Archive for April, 2010

Big Decision…

Posted in Random Stuff with tags , , , , on April 28, 2010 by brianestover

Woke up at 5:16 to go ride. My eyes were gooped up, my nose was boogered over, my breathing was ragged and wheezy. I think I got hit by allergies. I’ve been taking Claritin 10mg QD and/or BID depending upon the day to prevent allergies, but Claritin is such a weak antihistamine combined with a horrible season. I think it just overpowered the antihistamine. A puff on my Xopenex inhaler, a few good blows of the nose and I’m feeling somewhat better. Stuffy still but at least my breathing isn’t wheezy. Time to go the the pharmacy and grab some Zyrtec.

But the big decision arose when I opened the fridge. My milk supply is low. Very low. What to do? After fretting for about :06 seconds, I chose to use the milk for my morning cups of tea and I’ll go to Paco’s for a #2 breakfast burrito and a medium Pepsi. I love the yummy goodness that the bacon, egg, cheese and potato breakfast burrito is. Drip some red sauce on it before every bite = Super Delicious. It deserves a capital letter because it’s that freaking good.

Then I started to feel bad for you 10 readers that live elsewhere besides along the Mexican border. You just can’t find tasty goodness like the #2 breakfast burrito in say ND, or Ontario or Walla Walla. I feel bad for you guys, missing out on the wholesome goodness of Paco’s. I’ve had burritos from several places in CA, other places in Tucson, Phoenix and even Yuma. None of them can hold a candle to Paco’s. So why you suckers are eating cereal, or your English muffin with peanut butter on it, or trying to choke down some high fiber wheat cereal, I’ll be sipping a Pepsi and munching on the tastiest breakfast burrito this side of the Pacific Ocean. Enjoy…if you can.

What to do?

Posted in Random Stuff, Triathlon with tags , , , on April 24, 2010 by brianestover

Over the last few weeks, months, a bit of time anyway, I’ve really been struggling with training. There has been a lot of workouts missed, the motivation to train isn’t really there and I’m not a big fan of me racing unless I’m in shape. Sure, I still like to go run, ride my bike and check out the 60-70 year old hotties at the pool when I swim, but I’m just not digging training for triathlon right now. Staying fit yes. Training…not so much.

There has to be more out there to do then triathlon. I like being fit, knowing that I can pummel most people 10-15 years younger then me, at least in endurance sports. But I think, or at least I’m thinking that I think that I’m over having triathlon as a pillar in how my life is structured. It’d be nice to go out and get plastered some night at a pub, hang out until 12 or later and not have to worry about getting up at 5:30am to beat the heat to work out. Of course I can drink a fair bit, so getting plastered at a pub could become expensive. So somewhat plastered. Easier to recover from and easier on the wallet, two things I really like.

I’ve got Wildflower coming up next weekend and I’m not really excited about going to that race. Looking forward to seeing some friends and hanging out with them, not so excited about racing.

It seems I need to drift towards a decision, continue to train and try to get faster, after all I’d still like to break 4:10 on a legit half IM course, or try to shift my focus towards some other things be it work, napping, maybe work and napping or something else.

Where did all the time go?

Posted in Random Stuff, Triathlon with tags , , , , , , on April 22, 2010 by brianestover

Whew, a lot has happened in the last few weeks. It’s been crazy, lots of travel, lots of seeing friends, family, lots of thinking, lots of work and some possible change in the works.

I went to Iron Gear Sports up in Mesa, AZ to get fitted on the Specialized Transition by Kevin Risenborough. I thought I was 95% there on the fit by wanted a second opinion by an expert fitter. Kevin slid me forward 1 degree to 80degrees and wedged my right shoe.

The next day he, Jeff, Tim and I went out for a little 4 hour bike ride. All systems go and my right glut was feeling awesome versus being tight after a ride that long.

Then a few days later I boarded a plane for Atlanta. We had a meeting to get our new CRM software and computers. All I can say is wtf was up with the 7:30a-9:30pm work day? Seriously? The computers and our CRM rock though. It’s a BIG improvement over what we had.

No way would I want to live in the middle of Atlanta. I thought Tucson had a lot of homeless. My friend and I went running through downtown Atlanta. It was like running the steeple chase. Every 200-300m we were hurdling over a homeless person. There were so many we actually ran in the streets, cars be damned. There is just no where to run in the middle of downtown Atlanta. We ran to the Olympic Park, which everyone said was a great place to run. It seems people there don’t have high expectations for running if that is a primo running spot. We finally said f*ck it, went back to the hotel and hit the treadmills.

Airlines are ridiculous. It was actually less expensive for me to fly from ATL-GSO spend a few days with the parents and grandparents and then fly GSO-ATL-TUS then it would have been for me to fly directly home from the meeting. It seems that if you fly me more miles it should cost more, not less. No wonder the airlines can’t make money. What dumb ass prices tickets so that the more you fly the less total price you pay? No wonder they can’t make a profit. Best of all because the price to GSO and back to TUS was less then my ticket to Atlanta, my company covered the cost of me to fly to see my parents. I get to see my parents, grandparents and a friend, the company gets to save money. It’s a win-win-lose. The loser being Delta.

First thing Friday, I hit the trails for a run. I love running on these trails. The rolling terrain, the zigging and zagging back n forth, the dirt trails oh so soft. It’s running bliss. Through the woods around the lake and nary another person to be seen. Later that weekend I met up with a friend I haven’t seen in ~15 years and we hit the trails at Salem Lake. Nice rolling trail with mile markers. 3 days of running all on trails and close to 30 miles total while I was there.

But back to the change. Met with my boss today and talked more about going into the home office. That would be a radical change. I’ve never really had an office job. I’ve had 2 jobs with offices but I rarely used them. Kind of hard when you are in outside sales to make any money sitting in the office. But during that conversation, I’ve been trying to figure out how to get one of my clients more running volume into his very time limited schedule. Something my boss said about being in a different box if I go into the home office turned on the light bulb for this clients schedule. I figure now is a great time to make that move back across the country if everything is right. Real estate prices are down, I don’t own, there is a relo package. It could be an exciting change. We’ll see how the conversations progress as I start down the path exploring the options that could lay before me. Tune in later to see if I have to move!

The Most Awesome Thing About Coaching

Posted in Triathlon with tags , , , , on April 1, 2010 by brianestover

Why do I still coach after about 15 years of it? Partly because of the challenge. Partly because I like helping others achieve and succeed beyond their expectations, partly because I think I’m pretty damn good at it. About 2-3 years ago, I almost quit coaching. One day, probably in the next few years, I will. One of the main reasons I still coach is because of the emails and phone calls I get from my athletes, like the one below from Cory. Here is an athlete that has struggled over the last five years with some issues. He has a weird work schedule that allows him only running and the occasional swim and bike for 3-4 months of the year. After many emails and phone conversations, there was a challenge presented from our conversations, something that his previous coach couldn’t help him do, something that he was frustrated over, something he was struggling with that I thought I could solve. This is why I coach, the process that coaching is and the emails, phone calls and texts like this. Read below.

5 years…5 fricking years

It’s taken me 5 years of attempts to finally have a race that I don’t puke, I don’t stop and walk, I don’t watch people pass me that I know I should be faster than. I can’t even begin to tell you how happy I’ve been the last 24 hours.

Swim: The swim went awesome I came out of the water 5th overall. I was really calm and comfortable swimming to the point that I forgot I was in a race. I could have easily kept swimming another lap. Swim time 28:16

Bike: The bike course was a loop through the town and then out on the highway to a turnaround and back. It was uphill with a bunch of rolling hills pretty much all the way to the turnaround. On the way out there was a headwind blowing. The first hour I stayed pretty conservative right around 220. After an hour I upped the wattage to 230-235 because I knew that on the way back I would be coasting on some of the downhills. I just kept my head down and pedaled my way through the wind. Once I hit the turnaround I tried to stay around 235-240 and ride with the wind and downhills as much as I could. It took 2 hours to get to the turnaround and a little over an hour to get back. Looking at my power file I was pretty happy at my pacing through it. According to my PT the course was 58 miles instead of 56. And after I got done I could have kept on riding if I needed to.

Run: My arch nemesis. The course was an out and back twice with one big hill in the middle. I started the run conservatively and built into it like you said. After 4 miles I was kind of waiting for the bonk to come and my legs to die out, or my stomach to get sick, or something to happen. When nothing did and I kept running, especially up the hill, I was on cloud nine. Once I hit the turnaround and had 3 miles left I just went for it. I powered up the hill and cruised comfortably on the way back to the finish with a smile on my face from ear to ear. According to my GPS the run was short by almost a mile and a half. The RD said it was short in the briefing, but I could’ve kept going the last 1.5 miles at my pace easily. My first mile was a 7:27 and my last mile was a 7:33.

This is the best part. When I was done I was thirsty, but I had NO stomach problems. NO cramping. Nothing. I was just tired that’s all. It was awesome. 30 min later I was drinking the first beer of the night. Even today I’m not sore at all just a little tired.

So that’s it, the first successful race I’ve ever had over an olympic distance. A new PR of sorts with a long bike and short run but I’ll take it. I was fit, prepared both physically and mentally, and confident. I can’t thank you enough for this. I can’t wait for IMSG. It’s going to be tough but I know i’ll be ready.

If there’s one that has become very obvious to me these last couple months it’s this. You know your shit. There’s no gimmicks, no fancy this or fancy that. Let me guide you in doing hard work and results will follow.

Thanks again

Cory