Friday, February 23, 2007

The Iron Groove

I am now getting deep into the meat of my training for Ironman Arizona and am finally at a point where I feel like I'm in a groove. It has been difficult to reach the distances needed but I'm finally doing the 3500 to 4000 meter swims and the 100+ mile bikes.

Of course, my run is crap since I can not run right now due to an as yet unknown problem...probably a fracture again.

Still, I am feeling very good about my progress. Last week I got 11,000 meters in the pool and Saturday I got in a 122 mile bike.

For me the 122 mile bike isn't such a big deal but the thing about this ride is that the wind was amazing...we had sustained winds of 30 - 35 mph with gusts up to 50 mph. Not only that but it was head on for about half the ride including one section that was exposed, had big rollers and was 20 miles long. It took me and my fellow IMAZ Outlaws 2 hours and 20 minutes to cross the distance heading out and 38 minutes to return! As a matter of fact, my 122 mile ride took me 2 hours less than the 192 mile ride i did just two weeks ago.

I pulled the entire way since my fellow Outlaws had a 10 mile run scheduled after the ride and I was just going to keep on riding.
All in all I'm feeling good, I'm mentally prepared and can cover the distances up will be the run but whatever happens I'll make it through that one way or another.


  1. Very cool! When you get your bib number, let us know so we can track you online during the race!

  2. hey, worse comes to worse, you can walk a bunch of the marathon, right? You'll do great big guy - awesome bike effort and 11,000 meters is a huge swim week - good job! My 83 miler yesterday seems measly now....ya big jerk...=;-)