Monthly Archives: October 2007

What a (2) week(s)!

This has been the busiest week or two since we started training, and offered some insight into how we will keep our training up during season, through Gymfest, and into the summer. Overall, we did pretty well, and there were some great adventures as well!

 Backing up a couple of weeks, to Monday, October 15, when Lisa and I did our first tri-brick, we actually felt pretty good about how it went, and look forward to more paddling.

Tuesday, we didn’t hve time for a run, but we did out “in-gym” conditioning circuit with Jeni, Tonya, Lisa, Rachael and myself. Good, hard work, but lacked the satisfaction of a good cardio day… it’s funny how you can get “addicted” to a certain level of activity… it used to be that if I got in a 30 minute run and did a few logs or weights, Ireally thought I was doing well for myself. Now, if I can’t get an hour or more a day in, I feel cheated, almost.

Wednesday, Lisa did her Yoga, and Dave did a fast 3 miles: 23:12, which isn’t blazing, but the first mile was in 8:20, and the last was in 7:40, so not too bad.

Thursday, Friday and Saturday were pretty much taken up with Congress preparation. On our feet all day, lots of walking, but no exercise to speak of.

Sunday, I got up at 5:00 ish (actually, I didn’t really go to sleep… restless brain) and did a very fun 6 miles. The 3 days off really seemed to help the body recover, and it was as easy a run as I have had in months. Lots of fun, and there is something about running through deserted city streets in the early morning darkness that is kind of fun.

Monday, we took Cliff out to Farragut to meet Big Nasty and Long Nasty. Rick did excellent work on the hills, and Lisa ran like a champ. Cliff’s back bothered him, but he finished up like a warrior. We finished the day with a couple of hours of paintball, just for fun.

Tuesday was an off day, as we tried to get caught back up at the gym.

Wednesday, I took my dear friend Dave Holcomb for a bit of a bike tour of Farragut… Dave is a long time recumbent rider, but in Ohio, the biggest hill in his area is a freeway overpass… the hills took there toll on him during our 11 mile jaunt. I actually felt pretty good, and after biking, I jogged the 6 mile Bunco loop for the first time this year. Did it in 51:32, and had some left in the tank, even after the big hill.

Rested Thursday, and got ready for our little vacation to Vegas…

Friday in Vegas! Picked Andy up, and he, Lisa and I did an easy 3 miles or so through the desert. It was Andy’s first time wearing a pack, and he noticed the difference. Running around bushes, cacti etc was technical. Lisa go her massage, and we got psyched for a great weekend.

Saturday, Dave and Andy did a very fast just under 4 miles: we ran out in 14:20, back in 12:10 at about 7:05 pace, through the desert again. Much more challenging than running on flat ground. Partied with Jimmy for the rest of the day after I picked up Jeni and Kelley.

Sunday was our first big adventure! We went out to Red Rock Canyon west of Vegas, and Andy, Lisa, Jeni and I did the 11.3 mile Grand Circle trail in 85 degrees. Andy and I carried packs with (not enough!) water, and we did the technical, difficult, hilly, rocky course in 2:01 running time, and 2:14 overall, with drink/navigation stops thrown in. HARD work! We missed Rick, as it would have been right up his alley. Got some insight into hydration, as Jeni and Lisa were pretty dried out. Dave and Andy fared a bit better, but we all sucked down fluids for the rest of the day. We ran the last 3.7 miles in 32.14, which is pretty fast over rough terrain, especially after 90 minutes! We were pretty proud of ourselves, to be honest!

Monday, everyone was gone :(. Dave did about 5.5 miles in the desert in 42 minutes, running out in 22:40, back on 20 and change. Felt pretty good, actually, even thought the legs started out tired. Lisa did 30 minutes on the bike and we both did weights and abs. Not too bad.

Tuesday, we drove 5 hours to Grand Canyon National park for a little exercise! We ran the 7.3 mile Rim Trail from Bright Angel Lodge to Hermit’s Rest, and then hiked a mile down in to the canyon and back out.

The run was pretty tough: over 7000 feet, and I wore a pretty heavy pack (10 pounds or so). The legs were also a little tired, and the start is a .7 mile hill that is really steep. I thought the lungs were going to burst until the CV system kicked in… I actually thought I was going to have to stop and take the pack off, as I couldn’t get enough air, it seemed… forced myself to breath, and finished the hill. From then on, it went better, but it was a really difficult trail, with lots of uneven footing, cutbacks, trees, etc. Hard to get in a good rythym, and the legs, especially my shins and ankles, were getting pretty tired. I’m guessin that this is how Tahoe is going to be, though i’m going to do some checking on the altitude there.

I now know that I need to do a gentle, flat 1/2 mile or so as a warm-up to get the CV going before starting, especially if the start  is uphill… starting uphill just kills me, whcih is why I find the start of Tubbs so hard. Overall, lots of fun, though, and the view… wow! That is one big hole! We want to go and do a hike in-camp-hike out with Jeni, Rick and any other interested FARTs who can make it. The altitude and heat make for a hard day, so I think even hiking would be good training, and Lisa and I haven’t done any hike-camping yet!

Today (Halloweeen) we are going to tour Hoover Dam and head up to Valley of Fire, where we hope to get another good run in there before heading home tomorrow. The legs are pretty beat up after 5 tough days, but Thursday and Friday will likely be rest days as we have lots to do before we leave Friday afternoon for training camp in Seattle. I might just run solo, but I’ll ask Lisa when I wake her up in 10 minutes! 🙂

 Overall, feeling better and better, and getting stronger. Most of all, it’s lots of fun to train with friends, and with a real goal in mind. I’ve missed that, without even knowing it! Thanks to all of you! Keep up the good training, and I look forward to seeing you all whenever we can make it work!


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Rick PB – 3x stair climb

Got a good few hours mountain biking in North Vancouver on Saturday.

But the highlight was Thursday: cycled to the infamous stairs from Princess Island Park up to Crescent Heights and ran up and down 3 times without stopping.


This was a first. I’ve been trying to do it for the past 25years, unsuccessfully.

Whoo. Hoo.

Ideally, I plan to get out 4x each week for a 3hr+ exercise stint. Normally it will be cycling plus an additional bricklet.

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Finally got Cliff here, too!

After Region 2 Rising, Cliff and Rick both stayed around a couple of extra days, and on Monday, we got to get out and show Cliff “Big Nasty!

We did High Point to Scout Rocks, scrambled Scout Rocks, ran down to the lake, and did Big Nasty. Rick and I then did “Long Nasty” and made it all the way to the main road, so pretty successful! Rick was just back after the dental surgery vacation to Maz, but did some of his best work on the hills today! We made it is 49 minutes and change. Cliff’s back gave him some problems, but he finished it up anyway. Lisa ran like a champ today, and her normal side stitch wasn’t too bad. Any one have any ideas on “curing” stitches? After that, we played a couple of hours of paiontball, and had a dinner party with various other clinicians from camp. Lots of fun!

Keep up the great work!

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27 Years and Can Still Ride a Bike

One Brick down and many more to go.  After a hiatus of 27 years from bike riding, Tucker charges off on the hilly dirt trail for 9 & 1/3 miles and whips through the technical course in 54 minutes.  But that wasn’t enough.  Taking off his stylish black bike helmet adorned with cob webs and muddy dirt and strapping on those oh so important Patellar Tendon Bands, he charged up the yellow trail for a 6 mile run.  And so the first Brick was laid. 

The biking as far as endurance was not bad, except for going up sandy hills (thank God for gears).  Steering on the other hand was quite challenging at times – going right was easier than left.  I borrowed my buddy’s bike and that worked great.  Can’t wait to get mine in the winter.  The run felt very funny after the bike.  After the first mile things were good.  However, at mile 5 it was straight up hill for the next 1/2 mile and after a stumble ninja roll, I closed out the last 1/2 mile throwing one foot in front of the other.  We did that leg in 55 minutes.

All in all, it was an awesome experience and once again a perfect Michigan autumn day.  See you on Friday

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RICK’S BRICKS, … Bricklets, … ok chicklets

After getting many sutures removed from my mouth Tuesday night, I rented a bike for the next 2 days.

Did 25min ocean walkway rides followed by some hill work at the far end. Walking and carrying the bike. (1hr 40min day one. 2hrs 30min day two.)

In my mind the climb up El Faro (the lighthouse) hill felt something like this …


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Put Me In for 5 More

Once again, thank God for peer pressure.  Three of us got up at 6:30 for quick 5 miles after a night of big meals and wine.  Never would have done it without my co-workers.  Did it in 48 minutes.  About to present, talk to you later.

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Tucker Runs First Boston Marathon

Ok, so it was only 5.5  – 6 miles, but it was in Boston.  Had a great run this morning at 6:30 am before my meeting which just ended at 7:34 pm.  Needless to say, I am exhausted.  Did yoga at 6:00 am yesterday and then ran 3 miles before hopping on the plane.  Before you know it, someone is going to confuse me with a runner.  Have to run to dinner, no pun intended.  Going on a run in the morning and have to present as well.  May need a Red Bull to stay awake.  See you in 1.5 weeks.

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