Monthly Archives: January, 2013

26.2 on st patrick’s day anyone?

my post from 12/30/12, from ironman to fat described how i gained tons-o-pounds-o and made a commitment to 2013 in many ways to kick that fat to the curb!
if you know me well, i’m a little aggressive. remember when i signed up for ironman wisconsin 2012 a year before the race and couldn’t swim? 
yeah…so… now this…

Congratulations, this email serves as official confirmation of registration for the LA Marathon taking place March 17, 2013.

this is practically one of my many mantras: must have race on calendar so i train.  and, training is what i need to be doing now! time to piece together a schedule and get my @$$ in gear cuz i’ve got 26.2 to cover on st. patrick’s day this year!

anyone else doing a winter marathon?

*WARNING* do NOT attempt to train for a marathon under such a tight timeline unless you are in the proper shape to do so and/or if you are under CAREFUL supervision of a PERSONAL coach that will assess your day to day progress. AND, accept that finishing is just fine and PR’s can be saved for another day! *END WARNING*


I had a pretty good 2012. Actually, a really good 2012, at least from an athletic perspective:

  • Two Ironman finishes, including the infamous 2012 IM St. George
  • 3-minute Olympic-distance PR of 2:15:01 at Malibu
  • 22-minute Ironman PR of 10:04:24
  • Best age group placings ever at Ironman events: 10th at St. George, 7th at Hawaii 70.3, 3rd at Arizona
  • Qualified for 2013 Kona at Arizona
  • All at age 50 🙂

Ok, turning 50 definitely helped with the placings and the Kona slot, but the rest is pretty unusual, particularly because I’m not a newbie to the sport — I did my first tri in 1983 and have done more than 100, many of which you can’t even find on Athlinks because they predate the WWW (“that’s right, sonny, back in my day we got our race results on paper, mailed weeks or months after the event, and we liked it

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going deaf during workouts…

do you ever ‘go deaf’ during workouts? this happens to me during my killer FASTrength workouts with coaches mike & angie.

typically, i’m in some type of morphed plank where i’m dragging my legs behind me while walking my arms the length of the gym. or, i’m doing something that my body is in total shock that i’m even ATTEMPTING.

with this loss of hearing, i often close my eyes and my vision is blurred. this is when coach mike tells me to open my eyes and be present with him. (and, this is when i usually hate him!)

but, i must admit…

i don’t go ENTIRELY deaf. i just feel this pressure in my cranium, particularly close to my ears. but, still, it’s an odd feeling. and, i wonder if i’m about to pass out as i that blurred vision turns into dizziness.

as i’ve been working hard during my one-on-one PT and group sessions since the beginning of november, these moments have become shorter. and, i’d attribute that to commitment and progress.

do you have these moments? have you had these moments? do you remotely want to find out what these moments are if you haven’t had these moments?

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