Training, Training, and More training

I haven’t posted since I completed the Des Moines Triathlon, and I guess the reason why is that there hasn’t been much going on.  Just training, training, and more training.  Here’s a quick update of what has happened, what’s to come, and what the future holds.

My wife and I completed the Capital Striders Running Group’s “Capital Pursuit” 10 mile road race.  It is my wife’s longest run to date, and I was proud to run beside her all the way from beginning to end!  We completed the race in 1:46:53, which is an awesome time for a ten-mile run.

Here is a before and after picture of the Fleet Feet Sports Des Moines gang at the Capital Pursuit.  Looking at the top photo, there’s Heidi, Tom, Julie, Me, and Claire.  We had a great time, and we plan on doing it again next year.

So, what to do after a 10-mile run? Why, go on a 15 mile bike ride of course!  Our friends Karen and Mel met up with us, and we rode to lunch and then back.  It was a great day of working out and being with friends!

I have decided to drop out of the IMT Des Moines marathon, and change my entry to the half marathon.  There are two reasons why.  First, even though I could make the 26.2, I feel that I didn’t get enough long runs in to make a decent run of it.  I’d rather play it safe than to risk injury.  The second reason?  My wife has decided to run her first half marathon!  This from a person who said she’d never run THAT far!  She has amazed me.  In one year she has completed her first 5k, 10k, 10 mile run, sprint triathlon, olympic distance triathlon (open water), and now she’s going to run her first half marathon!  So very proud of her.

After the half marathon, we hit training mode once again.  We want to increase our swimming distance so that swimming a mile is easier than it is now.  We want to increase our biking distance, which means with winter coming, we need to get a second trainer.  We use “Sufferfest” videos for our indoor training.  If you haven’t seen these videos, look them up at  They are awesome, advanced cycling videos that will really give you a hard workout.  The last one we did was called “ISLAGIATT”.  It was a two-hour hill training lesson in brutality that left me panting, sweating, and starving.  Only towards the end of the video did I realize what “ISLAGIATT” stood for.  It flashed on the screen just I wondered what the hell I got myself into… “It Seemed Like A Good Idea At The Time”.  As I wiped the sweat off of me and the bike, I knew it was a good idea, although after the first hour I would have doubted that. 🙂

We will also increase our running distances, so it becomes easier when we do our brick workouts.  As the temps in Iowa fall with the leaves on the trees, our open water swim time is growing short.  Soon we will be forced back to the shelter of the indoor pools at the YMCA, but that will make it easier for us to do our swim/bike or swim/run bricks.  It will also make being able to do a test triathlon easier, since we won’t be lugging all our equipment to the park.

I’ll end this post with some photos we took while on a bike ride the other day.  Be sure to look around as you exercise outside.  You never know what you’ll find, like a carousel!  This one is at Union Park in Des Moines.

Live healthy, be happy!


Beaverdash and Capital Pursuit 10 Mile Runs

I’m a little behind in blogging, but last weekend I had a full schedule of events. First up was the Beaverdale Beaverdash 5k; a nice flat race that is part of the Beaverdale neighborhood’s fall festival, and a fundraiser for SMA (spinal muscular atrophy). The second event was the Capital Pursuit 10 mile run, an event hosted by the Capital Striders Running Club, which I am happy to be a member of.

After a whirlwind of packet pickups on Friday evening, I woke up early and started to get ready for the 5k. Wouldn’t you know that it would rain just enough to make the road slick and hard to gain traction on. Since this race is only 2 miles from my home, I usually run there to warm up, run the race, and run a recovery run home. This time I was worried that it may get cancelled, so I drove to the event. I was there about ten minutes when the skies cleared … we were going to run!

The road was pretty slick, and the humidity was brutal, but we took off and I got off to a fast start. I maintained that quicker pace for over two miles before fading back. I was also having some hip pain from bursitis, but I didn’t let it stop me. I finished in 25:15 with an average pace of 8:04 min/mile! I was pretty happy with that! Then at the awards ceremony, I found out I was 4th in my age division! Not to shabby, considering I felt I could have done better.

Sunday morning was the Capital Pursuit 10 mile run. It starts and ends in downtown Des Moines, but winds you through some of the prettiest areas before heading back to the finish. Once again the bursitis pain flared up, and would not go away until mile 9. That caused my pace to drop dramatically, but given the circumstances, I was happy to just finish the race. I was even handed a finishers medal by Kevin Cooney of KCCI News. I ended up with a time of 1:37:35 with a pace of 9:40 min/mile.

I hope the bursitis is gone for now, as I have an 18 mile run coming up Sunday. After that, we will start decreasing until the marathon. I’m as excited and nervous about this marathon as I was with my first one. I wonder if they will all be that way.

Live healthy, be happy!