Monday, June 30, 2008
The alarm did not even go off because I was up at 3:30am excited for the day and by 3:50 decided to get up. I nudged Anne and woke her up and we were off to a place in the Northlands called LOVELAND.
We arrived at 5:30 and Anne dropped me off at the Transition area to get my bike racked and check in. The racking was open and so I ended up being on the row with Beth which was kind of fun. I was the 3rd wave start on the swim and so I had about 45 minutes to get warmed up, get my wetsuit on and head to the water. This race brought most of the Practical Coaching kids out and so Anne and I saw friends everywhere. I love racing with friends and warming up with friends and talking about the race with friends. It was the start to a really good day.
The gun went off and I started my normal swim build and felt that I was going at a pretty good pace. I felt good and really focused on relaxing in the water and swimming calm and fast. I was able to stay away from any real water fights and so the swim was going well. I made the last turn and started to head back and off in the distance I could see the swim exit. I kept my pace the same which is hard for me to do at this point and kept telling myself that I was doing well. Out of the water I did a quick check of how I was feeling and smiled because at this point last year on the run to T1 I was dead tired. This year I did my check and ran to T1 feeling in check and proud of the swim. I even ended up beating last years time. T1 was fast, REALLY fast. I had my suit off and my helmet on and was out in :38 seconds. Past the mount line and I was off on the ride. I settled into the ride pretty quick, had little problems with getting my shoes on and I was off for a 30 mile ride. The first few climbs felt good and I kept myself focused on a good clean ride. I wanted to have plenty of energy for the run. 10 miles in I saw Troy and Chris walking back to the car and new that they had just seen Sonja. That made me excited because if I caught her we could use each other other to push the race a little faster. A few miles later a few hundred yards away I saw a familiar ride form and outfit. It was the "GOSONJA" and I was getting close. I came up on her as we started to climb and for the next 15 miles we stayed on each other and it helped. The climbs were fun because Steve has taught us to be good climbers and so we were steady and passed alot of people. The only thing more fun then picking people off was the downhill. The first one I was able to get into a full tuck position and let the "Stealth" (my bike's name) go. I had to smile as I passed in a tuck people peddling as hard as they could. I felt like I was in the mid 40mph and it was FUN. The second climb we kept the pace steady and I felt strong and as we made it to the top and then a car passed me. That is not unusual but as we stared our decent that same car decided to go slower that I wanted to so I did the only thing that I felt was right, I passed 3 bike's and that same car that passed me at the top of the hill. We were on the down side and headed back to T2 and I was feeling good. The course has rollers for the remaining portion and about half the way back I hear someone passing me. Most of the this it is a guy with a disc wheel which carries a familiar sound but this was different. I was a calm fast sound. It was Steve and he even smile, looked and gave the slight hand lift. I felt inspired and dropped a gear and pushed my pace. Off he went and then a swarm followed. Sonja was in that swam and so I jumped on. The group had 4 or 5 that were going back and forth and by the time we settled down we were back in town and almost at T2. I slowed down took off my shoes and started to focus on a good clean T2. Sonja and I bet Steve that we would have a faster T2 time than he would and so I pushed to be fast. I have to say that my shoes never went on so quick and I was off. I saw Steve lead out of T2 and off he went at blazing speed. I I did not see Sonja so I thought I was out second of the three of us. Half a mile into the run she was on me and told me to jump on. I did and held with her until we passed mile one and she looked at her watch and was mad at a 7 minute pace. She pushed on and I decided that if I wanted to have a good race I needed to let her go. So for the next mile I saw here move forward until she was out of sight. My check at mile two was good and by the time I hit the turn-a-round I was feeling really good. In fact I have never felt that strong, even thought I was having a stomach thing go on I was feeling good. The next 2 miles I saw Michelle, Beth, John, Barry, Anne, Michelle, and others. It was a party and everyone looked good so I kept it up. I ran past the point that made me stop last year and smile with sweet satisfaction. I passed the spot were I walked for the second and third time and was feeling really good. I sat down and pushed the pace for the last half mile. I came into the finish lane hearing my name yelled and that motivated me to let it go. I passed the finish line with the clock saying 2:45. That was my last years time and if I stared 8 minutes back this year that meant I was in the 2:30's and oh was I happy. I did not get to see my run time until later that day but I felt like it was my best race. Later that night I found out I ran a 45 minute 10K and could not be happier. For those that are aware of my run last year I ran a 52/10k and have never run a faster 10k ever. BOOO YAAAAA.
Anne came in looking good and I was able to cheer everyone in. The awards were fun because we had a 5 or 6 place. We went crazy and finished the Loveland Lake to Lake the only way we know how. HAPPY and LOUD.
Good job Anne, I love racing with you.
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
FROM MY MIND TO YOUR EYES.
Today one of my clients called and asked if his Containers coming in from China were on schedule. I had to think for a moment of how I was going to explain my answer to him. In my mind I felt that we had everything under control so I took a deep breath and spoke clearly into the phone. "Chris your freight is OK, it has hit a little snag but don't worry the container lines know what they are doing"
He asked if they were having problems at the port because he heard that some products that were coming in from China where coming in Damaged and he wanted to make sure that his was safe. I told him that once freight makes it to the port that it is almost a Guarantee that nothing will harm the container. Why would you think that something could go wrong at the container yard?
Anyways I am told that they only allow the really good CDL drivers at the port. If you want to be concerned I said listen to this story. I told him about this other client that I have that makes special equipment kind of like play toys for the rich, this stuff is pretty fragile when put together. One day last week a forklift driver at our office missed his turn was surprised that nothing happened to this special equipment after a "LITTLE MISS HAP" Glad that this account only buys the best stuff. We were pretty concerned.
Friday, June 20, 2008
When I came home she was in a hurry and I was not able to talk to her until Thursday night, on the way to swim lessons with Steve. She got all excited and asked if we could work it out with the kids because that sounds really fun. By the end of the night she had a babysitter lined up to sleep over and watch the kids so we could "RUN" off and let the good times roll at Lake to Lake. I will be racing with my wife. I am so excited that I might see her on the run course. I think that it would be totally awesome to see my wife laying it down at the same time as I am. How cool would that be. BOOOO YAAAAAA.
Needless to say I am very pumped for Lake to Lake and I think this might be the best race so far. Al least with Anne it will be the most fun.....
Love you Anne,
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
Tomorrow we will head to the "Epic Ride" at 7am. 10,000+ feet of climbing and 80 miles in distance. After 6 hours I will let you know how I am feeling. Tell then train great and make it happen.
Reality check. Last year this time I was not able to run a sub :50 200 pace for more than a little bit. BOOOO YAAAAA
Love you ANNE,
Sunday, June 15, 2008
Friday, June 13, 2008
I was able to get Lexi out of bed this morning after doing one of my best run workouts. It was 6 miles run at Tempo and I was able to run it in 48:40. On flat ground that would be good for me but I decided to go with the single track, climb 2 miles route today and so I was in a great mood when I came home. Best tempo workout this season.
I digress sorry:
Lexi was awake and I went to get her because Anne was running around late with the boys. She needed to have her clothes changed so I found a black tank top and leopard paints. I put them on and she danced around and strutted. Now if you have not seen the Lexi strut she puts her belly way out, elbows back and high steps like a real man strut. She is a doll and looks pretty. Her hair is getting longer and longer and the curl at the bottom is staying. I am not sure when Anne will cut her hair, I hope not any time soon.
I am going to get myself a camera so I can add my own Pictures.
Nicole, your trip to Myrtle beach looks like it was a blast. I hope everyone had fun, and that Dawn and Jessica was able to get everyone excited to do the Triathlon in Vegas late this summer. Are you and Boon in? Say yes pleasessssssssssss.
Have a good Friday,
Love you Anne,
Monday, June 9, 2008
I am glad to say that I did not get any type of ticket this weekend at the pond, but we did get a good strong talking to by the State Park Ranger for appearing that we were swimming past our permitted time. She was such a doll, I just love the Rangers at Chatfield this year.
5 islands and back, slow out fast back.
First on my own, water felt much warmer than last weekend and it felt good. CWW as swimming and had a huge orange booye for siting.
Second I was able to see Barry, Beth, John, Michelle and played around for just a second.
Third fast as a bird
Forth just the same
Fifth felt good, keep pacing strong and had a good time in the water.
Pond loop with John, Beth, Barry
Slow out fast back(John took off at the turn at a 6:00/mile pace and I tried to hang. DUH) Slowed after the first half mile and took the rest a little slower and felt really good.
SHADOW ALONE ON SUNDAY.
Buzz Buzz, Text asked if it was raining from Beth. I looked outside and sent back "no lets go". Barry, John and Beth all were waiting at 7:30am when I arrived at Deer Creek and so was the rain. It was just a drizzle and no one was wanting to call the ride. Finally the downpour started and we still debated the ride and settled on Panera and a 1 hour delay. It was a good idea because it was good weather and we were able to get a City View ride in. Barry took off at the start and John and Beth went along, I stayed at a lower pace and fell back. At the turn off John went up Deer Creek so it was just Barry, Beth and I. We decided to ride alone and since Beth had a time trial ride she took off. I set a pace that was faster than normal and decided that I wanted to catch Beth by the top. Barry was with me until the switchbacks and then the 3 of us were all by ourselves. I put my fast mix on and started to push to catch Beth. It was not until the top of the switchback that I was even able to see her. She was blazing a fast trial and I had my work cut out to catch her. A few miles to the top we were hit with a head wind and I was able to get up to her by the last mile on High Grade. We did a TT up the rest of High Grade and had fun. City View was hard but I still had legs unlike last week where my legs were jello by the time I hit CV with Steve. We pushed each other up to the top and then Beth had the great idea of going back and getting Barry. To the bottom we went and then we saw Barry flying down a hill and started the climb back up. So City View twice..Booo Yaaa. To add to the crazy mind day Beth said we needed to do Deer Creek in the big ring.
Good day, Fun weekend, Fun friends.
Date night on Saturday was most excellent with Anne, We did Shadow Mtn in the car and ate at the Bed and Breakfast at the bottom of Shadow Mtn. Fun place, good good food called Brook Forest Inn.
Anyways time to get back to work,
Tell next time,
I love you Anne
Thursday, June 5, 2008
Monday, June 2, 2008
Anne thanks for the time away from the family, and know that I love you all.