Athlete Guide

I Swear It Will Get Posted

This has been one of those crazy weeks. ¬†I usually don’t complain or make excuses, but if I stuck to that trend, I’d have nothing to post today. ūüôā

Episode 12 of the TriRiot web show has been finished and ready for almost a week. ¬†Actually, it wasn’t completely ready until yesterday, because just before I was going to upload to YouTube, I saw a mistake that just had to be corrected.

Ok. ¬†Mistake corrected. ¬†Now what? ¬†Last night, I had planned to wake up at my usual 4am this morning and get online to do the uploading. ¬†You see, I can only transfer large files on my home internet connection between 12am and 5am. ¬†Otherwise all my allotted bandwidth will be eaten up for the month. ¬†Don’t ask me to explain. ¬†It’s satellite internet. ¬†They meter my usage. ¬†When I woke up, I had that feeling that something was not right. ¬†I overslept by two hours! ¬†I didn’t even hear my alarm which I usually don’t need. ¬†So on to plan B.

I left the house early and ¬†was on my way to the Brown Dog Coffee House to get on their internet and upload the video which is a 20 minute drive. ¬†(By most people’s standards, I live in BFE. ¬†I have a negative zip code number. ¬†Lewis and Clark were my realtors. ¬†Mail is delivered by mules) . ¬†I parked the car, but didn’t even get into the coffee house when I realized that I left my wallet at home. ¬† I couldn’t afford the 20 minutes it would take to turn on the computer, transfer the file, etc. ¬†I couldn’t be late for work today. ¬†So I drove home, got my wallet and went to work.

So there’s my excuse for not having the latest video posted. ¬† Next time I make an excuse for something, I’ll embellish it with alien abductions or CIA operatives. ¬†You know… just to make it more interesting.

The 2015 White Lake Half is history

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This is the eighth year that I’ve raced the Spring White Lake Half.  It’s become somewhat of a tradition for me, and
as Tevye from Fiddler On the Roof says… I forget what he said, but it had something to do with tradition.

Anyway, it was a good race.  One thing that caught my attention was the number of athletes registered for the long course race, the “half.”  There were only 200.  Not too many years ago, this race would sell out at 500.  Have people lost interest in triathlon? 
No. That’s not the answer. 
On the same day, at the same time, and in the same place was an international distance race put on by the same race company, Setup Events.  That race had 300 registered.   It seems like the shorter, international race was more popular.  And why not?  A decent athlete can complete one in about 3 hours and she doesn’t have to spend as much time training.  Three hours is how long I spent on just the bike for the half race.  Also, the shorter races usually cost less. 
So why did I do the half?  Maybe that’s were tradition comes in.  Or maybe not.  I’m at a point in my fitness where a 30 mile bike ride is not that great of a challenge.  I look to the Spring White Lake race as the first big challenge of the year.  This year I did not run because my running legs are still in recovery from last year’s abuse. But the swim and bike were just enough of a challenge to remind me that I can still do this and that I still have work to do if I’m going to race the Savageman triathlon on September.

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Are You Ready??

First of all, why did I put two question marks after the title of this post?  Does that make it any more of a question?  Just something to think about I guess.

Anyway… on to better thoughts. ¬†The White Lake weekend is coming up May 2nd. ¬†That’s only two days away and the question¬†athletes¬†are asking each other is, “Are you ready?”

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Sunrise at White Lake, NC.

For me and I’m sure many others, that’s a hard question to answer. ¬† Let’s take a deeper look at that. ¬† What are we ready for? ¬†The race? ¬†What about the race? ¬†I guess I’m always ready for the race. ¬†If I weren’t ready, what would I be doing? ¬†Here’s a simple example: ¬†If I am not¬†ready to go to work, it’s probably because I can’t find my keys or I’m stuck on the toilet. ¬†So if I’m not ready to go to the race, is it because I can’t find my bike? ¬†Maybe it’s because I haven’t yet registered.

But I don’t think that’s what we really mean by “Are you ready for the race?” ¬†I think it’s implied that the person asking the question wants to know if the other person has trained appropriately and feels ready. ¬† The main thing about training is that it is so individualized and it is based on goals.

For example, my goal this weekend is to get out of the water (1.2 miles) without any help from the life guards and to pedal my bike (56 miles) around the course without falling down. ¬†I’m not concerned about the run, because I’m doing the aquabike, not the triathlon. ¬†I get to watch the others beat themselves up on their 13.1 miles of pavement pounding.

So my answer is a resounding, “YES.” ¬†I am ready to get wet, go for a joy ride and people watch. ¬†If my goal, instead, ¬†were to place in the top 10% of my age group, then NO. ¬†I wouldn’t be ready.

So, if you find yourself doubting your readiness for a race, just change your goals and you will always be ready!

New episode on its way

A new episode of TriRiot will be out soon. ¬†I finished remodeling the “studio” and I’ve got some video of me skipping out on a workout. ¬†THAT you don’t want to miss.

Aaaaaand… be sure to sign up for TriRiot email newsletters. ¬†I don’t like spam and I’m sure you don’t either, so I’ve made it really easy for you to opt out of the emails if you change your mind about receiving them (assuming you choose to opt¬†in,¬†which I hope you do). ¬†I’ll only send out an email when a new video is posted. You can sign up by entering your email in the form on the right side of this page or go to the sign up page ¬†right here.

 

White Lake Half is right around the corner

The White Lake weekend is coming up on May 2nd this year. ¬†That’s only six days away. ¬†And this reminds me of a dilema… do I race? ¬†or do I film?

Swim exit at White Lake
Swim exit for the White Lake races.

I love filming athletes as they progress through their day of endurance hell. ¬†It’s all about how they go from excited to nervous to suffering and finally to elated exhaustion.

On the other hand, I love to be the person who goes from excited to nervous to suffering and finally to elated exhaustion.

So which do I do? Participate or film?   Given that:

  1. my running has not extended past three miles in the past 7 months and the White Lake Half includes a 13.1 mile run,
  2. I haven’t swum but once since the YMCA fire three months ago,
  3. There are very few people I know racing the Half and
  4. I don’t have accommodations near the race site…

The answer is pretty obvious: ¬†Do the race! ¬†Actually, I’m going to compete in the aquabike division. ¬†That means I don’t have to run. ¬†The only other person I know doing the aquabike is JR Bourget. ¬†If you watched the TriRiot episode on the Azalea Triathlon you met him at the end. ¬†So I’m predicting a very fun and exciting race this coming weekend. ¬†And because I’m not running, I should be able to grab my camera and do a little bit of filming.

See you at the races.

Tour de Pickle.

Seriously. That’s what it’s called: Tour de Pickle. As you can imagine, it’s a bike ride. I can’t call it a race, because nobody keeps track of official time. The event is held in Mt. Olive, North Carolina as part of the pickle festival. That’s right, THE PICKLE FESTIVAL. I’ve lived in a lot of places (California, Arizona, Virginia, Nebraska, Montana, Texas and North Carolina). But I’ve never seen so many festivals as in North Carolina. There’s the azalea festival, the blueberry festival, the strawberry festival, the barbecue festival, the dogwood festival, the herring festival, the spot festival and the list goes on and on. By the way, a spot is a type of fish. I didn’t know that until I went to the spot festival.

So anyway: I went to Mt. Olive yesterday to participate in the Tour de Pickle bike ride. I’ve participated in previous years and it’s always been quite a bit of fun. Misty, Erin and I signed up for the 75 mile ride. They offered 25 and 53 mile rides as well.
The day started out without a problem. We arrived at the race area with plenty of time to pick up our numbers, change into bike clothes and get our bikes ready.

About 10 minutes before the start time, I felt it: the urge to pee. There were only two port-a-potties available and there were already about 10 people in line. By the time I walked (quickly) over to get in line, the line grew by two more people. My back teeth were not floating, so this wasn’t an emergency. I just patiently waited.

After the line had progressed so that I was now third in line, the ride organizer made an announcement. With a heavy southern, country accent, all riders in the 75 mile ride were asked to come up to the starting line, which was right in front of the port-a-potties. I was too close to relief to get out of line now. I finally got in the port-a-potty about the time there was a second call for riders to come to the start line. Relief felt good, but I was no where near finished with my business, when the guy with the heavy accent started the invocation. Keep in mind that this guy and all the riders are just outside the port-a-potty door. There’s something not right about urinating in a port-a-potty while a Pentecostal preacher is thanking God for his son Jesus. It gives a whole new meaning to, “Please bow your head.” Finally, I finished my job, but the invocation was still going.

Even though I’m Jewish, I have a whole lot of respect for Christianity and I want to be respectful to those who pray. So I was faced with a dilema: do I stay in the port-a-john and wait until the prayer is over, or do I quietly step out in to the praying crowd. I figured most everyone’s head would be bowed so it wouldn’t matter much what I did. I quietly opened the door and slipped out just as the prayer was finishing. That meant, the 75 mile ride was beginning. I now had to run back to the car, get my bike, and find Misty and Erin. ¬†I was about 50 yards behind the main group of riders and turning left out of the parking lot when I heard Misty call my name. She was riding toward me from the right. She had ridden her bike down the road to use the bushes because she didn’t want to wait in line at the port-a-potties. I guess Erin was hanging back in the parking lot waiting for Misty, so neither of my friends had left with the main group. By the time the three of us got on the road, we were at least a quarter mile behind the last riders of the main group.

Needless to say, we didn’t stay in the back for very long. Misty and Erin are very strong cyclists and they set a pace that was quite fast. Probably too fast for me, but I hung in there. ¬†The SAG stops on this ride are great because they offer the usual snacks and drinks plus pickles. ¬†A sour dill pickle tastes so good after riding 30 miles.

Around mile 35 it started to rain. Then the wind picked up. That’s when we decided to turn off the 75 mile course and follow the 53 mile course. It’s a good thing we did that, because I was dead tired. ¬†I don’t know if I could have gone the other 22 miles.

So that was the 2015 Tour de Pickle.

Oh yeah! After the ride, we went to the pickle festival in downtown Mt. Olive. Even though it was raining, there were a lot of people there. The main thing to do there is eat greasy food, go to the car show, eat greasy food, buy artsycrafty stuff, and eat greasy food. And they give out pickles too (which are not greasy).

Sport Nutrition

I’m thinking about doing an episode on nutrition. Because I’m not an expert on nutrition (or anything else for that matter), I thought it might be fun to talk about what I do for energy, hydration and electrolytes.  Also, I want to find out what other athletes think.

Remember that song, Sugar Sugar, by the Archies?  Another idea i have is to make a video of triathletes sucking down gels and sports drinks and talking about their nutrition rituals.  And the music for the video would be Sugar Sugar.  That may be the only good use for that song. ūüôā

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TriRiot studio redesign

If you’ve watched any of the TriRiot videos, you’ve seen the bib wall.¬† That’s the background of the set.¬† I moved around a few things so I could have a
background with a little more variety.¬† I’ll still use the bib wall from time to time but I think this new set will have a more”active” feel.

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The bib wall is made of some of my old race bibs pinned to a black cloth and stretched over some frame work in my attic.

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The new set will have my bikes and other triathlon stuff in the background

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I’m not quite done with the new set.¬† I still need to decorate the walls and add a few more items.

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Up close and personal.

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Small town America still exists!  There are still places where you can park on the curb in front of the place you’re going (FOR FREE).  That’s my red car. And I’m inside the Brown Dog working on the computer and drinking a cup of decaf.   This place is down to earth too.  Their small cup of coffee is called “small”  not “grande”  or “venti”

As I write this,I can see the set of Under The Dome.  That’s right. They film that here in Burgaw, NC.  Pretty cool, huh?

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Episode Delay

So it’s been a little while since I’ve posted a new TriRiot episode to YouTube. ¬†I’ve been busy with a couple of things to make the videos better. ¬†I feel a bit like Tiger Woods. ¬†Not the sex scandals! ¬†I’m talking long before that. ¬† Remember how he dropped out of site to improve his golf swing? ¬†He came back stronger and better. ¬†That’s what I’m doing, but only for a week or two. ¬†(Not my golf swing, my videos).

So here’s a couple of things I’ve been working on:

  1. Rearranging the TriRiot studio so I can have a desk and my triathlon equipment as part of the set. I like the bib wall, but I like variety too.
  2. Training and racing.  These are good times to get footage, of course.
  3. Designing TriRiot. ¬†I’ve changed the graphic headers on my web sites to give a consistent look and I added a cartoonish image of me.
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  5. Social networking. ¬†Because the purpose of this website is to draw traffic to the videos, I’m learning A LOT about how to use the social networking tools to do just that.

So hang tight. ¬†I’ll be back with more videos and more blog content soon.