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June 26, 2006

not lollygagging

i haven't blogged much about training lately, so you might be lulled into the sense that i'm just pokin' around and not really focusing on anything. i haven't talked about specific races or goals or whatnot (yes, i do have some!) but even without them, i'd still be busting my rump and having a blast of a time. have i mentioned how much i enjoy having the boston monkey off my back? it has really freed me to do some fantastic things with fantastic people. it feels wonderful to step back into that role of supporter.

that said, there's still that bit of me that wants to excel. i've had a look at that sexy mistress, the triathlon, and i think i'm hooked. the humbling experience of the group swim, the exhilaration of the transitions, the high of hammering across the finish feeling strong...i can't get it out of my head!

so, i've been mixing it up quite a bit lately. determined to get through the swim better, i rented a wet suit from a local tri shop to get a feel for what it's like to swim in one. i've headed to lake mission viejo a couple times now and put in some lengthy open water swims to get a feel for it (both on the front end of swim/run bricks). i also hit up my sister-in-law's boyfriend, who used to be a swim instructor, and got some private stroke instruction. so, i've got all the tools in place to do well on the next swim.

on the cycling front, i've been continuing with the commute to work at least once a week and have been trying to get in a long ride on the weekend. this past week, a friend of flipperheads (hey, if you haven't started calling her this yet or refering to her as flipperhead on your own blog, what's taking you so long?), rudi was in town from dc, so i organized a bike for him to borrow (stand by for another AMAZING post about the lbs) and we headed out for a 50+ mile bike ride through the local orange county coastal hills and out along the ocean. rudi was amazing and really helped me through my longest ride on the felt to date. when we turned around at camp pendleton, we were heading back into a nasty headwind and rudi let me draft so that i could hang with him. i really dig on this whole intrawebs thing. it really makes meeting groovy folks easy. i think it'll catch on at some point.

and running is still trucking along, with the coach giving me solid weeks in the 35-50 mile range, with ever challenging speedwork and long runs. it's funny how i look at the training i'm doing. i kind of went into the whole marathon thing blind several years ago and had no idea how to train properly, but i feel like i've got it pretty nailed now. now with the triathlon thing, i feel like i'm back in the same place. making up workouts and getting creative...maybe in this arena it'll serve me better, maybe i'll fall woefully short when it comes to a big race this fall. regardless, i'm enjoying the ride and learning oodles in the process.

and, really, isn't that the point?

Posted by jeff at June 26, 2006 1:32 PM

I'm not sure which is more infectious -- your performances or your perspective. Either way, thanks.

Posted by: Anne at June 26, 2006 1:48 PM

I'm picturing you working out like a madman in seclusion somewhere like when Rocky trained to fight Drago in Russia. Do you have my picture on the wall to stare at when you're working the speedbag?

Just trying to keep you motivated. Although it seems like you're doing that just fine on your own.

Posted by: Donald at June 26, 2006 2:11 PM

Running. What's that?

Posted by: Sooze at June 26, 2006 2:27 PM

I really wanted to say something smart and witty about your training, your goals, your overall demeanor about a tri...but I am still a child and can't stop laughing at this statement:

"got some private stroke instruction". I'm sorry. It's just the nerves...from the weekend...yeah that's it.

Or it could be that despite the fact that I just turned 30, my brain still wants to be a 12 year old. But, hey thanks for giving me a good chuckle!

I promise next time I'll post something more adult like....

Posted by: Amy at June 26, 2006 4:02 PM

Yeah; and it's not about the money either.

I have avoided using Flipperhead because it seemed like just a special name between the two of you, for some unknown reason.

Good for you, hitting on the tri-lady. She'll play you for awhile. Keep it simple.

Posted by: david at June 26, 2006 5:05 PM

Your attitude is so remarkable. I honestly am going to try to channel you on my next long runs. So much better than the whiner within who likes to park in my brain.

I can almost see an IM on your horizon..... can you?

Posted by: 21stCenturyMom at June 26, 2006 6:10 PM

Oh dear. You used CAPS!

Posted by: Reece at June 26, 2006 7:08 PM

I'm content to train at the Sprint level. It's totally doable AND it motivates me to crosstrain....which turns out I LOVE! Thanks for reminding me how lucky I am to have a lake to train in locally.
I should consider a wet suit, as cold is my chief complaint...uh well that and I can't seem to get more than a few strokes of freestyle before I resort back to breaststroke ....anyway, I don't plan on swimming in the ocean anytime soon, but I'd like to conquer the Lake this summer!

Posted by: christine at June 26, 2006 7:58 PM

Sounds like you are enjoying the journey, that's the point!

Posted by: Jack at June 27, 2006 2:41 AM

hi jeff! cool, you are very busy and having fun at it. so if it's a "sexy mistress" for you guys, what is it for us girls that tri fantasy. a sugar daddy? :P

Posted by: deene at June 27, 2006 6:02 AM

hi jeff! cool, you are very busy and having fun at it. so if it's a "sexy mistress" for you guys, what is it for us girls with that tri fantasy. a sugar daddy? :P

Posted by: deene at June 27, 2006 6:03 AM

T'was a fun ride, indeed! Loved the terrain, loved riding with another person whose sanity is somewhat lacking. ;)

Seriously, it was great. And hats off to Hugh and Edge Cyclesports (as well as Jeff) - the ride was plush, to say the least!

And it's fun to help people push beyond what they've done before. I was happy to pull, happy to ride along, happy to have climbs, surf, wind... everything!

Posted by: Rudi at June 27, 2006 11:02 AM
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