Sunday, July 29, 2007
Where do I start? The Whisky Dick Triathlon. It's tough, but not impossible! This is a great event, it begins in Vantage and the 1 mile swim starts out in the Columbia River. My swim went well for me this time around, except for the fact the corner buoy and site markers were all the same color - orange. So when you are a stud swimmer like myself, you might make the mistake of looking at the wrong buoy!! I added an image to give you an idea of what happened. My swim time was not bad at all 32:32. Even with the modified route I took.
Out of the water and onto the bike. T1 2:22. The first 12 miles of the bike was a 2,000 foot climb. Burn, baby burn. Water station at the top had ice cold water bottles that were pretty cool. They had the Whisky Dick logo on them. After 26.4 miles on the bike, my legs seemed a little heated up. In and out of T2 1:08. Then comes the run, 8.8 miles of my down fall. First mile felt great. Water station came up fast and then the next 7.8 went bad. I blame it on bad planning on my part - the day before, I stood out in the sun for 6 1/2 hours trying to sell my Harley Davidson at a bike show so I can buy a new tri bike. Oh yeah - I have this triathlon bug bad. No water, no food. I just plain did not take care of myself. So on the day of the race dehydration set in and energy levels started to drop. I was in trouble - big trouble!! Every water station I came to, I drank one water and poured one over my head. They were every mile and I couldn't seem to get to the next one fast enough! They threw a hill at us at mile 8 and I said out loud, "You have to be kidding me. A HILL!" I was dead tired and then I saw my three kids about 200 yards from the finish and they were cheering and yelling for me. They all ran in with me to the finish. Best part of the day for me! 1:37:01 on the run. I am going to stop here because I can not explain the horror my body went through after I stopped running and I don't want to relive it. I told myself this will NEVER HAPPEN AGAIN!!!!
Tuesday, July 17, 2007
I have found a place to work on my swimming. It's called "Billy Clapp Lake". I am not too sure why they would name a lake that, but I have good medical at my work and I will keep my fingers crossed that whatever is in the lake is not contagious. I guess this used to be a location where there was several lakes located very closely together. When they put in a canal feed, they damed it which made one big lake. In the picture I swim in the upper half of the lake above the dam. It is a mile across and back, which is perfect!! I have access to a private dock and a paddle boat. This all came about because my wife's dad that passed away 5 years ago used to fish with a gentlemen that just happens to live on the lake. It's kinda funny how your life changes in a good direction and good things just seem to keep happening to you.
And then there is my lovely wife that just keeps on supporting me. I come up with these goofy ideas and she just keeps on being there for me. I put all my swimming gear on and she gets in a paddle boat, marks me across the lake, and holds up a orange flag so I don't get run over by a jet ski or boat. It was our first time out and all went well. She did remind me that I don't seem to swim very straight. I think it's her driving. I'm excited about this new find! I have an Olympic Distance event on Sunday the 22nd and I am hoping that my new found training ground will help me to be more comfortable in the open water. I really do not want a repeat of my Pacific Crest swim. Just a notable observation - the name of the triathlon I am doing on Sunday is "Whiskey Dick." I'm not too sure the combination of training at a lake with Clapp in it's name and doing a Dick tri is a good thing. What do you think?
Wednesday, July 4, 2007
Pacific Crest in Bend Oregon, the location of a life changing event and great times. After a 6 1/2 hour drive from central Washington, we made it to the beautiful Sun River area on Friday at 11pm. There, we met up with two other families. In the group of 6 adults and 6 kids, 11 participated in some sort of event. The youngest participant being 8 and the oldest 43.
Saturday was the day for Splash, Pedal and Dash!! What a great event for the kids! We had so much fun yelling and rooting on the young ones. Parents can be so competitive when it comes to their kids -
On the big day, the three of us, Kelly, Sam and I, all went to T2 to set up our running gear. I was looking around to get an idea of how people were setting up their T2's and I noticed that a few peeps were leaving their race belts and bib numbers with their shoes. In my mind that was a great idea. If it was legal I was going to do it too. I was thinking about the comfort level on the bike with no race belt cutting into me and one less thing to put on at T1. Besides that, there was a number on my leg, bike and helmet. I'm sure that would be enough numbers for them to see. Off to T2, we took the 10 dollars a person bus ride so the family could catch up with us later at the lake start. This was a good idea, they drop you off right at the mouth of the entrance of T2.
Ok, I made it! Race day is here and this is what all the training has been for. All the reading, talking to people, and picking their brains has lead to this moment and the most important task to remember today is to HAVE A GREAT TIME!!
Before I set up T1 I looked for Drew and Rob. This would be the first time I would meet them face to face. We met at the Red Bull arch placed by the water exit, great guys. They both looked like Triathletes, Rob seemed excited and Drew was very calm looking (on the outside I'm sure.) I have been reading about Drew's progress and nasty workouts for sometime. Very motivated guy. We talked about the buoys that seemed to be on the beach across the lake, but Drew was all, "you will be fine have fun it's not far la la la." I was glad to see someone was not about to come out of their skin. Ok, on to setting up my first ever T1. Bike looks good, tires are aired up to 110, 12 ounces of PowerBar Gel loaded up, 3 water bottles with with Hammer Nutrition HEED High Energy Electrolyte. Boy did I learn later on that would be way too much to take in. All that stuff made me bloat out bad. I need to learn more about nutrition on the bike!!! Not just all gel :(
Time to test the waters. Wet suit on, the water was great. I think they said it was 62 degrees. I had been training in 58 and I can tell you that 4 degrees does make a big difference. Race time. I was in the third wave, 40-44 baby blue caps - oh so manly. Swim was off I was right in the middle of the start. I really wanted to get the full affect of a swim start. Well at the first orange buoy all went bad - way bad. I came up out of the water and I could not breathe. Was I having a panic attack? What the hell? Ok, I told myself to just calm down but that was not working. I started to look for someone just in case I needed help. There was a volunteer in a kayak and I was watching him and he was watching me. Then I heard the last wave (BANG), here they come. I looked at the volunteer and said they are going to run over me and he just looked and me and went "YUP." My mind was going a mile a minute thinking about what will happen if I don't make the swim. What will my wife say? All the time, all the money, I CANNOT FAIL!!! I thought of Drew saying in his first tri that there was a guy that grabbed a buoy and that he was not going to DNF. Finally, I raised my hand to the kayak volunteer, he came right over to me. I know this guy was my savior, he talked to me for about 4 minutes I guess. Yes, I was falling way behind and that was not helping me deal with stress. He finally said to me, "we are watching you and you will be just fine." Hmm, I ended up swimming the rest of the way (1 mile) freestyle without stopping. Wow, that was wild! I did write an email to Pacific Crest to thank that volunteer for his help.
Out of the water at a blistering pace of 53:27 and onto the bike. Bikes? Umm, where did they all go? Wow! I have some making up to do. Took me 5:30 to get out of T1, but I think most of that was tying that damn plastic bag that I finally gave up on. (Note to self, take bag tying class in off season.) Then I see Sam coming out on his bike, cool I least don't feel all alone. Sam takes a spill just after mounting his bike which lets me catch up to him. We joke about how much fun we had in the water. It's time to go. Bike is going good, I passed alot of people. I could really tell all the good swimmers and fast bikers were way ahead of me. I passed a gal that had a chrome fender on her rear tire, I passed her early thank god. I pushed it pretty hard for me on the bike with an average 19.84 mph and off the bike in 2:49:33.
I hit T2. Drop grab and go - 2:04 for me. Wahoo! I saved some time there. I was going to need it for the run. Oh boy, it was fun trying to find my legs. I have always heard it takes about 2 miles to find them, not really sure I ever did. The Red Bull station at mile 9 was funny. I think those girls had about 10 apiece themselves, way hyper. They had good energy I needed that. Run was slower then I was hoping for. No shame in walking some I guess. 2:21:22 ouch. Beep Beep - I finished!!! Family and friends were there to greet me. I learned a lot. I learned that I better train harder and learn a lot more about nutrition for this sport.
Final # swim 53:27
Congratulations to the Brown, Barnes, and Moore families and all those that participated!!!
Scott - Half-Iron Tri
Sam - Half-Iron Tri
Kelly - Half-Iron Tri
Janice - Olympic Tri
Holly - Olympic Tri
Deanna - 10K
Kendra - 5K
Taylor - 5K
Gavin - 5K & Splash, Pedal and Dash
Sarah - Splash, Pedal and Dash
Hannah - Kid's One Mile Dash
Monday, July 2, 2007
Well, after taking some needed time off after the Pacific Crest Half IRONMAN, I figured why not just go out and do my first Century Ride with the boys. I had a great time, the support on the ride was great. I think we stopped 4 times and ate cookies and orange slices. Jake, the leader of the group and who is also the only one that gets paid to ride, pulled us most of the ride. I did try several times to jump out front and pull my own weight and even got the group up to a grand ol' speed of 25 mph! But I paid for that later at mile 80. I felt pretty good other wise, 100 miles is a long way to ride I'm glad I did it but not to sure I could have ran 26.2 after that ride lol not a chance!!!!