Friday, July 24, 2009


My friend gave me some Halt! a few weeks ago. It has quickly become my favorite product. I use to slow down every time a dog got a jump on me unsure of what the dog had in mind. I worried about getting knocked off my bike. But now...a dog gets anywhere close to me and he is getting a face full of Halt! and backing off. I encounter a LOT of dogs on my rides and have almost used up my Halt! I will be making a tript the bike shop to pick up some more really soon.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Pushing Myself

Last Monday the coach at the Masters swim class I attend, told me I need to sign up for some races and get my motivation back. She is right. I have just been going through the motions and not enjoying it.
Yesterday I decided to push myself harder on the ride I planned to do. It was a 22.3 mile loop of flat to slightly rolling. I lost my focus a few times and my speed dropped but I finished the ride with an average speed of 18.6 mph. I also got a little too much joy spraying the three dogs that gave chase with Halt!
I plan to ride again today (it was raining eariler so gotta see if it clears up). A little longer so shotting for >17 average.
I also remembered a Du that I signed up for in Memphis last year but didn't race. Going to see if they are having that again. And I am thinking about an Ironman for 2010.

Sunday, July 05, 2009

Returning Soon

I started this blog back in the fall/winter of 2005 when I was training for my first marathon. I wanted a record of my training. I wanted to be able to go back and see how I felt on my long runs, where I ran, and what I ate/drank. I wanted to be held accountable.
I ran that marathon in April 2006 and then decided to give a tri a try. Again I used this blog as a means to record my progress. I did my first tri July of 2006.
Along the way, I "met" a lot of great people here and been inspired to push myself harder then I ever thought possible.
I have continued to train for race after race and continued to blog about it. I have gone back and read prior years race reports the night before doing the same race again as a way to prepare myself.
But right now I am not really training for anything. I have a few sprint distance tris that I plan to do at the end of August/first of September, but I am not on a plan. I am just doing what I want, what I feel like. Therefore I have not been blogging.
All that will change August 17th when I start training for the Vegas marathon.