Everyone including me is so tied up with so many things and people in their world, I’d like to say welcome back to mine! As a professional listener in my coaching and licensed psychologist positions, I rarely get to talk about me and there have been some real golden nuggets.
As I am wanting to do, here is a quick little update of where I am in the Kona build. I can’t wait to do my job with my dedicated wife and inner circle as sherpas on race day 10/8/16 on the Big Island. Moreover, I get to race with my close friend and hero, professional triathlete Melissa Hauschildt aka The Haus/House, my loyal friend, fellow coach, and athlete Wes Hargrove aka Taz, and other friends like Dynamo‘s Thomas Odom.
Best Sponsors and Affiliates Deserve Shout Outs on the Big Island
Given how well they have treated me and the team, I long to represent and pay back in small way the team’s fantastic sponsors and affiliates. These include GO Race Productions, Tifosi Optics, Specialized Bicycles, Georgia Cyclesport, ORR Cycling Carbon Wheel Systems, Fusion Sports US, Fleet Feet Sports Athens, ROKA Sports, Running Warehouse, Generation UCAN, BASE Performance, Infinit Nutritn, Nuun Hydration, SBR Sports, Inc.
Not Been An Easy Year
Before I start, I should say that my buddy, athlete, and fellow TCGA Coach Seth Waltman aka TaxSlayer told me after I qualified last October that all I had was one job for the next year, “Stay healthy!”. That turned (turns?) out to be a lot harder than I expected.
Blood Clots are a Bitch
In addition to your garden variety of muscle strains an ironman in training gets, I survived the second bout of blood clots or (deep vein thrombosis) DVT’s after the Boston Marathon in April. Dehydration and the trauma from the Armadillo bike wreck last year seem to be at the root. Because of the risk of further clots killing me, I am on anti-coagulants for life so, although I can swim and run outside, I only get to ride outside on a rare race day (the Vascular Surgeon said no more than 2-3x a year for Triathlon due to the risks). That was a huge scare but we adapted when the news came back that I could, in fact, race!
The Hematologist had previously said that, like Chris Bosh in basketball with recurring clots, “the game is over Dr. Gayer” which left us devastated until we went through the full process of all the appointments and the Vascular Surgeon gave me the option to race a couple times a year (off the meds for 24 hours).
An interesting fact is that the Vascular Surgeon told me the travel to and from the race is actually more risky than the race itself as my blood is more dynamic while moving and clotting happens when you are immobile and dehydrated.
Weight Loss Remains an Issue
As I collected my Kona slot on the Ironman Maryland podium as 2nd in the 45-49 age group (AG), the guy in front me who came 1st AG, Edward Walker who had qualified 13 times thus far and making this year his 7th time racing on the Big Island, told me it was a amazing but tough race and would separate the men from the boys. I asked him what he meant.
Paraphrasing what he said, “those age groupers that draft can’t get away with it due to the course, conditions, and closer umpiring. He also cited one other major factor that shakes the age group out, size of the person. In a matter of fact way, and ignoring that I was 6’4″ and just under 200lbs., he said the bigger guys melt. This is nothing new to me and I am not trying to win or place. I just want to finish strong, enjoy the event and our first trip to Hawaii, and hopefully not suck/do my best/race steady.
So with 66 days now until my first and perhaps only Kona Ironman World Championship, it’s time to bring the scale down for real (and bring the training up a notch). I weigh 199 today. I want to race this one below 190 and closer to 180 than 190.
Having said that, I have never been down that low so I will take what I can get. I know how to fuel to train instead of train to eat, make smart decisions, and show commitment. For August, I need to run 40-50 miles per week, swim 3x per week with one longer swim, and bike 250-300 miles per week minimum.
That’s Not All Folks
And I need to be a better husband, Dad, and professional and coach. I can’t let any of the balls that I am juggling fall. This will require significant dedication and support. I’ve got it in spades. Thank you all!
As I will be there for you during this time period and hopefully have been in the past, I hope you will be there for me and help to hold me accountable. I plan to lean out, stay healthy as possible, and wreck myself until the taper in 52 days around 9/25. Whatever you are pursuing, I hope you have the passion I have for this life of ours and the people close to me. I believe in us. WE WILL DO THIS. Thanks for following along!!!