes and the very next day I got 2nd in my AG and 3rd Overall (they only gave 1st overall then went into AG, and 2nd overall was in my AG haha). In Blalock lakes I also threw down the 3rd fastest overall run split, which is kind a of big deal, at least for me!

I have been working with my new coach, Matthew Rose (owner and head coach of Dynamo Multisport), for only 6 weeks, 6 weeks!!! And I was able to throw down these results and times. He has done a good job of outlining a path for me and I'm holding up my end of the bargain by completing almost all of my workouts (I've missed 1 or 2 to sickness). So I have to give him a quick shout out for the quick turn around. We've talked about what I want to try and accomplish in the future, and it is a long term project, but we're both pretty excited about where it's headed.

But the biggest change for me was now that I have performed well in a race or two the expectation levels in my head have grown significantly as well as what others expect from me on race day. It's a different type of feeling going into a race that I'm not used to. I'm used to strolling in, not in really good shape, and putting together an alright performance and just joking around after the race. So for things to change so quickly and drastically, it's really hard for me to wrap my head around. I can no longer slide under the radar, I am now a marked man! It's weird but at the same time pretty cool. Since the change has come so quickly it'll take some time for me to adjust and wrap my head around. I need to get back to a balance of having fun, training hard, but not taking racing too seriously. I mean go hard as shit when you do race but not be a dick about it! Luckily I do have a very laid back personality so after the race I can turn off the switch, hand around the finish line, congratulate others and shoot the shit with my competitors.

I'm not trying to be a pompous ass here and be like "oh woe is me" ... that is not my intention, it's just has always helped me to be vocal about my feelings in order to help me sort shit out but to also get others opinions on the matter. And my main goal is to not become some cocky a-hole that takes Triathlon too seriously and brags about their results, because I am not a fan of that type of individual. So please keep me in line!

.... So now on to the rest of the month. I had a good weekend but thought it was kind of a fluke... and honestly I still do! I still haven't gone up against the "big dogs" in my AG or in the overall so I take my awards with a grain of salt and know that there is a lot more work to be done! So on 6/11 I raced the Mud Run, which is the solo version of the Muddy Buddy event... in which you just run the entire event. I rolled up with a tiger speed on and matching headband...
So I came obviously to party! However upon showing up and getting a few miles into the course I realized I was a threat to get on the podium for an overall spot! So the above pic was taken right after the 2nd to last obstacle and after a big uphill where I surged to drop the other 2 guys I was running with, about a 1/2 to 1 mile to go. I ended up crossing the line in first place and taking the Overall Mud Run victory...
And yes I know, those kids are scared for life and I am sorry!
So now onto this past weekend... I raced Callaway Gardens Sprint, and there was some fun shit talking going on pre-race with a few bets, all in good fun of course :-) I ended up getting 1st in my AG and 5th Overall in this race! Making my 4th podium in 3 weeks... mind boggling!!

In conclusion, it's been a crazy month with too much racing and really I'm just trying to process all of the good results! I'm excited for June to end and my last race of the month, Philly Tri, to be over so I can take a small break and get back into day in and day out training without the crazyness that a race brings into your weekend! As I said, there's still a lot of work to be done... and I'm ready to get to it!

And here's your song...

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Catching up on results...

Ever since a disappointing performance at Collegiate Nationals (Sprint) I began seeking a coach. I knew that I was no longer able to help myself in the sport and I wanted someone else to create workouts for me so I didn't have to worry about it along with now getting a new insight to training, racing, and day to day things. I began working with Matthew Rose from Dynamo Multisport shortly there-after. I had been swimming at Dynamo for about a year and been teaching spin classes there for the past 4 months so I've gotten to know Matt pretty well. What made this easy is that we both have similar methodology's when it comes to training.

April 30th: John Tanner sprint, part of the Tri The Parks Series (TTP)
600M swim: 11:01 - wetsuit
T1: 1:19
13.8 mile bike: 41:31
T2: :43
3.1 mile run: 20:20
Total: 1:14:56
I ended up 9th out of 20, not bad considering I was just getting in the flow... plus a lot of fast dudes showed up on this day! However I still wasn't happy with it and I had work to do!

June 4th: Blalock Lakes, TTP race
600M swim: 11:23 - skinsuit
T1: :37
14.8 mile bike: 43:25 (Wrong turn at start added .4 mile to the ride, actual ride was 15.2. My fault for following the wrong people and not knowing the course)
T2: :34 - started to head the wrong way out of transition... once again know the course!
3.1 mile run: 20:08 (3rd fastest run overall and fastest in my AG by over 1min)
Total: 1:16:09
I got 2nd in my AG and 9th overall. Lost 1st in AG by :45 and I added on 1:30 by going the wrong way on the course. Race went much better this time. That extra month of training leading into this was really helpful. I was able to hold a much higher bike power and still run really well off the bike!

June 5th: Sweetwater Triathlon
200M swim: 2:50
T1?: :58 I put a "?" there because there was no chip timing so not sure when it started or ended haha.
9 mile bike: 26:20
T2?: :21 - thanks Marc for grabbing my bike (no racks either... very low key and grass routes race)
3.1 mile run: 20:45
Total: 51:15
I ended up getting 2nd in my AG (again) and 3rd overall. I ran down the 3rd place guy but the other 2 were too far ahead, closest I got was 2mins. Swim really hard, bike really hard and tried not to let the #1 chick catch me, run hard so I could gain back that 1min because the chick caught me at the dismount line... ended up gaping her by 2mins.

I had a very solid race weekend, coach says I should be going faster, which he's probably right and we'll find out after more testing which is soon to come! I'm really happy with the results and I raced pretty damn hard and to do that on back to back days, I'm impressed with myself! Below are some photo's and of course a video...
From Blalock Lakes with Brett and Dani, I'm far Right

Pre swim at Sweetwater Tri: yes I did the entire race in a speedo... 

Post race: hanging out with Pike, we were the only 2 to dress up... 
And now I'll leave you with the theme song for the weekend: Chiodos "Those Who Slay Together, Stay Together"