15 December 2010

I Wish I Had Gills

I wish I had gills. Although, I am not sure that it would really help much.

This week marked the beginning of my Ironman base training with Coach Mary. Coach Mary coaches a lot of athletes, but somehow she gives the personal attention that makes you think she has a camera set up in my house and is aware of each time I delve into"slacker mode." She is already on me like white on rice. I rather like this. I mean, this is why I wanted a coach this season. I have quickly learned that when you have a coach, there is no such thing as not logging your workouts.

I took my swim test yesterday. This included a moderate length warm up, followed by the yardage to find my 100 pace. My warmup felt great, maybe too great. By the time I got to my pace set, I was a little tired already. I think part of this is that I am still going to bed too late. I have to work on this. Needless to say, my 100 pace is NOT terribly fast. The good news is that Coach Mary is a swimmer, and if anyone can help me with an analysis of my swim, she can. She makes Aquaman look like a chump (or so I've been told).  What is the deal with Aquaman exactly. I mean... honestly, there is no Aquawoman. Doesn't he get a tad lonely down there in the eerie green deep with all of those prehistoric looking sea creatures?

Training thus far is going relatively well. I dig training when I have specific goals. It was weird just jumping into the pool and going out for a run without any real specific plan. I have been noticing a familiar sensation that usually accompanies my workouts: hunger. Yeah, I am pretty much extremely hungry all day. I joke, but one of the reasons I love training this hard is that I can consume as much food as  some of those on the competitive eating tours. Honestly, I am not proud of this fact, but I can pack away a pound or pasta in one sitting.

I have some exciting news about some of the sponsors for Team Trakkers this upcoming season.

Kestrel will be the official bike sponsor of Team Trakkers for the 2011 season.  Yes, this means I will be rocking a brand new bike this summer. Will it be this one pictured here? No. This bike is far too small for me. I mean, even on the largest computer screen, this bike would only measures four or five inches long.

Seriously, I am figuring out what bike and component group to go with. Any suggestions?  Just go to the Kestrel website and pick out a bike for me. Maybe I should put an online poll up. I could also have a donation page for anyone wanting to fuel my lifestyle. Nah—just kidding. I will be selling my ole' trusty steed to one deserving triathlete. I shall miss you Cookie Monster. We had some good times. Thanks for getting me through Rev3 Cedar Point. I shall miss you.

Avia is the official shoe sponsor of Trakkers. Although I have never worn Avia's, I have heard good things about them from a number of athletes. How cool is it that their racing flat comes in Trakkers green
and black

I am really excited to report that the official nutrition sponsor of the Trakkers team is First Endurance. I am really excited because most of my training partners from this past season got on board with First Endurance with me. So, I know it is going to be really easy to promote their awesome products.
I will be posting some lengthy reviews of my gear once I get underway with all of it.

Okay, I am off. I have an hour bike ride tonight. I will probably watch an episode of Iron Chef while I am on my trainer. Iron Chef is the greatest cooking show on the planet. Two chefs go head to head to create culinary masterpieces with a single featured ingredient as the main focus of a dish. So, they will have these chefs making four to six different courses with things like broccoli, herring, kobe beef, and mushrooms as their featured ingredient. I think I dig this show because I am a composer. Composition is just like cooking when you get down to it. It is all about different colors, texture, presentation.

Training: Coach Mary gave me a swim workout for tomorrow that reads: Do as much as you can in the time allotted. Huh? As much as I can in an hour? Clearly, she is trying to drown me. More soon. Train smart!


Kovas Palubinskas said...

I believe Aquaman hangs out with the manatees, who are really mermaids.

Mark said...

Kovas—thanks for clearing that up. CLearly I did not do my Aquaman research. Is this true? If so, I heard this morning that several manatees are looking for warmer water and our dying in record numbers this year. Sad.

Jeff - DangleTheCarrot said...

Still debating here over the gruppo? When we talked the other day I thought I was set but now not so sure?? Im usually not this indecisive.

Good job getting in the pool - I know that canbe challenging when surrounded by cold,ice, and snow! What was you 100 pace?


I'm still shocked TT doesn't supply you a bike for the 2011 season like the one pictured. You need to work on that...

Anonymous said...

The swimming will come!! I love the aquaman picture!!

Christi said...

Great workouts! I love the Kestrel bikes that you guys will be riding on!

Laura Wheatley said...

You will LOVE the Kestrel! My husband and I agree it was a great investment- I am comfortable and FASTER, which makes me happy...which means my husband is happy! :)

I will also be working with a reputable coach this year- I'm excited to get my butt kicked!!

Colleen said...

Good luck with the swimming... I'm sure Mary will get you where you want to me! :)

Looking forward to racing with you this year. And I too am so excited for my Kestrel (I hope mine is bigger than that picture too!)

Kelly said...

Bikes...must take measurements today...thanks for reminding me!! Have a great swim!

Caratunk Girl said...

I totally hear you on the coach thing!! My coach is similar and can totally tell when I am blah or slacking (how do they do that??) It keeps me honest and I feel I will do better at IMLP because of it.

I am pretty sure I am getting the Talon SL. I love the 4000 in all, but I am coming from a aluminum road bike (Log truck), so the Talon is going to be like a Lamborghini to me. ha.

Hey, I think that 5" bike IS my size. I am 5'1"... :)

Kristin said...

I have a slow swim time too..ugh..we will get there you will love Mary's swim analysis!! Im starting to see improvements already! I always wanted to try 1st endurance maybe Ill give it a try this year