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Monday, May 31, 2010
May Workouts
May started with my ankle still in some pain, and ended with the ankle finally calming down. I was able to knock out two triathlons and a Track meet as well. The ankle injury effected my training, but I was able to rehab it enough that it seems to have not effected my performances very much.

First Week of May
Run - 11 Miles
Bike - 13 Miles
Swim - 732 Meters

Second Week of May
Run - 31.5 Miles
Bike - 22.1 Miles
Swim - 5943 Meters

Third Week of May
Run - 30.4 Miles
Bike - 58.5 Miles
Swim - 6900 Meters

Fourth Week of May
Run - 30.1 Miles
Bike - 43.0 Miles
Swim - 5669 Meters

Last Week of May
Run - 27.75 Miles
Bike - 53.3 Miles
Swim - 3700 Meters

Total for May
Run - 130.9 Miles
Bike - 189.9 Miles
Swim - 26144 Meters

Total for 2010:
Run - 592.6 Miles
Bike - 949.4 Miles
Swim - 140269 Meters













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High Honors
I did not realize this at the time, but Reagan's Bars Score at the Texas State Championship was one of the highest in the country at her level. Amazing. She was also in the top 100 in the country for her All Around Score at State.

Best Level Five Performances on Bars

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Martin Update
This year my pair of Martins are back and in an amazing turn, I have had no Sparrows to deal with. One pair took over a gourd for the first time. They hatched five babies this week. The other pair are sitting on at least three eggs!

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Sunday, May 30, 2010
Workout Notes 2010 Week 22
I was really dragging on Monday - feeling like too much time in the sun from the 8 soccer games over the weekend plus track, plus bike, plus five months of not missing a workout. Tired. As such I started the week with a really easy swim. Tuesday was the first track meet. I was apprehensive and still not feeling that great. 2:20 or better was the plan. I got in a heat that was 2:15 to 2:30 pace. Two HS boys tool off out of the start and I got on their shoulders for the first lap. There was a headwind on the back stretch, so I was able to draft off of them. I ran wide on the second turn because I figured I would go by these guys on the home stretch. However the boys hung in there until turn three, when I finally went by them. That put me in a lead that did not last very long, as a young lady passed me strong about halfway down the back stretch. I tried to draft off of her as well. She pulled away and finished 2.5 seconds in front of me. That was a good race.

Wednesday, I felt much better in the morning and had a nice 8 miler. Thursday was HOT. I was completely dehydrated after my 10x45 intervals in 94 degree heat. Sheesh. But I was not the only one. Ron and Todd were both splattered from their Thursdays workouts - so we cut the swim short. Saturday it was back to SMU for 1200 and 1000 TTs. The pace suggest 5:15 to 5:20 mile for next Tuesdays Track Meet. Sunday I was up really early for a ride down and around White Rock Lake. The winds were calm and I felt like it was a good effort.

Monday May 24: LTF Plano 500 WU, 200, 500 pull, 300 kick - 1500M (164)

Tuesday May 25: Lukes All Comers #2 800M 2:20 (69.10, 71.81) 5.25 Miles Run.

Wednesday May 26: LTF Plano 63 minutes, (Recovery 51) 8 Miles Easy Distance (161)

Thursday May 27: Carpenter Park 10x45(75) MaxHR 186 (160) 7.25 miles run

Friday May 28: LTF Plano Swim w/Ron and Todd - 4x50; 10x200 2200M Swim (162)

Saturday May 29: Track SMU 1200, 1000

1200 - 37.7, 77.1 (39.4), 1:57.2 (40.1), 2:37.7 (40.5), 3:18.5 (40.8), 3:58.5 (40.0) MaxHR 181

1000 - 37.4, 76.7 (39.3), 1:56.1 (39.4), 2:34.5 (38.5), 3:13.1 (38.5) MaxHR 185

7.25 Miles Run.

Sunday May 30: Ride down and around WRL (17.9 Ave, 83 CAD, 2:58 ride time, recovery 42) 53.3 Miles bike

Weight: 160-164

Total for the week:
Run - 27.75 Miles
Bike - 53.3 Miles
Swim - 3700 Meters

Total For May:
Run - 130.9 Miles
Bike - 189.9 Miles
Swim - 22944 Meters

Running Plan

2010 Week 1 * 2 * 3 * 4 * 5 * 6 * 7 * 8 * 9 * 10 * 11 * 12 * 13 * 14 * 15 * 16 * 17 * 18 * 19 * 20 * 21

2009 Week 1 * 2 * 3 * 4 * 5 * 6 * 7 * 8 * 9 * 10 * 11 * 12 * 13 * 14 * 15 * 16 * 17 * 18 * 19 * 20 * 21 * 22 * 23 * 24 * 25 * 26 * 27 * 28 * 29 * 30 * 31 * 32 * 33 * 34 * 35 * 36 * 37 * 38 * 39 * 40 * 41 * 42 * 43 * 44 * 45 * 46 * 47 * 48 * 49 * 50 * 51 * 52

2008 Week 1 * 2 * 3 * 4 * 5 * 6 * 7 * 8 * 9 * 10 * 11 * 12 * 13 * 14 * 15 * 16 * 17 * 18 * 19 * 20 * 21 * 22 * 23 * 24 * 25 * 26 * 27 * 28 * 29 * 30 * 31 * 32 * 33 * 34 * 35 * 36 * 37 * 38 * 39 * 40 * 41 * 42 * 43 * 44 * 45 * 46 * 47 * 48 * 49 * 50 * 51 * 52

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Sunday, May 23, 2010
Workout Notes 2010 Week 21
This was a transition with what with the start of Track on Tuesday night. Except that Logan had a choir concert so there was not Tuesday night track for me. I was starting to feel a little over trained after Sundays race followed by hard intervals on Tuesday, and a pretty hard run on Wednesday. I went with easier intervals on Thursday and for the life of me I dont remember the details of Fridays swim, but certainly the volume was much less than the usual 4000 Meters! Saturday I did my track work at the crack of dawn. The 700 and 500 were uninspiring. Nice ride with Terry on Sunday.

Monday May 17: LTF Plano 500 WU, 500 pull, 300, 2x150, 4x75, 200 kick/fins, 300, 2x150, 6x50 on 55, 200 kick/fins - 3200(164)

Tuesday May 18: Carpenter Park 10x60(60) MaxHR 178 8.1 miles run (162)

Wednesday May 19: LTF Plano 64 minutes, (Recovery 46) 8 Miles Easy Distance (161)

Thursday May 20: Carpenter Park 12x30(60) 7.3 miles run (163)

Friday May 21: LTF Plano 2700 Yards Swim with Ron (2469M) (164)

Saturday May 22: Naaman Forest 700-500

700 - 37.5, 76.8 (39.3), 1:55.0 (39.2), 2:13.0 (18.0) Max HR 170
500 - 36.6, 55.4 (18.8), 73.3 (17.9), 1:30.9 (17.6) Max HR 176

Recovery 32 - 6.75 Miles Run.

Sunday May 23: Bike with Terry - Murphy, Lavon, McKinney, Frisco Finish at Russell Creek. (Ave 17.7, CAD 83, 2:25 ride time, recovery 35) 43 miles bike.

Weight: 161-164

Total for the week:
Run - 30.1 Miles
Bike - 43.0 Miles
Swim - 5669 Meters

Total For May:
Run - 103.1 Miles
Bike - 136.6 Miles
Swim - 19244 Meters

Running Plan

2010 Week 1 * 2 * 3 * 4 * 5 * 6 * 7 * 8 * 9 * 10 * 11 * 12 * 13 * 14 * 15 * 16 * 17 * 18 * 19 * 20

2009 Week 1 * 2 * 3 * 4 * 5 * 6 * 7 * 8 * 9 * 10 * 11 * 12 * 13 * 14 * 15 * 16 * 17 * 18 * 19 * 20 * 21 * 22 * 23 * 24 * 25 * 26 * 27 * 28 * 29 * 30 * 31 * 32 * 33 * 34 * 35 * 36 * 37 * 38 * 39 * 40 * 41 * 42 * 43 * 44 * 45 * 46 * 47 * 48 * 49 * 50 * 51 * 52

2008 Week 1 * 2 * 3 * 4 * 5 * 6 * 7 * 8 * 9 * 10 * 11 * 12 * 13 * 14 * 15 * 16 * 17 * 18 * 19 * 20 * 21 * 22 * 23 * 24 * 25 * 26 * 27 * 28 * 29 * 30 * 31 * 32 * 33 * 34 * 35 * 36 * 37 * 38 * 39 * 40 * 41 * 42 * 43 * 44 * 45 * 46 * 47 * 48 * 49 * 50 * 51 * 52

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Workout Notes 2010 Week 20
Monday I had an acceptable workout at Carpenter. It was really windy out there! Tuesdays swim was lots of pulling. I felt it in my shoulders for a couple of days afterwards. Wednesday another solid effort for my 8 mile loop. Thursday it was track workout #3 300-300x3. That is 300 at 800 race pace, 1 min rest in the form of 100 jog, then 300 "PDQ" as Coach Vaughan likes to say. Three sets of these with 10 min rest (800 jog) between sets. I did the first two in spikes and the last one in my flats. Pretty good set. Friday was a solo swim, as Ron and crew did not turn up! Saturday I got up early and FINALLY got a nice ride on the bike out across Lake Lavon, back to McKinney Airport and then home, with a short detour due to the Lovejoy Run! Sunday I did the Classic Rock Sprint Triathlon in Rockwall.

Monday May 10: Carpenter Park - 14x30 MaxHR 169 7.5 miles run (162)

Tuesday May 11: LTF Plano - 500 WU, 500 Pull, 5x100 on 1:50, 250 pull, 5x50 on 55, 300 pull, 2x150 on 2:45, 300 kick, 300 pull - 3200 Meter Swim (165)

Wednesday May 12: LTF Plano 62 minutes, (Recovery 42) 8 Miles Easy Distance (161)

Thursday May 13: SMU - 300-300x3
300 - 17.7, 34.7 (17.0), 51.9 (17.2), 300 - 33.9, 50.6 (16.7) MaxHR 183
300 - 34.0, 50.8 (16.8), 300 - 50.2 MaxHR 187
300 - 34.3, 51.8 (17.3), 300 - 16.8, 33.7 (16.9), 50.5 (16.8) MaxHR 187

(Recovery 35) 7.3 miles run.

Friday May 14: LTF Plano 500WU, 500 Pull, 10x100 on 1:50; 500 Pull; 10x50 on 55; 200 Kick - 3200 (164)!

Saturday May 15: Lavon, McKinney Airport Loop (Ave 16.1, CAD 83, Ride Time 2:45) 46.1 miles bike.

Sunday May 16: Classic Rock Sprint Triathlon. 7.6 miles Run, 500M Swim, 12.4 miles Bike.

Weight: 161-165

Total for the week:
Run - 30.4 Miles
Bike - 58.5 Miles
Swim - 6900 Meters

Total For May:
Run - 72.9 Miles
Bike - 93.6 Miles
Swim - 13575 Meters

2010 Week 1 * 2 * 3 * 4 * 5 * 6 * 7 * 8 * 9 * 10 * 11 * 12 * 13 * 14 * 15 * 16 * 17 * 18 * 19

2009 Week 1 * 2 * 3 * 4 * 5 * 6 * 7 * 8 * 9 * 10 * 11 * 12 * 13 * 14 * 15 * 16 * 17 * 18 * 19 * 20 * 21 * 22 * 23 * 24 * 25 * 26 * 27 * 28 * 29 * 30 * 31 * 32 * 33 * 34 * 35 * 36 * 37 * 38 * 39 * 40 * 41 * 42 * 43 * 44 * 45 * 46 * 47 * 48 * 49 * 50 * 51 * 52

2008 Week 1 * 2 * 3 * 4 * 5 * 6 * 7 * 8 * 9 * 10 * 11 * 12 * 13 * 14 * 15 * 16 * 17 * 18 * 19 * 20 * 21 * 22 * 23 * 24 * 25 * 26 * 27 * 28 * 29 * 30 * 31 * 32 * 33 * 34 * 35 * 36 * 37 * 38 * 39 * 40 * 41 * 42 * 43 * 44 * 45 * 46 * 47 * 48 * 49 * 50 * 51 * 52

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Classic Rock Sprint Triathlon
I had been hoping to squeeze this race onto the calendar before track started. Given zero soccer games were on the schedule, it looked promising. However, the forecast for the whole week suggested rain. Even on Friday, when it was raining. But I sucked it up and hauled my butt to RBM and signed up.

Jack and Ester moved the race this year to the brand new Rockwall ISD Natatorium with the brand new eight lane 50 meter pool. Finally a sane pool swim, right? Wrong. Ester told me that there would be a dual start in the middle lanes with each group snaking toward the outside lanes. First and Last 50s going one way, but the middle 100s would be up and back in the same lanes. Jack likes to taught "safety" as one his primary concerns and has offered this as a reason to sign up for his races. IMO he had an opportunity to promote a safer event with a pool swim where one does not have people moving in two different directions in the same lane, and instead of taking a safer route, he chose to cram more people into the pool instead. Not good. Boo.

Waiting until the last minute is not good for another reason and that is that the swim is seeded but if you wait to the last minute you can'g get a seeded number. Ester offered to let me start in the back or the middle. I choose middle and she forked over number 147.

Race morning I got to the pool in plenty of time. After I got my transition area set up I headed over to the pool. On my way there I saw a kid who played on Logan's soccer team last year. Jessica was doing the race with her dad, who is a huge bike rider. Then I saw Johanna, a gym rat at Lifetime Plano. Her husband was also doing the race. Lots of friends!

But with all the chit-chat, when I finally got ready to do a warm-up swim, Iron Jack was yanking everyone out of the pool for his dreaded "mandatory" race meeting. Given that this was a new course I paid particular attention to the meeting. The bike started out with several turns, and I memorized those. Then came the run description. Holy Crap. The run went out to the main road, then left down a side road, then right into a cul-de-sac, then back out of the cul-de-sac, back to the main road, two lefts and then a turnaround and back exactly the same way. Very confusing. The race map had so many arrows on it I could not make heads or tails of the run.

After the meeting I decided to do a warm-up run and check out this run course. It was a darn good thing, because TONS of people screwed it up and got DQd.

When I got back to the pool I knew I needed to hustle to get to my swim spot. But I was exactly five people to late; 157 was jumping in when I got there. Ester looked at me, shook her head and sent me to remedial Triathlon school - ie the back of the line! And so I went upstairs chilled out for 10 minutes and THEN when to the back of the line. Except the guy in the very back pushed me in front of him. So I started next to last! :-)

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Starting from Dead Ass Last!

I did not count the multitudes of folks that I passed in the pool. In the second fifty I did have a collision with a guy coming the other way. Beyond that it was a lot of weaving in and out avoiding the back strokers, the side strokers, and of course the breast strokers!

I got out of the pool and on my way to the transition with no problems. It was kind of funny seeing my bike out there all by its lonesome self! That certainly made it easy to find!

I did not count the multitudes of folks that I passed on the bike. The bike course was nice. No cars. The main part of the bike was on a four lane bypass with the middle two lanes for the race. But the cones were kinda right down the middle of the left lane. Why? This meant if you were trying to keep the cones to your right you only had a half lane to ride. And given that I was passing everyone in sight, that did not leave much room. Also the back of the packers do not know how to move to the right when you holler "on your left". Good Grief.

I felt like I was doing better on the bike compared to McKinney. I focused on keeping my cadence up particularly on the uphill sections. And I was hammering on the downhill.

No issues with T2. Well some knucklehead put their bike in my spot, but whatever.

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Heading out on the Bike

The sun was out. It was hot. What happened to the predicted rain? I did not count the multitude of folks that I passed on the run. I felt OK at the start of the run. Although I never really felt like I was going full speed. I pushed as hard as I could. I did get a bit of side stitch about the two mile mark. But I was able to push through for a strong finish.

I witnessed one girl make the wrong turn at the mix master. It was a zoo. This intersection required runners to go one of four directions. As if that was not confusing enough, race management decided that this would be the ideal spot for an aid station. Right smack in the middle of this intersection. Not pretty. Runners going every which way. Water and Gatorade and cups all over the ground.

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I finished 10th overall 4th master and 2nd in my age group. I finished 8th in the swim and I had the second fastest swim time of the top 10 finishers. I was 26th in the bike with a 21.2 MPH velocity and 91 ave cadence. That was an improvement relative to McKinney (20.8 and 89). I ran 19:05 for the 5K which put me third place overall in the run. But my 6:07 pace was much better than the 6:30 pace I ran in McKinney. My overall time was 1:00:53 which has to be my best time ever!

Jessica won her age group after a head on collision in the pool. And Johanna's husband was 4th overall and won the masters.

Notes to Jack:
Make it a 400M swim with everyone going one way in all of the lanes. If you are hell bent on getting everyone in the pool, then start them two at a time in the same lane. The lanes are plenty wide enough for that!

Fix the mix master in the run. Instead of having the run go south on townsend and the bike go north - switch it. Take the bike south, then east on 30 then north on the bypass. Then the run can go north on townsend out the same route as the bike course today.

Have the Rotary guys get some real awards. The phonograph records with the Avery label is bush league.

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Sunday, May 16, 2010
Workout Notes 2010 Week 19
Given that I raced on Sunday, I figured I should not attempt speed work on Monday. Instead I did a nice easy run in the park. Tuesday was a kickfest in the pool. This workout courtesy of Mary Lessor. Wednesday I did my 8 mile loop in a surprising 62 minutes. Thursday was track workout #2. 400 Pickups. 200 at faster than 1500 pace, then a solid 3-4 second pick up for the second 200. Lap jog. Friday my legs were trashed. Ron wanted to swim in the outdoor pool so we swam yards instead of meters. Toward the end Ron actually got a cramp! Given that my legs were dead too, we all called it a day after 3000 yards. Sunday was a slow 12 miles - it felt faster - I guess my legs were still suffering from the track. And Sunday, I had hoped to get a long ride in, but it was windy and raining in the morning. I settled for going to the gym and getting on the exercise bike for an hour...Sheesh.

Monday May 3: Breckinridge Park - 37 min easy distance (Recovery 32) 4 mile run.

Tuesday May 4: LTF Plano - 500 WU; 5x100(25 kick, 75 swim, 25s/50K/25S, 25S/75K; 25K/75S, 100S); 2x(10x25 kick on 30 Fins, 5x50 on 55; 250 pull); 200 Kickw/fins; 250 Pull, 250 Swim - 3200 Meter Swim (166)

Wednesday May 5: LTF Plano 62 min Easy Distance (Recovery 44) 8 miles run(162)

Thursday May 6: SMU - 6x400PU
400 - 38.6, 73.3 (34.7) MaxHR 177
400 - 38.3, 73.8 (35.5) MaxHR 182
400 - 39.2, 74.4 (35.2) MaxHR 184
400 - 38.3, 74.0 (35.7) MaxHR 185
400 - 39.4, 75.1 (35.7) MaxHR 187
400 - 38.0, 73.2 (35.2) MaxHR 190

7.5 miles run

Friday May 7: LTF Plano with Ron - 500 WU; 8x50 on 50; 12x25 on 35; 3x(200, 2x100, 4x50 first set 200 steady, 100s moderate, 50s hard, second set 200 moderate, 100 hard, 100 easy, last set 200 hard, 100s, 50s easy) - 3000 Yards (2743M)outside (162)!

Saturday May 8: 1:41 easy distance (Recovery 46) 12 miles run.

Sunday May 9: LTF Garland 60 min lifecycle 22.1 miles (163)

Weight: 162-166

Total for the week:
Run - 31.5 Miles
Bike - 22.1 Miles
Swim - 5943 Meters

Total For May:
Run - 42.5 Miles
Bike - 35.1 Miles
Swim - 6675 Meters

2010 Week 1 * 2 * 3 * 4 * 5 * 6 * 7 * 8 * 9 * 10 * 11 * 12 * 13 * 14 * 15 * 16 * 17 * 18

2009 Week 1 * 2 * 3 * 4 * 5 * 6 * 7 * 8 * 9 * 10 * 11 * 12 * 13 * 14 * 15 * 16 * 17 * 18 * 19 * 20 * 21 * 22 * 23 * 24 * 25 * 26 * 27 * 28 * 29 * 30 * 31 * 32 * 33 * 34 * 35 * 36 * 37 * 38 * 39 * 40 * 41 * 42 * 43 * 44 * 45 * 46 * 47 * 48 * 49 * 50 * 51 * 52

2008 Week 1 * 2 * 3 * 4 * 5 * 6 * 7 * 8 * 9 * 10 * 11 * 12 * 13 * 14 * 15 * 16 * 17 * 18 * 19 * 20 * 21 * 22 * 23 * 24 * 25 * 26 * 27 * 28 * 29 * 30 * 31 * 32 * 33 * 34 * 35 * 36 * 37 * 38 * 39 * 40 * 41 * 42 * 43 * 44 * 45 * 46 * 47 * 48 * 49 * 50 * 51 * 52

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Tuesday, May 11, 2010
April Workouts
I was really struggling to get my sprained ankle healed. Most advice was that I should have run less. Whatever! I did log a PB for the most swimming for the month April!

First Week of April
Run - 10 Miles
Bike - 37.7 Miles
Swim - 3925 Meters

Second Week of April
Run - 38 Miles
Bike - 52.4 Miles
Swim - 5600 Meters

Third Week of April
Run - 37 Miles
Bike - 10 Miles
Swim - 8300 Meters

Fourth Week of April
Run - 33.3 Miles
Bike - 24.6 Miles
Swim - 7200 Meters

Last Week of April
Run - 24.5 Miles
Bike - 0 Miles
Swim - 6400 Meters

Total for April
Run - 142.8 Miles
Bike - 124.7 Miles
Swim - 31425 Meters

Total for 2010:
Run - 461.7 Miles
Bike - 759.5 Miles
Swim - 114125 Meters













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Workout Notes 2010 Week 18
Ankle Injury Week 9. I did my first track workout of the season and my first race. On the track I ran nearly the same times as my first workout last year. And my race was excellent. So it must be time to shut up about the stupid ankle.

Monday April 26: Carpenter Park - 8x2:00(2:00) Max HR 178 Intervals 9 miles run(162)

Tuesday April 27: LTF Plano 500, 4x50 kick/fins on 65, 200 pull, 2x(2x100 (25 fast/easy) on 1:50; 200 pull under 3); 2x(2x50 kick on 65, 2x50 swim on 50) 4x75 pull on 75; 5x(50 25kick, 25 swim on 65); 5x50(25 easy, 25hard) on 55, 300 pull - 3200 Meter Swim (165)

Wednesday April 28: SMU Track 4x600
600 - 38.3; 78.2 (39.9); 1:57.5 (39.3); MaxHR 176
600 - 37.5; 76.6 (39.1); 1:56.3 (39.7); MaxHR 180
600 - 37.0; 74.7 (37.7); 1:52.9 (38.2); MaxHR 186
600 - 37.1; 75.6 (38.5); 1:53.1 (37.5); MaxHR 185
7.5 Miles Run

Thursday April 29: LTF Plano - 66 minutes, recovery 44 - 8 Mile Run (163)

Friday April 30: LTF Plano 500 WU, 5x100 on 1:50pull, 5x100 on 1:50, 4x75 Kickw/ fins on 75, 4x75pull on 75, 4x75 on 75, 6x50 pull on 55, 6x50 on 55, 200 kickw/fins- 3200 Meters Swim (165)

Saturday May 1: 35 easy distance Recovery 50 4 mile run.

Sunday May 2: Mckinney Triathlon. 800Y Swim, 13 Mile bike, 7 mile run.

Weight: 162-165

Total for the week:
Run - 35.5 Miles
Bike - 13 Miles
Swim - 7132 Meters

Total For April:
Run - 142.8 Miles
Bike - 124.7 Miles
Swim - 31425 Meters

Total For May:
Run - 11 Miles
Bike - 13 Miles
Swim - 732 Meters


2010 Week 1 * 2 * 3 * 4 * 5 * 6 * 7 * 8 * 9 * 10 * 11 * 12 * 13 * 14 * 15 * 16 * 17

2009 Week 1 * 2 * 3 * 4 * 5 * 6 * 7 * 8 * 9 * 10 * 11 * 12 * 13 * 14 * 15 * 16 * 17 * 18 * 19 * 20 * 21 * 22 * 23 * 24 * 25 * 26 * 27 * 28 * 29 * 30 * 31 * 32 * 33 * 34 * 35 * 36 * 37 * 38 * 39 * 40 * 41 * 42 * 43 * 44 * 45 * 46 * 47 * 48 * 49 * 50 * 51 * 52

2008 Week 1 * 2 * 3 * 4 * 5 * 6 * 7 * 8 * 9 * 10 * 11 * 12 * 13 * 14 * 15 * 16 * 17 * 18 * 19 * 20 * 21 * 22 * 23 * 24 * 25 * 26 * 27 * 28 * 29 * 30 * 31 * 32 * 33 * 34 * 35 * 36 * 37 * 38 * 39 * 40 * 41 * 42 * 43 * 44 * 45 * 46 * 47 * 48 * 49 * 50 * 51 * 52

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Sunday, May 09, 2010
The Historic McKinney Triathlon
Terry had been bugging me to do this event in spite of the fact that he paid for it last year and then bagged it due to the rain! Ahem. Yeah. And I was really unsure about racing on my stupid, splattered ankle. However, Wednesday prior to the race day I did the first track workout of the season and I did exactly the same splits that I ran that same workout last year. And there was no soccer. So I signed up on Thursday, two days before the race. Luckily they held out some low numbers and I got #30.

Friday I stopped by REI and picked up a new Tri-Suit. Then I turned my attention that damn bike I bought last year. My theory was that the seat was too low, so I pulled that sucker out really high! I was ready.

Sunday, ODarkThirty. Game time. For the first time in two years it was not raining as I was driving to the race! I got my transition area ready, when I realized I left my socks in the car. On my way back to get the socks, I saw a guy wearing a BrooksID uniform. I introduced myself to William and then went and got those socks (Brooks of course).

I did a 500 yard warm-up in the pool. The new tri-suit felt a little weird in the water. After the warm-up I was hanging out in the pool when Terry finally turned up. We chatted for a while until they were getting ready to line us up to start the swim. I went to start and as I was standing there, Georgie, who is one of the nuts that I swim with on Fridays, grabs me and starts to quiz me about my race number. She had a number 20 and demanded that I start in front of her!

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And we are off!

This was a 25 yard pool swim down and back in each lane 6 times. I caught the guy in front me in the second fifty. I split the lane and went by him. Then there was some yahoo doing the breast stroke. I went by him and some one else that he was blocking. I think I passed four people. When I got to the last lane no one was there on either side. I hammered that fifty and hauled myself out of the pool from the deep end. Until I reviewed the race pictures, I failed to notice the LADDER that was right there, that EVERYONE else used to exit the pool. What a dumb ass!

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Exiting the pool the hard way. Note the Ladder...

I made it through T1 with no problems, grabbed the bike and got on to go. And thats when I saw my goggles hanging off the platform pedals. A fact that was promptly pointed out to me by a race official. I was able to get on the bike and then grab the goggles. After I got my number sorted out and got locked into my pedals I stuffed the goggles into the top of my tri-suit.

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Start of the Bike...Note the Goggles...

I got a good rhythm on the bike right off the bat. After a few miles a couple of dudes, one master, passed me. However, I was able to keep up and in fact, I did not lose sight of them until the last few miles. This was a new bike course compared to the last two years. I prefer the original course, but this was not bad. I did not lose much ground on the bike, and I was ready to Hammer the run.

I came out of T2 with no problems. A 17year old kid came out with me, but he did not know where to go. I pointed to a runner up ahead, "follow him". And that worked for the first half mile, but then he got confused and I blew by him. I passed a bunch of guys included the two masters who passed me on the bike. I had a good lead on the kid, and he was hanging in there which gave me good mental energy for the last half mile.


Last Quarter Mile...Note The Kid in the background..

I finished fifth overall, first in my age group and third in the run. I had the fastest swim time of the top five finishers. However, I missed the top masters spot by 49 seconds - all in the bike. Sheesh. My swim was 4:27 10th overall compared to 4:28 last year and 4:22 the year before. My bike was 37:34 and the run was 22:49 which was faster than last year. Overall a better race than the last two years!

William finished first overall. Georgie and Terry both won their age groups. Overall a good showing for Chris and friends!

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Cool down run

Award
First Place Young Geezers Category

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William First Overall

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Terry - First Place Old Geezers Category

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