Jan 20 2009
Jul 16 2008
I finished my first Triathlon about 3 weeks ago. It was pretty much what I expected except the run, which was much harder than I thought it would be. I’ve had a few weeks now to mull over how I did. I was pleased with my overall effort and met some goals, exceeded some, and totally bombed others. I’m planning on doing another one in September so I thought I’d put down some thoughts from my first one that might help in the second.
Go harder. I think I held back a little too much trying to conserve when really I don’t need to conserve any upper body strength because it is really not used that much on bike and run. My legs were basically just chillin back there. Funny thing…I did backstroke for more than half of the swim! My backstroke is unusually quick, maybe even as quick as my freestyle. I was worried that I’d get off course, but I just made sure that the people behind me (who I could see very easily with just a quick lift of the head) were still headed in the same direction that I was.
Forget the jersey. It took me 2 min in the first transition. Too long. Much of that time was spent getting my tight fitting jersey over my wet body. I think next time I’ll just go bare-chested. I think I’m also going to try to already have my shoes in the clips. I have the SPD clips that are kind of hard to get clipped in. I’ve heard of guys using rubber bands to keep the shoes face up then just put your foot on top of the shoe and start pedaling. Once you get going fast slide your feet in and tighten them up.
Put my tri bars on. There’s not much to change here except to ride a little harder and put the tri bars on. I didn’t put them on for this one because I wasn’t sure of the benefit, but all of the die hards were using them so there’s got to be something to them. I think I could have pushed harder on the bike, but I’m not sure if that will kill my run, which was already pretty bad.
I was under a minute here. Felt pretty good about it. To be even faster though I can take my feet out of my shoes and just keep them on top until I get to the dismount line. That should save a few seconds.
Train harder for the run. I didn’t do over 3 miles in training for this. I think if I do longer runs, 6 or even 10 miles, it will help my stamina for the 5K. The only gel pack I did over the entire course was right when I got on the bike. I think I should probably do another one when I start running. I’ve also heard that increasing RPMs at the end of the ride helps flush out the legs just before running. Maybe I’ll give that a try too.
Jul 05 2008
Gearing up for the AJC Peachtree Road Race 2008
Jun 25 2008
I went to Saint Simon’s Island, GA this past weekend for a friends wedding. I took the Daggers with me in case anyone wanted to get out and play around in the Atlantic. I had a pretty dramatic moment with Greer, one of my old high school buddies, a few hundred yards from the beach. He flipped his kayak over and could not get back in the boat. Luckily he had a life preserver on that was fitted for my 6 year old daughter. The kayak was full of water and we had no way of dumping the water. I tried to tow him in, but it was no use. At one point our dialog sounded something like this:
Me: Leave the boat behind.
Greer: No.I will go down with this boat.
30 seconds later… Greer stands up (we had drifted to a shallow spot) and we were able to dump the water in the boat. While we were dumping the water a Sea Kayaker that looks like he was off the cover of a National Geographic Adventure magazine came over to check on us. He showed us a way for Greer to get back in the kayak without having to go back to shore. This was a good lesson for me and I thought I would pass it on.I found a YouTube clip that gives instruction on this technique. The great thing about YouTube is that you can find just about anything here. It’s like a visual wikipedia.
Good times in the Georgia Islands.
Kayak Rescues at Canoecopia
Jun 18 2008
On June 3rd at 4:35 am Brooks and Jacki welcomed Jordyn to the world. She came in weighing 6lbs and 14 oz and 19.5 inches long. Baby and Mom are healthy and doing well. Congratulations to Jacki and Brooks! Because you are the newest member of the Mundo family maybe we’ll name a trail after you or something.
Jun 12 2008
Note: The community site is in the “Alpha Stages” of development, so visit us often to see the progress.
Jun 07 2008
Today is the American Hiking Society’s 16th annual National Trails Day. Grab a shovel, rake, and a pair of gloves and go get dirty on one of your favorite nearby trails.
Jun 02 2008
May 30 2008
There is a few things that I focus on when I’m about to purchase new gear. Simplicity, sleekness, and easy-to-clean or store. When it comes to cooking gear easy-to-clean becomes very important. Light My Fire is one of those companies that is getting it done in my book. And the Spork is their signature item. It even won some gear award (leave a comment and tell me what it says if you happen to understand Swedish).
I got one of these bad boys a couple of years ago. It is extremely light and very easy to clean. I’ve eaten syrupy pancakes with it, went and played a quick game of Bocce ball then came back and the syrup and buttery goo that had been sitting on there came off with ease with just water. I’d recommend soap if you have it though. The fork side of it is perfect for getting into the tight corners of the tuna packet for that last bite. Then flip it around and stir your hot chocolate or your soup or your herbal tea or your…dang it, I’m trying to think of something that goes good with tuna. Not a whole lot coming to mind.
There are only two downsides that I can think of. One is what makes it so great in the first place - the fork/spoon combo. If you happen to have brought a big slab of meat that needs some cutting, there is no holding the meat with the fork while you cut with the knife. Impossible with this guy. But if your bringing T-bones, you’re probably car camping, which means you’ve probably also brought that 5th stainless steel silverware set you got for your wedding that you’ve turned into camping gear. The second downside is that it is short. Shorter than your usual fork or spoon. I haven’t tried this, but my guess is that if your trying to reach the bottom of your Jet Boil stove to stir up the soup, you might burn your finger. But if that’s a problem, get the longer spork.
May 29 2008
If you own a pet that enjoys the woods as much as you, ticks are sure to be in your future. A few weekends ago my dog Brie accompanied us on a walk to Vickery Creek Park in Roswell. About a week later we found two ticks in her ear. After much debating and research on the matter we decided the best bet was to just get the tweezers and tug. They came out ok. After a thorough search we found 4 more on her body, two of which had blown up. Talk about the willies. I felt like I had ticks all over me for the next week or so. So here’s a few tips from research and experience:
1. Don’t use Vaseline or a match or any other crazy method you’ve heard about. That only irritates the tick and may potentially cause it to regurgitate in the host.
2. Just get your old fashion tweezers and grab as close to the head of the tick or skin of the dog/person and pull very slowly. You might hear a little pop and see a tiny bit of skin that came off too. That is a good sign. That means you got the tick plus the head. If for some reason the head didn’t come, don’t worry too much the body will in most cases just take care of it naturally and not cause any problems.
3. If there is some scabby like substance left on the body also don’t worry. Ticks secrete a concrete type substance that helps them attach. This can be washed off easily.
4. If you go anywhere near the woods or an area of tall grass check your dog and yourself thoroughly for those nasty hitchhikers.
Hang on I think I feel one on my neck…