Category Archives: Achieving Goals

‘Epic Ride’…only a few in a lifetime

In training for Ironman each year for the past 5 years, I’ve done lots and lots of bike rides…and each year, many training rides over 100 miles….and thousands of rides over a lifetime …and out of those thousands and thousands of … Continue reading

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Are we there yet :)

Interesting time in the training cycle…4 weeks to go to Ironman Florida this Saturday. And that means, that the ‘training’ part is about done…1 more week, makes it 3 weeks to go, and the risk-averse starting to taper things off either now, … Continue reading

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squeezing off a few pounds: 205 to 187 in 3 months

Well Friday was an official weigh-in date…187…right at my goal for the date…and the same as it was 2 weeks ago…so this peeling off the weight things has slowed down. So, interesting that this is the first 4 week period in … Continue reading

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another day off from exercise…what’s with that!!!

Yeah…Monday…took another day off 2nd day off from exercise in the same month…last day off was 3 weeks ago…too much fun that time 🙂 http://www.irondaughterirondad.com/1-day-off-from-exercise-too-funny-that-its-noteworthy/ This time, in deference to recovery…in the few days before my killer Saturday workout, I was … Continue reading

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How did you spend your Saturday? 112mi/6hr bike, 6mi/1hr run

Excellent bike and brick run on Saturday 🙂 Race rehearsal time, so 112 miles on the bike in 5:57:38, and then a 1 hour brick run _easy_ to get dialed into my Ironman target run pace of 10:00/mile + :30 (10:30/mile) … Continue reading

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Diana is on her way…that my friends is guts…

The current reported distance traveled by Diana is now 92.2 Statute Miles, 82.0 nautical miles, provided by Steve Munatones, the independent observer for the International Swim Federation who accompanied the expedition. ———— Hindered by painful stings and strong currents, endurance … Continue reading

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Diana Nyad to swim from Cuba – Florida…again…tonight!

In case you missed it in all the recent political news, and not anywhere near as prominent in the headlines as it was a month ago Diana Nyad is planning to get back into the water to get that 103 … Continue reading

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Balancing training in 3 sports…swimming says ‘what about me!?’

I have a meeting with Coach Gale Bernhardt today to fine tune my next 4 weeks of training…7 weeks to Ironman…2-3 weeks taper…so 1 month to get the last pieces in place. …once you’re within 3 weeks to go to Ironman: your … Continue reading

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Ironman High Intensity Training (HIT): Bike long rides

This year in preparation for Ironman, I’ve worked in as much HIT (High Intensity Training) into each week as I can, using workout guidelines published by the folks at Endurance Nation (EN). Earlier in the season, I overshot the mark … Continue reading

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squeezing off a few pounds: 205 to 187 this morning

Good news!…at my 2 week interim weigh-in this morning, the scales settled at 187 …this is down from 189, 2 weeks ago…and 18 pounds down from my 205 starting point 2 1/2 months ago 🙂 http://www.irondaughterirondad.com/2-month-official-weigh-in-189-down-from-205/ …and getting dangerously close to … Continue reading

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Swimming update…improving…I think

I’m feeling solid about my bike and run results now, and feel that if I can hold the training together, not get cooked, sick or break something, that I have a clear path to increasing the training distances, with quite a bit … Continue reading

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Pondering my ‘final’ bike training zones

With 8 weeks before Ironman, 5-6 weeks of training, and a 2-3 week taper, I’m starting to _really_ get serious …alright…you’ve probably thought that I’m pretty serious up to now …that was me being relaxed 🙂 With my last bike … Continue reading

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5K run test: new 41 vDOT wow! 4:22:00 Ironman run ‘possible’

Looks like shedding those few pounds has indeed helped my running speed 🙂 …the goal that I set for myself 9 months ago on December 7, 2010, was to be at a vDOT of 41 prior to Ironman Florida, to set up … Continue reading

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Bike Functional Threshold Power (FTP): 270-280 Watts

Trying to fit in my bike test this week was a bit of a challenge…particularly since I also wanted to get in a running test, and be back at normal training volume for the weekend. …and I also will be … Continue reading

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1 day off from exercise…too funny that it’s noteworthy

We took a little trip out-of-town this past Labor Day weekend, so in the spirit of ‘recovery’ and ‘vacation’, I actually took 1 day off from exercise …only noteworthy, since it was my first day off from exercise in 6 weeks 🙂 … Continue reading

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