A little more tired this morning than yesterday morning, oddly.  Slept in a little, maybe that's why.  Not sure what I'm going to do today.  Probably 45 min EZ Bike.  Just enjoying this instructured EZ week of Recovering. 

I'm super-excited for all my friends who have Lake Placid right around the corner, and Ironman Canada.  Can't wait to track everyone and see how everyone does.  I wish the Best of Luck to everyone!  Despite the tremendous training we put in, we still need a bit o' luck :)

  • Health data: Soreness: 3 Fatigue: 2
  • 36m 49s
  • 11.06 miles
  • 18.02 Mi/hr


  • 26m 59s
  • 3.11 miles
  • 08m 41s /Mi

EZ Jog.
Did not push at all. Legs are still shot. Ice Bath.

Slowly returning to normal.  Legs are feeling much better and the fatigue is leaving. 

I've made a decision to 'Roll the Dice' and do IMLP 2010, afterall.  By 'Roll the Dice' I mean my strategy for signing up will be a bit of a gamble.  I am going to book my hotel now, I'm going to start training in February, and then I am going to race Rhode Island 70.3 2010 and hope they still offer same year slots for Lake Placid.  At Sundays Rhode Island event, they had 50 slots for Lake Placid 2009  ... I'm hoping (probably due to the economy) that this is something they will offer again next year.  If they don't, well then 'no harm, no foul'.  I'll just do an non-M-dot Iron Distance Race in September.  No biggie. 

Easy short Run tonight.  Slowly reverse tapering.

  • Health data: Soreness: 3 Fatigue: 3

Afternoon Entry:  Was going to go out for a quick spin.  Needed to put a new tube and tire on my old spare back wheel.  I blew THREE TUBES in a row.  Each tube blew out in a completely separate spot on the tube.  I checked the Rim and Inside of the Tire and found nothing.  I am going to take this as an omen that I should not ride today :)  Maybe I'll go for a light jog instead. 

Tired and sore this morning.  Maybe a light spin on the Bike later.  I really want to get my run mileage back to 25+ per week and start doing some Marathon long runs.  Now that it is looking like the full Ironman distance will have to wait till 2011, I'm tossing around the idea of going for a BQ attempt this Fall.  If I could go Sub 5 at my HIM this Fall and BQ (Boston Qualify) a month later ... how sweeet would that be :)

Thanks again to all my friends on this site who sent me awesome inspires, gave me great feedback and honest analysis and advice.  I know for a fact I would not be as succesful as I am if not for this site and the people on it. :)   

13.1 HIM splits: 8:22 7:30 7:35 7:40 8:04 7:51 8:31 8:23 8:19 8:10 8:36 9:28 9:01.  Held it together really well for the first 6 miles, maintained a decent pace for the next 5, and then the wheels clearly started coming off :)

  • Health data: Soreness: 2 Fatigue: 2
  • 28m 23s
  • 1350.00 meters
  • 02m 06s /100 meters

2 X 500
2 X 100
50m backstroke
50m kickboard
50m FS

Despite the Race yesterday, I feel pretty good today.

Part of growing up (and I'm definitely still growing up ;)) is making decisions I don't want to make.  

I didn't sign up for Ironman Lake Placid yesterday. 

Sadly, the truth is: I cannot financially  justify it.  Kudos to my wife who would have happily let me sign up, but I'd rather use any extra money we have for a trip to Disney for the kids.  Plus, I'm 34-yrs-old ... Ironman is not going anywhere.  I know physically, with a few months of training, I could cover the full distance.  However, I don't want to just cover the distance.  I want to finish my first Ironman on my terms and be in the best shape possible to finish with a fast time and a smile on my face.  So before I do my first Ironman I have set some goals for myself -Sub 5 HIM being one of them.  So for now it looks like I'll be doing another handfull of Half Ironman's and IMPL in 2011. 

Recovery Swim today. 

RR is done: http://beginnertriathlete.com/discussion/forums/thread-view.asp?tid=169153

  • Health data: Sleep: 3 Soreness: 2 Fatigue: 3
  • 2h 48m 13s
  • 56.00 miles
  • 19.97 Mi/hr
  • 1h 48m 06s
  • 13.10 miles
  • 08m 15s /Mi
  • 35m 39s
  • 1931.21 meters
  • 01m 51s /100 meters

5:15:29  I am so happy.  I ran THE HILL both times and did not walk once on the run!  I finally had a decent HIM and finally nailed my nutrition.  FINALLY.  I am extremely happy with this PR and I am so satisfied that all my training finally paid off. 

Going crazy trying to get everything ready and head up with the family to Rhode Island.  My back spoke broke on my Eastons (that I was going to use to race) and after driving to two different Bike/ Tri shops neither had an Easton sapim bladed pull back drive-side spoke.  Seriously, it's called something like that -- and bottomine is: it's special order from Easton.  SO A BIG THANKS TO CHARLIE LUNCHBOX FOR LENDING ME HIS FELT TIRES!! Thanks Charlie ;)

I'll catch up on inspires when I get back.  If anyone wants to track me on ironman.com's live tracker, and my 4th attempt at a sub 5 HIM ;)  my full name is Robert MacDowell.   ...will I get the Sub 5, probably not.  By I picked my username for a reason.  And if it takes me the 4th time or the 14th, I will keep chasing it.  :) 

  • Health data: Sleep: 4 Soreness: 4 Fatigue: 5

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