Friday, February 27, 2009

Finally healthy

Seems like I've been fighting one bug or another since Christmas. I had a few good weeks in January, but Feb. has been dismal. Not once, but twice I've been running a fever of ~101. It's been 15 years since this has happened. Of course I know why, and it's really tied to my immune system being suppressed due to a lack of sleep. My last down days came after a three day period where I averaged only 4 to 5 hours of sleep a night. Add in working 2 jobs, training, and oh crap that's right I have 2 kids...

Nonetheless I am getting life back on track. I raced a 10k, okay, participated in a 10k on Sunday. I was only 48hrs removed from running that 101 fever. Yes, I'll finally admit that running the race was probably not a smart choice, especially as I was also dealing with bronchitis. But run I did, and even putting in a sub-par performance it still had the one positive effect I REALLY needed; it got me to refocus on my training (including adequate rest for recovery). I've now put down my best training week of Feb (maybe of the year) and at last my lungs are clearing. The sinuses should also be back up to speed by the end of the weekend.

And despite all this, I think I have improved as a triathlete this winter. My swimming is on track, my biking is much further along than it usually is in Feb., and though my running is behind where it normally is, it's not far behind and net I'm better. New for this year was a lifting program. I now have leg muscles (albeit skinny ones)! I have some arm and back muscles too (yes...skinny too). Now I need to train diligently so I can take advantage of my greater power potential.

Well it's bed time now. No days off for while, so I need to sleep. Good night.

PS: I finished the "10k" (it was 6.38 miles, actually, follow this link to see my race) in 10th place overall, and avg'd 6:17 per mile.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Birthday present idea

Chamois cream. Just sayin'...

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Final run before flu

Last Thursday.

Blackstone Blvd, Providence


Yes, I think I'm improving.

Must be February

On a plateau, getting sick, and really getting mentally fatigued being inside. Same thing happens about this time every year, and given how long I've been a competitor of some sort that's a whole lot of years, a whole lot of winters. I always come through; I know that. The quote in the header of this blog was selected precisely because of it's applicability to this time period. I'll get well and I'll be good. In fact I'm mostly well now which is why I'm back up on the trainer and writing this posting.
Each year the challenge is to find that "thing" that will not just carry me through, but define my year. Last year was defined by Feb. phone call to my friend Jesse, the mastermind behind QT2 Systems. After a conversation I decided it was the year to give my training over to someone else. Jesse suggested Tim would be the best fit as coach. I secretly think Jesse was concerned I'd be a bit high maintenance and didn't want to be stuck with me himself! In his defense, he was right. I'm a bit high maintenance as an athlete; comes with being in my 40s. I'm fairly opinionated. Anyway I digress. So the theme for last year was how much could I improve by allowing someone else to guide my training. Well the answer is already in this blog.

So now I need to define this year; a year which has already been challenging. Inside I've kind of known the answer all along; time to step up. I'm self-aware enough to realize I've got some skills, both professionally and athletically. I'm not getting any younger, so it's time to show people what I've really got, both professionally and athletically.

Now if I can just make it through these last 5 weeks of base training without going crazy!

Sunday, February 08, 2009

This and that

I watched a interesting, albeit violent, movie yesterday. It's called "Green Street Hooligans," aka Frodo Baggins gets liquored up and gets his nasty on. It was so different from what I usually watch, I wasn't really sure if I liked it, but I keep thinking about it. If you're okay with A LOT of street fighting, it's worth renting.

I've been training regularly but am really missing that feeling of being an athlete. Life has been encroaching on things a bit too frequently. I'm running a 10k in Hyannis in the 22nd and hope to get things headed in the right direction at that time.

I spent the weekend in NYC at my brother-in-law's new apartment. It's in Washington Heights right next to the entrance of Fort Tryon Park. I got a run in in the park. Lots of up and down...up and down. We went to see the New York Philharmonic last: Masur, Mutter, and Mendelssohn. Following the show we dined at Compass, across from ESPN anchor Chris Fowler (we also think we spotted Larry David in the audience at the Avery Fisher Hall in the Lincoln Center). And we got to spend time with Max, a 104lb Akita mix. Max scares lots of people, but not me and not Leanna. He reminded us of Otis in an odd way. We got along great as I did my best Cesar Millan "calm assertive" thing.

You know it's all about the energy. Sometimes it's really hard to bring the positive, but it just has to happen or things go down the crapper in a hurry. Here's hoping the kids finally get well and February turns out to be less challenging than January.