Must be something in the water…

The weather may be gloomy up her in the Northeast but the dark little could over my head is gone.  A swim this morning in the great outdoors with a bunch of friends and a lunch time run ahead of me has me feeling quite chipper this morning.  I am in the process of finishing up my post about “My Tips and Tricks” on how to have a great day at Ironman Lake Placid, the post should be out by the end of the weekend.  I hope everyone will enjoy it and at least take it for what its worth.  It’s going to be a narrative of my mindset about the race, the preparation for the race, and the execution on race day.  My ideas and methods may not be your own but at least they will give you something to compare against.  An ever evolving plan is one that will allow your to grow as an athlete and achieve new milestones each and every season….IMO.

Well then, lots of cool things ahead for this guy.  I will be in Syracuse this weekend training with none only than Cusetri himself.  I will finally get to see him in action this year and see what I will be up against at the Green Lakes Duathlon in a couples weeks 🙂  and since this is Easter weekend my whole family will all be gathering in Syracuse on Sunday, which will be nice.

From their a whirlwind of weekend racing, training and fun will be occuring.  Summer 2011 looks to be a good one, now someone just needs to tell mother nature to speed up the warming up process..it would be very much appreciated since the bicycle riding is a bit harsh at the moment when the temperatures and wind speeds are about the same..mid 40’s.

Gotta run for now, have a little bit of work to do (in my nice quite office since everyone else is on vacation), and then more importantly I have a lunchtime run date with Mr Travis Earley, the recent winner of the Muddy Sneakers 20K.

Let the Fun Begin

Happy Tax Day everyone, I hope that you all have filed before today and are not running around all day trying to get your returns in the mail before tonight.

More importantly Happy Boston Marathon/Patriots Day, I can only imagine the energy that is happening right now up in Boston.  To everyone racing their including the Rochester folk that are racing GOOD LUCK!  Good like Kellmans, Mike Mundy, Tim Dwyer, and Dan Giblin and the many others that I am sure I am leaving out.  Have a great race and use that tail wind that I have heard about on the way home for a PR day!

Today is the first day of the rest of my year.  It is the last day of the tax busy season.  I made it through alive.  So in celebration of my newfound freedom that will come later today I am going to start the day by returning to my masters swim class and then hopefully end the day with a bike ride.  Their is supposedly a happy hour celebration at 5, so I figure I can make a quick appearance and the skiddadle home to ride my bike inside or out, weather depending.  And the the beautiful thing is that since most people are going to be hungover we don’t have to be in the office until 10am on Tuesday which means a little more sleep and a little more time to get my Tuesday brick workout in!   Oh the places I will go with a few more hours in my day.  I sure am going to need them if I am going to be in shape for the season opener in Syracuse on May 7th.  I’ve got about 3 full weeks to get fit and get ready to suffer.  I am looking forward to it

Time to head to the pool…

He’s Alive

Tis the Season, tax season that is.  The past two weeks have been busy.  If your not in the accounting world its hard to understand quite what goes on behind the scenes.  One of the hardest thing to explain to your clients is just how much work it takes to provide a complete an accurate tax return.  Sure a lot of people’s returns like myself only take a few minutes to complete, however we are not in service to prepare returns like that.  Instead we handle the large clients, the ones with complex issues, the ones that require many many forms to be completed.  We plan, we analyze, we run scenarios.  What it all boils down to is usually a couple numbers on a piece of paper.  Here’s what you owe to the Fed and here’s what you owe to NYS.  What a lot of clients don’t know is that by harvesting losses, or deferring income, or taking credit that they just may have saved $20,000.  Its not always easy to get this message across to the client without sounding like a outlandish showoff.  Would you want your accountant, the person who handles all your finances’s going around telling the world how great he is so?  I wouldn’t, that would be unprofessional.  Anyway, I write this because its something a bit different than triathlon, this is a part of my life that I partake in usually 5 days a week and for about 4 months every year its 7days a week for anywhere between 9-13 hours a day.  We don’t get the glory that the other professions get like Doctors and we aren’t as cool as a polished lawyer in the court room, but our job is demanding all the same.

For those who know me personally and know what my working life has been like over the past couple of years you know that it has had its ups and downs.  Just like the nature of the accounting business we have peak times and we have down times.  In all honesty I like this.  The tax seasons hit at the right time for me.  Even though I would love to be skiing at Bristol and enjoying the winter I would much rather have the free time during the long days of summer.  It allows me ample time to travel to races, go home to stay at Keuka Lake, travel to Syracuse for training weekends with Mike, etc…So last summer I switched employers, I went from Big to Small.  Both places have their positives and their negatives.  For anyone who has worked in Public Accounting you know what thats like.  However, I must say that since I made the switch its been good.  I have my own desk, Im doing work that I am comfortable with.  Its hard and takes time and effort but I am comfortable that if I put in the time I will get to the right answer.  At times when you are doing work where you are floundering around like a fish out of water it can be the most frustrating thing in the world because you have no one to help you and people are expecting answers pronto!  Sure experiences like that can be extremely valuable but when they are occurring on a daily basis is can pretty much be a recipe for a breakdown.  This is something that I haven’t been dealing with at my new place.  I am learning here, people are helping me along the path.  Its refreshing, it feels like I am truly on a team and the people want to make me better because if  I do better work it makes their job a hell of a lot easier, and as  a bonus if I do a good job I am going to be rewarded.  It’s a win win situation.

So..with that said it my busy season ends on Monday.  It has killed the past two weeks of training and turned this week into one long recovery week.  Some may find it strange but I haven’t rode my bike since last Sunday…call it a quarter season break if you will.  Maybe it’s good for me?  Giving me a chance to let the previous 3 and a half months training soak in a bit.  The only bad part is that I miss going to masters and miss seeing everyone on the morning, they probably think I’ve either become a lazy bum or decided I didn’t like them anymore, however none of that is true, I just need those couple extra hours of sleep since I have been getting home a little later than usual.  I feel fat and lazy, I think I literally felt myself getting fatter and loosing fitness all week when I was SITTING at my desk all day.  But moving along…regression is progression..meaning that you need to take 1 step back in order to take 2 forward.  Rest is never a bad thing and can only help the body perform at a higher level in the future.

So looking forward I am positive about the next couple of months which will bring me to about 4-5 opening races.  I am starting out the year with Travis Earley and bunch of other great guys in a 7 man 77 mile relay race around Seneca Lake on Apr 30th, then the next weekend I am opening the run-bike-run season with a Duathlon on Cusetri’s home turf, he might have a bit more fitness than I but if I don’t let him take off to much on the bike I just might be able to chase him down on foot 🙂 haha…that race is going to hurt..I can already taste it.  Then the rest of May will yield me about 3 weeks to get 1 last build phase in before i head to the TTT race weekend in Ohio.  It is going to be a blast!  Traveling and staying with buds, racing are butts off for 3 straight days, and I get to race as a team with super fast Kristen Roe.  We are going to take on the male-female division competitors and try to lay down the law.  It will be interesting to see how everything unfolds.  After that I am going to head to Lake Placid for Memorial Day/My Birthday weekend.  I will be celebrating a quarter century on this planet with good friends and great surroundings.   And then two weeks after that I am hoping to be rested up for my home town triathlon at Keuka Lake.  This is where it all started for me when I was a senior in highschool, little did I know that 6 years after that initial race I would again come back to it and find my true passion in athletics.  So I am eager to take on the Keuka sprint tri this year.  I am going to be fitter, faster, and stronger and can’t wait to unleash some fury.

Speaking of getting fitter, faster and stronger I need to go start working off these love handles that I have accumulated over the past two weeks. Time to go for a little job in the great outdoors..so beautifully gloomy out at the moment 🙂

3 more days to go, then Turbeau will resurface for air.

Until then train and rest hard

-Matt

Nobody’s Perfect Part II – how the rest of the day went

Alright folks, I’m back at it.  Yesterday was a pretty interesting.  As you all know, my day didn’t start out quite like I had planned it to.  They don’t always do.  None the less I put my head down at work and was able to get the things done that needed to be.  I’m going to have to head in their later this afternoon (after training of couse:) since there is still a lot of work to be done before the 18th gets here), however were just 16 days away from pencils down so its not all that bad.  And once the 18th gets here man-o-man, watch out!

Anyway lets get back to yesterday and how my day ended up.  I understand that you all must be dying to know if I got my run in or not.  Well…I DID!  I got out of the office around 5:45 last night, headed to the apartment to gather my run stuff, then headed to the canal path down by Towpath Bike Shop.  As I began my run I felt great, the sun was still out and it was warm enough to run in shorts and a long sleeve.  I was cruising along for the first 30 minutes as a I warmed up while I headed in the Fairport direction on the crushed stone path.  Around the 30 minute mark it was time for me to speed up a bit and that went just fine to.  However right in the middle of that first tempo set I started feeling the most dreaded feeling you can get when your on a long run, a long way from home.  (Stop reading if you get grossed out easily)

I think its safe to say that when training for long distance racing or I suppose any training where your gone for over an hour at a time the threat of having nature call becomes a reality.  Most of the time when its #1 its just a simple pull to the side of the road and your done with it.  However, when the brown demon strikes you 6 miles from home and all the public restrooms are locked because its not summer yet, well then my friends you have what I liked to call a “CODE BROWN”.  Code Brown struck me during my first 15 minute tempo interval, I ran 1 mile hard then proceeded to use nature as my bathroom.  Thats as far as I will go in grossing you guys out but I will just say that when this happens you just have to weigh your options.  So I did the deed and kept on moving along jumping right back into my tempo interval, after I finished that up I wound up in downtown Fairport (for those of you who know the Canal Path locals).  It was at this time my stomach really started doing flips.  I was a pretty distance from where I had started so the trek that I had in front of me was not something I was looking forward to.  I also had another tempo interval that I really wanted to finish since I was already half way through my workout.  I desperately tried to get into one of the public restrooms at the Fairport canal park place but they were locked up tighter than Fort Knox.  I then knew what I must do, and that was to HTFU and get back to my car, and that is what I did….with one more stop.  I just had to, my stomach was going crazy and I was in bad shape so I had to use the woods for the second time.  I then proceeded to have a very good 2.35 mile tempo interval.  Don’t ask me how I think I have always had a good mind for blocking out whatever is going on around or inside of me when I really want to concentrate and get something done.  I say this because as soon as I got out of the tempo interval the pains came back, so I recovery paced the last 10 minutes, made it to my car, and got home.  I thought all was well however about 10 minutes after I got back to my place the pain came on full force and I was just laying on my bed starring at the wall waiting for the stomach ache to pass.  I hate that feeling!  Its like someone is twisting your insides.  Eventually it passed enough to allow me to fall asleep for a couple hours.  At that point it was around 11:15PM and I needed to get some hydration and food for the morning so I went to Wegmans and stocked up.  None the less here I am at Starbucks on another Sunday morning preparing for another day.  The stomach feels good this morning, I’ve loaded it up with some pre long workout foods and a little coffee and everything seems to be on the straight and narrow.  So I guess all in all yesterday was a success.  My body just made me work for everything a little bit harder.

Like Peter Reid said :”This one is kind of sadistic. I always had this problem of my stomach shutting down during the marathon of an Ironman. So I thought if I could run with my stomach shutting down, I could do it in a race. So once a week I would sit down and eat nachos with really spicy hot sauce. Then I’d get my running gear on, go for a run and of course, my stomach would shut down, but I’d just keep going. They were brutal training runs. But then on race day, when my stomach would shut down I’d think, “I can deal with this.” I’d be able to keep going. Doing this paid off so many times over. I’d do this 10 weeks out from Ironman until two weeks before race day. It’d be a horrible run, but it had a huge impact on my overall race performance.”

I guess I was training myself through the pain, haha!  I just hope its not like that every time.  🙂

So for now I am going to get on with my day.  It’s looking like a short swim outdoors at midtown to kick the day off, then some trx to get my core back in shape (way to flabbly and unappealing at the moment, and oh yeah core strength is a building block of the multisport just to let you all in on that big secret).  Then its onto the main set of a 4 hours bike/run brick with multiple bike intervals scattered in with run intervals to spice up training a bit.  I’ll be biking on my trainer indoors for up to 40 minutes, then jumping outside to run.  I will repeat that a few times.  Sure it eats up all my clean laundry but what the hell, it will be fun!

And to all the Train-This people out their, GOOD LUCK AT THE SPRING FORWARD this morning.  It’s looking like you have some great weather for it.  And oh yeah…RUN LIKE THE WIND TRAVIS EARLEY

Nobody is perfect, we are not machines

The fact that we are not machine and that instead we are an evolving being is the defining characterisc of human nature.  This is also why the best laid plans can frequently go awry. 

I write this because even I who seemingly has their sh*& together on most days had a morning that was not as it was planned.  I went to bed at 8pm last night in order to catch up on a lot of sleep I missed out on during the week.  I was noticeably tired on Friday and knew that getting some much needed rest was more important than going to the gym for a 30 min workout or sitting on my bike for another hour.  So I went to bed at 8 with full intentions of waking up at 6, having coffee, and hitting the trails by 7 for a nice long run.  Well 5:15 came along and I got up and had some breakfast (a banana, protein powder, and a granola bar) and then went back to put my feet up for a little while before I got ready to run.  Well that was it, I was still very tired.  I tried to get up at 6 but I just felt “off”, in fact I felt like a bus had hit me.  Its just one of those days where everything that you have been pushing aside finally catches up to you.  Luckily this has not happened to me in quite some time.  I have put a lot more effort into making sure that I am fully rested during this tax busy season.  Last year was a different story but now I am with a new company and am at a better place.  None the less this morning was a bummer for me.  I like going into work having already completed my training.  As a type A person I love checking the box or crossing things off my many lists.  Well today I didn’t cross anything of my list yet.  So here I am once again, procrastinating at the office because I love posting to my blog.  I am going to put in a solid day of work and keep the wheels in motion as we get closer to tax day which happens to be April 18th this year. (Three days longer than usual because of the wonderful Emancipation day that is celebrated only in the District of Columbia) I award 5 Turbeau points to anyone who honsestly knew that without me saying it.

So as you all know we can’t control the past, we can only determine what we do moving forward.  The plan is to work until 6:30 tonight then hit the roads for my run and get a 30 minute session on the trx before 9 tonight.  This is my plan, if it happens that’s great if not its not the end of the world.  If we all dwelled on our shortcomings, or our errors, or shoulda/coulda/woulda’s then we would all very unpleasant and unhappy people.

I don’t want that and I am guessing neither do you.

Blog at WordPress.com.

Up ↑