Bassman Half Iron – May 05

As I’m sitting in the hotel getting ready to race Syracuse 70.3 in a few days, I realize that if I don’t get these race reports up, I’ll end up probably never getting them done, and my Syracuse results (good or bad, hopefully good) will inevitably skew how I recollect what happened over a month ago. So, let’s crank this bitch out.

Lead up: Bassman was the first race I got to finally rock my Wattie kit, my Helix wetsuit, my first half-iron distance of the spring, and a chance to get some retribution from last year’s whoopsie. While a lot of my teammates were getting ready to throw down some epic performances at Wildflower and St. George, I was sleeping in my own bed, ready to go throw down in the Pine Barrens. Whatever, a free entry courtesy of CityTri, and no travel expenses? Sounds like a good plan to me. Plus, Erik was coming down with some Snapple & TriBy3 folks, so I knew there’d be some fast racers there (foreshadowing!).

The weather leading into the race all week did not look promising. High in the mid 40s, and overcast. Yuck. Finally race morning rolled around, it was cold as shit, and I hit the road. Got down to the course, got my transition area setup, and spent a lot of time shivering. It was around this time that I discovered it was a different bike course from last year (as in, one I didn’t know), but whatever, just roll with it. Tried to stay warm, chatted with Erik for a bit, and then finally it was time for our race to go off. The water was about 20 degrees warmer than the air… cool?

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The Week That Was – Ending 05/26 & 06/02

The last two weeks of training weren’t superb. I hit a bit of a wall (mostly mentally, maybe a little bit physically), and as such ended up with some unexpected days off in the middle of my first week back from Jerseyman. That was followed by the week leading up to Quassy, and while not having any kind of drastic taper, the volume was still down, obviously. I’d say that I’m pleased with my result at Quassy – I’m still new to this game, so anytime I end up on the podium, I’m gonna be happy. Those recaps are also being written right now (Bassman, Jerseyman, Quassy — SHEESH), and will go up shortly this week. PROMISE.

05/26/13
S: 3500y, 51′
B: 95mi, 340′
R: 33mi, 280′

06/02/13 (includes Quassy data)
S: 6540y, 102′
B: 69mi, 241′
R: 27mi, 225′

On a completely unrelated note, I share this only because playoff hockey is awesome, and seeing Sid the Kid get thrown around like a rag doll is also awesome. While the Rangers may have been bounced already, this is still a pretty cool hype video (h/t Deadspin)

The Week That Was – Ending 04/28, 05/05, 05/12, 05/19


It’s finally race season, and the video above accurately depicts how fucking stoked I feel about it! With two races under my belt since my last update, I suppose it’s time that I update this thing again. So, what’s the excuse this time? Well, lack of time, I suppose. [insert long paragraph here about all of my time commitments]. Regardless, I need to get back on the weekly grind of doing this. Some of the highlights of the past couple of weeks include:

  • Two races, two podiums
  • Winning a cash prize at one race
  • Getting to race in my Wattie Ink. kit for the first time
  • Throwing down some nasty swim and run PRs
  • Receiving my Blueseventy Helix wetsuit just in time for my first race (see above)
  • Seeing my BFFs in Worcester and seeing HCMR race well at Eastern Sprints
  • Seeing my brother’s last collegiate race in Philly
  • Starting GMAT prep classes (Austin here I come!)
  • having a work assignment be “order a giant ass check”
  • getting told I need to re-test FTP

On to the numbers…

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The Week That Was – Ending 03/31, 04/07, 04/14, 04/21

At least I have a valid excuse this time — shortly after my last blog post, I spilled a drink on my laptop. Sent it off for repairs, which took 3 weeks. I got it back and the keyboard still hasn’t been fixed, so I will shortly be calling to complain and get this sorted out. Spoiler alert: there will probably be another delay with the next blog post going up. Couple updates on things after the weekly updates.

03/31/13
S: 11450y, 191′
B: 125.25mi, 446′
R: 36.04mi, 290′

04/07/13
S: 7550y, 121′
B: 43.36mi, 160′
R: 21.57mi, 174′

04/14/13
S: 10850y, 172′
B: 135.17mi, 478′
R: 43.09mi, 350′

04/21/13
S: 3800y, 48′
B: 165mi, 549′
R: 29.10mi, 236′

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Florida Training Recap

This isn’t going to be long. I was curious what my total volume was for my time in Florida, so with the help of Garmin Connect and my own incessant blogging, I should be able to work that out. I left for Florida on Wednesday, January 9th, and arrived back in Philly on Monday, March 11th. I had a couple of sick days and travel days (that travel week down ended up being pretty much a wasted week), so lets call it 8 full weeks of training.

S: 81,400yarters, 1927′
B: 1205.8mi, 3836′
R: 298.48mi, 2499′

Total of 8,262 minutes, or 137 hours, 42 minutes. On average, that works out to 1,032.75′ a week, or 17 hours, 12′ a week.

The “average” training week looks like this (all of the numbers above divided by 8):
S: 10,175yarters, 240′
B: 150.73mi, 479′
R: 37.31mi, 312′

I have to give a big shoutout to Wellington Wahoos and Richard Garza for all the help with my swimming. Obviously I improved a lot in all three aspects, but the swim was largely due to having people to push me every morning, and Richard helping improve my stroke. I think the swim meet was one of the highlights of the entire trip, and I’m already looking forward to next winter and seeing how much faster everyone has gotten (and showing them how much faster I’ve gotten too!). Plus, I got some awesome tan lines on my legs from being able to swim outside in the sun (jammers, briefs, and speedos). Tan lines are always appreciated in January.

My run improved a ton as well, primarily because I ran a ton (by my own standards). Don’t believe me? My volume in 2 months is the equivalent to about 1/2 of my total (recorded) volume from all of last year! Obviously, the harder you work, the more success you see. I can only imagine what the coming months will have in store for me (and by months, I mean Brian/Brain).

Some final links/tidbits:

Wildman Race Recap

Wildman Photo Album

Swim Meet & Time Trial recap

Cycling video of Florida (God, it is so nice down there!)

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