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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

The Countdown Starts!!!

ONly 4 more sleeps and I am going to my paradise!  The mountains!  I was taking to my wife about it on the weekend, and it has been a while since we have gone on a holiday that does not have a race schdule attached to it.  So, 4 more sleeps and we are off to Jackon Hole for a week of dynamite skiing and chillin out!  Surrouded my mountains, snow and the exhaustion of 25000 vertical feet of skiing at the end of each day!  Can you tell that I am absolutely pumped about this trip!  Take a look at some of the fun to be had at Jackson!

As well as the countdown to this trip, is the countdown to training go time!!!  On March 13, I will tie my shoes on for the first schedules workout of my 2011 season!  Although I am currently blurred by the snow and downhill rush, the structure of my program for this year is exciting.  I am truning it up from last year.  Being my first IM ;last season I put in the miles and the time, but did not push the intensity to hard.  With last summer of training and results in the memory, I have put together a training plan to ideally find improvements across the board with heavier focus where I believe I might make the biggest gains.  So, after my week of smiles and steep and deep fun, it is time for a few months of pain for the pleasure of racing. 
As my winter and ski teaching is coming towards an end, I must say that it has been the greatest teaching winter ever!!  I have had the opportunity to work with 3 groups of great skiers who were enthusiastic and wanted to learn.  I set a gold for the season for myself to make each lesson a memorable one for them and I believe I accomplished my goal.  From the first day this year to a lesson I taught yesterday, I saw some great changes.  They started the season skiing comfortably on moderate terrain and finished the season attacking steeps with comfort.  Being a part of those successes is a blast as a teacher.  Discussing the progress with them and hearing the understanding that they have developed is also great, it is a good sign that both myself and hte students enjoyed the process.  The tough thing is to now begin to develop my program for next season to make certain that the growth they have experienced continues and they are stronger than ever.

Friday, February 18, 2011


This not being able to do training can be a little taxing.  Yes, there are the great parts that will come of it, but the 2 days that I have been told to chill are dizzying!! I guess even being relaxed is something we choose to do with a little intensity as triathletes.  I am off to the clinic today for some more work and hopefull she gives me the clear to get into the pool.
If I can get into the pool and use that for the next couple of weeks it will give me a good chance to do some good technical focus as I will add some miles to my swim to build fitness.  Having to slow down to not irritate my calf might be a blessing as I then need to keep focused on something to make the workout seem productive.  The fun part will be when my leg is 100%, I get to see how some focused slow time pays off in the long run.
OK, I started this post 3 weeks ago when I injured myself.  I guess posting aimlesly isnt my thing!
I went for my first run last night after following my Dr advise on hte injury.  WOW!  It was so cool to be out running again after a break.  Getting back out makes you realize how you miss something.  I guess it is true, absence makes the heart grow fonder!  I did a short 7k, but felt really good the entire time.  This morning I did have a couple of areas that I could have stretched a little more, but, nothing to be concerned about.
While I was not running, I did spend some great time in the pool.  As I keep working on technique and putting in smaller milee, it seems to be paying off.  I did a 1:24 x 100 the other day which was pleasing.
Well, now that I am uninjured again, it is almost time to get it going full steam.  As soon as I am back from my ski trip I will start into full training mode.  I am looking forward starting and being on a formal scedule.  The floating arounf thing works, but I need to be pushed.
Hope you are doing great!