Friday, December 17, 2010

Weekly ramblings

It hit me today that I often need a schedule to hold myself accountable.  Being it is nearing the end of 2010 and people typically make New Years Resolutions, I am not going to make my resolution to post more, it just doesn't work.  What I am thinking, much along the lines of my training schedule. When I have a calendar that says Swim 2400 yards on Friday, I am much more apt to do it.  I think a weekly ramblings post may be in order to compile a mix of thoughts from the week, be it about workouts, life, recent happenings, or whatever I feel like typing. 

Last week was the first week back from our trip to Africa (meaning I owe everyone a post or 2), and I got back into working out.  I did run frequently while in Africa, but only a few miles at a time and not real fast pace.  I can tell I have had time off, but it feels good to get back into the swing of things.  After no weight loss while in Malawi...I came back and ended up losing nearly 4 pounds the first week home.  That was partially negated by an amazing dinner at a steakhouse real close to home. Our meal included:

Drinks: Martini(me), Glass of Pino Noir (my wife)
Appetizer: Spinach, Artichoke, Asiago Cheese Dip with fresh baked bread
Main Course: Hawaiian Mahi Mahi over lump crab(me), 7oz Fillet(my wife) - both included bacon-mashed potatoes
Desert: Carrot Cake

This meal was probably the best meal I have ever had from start to finish, amazing service, incredible prices, great atmosphere, and reasonable prices.

Everyone has heard recently that the average American gains 5 pounds between Thanksgiving and the New Year.  Anyone who works in an office setting knows how much food is around.  I have been much better this year about selectively picking what I partake in.  I cannot flat give up eating sweets especially this time of year which has many of my favorite treats.  With some self-discipline and some exercise along with the treats, I have still been able to keep weight steady or trending downward.

Starting this week I got more into my loose schedule (as I start planning for the 2011 season) I got in some bike workouts, a couple of runs, and a couple of swims.  I will start 12/20 with a week of prep before starting in on my training plan to take me to the Rev3 Knoxville Olympic  This will be my first shot at this distance, and I want to perform well... who knows what well means and I know I have a long road ahead based on current fitness, but it helps having a goal and a plan!

My swim seems to be pretty good for as much time as I have been off.  Endurance is lacking, but my 100 splits are not too far from what I was at previously. 

Nothing terribly new on the front here, getting to know the team and finding more details about sponsors as the days tick by.  I am still back and forth about which way to go for my new Kestrel ride.  I know the Airfoil is very similar to the P2 in terms of stack and reach, so I would know the fit pretty well.  It may even allow me to go a bit more aggressive.  I also know the 4000 is a very popular model, many big name pros are riding on 4000s: Andy Potts, Michael Lovato, Amanda Lovato, and Cameron Dye are just some of the names.  I believe the 4000 is a more aerodynamic frame as the full seat tube acts as a faring to the rear wheel.

Since my time has been spent on shorter distances, the aggressive bikes work well for me.  While my longer rides(40-50 miles) do not stack up to the IM or even quite to HIM distances,  I am interested to see if how aggressive a bike can get is swaying my choice.  I know each bike has a range that it can be adjusted and the Airfoil will probably get me low for the shorter distances and could be adjusted up for longer races, I cannot help but think how so many pros are riding the 4000.

Final Thought:
I have a few closing thoughts for the post.  I have been talking with some people at ISM Saddles, and will have a road saddle on the way for evaluation and review.  It should be here next week, looking forward to it!  I also have another secret package that should be arriving soon.... stay tuned.


Josh Scobey December 17, 2010 at 1:58 PM  

I'll be in Knoxville as well...look forward to meeting you. Also, you might want to edit your steakhouse meal recap...unless you really had Mahi over lump crap:)

Jeff Vanis December 17, 2010 at 7:42 PM  

Nice catch! It was all good, no crap at all!

Jeff - DangleTheCarrot December 18, 2010 at 10:42 AM  

ummmm .. nothing like some lump crap! lol

Still debating on the bike also. Pretty set on the 4000 but the gruppos have me changing my mind almost daily. I Checked out a 4000 at a LBS and you can get very aggressive if you need to .. they didn't have any airfoils in stock so I couldn't compare though. I'm doing mostly long courses this year so my fit is going to be pretty comfortable. But next year when I get back to Olys that sucker will be dropped as low as it can be!

You'll love the ISM saddle - My only regret is that I rode over a year without one. Takes a couple of rides to break in but after that it is heaven!

Colleen December 19, 2010 at 2:00 PM  

That meal sounds awesome! :)

And I too have an ISM - both my husband and I ride them as a matter of face and we'll never go back to a "normal" saddle!

Carole Sharpless December 19, 2010 at 8:05 PM  

Seriously.... that menu made me HUNGRY.... not kidding...


Laura December 22, 2010 at 5:45 AM  

Hmmm I was thinking 4000, but the airfoil might be more likely to get to me quickly... since all the other fools are probably getting 4000... along w/ general public... things to think about.

ISMSaddle..hmmm maybe I could order the one w/ skull and cross bones on it and ride in my current ride to break it in before my new baby girl (kestrel) gets here.

Love the lump crap!!! :)

I'm feeling rather random at the close of this year too!!!

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