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I’m so excited about my trip to Lake Placid I skipped Tuesday entirely. I genuinely thought today was Wednesday. All day.

Oops.

My original plan was to go up there and relax, primarily making sure the bar at the Lake Placid brew pub was sturdy, in between my volunteering duties. But I decided today that I’d run a lap of the marathon course (13.1 miles) as soon as I got there, followed by a 1.2 mile lap of the lake. I’ve been informed about some good hiking trails so I’ll definitely be doing that, too. I received a lot of feedback from athletes saying that volunteers are all over the course putting in training, and that once an athlete gets there it’s all they’re going to want to do. I’m so hyped, it’s ridiculous, haha.

Originally I was a little down, but I’m kinda glad I’ll be going alone. This gives me free reign to do a lot of exploring on my own.

Charlie’s songs | “Keyboards just make sense to me, man. I get ‘em, you know.”

(via itsalwayssunny)

I WASNT THE SLOWEST SWIMMER! YESSSS!

Thoroughly surprised myself this morning in just about every aspect of the race. The swim sucked, I only swallowed salt water once, but I was able to get into a rhythm about halfway through the swim course. I still can’t swim straight to save my life, but I did make it out of the water faster than at least one person in my AG (he’s also a friend who was competing in his first tri, so I made it my mission to bury him; it was nothin personal haha).

The bike course had a few rollers and one semi long climb. I actually went back and forth on my big ring with ease, something I’ve been deathly afraid of doing due to my fear of dumping the bike (if I pick my hands up). I passed a bunch of people even before the run. It felt great!

My legs felt like jelly when I started the run and I thought I was crawling. That was until I looked at my pace and it was in the low 8s. I just went into autopilot and passed just about everyone I saw. I passed a guy at the turnaround and he told me I was flying and didn’t know where my energy was coming from. I told him that this was the easy part for me and pushed on. The final mile was in the low 7s and I passed 5 people down the finishers chute. It felt awesome finishing strong.

I’m not sure of my official time, but it’s somewhere in the 1:45 range. All I know is that I didn’t drown and I buried my friend by close to 25 minutes. Love it when Sunday starts this way!

Such a gorgeous morning for a race! I really luck out when it comes to tri weather. My only goal is to beat ONE person out of the water. We’ll see how that goes.

Also, I may have too much stuff… Or not.

Day trip to the Bronx for the Yankees-Reds game. Gettin my carb loading on for the sprint triathlon tomorrow!

I originally planned on camping with some friends at a sight near the Lake Placid Ironman next weekend but my friends decided to suck donkeyballs. That left me to find other people to join me for a long car ride (filled with a lot of my singing), camping in the wilderness for 4 days, and spending almost 18 hours in Lake Placid on race day, 10 of which would be volunteering.

Not exactly an excursion that most people I know would do.

So I decided I’d camp alone. Sure, it’d be lonely, but there’s plenty of awesome in the Adirondacks. I was pretty pumped for it until I started to figure out logistics. Getting back and forth to placid would be tough with road closures and the massive amount of people in town for the weekend. I figured my bike would be a good option but I really didn’t want to leave it anywhere in town while I was walking about (I never let Catalina out of my sights when she’s out of the house). The icing on the cake was checking the 10-Day forecast today. It’s projected to rain Friday and possibly Saturday.

Nope.

I’ve already been camping during a rainstorm once this year, and it was only bearable because I had a ton of beer and my friends. This time I’d have less beer and no one to pass the time with.

Nope.

So I started to look for hotels close to placid. HA! Places OUTSIDE of placid were charging 450 PER NIGHT! WTF! I started looking farther away to no avail. There’s nothing in upstate NY except for mountains, trees, and bears. I checked a spot that a friend suggested and actually found a reasonable room (for the proximity to the venue and date; the price was still ridiculous for the amenities). Instead of jumping on it I decided to check other sites for the same hotel. I typed in saranac lake in trivago and it came up with a hotel with a similar price that is RIGHT ON MIRROR LAKE IN LAKE PLACID!!!! THE RACE STARTS IN MIRROR LAKE! ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME! YESSSSS!!

So yea, I jumped on it. I’m so pumped right now! I’ll actually get to swim in mirror lake, possibly ride Catalina on course (on saturday, of course) and definitely do some running!

It also doesn’t hurt that the Lake Placid Brewery is 8/10ths of a mile from the hotel… WOOO!

Happy early birthday to me!

h-co3 said: Is this training for next year’s imlp? Or do you have something planned for later this summer? Are you going to do quassy again next year?

Yes, Yes, and probably Yes. I want to raise my aerobic capacities before Ironman training officially begins next year, so I’m registered for another 70.3 in September and full marathons in October and November. I’m doing the Pumpkinman 70.3, it’ll be my second half-distance, and I’m really looking forward to it. Quassy, as much as it kicked my ass, will probably be on the race list next year as it’s eerily similar to the Ironman course. I figure by that point I’ll be well into training and can really kick that course’s ass.

Wanted to end my workout at the 35 minute mark of my run. I even started to turn the treadmill off. And then it happened.

Eminem’s “til I collapse” started playing in my ears.

That was it. The last time I heard that song was when I was pulling into the venue for the Quassy half-iron race. Needless to say I finished the hour run.

23 biked and 7 ran.

I’m hungry.

Having a hard time getting amped for this 2 hour training session. 1 hour bike followed by a 1 hour run.

I just want beer and wings and to have a faster half-ironman time.

Too much to ask?

No dry roads. No A/C at home. No problem.

80 minutes on the spin bike, roughly 28 miles covered. Feelin pretty good!

And chase utley just hit a shot to right. Dammit. Let’s go Jeter!

Had one of those hardcore struggles when my alarm went off at 5AM this morning. The intent, when I set the alarm, was to go to the pool for an hour swim. I genuinely tried to find an excuse not to go, leaning on being sore or not enough sleep (the usual), but sucked it up and hit the pool anyway. The swim itself wasn’t that great, but the effort exerted made me feel pretty good.

Triathlon training is SOO much harder than just marathon training. Logistics for making time to swim and/or ride during the week drag me down by themselves, and then I have to put in the effort to actually train. I’m probably going to fall off the face of the earth when Ironman training starts, I see it happening already.

In other news, I registered for the Baltimore Marathon on October 18th. I like to travel to races and was able to bum a place to stay from a fellow tumblr, so it should be a good time.

I also booked a room for the Philadelphia Marathon, except I’m not registered for the race (yet). I learned from last years conundrum to book early in order to prevent too much driving (and getting lost in the ghetto) race morning, and found a place downtown within walking distance of the starting line!

I made the decision to shave my face, for the first time in over 2 years, because of this summer heat. It was met with a mixed reaction.

The bouncer at my favorite bar has been calling me Chris Daughtry, or rock star, because of my resemblance, but changed it to Vin Diesel because of the shaved face.

I ain’t mad at either. Just wish it was something the ladies saw, haha

Open water swim in new wet suit? Check.

7 mile beach run, post swim? Check.

BBQ and good beer at the brewery to finish the day? Check and check.

Been in a little bit of a training funk lately, so I did what I usually do to get myself amped up… BUY STUFF!!

Bought a new hydration system for Catalina (thanks for the idea, runningmyownrace) and a new windshield mount for my cell phone from amazon (for GPS and singing purposes). I have amazon prime and selected two day shipping, I ordered it yesterday, but to my surprise it showed up today! I’m hoping to get it set up for some weekend riding, ahead of the sprint tri I’m doing next Sunday. We’ll see how that goes. I’m already excited about trying the stuff out, so it’s definitely working!