Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Wrapper Update!

As you probably already know, I am collecting silver-lined snack bar wrappers for a contest. It's pretty simple: I have between now and the end of July to collect as many wrappers as I can. Terracycle will recycle each wrapper I submit, and donate two cents to a local charity to boot. BONUS: If I collect the most wrappers of any Vineman competitor, I win back my entry fee!

Sunday, May 15, 2011

The American Triple-T.

A super sprint triathlon on Friday. An Olympic distance race on Saturday morning. A reverse-Olympic on Saturday night. A Half-Ironman on Sunday. Add those times together and what do you get? One of triathlon's only stage races!

I'd been told about this race before, but I finally took a few seconds to look it up on my own this weekend and... holy crap, it sounds awesome! On one hand, it sounds like an incredible challenge. On the other... it's only about an hour from my parents' home in Ohio! It just doesn't get much more convenient than that.

Anyway, I wish I had thought to investigate the American Triple-T sooner - the 2011 edition actually takes place next weekend. If I'd known, I would have built it into my training schedule and planned a trip accordingly. As it stands now, I think I'm going to have to wait 'til next year and try to slot it in before Ironman France.

I'm really, really itching to get back to racing. I think next year, I'm going to try and fit in a few more events. Oceanside seems too good to pass up. Wildflower is definitely on the docket. Triple-T, then the big race. I can't wait.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Ironman Plans.

I'd like to do another far-away Ironman race in 2012 and there are a bunch of interesting options on the table. My top two choices are both good ones, so as long as I get into one of the two (or decide to tackle a third option instead), I don't think I'll be disappointed.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Everything hurts.

I've said it before and I'll say it again: my body was not designed for running. I've been trying to pack in extra miles lately, and my legs are paying the price. Everything hurts. Not all at once, mind you, but if it's not one thing, it's another.

One day it'll be my ankle. The next day, I feel like I popped my hamstring. My hip flexors are still tighter than they've ever been. I get sporadic knee aches and arch pain. And sometimes I feel like my body is just coming up with random new hurts because it's bored of the options it already has available. Most recently, it's been my toes (or toenails). Seriously, toenails? Do you really have to turn black and start pretending to fall off?

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Mark your calendars!

86 days away!
Welcome to May, and welcome to less than three months until Vineman!

I know how calendars fill up, so I'm going to put this on yours early. If you're looking for a fun way to spend a Saturday in late July, hop in your car (or your friend's car, or a Zipcar) and come on up to Sonoma to cheer me through the heat and the hills as I tackle my second Ironman-distance triathlon.

Out-of-towners, come visit the left coast! San Franciscans, you have no excuse! The city will be cold and foggy in late July so this is your chance to escape! Heck, you could even ride your bike if you wanted.

The date is Saturday, July 30.

The forecast will probably be warm and sunny, and proximity to some of California's best wineries will be as good as it gets. Plan to make a day (or weekend) of it!

Side note #1 - Many of you have asked me where I am with the wrapper collection. The honest answer? I'm not sure! I think I'm hovering around 600 wrappers at this point. I've got to do a recount, so look for an update in the next few days!

Side note #2 - Longtime readers may remember that I tackled this very same race last year as part of a totally bad-ass three-man relay team. And we won!