Hello fello car nutz,
I know that I have not been around for a while, but honestly the working world sucks. I have found myself too busy too post here often, but I do glance at everything being posted when I have time. Lately I have found that my days are even shorter when I factor in training. For what you say?
Ironman Wisconsin (http://www.ironmanwisconsin.com/)
Yes the greuling 140 miles race that will deturmain how in shape I am. I love training for it, that is for sure. So for those of you who dropped some notes, that is where I have been lately.
So send me some love and wish me some luck. :thumbs: It is suppose to 88 and humid so I am sure it will be fun :screwy:
Wow, thats hardcore goodluck man!
The word that noone knows until they live it.........
Wisconsin is a good race... I hear that Madison is really nice.
Are you going to try to qualify?
What is your age group?
Good luck Voda. Do us Wisconsinites proud!! :thumbs:
Madison is great. I spent 5 wonderful years there. If you get a chance to visit.......
What is there besides the school?
Well a lot. I am from Madison and trust me when they ranked it as on of the top 10 cities in the states, they weren't joking. As far as division, I am a clydesdale (215 lbs and up), I'm a big boy (6'6", 225) :mrgreen:
Well good luck man, do it for us lazy bastards at CF (just kidding) :thumbs:
Gregg! You really need to come back, I guess that I didnt convince you
enough on AIM. Good luck man! :thumbs:
Wanna join the STi Fan Club? Heheh...
Good luck with that! I wouldnt be able to do it :laughing: The most I can run is a mile. Biking is a different story though...
lol im not lazy wrestling an cheerleadin shit im busy all day everyday plus
oh ya i can do 3 backhandsprings in a row now workin on 6
Stop bragging.... :laughing:
Voda - do you have a shot at qualifying?
What do guy cheerleaders do? I thought all they did was stand there holding
up the girls and look up their skirts? :laughing:
I can do 0 backhandsprings in a row, and Im working on 0! Yay! Go me! :clap:
I could do at least 1. Then somebody could take me to the emergency room.
Well folks, here is the update:
Sunday the 11th in WI was a hot one, 92 degrees and humid with 15-20 mph winds (Heat Index 98) :banghead:
It started off well for me, the 2.4 mile swim was nice. The pros got to start about 200m ahead of the rest of the field. I quickely caught up as well as some other swimmers I had befriended earlier in the morning. After getting kicked in the stomach and punched in the back of the head (yes it does get violent) I managed to work my way through most of the pros. I ended up 15 out 2000+ after the swim.
The bike was pretty good, with the exception of a couple of things. One, I am 6'6" and weight 225, not ideal for a biker. Out of Madison on the begining of the 112 miles bike course I was getting pasted by all the pros who weight on ave 50-60 lbs less than I do. I was averaging really well for the first 16 miles, in fact too well. The first lap, ~56 miles into the race, I was holding about a 19 mph average which is amazing for me, however I was having a problem, I couldn't take on food. My stomach was shutting down. I took about a 30 min nap actually and found my strength again. My other problem was the heat. I sweat a lot and even tough I was drinking like a mad man I was getting crapped out. After a couple of breaks, I finally pulled off the road at mile 89.43 (according to bike computer). Depressingly I threw in the towel, the heat got to me. Total time to that point, 8 hours and 2 min.
Two things I learned, well really one thing. I am not built for those long ass races, I need to stick to a sprint tri where someone my size can be competitive. The other is that I sweat WAY to much. They pumped me with 3 Liters of fluids after the race and I still couldn't pee. SO thanks for the support mates.
BTW here is a pic of me on the bike, when I was actually looking good:
Good times! I wouldn't have made it farther then a lazy wading in the lake 30 feet out.
Sorry to hear about your race. It sounds like you've kept a level head
through it though and came away with some insight. :clap:
Keep up with the training and go get-em next time. :thumbs:
Good luck next time Gregg. You did more than I could! :laughing:
Great work at the race. That is one of the beautiful things about racing,
you never know what is going to happen on race day.
You had a tough day, but learned some valuable lessons. I challange you to give it another shot next year.
Why do you think you had so many stomach problems? Did you just go to hard in the first half?
Sounds like you are a great swimmer, btw. You must have finished at around 50 minutes or so. That is flying.
Ya I swam in college, U Iowa, but am retired now. I swam the 2.4 miles in
51 min, was hoping for under 50 min but had to start and get around a bunch
of crazy people.
The bike I was getting pasted by all the pros, it made me feel good cause I whopped their ass in the swim, but I went too hard the first 56 miles fo the bike loop. Beginners mistake may be but I couldnt take on food, was having trouble breathing too :banghead:
So are you planning on becoming fully active on CF now? :mrgreen:
I would say more so now that I have some free time. Whatever happen to VWHobo? He leave again???
Whenever you can beat the pros, that is a great thing... I knew you must
have been a college swimmer with that time.
That said, it is never a good sign when you can't eat anything.
If you are a heavy sweater, have you thought of taking any salt caps during the race?
Yea I did take some, they help with cramping as well, more so than conserving water. I didnt really notice a difference at all, no quick fix there.
Ya. It came out that he plagiarized a bunch of shit, and then there was a large flame war, people turned against him, so he left.
I guess it is all about pacing... Someone once told me that your race shouldn't even begin until 1PM.
True, The swim should be a warm up, the bike build into it, then the run is where the real "race" is at. I just didnt get that far.
Well, here's hope that you stick with it, and climb that mountain, so to speak.