As promised, I haven't vanished into another seemingly endless "sabattical" from posting. Actually, quite the contrary. I've been actively training and working on getting back into shape.
I've been posting my Training Peaks logs for daily workouts on my Facebook account. That provides some amount of accountability and tracking.
In the past 28 days I've logged 4 hours 40 minutes in the pool, completing nearly 11K yards. Pokey, but progress. That's in addition to the 9 hours spent covering 56 miles running. Since that was over the holidays, during which I managed to actually lose another quarter pound, I'm happy with it.
All totaled, I'm down about 15 pounds since I got back at it, and have another 7-10 pounds to go. That will get me into the proper weight range for the Cellcom Green Bay Marathon and whatever I decide to pursue for the summer.
If you DO follow me on Facebook, you might find the post on my main page regarding my New Years' resolution. For each like on that post, I will be completing one mile of swimming, 47 miles of biking, and 11 miles of running. Basically, for every 24 likes, I will complete training equal to 10 Ironman races. So far, I have nine likes. That's 9 miles swimming, 423 miles on the bike, and 100 miles running. Let me know if you think that isn't enough.
Finally, the new Saucony Omni running shoes have been almost perfect. They have addressed both the tarsal tunnel (numbness) and stress issues. There were some minor knee issues, but some gait correction and strength exercises have helped with that.
So things are moving along nicely. All I need to do, now, is get the trainer set back up in the basement, and I'll be back to training in all three disciplines.
On Saturday, June 19th, Wendy Buckner completed the Flowers Sea Swim in the Cayman Islands. She left the water and was immediately put into an ambulance. Sadly, she suffered cardiac arrest on the way to the hospital and passed away.
I met Wendy in person only one time. I considered her a good friend and will miss her greatly. Many people around the world are experiencing the same thing, today.
Please keep her brother Brent, and the entire family in your prayers.
I just read an article from the Associated Press touting a "new" concept called the Invisible Bracelet. It presents the company as "emergency health alerts for the Facebook generation." A simple idea, really, that uses a pin based On-line system to notify emergency responders of health issues, as well as contact information for anyone unable to provide the information themselves.
It's a great idea, and revolutionary. Well, revolutionary if it was new.
It seems neither the Associated Press or the makers of Invisible Bracelet bothered to do much research. Their concept sounds remarkably like something I've used for many years, RoadID. (Yes, I specifically left the link for the Invisible Bracelet out while adding the link to RoadID)
When I first started running, I wasn't overly concerned with ID. I was close to home and the distances were short. As I started increasing those distances, I started carrying my driver's license. Finally, I decided it was time to get a RoadID so important contact information would be immediately available.
That band around my ankle is now as important as my watch. The rare situations where I forget it on runs, I feel naked as soon as I realize it's missing. I've never forgot it on the bike. And if I don't have it for an open water swim, I don't swim. It's that important to me.
Recently, I've been contemplating the RoadID Interactive ID. Similar to the original RoadID, this system provides an On-line system for updating contact, medical, and other histories. First responders can use the provided PIN to log onto the system and find all pertinent information.
Apparently endurance athletes are years ahead of the times. A system that duplicates what we've been doing for years (though only in Oklahoma) is being touted as some incredible new idea.
For Invisible Bracelet, keep up the efforts, because athletes aren't the only ones that benefit from such emergency contact information. For the Associated Press, perhaps you should consider spending some time researching stories. A simple Google search of "emergency identification" returns RoadID right at the top of the results page.
And for endurance athletes, that others are emulating the RoadID concept might suggest that it's a good idea. If you don't already use one, click on one of the seven links provided above and order one, today.
(Full disclosure - There is nothing to disclose. RoadID is not, as yet, a sponsor or training partner. They just provide a horribly important resource that warrants discussion, and have been doing so for years. BTW, that's EIGHT links, now)
Reports out of Spain indicate Team Astana rider Lance Armstrong was involved in a multi-rider crash around the 12.5 mile (20km) point of the race. Holding his arm still and grimacing in pain, he was loaded into an ambulance and taken to a hospital.
No, you aren't crazy. The look of the site DID change, again. My hand was kind of forced, this time.
One of the recurring topics in my experiences as an endurance athlete is the "that guy" situation. As has been stated in the past, I was never really "that guy" growing up. Well, at least not in any really cool sense.
WARNING: Inherently political post to follow. Those interested in triathlon specific content, there is none in this post.
For months I have eagerly awaited the official release of the Chevy Volt. Today, marking the 100th anniversary of GM, the production version of the vehicle was introduced. GM is determined to make the car a success, and their future as a company is at least modestly tied to that factor.
A wide range of well known celebrities competed in the Nautica Malibu Triathlon, this past weekend. Though Jennifer Lopez and Matthew McConaughey received the most attention, other Hollywood icons raced with them. Some of my favorites? William H. Macy, Mark-Paul Gosselar, and Anna Kournikova.
Just who is this Iron Pol?
A former out of shape sailor, who became a marathoner, then a triathlete, Ironman, and ultramarathoner. Now, life has pushed me into short track speed skating. More important than the titles is the lifestyle, and sharing it with others.