Physical Training

Big Kahuna Ironman – 9 Weeks

8 Jul , 2013 IronMan,Sports

Big Kahuna Ironman – 9 Weeks

There aren’t many words to describe the feeling of being out in the ocean with some baby seals, battling through giant kelt, watching out for sting rays and leopard sharks, and battling 3-5 foot waves. Awesome, just about sums it up all up. I only wish I had a camera to catch what I saw and experienced. I think I will invest in a GoPro Camera for the next ocean swim. It’s just insane to look down at water a 100 plus feet below you and see the amount of sea life below you, roll over to blue skies, gaze over to the cliffs at the sea lions and be pushing yourself to keep going when the land doesn’t seem to be getting any closer. Other than finishing my first marathon, this may have been the greatest moment in my athletic life ever.

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Big Kahuna Ironman – 10 Weeks

2 Jul , 2013 281.2,IronMan,Sports

Big Kahuna Ironman – 10 Weeks

I really have to credit my increased discipline and smarter recovery techniques with being able to take my training up a notch. I was able to cycle 64 miles on the last day of June and bounce right back and keep training the next couple of days. My current recovery concoction is a combination drink that helps speed up muscle repair. I take a 500 ml bottle of water and add to it a scoop of Amazing Grass Trio, two table spoons of L-Glutamine, and one FRS Energy Shot. Shake and serve cold; voila, instant magic in a bottle.

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Big Kahuna Ironman – 11 Weeks

24 Jun , 2013 IronMan,Sports

Big Kahuna Ironman – 11 Weeks

So, we are now at 11 weeks until the Big Kahuna Triathlon. We completed one week of baseline training which included an open water swim test on Sunday. That swim test was the high and low of the week for me… Rather than talk about my training the first week as I am now quite used to it, I wanted to include a couple of mini interviews in this week’s post. I have a few questions and responses below from Angela Huynh, who will give her feedback on the first week of training for the Big Kahuna and also some discussion with Tyler Lu who just completed his first marathon at 17 at the WIPRO San Francisco Marathon.

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Big Kahuna Ironman – 12 Weeks

17 Jun , 2013 IronMan,Sports

Big Kahuna Ironman – 12 Weeks

Today marks 12 weeks until Angela and I will be competing in the Big Kahuna Triathlon. This event is 70.3 IronMan race. For those that don’t know a 70.3 IronMan race consists of a 1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike ride and 13.1 run. Yes, in that order.

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500 KM Challenge – Second Update

1 Oct , 2012 500K,Sports

500 KM Challenge – Second Update

Well, I’ll start by getting straight into it. I didn’t hit my 500 km goal for September. I did a total of 230 miles last month, about 70 miles or 23% short of the 310 miles I needed. I was unfortunately derailed by a chest infection during the latter part of the month that kept me sidelined. I tried a workout now and then but they were wasted efforts where I found it hard to breath most of the time. Disappointing I know, but I am not Superman and shouldn’t expect Herculean efforts to just come to me.

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The Mile Breakdown Track Workout

18 Sep , 2012 500K,Sports

The Mile Breakdown Track Workout

This post is a more of a training guide/tip for those looking to maintain their short distances speeds while training for a half marathon or greater. I recently noticed my pace slowing down over the course of training for the 500K challenge. Running endurance races is great, but keeping up your weight and speed are hard to do when you want to be at the front of the pack. I found a workout that can help with distance speeds and it’s called the Mile Breakdown and I borrowed it from Mark Remy at Runner’s World.

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500 KM Challenge – First Update

10 Sep , 2012 500K,Sports

500 KM Challenge – First Update

Last month I mentioned in a few of my 281.2 posts that I would give periodic updates this month on my training. I call this month’s goal the 500k challenge. 500km represents the metric total distance I wanted to meet this month in swimming, running and cycling. That goal breaks down to 10 miles of swimming, 60 miles of running and 240 miles of cycling, for a total of 310 miles. I debated calling it the 310 mile challenge but 500K just sounds cooler to me. I also thought that the swimming part would be the hardest to complete at the beginning of the month and I have been proven right. At about a third of the way through this month, I am equally a third of the way done in all three disciplines. The time in the pool being the most exhausting of the three.

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March 2012 – Resetting Goals and Breaking Records

31 Mar , 2012 Lifestyle,Sports

March for the past few years has been “Marathon Month” for Angela and I. Beginning in December of each year we start a heavy, grueling, and painful training regiment. We crank up our running volume to prepare for the Publix Georgia Marathon that takes place at the end of March. This year, I focused even harder at doing everything that I was supposed to do to be ready for the race; from long runs, to tempo workouts, speed drills along with ample nutrition and cross training. All these things are required to be ready to run 26.2 miles and finish strong with a smooth recovery. I can say I checked that box. Mentally, however, I just wasn’t into it.

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Buying Performance

31 Dec , 2011 Lifestyle,Sports

This is my last blog post of 2011. I thought it would be a good idea to post on a topic that dominated most of 2011 for me and will consume a lot of my time in 2012. Not hard to guess, it’s athletics. Specifically, I want to talk about the ability to buy performance gains in sports.

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Training with Balance

19 Sep , 2011 Lifestyle,Sports

I wanted to create a blog entry as a way to psychoanalyze what I did and how I try to balance work, life, and training. A quick high level background; I have been tracking and making my race results and activities public since about April ’09 and mostly via Runkeeper (click the link to see my profile). To date I have recorded over 481 activities, 3,678 miles and burned 288k calories. I began this entire training obsession with simple 2.5-3 mile runs and have worked my way up to swimming, running, and biking twice a week each for an hour or more at a time.

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