Monday, April 16, 2007

I AM A TRIATHLETE!

Although a slow one...but that is perfectly a.o.k!

I went into this with 4 goals:

  1. Finish a Triathlon. Accomplished!
  2. Finish in under 2 hours. Accomplished! (1:58)
  3. Do not come in last. Accomplished!
  4. Raise at least $2K for Leukemia Research. Accomplished! Over $4K raised!
So, I did not exactly burn up the track. I had a bear of a time during the swim and had to walk a few times on the run. But I DID IT!

Thanks to everyone who believed in me and supported me. This has been a rough ride considering the late start, the crappy weather, vertigo, anemia, a trip to Florida for a funeral, hypoglycemia, our pet dog eating our pet bird, flash floods, non-strokes, emergency trip to Texas, and falling trees. Essentially I did NO TRAINING AT ALL for the last 2 1/2 weeks. But, again, I DID IT!

A full race report will follow once I get some time to get on my laptop.

Final results:
Place Time    No.   Last Name      First Name  Age S Div   Rank Swim    Dash    T1      Rank Bike    T2      Rank Run    
===== ======= ===== ============== =========== === = ===== ==== ======= ======= ======= ==== ======= ======= ==== =======
  136 1:58:16    19 Leschnitzer    Dale         43 M        137   17:37    0:39    3:26   96   49:11    2:46  138   44:39 

Love and Sweat!
Dale (the Triathlete!)


Help donate to Dale's Race to Fight Blood Cancers!

Friday, April 13, 2007

Off to the race! In a snow storm....

It is cold and snowing here in Los Alamos. The weather is predicted to be miserable for the 200 mile drive to Durango. But the good news is that tomorrow should be nice.

I signed up for the Santa Fe Century yesterday. That should be an adventure....

Well, I will try to find a computer for a race report. If not, wish me luck. Here we go!

Love and sweat (and a little apprehension!),
Dale



Help donate to Dale's Race to Fight Blood Cancers!

Thursday, April 12, 2007

If a tree falls on the neighbors house, does it make a sound?

Yes it does. CRUNCH.

The weather has been down right miserable. Winds on Wednesday hit 40 mph here in Los Alamos. Our last poplar tree finally went over before we had a chance to cut it down. Part ended up on my neighbor's roof and there is some damage. Luckily no one was hurt and the damage is limited to a few broken terra cotta tiles.

Ah, the weather. Cold, miserable, wet. I drove through a large snow storm on my way back from Texas to New Mexico this weekend. They expect snow tomorrow for our drive up to Durango for the Triathlon. Maybe all of this cold weather training paid off?

We leave tomorrow. Race is Saturday. I am not ready. Hold on, here we go!

Love and Sweat.
Dale



Help donate to Dale's Race to Fight Blood Cancers!

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

A week of terror and chaos



0404071947b.jpg
Originally uploaded by dalehugo.

Shortly after my sim on April 1, I met my wife and kids in Santa Fe for a little shopping. Linda sounded a bit weird on the phone but I was tired so I did not give it a lot of thought. When I met her in Santa Fe, she pulled me aside and gave me some very disturbing news.

The evening before (Friday) my mom had gone out to run some errands. Her part of Northern Texas was having heavy rains and was under constant tornado watch. As she returned at dusk to Nocona, TX, her SUV went over a low water bridge as it had hundred of times before. Only this time the bridge was under water completely and a flash flood was raging across it.

My mom's truck stalled and slid off of the bridge into the creek. It quickly filled up with water up to her neck. She was able to get the passenger window down and get out of the truck before it sank. She swam with the current and held on to a tree. A witness called 9-11 immediately but it took the local fire department between 30 minutes and an hour to get her out because of the location and strength of the creek's current. She was battered and bruised and swallowed quite a bit of water.

She was taken to the local hospital and treated for hypothermia and mild shock. She (luckily!) sustained no major injuries. She was released Saturday morning at 5am, just as I was leaving Los Alamos to run the sim.

It Gets Worse...

After several calls to my parents, we decided I would not go out to Texas. She was safe and although she had a ton of tasks to complete (new driver's license, the truck was totaled and still missing, etc.) I had plenty to do here.

Sunday morning I jogged lightly, ate lunch with my wife and kids, and took a nap.

As I slept, my dad was feeling poorly. He suffers from congestive heart failure brought on by a heart attack 13 years ago and a heart bypass. He has a pacemaker and is on blood thinners but he looked terrible last month when I saw him at Aunt Adele's funeral in Florida. He was ashen and gray.

As my mom played in the kitchen for a few minutes, my father slumped over in his arm chair and passed out.

My mom found him unconscious. She tried to revive him but he would not wake up. He suffered a mild stroke last summer and it appeared he had another one. Another call to 9-11 and the EMTs were back out to my folks, this time bringing my father into to the ER in Nocona. The stroke team stabilized him, took a CAT scan that reveled nothing, and then transported him to a larger hospital in Wichita Falls, Texas. He never regained conciseness that day.

My mom called us (as I napped) as the ambulance crew arrived to take Dad.

That did it. We packed up and the next day we headed out for Wichita Falls, a 600 mile drive. 2 adults, 2 kids, 2 vehicles, and 4 dogs. A long haul. Along the way my mom called. Dad was awake.

Then Dad was talking. And walking. And going to the bathroom. And bitching about the food. I spoke to him on my cell as I drive through the plains outside of Amarillo, TX. He sounded GREAT. No way he recovered from a stroke that fast that completely.

When we finally arrived in Wichita Falls, we found my Dad sitting up in bed. His color was fantastic. He was alert. He was on NO IV drugs, not even a saline drip. He had complete symmetry in his motion. There was no drooping in his face. No stroke.

The cardiologist also confirmed no heart attack. An echo showed his cardiac arteries were still clear. A pulmanologist said his lungs were fine. A neurologist also confirmed no stroke. In every sense he was fine, better than he was a month ago. Except for that nasty part about him passing out for 24 hours...

He went into the hospital on Sunday. He was discharged on Wednesday with no diagnosis.

On Wednesday evening, I found the truck. I forgot to bring my camera so I used my phone to snap pictures (which are on Flickr). It was about 75 yards off the road in the creek. It was up to the windows in mud and stagnant water. Later, I came back with Linda. The water line was easily 15 -20 feet above the creek bed. One hell of a flash flood. My mom was lucky to be alive.

The both were.

A later visit to my father's neurologist confirmed he did not have a stroke. It is suspected that he had a Bazil Seizure at the base of his brain brought on by stress from my Mom's ordeal and the congestive heart failure. It also turns out that my Dad's Coumedin levels were too low and he now is taking a month test to look at the clotting factor of his blood.

They are both doing absolutely fine! Amazing...

We left for Texas on Linda's 50th birthday. And today is my Dad's 72 birthday.

Naturally, I go no training in this last week. And little sleep and lousy eating. The race is this Saturday. I will train very lightly this week. But the alternative was a lot worse.

We packed clothes for my Dad's funeral as we left New Mexico. I am glad we did not need them!

Love and Sweat,
Dale

Sunday, April 1, 2007

Sim of the Tri The Rim

(For you alliteration fans...)

Saturday was a big day for training. We gathered to simulate the entire Tri.

Swim 500 yards
Bike 12 miles
Run 4 miles

I was up at 4am and did not sleep too well the night before. Also, I was (okay, just SAY it), a little constipated, which giving my internal anatomy is not common. So I was not at peak. A Cytomax shake, some oatmeal, a spoon of peanut butter got me going. Some Hammergel (Hmmm...Espresso!) during.

It was DAMNED COLD when I left Los Alamos, 27 degrees. It dropped to 25 in Santa Fe. It was about 42 in Albuquerque when we got started.

I know, whiney whiney whiney. But it adds up to detract performance.

The swim went okay. At one point I had a very hard time getting the breathing synchronized with the strokes (around lap 4 and again at lap 7) but overall, it was okay. A mad dash out through the locker room in shower shoes across the parking lot to the bike and off. I was pleased with the transition, considering the conditions were improvised.

The bike ride went fine. I overshot the turnaround point by about 1/4 mile but no big deal.

Back in for the run. The run was okay and I did fine for 3 1/2 miles. I did have to alternate walking and running for a bit. My innards were pressing down on me.

At 3 1/2 miles WHAM! My right knee shot in pain and it radiated all the way up my right side. IT Band, I am very sure of it. I literally limped in and got chewed out from my coach for not getting new shoes. But overall, with 2 weeks to go, I am happy. A little ice, a little Advil I was fine.

I did get new shoes. Pearl Izumis. The guy in the running store analyzed my gait, said, "Man, you got flat feet!" had me try on a bunch of pairs (including an ASICS which I normally wear but did not like this time, no support for side to side movement of the foot), and I settled on the Pearls. Hope they help.

Love and sweat,
Dale



Help donate to Dale's Race to Fight Blood Cancers!

Thursday, March 29, 2007

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

And then Sunday's Bike Ride

With the Team in Training Santa Fe Bike Team. A beautiful ride (will try to post the actual ride on either mapmyride.com or bikely.com). Through the beautiful hills of Santa Fe, out of town into the neighboring communities. Saw Long Horn and dairy cows, Western Movie sets, and Buffalo. Great ride.

I took of my Crank Brother's Candy pedals and got some Speedplays. The Crank Brothers were impossible for me to get into no matter what I did. The speedplay were great. Easy in and easy out.

It was a 56 mile ride. I did fine and was strong and in the top 1/3 for most of the ride.

Until about mile 45. Then I had problems. I did not "hit the wall." I just got tired. I completed the Tri Sim just the day before and did not recover. We were going up a long, steady climb and the pace was all off. Too slow. I ended up have to really shift gears around quite a bit. Then it was over, I fell behind. The coach stayed back with me and she talked me into trying some sprints to catch up. I did pretty well but it tired me out. So for about 5 or 6 miles I was dying.

We finally stopped at the crest of the climb for a short breather, only about 4 or 5 minutes to allow the last two behind me to catch up. That was all that I needed. The rest of the ride was golden. 56 miles total.

It was wonderful.

That night came home and had a hot, hot bath with Epsom salts. Hmmmmm!

Not bad, not bad at all.



Help donate to Dale's Race to Fight Blood Cancers!

Saturday's Torture! (and Triumph!)

Saturday it was up at 4am and off to Albuquerque for a full Tri simulation with the Team in Training. It was drizzling and yucky all week.

Saturday the sky opened up with moisture. It was DAMNED cold when I left (31 degrees) and it was sleeting and snowing (!) in Santa Fe when I buzzed through at 5:30am.

It was pouring and thundering when I arrived In Albuquerque. We decided to do the bike portion inside on Spin Bikes. I grabbed my gear and headed inside.

Before I left I had a bowl of oatmeal, some peanut butter, and a Cliff bar. I had a gel and had a bottle of Accelerade with me. My sugar was...well, it was too damned cold o get blood so beats me but I felt fine.

Into the pool. 400 yards (8 laps). Decent speed. Then off, going through the locker room, up the stairs (in lousy Corona flip flops...I really need to get some decent swim and shower shoes!), into a jersey and socks and shoes, actually donned my helmet, and on to the spinner for 40 minutes. I took a moment to put on my Pratt Straps to help support my IT Bands. I did not need any more knee pain. Glad I did as you will see.

I cranked the resistance up and down and pushed pretty hard. Up hills and sprinted on the flat ways. Good sim.

By then it was no longer pouring and we decided to run outdoors. At the end of 40 minutes "biking" it was off and onto the next transition. Off came the helmet and the bike shoes. On came the running shoes and the glasses and hat. And I was off running.

Now, I HATE running. The most I have ever, ever run was 5K (3.1 miles). One of the coaches offered to run with me. The Tri the Rim Triathlon has 4 miles of running. She had a course set out where on could choose 2, 3, or 4 miles.

I chose 4.

I warned her that I would probably have to stop and rest a bit. Also, I was fearing knee pain.

One mile and was slow but feeling fine.

1.5 miles. The turn around point for the 3 mile run. She asked if I wanted to keep going. Yup, what the hell.

2 Miles. 3. At about 3 miles my right knee twinged a bit and I walked for about 40 yards (she said I walked pretty fast...I did not want my heart rate to drop). I started up again.

3.5 miles. The finish line in sight. 4 miles running. Actually, 4.3.

I ran 4 miles and only had to slow down once, and not because I needed to breathe or rest. I had never, ever done this before.

Afterwards, my knees felt like hell. But a good stretch and I was doing just fine. About 80-90% of what I will see in competition at the actual Tri.

Wow. I was on cloud nine. Maybe I can actually do this?...

Love and Sweat,
Dale



Help donate to Dale's Race to Fight Blood Cancers!

Some in between Training

Nothing exciting here, more just a log of what I have done. Will go into details about the weekend in another post.

  • Went for a very short bike ride on Wednesday, 3/21
  • Swam some pyramids and drills on Thursday, 3/22
  • Didn't do much on Friday (later)
  • Full Tri work Out on Saturday
  • 56 Mile Bike ride on Sunday
  • Rested Monday and Tuesday (and stretched and walked)
  • Simple weight training on Wednesday (today) 3/28. A full circuit. This evening I swam drill and pyramids, 1,2,3,3,2,1.
Back to the grind!



Help donate to Dale's Race to Fight Blood Cancers!

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

But will I win?

Shortly after I told my mom that I was nuts enough to do this triathlon she asked me a simple question:

Do you think you will win?

I chuckled at that and said, no I will not win. I "just" want to finish.

That was several weeks ago and the conversation still rings in my ears.

Just. Just finish. Just. just....just...

"Just" is a strange word. I try to avoid it and also notice when others use it. It seems to diminish some pretty big things.

No, I will not "win" the race by coming in first.

I "just" will:

  • Swim 500m and then
  • Bike 13 miles and then
  • Run (and probably walk some) 4 miles
  • After weighing over 400 pounds
  • And never being athletic in my life
  • And never been athletically competent before
  • And being a couch potato for most of my 43 years
  • And fitting in training between work and life
  • And being able to only eat partial meals due to an altered anatomy
  • And being anemic
  • And being hypoglycemic
My goal is to cross the finish line and (hopefully) not be last. Can I do that?

Hell, yes! I guess that "just" might make me a winner after all.

The point is if I never tried, if I never got out there, if I never signed up, if I never trained, I would not just lose...I would fail. And I do not take failure well at all...

So for the Tri-wannabees, runners, swimmers, bikers, hikers, hell!, water polo players, whatevers like me, Carol, TriBob, anyone else in Team in Training, go out, give it your all, and just be winners.

Love and Sweat,
Dale



Help donate to Dale's Race to Fight Blood Cancers!

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Five Hundred Fifteen Fifteen

25 yards per length.
50 yards per lap.
10 laps.
500 yards.
Fifteen Minutes and fifteen seconds.

One hyperventilated yet very happy former fat dude!

Lap Elapsed Time Comments
1 1:09
2 2:30 Breathing every stroke
3 3:57 Slow start, stopped in middle
4 5:28 Slow start, stopped in middle
5 7:04 slowing down
6 8:45 paused
7 10:24
8 12:04
9 13:38
10 15:15

Many thanks to Linda for keeping track for me. The hardest problem was keeping from hyperventilating. Tried every right stroke and also every third stroke to breathe. Ever since my surgery, really rigorous breathing is difficult. Trying to play the sax again was disastrous...

I know that 15 minutes may seem slow but I am absolutely thrilled. Who would have ever thought I would swim 500 yards at one time and not be exhausted?

Cool!

Love and chlorine,
Dale



Help donate to Dale's Race to Fight Blood Cancers!

Sunday, March 18, 2007

Bike Ella Bike!

Well, after a lot of trials and one skinned knee, Ella finally learned how to ride her bike. We are very proud. Clara went out to ride with her and I dropped what I was doing and grabbed my comfort bike and chased after them. It was wonderful riding with my two girls. After a lot of fear, Ella now says it was fun. Of course the best thing was we got ICE CREAM to celebrate.

Clara loves her bike and I enjoy riding with her. Now we three can be the terror on wheels in White Rock, our "hood."

Changed a few tires today. Seems like I am always changing tires....



Help donate to Dale's Race to Fight Blood Cancers!

Tri Bob

Okay, I am impressed. Tri Bob in New Jersey is kicking my butt. Running 10 miles and feeling fine. Going for a light 70 mile ride. Iron Man in training, no problemo.

But seriously, I found this guy's blog and liked it and will follow it. I have no desire to do an Iron Man but it will be fun following Tri Bob's progress. Go Bob, Go!

Tri Bob is at http://tribob.blogspot.com. Tell him Dale sent you.



Help donate to Dale's Race to Fight Blood Cancers!

Biking, More Biking, Running, Knee Hurt, Greasing my Butt...

I brought my bike in to a local guy, The "Bike Doc." Actually, I brought in Clara's Schwinn. He talked me into tuning up my road bike and enhancing it a bit. He also fitted it to me, something I desperately needed. He was a little pricier than I wanted but the quality of work was worth it.

I rode for a short ride on Friday, just under 12 miles through Pajarito Acres here in White Rock, NM. After having my saddle raised and moved back and my handle bars tilted a bit (and padded) I had to admit that I was a lot more comfortable. Less cramped. So far so good.

Saturday it was up at 4:30 to get to ABQ on time to train with the Team in Training Triathlon Team. I ate some cinnamon raisin bread with peanut butter (carbs and protein), had a juice box, a cliff bar. So my sugar was fine when I got there. We road for 20 miles out from ABQ to Corrales and back. Very pretty ride. Then we ran. I ran 3 miles. This was my first official "brick." I stayed hydrated and put down an energy gel. My right damned knee started to hurt near the end. I did not wear my Pratt Strap. Should have. Sigh....

All in all I did fine and was very happy. A little tired. About 40 minutes after the run my sugar was still 86 so that is good.

I found a wonderful sporting goods store (Sports Outdoors) in ABQ. I have driven past it a million times but never stopped in. They have a complete bike shop which was beautiful. Bought some basic cleaning and lubing supplies and some Chamois Butter....basically a mineral oil based lube that one spreads inside your bike shorts and on your butt (as my daughter would say, EWWWWW! Gross!) to help prevent road rash. So far this has not been a problem but SPRING IS HERE! and it is getting warmer.

Resting today (Sunday). Walked the big boys (dumb Lab and Husky) and might go for an easy ride this afternoon. Or take a nap. Or both...

Love and Sweat,
Dale



Help donate to Dale's Race to Fight Blood Cancers!

Thursday, March 15, 2007

Hypoglycemia amd Training

The feed zone - Nutrition Q&A with Monique Ryan - Exercise hypoglycemia

Pretty good article about eating before a workout.
I will follow her advice!

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Maintaining Blood Sugar

So far so good. Have been eating more protein like I should. AFter swimming my sugar was 88.

Rested today (Wed). Will either bike or swim tomorrow.



Help donate to Dale's Race to Fight Blood Cancers!

Swam Tuesday

I warmed up with some easy laps. Did some kicking on a kick board (my new mantra is KICK FROM THE HIPS KICK FROM THE HIPS)

Then pyramids.
1 lap (50m)
2 lap
3 lap
3 1/2 lap (I had to stop half way to yell at my kids)
3 lap
2 lap
1 lap

stretch in HOT therapy pool.



Help donate to Dale's Race to Fight Blood Cancers!

Monday, March 12, 2007

A donation letter from my cousin...

With a generous check for $118 (18 is a lucky number in Judiasm as the numbers spell out Chai or Life)
__

See Dale.
See Dale run.
Run Dale run.

See Linda.
Linda sees Dale.
Linda sees Dale run.

Dale is running.
Dale is running fast.
Run fast Dale.

See Linda.
See Linda laugh.
Linda laughs at Dale.

Linda is laughing.
Linda is laughing hard.
Why Linda why?

See Linda?
Linda tripped Dale.
Mean Linda mean.

See Dale.
Dee Dale fall.
Dale falls hard.

See Linda.
Linda stopped laughing.
Linda stopped laughing fast.

See Dale.
See Dale laugh.
See Dale laugh at Linda.

See, when Dale ran
And Linda tripped Dale
Dale fell on Linda....

Ouch Linda ouch.



Help donate to Dale's Race to Fight Blood Cancers!

Sunday, March 11, 2007

45 Miles on the Bike

The hell with anemia, vertigo, hypoglycemia, global warming, jihaadist terrorists, etc!! I am riding!

45 miles today from Santa Fe to Galisteo and back. When I was through my sugar was 88. I know to keep an eye on it. Did pretty well, no falls and the hills are getting better. Raising the saddle just a little bit made a big difference and "dragging my heels" helps. In other words, keeping my heels pointing down and not my toes allows me to "lift" the pedal using my hamstrings. This makes hills easier.

Of course, the word "easier" is relative...

I am not allowed to run for another week so I will walk tomorrow. I plan on going to ABQ on Tuesday to swim (I can hear my wife biatching about it now!) but I got to get swims in. And bricks.

Sigh....

I napped a little with the Conure nestled under my chin in the recliner and then rode a few miles on the comfort bike with Clara.

Life is good.

Love and Sweat,
Dale



Help donate to Dale's Race to Fight Blood Cancers!

Saturday, March 10, 2007

Well this just sucks...Feinting and sugar

My wife is convinced this Tri is going to kill me...

After my bouts with vertigo last week, I went in for a check up with my doctor on Thursday. I felt fine. Really good as a matter of fact. He gave me a clean bill of health, told me he might see me in Durango (he runs Triathlons as well), put me on a routine maintenance of Procrit and sent me on my way.

Fine and Dandy...

Right before lunch I was hit by an overwhelming amount of stupidity and bureaucracy at work. It pushed me up a bit. I calmed down, changed clothes, and went out for a run. I got about one block.

Bonk.

I felt suddenly weak. I was confused. I walked a few blocks and decided to turn around and head back to work. It took me a reeaalll llooonnnggg tiiiiimmmmee. I had to sit a few times. I finally got back, went upstairs and ate (salad with tuna). I didn't even change back into my work clothes.

I do not really remember too much after that...

I called home and told Linda I was coming home. The next thing I knew my boss had come by to see me and was checking on me (I think the world of my boss. She is great unlike many of the other losers that I have had as leaders). She told me that I was going home. That made me happy because I wanted to go home.

She told me that my wife, Linda, called her.
I told her that I had a wife named Linda. She was home.

My boss looked worried. (at the time) beat the hell out of me why. My wife's name has always been Linda!

Someone came and sat with me. They talked about IT policies and Catholic Nuns. There had to be a connection somewhere. This gal sounded like the adults on a Charlie Brown Christmas. Whaa Whaa whaa...

Someone told me my wife was there. Great. Her name is Linda. Can someone tell her I want to go home?

Uh, Dale, she is here to take you home.
Great. My wife is named Linda. Please call her and tell her I am going home.
No, Dale, she is here.
Who is here?
Your wife is here to take you home.
I have a wife. Her name is Linda. Please excuse me while I call her and tell her I am going home.

Worse than Abbott and Costello.

Got home. Did some other strange things. I do not actually remember most of this, just what others have told me. Two guys helped me down to the van where my wife (hey, that's my wife Linda. What are you doing here? Can I go home?) was waiting.

This has happened a few times in the past. Scares the hell out of everyone....but me. I am in Laa-Laa land.

Took some meclazine, zyrtec, and valium and SLEPT.

The next morning went back to the doctor (nurse practitioner. I really like her). She was baffled. Linda (my wife) get harping on how I was fatigued. I was tired but I did not feel fatigued. I was getting almost enough sleep. I needed a few more hours that week but I am not too far off.

A few discussions later and they decide to check my blood sugar. Now, I am really against this. I am going nuts NOT to be diabetic. The though of using a monitor pisses me off.

I lose. I get to use a monitor several times a day.

Turns out I am not diabetic.

I am hypoglycemic. My blood sugar registered at 58, way below normal. A formal blood test taken 30 minutes later (after they forced a REGULAR high-fructose laden COKE (I try to avoid regular soda like the plague!!!)) came in at 44.

44 means they admit you and inject glucose into your body.

Luckily for me we had already left the hospital and were heading for Santa Fe to pick up my bike from its tune up. Hell, my priorities are in order!

Actually, I did check in and my sugar levels were going back up and were 109 when I called in.

So, here is the deal.

  • I must eat protein for breakfast
  • I must test before I exercise
    • If my blood sugar is below 90 I must snack
    • If it is really below 90 I do not exercise (damn!)
  • I must test after I exercise
    • It my blood sugar is below 90 I must eat
    • It is is really below 90 I chomp on some glucose pills
  • I am allowed to do the Tri
Hey, life could be worse. I just have to watch what I do.

Love and sweat,
and a regular coke (sigh....)

dale


Help donate to Dale's Race to Fight Blood Cancers!

Wednesday, March 7, 2007

Old is the new New


I am sick of Clara getting damned goat heads in her Schwinn bike tires. I ordered some thorn-proof tubes by Forte through Performance Bike, bought her Mountain Bike tires in the local Los Alamos bike shop and went to change her tires over lunch.

No tire irons...

And the (small) bike shop had none. He was waiting on his spring shipment.

So I lost a workout today. When I got home I did change out Clara's tires as well as the ones on my comfort hybrid bike. That should help.



Help donate to Dale's Race to Fight Blood Cancers!

Some days just go on forever...Tuesday's Events

Long day...

I did some light weight lifting at lunch:

  • Squats 12/3/135
  • One Arm Rows 12/3/45
  • Shoulder Dumb Bell Presses 12/3/50
  • Front Shoulder Raises 12/2/12
  • Side Shoulder Raises 12/2/10
  • Rear Shoulder Raises 12/2/12
  • Leg Curls 12/3/200
  • Incline Bench Press 12/3/95
  • Leg Extensions 12/3/90
You may have noticed a lot of shoulders here. Preparing for more swimming.

After work, I took the new bike to the shop for a tune up. Free in the first month. I have to go back to Santa Fe to get it back.

From there on to Albuquerque. I warmed up in the pool at 8 and we started at 9 for Tri Team swimming. I was slow but not altogether bad. I am bending me knees (creating drag), not breathing enough for a Tri (I was told that I was breathing for more of a sprint type race. A breath every three strokes alternating between left and right). For the longer 500m Tri with more aerobic activity after the swim, I need to breathe more. It was suggested that breathe on every right-hand stroke. This worked okay but I started to hyperventilate.

Oh, and I drag my left hand through the water on the upstroke creating drag.

What a drag. But practice makes perfect. We pyramid trained (50m rest 100m rest 200m rest 300m rest 200m rest 100m rest 50m). This killed me. By now it was 10pm and I was up since 5:30am and still had a hundred mile drive home.

I know, WHINER!

All in all a good but long day.

Love and sweat,
Dale



Help donate to Dale's Race to Fight Blood Cancers!

Monday, March 5, 2007

Ran a few miles at lunch

The Pratt Straps (and having a week off) helped. I was able to run about 2 or 2 1/2 miles at lunch. My knees hurt a little tonight but I will live. I am convinced it is ITB syndrome.

Tomorrow is weight training and hopefully going to Albuquerque to swim with the TNT Tri Team. At 9pm. Puts me home around midnight. Yawn...



Help donate to Dale's Race to Fight Blood Cancers!

Great Bike Ride...35 miles


I had a great bike ride on Sunday...my first time to work out since Vertigo kicked my ass. I rode with the Santa Fe Team in Training Bike Team. Most of them are training for America's Most Beautiful Bike ride around Lake Tahoe. This looks likes a great event and I am tempted to sign up for it next year.

But, for this weekend we rode from Santa Fe to the train station in a little town called Lamy. Round trip was 35 miles. The road back was fairly uphill and the workout was great. I felt strong afterwards and am ready to start training for a Century after the Tri the Rim.

I did fall twice because of the new clipless pedals. I came to a stop and unhooked my right pedal. In doing so I shifted my weight to the left. Over I went. WHAM! Nothing I could do. I got back on, took a turn in the gravel and tried to clip back in. WHAM AGAIN! Only 3 feet later. There was a guy on a motorcycle behind me who just chuckled and shook his head. I knew he felt I was a dork and he was right :)

The problem I had with the clips was not unclipping...it was clipping in. I will remove some screws from the bottom of the show and maybe put in some shims. Once I was in the clipless pedals did make a difference. I had more power, especially on the "up stroke."

Nothing hurt but my pride.

Next week we take the same route but add another 10 miles for 45 total. Bring it on!

I had no food before the ride. I did have a cup of tea and a Cliff Energy Gel. That helped. I cannot exercise on much food but I know I need calories to go. Will figure out a balance.

Oh, I also wore my Pratt Straps for my IT Band. It seemed to help (see next post).

Keep on biking!
Dale



Help donate to Dale's Race to Fight Blood Cancers!

Sunday, March 4, 2007

Being humbled by the fund raising

Results are starting to come in. I am over the $400 mark, and I did skip work for a week. I know people are waiting for me to return to give me money. The Tri will be fun but I firmly wish to give to this cause. Anemia aside, my health is good. I m blessed in many ways. I need to return.

I am keeping the sheets that people are sending me with their checks. Some are humbling. Some people are writing snippets about the people they have lost to cancer or that are fighting this battle. People I never expected to give have sent in amounts that shocked me.

A few years ago after the devastating Boxer Day Tsunami, a lot of the world criticized the USA for not giving enough. After the waters receded and numbers were tallied, the amounts Americans gave were staggering. No other industrialized country gave as much per capita as the USA. Katrina was next and again pockets were opened up freely. It hate the amount we are criticized. Yes, us Americans can be loud. But we give and give more.

While I am glad that I should easily reach my goal, at the same time it is quite humbling to see the generosity my colleagues have shown.

With Love and Sweat,
Dale




Help donate to Dale's Race to Fight Blood Cancers!

Time to get back on the bike...

My vertigo is basically passed. I am still a little weak but a good shot of Procrit helped. My nurse practitioner reminded me that the allergy medicine Zyrtec can be used to help treat vertigo.

I have done no workouts since Monday's spinning in the pool escapade. But I did let my mouse work for me.

Triathlons can bring on sudden bought of spend-too-much-money-itus. Guilty. I bought a boatload of stuff from Performance Bike Online, an excellent bike resource. Mainly "clipless pedals and bike shoes. I opted for the Crank Brothers "Candy" cranks. They have high ratings, are preferred by many over the normal SD-style cleats, and are easy to maintain. They were also reasonably priced. The Candys are dual purpose and would work on Mountain or Road bikes. I also got a pair of clickity-click Pearl Izumi Vegabond bike shoes. I installed the Crank Brothers cleats and am ready to go.

I have never worn clipless pedals. Basically you lock you feet on to the pedal. You need to twist your foot to release. If you do not twist when you stop, you fall over and everyone laughs at you. Kind of like vertigo so I should be just fine!

Some new tubes (and thornless tubes for Clara's bike...damned goat heads), some really nice bike jerseys (a long sleeve, a short sleeve, both in basic blue. And a wild TEXAS one. YEEE-HAAW!). Ready to roll.

Oh, except for the snow. Yup, old man winter pounded us again. The snow has blown and melted off but it was bitter yesterday. I skipped my Albuquerque training run. Instead, I will be joining the Santa Fe Team in Training Cycling team for a 30 mile (gulp!) ride in Santa Fe. I am ready.



Help donate to Dale's Race to Fight Blood Cancers!

Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Why "Dizzy" and "Bicycle" do not belong together in the same sentence

I have acute anemia. There is suspicion that it is a by product of my Duodenal switch weight loss surgery from 4 years back but no proof. It could also be a kidney issue. In any case, when my hemoglobin drops (and I take plenty of iron and B vitamins) I get cold, lethargic.

And dizzy. Extremely dizzy and feint.

The medical term is vertigo but there are many different kinds. All in all I feel woozy, off balance. I see stationery items move. I hear people speak in slow motion, as if they were under water. Sometimes I am just off balance. Other times, it is as if the room is slowly spinning, like I was on a never ending carousel.

So, yesterday as I was practising my free stroke in the pool and borderline hyperventilating because this whole breathing while having you face i the water thing is not fluid yet I started to feel funny.

Becoming dizzy, feint and disoriented while in the pool is a fun experience. If by fun you mean frightening. I was in shallow water (4' 9") so after panicking for a second I took drastic measures to save my life.

I just stood up.

The instructor looked at me funny. I did swim a few more laps but I finally figured out that enough was enough. I headed home.

I stayed home today. I have not fallen down, yet today (I usually do). But I did almost fall and flail my arms helplessly. My wife thought it was hilarious and proceed to mimic me for the rest of the day. Ah, the bliss of marriage...

I was weak today and dizzy. I felt a bike ride was out. Considering walking from the recliner to the bed took the wind out of my sails.

So, I guess it is more injections of Procrit. The miracle anemia drug. It works for me.

A little rest and I will be just fine. Or I will be the slowest, most off target Triathlete in New Mexico...



Help donate to Dale's Race to Fight Blood Cancers!

Saturday with the Team

Well, I got up before dawn and was off to Albuquerque to train with the team. It went, well, interesting.
It was only 24 degrees when I left Los Alamos but finally rose to 34 (balmy!) when I got to Albuquerque. I knew I did not have warm enough clothes so I popped into SprawlMart and got some socks and sweats.

We had a tire changing clinic and I learned first hand how to destroy a brand new Presta valve road tire. I also had problems with my rear brakes. So the whole team went on without me. A coach did stay with me and that was nice. We had a pleasant ride next to the Rio Grande river. I was happy. The wind was fierce! At times I expected to be blown over. I was leaning heavily into the wind and was afraid that when it abated, I would pop on over the other end. But I made it.

After we were finished with our ride (about 18 miles), I changed and some of us went for a run. I did walk part of the run but I was glad to be out. I came home and crashed.

I rested on Sunday. On Monday I started to feel a little, well, off. Which will lead to my next post...



Help donate to Dale's Race to Fight Blood Cancers!

Thursday, February 22, 2007

On the bike

I replace the crappy 20 cent pin that held together my bike rack with a decent bolt and cotter pin. So I was able to take the bike with me to work and ride during lunch.

Near the Los Alamos High School.

During Lunch.

I was ascared! Sheesh. The sight of all of those teens driving like loons (3 out of 4 were on a cell phone) scared the crap out of me. Last time I go there during lunch.

Short ride, only 9 miles. I am supposed to ride in Albuquerque this weekend but they expect more snow. Damned groundhog got it wrong. So we will spin inside.

9 miles beats nothing so I am a happy camper. A happy camper with a sore neck, tight calf, painful knee, insomnia, yadda yadda. Man, all I do is WHINE!



Help donate to Dale's Race to Fight Blood Cancers!

Running and Swimming Yesterday

I tried something new. I have an Ace knee brace. I placed it high on my thigh to try to stabilize my IBT band. It worked for a while. The brace was slightly to big so it kept slipping down. Also, it just was not shaped to go that high up. But it did a pretty good imitation of a Pratt Strap. It helped a bit and I was still in pain 10 minutes into the run but I was able to go much further. When I was done (I ran over lunch) I iced up my thigh. I also rolled my IBT band with a co-worker's can of soup. Hey, use what you got!

I swam for about 1 1/2 hours with all sorts of drills. Lessons took me for a loop. I appear to be doing everything wrong. It is a wonder I do not sink to the bottom of the pool like sea weed. Actually, I understand all of the components that I need to do. It feels very awkward but it will take practice. Actually, I am enjoying the swimming. I just need more time.

Linda and the girls were at the pool as well. They had fun time. It was good getting them some exercise.

I am having a bear of a time with goggles and my masks leaking, especially on the right side. My eyes (I can hear a friend of mine laughing already! But this has always been a problem with me) are a little closely set. It is worse than annoying. I will keep trying to fix this problem.

Got my bike rack for the truck. I am bringing my bike with me to work and will try to bike over lunch.



Help donate to Dale's Race to Fight Blood Cancers!

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Walk Dale Walk

Linda and I walked twice on Monday. First in the morning (it was 40 degrees. Woohoo!). And then down by the stables with the girls and all 4 dogs. Good day.

I tried running again yesterday and only got a few hundred yards when my knee started to really hurt. It hurts on the up swing, a sharp pain. On the outside. My reading suggests that it is either Runner's Knee or ITB syndrome which is what I suspect. It seems to fit.

Ice and rolling the IT Band are the top two treatments. I will try a Patt Strap and see if that works. If I cannot get this pain to stop beats me how I will be able to run the race.



Help donate to Dale's Race to Fight Blood Cancers!

Sunday, February 18, 2007

Carol's Triathlon Training Blog...From Couch Potato to 5K!

I stumbled across Carol's blog while looking for other Team in Training Triathlon participants. No, carol is not a TNT member (that I can tell) but she has a pretty cool site. She talks about getting in shape to run a 5K and just kept on going. Now it is second nature to her. She has many great tips for swimming, running, and biking as well as gear reviews and race reports. Her style is easy to read and has become integrated into my Google Reader.

Go check out Carol's Triathlon Blog. No. Put down the donut and do it now!



Help donate to Dale's Race to Fight Blood Cancers!

New Bike and Old Bike


Three years ago I decided to be a kid and buy a bike. The problem is that the last time I was on a bike was when I was a kid. So, it was off to the local bike shop in Santa Fe, Rob and Charlie's. I bought a nice comfort bike by Raleigh Bikes. It is a 2004 SC 40. It is very comfortable, has a zillion speeds, takes the road and trails nicely. I really enjoy this bike and know that I can complete a Triathlon easily on it. But I am interested in going a bit faster, taking bigger hills (there are no lack of hills in Northern New Mexico!), and maybe entering in longer endurance bike rides (like the Santa Fe Century). In many ways I regretted this bike. I decided that I really wanted a road bike. I do not want to blow several thousands of dollars on a bike. I knew my price range and what I was willing to settle for.
So, yesterday I went back to Rob and Charlie's and looked around. I ended up coming back to Raleigh bikes, in this case a Grand Prix. This bike is pretty high tech compared to what I am riding now. It is no kick ass all out racing bike but it will do as need. I am not used to the shifters in the brake handles. The ram bars are taking a little getting used to. I am not as stable on this bike as I am on the comfort but I am getting there. I added a few tools and a computer (you know I am a nerd, right?), and I am ready to go.

Finally, after lunch I was able to get on and ride. Clara rode her Schwinn and we looped around White Rock for seven miles. Then she was off and I went for another 13. Twenty Miles Total! I was thrilled. I know that one can sign up for shorter routes in the Santa Fe Century including 25 and 50 miles. I easily hit 20 today so doing 25 is a no brainer and a 50 is doable (one goal at a time...I am not mentally ready for 100 miles...give me a month or two!).

So far I love the new bike. Will take some time getting used to but, hey, one can say that about all of life!

Tomorrow, I must run. Run Dale Run. G-d, I hate running...

But I love being fit so run I do.

Until later, Love and Sweat,
Dale



Help donate to Dale's Race to Fight Blood Cancers!

Dale and the TACO man


Dale and the TACO man
Originally uploaded by dalehugo.
Taken 2 years ago at my first (and BEST!) 5k, the Albuquerque Run for the Zoo. I plan on running it again, this year.

Spin Class

So I made it easily to Albuquerque early Saturday morning to meet my team (hey, I am on a team?!?). We did a Spin Class at Riverpoint Sports.

The class went well. I kept my heart rate where it should go and did just fine. I pushed and pushed. This will be okay. I might go back on late Tuesday night for swimming. Will get me home around midnight, though....



Help donate to Dale's Race to Fight Blood Cancers!

Back in the Gym. Weight Training for 2/15/07

Simple Circuit

  • Combo "Sissy" Squats and Should Presses: 50/3/12
  • Cable Row: 110/3/12
  • Leg Curl: 200/3/12
  • Fly: 60/1/12 70/2/12
  • Tricep Behind-the-neck Press: 45/3/12
  • (Machine) Fench Bicep Curl: 50/3/12
  • Standing Calf Raises: 95/3/15


Help donate to Dale's Race to Fight Blood Cancers!

The Funeral (or why I hate Florida!)

Actually, I like Florida but DAMN this funeral was hard.

My Aunt Adele (who is not my aunt but really my Mom's first cousin) was the matriarch of the family. She has been pretty sick since Thanksgiving. A few weeks out she decided to stop all medication. It was clearly explained to her that she would die. She understood that and my discussions with her children demonstrate that she was very ready to go. It was hard for the family. We knew her time was to be measured in days or maybe a week or two. We were ready for her death.

Not!

I got the call just as I was leaving for work on Thursday, 2/8/07 . She was only gone for a few hours. But the wheels were now set in motion. We learned her funeral would be on Sunday. That meant we had to fly in on Saturday. Direct flight to anywhere from Albuquerque, NM, are difficult. We were going to Tampa, Florida. We had to stop off in Dallas DFW. My parents would end up getting on the plan in DFW. My parents and us (my two kids, my wife, and myself) all on the same plane. There are not enough of those little liqueur bottles! Then into Tampa. Rent a van, get a hotel. Oh pack, gather the kids, notify work, find someone to watch the menagerie in our home. Getting a little more complicated,

So, we get a very good deal on tickets. The problem is that our flight leaves Albuquerque at 6am on Saturday. Los Alamos is just under 100 miles away. We decide to drive in Friday evening, buy some last minute items (tiny shampoo, toothpaste. heaven forbid we piss off TSA!), eat a nice meal, spend the night in a hotel, get up ear;y, be at the Sunport by 5am. Nice, casual.

Not on your life. There is a reason my friends talk about "Dale Trips." People think I make this stuff up. Nope, bad luck follows me on travel like dirt follows Pigpen from Peanuts.

We check into the hotel on Friday evening at about 9pm. Nine hours until the flight. Linda informs me that she left her Driver's Licence at home (which would surely piss off TSA!). A frantic one hour phone call to AA confirms we are screwed. Her warped, out of focus Sam's Club card will probably not get her on the plane.

So I leave them there. I drive back to Los Alamos and get in around 11:30 (6 1/2 hours until the flight). I grab a quick nap and am back out the door at 2:30am (3 1/2 hours until the flight). I get back to the hotel at 4am. Grab a quick shower. (2 hours before the flight). We make it just fine. Hey, this Tri is about endurance, right?

The plane sucked. A retired TWA jet. we had the very back seats. Bulkhead, next to the ROARING engine. My kids were upset. I slept.

My parents got on the flight in DFW just fine. Off to Tampa. More sleep. We rented a huge Ford p.o.s. 12 passenger van. A boat on wheels. We get stuck in major traffic due to the Florida State Fair. We get lost going to the hotel (I have a love/hate relationship with Google Maps). We get to the hotel...the WRONG hotel. So back in the van, more circling around. We get to the room. We check in. Good news, they did not lose our reservation. Bad news, the room is not ready. We are all cranky. we decide to go across the street to get lunch at Panera Bread Company which is in the mall.

Bad mistake. Very bad.

I did mention the fair. Well, it seems they were using the mall parking lot. It took us an HOUR to get through the parking lot. To make matters worse, Panera bread was inside the mall but because of (de)construction at the mall we could not get close enough where I felt my parents could walk. we killed way over an hour in bumper to bumper traffic to go about 1 mile and in the end eat at the Outback in front of the hotel.

Hey, I am just getting warmed up.

We finally check in and rest for about 45 seconds. We are off to my cousin Frannie's home. We cannot find it. Actually, we can see it but this major car wreck prevents us from crossing the road. My cousins have to come and get us (we wre sitting by the Tae Kwan Do place watching the girl roller skate in Sonic). The wreck was a drunk teenager in a Ford F150 pickup truck that hit an off duty Sheriff's officer. One fatality. The first of several bad wrecks we would see.

We got to see family and friends and ate and laughed and cried.

The next day, Sunday, was the funeral. Now I knew the best way to get to the home. Easy. We have my "cousin" Ronnie and family in tow, we cruise on down and almost make it to Frannie's home.

Another wreck. A bad one. Cars and body bags are sprawled out over the pavement. Turns out some kids were drag racing and hit and old man who was making a U turn by Florida 310. More fatalities.

The funeral went well. My Mom and Dad insisted on putting earth into the grave (part of the Jewish ritual of burial). The ground was uneven and I had to really hold on to my Dad to keep him from slipping and joining Aunt Adele in the open grave. While it may have been hilarious later on, at the time I felt it was prudent to keep him above ground.

One the way back we saw another major wreck. Looked like a rear-ender. The next day the paper totaled about 5 fatalities. It became a mission to get out of Florida alive.

In the end I am very glad all of us went. My family is small. It was very good seeing people I have not seen in a while. Some not for many years, others just a few months ago. Family is important.

We got home at about 1:30am on Monday. Tired. Grungy. Melancholy. But satisfied.

Florida kicked our collective asses. But I am glad we went.



Help donate to Dale's Race to Fight Blood Cancers!

Balance in training. Fitting in sleep, family, work..the essentials!

I have figured out that this Triathlon is about balance. Everything I have read and talked to with other people confirm that. I have trained for other events in the past, but this Tri is overwhelming in a it when one is starting from a position of lower endurance like I am. I have no doubt that I will make the end and reach the goals but it is difficult to get it all in balance.

And then there is life in the way. The funeral was a whirlwind and very draining, in more way than one (I promise a later post. Trust me, it was hilarious at times!). But it killed about 1/2 a week.

I love weight training. It is a very focus activity for me. I must clear my mind of all of the outside world and focus. A few weeks back I went in very, very distracted and dropped a 100 pound weight off of a leg press machine on to my big left toe. It is a miracle I did not break the toe or lose a nail. That is one of the very few times I have been hurt in the gym. I pay a lot of attention to what I do. The end result, beyond a healthy body, is a mind a spirit that has been free from the demands of every day for an hour. I love it.

This Tri changes things a bit. I usually go into the gym and focus on single body parts. So legs only one day. Chest and back the next. Shoulders and arms the next. Abs somewhere in between (and actually mixed in. I firmly believe strong Abs are they key to overall performance).

Not for the Tri.

I do not have 90 minutes to kill on just my back and chest. I have changed my training to lighter weights at 3x12 reps. enough to feel the weight but not enough to really push. I also am doing circuits so I am hitting all of my body in one shot. 30-45 minutes not counting warm-up and stretching.

Balancing back and forth between muscle groups helps you move forward quickly since one muscle can recover as you work the other. And I am working larger to smaller muscle groups. So, my typical Tri weight training workout looks like this:

  • Warm-up
  • Glutes and Quads (usually squats. I hate squats. Everyone hates squats. Except your body. Your body LOVES squats!)
  • Back
  • Ham-strings
  • Chest
  • More legs (Lunges, Step-ups, etc.)
  • Shoulders
  • Triceps
  • Calves
  • Biceps
  • Cool-Down and Stretch

I try to work in "super-sets" where you work two muscle groups at the same time. For example, dumb bell squats with a shoulder press. Tricep-pullover with a chest extension. Arnold Presses (Biceps and shoulders).

Speaking of balance, somewhere in here I need to add in my run, bike, and swim. Considering that it is still winter in the mountains of Northern New Mexico it is difficult. I am often out the door at 5am to walk or run but it is still pitch dark and very bitter cold. The dogs love it (stupid Husky!) but my muscles tighten up fiercely in the cold. I have figured out that the pain in my knee is due to tight ham-strings. I usually do not warm up enough in the bitter mornings.

Swimming puts me out in the dark at night in the cold.

Have you figured out yet that I hate being cold?

So, balance. I have not been able to bike because it is difficult to get through the snow and ice!

And April seems really, really close!

Well, I know I will make it. Just whining a bit for now! Balance. works for Tris and works for life in general.

Now go do a full circuit in the gym!



Help donate to Dale's Race to Fight Blood Cancers!

Friday, February 16, 2007

Fix a flat...

2/16/07

I weight trained yesterday (will post the amounts later today). Finally it was nice enough outside to get out my bike. It is strapped in the back of my truck. I had a flat front tire but it was too cold and too dark when I was home to fix it. So I took it to work and fixed it over lunch. I am down to ZERO spare tubes.

The goatheads are killing me. Flats constantly. I need to look into thorn-resistant tires.

Tomorrow I train with TNT Team Albuquerque at Riverpoint Sports. At 7am. Inside. Hell, it will be fun.

Until then, I am beat. I did NO training at all today and feel bad but I know I am above the curve and doing fine. Until later,

Dale




Help donate to Dale's Race to Fight Blood Cancers!

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Optimal Heart Rate

Valentine's Day, 2007

Well, I got my Polar Heart Rate Monitor back from getting the battery replaced. Came back in record time. Today's workout had it set my optimal HR to absurdly low levels: Between 107-137 BPM. I was cruising at 145 BPM without a lot of exertion.

So, I calculated it by hand the old fashioned way. The "standard" method is to subtract your age from 220. This is your maximum suggested heart rate (I suppose one bpm above and your heart assplodes!). Then set a range, in my case 70-85% of the rate.

220-43=177
70% of 177=124 (rounded)
85% of 177=150

These numbers jived more with my afternoon workout. Which was a "Brick" or bike and run. I had to do it inside because of the snow. I biked for 30 minutes and ran for 15. The beginning of the run was difficult, especially on the treadmill. But after that, I ran just fine. It was a good workout.

After this, I go to the gym (Los Alamos Fitness Center) for my ABS class and then after that to the library to stuff letters. Then on to the Big Blue Whale for swimming lessons. Hopefully the snow will relax off some and it will be an easy trip home. I anticipate a good night's sleep tonight!

Love and sweat,
Dale





Help donate to Dale's Race to Fight Blood Cancers!

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Flat tires and snow

Back from Florida. Will blog more about it, later. Helluva trip.

I pulled out my bike to find a flat tire. I bought a new tube but it was too cold and nasty even if I replaced it. It snowed today. Alright, enough winter for this year! So no training today.

Instead, I did get 100 envelopes addressed and photocopies made. They will be stuffed tomorrow ready for mailing. I figure I can easily address 100 more. Then there are the businesses in Los Alamos to hit.

Hope to swim tomorrow evening. I hated missing lessons yesterday.



Help donate to Dale's Race to Fight Blood Cancers!

Friday, February 9, 2007

Leaving in a jet plane...

Well, I slept like crap last night. I was up and out of bed by 5am and did run with the boys.

And yes, I mean run! I went pretty far before I had to slow down...and for my knee, not to catch my breath. This is longer than I have run in a single session since last summer so I am very happy. The boys were pretty good and enjoy the run as well. Midnight gets a little tuckered out after 2 miles but Shadow is a machine. That Husky pup can run & run & run & run!

We are spending the night in ABQ tonight as our flight leaves the Sunport at 6am on Saturday. Ugh! We stay on the plane in Dallas where my parents will be getting on the same plane as us to Tampa. I hope they have free drinks...

The funeral is Sunday afternoon. I am bringing running shorts and a swim suit and my brand spanking new Aqua Seal swimming goggles. I have heard from a bunch of relatives and I will see most of them.

Well, will not get another workout for 2 days. Will try to blog some if there is a computer in the hotel. I am not bringing my laptop.

Later. Keep moving!
Dale



Help donate to Dale's Race to Fight Blood Cancers!

Thursday, February 8, 2007

Death in the Family

I just learned a few hours back that my Mom's cousin, Adele, has passed away. She was a brave woman who in the last few weeks finally said enough with the treatments she was getting. She was living her last few days her way. G-d bless.

I will miss some of the training as I am going to the funeral. Did not run today but will try to work out while I am on the road. All the more reason to stay healthy.

You only live once. Make it all it can be.



Help donate to Dale's Race to Fight Blood Cancers!

Training for Wednesday Feb 7

Long day but a good one.
Ran in the morning with the dogs. This is hard as I know I do not have the right posture and they can pull at me (both from the front and back and sides) throwing me off a bit. Afterwards, my knee was hurting. Went an hour.

At lunch I went out and tried to run but my left knee was hurting. I also felt it in my hamstring. I did walk briskly for 45 minutes. Will lay off running until Sunday. The run scares me.

After work I took Kent's killer abs class at the Los Alamos Fitness Center. Then it was off to the Los Alamos Aquatic Center for adult swimming lessons. I can swim fairly well but I never had guidance. My goal is to get through the water more efficiently.

Long but GREAT day.

Saturday, I train with the TNT TRI team in Albuquerque. At 7am. I have to leave here no later than 5am. Ugh. Oh well, at least my workout will be done early!



Help donate to Dale's Race to Fight Blood Cancers!

Wednesday, February 7, 2007

Other events....

Besides the Tri the Rim, I want to also participate in the Los Alamos Triathlon. In addition, the Albuquerque Runn for the Zoo is a great 5K and 10K race. Lot's of fun and fans. The Santa Fe Century is a 25/50/100 mile bike race. It is on my mind and we shall see. Hope you can join me!



Help donate to Dale's Race to Fight Blood Cancers!

Was able to run this morning

I am glad the (left) knee has stopped hurting. I actually think it is the tendon. I have swim lessons tonight and am looking forward to them. Also, my speed jump rope came in courtesy of Ebay...now I only need to figure out how to jump rope. I need to get my stamina up. I am getting there. Plenty of time.




Help donate to Dale's Race to Fight Blood Cancers!

Tuesday, February 6, 2007

Asking for donations

There is no easy way to go about this, so I need to dive right in. I will be sending paper letters to people as well as emails. I drafted my letters. My goal is reasonable ($2,000) and I am confident that I can raise this.

This weekend I will be training with the ABQ biking crew from TNT. Then we will go look at bikes. I want to buy a decent road bike because the Raleigh Hybrid Bike I have is okay for the road (knobby tires and all) but to go more than 20 miles it will kill me. Considering I had not ridden a bike in decades before I bought it, it is great. It will get me through a Triathlon but if I want to go further (like the Santa Fe Century) it just will not do.

Training so far...

I have been mostly running and walking over the weekend. AT least 4 miles a day. My knee started hurting on the long run in Santa Fe with the TNT team so I have been walking briskly.

On Sunday I walked/ran for 4 miles. Then I pulled out my bicycle and rode for 12 miles. After that, it was down to Santa Fe where I swam for 500m. So, I basically did the whole Tri...only not in one session. I was thrilled.

Monday I walked swiftly (being pulled by my black Labrador Retriever, Midnight, and my Siberian Husky, Shadow) for an hour at 5am. Over lunch I ice skated for 45 minutes.

Today I slept in. This afternoon I did some weight training:

  • Squats 115/1/12 & 135/2/12 (115 pounds, 1 set, 12 reps & 135 pounds, 2 sets, 12 reps)
  • Lat Pulldown 110/3/12
  • Leg Curl 200/2/12
  • Incline Bench Press 115/1/12 & 95/2/12
  • Seated Dips -/3/12
  • (Machine) Shoulder Press 50/3/12
  • Seated Calf Raise 110/3/12
  • Straight Bar Bicep Curls 45/3/12
Tomorrow I start swimming lessons at the Los Alamos Aquatic Center.

Welcome!

Well, I am almost set. I have committed myself to running at least one triathlon ples a few more races if possible. I will do the Tri The Rim Triathlon in Durango, Colorado as well as the Los Alamos Triathlon in Los Alamos, New Mexico.
I am going to raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of America. I am a particpant in their Team in Training program and so far it has been nice. My goal is to raise $2,000. Click on the badge (which will be there shortly!) on the side of this blog to donate or contact me for details. I intend to post photos to this blog of my training as well as daily training updates. It should be fun. Keep posted for more information!
With love and sweat,
DALE