Endurance

Big Kahuna Ironman – 8 Weeks

14 Jul , 2013 IronMan,Sports

Big Kahuna Ironman – 8 Weeks

Competing in and doing well at the Splash & Dash this past Thursday has Angela and I becoming even bigger triathlon junkies than we already were. I never caught the marathon bug; having no interest in doing another one after I completed my third one a few years back. On the other hand, I am already looking forward to and planning to do so many more triathlons even after the Big Kahuna race.

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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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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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