Sunday, October 5, 2008
Saturday, June 14, 2008
Sunday, June 8, 2008
I was wanting to go watch a local Triathlon and get myself in the spirit. To just wanted to watch and be part of the crowd to root the athletes on. I had heard that Sister Madonna Buder had signed up. I was just hoping to see her and root her on. The event was pretty small so in no time I was able to just walk up to her and say hi, tell her how amazing she is and give her a big hug! She has been such a great inspiration to me and to many others. I was so glad that I had this opportunity to meet her. I mentioned that I was racing in IMCDA. She instantly had this look on her face of concern. She said, "Is this your first?" I said, "Yes", very proudly. And then she just started to shake her head. I instantly started to worry. Here I am talking to one of the most motivated people I have ever met in my life. I have watched her race at the World Campionships in Kona and now she is starting to concern me. I tell her that I have been training very hard for Ironman CDA I will be ok. She said, "Oh, I just feel really sorry for all of you that have to swim in that water." Whew, she had really started to scare me. I was thinking she was going to say something like, "Oh it's your first Ironman, you are going to suffer so much", or something bad like that. So the good news is Sister Madonna Buder will be praying for us on Race day. =)
Sunday, May 25, 2008
Wow it has been sometime since I have wrote anything about training. I asked my wife, what would be a good name for my blog entry. She just looked at me and said three words, "I am tired"
Yes, she is right, it has been a rough road. I have had my ups and downs. Mentally and physically. Yes, I have been training. Yes, I have been training 6 days a week. Yes, I am tired. Yes, I can't wait for IMCD'A to get here so I can be part of one of the biggest life changing events I will ever be involved in. My family has been there for me every step of the way. And yes, my loving wife Dee Dee is ready, so ready, for IMCD'A to get HERE!! She has been so positive, which is a must. There is no way in the world that this would have been possible without her standing behind me. Besides the fact that she is my wife and she is the leader of Team Scottie, training for Ironman is time consuming and, as we all know, EXPENSIVE! There have been times when I would come home off the bike after 5 or 6 hours and have to run, and I would be tired. I would think, "Maybe I will just skip the run." If I said it out loud, Dee Dee would just say, "Honey you know you will not be happy with yourself if you don't finish." Grrr... Oh, ok. That's what a team leader is for.
Well all has been going well. training is right on track. I need to start making list of things I need to bring. Take my bike over and get it tuned one last time. Put my new racing tires on a week before we leave. It is going to be so much fun I just can't wait for all this training to over and we are heading out the door and driving to Ford Ironman Coeur d'Alene.
Saturday, April 19, 2008
Something important crossed my mind this morning while I was laying in bed. I was thinking about this weekend's swim, 6 hour ride today (it doesn't help that the pool doesn't open until 1:00 pm so I won't get home until around 8:00 pm) and my half Marathon on Sunday. I have been saying the words, "I have to do this. - I better do this. - I don't want to do this. - I'm tired. - Holy crap! Did you see what Coach Liz has me doing this weekend?" But then it hit me this morning. This is what I do for fun. I have made huge changes in my life to be able to do these things. I stopped drinking 2 years ago. I stopped chewing tobacco 4 years ago. I sold my Harley Davidson so I could afford a REAL Triathlon TT bike. What the hell I'm I bitching about? So training is not always easy, and if it was, I'm not sure I would be happy that I even accomplished anything on that training day. I need to find my passion again. So I told myself today is a new day of having fun again.
Sunday, March 23, 2008
A little update. All my training is back on track! I have been hitting all three sports 12 to 14 hours a week. I just love the variety of my training workouts I get from Coach Liz. I just never know what I'm going to get from her. But it works, and I have learned that if I want to achieve my goals I need to trust what Coach liz wants me to do and not second guess it. Because, what the hell do I know about training for an Ironman? Even if it means spinning 95 rpm's going 10 mph on a country road in the middle of nowhere. I have, in the past, planned my training based on distance. Now I do it by time and do not worry about how far I go. It is about the training, not trying to impress your buddies with how far you went. Smart training keeps you injury free, less chance of burn out and not getting stagnant. My swimming has come along way this season. For the first time I actually spend enough time in the pool that I'm starting to prune and I still have tons of energy left. My legs are strong and I just feel great. Life is good. I'm starting to feel like I have found a balance between training and my day to day life. And yes, it is that time of year, the legs are shaved and baby smooth. I'm going to end this with something that Coach Liz said in some paper work she sent me. "The hardest part of Ironman is the training. The biggest obstacle you will face along the way is yourself. And you will face yourself day after day after day. "
Thursday, March 6, 2008
I did It !!!!!! I passed I passed. I passed my test for my job promotion. I'm am now the new "Water Distribution Supervisor" I can now focus all of my energy on my training, and of course my family. This is a big load off my chest. BIG LOAD!! I'm so happy!!
I really needed this news. I have been sick all week with a bronchial infection. I have had to stop all my training. One cool thing was when I told Coach Liz that I was sick, I was really thinking she was going to keep me going and just deal with it. But she told me rest is best and to take the time to get better. Way cool. I'm doing better now and am going to be back training tomorrow. Woot!!!
Sunday, February 24, 2008
These last two weeks have been great !!! I am so happy to have Liz as my coach. She has changed my whole outlook for Ironman Coeur d'Alene. I really feel like if I do everything that she tells me to do, I will be just fine. I have been enjoying every workout she sends my way and everything is different. Not the same old run that I would do or bike or swim. New drills new ideas. I will never train for a big race like this again without her. I know it has only been two weeks but in these two weeks she has been there for me everyday. I'm having a blast. The focus on my training is awesome. I have been doing this all wrong. I just had no idea of what it was going to take to achieve my biggest goal in my LIFE. But I sure do NOW!!! Thank you Liz !!
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
I have been really having a hard time getting my act together with training. I have just felt lost. I'm not sure if it was just the winter weather hanging on or what. I have felt like I should still be in my winter building faze. This week will be my first opportunity to ride outside. Go figure, the one time I needed winter to be mild, we get all kinds of snow!!! It has really been playing tricks on my brain. I just haven't had a plan that I could get started. Don't get me wrong - I have been getting workouts in - I have just been worried that I haven't been as efficient with my time as I would like to be. I want to maximize every workout. So, I decided it was time for me to change gears!!! That is why I have hired a coach!!! Elizabeth Fedofsky Waterstraat is the founder of Multisport Mastery Inc. Inc. She is a USA Triathlon & USA Cycling certified coach with 10 years of competitive experience. She also qualified for Kona in 06' and 07'. Elisabeth has a very impressive history of accomplishments. I just sent all of my paperwork in to her so that I can get started - she is great! As soon as I told her that my info and payment were in the mail, she set up my first week of testing/training so that I could get started right away. Elisabeth also hooked me up with Training peaks That way I can see my workouts for the week and I can give her my feedback, nice huh. Elizabeth has a ton of information and advice to offer and has made it clear that she is available for all of my questions or concerns. I am so relieved that I have a quality plan to follow and someone knowledgeable to keep me on track and accountable!!! Ironman Coeur D'Alene here I come!!!
Monday, February 11, 2008
Dee Dee, my loving wife, and I went snow shoeing in Leavenworth this weekend. This was our first time doing this great past time. And we had a great time. Just the two of us together, in nature with no kids. Total bliss!! We are planning on going back up later in the year and renting some cross country ski's and trying our hand at that.
Sunday, February 3, 2008
Well I went for my first ride outside today. All I can say is I'm so glad I had my warm toe covers on. Ok I only went outside to take this picture. Just poking a little fun at Bigun. It snowed another five inches last night. Spokane al has been getting hammered in Spokane also. I have been hitting the trainer pretty regular and I have been getting in some 6 mile runs, of course on the treadmill. I'm waiting until next Tuesday to start swimming. With all the studying I have been doing to get that promotion at work, it has been eating up a lot of my time. It's a one hour drive round trip, so I'm waiting for next week. My two buddies Sam and Kelly that are also going to be at Ford Ironman Coeur d'Alene, they are going to start swimming on Tuesday nights. I will just hook up with them. That way I can learn a lot from them also. I'm definitely the weaker swimmer of the three. Other then the weather just being crappy, and the stress of this test that I'm taking this Wednesday hanging over my head, I'm in pretty good spirits.
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
Yes I have discovered Spinervals with Coach Troy!! This is what I have been needing OMG I needed something like this. Why has nobody told me about these? Ok ok, I did get one with my Kinetic Trainer, but I never opened it. I just thought it was a promotion DVD or something. Well I just received Competition 16.0 - Aero Base Builder I last week and I have been all over this DVD. Its 80 minutes of base building. I love this stuff I'm so into my trainer now and I'm working the bugs out of my new Felt B2. I really needed this. I just ordered Competition 1.0 No Slackers Allowed!! Kick my ass baby. Ok Bigun and Tri-Rob let me have it!! Get me moving!! Motivate me!!
I have a test coming up for work on February 6th, for a promotion for the Water Department Supervisor position. I'm a little stressed right now about it. I am not sure I have studied enough and I have tri training to do...for some reason I feel like I am already behind. So I guess I better get my Sh*t together.
Saturday, January 12, 2008
That's right I'm celebrating my 41st Birthday today!!! Before I was born the doctors told my mother that I had a 10% chance of making it into this wonderful world. So today I am so blessed to have my Lovely wife that I could not make it day by day without. My great kids Ricky, Zachery, Hannah and Kaitlyn. And of course all of my Triathlon friends. Without Triathlons I would have never gotten off the couch and discovered the great outdoors that I love today. And I might just live to be a lot older and live life to the fullest. Thanks everyone for being there for me.
So to celebrate my birthday by climbed up my mini Mount Beezley with my sister and my little buddy Camber.~Thumbs up~
So to celebrate my birthday by climbed up my mini Mount Beezley with my sister and my little buddy Camber.~Thumbs up~
Sunday, January 6, 2008
Today I hiked up my mini mountain "Beezley". 50 Lbs on my back and my Welsh Corgi "Camber". My little Buddy. He is a good little trooper. most of the time he has to stay on my heels so I can brake trail for him, For as you can see very low ground clearance. Yesterday I did a one hour Yoga class, with a 30 minute rest followed up by an one hour and 30 minute advanced yoga class. I plan getting on the trainer this coming week and start logging some mileage on my new Felt. I also need to get my swimming started up. this season my wife if also going to be joining me at the pool so she can start her training for her first spring triathlons this coming year. And possibly a Olympic distance. Go Dee Dee.