Sunday, March 21, 2010

MonaVie

I am excited to announce a new sponsorship with my friend Brandon Perry, a distributor of MonaVie. I am fortunate, to be using this as part of my nutritional needs it helps keep my immune system healthy and body injury free. Since long endurance training can put these at risk. There many athletes now using MonaVie in their nutrition such as cycling legend Tinker Juarez. There are different types of MonaVie drinks out now. I tried the original back over the winter and it was delicious. It was so good, that I actually sneaked into the local movie theater once to have to enjoy as a treat, since I don't drink many sodas. MonaVie is good for those people who care about what the put into their bodies, but also like something that is delicious tasting too. Feel free to click on Brandon's link over there on the right side and ask for more information or get in an order waaay done!! ;)

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This weekend we were faced with some of the worse conditions. It was another Poulsen weekend training camp, which began once I found my way there to the Arlington Heights track for mile repeats. We were met with strong winds, pouring rain, and temperatures in the 30s. After that followed a 2 hour base ride after rounding up a trainer from my buddy, Eric Trelz (Thanks!), so I didn't have to ride outside, then a swim session of 30x100 yard pulls. That night we had a good time of socialization and good food ;) we played that game where you act out different things and I ended up having to act out a Mermaid and Marilyn Monroe. Oh yeah I did!

The next day after sleeping like a baby over night, I didn't want to get up, but I did, and we did a 3.5 hour group ride together with a lot of intensity. There were two wrecks during this group ride, I won't mention any names, but the bad part is, it was indoors!!! Then we did a solid 20 minute run off the bike and I ran with (behind) the big boys Montes and Poulsen. Later that night I couldn't wait to do a cold plunge in 48 degree water to ease my pains :)

Cheers,

WR

Friday, March 12, 2010

BROOKS I.D.

This week I got accepted into the 2010 Brooks I.D. program which is made up of runners and coaches who inspire others daily! There a company who specializes in only running shoes and apparel. I look forward to representing such a fantastic company. I have been wearing the BROOKS Glycerin shoe for all my training for base runs, long runs, and even tempo and faster. You can check their products out online at www.brooksrunning.com and their products are also sold in local running stores.

This week was a rough week recovering from Athens,who knew i would be so sore from such a short race. I wasn't happy with my race results, but I was racing guys who are getting ready for college nationals next month and I don't have to be in my top shape until November. I am convinced I am right where I need to be for this time of year. Then on Tuesday, I tried to tackle hill repeats a bit (a lot) more aggressive than I should have. I had a good small brick session yesterday and ran much better off the bike than I thought I would have and I was just keeping it chilled. I am looking forward to a good weekend filled with a swimming session tonight, work tomorrow morning and a track session afterwards, and a good hard brick workout on Sunday. I don't race again until April 11th at Gateway to the Bay and on April 25th IM Lone Star 70.3, but I am looking forward to that and next weekend is another intense training camp in Fort Worth.

Cheers,
WR


Sunday, March 7, 2010

Athens

Game face on!

In 2008, at Athens it was 28 degrees. 2009 it was 38 degrees and raining. This year the weather turned out a great it was above 50 degrees and sunshine!

Things were better since the Texas Motor Speedway at the Athens triathlon I did finish!!!! If Carley had entered the race I probably would have been chicked again!

They say you aren't supposed to try anything new on race day, but I used my new blueseventy vision goggles that I haven used yet. They worked great and were a comfortable fit. I finished the swim a bit slower than I was expecting, and then got on the bike to have my brake shift on me and rub my disc wheel. I think this may have happened when I hit the rough chip seal. It wasn't just a soft rub, it was amazing I could even pedal it. Athens is a slow bike course due to chip seal on the road and some hills, I managed a 22.7 mph average. Then that made for tired legs on the run, but I was getting faster every mile, that was probably due to my roommate who came out to yell (support) at me and it was slightly downhill on the way back. Thanks Josh!!! My heart rate was also slightly lower than normal for this, but I wasn't rested up for this, I was going into it sort of fatigued. I finished in 7th overall and 2nd in my age group. There was some fast athletes out here today, a shout out to Mark Saroni for killin' it out there, and he led the UT-Tyler team to victory over Texas A&M in the college division.

From this, I took back a lesson, and that is to check everything on your bike before your race to make sure nothing is loose, especially brakes ;) .


on the way back to T2.

A few shout outs of thanks. Thanks to the Jesus! It was a great a training event to do and I made it all in one piece and walked away very tired from it. To FBC Athens for hosting the carb dinner which had some great vegetable lasagna and I also like to thank Jim and Penny McCan for hosting me and my training mate Bryce Fluker, and I apologize to Bryce for hitting him when we were sleeping.

Friday, March 5, 2010

Chicked at Cowtown, A Public Apology

There has been a recent discussion about me getting beat by a girl, in the Cowtown "The Shack" 10K in Fort Worth last weekend. I first denied it on my facebook page when I was called out, then I saw this email come through my yahoo mail. I felt the need to bring it to attention before it got out of hand, and offer an apology similar to that of Tiger Woods, that I am sorry for my transgressions (lying and denying), I did get beat by Carley in a sprint towards the finish. I have been dealing with this lately behind closed doors, hiding under the covers, afraid to come out of my room. Carley has been training super hard lately running hill repeats on the treadmill at 10mph, riding in group rides, and she has been in the pool. I hear she will be on the Ironman 70.3 circuit next season. I am over this now and will be racing in the Athens triathlon this weekend, which is the oldest sprint triathlon in Texas.



I know that there has been allot of debate lately about the results of the Cowtown 10K and who beat who in the Carley/William showdown. Well I wasn't there but a quick search in the results shows the following:

Cowtown The Shack 10K [MEDIA/TXT]
02/27/2010
Ft. Worth, TX

Bib

Chip Time

Gun Time

First Name

Last Name

City

State

Sex

Division

Class
Position

Overall
Place

Age

Zip

Country

Gen
Place

Total
Pace

15246

54:05

57:06

Carley

Hodgins

Fort Worth

TX

F

THE SHACK 10K F 25-29

42

626

26

76102

United States

159

8:43/M

14975

54:07

01:02:50

William

Ritter

Gun Barrel City

TX

M

THE SHACK 10K M 40-44

44

631

25

76063

470

8:43/M



Ritter, it was apparently a close race and I am sure Carley won in a final sprint and you being the gentleman you are probably took it easy on her. It is ok to get chicked every now and then. I even let my Grandmother beat me at checkers once so I can appreciate your chivalry. Congrats to Carley and better luck next year Will.