Sunday, April 26, 2009

Crazy Legs Classic

Things are rolling along pretty well and even though we haven't seen the sun in about 4 days now, I am still laying down some pretty good run miles and will finish the week somewhere close to 75 I think.

Yesterday I raced the Crazy Legs Classic 8k here in Madison. This is probably the largest 8k race in the area (minus the St. Patty's Day run in Chicago) with over 18,500 runners. The conditions, were, ummmm, wet :) but it didn't take away from the fun. The race starts on the capital square and finishes inside Camp Randall Stadium (where the Badgers play).

Anyway, even with the big jump in run mileage my legs seemed to feel pretty good. I have a little ways to go before I am back in good form, but I had a solid day, finishing 25th in a time of 27:50, which is right about half marathon pace for me ;)

The next week is a busy one, with the Wisconsin Bike Summit on Monday evening, travel on Tuesday, a little trip with my stepdad planned on Wednesday and then I will be flying out to Boulder on Thursday!

That's all for now!

BB

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Full Speed Ahead....


Lots has happened in the last month and I am happy to say that I am rolling full speed ahead again and loving every minute of it.


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To catch you up, I got back from winter training and was a little burned from 15 months of beating the horse. I decided to take 2 weeks off to see how my body reacted....I was still tired. So instead of forcing things, I backed off and trained how I felt for the next 6 weeks. I put in some good sessions, but didn't touch 20hrs once in that period. This is the first time I have done this in 8 years racing and it ended up being the best thing I could have done.


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I was in the area and decided to race down at the California Ironman 70.3 a few weeks ago after crashing a week out from the race. The swim went well for me, I lead the second back out of the water without any trouble. Now I just need to make the move up to that front back at the 70.3 distance. Ride was comfortable, I knew I didn't have the fitness to go with the guys that were bridging up to the front, so I just enjoyed the day. The run was another story, didn't have the legs...but then again I didn't have any expectations.


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After the race, I took a week to build back into things and am now rolling along very well. I am finishing up a big aerobic overload block where I will touch on 20k in the pool, 20hrs on the bike and 120km on the run trails. I will finish this block up this weekend and then take 4 days of almost no training to absorb all of the work. Remember that it doesn't matter how much work that you are doing, if your body cannot handle it.




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So that is training. On the coaching, clinic, camp front I have a lot of info to share. Below I have posted some photos of my first tri clinic this year. We didn't do too bad with 22 people showing up. If you are in the area for the talks, swing by, I would love to chat. You can visit www.trekstoremadison.com for more details....oh yeah, they are free, there is lots of food and tons of swag as well!

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Thank you to Gary Geiger for these photos. You can check out his stuff at http://www.geigerphoto.com/



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If you are still interested in coaching for the upcoming season, I have picked up a few more coaching clients and now only have 2 slots left. If you are interested in working together, please drop me a line!

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I have all the details worked out for my 2009 Ironman Training Camp which will take place from July 24th - July 26th here in Madison. If you would like more information, please let me know. The event is geared toward anyone racing a late season Ironman, from Canada to Arizona. I also have a few athletes coming that are not racing IM this year, but planning on it in the future. There will be just as much information shared, as there will be training. The abilities of the athletes are ranging from <10 to 16hrs
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That is about it for now, I hope you are all starting to think about the upcoming season! It is sneaking up on us!
BB