Saturday, December 13, 2008
3:44 of simple, but thorough explanation: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0klgLsSxGsU
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Thursday, November 27, 2008
Once home I did a sissy version of a Crossfit workout. 10 pushups, 1 situp, 9 pushups, 2 situps, etc to 1 pushup, 10 situps for time. My time was 5:23 and I was hurting!! I haven't done these in a while!
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Our Tax System Explained: Bar Stool EconomicsSuppose that every day, ten men go out for beer and the bill for all ten comes to $100. If they paid their bill the way we pay our taxes, it would go something like this:
The first four men (the poorest) would pay nothing.
The fifth would pay $1.
The sixth would pay $3.
The seventh would pay $7.
The eighth would pay $12.
The ninth would pay $18.
The tenth man (the richest) would pay $59.
So, that's what they decided to do.The ten men drank in the bar every day and seemed quite happy with the arrangement, until one day, the owner threw them a curve. 'Since you are all such good customers,' he said, 'I'm going to reduce the cost of your daily beer by $20.' Drinks for the ten now cost just $80.The group still wanted to pay their bill the way we pay our taxes so the first four men were unaffected. They would still drink for free. But what about the other six men - the paying customers? How could they divide the $20 windfall so that everyone would get his 'fair share?'They realized that $20 divided by six is $3.33. But if they subtracted that from everybody's share, then the fifth man and the sixth man would each end up being paid to drink his beer. So, the bar owner suggested that it would be fair to reduce each man's bill by roughly the same amount, and he proceeded to work out the amounts each should pay.And so:
The fifth man, like the first four, now paid nothing (100% savings).
The sixth now paid $2 instead of $3 (33%savings).
The seventh now pay $5 instead of $7 (28%savings).
The eighth now paid $9 instead of $12 (25% savings).
The ninth now paid $14 instead of $18 (22% savings).
The tenth now paid $49 instead of $59 (16% savings).
Each of the six was better off than before. And the first four continued to drink for free. But once outside the restaurant, the men began to compare their savings.'I only got a dollar out of the $20,'declared the sixth man. He pointed to the tenth man,' but he got $10!''Yeah, that's right,' exclaimed the fifth man. 'I only saved a dollar, too. It's unfair that he got ten times more than I got' 'That's true!!' shouted the seventh man. 'Why should he get $10 back when I got only two? The wealthy get all the breaks!''Wait a minute,' yelled the first four men in unison. 'We didn't get anything at all. The system exploits the poor!'The nine men surrounded the tenth and beat him up.The next night the tenth man didn't show up for drinks so the nine sat down and had beers without him. But when it came time to pay the bill, they discovered something important. They didn't have enough money between all of them for even half of the bill! And that, ladies and gentlemen, journalists and college professors, is how our tax system works. The people who pay the highest taxes get the most benefit from a tax reduction. Tax them too much, attack them for being wealthy, and they just may not show up anymore. In fact, they might start drinking overseas where the atmosphere is somewhat friendlier.
You have heard the old commercial "This is your brain on drugs." The last half, with out the rich guy "is our economy on Barack."
Btw, keep an eye on my Feed-jit tracker for a D.C. view following this post. I've seen it happen to some other folks who "commented" on the state of the union...don't think it was coincidence. Unless they have half a brain to block their view on the feed since I called them out ahead of time.
Saturday, November 8, 2008
For next year, I have two questions of which the answers will shape my racing and planning:
1) Will I get picked to race for the SCTS team? A yes, will cover my race entries and require me to race out of the series in two large (600+) events.
2) Will I be able to upgrade my bike with a sponsorship? This is a mental and motivational upgrade as well as a mechanical boost.
I should know something on both in the next few weeks, so I'll sit down and plan '09 out after that. Btw, I'm not sitting on my butt completely...I knocked out 8 miles this morning in about an hour!
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Sunday, 11/2 – 3PM – Ford Ironman Arizona
Sunday, 11/9 – 3PM – Ford Ironman CD’A
Sunday, 11/16 – 3PM – Ford Ironman Lake Placid
Sunday, 11/23 – 3PM – Ford Ironman Louisville
Sunday, 11/30 – 3PM – Ford Ironman Wisconsin
All shows re-air the following day (Monday) at 5PM (ET). There are some other races also being shown in December, but I've seen conflicting dates and times on the web. Check local listings.
12/13 – 2:30 PM – Ford Ironman Kona on NBC
Sunday, October 19, 2008
My goal at the beginning of the year was to race well, stay healthy and finish in the top 5 in my age group. Well, I did all of the above and finished 2nd in the 25-29 AG. See proof:
Apparently, they are mailing out the awards in the next few weeks. Plus I'll get some nice SCTS swag, including a custom embroidered fleece pullover. Not too bad for a sophomore season...
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Julie and I helped with body marking before the race which was a lot of fun to talk with a bunch of athletes, especially the newbies.
The weather was perfect and I had an overall great race. The 1500m swim was a little choppy and you had to scale a small moutain to get to transition. My time was 31:33, 77 OA, 4 AG.
I was able to get the wetsuit off a little quicker than before and my T1 time was 1:27.
The bike course was 28 miles of constantly rolling hills. I felt pretty good throughout and finished up at 1:27:39 (19.4mph), 85 OA, 3 AG.
T2 went well. I didn't take time to put on socks...more on that later. Time of 0:43.
This was the best run I've had all year. The 10k course is a beast that is either up or down the whole way. I took advantage of the first mile that was down hill and went about 6:30. The next 2.5 were basically uphill with one big hill at mile 2 or so. About mile 4 I started to feel a nice blister coming up from the no socks and new shoes...not too smart! Remember the first mile that was downhill? Well it's also the last mile, but you guessed it, uphill! I had been keeping around a 7:00-7:15 mile split and was walking down runners the whole course. At the bottom of the last hill I saw a pack of about 10-12 runner ahead and told myself I would catch them. I hammered up the hill and sprinted through the finish, passing the lead guy in the pack literally one step from the finish line. It was totally the best finish ever! Just then I realized that my race number was in the back, which is a two minute penalty. Ultimately I wasn't pentalized...I guess I flew through the chute so fast they didn't have time to notice. My time was 41:57 (6:46 pace), 22 OA, 1 AG.
Total time of 2:43:17, 51 OA, 2 AG.
Monday, September 29, 2008
Gameplan=go moderately conservative on the swim and bike. Split the half marathon up into approximately four 5k's. The first 5k is easy. The middle two build to a pace I feel I could maintain. The last one is either go as hard as I feel or cruise in at my current pace. Result should be around 5:15:00.
Acutal=good swim. Felt ok the whole way. No major problems, but did clear my goggles three times so I could sight. I came out of the water at 37:25, right on target! T1 was only 1:41 even with my wetsuit getting stuck on my left ankle. Bike started well. The first 15 or so miles are the largest hills. I cruised through them with no worries. First bottle hand off was good. Everything feels great, then "pop" Was that what I thought it was?? Maybe not. Mile 19...is the road uneven or something?? Then I look down and the front tire is nearly flat!! Crap!!! Ok, no problem. I have my patch kit and two CO2 cartridges. I make it up the next hill and repair the puncture. 10 minutes or so wasted. No big deal. Get going again. Catching a bunch of riders. Then in the right hand turn of mile 21...flat again! Stop and find the first "repair" didn't hold. Fix again. 15 minutes wasted again. Get going. Mile 25. Flat! That's it, no more CO2. Day is over.
So I was obviously disappointed, but it could be worse. While I sat on the side of the road for 45 minutes waiting to get picked up, I had some time for prospective. #1. God is still in control. Who knows other than Him why I was pulled, but I trust that it was exactly what I needed that day. #2. You never appreciate the mountain top without going through the valley. There will be another day to race and the end will be all the more sweet after experiencing this. #3. I am incredibly blessed to compete at all. I had a great swim and great start to the bike. This is just another learning experience. #4. If triathlon were for sissies, then everyone would be doing it!!!
I will be back!!!!
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
The bike was a two loop course. I struggled through the first loop. It climbed up from the lake for about 5-6 miles and I couldn't get my heart rate down from the swim. There finally were a few good downhills and I got myself together. I definitely negative split the second loop by a long shot, and finished with a respectable 19.3mph average speed. Time: 1:23:26, 31 OA.
Total Time: 2:40:44, 14 OA.
Saturday, August 30, 2008
Here's my route:
Here's the SC HIM course:
Looks like the worse hills are in the first 12 miles of the HIM course and you get a nice last 6 miles downhill to get your legs ready to run. I was pretty worn out at the end. I hated to think I would have to get off and run 13.1 miles. I have four weeks until the SC HIM and I'll get two more long rides in before then.
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
My only warmup consisted of about 100m of swimming and some stretching before things got underway. I don't think many folks got their usual warmups in since it was raining so hard.
Swim: second year in a row I turned in an actual realistic swim time and passed at least 5-6 swimmers before getting stuck behind a pack of three. Next year I'm turning in a time that's about 20s per 100m faster than actual. Time of 7:15 (including run to T1) 64th OA; 6th AG.
T1: I didn't like the fact that the racks are assigned the same as the swim start. This meant I had to get around several guys that were there sitting on the ground, stuff strung out all over. I actually had to pick my bike up over the heads of two guys sitting there putting on shoes to get out of the racks. Time of 1:04.
Bike: Was hoping for a good improvement over last year. I really thought I could get this done between 40-41 min. Felt good at the start and at the end, but jut couldn't keep it together in the middle section to really get the time I was looking for. Time of 43:19, 100th OA; 6th AG.
T2: Mediocre...should be about 0:35. Got to get more consistent here. Time of 0:56.
Run: My best 5k ever!!! I've been staring down breaking 20 minutes in the past 4 sprint races. First all, my Garmin couldn't get a satellite signal and I turned it off/on several times but nothing. So I said, "Screw it, just run hard chase down as many as you can!" Obviously it worked. Felt good the whole run and put in a great surge at the end to catch one guy (see big guy in bright tri suit!!)I had eyed a the start of the 2nd lap. Time of 18:54, 15th OA; 2nd AG.
Overall: 1:11:37, 51st OA, 4th AG.
Also, this was Julie's second triathlon. She did really great and I was proud of her race!!! Go to the family blog to read about her race, see pics, and times! http://www.jasonandjuliethomas.blogspot.com/
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Today Rob Wilder showed up to run. Rob is in his mid-40's and 12 years ago he qualified for the Olympic Marathon Trials. I don't think he was able to compete due to injury...but get the point that he's an excellent runner.
We did 5x800m intervals. One the first one, Rob was still warming up and I lead out with a 3:01. Rob joined us and lead from then on. My intervals (from memory) were then 2:49, 2:40, 2:38, 2:45. The thing is...I was dying by the third one and Rob just kept getting faster. I don't think he was really breathing hard either.
As much as it hurt...I hope he comes out every week!!
Thursday, August 7, 2008
I'm not sure that God created me to be a world class athlete like Ryan, but I know that he did give me the physical ability to do some great things and the mental fortitude to push through when others quit. I think of my friends Nick and Sami Napier, both have a genetic disorder that weakens their connective tissues and makes anything physical nearly impossible. All Nick wants to do is run!! They have inspired me so many times when I wanted to quit. I just want to run the race set before me, pushing on towards the prize that is Christ Jesus!
So I'm ready to go now. Just finished a great tempo run on the treadmill. It feels good to sweat and pour yourself out. Time to get focused and trained up for my first Half Ironman...and maybe one day, THE Ironman. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bh1yMnrby3w
Sunday, July 27, 2008
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
Thursday, July 3, 2008
I worked on the loaner bike that I've been borrowing from a friend and passing around to different riders and got it ready for the road again. It's a decent bike with middle to lower end components and a steel frame, but definitely not a wind slicing rocket ship.
We headed out from our house and did an out and back 12 mile ride that is fairly flat with some rollers and a few gradual ascents over 1 mile long. She did well with shifting and keeping out of traffic and finished at a 16.5mph average speed. A great ride for her first outing.
I told Will that he was done as my riding partner because a found a much nicer view to draft behind!!
Saturday, June 28, 2008
Saturday, June 21, 2008
Swim: open water lake swim. Sighting was ok, got decent water throughout, but never got a strong stroke established. Place 68/240. Time of 11:06 (with a 250 yd run to transition)
T1: Pretty good transition. Long run to bike start. Had my shoes clipped in and got into them ok after hopping onto the bike. Time of 0:50
Bike: Nice course. Tried to ride fairly hard without killing my legs. Still got passed too much. I've got to ride more in training. Place 103/240. Time of 35:15
T2: Another good transition. Bike racked, shoes on, pick up number and I was out. My watch said 0:39...official time of 0:48
Run: Hilly. Most of the run was on a paved trail along the road that was about 4 feet wide. Since it was an out and back, there was not a lot of room to pass people. Pretty good showing overall. Place 23/240. Time of 20:36
Total time of 1:08:33 put me 52/240 overall men and 3/9 in my age group.
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
First off...this is a stacked field event because it is the SE Regional qualifier for the USAT National event. Secondly, the heat was unbelievable for this time of year. It was 77 at the start and 95 by the time I finished.
Swim: Ok...never found open water until the last 750m and had some sighting problems throughout. I probably swam about 1600m in all with the zig-zags I was making. Didn't push too hard since I had only logged one training swim at this distance this year. Time of 31:46
T1: Only real mistake of the day was here. I had forgot to load my gel packs up before the race start so I had to fish through my bag and grab two. Ran out of transition with shoes on. Again, two people blocked me getting onto the bike. Time of 1:05
Bike: Better than I had planned. I thought I might ride about 19-19.5 mph avg, but finished at 20.4 mph. I drank almost 40 oz of Gatorade on the bike in all, nearly double what I might otherwise, but did I mention the heat? Time of 1:10:01
T2: Nothing great, nothing really bad. Took time to slip on socks for the 10k. 5k run I'll go naked in the shoes, but I like the extra cushion for the longer run. Time of 0:51
Run: Hot, hot, hot, hot, hot....hot! Miserable is the word to describe miles 2-3 and 4-5 because it was in the blazing sun! I stopped and walked through every water station to drink a cup of water or Gatorade and to pour a cup of water on my head. I even stopped to stretch my quads at mile 4 station because they felt like they were going to cramp any second. Pace was a little slow, but under the conditions I wasn't dissappointed. Time of 44:34
Total time of 2:28:16 put me 6th out of 11 age groupers with only one local guy (age group) beating me and 64th out of 186 men overall.
Also, I beat my season goal of a sub 2.5 hour Olympic distance race!
Officially broke Rule #1 and waited in the packet pick up line for 40 minutes. My warm up included racking my bike and setting up transition, running 1000m to the truck for my sunglasses, and putting on my wetsuit. Let's just say this set the tone for the day.
Swim: Not bad overall. Sighting went fair and I had pretty clean water for most of the swim. Arms felt heavy by 600m, but I didn't really lose much pace. My first swim in the new wetsuit. Time of 14:56 (with a 1/4 mile run to the transition!)
T1: Terrible! couldn't get my left foot out of the suit. Horrible mount onto the bike. Three people stopped in front of me to get around. Time of 1:13 (I mentioned terrible, right?)
Bike: Rolling hills my rear end. This thing was hilly from start to finish. No warm up, plenty of hills, and my cyclometer sensor was out of line lead to a much slower than anticipated time of 34:52
T2: Didn't think it could get much worse than T1, but it did. Forgot to get my feet on the shoes before the dismount line so I had to run in with them on and get them off. Then my racing flat's paper thin insole totally folded up in my left shoe putting it on, so I had to take it off, fix it, and put it back on. Time of 1:02
Run: Legs felt ok off the bike considering I had done a total of zero bricks in training. Mile one felt good at about 6:30 pace until I hit the hill going up to the dike. That thing sucked the life out of me and took me the rest of mile two to recover. Finally got back up on the bridge and ground out a good last leg. Time of 20:34 (btw that's a new 5K PR...just happened to be in a Triathlon)
Overall time of 1:12:39 put me 6th out of 21 in my age group and 88th out of 320 men overall. I guess I'm ok with the result if you take into consideration that it was my first race of the year and I did so many things wrong!
May 10th: Clemson Sprint Tri
June 8: Festival of Flowers Olympic Tri
June 21: Tri the Midlands Sprint Tri
July 12: Tri the Pee Dee Sprint Tri
July 19: Union YMCA Sprint Tri
Aug 17: Greenville Sprint Tri
Sept 7: Hartsville Olympic Tri
Sept 28: SC Half Ironman
Oct 11: Hickory Knob Olympic Tri
My goal is to train hard and smart, stay injury free, and place near the top five of my age group for the season.