Friday, April 28, 2006

Testing Where I am at....

The title of my post could represent many different things. Since it is late I won't go into detail about where I am at in my life and I'll just stick to racing. I will tell you that I am in a great place. Meeting many new people, seeing....well, so far just FL(not awesome), but I am leaving for Boulder on Monday. I am sure there will a lot to write as I drive 2,000 miles across the country (any takers:). I will get to drive through where Katrina hit last year. I am looking forward to a first hand experience of where that part of the country is at. Anyway, I get one life...and I am living it. I just have to remember the stories to tell my kids someday.

Where am I at in my racing and training? I'll get to find out this weekend against some of the best. I am racing at St. Anthony's (www.satriathlon.com) this Sunday. I have had a good start to the year down here training with JD and with only a few weeks of speed work in me, most of my fitness will come from base miles and the races I have already done. I had an over training issue with my right knee, something that acts up if i don't stay on top of massage and ice, but I don't think it set me back too far (I hope).

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Also on the training side of things, I have connected with CycleOps, www.cycleops.com who is out of Madison and an awesome company. I will now have a Zipp 808 rear wheel build with a Powertap SL hub. I am very excited to race with it at Memphis toward the end of May. No more guessing my power output during races. (In the past I have had to ride a training wheel in races if I wanted power data.

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I have a few other posts that I am anxious to get out there. Look for those, as well as a race report, in the coming days. The next time I write will be from the road.

Signing off from the Sunshine State!

BB

Sunday, April 23, 2006

Keeping it all in perspective...

I was having a conversation with my mom the other day (one of many, as we are pretty close) and we started talking about various things going on in our lives. After a few tangents in our conversation, I said something like, "Ok, now on to a brighter subject..." (If you know me, then you know that I sometimes avoid conflict, something I am working on.) We both laughed and agreed that our lives are Pretty_Damn_Good compared to most in our world.

Then, we somehow found ourselves talking about how easy it is for people in general to complain about life, people love to tell you how terrible things are for them. More specifically, about things that are out of our own control. Topics that I have heard more than once, include; the weather(heat/humidity), events that have taken place in the past, not having a lane at the pool, traffic jams, competition at races, flights being cancelled, missing an opportunity, etc., you get the point...

Sometimes, I find myself complaining to others about certain things in my life and then I take a step back(sometimes not right away) and gain a little perspective. I could be in an abusive or poverished situation, which I saw while student teaching last fall. I have good food, clothing, opportunity, I don't have cancer and I have family and friends that love me. Things could be A LOT worse, I could have had my house destroyed by Hurricane Katrina, or as my stepdad always says, "You could be away at war."

Now I am not saying that we need to dwell on the negatives in the world and give less importance to things that are troubling in our own lives. But thinking this way from time to time is very humbling. Incorporating doing things for society and the greater good inour lives can be very rewarding and fufilling. This is something that I am also trying to work into my life.

To wrap it up, for me, I think the best way to deal with things that are out of our control or aren't "real" problems is to acknowledge whatever is bothering you, talk about it with someone if you need to and then move on.

I don't know all and maybe I am just rambling, but for me it helps to be reminded of the things that really matter in life.

Enough serious blogging for today, the next post will be a bit less deep! I am racing St. Anthony's next weekend and should get to see a few friends that I haven't seen in a while.

Later Gaters,

BB

Monday, April 17, 2006

A Few Early Season Training Pic's

Here are some early season training pic's from Clermont.
Marc & I before Escape From Ft. DeSoto.
(Marc kicked my ass!)
From left to right: Marc, JD, BB. Pre-swim at the Training Center.
(That is Tim in the background, he the Ironman North America Swim Course Director).
"It's BLUE I tell you, not pink!"
(JD and Marc giving me crap for my drag suit)
I was forced to wear it after losing my square legged suit. The suit blue, until the chlorine bleached it pink!



Saturday, April 15, 2006

The Becker Buzz....

The Becker Buzz…

April 11, 2006

As the 2006 season is getting underway, my time here in Clermont, FL is quickly wrapping up. Starting in May I will leave my home here and travel to Boulder, CO where I will train for the rest of the season.

I have been and will continue living and training with another athlete, Justin Daerr (www.justindaerr.com). Justin and I decided to get together to train, not only because we are close in age, but also because we have similar athletic backgrounds, goals for the future, as well as the same drive and determination to be the best athletes we can be.

Training started off great, I have been setting PR’s in the pool and have over 100 training hours logged in both February and March. Along with the great training, racing has also gone well. I pulled out a win at a local 10k, a 5th place finish at the Tampa Bay Half Marathon, and a 3rd place finish at the Escape From Florida Triathlon, a race that draws hot competition!

After the good start, I encountered a little turbulence in the form of being slightly over-trained. I was forced to drop my weekly volume from 30 hours, to around 20, maybe a blessing in disguise. After making a few minor changes to my schedule, I felt that I was recovered enough to race at the Powerman Alabama Duathlon (www.team-magic.com).

The number one goal for the race was to finish with no signs of any injury. I accomplished that goal and turned out a very solid result as well. Results can be viewed by visiting my website at www.blakebecker.com.

Here is quick recap of the race. I had been told by many to “not go too hard on the first run.” With this in the back of my mind, I probably ran a bit too conservative, but still came into t1 in a very solid time. As I headed out onto the bike, I pushed hard to get to the front of the age group race. I was not able to reach the front, but was very pleased with my ride over the 53km bike course. I ran hard on the second run and split only 21 seconds slower than my first. I crossed the line in 2:23:38, 9th overall and the 3rd age-grouper.

I want to congratulate Justin on an awesome race in his first official professional start.

To finish up this update I want to thank my friends, family, sponsors and everyone who supports me and my racing. For 2006 I will be racing for the Oomph Core Team and also be sponsored by the following companies: Superspokes online bike shop (www.superspokes.com), Hammer Nutrition, Blue Seventy Wetsuits, Zipp Wheels, Fuel Belt, Brooks Running and Rudy Project.

Until next time, visit my website for the latest training and racing news (www.blakebecker.com).

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Back on track...

Well, I am finally back on track...and online, for that matter. I had to be fairly cautious with my training for about two weeks, due to an old overuse injury. Lots of ice, stretching, epsom salt baths and massage have gotten me back to my usual training self.

Anyway, time is flying by here in Clermont. I have about 4 weeks left until I head to Boulder, Colorado to train for the summer. This is something that I am really looking foward to. Boulder is sort of the Hollywood of triathlon. This is where "it" is at. I am looking forward for the opportunity to meet as many people as possible and learn from the best.

For the rest of my time here I will race quite a bit since my overuse injury didn't allow me to race the past few weekends. I am heading to Birmingham, AL this weekend for Powerman Alabama, it is an event that every multisport athlete would like to do at some point in their career. It has been around for a long time and has some history that goes with it.

After racing there, I will race on April 15th over in St. Pete. for the Escape From Ft. DeSoto Traithlon with my good friend Marc Bonnet. The following two weeks I will be in St. Augustine for a sprint race and then at St. Anthony's for my big early spring event.

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Ok, some good advice to all of you out there that may clean your own carpet some day in the future...DON'T!!! Justin and I have a few "easier" days this week to recover and we decided to spend yesterday cleaning the carpet of the place where we are staying.

We drove over to Home Depot and rented a carpet cleaning machine and came back expecting to transform our worn/soiled carpet into something that had a much nicer look...or at least a clean look. After it was all over and we had spent the entire day(actually afternoon) in our 90* house, it was hard to tell that we had actually cleaned anything at all. Sarcastically, we declared that cleaning carpet was our new favorite way to spend our easy days and that maybe we should start up our own carpet cleaning business to bring in income on the side.

Actually, the 24hr rental + cleaner was $54.23. I think that a better option may be to just spend the $100 to have a company come do it....or better yet, don't have carpet!! Bu then again, we would not have had as fun of an afternoon, nor the stories share!

Time to go swim. I hope that everyone is doing well and hope to see you all soon!

I want to get in a quick CONGRAT'S to my good friends, Matt and Ellen. I introduced the two of them back in college and they call lasts week to let me know that they are engaged!

Until next time(sooner, I promise;-)

BB