REGISTERED FOR MY FIRST IRONMAN 70.3 PRINCETON

O boy… Time to hit the pool, hit the pool again, hit the pool some more, and after that… o yea, hit the pool!  I am confident I can get through the bike and run segments(maybe not as fast as I’d like), but am nervous about the 1.2 mile swim.  While I certainly have some time to train between now and September, I have much work to do.  I have relaxed just a tad in my training after my Marathon this year, and now plan to pick it back up, starting with with a heavy swim, moderate bike (trainer this time of year due to the weather), and moderate run workout plan.

I am competing in this event with my Sister and Brother-in-law, which makes it all the more exciting!  I will begin posting weekly recaps of my training at the end of this week.  My goal for my first half is 5 and half hours… we will see!  While I have the most time to gain during the bike segment, the swim segment is most certainly my biggest weakness.  Anyone have any suggestions on how to properly train in a pool for this type of event?  I often find myself in triathlons becoming overly excited during the swim, and needing to calm down before I can continue on.  I believe that’s much easier to do during a .5 mile swim, as opposed to a 1.2 mile swim, on a much bigger stage as well!

Suggestions????  Anyone else out there register for Princeton??? Registration just opened today!!!!

Future Ironman – Welcome Ethan!

This past Sunday, my son Ethan was born, at 3:35 PM.  Checking in at 7 pounds 2.8 ounces, and 19 inches long!  I am a PROUD dad!  Ethan is my second child, as I also have a 2 year old daughter, Fiona.  I have been graced this week with not only my own little future ironman, but the ability to spend a week home from work, for some much needed family bonding time!

I am now in the midst of week 2.  Yesterday I logged an easy 4 mile run, and this afternoon a logged an 8 mile run, with a little hill training thrown in.  My splits have slowed a little, however, I think that is to be expected with the lack of sleep that comes along with a newborn in the house!  Tomorrow morning I will be running an easy 5 miles, and then Saturday, I am ramping it up to a 17 mile run.

I have began to work in a 3 ounce glass of Tart Cherry Juice before and after each run.  I have read multiple articles that talk about just how powerful the vitamins and nutrients found in cherries are.  Many athletes speak values of much faster you can recover after introducing cherry juice into pre and post workout routine.  I will follow up on this next week after Ive given it some time, to let you know how its worked!

 

Cheers!

 

Just how EFFECTIVE is KT TAPE

So, a few days ago I wrote a post about registering for my first Marathon.  Since then, I have found and began following the Hal Higdon Novice 1 Marathon Training guide.  However, due to the short time (8 week) that I have to prepare, I have fast forwarded to week 8 of his guide.  While this is most certainly not recommended, due to the gradual buildup in mileage that his plan is designed around, I was already a fairly active runner, logging no less than 15 miles in a given week.

My first week calls for a total of 39 miles, and so far I have already logged 15.  I have began to feel a bit of Arch Pain in my left foot, which I believe is related to a prior injury from earlier in the season.  After contacting a friend of mine who works for Inside Track on the West Shore, he suggested I try using KT Tape.  I have seen many athletes, including football players, hockey players, track athletes, and even my own sister wearing this “neon colored tape,” but never really knew what in the world it was.  After he explained how it worked, I figured for 12 bucks, what could possible go wrong.

Today at work, I followed the instructions found on their website and applied the proper pieces to my foot where I am experiencing the soreness.  THE SORENESS WAS INSTANTLY GONE!  It has now been 6 hours since I applied the tape, and I feel like I could run right now.  I would recommend this tape to anyone experiencing soreness due to running.  Now, rest assured if my foot turns green or falls off tonight, I’ll be sure to update this post tomorrow, however, as of now I am 100 percent SORENESS FREE!