Wednesday, September 30, 2009
The two days in London was busy but awesome. The only bad part was that I had an upset stomach yesterday and could not train.
I suppose if you are use to eating very healthy and you are then exposed to airline food and take outs for a day your stomach don't appreciate it.
Later in the day I felt better but then it was to late to do any training.
It was a real challenge doing sightseeing with an upset stomach.
We visited the Madame Tassaud wax museum yesterday, stopped at Buchingham Palace and Big Ben.
Last night we went to a football match between Crystal Palace and Sheffield Wednesday. Although they are two 1st division teams it was a great experience.
The match ended in a 0-0 draw.
Kim wanted to organize her handbag are with a shock she discovered her pepper spray in her bag. So much for airport security. She passed South Africa and Heathrow security and no one picked it up!!!!!!
Now it's the long haul to LA and our homestay with Nina and Dana Jack. Really looking forward to it.
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Tuesday, September 29, 2009
I forget how bad it is when you fly 10 hours plus and are restricted to the small seat of a plane. After today I am not looking forward to the London to LA leg of our journey which is around 13 hours I think.
After we stood in the queue to get through customs for more than 45 minutes we dropped the bike and some suitcases off at baggage storage and got to the hotel only to be told we are to early. Our room was not ready so we decided to explore London and took a trip on the Eye of London. Wow what a great experience with an awesome view.
Tonight we had a quick bite at the restaurant Friday's before we went to see the musical "we will rock you". Kim and DJ really enjoyed the show, some very spectacular scenes.
Tomorrow I'm back training after my day off and it's going to be interesting running in central London. Apart from dodging all the people my feet are swollen badly after the flight. Don't know why I don't wear my compression shocks if I have them, really stupid of me.
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Sunday, September 27, 2009
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The Great Trek or in Afrikaans "die Groot Trek" is a historical event in South Africa whereby my ancestors, the Voortrekkers or Boere as they were called decided in 1835 to leave the Cape Colony and went North. More than 10 000 with their families embarked on this mass exodus. The main reason for the great trek were their economic problems, the danger of the Xhosas who settled across the Fish river but mainly due to the conflict with the English colonial authorities.
Saturday, September 26, 2009
It is so nice to see how they appreciate a simple used water bottle. Today as I was getting my bottles I use for racing ready for Kona, I could not believe how many bottles are still in the cupboard. Above is a picture of what's left and that's after giving away plenty of bottles during the past three months.
Suppose if I keep doing it I will eventually get rid of most of the old bottles.
Luckily the packing is 99% done and tomorrow will be an easy day before we leave for the airport at 4pm. I still need to do a 2 hour run and a 2.5 km swim but I will do that early so I can take it easy the rest of the day.
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Dejone can't hide her excitement anymore and with the school holiday that started yesterday we are going to have a tough time keeping her calm and relaxed until Sunday before we fly out.
Dolly or should I say Jumbo, Dejone's little Poodle enjoying the attention while we were busy braaing.
During the week the BIB numbers were issued and number 1192 was assigned to me. It's amazing that now suddenly the number 1192 has a special meaning to me but before that it meant nothing.
Our travel plan is also finalized and I must give a special shout out and thank you to Nina and Dana Jack (http://www.cafepress.com/swimbikeruntri ) who will be hosting us in Los Angeles the night before we fly out to Kona. Nina has put so much effort into helping us with choosing a hotel in LA on our way back and also helping us with the planning of things to do during the days we're in LA.
Also a special thank you to Donna deWick ( http://www.myfitnessyear.com/ ) who helped us with the planning of our London leg. I did not know there are so many swimming pools in Central London until Donna helped me chose one close to our hotel as I need to fit in a swim session during our time in London.
For those interested here is a basic layout of our travel plan for the next three weeks.
We're flying to London on Sunday night and will be spending two days in London. Apart from taking Dejone to the major tourist attractions (Buckingham palace, Big Ben, Eye of London etc.) we are going to watch a musical the Monday night and a football match on Tuesday evening.
Arriving Wednesday afternoon in Los Angeles we are spending the evening with the Jack's.
Then on Thursday morning we fly to Kona and for the next 13 days it's focusing and doing what I've trained for the last 20 weeks, Ironman Worlds.
We return to Los Angeles on the 13th of October and will spend the next three days exploring LA while staying in Santa Monica right on the beach.
Apart from exploring the city we are taking Dejone to Universal Studios and Warner Bros. Kim will be attending a recording of the Ellen DeGeneres show on the Wednesday. The highlight for me will be on the Tuesday night when we are going to an Ice Hockey game between the Anaheim Ducks and the Minnesota Wild. Although I don't understand the rules 100% it will be fun to watch.
We return to London on the Saturday for a short stop over before we fly back to South Africa on Sunday the 18th of October.
Sunday, September 20, 2009
Luckily they are within the limit but I told Kim she must remember the size limit is one thing but there's also a weight limit.
Guess who's taking the pink suitcase. Yip it's Dejone's. She has this suitcase now for more than two years but it's so big she never use it. She is so excited to finally use it. Luckily she won't have a problem identifying her suitcase at baggage collections at the airport.
Well enough on the suitcase. Will post tonight some more.
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Saturday, September 19, 2009
First it was the free pair of Newton shoes for every athlete in the tour group. You had the choice of any Newton shoe and I decided to go for the ones I am used to, the Racers.
Next up was the Louis Garneau Superleggera Helmet for every athlete at this ridiculous price. As my current aero helmet is black with little air vents, I went for the special deal. Don't think my helmet will be ideal for Hawaii's temperatures. During IM South Africa when the temperatures were in the mid 30's I could feel that I am cooking in the helmet. With the Superleggera it is light in colour and have 5 massive air vents. I got the helmet for $120 less than the retail price. The only condition of the sale is you must wear it on race day but that's no issue.
Yesterday I got another email giving every member in the group (athlete and spectator) a Timex Ironman watch. Don't know what Kim and Dejone are going to use theirs for?
Apart from the above every member is also getting a goodie bag worth over $200 from them. For our family in total it is almost $1000 worth of free stuff.
That's not were it stops. When I collected our post this morning the itinerary from Tri Travel was in the post. On the Tuesday before the race they are hosting a breakfast with an information session with the following athletes to give advice, Michellie Jones, Luke Bell, Chris Legh and Mitch Anderson.
And on the Sunday after the race we are having another breakfast with last years champion Craig Alexander to talk about the previous day's race.
Can't wait to meet all these Pro's
Friday, September 18, 2009
"Whatever it takes, you(boer) will make a plan" (during the task you are struggeling with to make it work)
"Boer" is what the Afrikaans people used to be called as our ancestors were farmers and they trekked around the country exploring new ventures.
With my new shoes chafing me on the side I could not justify it to go and buy a new pair of shoes and keep testing shoes until I could find the right pair. So I cut the side of the shoe away where it was chafing me. Since then I've done more than 2 hours of pain free running.
It does not look that good but it's working and the shoe will be fine for the next three weeks of training. After this last episode of shoe troubles I've decided to use the Newton Racers in Kona.
I am only getting them in Kona but I have a week to run them in and I've seen with the first pair of Newtons it took me three runs and I was fine.
The Newton is a great shoe and very light and it was only during the high mileage weeks that I experienced the pain in my lower calf. I am sure they will be fine for the race.
Tri Travel, the company who is arranging the trip and accommodation in Kona keeps sending emails with free stuff. It is awesome getting all these stuff. Will post on that later.
During my recovery (easy) run this morning it was such an awesome sight to see the sun rise. The photo does not do it justice as the sun was already too high. Earlier as it was rising it was just magnificent and I didn't even look at my heart rate monitor and just enjoyed the run.
This weekend is my last big weekend with a 6.5 hour brick session on Saturday and a 2h20 run on Sunday. From next week it's all downhill with the sessions getting shorter by the day.
Sunday, September 13, 2009
With Kona almost here I am now at that stage where I count the session that's remaining. I don't think I'm over trained as I feel really good when I do the training session but getting started is a real challenge.
After I read this article I realized that doing a session and it feels awful is what makes you better. I was amazed to read that Tereza Macel has never missed one session or cut one session short in the last three months. That is now commitment and determination!! Hope she does well in Kona.
During what was suppose to me my long run today it was a disaster. It chafe me so much that I only concentrated on running in such a way that it does not hurt. I was suppose to do 2h40 but could only manage 1h25. After one hour it was so bad that I decided to turn back home.
Don't know why it's happening as I bought a size 11 the exact same size I've been running with for years. The whole shoe saga is a mystery to me. I ran for five years with Asics size 11 with no problems, no chafing, foot pain, blisters, nothing. No previous Asics did this and were fine from kilometer one. Then I start running with Zoots and Newtons for five months and when I return to Asics this happens.
At this stage I'm frustrated and worried as I don't know what to do. Maybe the last option is to go barefoot running???
Apart from the shoe's that's got be in a tail spin the whole week has been super. I could stick to all my training and the best feeling this week was on the bike as it feels if my leg speed is coming back and I don't have that heavy leg feeling on my long rides anymore.
After yesterday's long brick session I felt great and it only struck me after a while that I did more kilometers than what is waiting for me at IM and I could manage a 4:50 min/km run after the bike during my 30 minute run.
I received an email from Tri travel finalizing the arrangements and also giving some insight into the swim, bike and run course. According to them you climb 1678 meters during the bike course. Well during yesterday's bike session I gained 1610 meters and the legs felt strong.
I don't go for massages often but I've gone for a leg massage on Friday and will have a leg massage once a week for the following four weeks, exactly the same as beginning of the year when I was preparing for IM South Africa.
Swim: 12.5 km
Bike: 301 km
Run: 62.8 km
Weights: 2 sessions
Total: 21 hours, 376 km, 15026 kcal
Saturday, September 12, 2009
While they were at the doctor my mother asked the doctor while she's there if she can just give her a repeat script for her high blood pressure medicine. When the doctor took my mothers blood pressure she nearly went into shock. It was according to the doctor so high that my mother could have a stroke any minute.
When my mother told the doctor that her medicine's been finish for a while and she didn't have time to come for her script the doctor went crazy. That's when she told the doctor that she's been not using her medicine for two months now, without us knowing.
They immediately gave my mother some medicine and monitored her blood pressure until they felt it was safe for her to go.
Needless to say me and my sister went ballistic and gave my mother a good pep talk. I said to my mother if she wants to be daredevil she must go and work at the circus. She was not happy with me but it was necessary.
Last night's swim training was a near puke session. Just as I finished my warm up Caroline who was in the lane next to me ask me if I'm doing any particular set tonight. I said yes it's my speed session tonight. BIG mistake, she said O, I'm also doing my speed session tonight so why don't you join me. These words I regretted for the rest of the session.
We started with 20 x 25m all out leaving on 40 seconds. After that it was 3 x 150meters leaving on 15 seconds. As we finished I thought it was tough but not that bad. That's when the shock came. She said, OK done with 1 set another two to go. We ended up doing 3 sets of 20 x 25m all out with 3 x 150m. During the second set Billy joined us and did the last one and a half set with us. He is doing his first half Ironman in January next year.
While I was doing it, it was so bad trying to keep up with her as she kicked our butt and finish 5 meters in front of us every time, but the good news is I manage to do most of the 25's in under 20 seconds with a best of 17 seconds. My previous best for a 25m was 20s but that was a once off.
During my long bike today I just had enough when a truck driver turned right in front of me. I had to pull so hard on the brakes but could not stop in time and had to swerve out and almost hit an oncoming car. That's when I decide to turn around and give the truck driver a piece of my mind. Luckily this happened in town and as hard as I chased him I could not catch him until he got caught by a red light. I pulled up next to him and asked him to roll down his window.
I gave him a good lecture of road rules and that cyclist have the same rights as motorist. I did not yell or swear at him but I was very serious and maybe a bit loud. He acknowledge that he took a chance as he though I was not going that fast and said he was sorry. He promised me that he will be more careful in future. If he only said that to please me I don't know but it made me feel better.
Today's Brick session felt good and my legs aren't that tired anymore. Must be the "heavy" weights during strength training that's something of the past.
Thursday, September 10, 2009
Sunday, September 6, 2009
During the winter I had to use the gym in my work town to do my swim training as the pool at my hometown gym was not heated. It was at one of these swim sessions about two weeks ago that I met Caroline Koll, while sharing a lane. She is a Pro Triathlete and a member of Team TBB which is coached by Brett Sutton. She Finished 5th this year at Ironman South Africa and was 3rd at IM Korea in 2006.
Here is the link to here blog http://blogs.teamtbb.com/carolinekoll/
One does not always have the opportunity to talk to a pro triathlete never mind asking for advice. The Pro's usually stick to their own circle of fellow Pro's during race weekend and because they race for a career they are so focused on race weekend that they don't need any distractions.
While talking to Caroline I noticed that she is a very friendly person and not shy to help with advice when asked.
On Friday we shared a lane again and I asked for some advice on issues I have for my upcoming IM. To sum the conversation up, it basically came down to this.
Stick to what's working for you and keep it simple, don't over complicate things. So true.
After Ironman South Africa, I wanted to change running shoes, why I don't know. I've been running with Asics for the past five years but I recently tried Zoot's and Newtons. The Zoots were a disaster but the Newtons weren't so bad but I started to develop lower leg muscle pain. I have now done almost 500 kilometers with the Newtons and it is time to get a new pair of shoes that will be my shoes that I will race with in Kona.
I have now decided to go back to Asics and use the shoe that's been working for me. Why I wanted to change shoes when I got faster, I don't know or was it just clever marketing from the shoe companies.
The second thing I changed back to, that's working for me is my nutrition on the bike. After IM this year I started using Infinite sport drinks, from the standard mix to my own personalized mix but I keep feeling bloated and nauseous after four hours on the bike. I also stopped using gels and any solid food.
On yesterday's Bike ride I went back to what I'm used too and what's working for me. Solid food(energy bar)on the hour, Powerade on 15min, a PowerBar gel at 30 minutes, then Powerade at 45 minutes and then back to a energy bar on the hour. And I repeat this every hour.
I used this for the past three years with no GI issues and on yesterdays bike it worked again, no bloated feeling or nausea. The only thing I did change and it is working is I changed the energy bar I used for a Mars bar (another Caroline tip) and it was good.
After doing my long bike ride every second weekend with either the 2XU pants or the Zoot pants, I've decided to use the 2XU pants for Kona. It was hard to decide between the two but the 2XU's just feel a bit more comfortable and it also have four hidden pockets for things I want to carry with.