Monday, August 27, 2012

howdy stranger

okay so i havent blogged in awhile.  this is not because i havent had time or that i have been too tired.  i just havent had that much to say.  even now i dont know if i really have anything that interesting to mention.  is this what ironman training does to you ?  makes you even more one dimensional ?

it is 15 weeks until ironman western australia.  it is 8 weeks until mandurah 70.3.  i was right about trying to train through winter.  it sucks.  i hate getting out of bed.  i dont have as much energy when it is cold as when it is warm.  i like the heat.  i have just completed an adaptation week of my training and it really will be the last time that i have any spare time and opportunity to do anything besides train, eat and sleep.  i have been getting things organised.  i have had both bikes - the crisis bike and the roadie correctly fitted.  i finally found someone who could be trusted to 'do' the right thing and not rip me off.  the roadie has a different seat post which gives a position that is similar to the triathlon bike.  the triathlon bike had the seat raised quite a bit and the front end moved forward and lowered.  this position means i use my glutes more and should help my legs for the run.  but it made it quite uncomfortable to ride the roadie for long periods on the windtrainer - being in a different position.  the other problem i had to resolve was the seat.  ouch.  i dont need to go into the details.  all bike riders have been there.  so coach ironman suggested i buy a selle smp glider.  it is ugly but fuck it works.  i also had to spend a stupid amount of money buying another bottle cage frame to fit.  anything x-lab is a rip off.  the bottle cages are too erect so i still have to move them back.

i have two new swim toys.  my swimming has felt really good.  i have been consistent.  the key to any good training.  consistency.  i had a wetronome but it was a bugger to use so i invested in a finis tempo trainer and i love it.  i love setting a lap time, getting ahead of it and hanging on.  i also use the stroke rate quite a bit and this $50 tool keeps my swims honest and gets me working even when i am alone.  my other toy was the  swim garmin.  i have a garmin 310 (which we all know i love) but i still couldnt justify upgrading to the 910.  the 910 basically includes the swim garmin.  this was on sale for $130 so i could not resist.  while it is not perfect (if you do not swim the whole lap it can throw the lap time out) i enjoy using it and will really start looking at the numbers in the next few weeks.  what i like the most about it is it gives an honest and accurate report on your swim performance.  so now it is confirmed in another format.  i suck at swimming.

i read a really good article yesterday about blogging.  i needed some inspiration.

1. candor - be honest.  i have read blogs where people are brutally honest and leave nothing out about their lives and i think they are popular because it is like reality television in someways.  i am honest about what i want people to know but i dont think people need to know everything.
2. constructive.  basically dont dwell on just the numbers.  while training specifics can be interesting to most it will be boring.  people want to know more than just how far you rode or ran.
3. content.  people want pictures and video.  i agree.  i love it when people include this detail.  it makes everything real and you get to see how other people live and who they are.
4. consistent.  see this not only applies to training but it applies to blogging as well.
5. catalyst.  i need to make everyone a part of the journey with the catalyst being the ironman finish line.

ironman training is 90% physical and 10% mental.  race day is 90% mental and 10% physical.  i think this is true.  i am still stuck in the mind fuck that no one thinks i will finish and i have also realised that no one actually cares whether i finish or not.  i think this pisses me off more.  so i have to prove them all wrong and then i will get a big fucking tattoo so they know that i proved them wrong.  it is a mind field of a head fuck.  i have 15 weeks to determine why i am really doing this.  i do not have anyone to train with and i will not have anyway there to cheer me on.  i am going to have to have something to get me to the finish line.

molly dog says hello.  she is doing fine.



Pippi said...

I care whether you finish! I'm living vicariously through you!
Your efforts inspire lots of people, so don't you forget it. Pippi

Anonymous said...

DUDE!! I totally care whether you finish or not which btw you always do. I am very proud of what you do and i would be there as a cheer leader if i was not so far away:( The Busselton jetty sure has changed a lot and that shark picture scares me.
and yes as Pippi said your efforts inspire a lot of people.
Molly dog looks GOOD!!
PS here is hoping i can prove I am not a robot i am so blind.