November 26, 2007

Trukey Tri

Spend the last few days laying around and eating turkey. I could not ask for more ;-O

Back at the Bonelli park and we were all set for our last triathlon of the season and the first ever Turkey Tri!! The Bonelli park felt like home and although the group that runs the race picked up a few more sponsors this year it is a very low-key/family type environment. Perfect for a push into the holidays.

Monique and I did a few bricks around the park a little over a week ago and I got to feel out the climbs on my seven. Now that I sold my tri bike my seven would be my all road machine. I think that it was a bit better for the climbs but it is just so comfortable that I know I could push harder on it. My bike was solid and the race was now in focus.

I try not to watch Monique too much in races(makes me crazy) but her swim wave started just in front of me. She is so cute. I saw her get clear water and then just disappear into a mess of arms and bobbing heads... I took a deep breath and started my watch and I was off. That ten seconds before felt like it was forever in past races but I guess I was not to stressed for this?

Monique hammering on the bike!

My swim felt so good. I was just enjoying the water and held a good pace throughout. I continue to shrink in my upper body so the last 200 yards or so I got really cold. Water filling my suit everywhere and I just wanted to get out. Time to hammer on the bike and get warm but my feet were numb until the first half mile on the run. Maybe my shoes were to tight in addition to the cold water?


The bike was awesome! I felt at home and it was easy to push like I was on the trainer for my Q Ring testing. The second lap was even better knowing that I didn't have to hold back. Hammer time! My powertap shows some good 300+ watts across the flat sections. Expectations exceeded but did I push to hard for the run?

The run. All that I can say is my last two tri's (pacific coast) I passed more people on the run than I ever have in the past. My pace was good but it was hard to hold it. Looking back I should have ran further on the bricks that we did and continued to run longer up to the race. I did not run more than a mile for over a week and our bricks were just a sub 10min run off of the bike. Maybe too much rest going into it?

About half way through the run I passed one guy and they Mike paces right along side me. "relax your ankles and fall Slater". Agghh.. Can you pull me I thought? We ran up the last hill together and then I just could not hold it but it help so much just running with Collins for a bit. Good thing he started a wave or two back or I may never have had the chance to run with him during a race.

If there is one thing you don't do in the last few yards of a run/tri/race is get run down! I knew I had someone sneaking up on me so the last few corners I gave it a big deep-digging this is my last race push. My thought was go get out of sight and out of mind. At the last turn I looked back only to realize it was going to be too close to let up. SPRINT... I got passed in the shoot... In the last few feet!! Ahhh. That sucks. What sucks more is some dude yelling "you guys are racing for top three overall" as we ran around the last turn. I guess that made it more exciting ;-) The results Posted and show how I got dropped by :01 seconds!!

Getting run down is no fun

I finished just in time to get some grub and take some pics of Monique finishing in glory. We got to hang out for a bit with the crew and then we were back to the Brisley's for some more turkey time. I was done.

November 19, 2007

Getting ready for the Turkey

This weekend we were signed up for a marathon at Catalina and then decided to race 12hrs of Temecula with M&M but ended up not doing that either. We spent the last two weekends at home and it is time to rest up and clean that pool. The holiday season is here and 2007 went by soooo fast.

We do have one more race for the turkey and it is all just fun. If we have ever had a taper going into a race this would be it. The first ever Turkey Tri at Bonelli park and I am looking forward to spending the week with Monique's parents and seeing the OC Multisports crew at the race too.
Next years schedule is starting to form and better than that a plan to archive our goals. Plans for racing, travel, family and our spiritual fruit! "Goals are wishes until you have a plan"

I met with Mike about next years training and mapped out just three focused races that I actually want to stick to a training plan on for the entire way. I have never done that before but I know it would be a big help. This year I really tried to stick to Xterra but after getting injured a few times I went a little nuts and got into every race we could get to. That worked out the best as we got to travel and have had so much fun in adventure races, mt bike adventures and we got to meet so many cool people. Next year it is just a few builds to an Ironman race in August.

I learned so much from the Q Ring testing about big gains from fitness rather than a quick time shave that it lead me to sell my Zipp wheels to get a powertap. I figured that it would be better to learn from my training and racing results than try to squeeze out that last few seconds from some deep dish carbon. Maybe if I stick to a plan I can get that icing on the cake? The turkey tri will be a perfect little race to see a race performance power output and will go a long way to helping my "plan" for next year but most of all it will be a lot of fun!

gobble gobble

November 15, 2007

VO2 Max Results

Well, I got back my VO2MAX results from the start of the little "Science Project" but now I will need to get some details of what this all means?? Now I know what people think when they look at a network diagram with netflow statistics and syslog output...The router sends IP packets to who?

I have one more "follow up" that I can schedule with Jeff to have another VO2 Max test done and see if I have improved at all. I think I will schedule it for sometime after the VQ and before the 1/2 Ironman next year but I will have to see when we get closer.

November 06, 2007

Marin the day after

The day after our little trail race and with one more day left in San Fran we managed to find some energy to get back to those beautiful trails in the Marin hills. SO MUCH FUN!

My brain is out at the moment but the pictures capture so much more of the trail and poop on the trail anyways...

Our ride starts RIGHT OUTSIDE Jeremy and Liz's door!

Only a short climb up and we are on single track, heats pumping and 360 degree views of paradise. These are some of the trails that Jeremy took me on when we did our night ride and the view is just as good with all of the lights across the harbor. It is hard to imagine that this is only a drive away and there is so much diversity in the bay area. We need to get up there more fo sho.

We didnt feel that beat on the ride and we got plenty of rest while J fixed is trusty single speed. I am just amazed that he can ride that in the hills around there but I really did like the breaks too.

Moving on we were getting pooped. . . or the girls were for sure.

And just imagine...we had no TP with us at all!

Miles and miles of single track and I think J would have had us riding until dark but all good things must come to an end...for now.

I am pretty beat now that we are back home and the run and ride are over and am eating everything in site while I hobble around to recovery but looking at the pictures this morning makes me remember what it was all for. Good times.

November 04, 2007

Stinson Beach 25K

Our second year at the Stinson Beach Marathon but this year we would be doing the half... This year we also had lots other "activities" planned and friends to spend time with on the trail.Good times in the making.

Jeremy and Liz were having Monique, Mandy, Marius and Me (Mx4 - I know its dorky but I had to point it out) over for the weekend and the plan was to push out the run and get on to the food and a nice long ride the next day through the Marin hills. Monique and I got up the day before so we had some good sushi with J and L on Friday night too.

I did not have any expectations for the run myself except to keep it steady and that would be starting at a pace that would not bring on too much pain in the end. Last year was our first marathon ever and now I knew the trail so I wore my HR strap and told myself I would keep the bar around 165bpm. After a we all made a few stops to the bathroom we were almost ready to go

Mandy and Liz decided to hike a bit and Monique, Marius, Jeremy and I all set our sights on the 25K which we thought was a half marathon (13miles) but found out after the run it was more like 15miles. Better to find out after!

The marathoners took off first and shortly after we were on our way up a big climb through the fog. My HR limit was out of the questions as I was quickly at 170BPM and "warming up". It is amazing how much the time trails have helped me to determine exactly when I am reaching my LT and I can back off just a bit. I kept at that the entire run and ended up running about 170Bpm until the end. I have never run a race like that but it helped so much. Consistency.

The first climb up in on the famous DipSea trail. Lots of steep climbs and people at this point. It is crazy to see some people sprinting and getting all worked up on the first climb. People! We have a long way to go here. Chill... have a gu and smile.

At one point on the first climb, I thought that I was pushing to hard when I heard music from the forest...I didnt have my iPod on and it was still early in the race but maybe I am hearing things? Well, to my surprise and relieve there was some dude playing a banjo in the forest sitting under a tree. San Francisco rocks!!

Monique charging through the miles and still looking good.

About half way point for the 25k

heading back down to the beach

done and warm

Time for some recovery!

The food set in and we were done for the day. We had a long day of riding ahead of us and would need all the sleep we could gather.