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August 2010

"Thanks for your order Joe H!

 

You are now registered for Delaware Diamondman® Triathlon - Half Iron Triathlon!! The event is scheduled for 09/12/2010 (Sun).
Piranha Sports will be listed on your charge card statement as the vendor for this charge"

 

FINALLY!! this will be my first tri of the year (actually a couple years -rain last year turned a couple into Du's) and first race since june.  sure it is less than 2 weeks from my iron distance but it'll be all under 150 bpm. phhhtt! a walk in the park. i hope.http://moms.meetup.com/cities/us/ia/des_moines/

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hope springs eternal

Posted by Joe_h1 Aug 25, 2010

1 month to go before my first iron distance tri and still have doubts but gotta say the ability to put out a good 20 mile run on a random wednesday morning is huge confidence booster. first 15 miles felt incredibly smooth. the last 5 required more effort but still nothing really went wrong. everything just clicked today but I ran smart and controlled and not like the usual spaz that I am and it worked out great.  ran w/ no headphones today and was actually hoping it would rain so this would be the toughest workout possible but no luck.  so California uber alles and happy happy joy joy was stuck in my head the entire run.  I had a protien bar the second hour and my sugars were good and stopped every 3 miles for a quick drink and some salt tabs.  was able to finish on time and grab a quick shower and make to work on time though I am kinda of hobbling around the place.  I think I may have a chance at my big race only 30 days away if I race smart and within myself.  this could just work

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Not a good training weekend.  Was politely 'asked' by my wife to help her with some projects going on in our hourse including orgazing the kids toys and planning our daughters birthday party.  I know i'm not a huge help in either one of these departments and get in the way more often than not but know enough to pitch in when I am asked. BUT it's 8 weeks till my first iron distance event  and I should be doing some serious mileage now to get ready.  alas there only so many hours in the day and about a million items on my honey do list so my training log is empty for the weekend. oh well I will find a way to get those miles back this week but I started this adventure to gives thanks to god/yaweh/creation/the spaghetti monster for the time I have here with great family and friends I do have.  to make this time count and sometimes that means playing go fish w/ my daughter rather than running around the neighborhood for two hours.

 

yesterday I did get in a great 1500yd swim and today I had a quick work out 3.42 mile in 32 minutes w/4 leslie hill repeats. no HRM just the sound of my lungs imploding  at the top of the hill

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IT IS ON! finally got the call back from my doc (at 10PM on a lousy cell connection but it counts) I told him about my reverse bonk  last week and he (a marathon and triathlete as well as being a doc) said basically I'm an experiment of one and that ride should not have to be the end of my season. He recommended halfing my carb intake and increasing my hydration and keep testing.  I passed this info on to the ever patient Denise and she was still behind me -not thrilled with the upcoming crazy rides I left but still behind me.  So it's back on.  did a easy 30 minutes of elliptical at midnight to celebrate then did an hour of spinning with some single leg and some standing intervals early this morning. Even with little sleep, I feel GREAT now.  It's great to have my race back.  BRING IT!

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at a crossroads here

Posted by Joe_h1 Aug 2, 2010

on Thurs 7/29 I played hooky from work and did Big Training Day with some friends in preparation for my first iron distance in september. It was going to be a test to see how I was preparing for the race by swimming 1 hour, riding 5 hours, then running 2 hours. I failed. the swim went fine. 3,000 yards in 1hour 1 minute with only some minor foot cramping. The ride was another story the first two hours was a walk in the park. Until I flatted no problem quick tire change minimal cursing and I was back at it. a quarter mile down the road I flatted again.  We ride on.  I'm a type 2 diabetic so I am consntantly drinking eating and checking my sugars. Around 3 hours my sugars a little high but not bad. I am more fatigued and sore. We keep riding. at a pit stop I check again and my sugars are more elevated-not dangerously so but defintiely heading in the wrong direction.  I keep drinking but forgo any more gels. I am sweating like a pig and keep losing power.  about 4hours in I have to stop on top of a hill.   my sugars are in a 'not good but not dangerous' territory.  I regroup and we ride on.  30 minutes later my friends notice I am swerving a bit on my bike and slurring my speech.  they pull the plug on my ride.  I pull out and hit the air conditioning and rehydrate while they ride on. I call home and freak my wife out by slurring my speech.  I recheck my sugars and they are thru the roof. Not bad enough for ambulance ride but it is the highest reading I've had in years.  I take more of my meds and after over an hour my sugars go to a safe level. At this point I run 20 minutes to burn off some anger.  No Major issues besides a small headache at the beginning that wears off.  I woke up the next day feeling relatively fresh and did a good 80 minute run saturday feeling great. So I am assuming that dehydration wasn't the problem but rather my sugars.  My doctor is a marathoner and triathlete but have spent the last couple days playing phone tag with him.  my initial response was that I was done w/ iron training but am now thinking that  it may just be a matter of more testing my sugars and not being afraid of using my meds during the event. But till I have a talk w/ my doc and sitdown with my support crew I'm not sure where this season will be go.

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