Thursday, October 30, 2008
Monday, October 27, 2008
I had a great weekend. With 3 hours of solid effort on the bike on Saturday and 1:45 of tough running in windy/hilly conditions yesterday, I should be feeling over-the-moon and ready for Clearwater...
Heck, I'm a Navy Diver...A "tough guy" as it were. I can shiver all day and drink all night and then repeat again the next morning. Well, actually, I have the alcohol tolerance of an 11-year old girl.
Nevertheless, I'm a pretty confident fellow. So, it's been interesting as I track my response to an event that occurred 8 days ago.
Last weekend (8 days ago), I took the Navy Physical Fitness test. It's nothing overwhelming (some push-ups, sit-ups, and a 500 yard swim). I finished my swim in 9:08. While not my fastest swim, it was a solid effort for me.
That evening, I was having dinner with my Executive Officer and her family. We were discussing the swim and I mentioned my time. That's when it occurred. Initially, it was just a slight smirk, but then it was followed by outright condescension...From my XO's 11-year old daughter! As she put it, "That's slow. I can swim 500 in 7 minutes." Wow!
I love to say I dismissed her comments, but I gotta be honest. After all the additional work I've poured into my swimming the past 10 months, it's REALLY frustrating to know that an 11-year old girl can still kick my butt. Heck, I've been working on my swimming since 1998 (when the girl was only 2 years old)!!!
Oh well...As I always say, triathlon teaches humility. Even for those of us who ARE racing the World Championships in 12 days.
Posted by Jonathan C. Puskas at 9:28 AM
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
17 days until Clearwater...
My legs are fine. My swimming has reached a plateau (if I've improved at all). And, I'm just trying to finish the last workouts so I can race.
I'll need to tighten up my diet a bit as I'm feeling a bit "fat."
It's been a weird year. Quite a bit of training consistency. A solid coach. Decent race results. Yet, I don't really feel fulfilled. Candidly, the half-Ironman distance doesn't feel "special" to me. It just doesn't feel like a big accomplishment relative to the longer stuff.
Do I enjoy the training? Yep. Do I like the people I meet? For sure. Do I think I've made improvements? No doubt.
Current prediction? 4:40 as (:34, :04, 2:30, :02, 1:30)...
I'll need to work on my transitions to ensure I don't waste "free speed." I'll also need to take advantage of the "legal draft" at Clearwater and ensure I keep pressure to the pedals if I hope to ride that fast.
After that... Time will tell. I'm thinking 2009 will need to make room for Ursa Major, but I'll worry about that on 10 November once I've accomplished my goals for Clearwater.
Posted by Jonathan C. Puskas at 6:43 PM
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Last weekend, I was able to travel home to Portland for a weekend with Rachel. When I'm home, we have really limited time for lots of competing demands. One of my goals for the weekend was to race cyclocross.
'Cross in Portland has created its own subculture. It's quirky, grassroots racing at its finest. It's also an opportunity to see lots of friends in one location.
With that said, I couldn't afford to spend all day hanging out at a bike race so I chose to race the "Category C" event as it was starting earlier in the day. With limited racing in my legs and only a single speed MTB to race, I felt that I could afford to "drop down" a category for the day.
Well...I guess not everyone agreed:-) From the first stroke of a pedal (and for the next 45 minutes), I enjoyed the constant cheers of "sandbagger" or "race the Bs" from my friends along course.
I suppose I understand. In reality, we all race to push ourselves to the "next level." Whenever one makes a conscious choice to plateau, they are bound to be "motivated" by others to keep pushing. In some respects, THAT is what makes the athletic community special. It's the willingness to push OTHERS to exceed their self-imposed limits.
Am I proud of my performance on Sunday? Actually, yes. I pushed myself physically and raced well. Would I have preferred to have the time to race a more challenging category? You betcha!
Posted by Jonathan C. Puskas at 6:52 PM
Sunday, October 5, 2008
Perfection... When everything comes together...
I took a nice 1:45 minute run (building in pace/effort the entire time) on a beautiful "last days of summer" morning.
Days like today are the reason we run in the rain, cold, excessive heat, treadmills, forbidding streets of unknown cities, and alone. For that rare day when the legs, the lungs, and the head all come together and say I AM ALIVE.
Posted by Jonathan C. Puskas at 5:16 PM
Friday, October 3, 2008
I'm selling this for a friend (Jesse Anthony's pit bike from 2004/2005):
Ridley Supercross Frame/Python Fork (size 54)
Campy Chorus Carbon Ergo Levers
Campy Record Rear Derailleur (can trade for a Chorus Carbon Long Cage)
Campy Chorus Front Derailleur (can swap with a Record Carbon CT)
Campy Record Hubs laced to Open Pro Rims (Brand New)
FSA Carbon Crankset
FSA Platinum Pro BB
Empella Froglegs Cantis
Ritchey WCS Bars
Ritchey WCS Stem
Ritchey WCS Post
Fizik Arione Saddle
Michelin Mud2 Tires (Brand New)
$1350 complete ($1500 if you want the optional Mavic Ksyrium Tubulars with Challenge Griffo Tires). $1650 with both sets of wheels.
Posted by Jonathan C. Puskas at 8:15 PM