A lot of things have happened since my last post. First and foremost, my training has been going great, last week I hit all of my distance and time goals and was not completely destroyed at the end of the week. The week before that, I spent a week in the mountains running through mountain lion country.
The latest ranking from the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation came out and I have slipped out of the Top 10. Way out of the Top 10 to be honest…
Thanks to a lot of you, I have raised almost $1,800, but I still have a long ways to go to my $5,000 goal. There 18 weeks left until the IronMan Lake Placid, that means I have to raise almost $180 every week from now until then to meet my goal. Do you think you can help me reach that goal? Please donate what you can. If you do not have the means to donate, please share this post with as many of your friends as you can.
Thank you in advance and stay tuned – there is more to come!
Leading up to the IRONMAN Lake Placid, I am going to have to do some serious training (thank you Captain Obvious). But along the way I am going to compete in a few events to help gauge my fitness and just break the monotony. So Sunday I submitted my letter of intent to race in the Allegheny Mountains Loop.
There is not a day that goes by when I do not think of where I was a little over a year ago. Along the way, I have completed a number of my identified goals:
Thank you for the opportunity and I appreciate your effort!
So what is the Allegheny Mountain Loop you might ask…
It is a 400+ mile self-supported mountain bike race along the West Virginia and Virginia borders held in late April that consists of 128 miles of gravel forest roads, 78 miles of rail-trails, 22 miles of abandoned rail-trails, and 175 miles of paved roads with a whole bunch of ups and downs.
But what does that mean? Well, it means I will be starting with a handful of other crazies at 6am on April 28th to ride the loop as fast as I can while carrying everything I need. If I can’t carry it, I will need to buy it along the way. There are no support vehicles or aid stations along the way, just a simple “run what you brung” event.
Pretty stoked about it and being accepted to toe the line with some of the best cyclists in the region and see how hard and as far as I can push myself.
I have watched people race around the Champs Elysees since I was thirteen years old. I loved the ceremony of them having a procession for most of the stage and then throwing the gloves off to stomp around this loop for a sprinters finish. One that I distinctly remember was back in the late 80’s when Greg Lemond won the Tour in a time trial to beat Laurent Fignon. I taped that race off of ABC’s Wide World of Sports and watched it for a whole winter riding rollers (to be honest I crashed off the rollers that winter leaning into a turn while watching the video).
On this trip I got to experience a part of it by running the loop and it was pretty amazing. It is hard to imagine how rough those cobblestones really are and there is a grinder of a climb they make when going back up to the Arc de Triomphe.
About a month away from the Marine Corps Marathon and I am taking a bit of a break. Might not be the best thing for training, but my body is thanking me with ankles that aren’t screaming and a belly full of cheese and swirly meat. I’ll just have to make up for it when I get back but it is totally with it!
It has been a bitter sweet week here. We got to spend an evening with our friends and their two wonderful kids. It was the first time we had met their daughters and they warmed up to us pretty quickly. I learned all about the Gruffalo and how tough mice really are. Sandra’s health is good and her levels have stabilized and is doing everything she possibly can.
I also learned that a friend of mine from high school passed away. We weren’t close friends, but hung out with the same group of friends. More recently, I’d run into him at his music studio in the town we used to live in our grabbing a beer at the hotel.
Most men lead lives of quiet desperation and go to the grave with the song still in them.
This was not the case with Terry he lived his life for music and followed his love and had an impact on so many. For me, his death puts things into perspective. There are so many things I want to do and I am lucky enough to have a wife and job that gives me the opportunity to try and achieve them. I once heard a quote that was something like:
How many times have you said that you’ll start tomorrow and look back a year later wishing you started yesterday?
Alright, enough of that…
I love to run in foreign cities and seeing the place without crowds, London was no disappointment. While running along the Thames the other day there were a bunch of sirens followed by the sound of two motorcycles twisting their throttles as hard as possible. Next came the distinctive sound of a turbo spinning up, that high pitched whine of a really fast car.
Turns out they were closing the road down to film a Porsche commercial. Thinking about that really pushed me through the last bit of my run. That driver is so good at what he does, they are willing to shut down a major thoroughfare in the center of London to drive his car as fast as he can. The only way to get to do that is with a shit ton of work. And he put it in!
I am feeling kind of preachy as I go back through reading this, but we really can do whatever we want if we put in the work. So for the remainder of this week, I am going to put in the work of filling my belly with cheese and swirly meats (and a few runs here and there) while always remembering whose got that attitude.
I cannot believe that one month has already passed! Where did it go? Things have been crazy with moving into the new house and all the travel, but I have still been making progress in both the training and fund raising.
I have raised $300 which is a good start still having 11 months to go, but I still have a ways to go. I have been working with a close friend to help put together a fund raiser and silent auction, more details to come on that one.
Its only 20 days until the Nation’s Triathlon and things are coming together for it. I feel strong with the bike and run part of it. The swim is what I am a little nervous about. In one of my pool sessions it occurred to me the only swimming I have done over the past five years has been when I have come out of my boat. Swimming for distance is a WAY different thing and more tiring. At least I have identified this weakness early with a lot of time to work on it.
Once the Nation’s Tri is over, I am going to have to shift gears and focus my sights on the Marine Corps Marathon which is the end of October. I hope to see you at some of the upcoming events and really appreciate all of your support as I am moving forward. Please do not forget to help me get to the Lake Placid IronMan and donate to the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation.