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  • December 11

  • KAR The GFT Tribe This forum is usually slow after race season, looks like everyone has gone into hibernation. Lets see if someone is out there...Hello!!!...I had a visitor from my past pay a visit, and now I can get rid of them. That's right, plantar fasciitis. It came back sometime in mid October, so I had to stop running. I did the half IM on November. Bike went really well, just under 3 hours for 56 miles, considering it was real windy. I taped my foot real good in T2 and shuffled/stumbled/plodded/ and limped a 2:40 half marathon. I was OK with that, considering I hadn't run in a few weeks. Next up, a half marathon in Weston on Dec.9. I've done 'em before on very little training, but that was a carry-over from IM training. But I've never done one being out of shape AND injured.I had no idea of the suffering I was in for...Race morning was normal. Foot taped up rock solid, game plan was to start out slow, relax, go easy, finish, enjoy post race. At 10k, I was just under one hour. Shortly after, that's when everything came unraveled. I felt like I was going in slow motion. Every stride felt like someone was driving a nail into my right heel, and started a limp. At about mile 8, my left knee started hurting, probably from dragging my right leg. I thought about dropping out. I started shuufling, I was being passed alot, and there was nothing I could do about it. At about mile 11, both groin muscles were hurting. I was a train wreck. Just beofre the last turn before the the finish was a small group cheering on everybody. When I got to them, they looked at me in stone silence, mouth open. One of them said "you OK?" I turned the last corner and headed to the finish line, and the last thing I needed was someone taking my picture..I crossed the finish line and kept walking, got to my truck, changed clothes and drove the slow road home. I couldn't wait to get out of there...
    about 6 years ago
    • KARcontinued... I think I finished in about 2:25 or so. I listened to Norah Jones on the way home and did some serious reflecting. I want to make sure there is a silver lining to such a poor performance. I made a few vows, which I won't share here, except one and that is to say that I'll NEVER let myself get to a point so low. What was I thinking?? And just how much counseling do I need?!... I'm going to forget the next couple of races, so the next one will be in Miramar on Jan 19th. Then prep begins for the next tri season. Yahoo!!... Hope everyone is enjoying the Holidays. Happy Hanukkah! Lots of cool tri toys out, hopefully Santa remembers everybody. Have a Safe and Happy New Year.
      10:58 AM December 11
  • October 30

  • Spirit of 1989 The GFT Tribe to all the tribe members but especially edad,yellowcake and kar-thanks for all the chat and help prior to the race-it was a good'un. Im even thinking of the aquabike next year!!!-good swim- fair/easy bike-mega hard run from 9 miles -but thats ultra racing eh?even got a glass because i apparently won my age group- next year im 50 so a whole new bunch of fellas to race with, cant wait! great to meet you e-dad, sorry i missed you yellowcake....now for a winter of long and easy rides,runs and swims everybody...enjoy. thanks to somer sports it was great
    about 6 years ago
  • October 25

  • theforge The GFT Tribe Where are the freaking pictures? I can't navigate that website. All I find is some place where you put your name email and number and you get told you will be notified when your pictures are ready. Aren't they supposed to be up now?
    about 6 years ago
  • October 21

  • KAR The GFT Tribe Congratulations to all who made it across the finish line!! It was a LONG and GRUELING and you've earned your finishers medal. Now put your bike and swim goggles away and get ready for the running season!
    about 6 years ago
    • yellowcakeWhat an awesome race! Absolutely loved the courses - all of them! I had a huge fan club, my wonderful family, who cheered BIG time throughout the race. I took it super easy on the bike because I was really worried about the heat (for us northerners...) and it paid off in spades on the run. The volunteers were 'over the top awesome' and always ready to help. The best part of this race is the multiple bike and run loops. You get to see so many people and really feel like you're part of a big race. This was my first iron distance and a truly incredible experience. Thanks to everyone who made this possible! And special thanks to the Iron Cowboy who asked if the '52' on my calf was an error. Shouldn't it be 25? Yeah...made my day :-).
      6:50 PM October 22
    • EnduradadCongrats! Floridia is really a nice place to be on October!
      Spirit also got 1st in his A.G.
      2:43 PM October 23
    • KARYellowcake, it was an unbelievable day wasn't it?! It's OK to have that big smile on your face, it's going to be there awhile!! When you watch the Hawaii IM, you can get emotional watching the ag finshers cross the finish, you know what it's like! ... Congrats to you, too, E-Dad!! Great job!
      9:42 AM October 24
  • October 15

  • theforge has joined The GFT Tribe
    about 6 years ago
  • October 14

  • KAR The GFT Tribe Just a couple of important items to pass along before the Big Dance. By now, this race had better be in the forefront of your thinking. Mental preparation, race visualization. Be sure to have a plan and stick with it, no matter what. It's tempting, when you feel good after the swim, then as your flying down Cherry Lake Rd, to overdo it on the bike. Slow down, then back off a bit more!! Remember, you're setting yourself up for the marathon... Don't worry about Sugarloaf. I believe it's a half mile long, at 7 percent at it's steepest. There is a slight downhill leading into it, but that's after a sharp turn. Pay attention to Jalarmey Road. It's a short climb, but there is also a sharp, hidden turn that won't give you much momentum before going up it. It's just a pain in the ass...Lastly, stick to the plan that got you this far. Don't throw it away on race day. Don't worry about your time, no one cares, only that you made it across the finish line. Good luck to all of you, and remember John Collins quote: "Swim 2.4 miles. bike 112 miles, then run a marathon, all in one day. Then brag for the rest of your life."
    about 6 years ago
  • October 12

  • Spirit of 1989 The GFT Tribe cheers edad see you later next week
    about 6 years ago
  • Enduradad Good luck to all of you heading down this weekend. Looking forward to seeing you soon. Enduradad
    about 6 years ago
  • October 10

  • yellowcake Spirit of 1989 Taper is going well. A little odd for me since I just finished 2 weeks of mostly cycling. So I'm catching up on my swimming - started to grow gills. Doing 3800 meters tomorrow morning, then Friday I pack up to drive to FLA. I have a business conference in Destin, Fl, so will finish my taper in Destin. BTW - anyone know of any good bike routes in Destin? I'll check garmin and map my ride to see if there are any public routes, but would appreciate first hand info, if anyone has it. Looking for a 25-30 mile loop that I can do several times (and circle back by my car for refueling).
    about 6 years ago
  • Spirit of 1989 Enduradad looking forward to some up tempo stuff in the next week plus loads of sleep what about you e-dad/yellowcake taper going well?
    about 6 years ago
    • EnduradadThings are going well here in Indiana. Leaves are changing and starting to get frost in the mornings.
      5:03 AM October 11
  • October 08

  • Spirit of 1989 The GFT Tribe only got 1 more really big session-20 mile run Weds morning- then I can look forward to the nice weather-E-Dad whats the sketch with the swim has the weather been really hot there and caused the lake temp to rise? Im a bit concerned as im a fair bit slower in the water without my wetsuit???
    about 6 years ago
    • EnduradadAlmost every year at GFT has been wet-suit legal.
      The current night temps are mid 60's and the rain that came through should also keep it cool.
      Sometimes the lake has some chop from the lake affect winds.
      10:11 AM October 08
    • Spirit of 1989all the training is now done!!! ran 2:55 this morning over the sand dunes and woodland trails. just some faster stuff now then ....to use a wolfgang deitrich quote(got to be read with a german accent!!!) "I make my race and in a few hours we will see" Im so looking forward to it now hope everyone else is in good order
      8:36 AM October 10
    • Spirit of 1989E-dad, can I borrow your EZ button for the race please?
      8:38 AM October 10
    • yellowcakeme too!!
      10:40 AM October 10
    • yellowcakehow much sun is there on the bike course? what about the run course?
      10:41 AM October 10
    • Spirit of 1989im hoping there will be loads of sun-we recently had a ufo report when the sun came out ...ho ho ho...judging from the photos it all looks nice. might not come home with white legs!!!
      3:09 PM October 10
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