Thursday, September 10, 2009

2009 Ford Ironman World Championships Hawaii (10/10) - Travels prior to

Upcoming Events :
October 10th Hawaii Ironman World Championships
November 26, 27 & 28 Ultra-Man World Championships on the big island of Hawaii

I've been travelling for the past the two weeks. First I was in Vegas for Eric Van Moorlehem bachelor's Party. This was my first bachelors, there were 18 guys 14 were ER doctors. I met great new friends as all
the guys got along well. I ran twice of the four days in above 100 degree's heat. Eric is also an Ironman athlete, a good one at that. I just returned from HAWAII. The Hawaii Writers Conference was held over four days and I was introduce to great authors Dan Millman, The Peaceful warrior within. Mitch Albom - Tuesdays with Morrie and Five people you meet in Heaven. New York Times bestselling Author ,William Bernhardt. I was inspired and encourage to understand the steps to take to finish my story/book.
I swam twice in crystal clear perfect temperatures, filled with sea life in the ocean waters of Hawaii. September 8th Back in Salt Lake City Utah to finish 14 days of intense training before heading home to Kona Hawaii for Ironman Hawaii.

September 8th.
Back in Salt Lake City Utah to finish 14 days of intense training before heading home to Kona Hawaii for Ironman Hawaii.

August 22, 2009 I competed in the Desperado Dual in Panguitch, Utah. The ride was 109 miles and/or a 200 mile ride. I had the intent to do the 200 mile ride. The week leading up to the race I was on antibiotics for a respiratory infection. After finishing the course of antibiotics I felt confident to compete. The morning of the race we started at 6:30am at 6,500 ft. I took off expecting to do a 200 mile time trial. At mile 5, I had the lead yet my throat started swelling up and I could not breathe. I slowed down for the Peloton (pack of cyclists). I hung with them, but they were going at a slower pace. I finally felt better and broke away from the Peloton. Having a good lead on the group my heart rate was high in the 170’s. Again the symptoms came back: with heaviness on my chest, I could not breathe, and had heavy cough. I pulled to the side of the road and hopped off my bike and realized that I was in no condition to compete. After 10 minutes, I was back on my bike in a pack of cyclists. I decided that if I could make it to the first stage 25 miles I would retire there as we were out in the middle of Bryce Canyons at 7,500 ft (Neverland). The 25 miles came and I was feeling good. Then 58 miles came and I was aware that if I didn’t max out my heart rate I could finish the race. By mile 80, I was catching the leaders. I ended up finishing the race; 109 miles in 4 hours and 25 minutes, climbing over 3,000ft and averaging 23.8 miles per hour.

August 15, 2009: I competed in the Deer Creek Lake, Utah 10 mile swim. This was all at 7500 ft above sea level. We started out at 8am encountering high winds and cold temperatures. The swim was cancelled mid-way due to lightening, rain, and high winds. I managed to swim 3 miles in 1 hour 25 minutes.

Living in Park City & Salt Lake City Utah at altitude for the summer has proven to speed up my fitness.

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