Monday, 19 December 2011

X Mas X cyclocross

I raced yesterday. It was a great one down at Sand Island. A 1.5 mile course with grass, single track, mud and sand. My favorite part was the single track hills, and the wooden ramp. My least favorite was trudging through the sand and riding around all the Keawe trees worried about flatting.
It was a 45 minute race, each lap averaged about 6.5 minutes for me. The first lap had a prime sprint and I won it! 20 dollars in the pocket... I went 100% for as long as I could manage, but just before the first lap was over I got passed, actually cut off by a guy and I went straight into a tree. By the time I got back on my bike I was passed  by another. I lost the lead and maintained 3rd. I won a nice bag of coffee beans.
I was bummed that I didnt win, but I was not in shape and the two guys that passed me are always riding upwards of 20 hours a week ( I average 0). So I felt good about my performance considering I havent really trained for it.
I bunny hopped every barrier, and I rode through all the sand. I only dismounted once and it was for about half a mile so I could carry my bike through the single track as I had a flat tire. I rode a mile on it flat before I got to switch out bikes.
I love this sport, Cyclocross and triathlon are my two favorites. I think they have a lot of crossover benefits too.
Today I did my long ride (2:15) with a 30 minute run afterwards. It was a good workout and although I cut my ride short I was a little tired and out of energy as I have yet to dial this new workout in. I haven't eaten any meat or animal product for a week now except for some whey protein and Casein protein powder ( I am trying to use it up so I dont just throw it all away). I have been drinking lots of Hemp milk, and hemp protein... Its really good! I love it actually, so much better than almond or soy milk.
I hope being a Vegan makes me lighter and faster this year. I will keep you updated...
Here is a bunch of pics from the last race (yesterday) and other tri's this year... and a few of the kids.

Sunday, 18 December 2011

Nervous for tomorrow

Sunday December 18th is the first cyclocross race I have done since 2009 when I won 4/4 races. I am nervous to race because I have no idea what kind of shape I will be in, how good everyone else is, what the course is like, etc etc. I really want to win this because I love this sport. My experience is very small at it, but I really enjoy it a lot.
I will take pics and all that so the next entry will be more interesting, but just wanted to say that I am nervous...
I was supposed to run for like 1:20 today and I ended up doing nothing until a 20 minute spin on the rollers just now (midnight).
On a different note... I have been eating vegan for three full days now. Day one I had bison for dinner so that wasn't great, but since then I have been eating all vegan. Not just wimpy vegan either, I am going all out for the raw foods, vegan. So far I feel really good and healthy, I have slept so good too. I feel a lot of stress just disappearing too.
I better get to bed before the sun comes up...

Thursday, 15 December 2011

December Update

Between Bike and Run is the best time to update your blog... I just finished a slow slow slow hour and a half ride. I guess slow riding in your endurance zone is good for something... at least I have faith that it does. I feel like I have lost so much speed, but I know its good to have some down time each year.
I have done a few big things in the last few months regarding sport and I thought it was a good time to talk about them. I have started to coach and I am working on my ITCA certification. Its so much better than USAtriathlon certification because Its a legit course and its very very difficult. I have been studying anatomy and physiology equal to my pre-nursing level courses. I love this stuff though so its been pretty easy for me. I guess going to med school for a little while has helped me in a lot of ways. I can study hard now, retain information better, and I have learned a ton about anatomy and physiology that has helped me with the triathlon cert as well as the nursing.
WHich reminds me I have applied to the U of Hawaii masters entry nursing program which will start next fall... I will hear from them in January wether or not they will interview me for the program. It is a very competitive one and I am very nervous...
So the second big thing is that I have also hired a coach to help me out. My wife Robyn has as well. I would love to coach myself and her, but I would rather not for lots of reasons. Plus I can use our coaches as teachers to guide me in my own coaching business. My coach is Matthew Seymour and so far I have been training with him for 6 weeks. I have been doing an offseason type base training regime with weight training and lots of slow workouts.
I have been in talks with MIX1 trying to renew my sponsorship for the 2012 season and I have my fingers crossed that they will want to continue to support me. I would have to work with someone in California though but it would be well worth it. I love their drinks.
I have also gotten another sponsor for the 2012 season... Trinity sports wear... 
I will be adding their address to my links soon too. They will be giving Robyn and I clothing to race in this year... I saw a few people in Florida with it and that is were I met the owner of the company at the Pineapple man triathlon... I am very excited about it.
Well I am off to run now... I need to do a quick 50 minute session then its back home and later I will blog again about my new diet... Its a huge change up for me and Robyn -- VEGAN!!!