I am the father of a three year old boy, my only son, my pride and joy, MY BOY. He is great, he's my little buddy, I call him my "Boo Boo." I'm not sure were that came from, was never into Yogi Bear but there is the possibility. He is great he is just a ball full of energy. He bounces of the walls, he loves getting dirty but not crazy about bugs. I'm working on it. He loves to wrestle, rough house, play with his cars, he loves to head butt, and loves football. I swear he travels at lightening speed, and he moves with such stealth. I turn around for a second and poof he is gone.
I went to the bike shop the other day to get a new bike helmet, so we get in the store I said " Boo Boo, stay right with me and don't touch anything." He nods his head, I turn my head to look at a helmet with .25 seconds elapsed, and all I hear is crash bang boom. I turn around, and were is Boo Boo on the other side of the store staring horrified at a mannequin laying on the floor in four pieces. He looked up at me waiting to be yelled at but I didn't have time to yell at him, I had to put this thing back together before management came over. Couldn't figure it out quick enough though. The manager comes over I have an arm between my legs, a torso under one arm and trying to set up the things legs with my the other arm while the head was staring at us. I looked at Boo Boo like really, Bud. Come on.
The whole way home I was thinking about what happened and how fast he can get away. The more I thought about I started analyzing his running form. He's got the classic high knees that come close to hitting his chest and a high elbow swing with his triceps never falling past parallel with the ground. The high elbows is one thing but he has a way of making it look like he is about to take off. I guess he needs the high elbows so they don't bang into his high knees. I don't want him to bang his knees all up. I wondered how he can be so stealthy with that kind of form. So my predicament is this do I try and straighten this out or just let it go.
After much deliberation I decided to let him just go with what feels natural to him. I didn't want to explain everything he needs to correct and him to look at me like I have two heads. Also I don't want him to become even faster and even more stealthy because that would make it harder for me to detect his spastic movements. At least now I can catch him out of the corner of my eye with arms flapping in the wind and knees a blazing. He is fun and I just have to snicker when I see him running. I know if they have to do a stair climb in preschool all the other kids will be going down. He'll figure it someday. We've got time.
HE WILL GROW INTO HIS FORM RIGHT!?
This week was solely dedicated to training. I flew to Scottsdale, Arizona to put in some long training days to prep me for the season, which is fast approaching. A buddy of mine invited me down to train for 5 days so I jumped at the chance. With near perfect conditions: air temperatures averaging 68 degrees, no clouds in sight and minor winds, we were able to take full advantage of our time. So here is what went down for the entire week. I broke it down into each day:
Swim: 4200 yds
Swim: 3200yds easy
Bike: 1 hr trainer session - 14 miles
Plyometrics outside routine
Wednesday- Flew into Arizona and were riding by noon.
Bike: 3:25 - 65 miles Avg speed 18.9 MPH (pooped from flight)
Swim : 3500 yds
Thursday - Day was beautiful, could smell the flowers and fresh cut lawns
Run : 1:32 - 11 miles
Bike: 4:49 - 92 miles
Bike : 6:32 - 115 miles
Run : 23 min - 3 miles (Transition Run)
Swim : 2650 yds
Run : 1 hour - 8 miles (easy pace felt pretty broken down)
Bike : 1:13 - 22 miles
Swim : 5000 yds
Sunday : Travel day
Run : 30 min - not sure of distance
Totals: A lot of hours and miles
Long week, definitely slept good at night. It was fun, learned a lot about my physical capacity, and it was a great place to train. Scottsdale has everything a triathlete could ask for: mountains, flats, beautiful weather, great pool system, and good running trails. I want to thank my friend John Potter who gave me the invite and showed me the ropes while out there. It was a great experience and one step closer to race day.
I had another good training week to prep me for my training session in Arizona this week. We had somewhat decent weather only one day of snow, so not to bad and temperatures still aren't that cold for this time of year. I've really lucked out weather wise so far this winter. Here we go for this week:
Swim : 3x 80 min sessions - 14650 yds felt really strong had my stroke technique tweeked this week to become more efficient, by Tri Your Limits coach Scott Rowlands (www.triyourlimits.com). So will continue to perfect my stroke and get stronger.
Bike: 5 Hours - 79 miles comprised of two trainer workouts and one road workout
Run - 3.25 hours - 27 miles
Looking to really crank some miles out in Arizona take full advantage of the beautiful weather and no distractions. Should get 5 good days of training. Train, train train.
I had another decent workout week. I am starting to log more time on the bike now and it feels great. Other than the cold weather it is going good but the weather is definitely better than a typical winter up here in the north. Well here it is:
Swim: 3x80min workouts: 14550 yds
Run: 3 hours and 15 minutes : 30miles
Consisted of: 1 track Workout; 2 Transition Runs, and 1 10k race
The 10K race I placed 7th overall and 1st in my Age Group: 35:44
Bike: 5 hours and 15 minutes: 90 miles
Consisted of: 1 Trainer Workout, 2 Road Workouts
Was happy with my performance in my race considering I have yet to do any speed work. My pace was 5:46/mile. I wanted to be around 5:40 so wasn't to far off. I'll keep working hard and doing everything in my power to keep making improvements. Next week I am heading to Scottsdale, Arizona for 5 days of training in hopefully beautiful weather. Can't wait to crank out some miles in a new place.
I've been sending out sponsor letters like they're going out of style. Last Thursday I heard back from one and then followed up with a phone call on Friday. I talked with Marc Mangus President/Co-Founder of PX Triathlon. He gave me some background on his product lines and I informed him of my goals and background. PX Triathlon's mission is to supply triathletes with quality but affordable race and training apparel. After talking with Marc for a while it was clear that he is just as motivated to succeed in his business aspirations as I am with my journey to become a Professional Triathlete. I received a good vibe from Marc, he is trying to supply us triathletes with quality products without breaking the bank. I will be receiving a shipment of gear and will give a review, so stay tuned. I urge all of you to check out the website www.pxtriathlon.com or catch up with them on Facebook.
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