After watching every NASCAR race for the past 5 years, I finally checked off another bucket list item and attended a race in person in Charlotte, NC on 10/13/2012.
Okay, now this would be pretty cool. Great birds eye view (literally) video quality.
In case you’re new to cycling, measuring power is the best indicator of your ability to push the pedals over long periods of time. The common practice is to do a 20 minute (or 2×20) test as fast as you can go in order to determine your Functional Threshold Power (FTP). This number is used to determine the levels of output in future workouts. NP is your normalized power across the test interval. I am currently using TrainerRoad to measure my power output without having a power meter (expensive piece of equipment). Okay, so enough of the cycle training 101.
Seeing a bald eagle is similar to seeing a whale out in open water. It’s so much more exciting than seeing them in captivity. In the Pacific Northwest, we have eagles that get up to 6-8′ wingspans. A few months ago a family of 5 bald eagles started hanging out near our home. They’re tough to catch on camera since they fly fast and like to soar around when it’s windy. I managed to get this one a few weeks ago and will add more later.
Last night was my first workout using TrainerRoad. This is a bad ass training tool that I wish I had a year ago when I was training for my first Ironman. This tool is a no-brainer for me since I’m the only member of of my triathlon team that isn’t using a power meter. After spending a ton of money last year on my quest to become an Ironman, I had to draw the line at race wheels and power meters. Enter TrainerRoad. This tool allows training with power without having a power meter. By specifying the type of trainer I’m using and using my Garmin +ANT USB stick on a laptop and Garmin speed/cadence sensor on the bike, TrainerRoad is able to determine my power numbers during a workout.
After completing the Ironman in Coeur d’Alene (IMCDA) on 6/26/11 (see race report) and having to walk the marathon due to stabbing knees, I decided to use my fitness and see if the half-Ironman distance would be a better distance for me. Plus, there just happened to be a local half-Ironman at Lake Stevens, WA, which is about 1 hour and 45 minute drive from my house on 8/14/11, which gave me plenty of time to recover from the full Ironman.
On June 26th, 2011, I became an Ironman. This came after making the decision to take on this challenge only 6 months earlier. To set some context, this was my first Ironman and first triathlon, I have not swam, biked, or run more than a mile in about 20 years. I used to be in top shape from 17 years of hockey but for the past 20 years I have been working primarily in front of a computer so I was feeling like a slug.
In mid-December, I decided it was time to set a BIG goal that would give me the motivation to really get back in shape. The Ironman seemed like a worthy goal so I checked ironman.com and the Ironman in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho was the closest one. The Ironman consists of a 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike, and 26.2 mile run (full marathon) and you have 17 hours to complete it. The only challenge was that I only gave myself 6 months to train.
A common theme I have experienced in large companies is that there is either a lack of clarify in who makes the decisions, too many decision-makers, or one decision-maker holding up progress by trying to make every decision in their organization. While the last scenario has a clear understanding of who is in charge, the organization is handicapped. Let’s look at each scenario in more detail:
We spend 25-35% of our lives sleeping and the quality of that time has a significant impact on the quality of the other 65-75%. We all know this from experience but how much thought and effort do we put into improving our sleep quality?
My new triathlon bike finally arrived this past weekend. Now I just need to continue building a faster engine (me)!