TRIATHLON TRAINING DADDY : Addicted to Triathlons? Me too. Follow along as I navigate faith, family, work and triathlon in every day life, share some tips and secrets, and help others fit it all in without missing out on life.

Monday, November 30, 2015

2015 KANSAS CITY MARATHON RECAP - 10/17/15 #BetterYourBest #RUNKCM @sportkc

It's been a few weeks to get the KC Marathon race report out, but at least it wasn't MONTHS!  ;)

October 17, 2015 was the Kansas City Marathon.  This was my 5th running of the KC marathon and my 7th stand-alone marathon (not counting Ironman marathons).

In my PREVIEW POST, I wasn't really expecting much other than:
  1. Don't hurt myself
  2. Don't pass out
  3. Don't feel crappy at the finish line
I'm happy to say, I accomplished my goals and then some.  Something to be said for setting your expectations low, or sand bagging your goals.

I didn't want to over challenge myself and hurt my PF issues even more plus miss a PR that I had high hopes for.  Delicate balancing act.

I made a last minute switch on shoes.  I know they say don't change anything on race day, but I went with my ASICS 33-M's I REVIEWED a while back.  I have used them on long runs, knew what to expect and they were well worn in with around 200 miles.

My Quantum 360's just had too many miles and were aggravating my feet with over 400 hard miles in a short amount of time.  I was just wearing them for every day use and they were not supporting me like I needed, which didn't bode well for 26.2 miles of running.

So, I switched.

They switched the course up from 2013, the last time I raced the KC Marathon.  The beginning had more climbs than I remember and I was wondering how this was going to impact the rest of the run.

Temps were SUPER chilly.  It was the coldest morning in KC yet for the fall so there I was walking around in a post-race mylar blanket from another race.  I may have looked like a dork, but I was warm until I took it off and warmed up a few miles into the race.

I must say it's a lot less hassle for a pure running event than a triathlon.  No bike, no swim gear.  Just run gear and GO!

One thing I do miss was the option to pee in the wetsuit before the start, or during the swim.  Don't judge, we all do it but not all will admit it.

I was measuring the port-a-potty stops and trying to time it with the start.  I only had to wait around 10 minutes for the start gun from last pee stop.

Yes... peeing is a big theme in running and triathlon.  When going long, bodily functions become import how to manage and plan.

As you will see from the rest of the recap, peeing played a big part in my finish time.

I like to tell the story with my pace profile.

Thanks to the cool temps and right choice for race day shoes, I found a comfortable sweet spot for pace.  Problem was, I needed to pee early and often.  Since I wasn't in a huge hurry other than sub 4 hour, I was ok timing drinks and nutrition at aid stations with pee stops.

Yes, count them, 5!  I had to break for a port-a-potty 5 times.  I swear... I started drinking coffee in the morning about 2 years ago and it's made the small bladder problem worse for the mornings.  I need to rethink race day coffee for running.  Triathlon, no problem, pee in the suit.

I was plugging along, running, peeing, drinking and taking in 2 GU's for the course when it dawned upon me around mile 23 I could PR... or even get under 3:30.  WTF.  A race that actually will turn out better than expectations with injuries and a loose training plan?

I gunned it.  The last mile was sub 7.  I knew the course was level to downhill for the last 2 miles so I gave it all I had... snot flying, dodging cramping runners.  I was on a mission!

Ok, the distance is a little off (probably due to walking to port-a-potties off course), but a PR and sub 3:30 none the less.  Color me shocked.  Plus I wasn't crippled with cramps or pain at the finish.  After a few seconds catching my breathe at the line, I was ready for chocolate milk, bananas and chick-fil-la sandwiches.

130 / 1298 overall
27 / 139 AG
114 / 788 males

Good for a 13 minute PR from the 2014 LA Marathon.

Maybe if I actually focused I could run a BQ race.

Maybe if I stopped jacking around I could figure out how to run a marathon without stopping 5 times to pee.

Maybe 2016 will be a season of running and no full distance Ironman races?

Stay tuned!

Hey, is that an empty port-a-potty over there?


Wednesday, November 25, 2015


Want to load up on Ironman gear!?

Well, this Black Friday sale is for you!

Wednesday, Nov 25th, they will be launching the IRONMAN Store 140.6 Hour Sale.  Inspired by their full IRONMAN Triathlons that are 140.6 miles total, this is their largest sale of the season.

Similar to a triathlon, there will be two transitions “T1 and T2” as well as a Finish.

T1 Sale: Swim to Bike - Wednesday, Thanksgiving and Black Friday ONLY
Up to 50% Off Bike & Run Gear, 50% Off select Backpacks and much more!

T2 Sale: Bike to Run - Saturday and Sunday ONLY
30%, 40% & 50% Offers, BOGO deals and much more!

Exclusive 50% Off deals that we cannot reveal
Exclusive 40% Off deals that we cannot reveal
BOGO & several other 40% and 50% off deals


Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Join me on #BlueShoesDay with @ASICSamerica and @PCFnews to support #prostatecancer awareness

What's #BlueShoesDay you may ask?  Well, let me tell you!

ASICS America is partnering with Prostate Cancer Foundation as part of the Accelerate Hope initiative to support prostate cancer awareness by encouraging you to lace-up your blue ASICS every Tuesday during the month of November. Additionally, ASICS donates a portion of the shoe sale proceeds to Prostate Cancer Foundations. Join the national conversation and share your shoes on social media for #BlueShoesDay this November to raise awareness for Prostate Cancer by following the steps below (just avoid stepping in dog poo like I did before taking pictures for the post...)

- Each Tuesday in November, show how you’re wearing your blue ASICS by snapping a photo or video of you wearing your blue shoes, during your workout, or just doing your thing in blue ASICS on #BlueShoesDay.

- Post your photo or video on your Instagram or Twitter and tell us why you chose to participate in #BlueShoesDay this month (don’t forget to use #BlueShoesDay).

- Follow ASICS America on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram - you just may see your #BlueShoesDay photo on one of our accounts throughout the month of November!

- Every Tuesday during the month of November ASICS will also give a lucky winner who posts with the #BlueShoesDay hashtag a pair of shoes* from the Accelerate Hope collection, benefiting Prostate Cancer Foundation.

Invite the world to get involved with #BlueShoesDay. When you run or work out for prostate cancer awareness, share this photo to show that you are supporting the men’s health awareness. No matter if you’re running, working out or just hanging out, no matter what shade of blue you’re wearing, share with us how you are supporting prostate cancer awareness this month.

*No purchase necessary to enter. Open to legal U.S. Residents only. Every week on from November 10th, 2015 to November 24th 2015, one (1) winner who has posted a photo or video using #BlueShoesDay will be selected at random (up to 4 winners total). Winners will be contacted via Twitter or Instagram and receive one pair of shoes from ASICS America Accelerate Hope Collection*as inventory allows (ARV $150). Expect 3-5 weeks for prize delivery.

Monday, November 9, 2015

Some Monday thoughts from Daddy perspective and some #ASICS love #MasterIt

So, things here at the ranch this week are kicking off as usual...

Wife heads to work early to start the week, so I'm on Daddy duty to get kids up and to school on time, dressed and properly cleaned.

By dressed, I mean clean clothes.  They may not match, but they are clean, clothed for the weather and that's a good start in my book.

We get teeth brushed and hair combed... and maybe wash off our faces if Daddy remembers.  Breath good, check.  Dried toothpaste on face, maybe.

Things that irk me:
Kids that have been doing the school routine for 3+ years, but still sit around blankly staring at you when you're expecting that maybe this once, they will instinctively know to eat, brush teeth, get dressed, comb hair, put shoes on, jackets or coats on and get backpack.

Having to micromanage kids on a routine that should be second nature.

Having to remind youngest to throw pullups away from the night instead of throwing it in the middle of the living room.

Having to ask kids to pick up toys out of common areas, only to have them get a new toy and drop it in the same place after getting bored with new toy after 1 minute.

Having to ask kids to pick up jammies instead of chucking them where they fall after changing clothes.

Having to pick up blankets drug down to living room that no one uses and toss wherever after they are done with them.

Don't get me wrong, I LOVE the kids to pieces.  But... c'mon man.

Things that don't irk me:
The hugs as the kids run off to school.

Royals winning the 2015 World Series.

ASICS coming out with a revolution in long distance running from the ASICS Institute of Sport Science... No Limits. No Compromise. Every detail engineered for performance. Through introducing 5 new ASICS exclusive technologies, the future of the long distance running shoe is here.

  • Constructed using groundbreaking midsole foam developed in the ASICS ISS. it’s remarkably 55 percent lighter than the industry standard. Using organic fibres, it bounces back into its original shape in the space of each stride to provide perfect cushioning from the start of your run to the finish.
  • A new one-layer engineered mesh minimizes rubbing between the foot and the upper to create a super snug, glove-like fitting experience. A unique combination of closed and open weave patterns optimises flexibility and breathability.
  • Incredible stability and amazing flexibility helping to reduce the impact of medial forces on the foot. Flexing safely but becoming rigid if the foot rolls in too much, meaning reliable stability.
  • Innovative use of ASICS high tech GEL in new more efficient shapes and precision positioning deliver unrivaled cushioning, ASICS introduces X-GEL.
  • The new x-shaped construction of the external clutch counter will perfectly wrap the inside and outside of your ankle bone. Thanks to the memory foam lining, experience a personalised heel fit every time you step into the shoe.
  • Learn more about what limits ASICS is shattering at as well as the contest to win some sweet swag from ASICS!