March 16th 2018


Today was a rest day for me.  Plain and simple.  It was one of those days where everything simply hurt.  You ever have one of those mornings where you wake up, slowly attempt to get out of bed, you place your foot on the floor, gently place a little weight on it, and all at once your hamstring, quadricep, and calf muscles collectively begin to curse at you like a bunch of drunken Irish sailors on a three day pass in some seedy bar in Singapore (and I’m not talking about the financial district here, I’m talking about those bars near the airport where the taxi drivers demand extra to take you there)?  (Wow – I just went back and re-read that last sentence, and Sr. Petrina – my third grade teacher – just mentally whacked upside the head with a ruler, yelling “that was a run-on sentence!)  That was me this morning.  My body sent me a message of “knock this pain thing off, or else I’m gonna hurt you.”

I was so sore this morning that even my kneecaps got into the act – and the kneecaps are the Wormtongue on the human body (and yes, I used a Lord of the Rings reference, simply because the moment truly called for it), because the knee is the part of the leg that always like to instigate conflict.  Think about that for a moment: it sits in between two of the largest bones in the human anatomy, acting like the DMZ between the pavement and your torso.  A few hours after a strong tempo run, while I’m sitting in my office in the middle of typing up some nastygram to someone who probably doesn’t deserve my wrath (but hey: I was hungry and the deli screwed up my breakfast order by throwing a slice cheese on my bacon & egg sandwich – and not just any cheese, mind you, but that awful no-name cheese you buy by the 10 pound block at some Cost Co in a strip mall that has a half-life like a Twinkie), my left knee sends an instant message to my brain…and the brain knows that the knee is just looking to stir up the drama:

JLK (The knee is a drama hound, so it goes with initials just to seem like a cooler part of the anatomy than it really is)  (the initials stand for Joe’s Left Knee, by the way….ok, moving on…):   “Yo.  Sup.  U up?”

Brain:  “I’m in the middle of dealing with work.  What’s the issue?”

JLK:  “U know that run we did this morning?  Well u need to chill with that.  U feelin me?”

Brain:  “If by ‘U feelin me’ you are asking whether I understand that we over-did it this morning a bit, yes I comprehend your message.  We’re going to rest for the remainder of the day.  ….and it’s “you”, not “U”.  We have a college degree – you know, because you were there.”

JLK:  “Stop hatin’ on me like that, yo.  And just for that English lesson, I’m gonna swell up a bit and tick you off.”

Stomach:  “….seriously?  cheese?  on our bacon & egg?  The chef is a neanderthal.”

Brain:  “Fine – swell up and I’ll make sure he puts in 10 miles before you wake up.  And stop leaving off letters on words – you’re not a Kardashian”.

JLK:  “OK then – consider your bluff called.  I’m swelling up as we text.  See how you like your walk home this evening.  Peace out.”

Stomach:  “ummmmmm……hello? What are we doing about this whole cheese fiasco?”

Brain:  “I’m lashing out meaninglessly in an email to one of my vendors.  You happy now?”

Stomach:  “ummmm….no….was kinda hoping for an Oreo as an apology….”

So this evening I’m heading to a charity event, and providing quality wine to my stomach to apologize for this morning’s horrid experience.  I’m also hoping that my knees will see a fine cabernet as an olive branch for over-working things this week.  And my brain….well….the wine will act like Tylenol.

I’m logging these miles and competing in these events this year in order to raise awareness and donations to fight Spinal Muscular Atrophy – the number one genetic killer of kids under the age of two in the world. If you’d like more information, or check out what our charity is all about, please go to our website at Do Away With SMA. We are also on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!!!

If you want to donate to our cause and help fight SMA, you can find our event on CrowdRise:

2018 Tri to Fight SMA

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My Overall Numbers Since March 12th 2018

Strength Training:  1 hour

Swimming:

Yards:  2400

Time: 1 hour

Biking: 

 Miles:  57

Time:  2:45:00

Running:

Miles:  4.43

Time:  48:54

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March 14th 2018: Happy Pi Day!


As much as I was tempted to keep up my theme of over-training and risking injury weeks before my first full Ironman, today I simply kept to the plan that my coach laid out for me: an hour on the run.

Here’s what over-doing it looks like to a guy that trains for a triathlon in his spare time:

image1.png  So today is Pi Day (3.14…..), and it began on a rather somber note, as renowned  physicist Steven Hawking passed away at his home in England at the age of 76.  Back in 1963, he was given two years to live…..now THAT’s what I call telling the odds to go scratch.  I read his book “A Brief History of Time”, and it truly made me look at things a bit differently.  If you google him, he has an array of wonderful quotes…but this one has always been my favorite:

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This morning I woke up a bit more sore than usual.  Since I tend to overdo things when I feel energetic, a training season for me is like a roller coaster.  In the past, I’d continue to beat myself up until I reached a breaking point, and then all positive momentum would be crushed for a week as I decided that sleep was more important than working toward the goal.  This time, I’m not making that mistake.  Today called for a run, so that’s what I did.  I cannot burn all of the pounds I hope to drop in a single day – I need patience, persistence and positivity: the 3 P’s.  Rome was not built in a day….but when in Rome, do as the Romans do (…and try the Marchese Antinori, it’s a delight).  That’s today’s lesson: listen to the coach, and do the workouts as assigned…and if the day is designated as a REST DAY, enjoy it!  Let you body recover.

I’m logging these miles and competing in these events this year in order to raise awareness and donations to fight Spinal Muscular Atrophy – the number one genetic killer of kids under the age of two in the world. If you’d like more information, or check out what our charity is all about, please go to our website at Do Away With SMA. We are also on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!!!

If you want to donate to our cause and help fight SMA, you can find our event on CrowdRise:

2018 Tri to Fight SMA

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My Overall Numbers Since March 12th 2018

Strength Training:  1:30:00

Swimming:

Yards:  2,200

Time: 00:49:00

Biking: 

 Miles:  57

Time:  2:45:00

Running:

Miles:  9.93

Time:  1:49:00

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March 13th 2018


This morning was rough.  I think I beat myself up a little too well yesterday evening, and I slept right through my alarm this morning.  I had to make up the time throughout the day, so I hit the gym for a quick 30 minute strength workout during lunch.  That felt awesome, because the limited time that I had available made me focus on what I was doing.  Get to the gym, change, get the work in, and get back to the office.

This evening, I needed to focus on the swim.  In an Ironman, you have two hours and twenty minutes to get through the 2.4 mile swim course and get into the first transition area – commonly referred to as “T-1”.  While I am a decent swimmer (I know this for a fact because my Mom told me so when I was five – feel free to go ask her and she’ll proudly confirm it), I now need to be sensitive to my pace and speed.  In order to finish the Ironman swim with some time budgeted as a fudge factor just in case I go off course or I cramp up, I really need to average 2:30 for every 100 yards covered.  The 2.4 mile Ironman swim course translates into 4,400 yards.  So this means that I have to be able to swim 88 laps in my gym’s pool in order to cover the required distance.  If I can average 2:30 per 100 yards, I will get to the transition before the cutoff time.  I used to swim in the pool without a care in the world – simply to work out muscles I didn’t even know I had.  Now, I hop in the pool and constantly check my watch.  I swim 100 yards, stop for a moment, look at my Garmin and proceed to stress about whether I can keep this pace up for almost 2 hours.  So much for the relaxation that comes with being in the water!

After my swim, I transitioned to the bike and took a 45 minute spin class.  This wasn’t on my training plan for the day, and I know I am over-doing it right now, but I threw this workout in for two reasons:

  • To burn calories and continue to drop weight, with the goal of carrying less of me for 140.6 miles than I currently lug around, and
  • Begin to simulate the feeling of climbing out of the water, changing quickly and hopping on the bike.

I finished up the evening at the gym with a relaxed run on the dreadmill.  Transitioning from the bike to the run (referred to as “T-2”) will be extremely difficult for me in May, so I’m trying to get used to the feeling of getting my legs to fire at the beginning of the run, after burning them out on the bike.  I’m shocked that I was not cranky at the end of all of this.

I’m logging these miles and competing in these events this year in order to raise awareness and donations to fight Spinal Muscular Atrophy – the number one genetic killer of kids under the age of two in the world. If you’d like more information, or check out what our charity is all about, please go to our website at Do Away With SMA. We are also on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!!!

If you want to donate to our cause and help fight SMA, you can find our event on CrowdRise:

2018 Tri to Fight SMA

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My Overall Numbers Since March 12th 2018

Strength Training:  1 hour

Swimming:

Yards:  2,200

Time: 49 minutes

Biking: 

 Miles:  57

Time:  2:45:00

Running:

Miles:  4.43

Time:  48:54

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T-Minus 62 Days to Santa Rosa


Eight more weeks until I tow the line at my first full Ironman event….and I am absolutely freaking out.  The hours in the gym, on the bike, in the pool and on the road are beginning to add up, and the soreness now doesn’t go away.  I go to sleep: it’s there.  I wake up: it’s there.  I work out: it’s like Super Mario scoring one of those special glowing mushrooms – thanks for the additional power, you geek.

Training for my first Ironman has been a bit of challenge, between the cold and damp Northeast weather, my work schedule and other miscellaneous factors too numerous to summarize here.  The bottom line is that I have to get in the work whenever I have hours available.  Now this becomes even more difficult when my sleep is constantly interrupted by my own inability to shut off my brain for a few hours.  When I’m not actually busy juggling the various line items of my life, I’m thinking about what needs to be done next.  I’ll hit the pillow at 9:30am, and I’m up before 2am.  Now I’m staring at the clock until it’s time to head out to work out.  By the time I’m ready to crash at the end of the day, I’m fried….and even that doesn’t help.  So don’t be surprised if I begin writing a lot over these final weeks to Santa Rosa – I might as well do something proactive with my waking hours.

Today’s workout started with some strength training.  I noticed that I became fatigued during my swim last week – my shoulders were baked by the end.  So I want to begin building muscle in my shoulders, arms and back.  I’m going to need them in May.  I then transitioned to the bike.  Rode for about 3 hours, 45 minutes of which was a spin class that amped up my heart rate.  I finished the night off with a 20 minute BRick run.  What’s a BRick run?  It just means that I hopped off the bike and onto the dreadmill as quickly as possible in order to get my legs used to the rapid change in movement.  I also think BRick simply means Bike + Run = ICK….but that’s just me trying to levitate the situation.

I’m logging these miles and competing in these events this year in order to raise awareness and donations to fight Spinal Muscular Atrophy – the number one genetic killer of kids under the age of two in the world. If you’d like more information, or check out what our charity is all about, please go to our website at http://www.doawaywithsma.org. We are also on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!!!

If you want to donate to our cause and help fight SMA, you can find our event on CrowdRise:

2018 Tri To Fight SMA

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This Week’s Numbers

Strength Training:  30 minutes

Swimming:

Yards:

Time:

Biking: 

 Miles:  41

Time:  2:00:00

Running:

Miles:  3.43

Time:  38:54