|A refreshing sit. Photo: Ken Piarulli|
Saturday, September 8
Friday, August 10
|Sammi and I|
Throughout Friday, Sam and I meandered around Placid accomplishing pre-race tasks such as getting my bike outfitted with race wheels (Thanks to my Mom and Brother), checking in (acquiring race bibs and other such items), indulging in the plethora of free samples at the Expo, and meeting up with support crew members as they trickled in one by one.
|The race vehicle|
|The support crew hard at work|
|The finished products|
|On the run!|
|On the Olympic Oval|
Wednesday, Aug 8th:
My gratitude to this day (two plus weeks after IM) is immeasureable. I’m supremely grateful for the 14 individuals who made the trek to Lake Placid to partake in my journey to becoming an Ironman. I would also like to thank the many remote supporters that sent their positive energy through the internet. On top of this I gleened much positive energy from the 22 other fellow Ithacans that joined me throughout this event and all their supportive people that followed them to the start line to spectate.
It is without further ado that I would like to unvail a little video treat that that I put together for everyone who helped make this happen:
Until next time (50 mile trail race on the horizon???)...
Friday, July 20
Early on (Jan, Feb, Mar) I incorporated P90x and other such body weight activities for strength, Yoga or stretching for flexibility, and speed or hill training for cardiovascular capacity. It has been important to me to not let any one activity dominate my physical conditioning which is why I would occasionally incorporate other activities such as soccer, basketball, ice skating, rock and ice climbing, hiking, and skiing.
The reason I posited such an approach to training was to avoid weak links in my conditioning in order to prevent injury allowing me to train in my core activities (swimming, cycling, and running) at a high level throughout the past six months.
I guess the big question would be: 'Did it pay off?' Maybe. I still had physical issues such as hip tightness and IT band stresses. What I do know is that I'm very happy with where I'm at and how far I've come which is what will ultimately carry the most weight come Sunday morning.
The following is a collection of my Ironman training experience.
Total time since April 1st: 15.8 hours
Cumulative length: ~21 miles
Swimming is a matter of technique. The first 10-15 minutes are tough; getting the breathing down, concentrating on stroke, body position, and glide, and getting over the fear that I'm drowning. After that it's repetition and focus: tuning out the gargling sounds of the water around my ears, avoiding the occasional inhale of water, and not letting my mind drift from my technique.
|Piseco Lake, NY|
|Forging the sea|
Total time since Jan 1st: 102 hours
Cumulative length: ~2000 miles
In January I feared the cycling leg of Ironman because of its sheer length. What I've learned is to stay calm in the saddle, avoid jostling from side to side, keep my upper body relaxed and shoulders extended. All the while keeping a tight reign on feelings of pain and discomfort as these are signals that my form may be slipping and that a simple shift one way or the other can prevent the dominoes from falling.
|The Journey - 115 miles in 6:25|
Total time: 90 hours
Cumulative length: ~677 miles
By far my favorite activity throughout training. Running, for me, is like getting a good nights sleep or relaxing at your favorite place; it offers a sense of freedom from persistent thoughts and stresses culminating from life's responsibilities. My mental health improves the minute my legs break into a run.
However, during a triathlon the run is definitely the wildcard. The swim happens when your the freshest, the bike happens thereafter but you are able to drink and eat almost limitless as the jostling is minimal and therefore cramping is less likely.
The run is where it all begins to break down. If you didn't drink enough on the bike be ready for a good round of stitches. If you didn't eat enough don't count on getting much down running. If you ate too much or the wrong thing, look out for a stomach fit to ache. The list goes on. I've never been good at roulette; Tinman and Syracuse 70.3 have taught me much and I will apply every bit of it.
|My favorite place, the trail|
My perspective on racing is that you get to challenge yourself while scrubbing shoulders with people who are out to have just as much fun as you. It really is contagious and never stops to thrill me. Here is a collection of events that helped tune my race day anxieties.
|Seneca 7 - 1st place men's team|
|32 mile mountain adventure, Pemi Loop, NH|
Wednesday, July 18
Throughout my brief personal history I have truely been galvanized by people who dare to achieve fascinating levels of athletic ability in the hopes to put themselves to the test. Or as I like to perceive it, an adventure of the mind, body, and spirit.
Borne from this competition Ironman took form and has increased in popularity among the endurance community ever since. Ironman has become a worthy athletic goal by which to test one’s physical and mental abilities.
|My brother and I in Tupper Lake|
|Wakely Dam Ultra|
-Breakfast: Oatmeal & a slice of bread with Avacado
|Rolled oats, cashews, filberts, pecans, almonds, walnuts, raspberries, and blueberries|
|Spinach with onions, hummus, grapes, honeydew, freekah, and balsamic|
|Toast with avacado tomato and salt|
Monday, May 14
|View From Adams|
|Descending Into he Unknown|
|Parking lot glee!|
- Weather: Freezing Fog
- Temp: -2°F
- Visibility: 200 ft
- Relative Humidity: 100%
- Peak wind gust: 126mph
- Average Wind speed: 76.2mph