So, tonight I began the process of planning out my 52 race calendar. It is starting July of this year and will roll through to July 2014. What did this process reveal to me? I am going to be very tired. But that is okay…we are doing this all for a good cause. Team Chad is going to be the benefactor of my long travels and back to back races. Raising awareness, funds and excitement for what Team Chad does everyday!
Oh yeah, and by the way….this week was an awesome week. Not just because of a solid training block or good weather…but because my Biotta Juice showed up in the mail. This is seriously great stuff…the beet juice, cucumber root juice and Breuss Vegetable juice….These things are going fast..race to the fridge between my wife and me to get our fill.
Well, not so sure if “sexy” is the right word to describe the results of a committed training schedule….but it sure does feel good to get back into the groove. This week has been a nice step in the right direction. I have to say that the hardest phase of my training regimen always has to be the first few weeks back in the flow…that is where I am. This phase is peppered with pit falls, easy excuses and disappiontment.
Pit falls…well, I have been on the bike three times this week….three flats. It is almost like the tri gods want to make sure that you are serious about recommitting yourself to the cause.
Easy excuses…work has been great the last six moths. That is good news but it gives an easy excuse for why I can’t or don’t want to train today. That combined with crappy and cold weather makes it very easy to skip that training session and watch tv while drinking a beer.
Disappoinment….I wouldn’t go so far as to say I was Kona bound last year but I knew I could race if I showed up on a given day. This is not the case right now. It isn’t in the legs or the lungs right now. However, that is turning around day by day. There is disappointment that comes along with the recollection of your splits from a few months ago and where they are now. The key is to just re-focus your attention to the progression and not the memory.
So, here is to no more pit falls, easy excuses and disappointment. 2013 is here and it is time to get to it.
So, I have had my new bike picture on the main page for a while now. I guess it is time to tell the story behind the bike.
For those of you who don’t know I am heavily connected into a local charity called Team Chad (www.teamchad.us). As part of my connection with this charity I am always thinking of ways that I can increase the attention, awareness and fundraising opportunities for this impactful charity. With this in mind I came up with a crazy idea that I was going to race 52 triathlons in 52 weeks. So here is how it will work. From July 2013 through July 2014 I will be racing the 52 races. My goal was that this race series would be interesting enough that companies would want to sponsor Team Chad, news agencies would want to write about it and everyone else would want to donate in support.
So what is this weird looking bike. Well, it is an old Zipp 2001 frame that I had Craig Calfee strip down and built back up to be (in my opinion) one of the most modern, aero and comfortable bikes in the world. I wanted a crazy looking bike that would not blend into transition. It was my hope that a distinct bike like this would generate some buzz for the bike but also some buzz for Team Chad. Hope it works.
So for the next few months I will be working on the logistics of this series. However, in the interim I am thrilled to announce that I have joined the most awesome age group team in the world. I am a new member of Team Rev3. Rev3 learned about my goals and fortunately decided that they thought it was a worthy endeavor. In the coming months I will also be talking more about this relationship also.