Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Planning for 2012

We're only a few hour-hand rotations away from July, which means this year's half over. Time to start thinking about the next one.

I've complained about this before and I'll complain about it again: Ironman-distance races sell out way too fast. Vineman might still be a month away, but if I want to register for any races in July 2012, I need to decide in the next two weeks - because by the end of the month, they'll all be full!

I posted before about a few of the options I was juggling. At that point, Ironman France was the clear front-runner. That has changed - there's too much climbing (and descending) in IMFR. I'm now weighing Ironman Switzerland against Challenge-Roth. Both races take place on July 8, 2012. Both sound awesome.

The Ironman-series race takes place in and around Zurich. I hear the course is fast and the terrain is beautiful. The Challenge-series race takes place about an hour north of Munich and passes through a series of small but enthusiastic towns. It is said that 125,000 spectators came out to watch Challenge-Roth competitors race in 2010!

Thoughts? I'd love to hear what you think! (See also: the poll in the blog's right-nav.)

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Adjusting and Fine-tuning

This week's been rough. I'm at the end of the third week of a very tough training block on the bike, with one more to come. I'm also at the end of a my second big running week in a row. In the past ten days, I've run over 70 miles. That's a lot for me, and when you combine that with all the high-intensity riding I've been doing, you might be able to imagine just how broken down my legs feel right now.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

"Go Long" Weekend

As you could have probably guessed, I spent the weekend doing the same things any other aspiring triathlete would be doing seven weeks from race day: riding and running. Ordinarily, I wouldn't have much to report, but these rides and runs had a slightly different to them. For the first time in my three years here in San Francisco, my weekend training sessions did not start from Russian Hill!

Monday, June 6, 2011

Ride Report: Sequoia 200K '11

I don't do a whole lot of organized rides, but one of the highlights of every year is the Sequoia Double-Metric Century (200K). This year's edition took place yesterday, when cores of riders threw themselves against some of Santa Clara's toughest climbs despite a miserable forecast and ominous-looking clouds.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

The heat is on.

Kristine and I spent the past weekend visiting with my parents in Ohio. It was nice to be home for a few days; we were able to enjoy levels of peace and quiet that simply aren't attainable here in San Francisco. And after three or four very strenuous weeks of training, it was nice to put a couple thousand miles between myself and my bike.

Ohio is calmer and quieter than San Francisco, hands down. It's also warmer. And on Monday, Ohio was much warmer.