March Madness

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This isn’t a post about basketball. All I can tell you about March Madness is that I know Duke was in the Final Four and that my 10 year old brother is a sports stats phenom who’s bracket is going to win…for the 4th year in a row. He’s the rainman of sports. Anyway…this is a post about the madness that the last month entailed. In pictures + captions form.

Race season started in March at Los Olas in Ft. Lauderdale.

Race season started in March at Los Olas in Ft. Lauderdale.

I love palm trees

I love palm trees

Photo cred of my run to Gema

Photo cred of my run to Gema

Race didn't go like I wanted it, but it's always nice to leave with some hardware.

Race didn’t go like I wanted it, but it’s always nice to leave with some hardware.

Then this came... The plan was to go into graduate school for a doctorate of physical therapy, but it's crazy competitive. And this is guaranteed. I've taken care of all the red tape (drug tests/fingerpriting/etc), and orientation is in a couple weeks.

Then this came… The plan was to go into graduate school for a doctorate of physical therapy, but it’s crazy competitive. And this is guaranteed. Plus lots of other factors I won’t bore you with. I’ve taken care of all the red tape (drug tests/fingerpriting/etc), and orientation is in a couple weeks.

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And then the road bike got a pretty new chain...because up next comes...

And then the road bike got a pretty new chain…because up next comes…

GAPS CAMP!!!!!!

GAPS CAMP!!!!!!

We're smiling, but it definitely snowed the night before. Stupid weather in the mountains...

We’re smiling, but it definitely snowed the night before. Stupid weather in the mountains…

You will never see a happier couple. Those who ride together...

You will never see a happier couple. Those who ride together…

This is one of the shorter mountains up there. Notice I keep saying 'mountains' and not 'hills'

This is one of the shorter mountains up there. Notice I keep saying ‘mountains’ and not ‘hills’

I stayed up Atlanta-ish past camp to continue my own mini camp. Gotta take advantage of the hills when you can; we don't have those down here. And I got to deal with this ridiculousness for an extra 7 days

I stayed up Atlanta-ish past camp to continue my own mini camp. Gotta take advantage of the hills when you can; we don’t have those down here. And I got to deal with this ridiculousness for an extra 7 days

Obviously she's the fun one. It's a bit like the drama masks; yeah?

Obviously she’s the fun one. It’s a bit like the drama masks; yeah?

1.5 mile open water swim in Altoona to start my big training day

1.5 mile open water swim in Altoona to start my big training day

They keep this in the Budweiser plant parking lot because the BCC routes are so popular. And because some athletes made this sign warranted.

They keep this in the Budweiser plant parking lot because the BCC routes are so popular. And because some athletes made this sign warranted.

Then the Beautiful Backroads Century in Cartersville. The 100 mile loop had been on my triathlon-bucket-list for awhile. Though someone should have told me it was 4 miles long...

Then the Beautiful Backroads Century in Cartersville. The 100 mile loop had been on my triathlon-bucket-list for awhile. Though someone should have told me it was 4 miles long… Run after but there’s no picture of that, so did it really happen?

Came home to find this... Was a goal last season. Thank you Peak Racing for help making it happen.

Came home to find this… Was a goal last season. Thank you Peak Racing for help making it happen.

New Orleans 70.3 is next, < 2 weeks away. Oh wow... That's closer than I realized...*panic training commences*

New Orleans 70.3 is next, < 2 weeks away. Oh wow… That’s closer than I realized…*panic training commences*

Do You Smell It?

 

 
c52970ce2092614d24661236ed5b996cf62f5bd757569e57e134ec340e1a4538I believe Mr. Krabs said it best. It’s that time of year. Already. How is it March in two days? Race season is upon us. And that smeary smell that smells, smelly? That’s the start line. And maybe your old gear. That being said, don’t be the athlete who shows up to your first race of the season only to put on your racing flats and discover one of your little piggies is sticking out the side (and if you do have shoes that ave reached their peak milage, shoot us a message about how to donate them at SneakerSavior).  Check your gear before you wreck your year.

  1. Wetsuit been sitting in the closet or under your bed the last couple months? Make sure you recharge it before you slide into it race morning. It’s a quick process: Recharge Your Wetsuit.Wetsuit-rip-300x186
  2. Write down what you need race morning as a check list. Then pack it. Then walk through T1 and T2, taking note of what you need and don’t. You don’t want to be the person in transition hefting around a steam truck of gear nor the one begging for a spare set of goggles. Make sure you have a good goggle defogger tooUnknown
  3. On the same note, PRACTICE TRANSITIONS! I’ve been this [YouTube] guy. I’ve been this guy AT THIS EXACT RACE!! DO NOT BE ME! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fok38BMc9Pw   8b54e9769fc00a15be1eefb11d5bbdb0If you don’t do flying mounts/dismounts, then don’t try on race day. Practice, then transition should basically be you on autopilot.bikes-ready-for-sunday-halfREV-and-fullREV-triathlon-600x337
  4. Give your bike some much needed TLC. Unless you know what you’re doing, because the line between bike and jet is starting to get blurry, go see the mechanic at your LBS. With all the sweat and sports nutrition products we drip over our rigs, they get pretty grimy. Shifting gets chunky. Wheels begin to resemble strands of DNA. Tires go bald. Take it to the shop for a tune-up. And just take care of your bike in general. dirty_road_bike_cycling_-_Google_SearchAlso…dont be the guy who drops into the shop the Thursday before a big race and expect a full overhaul then and there. aim for 10-12 days out. And tip; beer (of the craft variety) and coffee (of the REAL kind, not Starbucks) are A-OK ways to show thanks.

    ‘Beer and Coffee’ surprisingly turned up a lot of results very quickly. Apparently that’s a thing. I just picture a lot of hammered people doing things really fast.

  5. Simulate a race in training. Make a day where it’s swim-transition-bike-transition-run, even if it’s at 75% and very very short. There’s a lot of changes that happen going from one position to the next. Bike-Run bricks are important, but come race day if you haven’t taken into account that extra time, and caloric deficit, you spend in the water, you’ll have one more thing to worry about on course. In addition, you can test yourself at a training camp, like theseAugusta-2014-1024x768
  6. Speaking of the race sim…practice your nutrition in training. Once you’re about 14 days out, it’s too late to teach your gut a new trick. Unknown-1
  7. Go over the race in your mind, and put it on paper. Some people go through the race breaking it down mile by mile, others by leg, so find what works for you. It’s also a great way to lower pre-race nerves. That includes looking at the race and deciding what equipment you’ll use to match the course/conditions. And if you have a question or need some guidance about your event, talk to a coach. I happen to know a good group of coaches with a very large experience base from both sides of the sport.

    This is actually on the newer USAT membership cards

    This is actually on the newer USAT membership cards

  8. Warn…or at least bring up…that you may get out-of-sorts the closer it gets to race day, and afterwards. Don’t take out your freaking out on those that love you. I’ve been that guy too. It’s embarrassing. No one wants to be a triathlon widow.

    "Maybe 'I'd rather do that anyway' wasn't the best response when she told me to just go ride my bike instead..."

    “Maybe, ‘I’d rather do that anyway’, wasn’t the best response when she told me to go ride my bike instead…”

  9. Remember that you chose to do this. Not to take yourself too seriously. And to have fun. 6a00d83451b18a69e20168e54d791a970c-600wi
  10. Do a Challenge race!!!! Why wouldn’t you? They’re everywhere. And they’re awesome. And I can get you 10% off if you ask nicely. 6a00d83451b18a69e201127963fee328a4

Are you ready?

Challenge Pocono Mountains & Florida are Open!!

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From the Challenge Family Americas Facebook page:

“NEWS FLASH! Challenge Pocono Mountains and Challenge Florida will both open for registration on Feb. 2nd! For one week only we will offer an early bird special! Buy one get one registration for 50% off!”

10928832_10155092856545092_458819533285150602_nChallenge Poconos registration can be found HERE

Challenge Florida registration is HERE

Don’t miss out on these events. A quick Google search for race reports for Poconos and Florida gets top hits from age groupers and pros like Jesse Thomas and Richie Cunningham.

AAAAAAND…if you shoot me an email or a Facebook message or a smoke signal, I’ll have a special registration code for you. So why wouldn’t you sign up?