Archive for August, 2010

Focus

Today’s the last day of August, wow that’s hard to believe! It’s been a super eventful year and I’ve personally seen lots of growth while exploring the Triathlon world. The past week or so I’ve been sitting down looking at race calendars for the rest of the year. While there are still several triathlons in the Austin area, my funds aren’t and I’m not sponsored yet. It’s quite the challenge trying to budget for everything when both myself and my wife are active, being frugal and having two small children to care for. (We constantly fast forward a couple of years to ‘free school’ and smile). Nonetheless I am already signed up for a couple of long-distance cycling events. Thus the title of my post, focus. I will continue to maintain my fitness levels in swimming and running, but am shifting my needed focus to cycling miles in order to be ready for these long rides. Now that the weather should begin to taper off any week now will also help. My wife is training for the San Antonio Half Marathon in November so I’ve been getting creative with my riding. Earlier morning rides, and thanks to bicycle magazine for an awesome article on interval rides are ensuring that my training isn’t for naught. So what am I riding you ask?

First I hope to be randomly selected (or otherwise if I can figure out how) for the first ever Bike to the Bash. It’s the coolest free ride EVER. And put on by my team, Austin Cycle Camp. It’s a ride from Austin to San Antonio, and lots of fun to ensue.

The city of Round Rock hosts a ride called the Outlaw 100. And as the name implies it’s a century ride. Being as it’s in my backyard I’m excited for this to be my first bonafied century. It routes along a lot of the roads I ride normally anyhow. It usually coinsides with the timing for the LiveSTRONG challenge, but I lucked out this year.

Then finally, I’ll be riding in the LiveSTRONG Challenge Austin again. Rather than the 65 miles of hill country I rode last year, I’ll be pedaling out the full 90 mile route. I’m really excited as this is an awesome ride for such a great cause. Speaking of which, if you haven’t donated to support my ride, please click here. Every bit counts. And it all helps fight the war on cancer. I’ll be riding for all of those friends and family members who are fighting or have lost their fight with cancer. I would love your support by sharing your stories with me to help finish out the miles I ride.

Keeping 2 wheels down…

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Product Review: VitalSox Compression Socks

After doing some extensive reading and talking to other athletes for a while, I’ve been in search of a good pair of compression socks. The problem? Most run for $50-60. As good as the technology sounds, I just couldn’t bring myself to shell out that much cash for a pair of socks. So I had been content (not really) with my lack of recovery apparel until I was in Rogue Running a couple of months ago. I wasn’t very hopeful and was just meandering around the store when I went to the sock area. I noticed the VitalSox compression socks. The price tag lured me in, and I asked one of the associates if this brand had been very popular. He affirmed, and I was quickly on my way having an affordable pair of compression socks. I have run a ‘battery’ of my own tests mostly involving me slipping them on post race, or post big run/ride. I’ve even worn them overnight after a couple of major events. My thoughts? Awesome. No really, they’re awesome. Now just how to figure out how to get the wife & kids to not make funny faces when I wear ‘old man’ socks around!