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No Need to Panic

Posted in Triathlon with tags , , , , , , on April 7, 2011 by brianestover

Why panic? Just because I’m racing this weekend at the Marquee Triathlon and then again next Saturday at the Trisports.com Phoenix Triathlon isn’t a reason to panic. I could list the reasons to panic such as:

1. I don’t have a wet suit. Ok that’s not entirely true. I have a wet suit, with a few holes and several tears. So technically while I have a wet suit I don’t have a wet suit to race in. Just because I don’t have a wet suit isn’t a reason to panic. I mean it’s Thursday and the race isn’t until Sunday. No worries. Plenty of time to get a wet suit.

2. I’ve ridden my TT bike for a total of 34 miles. And that’s since November 1. November 1 of 2010. Clearly no reason to panic there.

3. I ran with Ted last Saturday for a casual 7 mile run that turned in 9.2 miles going up huge, steep hills at an rather unreasonable rate of speed and tweaked my hamstring. Actually I tweaked my hamstring running downhill in the sandy wash but let’s not split hairs. It’s not a reason to panic. Nor is the fact that it still hurts when I walk. Nope, no panic there. Ok maybe a little panic with that one. But just a little. And by little I mean it’s just a tiny nagging thought that runs through my head all day long like a fire truck siren blaring 5 feet from your ear.

4. Between all the not running I’ve done this week and the Naproxen I’ve taken I’m sure it could possibly be better by Sunday right? And by Sunday I mean Sunday morning just in case my body decides to read this.

5. Just because there are some really fast guys registered isn’t a reason to panic is it? Did I mention a few of those guys have way faster then me run PB’s. Nope, not a reason to panic.

6. Some of those same guys are really strong cyclists as well. Another reason to not panic.

Now lets list all the reasons I shouldn’t panic.

1. I’ve swam 40km this year! That’s 30km more then this point last year. That’s actually a reason for some of them to panic!

2. My biking power/weight ratio has increased since my last race. All due to increases in power. Maybe I can drop a few kg’s by Sunday. 5kg or so should do it.

3. I’ve got nothing else. Clearly a reason to revert back to panic mode.

Kicking Ass….again

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , on May 16, 2010 by brianestover

It was a good weekend for Accelerate 3 athletes. 3 races in 3 states with 3 podiums. Once again proving that good things come in 3’s.

Kerry raced the Florida 70.3. What does she do this past week? She gets a new bike. Then proceeds to ride to the 4th fastest bike split in her AG, which I might mention is her longest ride on that bike. Not content with that, she throws down the fastest run in her AG, the second best overall female AG run split and the 13th fastest female run of the day. Not to shabby for her second ride on the new bike. I’ll post her power numbers as soon as I get them.

I raced the Tempe International Triathlon today. It was awesome to see a lot of my Trisports.com teammates out racing and placing in their age group or overall. After swimming a bit off course, I ended up 7th Overall and won the M35-39 AG. I started the bike and my legs were flat. The watts were low and I was riding like a pussy. It took getting passed, only for a bit, for me to snap out of it. I rode the second 20k loop 1.5 minutes faster and just over 20 watts higher then the first loop. I ran roughly the same time as last year, but the run was about .4 longer this year. I’m exiting the water here. Thankfully, other then the guy right behind me, I still had a decent gap on the rest of my AG field with only one guy out in front of me. AP/NP 238/251

Rich used the fastest run split of the day to leapfrog from 5th after the bike to 2nd OV at the Peachtree International Triathlon. Midway through the bike people started launching attacks. Rich just rides smart, in control, letting everyone chase each other down. Exiting T2 he put the wood to them, making some people rather unhappy as they tumbled down the results sheet. AP/NP 273/280