Becoming Timberman All over again!

You could call this Becoming Timberman: Part Deux! But really since the parts and restarts on the path to a healthy lifestyle are seemingly endless, I’m saying all over again, because while there are many goals this season, chief among them, the A race of A races will be Timberman 70.3.

Now you may say “Hold on a minute! When last we left our boy wonder, he’d been all about pursuing a 140.6 finish at Rev3 Cedar Point! What happened with that? Are you chucking in the towel on Ironman distance?” And to that I say, fear not, gentle reader, for I, your fearless* blogger has no such intentions! Rather, I’ve reassessed and reorganized my goals to reach for the multitude of things I want to do.

(fearlessness has following limitations: still afraid of spiders, snakes, dying in a fire, tofu, eating apples with the skin on, and sweet potato fries)

Finishing a 140.6 is something I very much want to do, but it’s not the ONLY thing I want to do. When I first thought about tri, way back in the fall of 2008, I considered it a next best thing to racing my bike. There’s no denying that my love for the bike is what got me into multi-sport racing, and as I know I’ve said a few times, bike racing is the dream that came at the end of all the tri racing. The issue was, I kept thinking of it as a dream, instead of a goal. I kept watching races, and seeing all the skinny dudes go fast, and thinking “There just isn’t any way I’ll ever get to that.” It was impossible in my head, so no matter what the reality was , it was never going to happen unless I changed my mind and my approach.

So I did just that.

First, I got a new coach; I’m now working with Alan from TriGuyCoaching.com, and after just a week, I’m already seeing terrific results. We’re looking at the complete picture, not just the training. Dietary changes, aside from just cutting out the garbage, have included a breakfast more focused on proteins, and smarter use of fats. I’m hydrating right, eating better and training 6 days a week, and after the first week, I’ve lost 6 pounds.

My motivation to train is much higher now that I’ve set some goals, and I’ve made some changes to support my winter training; we bought a CycleOps fluid 2 trainer, and I got the Garmin speed and cadence sensor to go with it. So on those days when it’s just too cold to be outside (which we didn’t have last year in NC), I don’t have an excuse not to be on the bike. Our gym is only 3 miles away and they have a pretty decent swim schedule both in the morning and evening. Plus the people on the roads are pretty friendly around here with lots of runners from the college and plenty of bikers on the roads, and places to ride off road as well.

So back to those goals; I’ve had the off-road bug ever since I did Landmine, and I’m going to make that part of the 2013 season. I want to race closer to home, so I’m taking into account for the year, and finally, I want to do some stuff that’s just me and the bike, and I want to push myself to do stuff that’s outside my comfort zone. So, I’m doing a cyclocross race this fall, and a 110 mile timed bike ride this summer. The schedule isn’t finalized yet, and I haven’t paid for anything either, but here’s what it looks like for next year potentially. Most of these races are either local to where we live, where we’re visiting, or at most a few hours drive.

And that’s not even getting into my 2014 goals, where I’m going to finish that first 140.6 AND do a road bike race. And I’m going to be back to blogging far more regularly.

It’s gonna be an awesome year.

2012 Smoke the Turkey 5k
2012 unknown holiday 5k
2013 Some March 5k?
XTERRA Jersey Devil
Gran Fondo New York
Syracuse 70.3/Rev3 Williamsburg
XTERRA Sky High
Timberman 70.3
Kirkland or Critz farms Cyclocross
October?
Thanksgiving 5k
Holiday 5k

Putting chairs to good use and more raffle prizes

On October 30th, around 5:30 in the morning, my great niece Emelia was born. Emelia and her mother are both doing great. My whole family is doing great. There’s some fun involved too as my sister is now a GRANDMOTHER! I fully expect to make sure she’s aware of that regularly (even more regularly than being awoken by the 4 AM feedings going around her.

After Emelia was born, the beginning of a lifetime worth of pictures were taken, and these two shots were two of my favorites.

This Eleonore Rocks chair being put to good use to hold very special cargo.
This oughta keep dad busy for a while, maybe it’ll be enough time for him to finally finish the tree house in the back yard by the time she’s ready for it.

When I started fundraising for Ulman Cancer Fund via Team Fight, I had a personal connection through Rachelle’s cousin Rebecca. With Eleonore Rocks, it was just a team based in Ohio, a place I still think of as home, and a cause I believed in, but that I didn’t really have a direct connection to. Now with this happening, I just want to help even more.

So when I get the feeling of doing good by helping out, you could do the same, PLUS you could win awesome prizes. They added yet another prize to the list; Fuji (Sister company of Kestrel, and the brand I road until I got my Talon this year) has donated a lifestyle bike to the raffle. I don’t yet know what model it is yet, but it’s probably at least a $500 bike, and whatever it is, it’s going to be a heck of a nice bike. So please take a minute to look into buying tickets from my fundraising page.