Luckily, a scheduled step-back week with my training plan is upon me. The last two weeks I have put in over 20hrs of training per week and last Sunday night my body was feeling that workload so this step-back week was perfectly timed. The weekend is still going to include a long run, long ride, Open Water Swim, and a recovery run but they all will be a little shorter than the past few weeks and the overall volume for the week will fall right at only 12hrs.
- Next week's training schedule calls for 22.5 hours (-:
- Thanks to everyone for your comments on my post about the 400lb Guy at the LA Marathon. I figured my position would stir-up some emotions and after reading everyone's comments I stand by my position that the guy took a huge risk doing this race and that his reason for doing it - to get in the Guinness Book of Wold Records - was completely selfish and sends the wrong message to other overweight folks. A few people commented that I should try and imagine what it would be like to cover 26.2 miles at that weight. My point is that he shouldn't even have attempted it - there is a reason he set a World Record for being the heaviest person to ever complete a marathon and that reason is that is a 400lb person should not be doing a marathon - plain and simple. Lose weight, train properly, do shorter races, and work your way up to this level when you are healthy enough to complete it by the cut-off time. IMO, this was a publicity stunt and based on his numerous interviews he has no intention of dropping weight.
- Galveston 70.3 is in 15 days. With the focus being on Ironman Texas (56 days) this race kind of snuck up on me. My base fitness is right where it needs to be and I plan on doing Galveston as a long training day to practice pacing and nutrition for IMTX. The hope is I am able to contain my meat-headedness and not get caught up in the actual RACE. The plan is to not taper at all and hit the starting line with tired legs - this should temper the urge to hammer it! And in even cooler news, Jon from SwiCycloRun.com is also doing Galveston. We are planning on a few frosty beverages after the race! I will post up our bib numbers when we receive them so y'all can appropriately stalk us!
- In the very good news department: My talented wife, Annie, received a job offer the other day and has accepted. She is going through all the HR paperwork stuff now but if all goes as planned she will be ending her short stint amongst the unemployed very soon. Congrats Babe!
- In Jeff Bike News: I absolutely LOVE my new Kestrel 4000 Pro. This bike is a carbon rocket. I have never ridden anything like this bike - it gives you a very aggressive position yet it does not compromise on comfort. I could not be happier with my Kestrel.
- Check out this pic of my position. Only one spacer remains (yes, the aero helmet makes me so much faster indoors):
- As usual lots of fun happening on the Team Trakkers front. Rev3 is gearing up for the Knoxville Olympic and Half Rev on May 15th. I have a work event so will not be able to race this one but a bunch of my teammates and other bloggers are going to be there. There is still time to sign-up if you want to be included in the party! Also, our Trakkers race kits and TYR Hurricane Wetsuits should be arriving very soon. Excited to get some training in with the new gear.
- Good luck to everyone racing this weekend!
Thanks for Reading,