Friday, August 26, 2011

Late Season Update

Whats up everyone!

Working (coaching) a TON.  When I'm not coaching, I'm marshaling.  When I'm not doing that... usually, late at night. I'm TRAINING.  I'm a big fan of late night/early morning running.  Getting cold these days.  It was 48 F the other morning.  NUTS!  I LOVE running in the heat.  Can you believe the summer is nearly gone?  Neither can I.

Coaching just got a lot more fun and cutting edge.  I just got a new software that allows me to put points on a video and then watch the form of my athletes - this is really great.  A real improvement over what I was using.  Also picked up an underwater camera which records in HD.  Amazing pictures.  The combination really helps show an athlete what is going on.

I've got a training group for the Las Vegas 1/2 Marathon in December.  Originally, I was going to coach for a charity but I didn't like the rules and I was going to miss too many of the mandatory workouts.  Not fair to everyone - so I had to decline and move on.  If you are going to be a coach - BE THE COACH and be there.  I was going to miss 8 of the 16 workouts.  That is unacceptable in the service I demand I deliver.

I'll be marshaling the PRO race at this weekend's Lifetime Fitness Chicago Triathlon.  This is always a fun and challenging race to marshal.  The athletes are FLYING and all the big shots (read: Charlie Crawford and Bill Touth - my bosses for USAT marshaling) are with me all day.  No pressure.

Got a call to marshal an ITU race coming up.  It will be my first time marshaling for the ITU.  Should be a great experience.  Lastly, I'm marshaling in KONA again this year - PRO field again.  Not sure if it will be men or women.  Women's field is always challenging because of the amateur men.  Doesn't matter what I do... because I'm WORKING IN KONA.

I will do some product reviews here in a few blogs upcoming.  Just need some time to do them.

Be great.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Madison - Ironman Wisconsin Lake Temps and Stuff

Sorry to not have blogged in a while.  Busy times coaching, working and trying to train as well.

1st - the water temp in Lake Monona is 81 F - that's not a typo.  I'll measure it again this weekend.

Riding on the IM Wisconsin course -

Since Madison is relatively close to Minneapolis, Chicago and Milwaukee - Madison gets a TON of weekend traffic for people to ride their bikes "on the course".  While I believe there is some benefit to having a feel for the course and to have seen it a couple of times before the "big day", the current situation is insane.

Madison is being over run EVERY WEEKEND by the weekend warrior/age group triathlete and cyclist.  I've seen groups of 80+ riding 4 abreast on a two lane road with traffic backing up behind them.  Three weekends ago, Cross Plains, WI handed out 71 tickets, 150 warning tickets and many stern warnings about:  1) Littering 2) Public urination/defecation 3) Failing to stop at stop signs 4) Failing to signal turns among others.

I'm not asking for athletes to do anything other than to clean up their own act.  Signal. Stop. Use a restroom instead of someone's front yard as a toilet.  Ground breaking thinking - I know.  By doing some common sense things, hopefully the growing anger about weekend warriors will stop and we won't lose a great race close to home.

This Sunday I'll be speaking at the Ironman Wisconsin swim start with two time Olympic gold medalist and Univ. of Arizona swimmer (1996) Beth Bothsford.  Beth will speak about swimming efficiency and how to help for open water/triathlon with a few minor changes in thinking/application of force.  I'll be taking you through the Ironman rules as well as what to expect on race day in Madison.

There is an open water swim that we are associated with.  The cost is $10 if you register ahead of time.  $25 on swim day.  All the buoys will be on the IM course AND there will be SUP and lifeguard support - just like on race day.  So, if you are freaking out about swimming on race day... here is your LAST chance to swim the course before race day with full support.