February 28, 2008

I Am a Dreamer

In little less than 1 hour, the lottery for entry into the 2008 Ironman World Championships will close. And I will have declined my chance of entering once again. I am a dreamer but not yet. Since I really have no chance of qualifying via my age group, the lottery is the only way to go. I dream of being in Kona one day and finishing the crown jewel of all IM races but the timing isn't right this year so I'll wait another year. The wait could be painful but I'll be alright. I'm in no rush.

February 13, 2008

Losing Time

Man, this is harder than I thought. I'm having a tough time managing my time. And I'm just so darn tired. Last Saturday, 4 days ago, I did make Masters swim and it felt great. The next day, my wife's birthday, I did manage to follow up the swim with a 3 1/2 mile run while I "let her" sleep in. But now three days have passed and nothing. I'm starting to get concerned. The Eagleman half-Ironman is less than 4 months away. Need to jump start it. And soon.

February 05, 2008

Slow Start II and the Super Bowl

Ok, so I only got a run in on Super Bowl Sunday but I do have excuses. I ran for 25 minutes on a mild, Winter day and had dreams of biking or swimming. I even thought of pulling out the bike trainer at night as I was watching the Giants take it to the Pats. However, once my butt hit the couch, it was all downhill. I thought hard about that trainer. I even went down in the basement, on my way to pick up a cold refreshment, and stared at the trainer in my office. It looked good too. Unfortunately, the game was coming back on so I had to run back to the family room. When halftime came, I couldn't not watch Tom Petty. I mean the guy is a legend. And then all those commercials. Wow! the good news is that I am formulating a plan so stay tuned. Eagleman is, I don't know, still about 125 days away. I've got time.

February 03, 2008

Slow Start to 2008

Man, it's amazing what having no Ironman on the calendar will do for your training. I've been lazy! A swim here and a run there but that's about it. I've also been very lazy about this blog. Well, the New Year starts now!

But first a few words on what I've been doing...

On most Saturday mornings, I have been lieing in bed dreaming of making the 7;30 Masters swim class at my Y. When that comes and goes and I'm still in bed, I take my training journal out and look at what I was doing a year ago. Since I was training for Lake Placid the last two years, that becomes depressing real quick. So, I look back to 2005 when only a half-Ironman was on the plate. The training was less, believe it or not, and I know over these next few months, I'll put in more ride time, pool time and hit the run just the same in order to be ready. Eagleman is again in June this year and I know I still have time but I need to start now.

I do have excuses. (Don't we all!!) Want to hear them?

New this year for me:

1. A new job which has me commuting into NYC 2-3 days per week and working late (until 7 or 8 PM at night) The last two years, I worked from my basement, which was great for training.

2. I drive my daughter to school. She's a Senior and just cannot be seen on the bus. How can I deny her this? If she had her own car, I could do early morning workouts, but she doesn't. Valid excuse, right?

Ok, so these excuses are just that: Excuses. It's Super Bowl Sunday and I need to do two things: Run and hit the bike trainer before I sit a chair all night. So, I will, I'll get out there. I promise. I'll let you know how I made out tomorrow which gives me a reason to write again. And hopefully no excuses.

In the meantime, how about a prediction?

Giants 27
Patriots 24

Run: 30 minutes
Bike trainer: 45 minutes

Whew! I'm tired already.