Showing posts from August, 2014

St Augustine Summer Tri

This race is so much fun because so many people from our club race and there is a huge support crew!  Last year, I got second overall, so I knew I really had to push myself if I wanted first this time around.  The course was great, it was organized and the volunteers seemed to know what was going on.  The ocean was calm, there wasn't much wind and the temps were not too bad in the morning.  This all made for a great tri!

Swimming to the first buoy was brutal with all the other athletes.  It was crowded and everyone was fighting for that first position.  Once we made the first turn, the pack evened out and we all settled into our pace.  At the end of the swim, two others were right in front of me, but I passed them before we got out of transition which made for a really nice bike.  By the time I got to the turn around on the bike, I was ahead of the next person by a couple minutes, but I wanted to make the gap even bigger so I didn't have to kill myself on the run so I put the…

Another Win in the Bag (Jax Series #3)

What a hot day for a race.  Throw in a little wind and it was a really challenging day. 

The water was surprisingly calm, but there were some strong currents to overcome.  A swim that generally takes me about 22 minutes took 26 this time around.  There was much less sea life this time around which helped with the nerves.  By the time I got on the bike, the wind was picking up a little and it made the course more challenging than last time.  By about mile 3, I was in first place and I then led for the rest of the race.  The bike is an out-and-back so half way through you get a good idea of where you stand.  I was a couple minutes ahead, but all the people behind me were in groups drafting which was kinda of a bummer.  Not to sound like a complainer, but it bothers me when I see that in a race.

I got into transition with a pretty big lead which was great since I wasn't feeling all that well on the run.  The heat was getting to me and I ran slower than usual.  The run is shaded whic…

Speedfil R3 Review

This is by far the best rear carry system I have used.  It appears to be made out of a high quality plastic that flexes a little.  This is great because it flexes as you go over bumps making a smoother ride for your bottles so they are not as likely to fly out like other systems.  Other people I ride with have other systems and are constantly losing bottles, but I have not lost a single one.

I have mine setup to carry 2 Co2's, 2 bottles, tube, inflator and tire iron.  It is super light and highly adjustable.  Depending on the race I do, I change it to just carry one bottle.  It also works with any seat because of their locking system and adjust-ability.  The other great part about their locking system is you don't need to worry about it getting lose and becoming limp while you ride.  I have had this issue with other rear carry systems and it's a pain to stop and fix it, plus is can scratch your bike.

The last comment I have is the great customer service Speedfil has.  I b…

Visiting the Family! (or part of it)

Daria and I tool our yearly trip to Scottsdale to see the family and had a great time.  I even got to meet up with a Tri club for some running and a Masters swim group.  Other than working and training, we got a chance to go out on the boat and do some relaxing.  Daria just about got up on the surf board behind the boat and she got punished on the tube thanks to Grandpa.  I rode it with her for a while, but she had bigger balls than I did and I hopped off first.

We then drove to Oceanside, CA to meet more of the family and take a family photo.  The surf wasn't great, but I got to get out for a couple days and catch some waves. We tried to buy a surfboard from Surf Ride, but they were total dicks so we got one from Asylum Surf instead.  We spent a day at Sea World (please don't judge wasn't my decision) which was pretty cool, but you can't go without feeling super bad for the big animals in small cages. We ate some delicious food, including some awesome rolls a…

No Bake Peanut Butter Balls - Recipe

I keep writing down recipes I like then losing them.  Solution: Put them online where I can find them again!

These make a delicious snack to satisfy my sugar cravings.  All my recipes are health and exercise friendly.  For this one in particular, I added turmeric to these treats to help reduce inflammation.

1 1/2 cups oats
1/2 cup ground flax seed
1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
1/4 cup chia seeds
1 cup peanut butter
1/4 cup honey
1 teaspoon turmeric
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Mix dry ingredients in bowl.  Then mix in wet ingredients.  I start off mixing with a fork, then finish them off with my hands.  Roll into balls and refrigerate.