• 2010 Race Calendar

    01.17 - Samson Stomp 5K
    04.24 - Deer Run 10K
    05.01 - Door County Half Marathon
    07.11 - Pewaukee Triathlon
    08.01 - Bradford Beach Tri
    09.11 - TosaFest 5K

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The Deer Run 10K Results

Hey everyone,

Yes, I know I’ve been absent for a while again.  A lot of stuff going on at work and a baby that’s about 5 weeks away from making her arrival will do that to you!

Anyway, on to the news of the day.  I ran the Deer Run 10K this past Saturday – my “tune up” race to the Door County Half Marathon taking place in just 5 short days.  Last year, I ran this race in 54:42 (when lack of training and knee issues torpedoed the run).  This year, my goal for the race is sub-50:00.  I’ve felt great for a while, ran well and have had no physical issues to speak of.  I’m expecting a good run.

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Why Did I Think This Was A Good Idea?

Running intervals, that is.  I hear about the wonderful benefits of running intervals and what they can do to improve your speed.  This is officially my third attempt with interval running and while each run has been better than the previous one all I can say is “damn these suck!”

My trainer during one of our final sessions put the following interval program together for me.  Keep in mind that my normal tempo for a 3-5 mile run is about an 8 minute mile (or 7.5MPH as I prefer to state it)….

  • 5 minutes – 7.0MPH (warm up)
  • 2 minutes – 7.5MPH
  • 2 minutes – 8.3MPH
  • 2 minutes – 7.5MPH
  • 3 minutes – 8.3MPH
  • 2 minutes – 7.5MPH
  • 4 minutes – 8.3MPH
  • 2 minutes – 7.5MPH
  • 4 minutes – 8.3MPH
  • 2 minutes – 7.5MPH
  • 3 minutes – 8.3MPH
  • 2 minutes – 7.5MPH
  • 2 minutes – 8.3MPH
  • 5 minutes – 7.0MPH (cool down)

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Getting Close To The Half Marathon

Hey everyone,

Wanted to stop back by here for a short time to update you on the latest.  Namely, the 10 mile run I managed to bust out yesterday in preparation for the half marathon in about three short weeks.

I set a goal of trying to finish the 10 mile run yesterday in a time of 1:30:00.  I figured that would get me fairly close to the goal of finishing the half marathon in 2 hours.  So what time did I manage to finish in?  1:30:07.  Seven f***ing seconds!

My words of advice?  Don’t eat an Oriental Crispy Chicken bowl from Applebee’s before you run.  And try not to burn up your energy in a water park beforehand either (we were there with our daughter and her cousins that morning).  And don’t push it on a new bike the day before either.  You guys probably figured all that out already though.

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The Newest Member Of My Family

No, it’s not a baby.  That won’t come for about another seven weeks.

This is the bike that I picked up at the bike expo last night.  It’s a 2010 Trek 1.2 Compact.  One of the bike techs working there told me that I was going to go “really fast” on this.  Is there a much better sales pitch than that?  I don’t think so either.

I also picked up a wireless computer (measuring speed, distance, temperature, cadence, etc.) as well as a bottle and clip.

It’ll probably be a little cold today to give it a test run but maybe over the weekend.  I really can’t wait to see what it can do!

Pewaukee Sprint Triathlon…..Registered!

Just registered for the Pewaukee Sprint Triathlon on July 11.  Might as well get into at least one of the races I want to today.

.25 mile swim, 16 mile bike, 5K run.

Can’t wait!

Bradford Beach Triathlon Cancelled

Bad news!

I just found out that the Olympic distance triathlon that I’ve been working up towards – the one that’s really been the end goal of all of my training up to this point – has been cancelled.

This race made the most sense because it covered the distance that I was looking for and was right in town so no travel involved.  Now, it looks like I’ll need to search for another option.  There are plenty of sprint triathlons in the Milwaukee area this summer but there seem to be few at the Olympic distance.

The search begins……..

I’m Buying A Bike!

It’s almost that time to pick up a road bike for the triathlons this summer.  There’s a bike expo in town this weekend (advertising “1500 bikes on site and ready to ride home!”) and I’m going to check it out and quite likely purchase my bike.

I’m staying on the lower end of the price grid (no need to drop five grand on a bike right now).  The bike I’m leaning towards is a 2010 Trek 1.2 road bike.  My only concern is that there are a number of good bicycle brands like Felt and Gary Fisher that I just don’t know anything about.

Does anybody have a preference towards a Trek, Gary Fisher, Felt or some other brand of road bike out there?  I’d really be interested in getting other opinions.  I’ll probably be looking to drop the hammer on a purchase on Thursday or Friday.