Automattic Worldwide WP 5k

We brought back the idea of everyone in the company doing a 5k this week and inviting the world of WordPress to join us. Yesterday morning I went out for a 3.5 mile run, but it wasn’t very exciting.

The teams in our company get together in various locations to work together for a week since we all work from home and rarely get to see each other. This week I happen to be in sunny Seaside, FL with the rest of the Janitorial team so it was a great chance to do the 5k with members of my team.

Andy, Stephane, Erica, and I rented some bikes and went out for a ride around the area. I didn’t map it out with RunKeeper, but we went plenty far enough to qualify as a 5k. After riding for an hour or so we stopped for a swim in the Ocean and relaxed on the beach.

Back to Back

For the second year in a row I came home with 1st place in my age division at the Out for Blood Duathlon (5k run followed by 20k bike). This year it was the men’s 26-35 mountain bikers and last year it was the men’s 30-39 mountain bikers. No idea why they switched up the age divisions.

Duathlon 1st

Last Saturday I completed my first duathlon, the Out for Blood Duathlon in Mount Pleasant. It was a 5K run followed by a 20K bike ride. I timed myself at 24:13 for the 5K and my total finishing time was 1:12:32, so I beat my goal of 1:15:00.

I finished first in the 30-39 male mountain bike division, but now that results are posted, I see there was only one other guy to beat. I finished 5th out of 13 males (just over 5 minutes behind top time) who rode a mountain bike, so not bad.

It was a lot of fun! I’m looking forward to doing some other 5K runs and duathlons this summer.

My First Duathlon

My friend Dave has been training for a duathlon and I’ve always wanted to do one, so I signed up to join him. It’s called the Out for Blood Duathlon and is on April 16th, just over a month away. The duathlon consists of a 5K run followed by a 20K bike ride. I can complete both of those on their own so I just need to increase my fitness to be able to them together.

I found a decent 4 week program online, which I’ve adapted to create my training program:

Sun Mon Tues Wed Thurs Fri Sat
Run 20 easy Rest Run 40 Cycle 35 easy Rest Run 20
Cycle 45
Cycle 60
Run 25 easy Rest Run 50 Cycle 40 easy Rest Run 25
Cycle 50
Cycle 70
Run 30 easy Rest Run 55 Cycle 45 easy Rest Run 30
Cycle 60
Cycle 80
Rest Run 40 Rest Cycle 30 easy Rest Run 20 easy RACE

* All numbers are minutes.

My goal is to finish under 1:20:00 1:15:00 which is doable if I run 7 mph and ride 14 16 mph. (I found some 2004 riding data showing I consistently rode over 16 mph on my mountain bike, so adjusted my goal. If I hit those paces, I’ll have 2 minutes to spare on the goal time, which will be needed at the starting line and for the transition.) I better start training!

Hitting the Wall

Back in my younger days I ran quite a bit. I might have even enjoyed it once in awhile. During 8th grade and my freshmen year of high school I ran cross country. We had some fun during practices, but I can’t really say that I enjoyed the running aspect of the sport. I ran the distance events during my freshmen year of high school and just hated it. I was never a good long distance runner, which probably had something to do with it; I don’t like to lose.

At some point in every long distance (3+ miles) run I’ve ever made I’ve hit the wall. The wall is the point where you just can’t push your body any longer. Breathing would get hard and my legs would eventually give out. I’d either have to slow down or stop completely. As an athlete this was not fun. I don’t like to give up.

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Booked Sunday

An hour ago I didn’t have any plans set in stone for the weekend. Now my Sunday is booked solid. First, my Dad invited me up to play a golf course in Harrisville called Loggers Trace at 12:30. He has some type of connection and we are golfing for free. Can’t argue with that so I said “Yes” right away. As I looked at Google Maps to find out where it was, I noticed Hubbard Lake was only about 30 minutes away from Harrisville. The light bulb went off over my head and while chatting with Mo we decided to meet at 9am and bike around the 23 miles around the lake. After looking at the maps a little closer we probably could have pushed it back to 9:30 and I’d still have enough time to find the golf course, but I’d rather have more time than I need so that I can clean up a bit and find some food. I love packing a lot into a short little summer day trip like this. Keeps me active and busy.

Another Crash

Yesterday I managed to crash again while out biking. The last time was in June of 2004, so I guess I was due for some injuries.

Left ShoulderThis crash was all my fault unlike the last time when my bike slipped on a wet root out in the woods. I was cruising along down a paved bike path yesterday and when I came to the turn-around at one end I didn’t slow down much. Centrifugal forces took over and my bike slid right out from under me as I rounded the corner at nearly 20 mph. I went down hard on my left shoulder as you can see in the picture. My body went sliding/bouncing/grinding across the asphalt for least a good 5 feet and probably closer to 10 or more. I didn’t hit my head, but came damn close as my sunglasses smacked the pavement and went flying off.

It took me a few seconds to gather myself and realize what happened. As I got to my feet my body was shaking a bit and I was seeing stars. The handlebars of my bike were twisted and the seat was rotated all the way to the left. I felt the pain in my shoulder right away and after lifting my shirt it didn’t look so hot. I guess I’m lucky I didn’t break anything (or at least I don’t think I did) and didn’t need stitches this time even though I was bleeding from seven different places. I’ve iced the shoulder the past two nights, but it’s going to be pretty sore for a few days. I just hope it’s good enough for golf league on Tuesday night.

I guess I need to learn how to slow down.

More crash photos.