Saturday, November 29, 2008

Turkey Trot

26Nov08 Osan AB ROK--

Well another nice and cold morning on the lovely ROK(Republic of Korea). A good group of 150 runners came out and someone dressed up as the Turkey. I was quite disappointed I couldn't wear the suit but it is alright there is always next year, and I can be a Turkey in Turkey.........So I have come to realize that there is always someone faster or better than you everywhere you go. That is what drives me to be so competitive and want to do so well. For example I know I am not a fast runner but am a decent runner but for some reason the people that are faster than me just are not showing up to these 5K's. So for the past five 5K's I have won them by at least 15 seconds and have not been challeneged. I was pushed pretty hard on the last one but once again this time I lead from start to finish and was a whole minute slower than last week. So this is where I have come to realize I have not reached my full potential of my fastest 5K time due to the fact I have not been pushed to the breaking point yet. I came in 1st with a time of 19:40 which as any runner knows that is not fast. So my goal for the next one is to run as fast as I can no matter if there is someone in front of me or not just to see where I stand.

150 Participants
1st Place Overall

Sunday, November 23, 2008

CFC Fund Run 5K/Duathlon Canceled

21Nov Osan AB--

Well it was not as cold today as it was last friday for the 5K. Not near as many people though probably on 25 runners, which was quite disappointing. All in all it ended up being a good day and a new PR for the 5K; 18:36. I went out pretty strong at a 6 Minute pace and at about mile 2 1/2 somebody pulled up next to me and we cruised along till about 1/4 mile left and then I started to kick and he kept up for a bit then fell of so another 5K win in the books. Last race of the year is going to be this Wednesday for the Turkey Trot and then I will go into a 2 week do absolutely NOTHING phase. I can tell my body is getting pretty worn out and needs a break. Once my 2 week recovery phase is over then I will start my 18 week training plan for China.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Tobacco Awareness 5K

Nov 14, Osan AB ROK--

Well it was a nice and cold Friday morning. It was a warm 35 degree's and I think that effected my run just a little bit; but I assume everyone else felt the same effect. I ran a decent race at 19:42 and somehow that time was good enough to win. I was quite surprised when I came across the line and that was my time. Well there is a 5K this Friday for the Combined Federal Campaign; which will raise money for many different organizations so I will run in that and then the Duathlon is on Saturday morning. I invited some friends down from Seoul that are really quick for the race so not expecting to much for this weekend; I am basically fighting for a 3rd place spot on the podium. I will post some pictures from the Duathlon on Sunday.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Seoul Half Marathon


Well due to lack of participation the Half Marathon planned for this weekend was canceled. So I finally get a weekend off or so I thought. Since all I have been doing the past 2 months is racing I haven't had a chance to put in some good miles on the bike. The weather was absolutely beatiful this weekend so I road 3 of the possible 3 days I could ride (had to work Monday, but not Tuesday). So I put in 100 miles over the 3 days and was able to see the greatest season over here up in the mountains. All of the leaves were turning and it was awesome. Here is a pic from the day along with a video.

Mirinae in the Fall Absolutely Beautiful

Coming down from the top of Mirinae....kind of bumpy but pretty cool

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Incheon International Triathlon

2Nov Incheon South Korea--

Well myself and a buddy somewhat planned on racing this weekend, but our knowledge of Korea and transportation did not work in our favor. So we took a bus ride 2 1/2 hours to the Airport and then road 10 miles with all of our race stuff on back. We made it there just before dusk with no hotel room and were definitely in a place where very little English was spoken. So we registered and had our bike inspections and headed off to find a hotel. Well to our luck all the hotels were booked minus this "love hotel" and they only had rooms with 1 bed or we could get a traditional room which just has a floor and a bunch of comforters so we opted for that. Turned out to work out pretty good minus the mosquito's flying around the room while I slept and decided that buzzing around my ear was the best spot in the room. So I had a very horrible night of sleep. Alright now onto the race..........
Well this was one of the toughest swims that I have accomplished so far. The water was 60 degree's and rough. Once my body adjusted to the water temp it turned out alright. I ended up swimming at 27 minutes so I think the swim course was a little short but I was pleased with it. Now onto the Bike......There was 35 pros/elites from all over the world there and they had a 25 minute head start on us so that we weren't in their way for the swim. Well on their 2nd lap of the bike they went flying by me and well I stayed with them for about 1 mile and I think I might of got some air time on the Korean sports channel "X-Sports". So we will see if I get a copy of the video and see if I snuck in there. I road the 25 mile 4 lap course in 1:12 minutes. One of my slower bike splits but it was really windy so that may have had some affect on it. The run was a hilly 4 lap course that ended with a 200m finish on the beach. It was a tough run course and I ran it in a little under 45 minutes. I ended up with a total time of 2:25:14 which is a new personal record for my Olympic Distance races. That 2:25:14 put me at the top of my age group. I am not sure exactly how many people were in our Age Group but 10 were registered and I think only 7 or 8 showed up for the race. I will update the Results once the official results are out. Below are some pictures from todays race.

Race Results:
1st Place Age Group
Time: 2:25:14
Overall Finish TBD

Upcoming Events:
9Nov Seoul Half Marathon
14Nov Tobacco Awareness 5K
22Nov Osan Du the Do#2
19Apr09- 70.3 Ironman China
1-3May- Wildflower Olympic Distance California

Up on the Podium w/ my Competitors
Myself and Jan Rehula (2000 Olympic Bronze in Triathlon)

Receiving the Gold Medal

Pre-Race Picture