I haven't looked back to see when my last post was, but I know it's been a while . . .
My body knows it.
Since my Ironman Florida finish I've pretty much sucked it up. I've done a few half Ironman races and many Oly and sprint distances, but I have lost most of my good fitness and more than that I've put on some poundage over the past couple years.
At IM Florida I had hit my lowest weight in a many many years. I was around the 230lb area and now I am back up to the 285lb area. Not Good.
Time to get back on that horse.
I'll keep you posted.
Sunday, June 10, 2012
Saturday, June 18, 2011
I've taken several taken more than my share of personal days from my blog postings. I've focused on my consistency in training and I'm going to make a solid attempt at being more consistent with the Tri-ingfatman blog.
2011 - Its been a fairly strong year so far.
My surgery infection is a thing of the past. I've gone eight solid months without any issues or reoccurring infection. That alone would suffice for a successful year since I spent most of 2011 shoving saline soaked gauze into my leg.
I've been racing well and actually hitting PRs (Personal Records) at pretty mush all of my races. The best accomplishment in 2011 was Heatwave . . . IT WAS HOT! I PR-ed by almost 7 minutes. A small part of my soul died out of that course, but another part of me grew stronger.
My training has been pretty consistent too. I put on more than 60 pounds during my DO NOTHING 2010 season, however I've dropped 25 or those pounds and I'm focused on an Ironman Arizona race weight of 210 Pounds. Im at 265lbs as I post this story.
I've raced 5 times this year. I have 5 races left on the calendar including IM Arizona in November, going for that sub 13 hour race.
I head up to Wisconsin for the Door County Triathlon in early July then my annual pilgrimage to Iowa for www.ragbrai.com the annual bike ride across Iowa!
In September I get to race in D.C. with my bud Lance at The Nations Tri.
It's already a good year . . . That is only going to get better!
I had a good 3 hour HOT Humid ride this morning and a 2 hr run tomorrow. What do you have coming up with your training and racing?
Posted by Christopher, Amanda, and Babies at 5:05 PM
Wednesday, May 04, 2011
Posted by Christopher, Amanda, and Babies at 4:32 PM
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
What a horrifically self testing day I had at Ironman New Orleans 69.1 . . .
Lets talk about Friday and Saturday leading up to Sunday's NOLA 70.3 race.
I began having cramps in my stomach. I was feeling woozy, but didn't feel sick. I tried not to think much about it thinking it was just a fluke feeling. THEN the onslaught took over and I was poooooooo-ing non stop. HOW ABOUT THAT FOR TMI!!!
This continued into Saturday and I was worried.
I had put at minimum a bottle of Pepto Bismo in my belly as well as a small bottle of Imodium AD . . . How did that help you you ask?
NOT A BIT.
As I drove to the race site Sunday morning I was convincing myself to do this race, but I was losing the battle with myself.
I am only competent in one area of my triathlon and that is the swim. I like my bike, but the bike hurts. I actually love the swim and never feel tired or as if I have exerted much energy during the swim.
OF COURSE - The swim was canceled due to high winds. First let me say this. There has been much discussion about whether the race should have been canceled. I think it was the best call at the time from what I saw.
TIME TRIAL Bike start.
The wind was in out face and beating the tar out of me the first 10 miles and then I got hit with my first of many stomach cramps. I'm thinking I was on my period, as if I knew what that is like . . .
This continued for the entire bike and I thought it might be the BIG D - diarrhea - kicking in again and so I hit the port o potty and nothing, but more cramps.
As I pulled into transition - beat by the wind and tore UP by the cramps I had decided I was done. Just put a DNF by my name I was cooked, done, it was OVER. I even told a few of my friends that I was toast and not going out on the run . . .
I arrived at my rack position, racked my bike and began packing up my transition bag to go home.
I had a record breaking 21 minute transition!
I was not going to be a puss for my first major tri that I was prepared for since my major surgery in Jan 2010 because of a little cramping in my little belly . . .
So I was off on the run . . .
Needless to say I was pissed at myself for the next 13 miles for not just taking a DNF, but I finished.
It was ugly, I spent more time in port o potties than one person should have. I high fived people, I cheered for others, and ultimately like a wounded dog, I shuffled across the finish line.
I feel horrible today and I still have the sh*ts, excuse my french . . . But I finished.
It was ugly. I was ugly. I hope I feel better.
Posted by Christopher, Amanda, and Babies at 4:13 PM
Friday, April 01, 2011
I'm a little bit scared . . . more nervous, but ultimately intimidated.
I've participated in over 75 triathlons since 2005, but this one has the feeling of a first timer race.
The surgery I had in January 2010 really set me back. I hope that is mostly behind me now. We will find out tomorrow!
I'll get back on my race reports.
TOMORROW - Oxbow Triathlon in New Roads LA. 800m swim, 20 mi bike, 5k run
Posted by Christopher, Amanda, and Babies at 10:37 AM
Sunday, February 27, 2011
Posted by Christopher, Amanda, and Babies at 2:37 PM
Monday, February 07, 2011
I wanted to take a moment and acknowledge an amazing person and friend.
Chris and I went to college together. A couple years ago he decided to get his weight under-control which means eating better and moving more.
In True Chris C fashion . . . The guy who was at the top (1st or 2nd I think) at Law School . . . He took it to the next level.
Chris began a monster exercise regiment and took to prisoners. He started doing treadmill and stationary bike work, then added weight training, then added muy thai, THEN added boot camp, THEN added cycling (we just found him a killer road bike) and he has transformed his life.
I am so proud of your accomplishments Chris. Your success re-motivates me regularly. Thank you.
Now, He has made a commitment to ride in RAGBRAI with me one year. I think it needs to be 2012.
YOU DA MAN COLE!!!!!!!!
Posted by Christopher, Amanda, and Babies at 11:19 AM
There have been a couple changes to the race schedule this year and I have begun the training.
First - I've added a couple races.
The following races are on the schedule AND registered for:
April 2 Oxbow Tri - New Roads LA (Sprint)
April 17 New Orleans 70.3
May 7 Gulf Coast 70.3 - Panama City Beach FL
May 15 New Orleans 5150 (Oly)
July 10 T-Gator #3 - Lake CHarles LA (Sprint)
July 21-3 www.RAGBRAI.com (You gotta do this one day - This will be my third year)
Sept 11 Nation's Triathlon - D.C. (OLY)
Nov 20 Ironman Arizona - Tempe AZ
The races NOT yet registered for:
Meat Pie Triathlon - Natchitoches LA (Sprint)
TRAINING in 2011:
This has been rough starting. I had a few consistent weeks of running while doing the slowtwitch 100 runs in 100 days challenge. I was building what I considered a good base and great start of running minimum 30 minutes a day.
Then came Florida family vacation and then came family sickness until recently. BUT, I am back on it.
Runs have been good and quality. Bike is getting there. SO FAR - (knock knock) the leg that gave me so much trouble last year after surgery is not giving me any problems. It hasn't even shown the slightest sign of opening back up. Woo Hoo.
I decided to build back up to my 70.3 training plan quickly. I am feeling it, but I think it is the best thing versus either 1. jumping right back into it where I left off, which would put me way behind come April. OR 2. Start the plan where I am supposed to be, but then I feel I would risk injury.
So nice and steady, but focused and hard for the next few weeks until I catch up to the plan.
AS FOR THE WEIGHT:
Down a couple but, nothing to be excited about. I've been focused on my nutrition and it is paying off with no added exertion . . . Let's get some work done!
I hope your training is going well.
Posted by Christopher, Amanda, and Babies at 10:10 AM