Thursday, January 16, 2014

Unexpected Disney Marathon

Unexpected Disney Marathon

Dopey with TWO Grumpies

Yet again I find myself running in an unexpected marathon.  This time it was the Disney Marathon.  I will not bore you with the details but needless to say at 3 AM I found myself in Corral A.  That is “A” as in Ahh…s*** I don’t belong in this corral!!! 
For those of you who are not familiar with Disney corrals they work like this.  Corral A is for people who finish a marathon in about 02:15.  These are super fit, super human, twenty year old freaks of nature in super skimpy running outfits.  Needless to say one person in the corral did not look like the others.  There was one person sitting down in the VERY BACK of the corral trying to get over a night of too many adult beverages and too little sleep.  You guess which one I was!  I spent the next 2.5 hours being passed by everyone.

The night before the race Bonnie and I stayed with 17 friends at a Disney resort.  We had a blast.  Everyone ate and drank together.  Since I was doing a marathon the next morning I needed to “carb up” so they took me to the bar to consume far too many carbohydrate drinks. I don’t think Galloway would recommend this pre-race routine.
As you expected, I completed the Disney Marathon JUST behind all my newly discoved “Corral A” friends.  I think they were all intimated by my hangover and beer gut so they ran slower than expected times.  I did the Jacksonville Bank Marathon only two weeks before this race so I don’t believe I was fully recovered but I felt great.  I ran my normal race pace and enjoyed being alive and fit enough to complete two marathons in three weeks.  I know I am not a fast runner, I’m just thankful my body can do all that I push it to do.  Four years ago I could not run to my car so I have come a long way in a short period of time.  I'm proud of my slow self!

The view from the 15th story of the Disney resort.
(Space Mountain and the castle are in the background)

The dancing, hula Santa that was in our room.
Doesn't everyone have a dancing,
hula Santa in their hotel room?!

One of the many pre-race trips to the bar.

All 17 people having our dinner together.

The bling

Bling Close-up

Thursday, January 2, 2014

2013 Year In Review

2013 Year In Review

About this time every year I like to look back on what I have accomplished athletically because it is so easy for me to forget.

At the beginning of 2009 I could not run to the car (nor would I have wanted to). I hated running. I thought a 10 mile bike ride was REALLY long. Swimming over a mile was only for escaping Alcatraz prisoners (and impossible). I have never been an athletically gifted person. 

I am amazed and proud of what I have accomplished in a few short years. 
This Year I Completed
  • 3 Half Marathons
    • SwampHouse Half Marathon FL
    • Ocala Half Marathon
    • Space Coast Half Marathon
  • 1 Marathon
    • Jacksonville Bank Marathon
  • 4 Half-Ironmans
    • Miami Main 70.3
    • Ironman Miami 70.3
    • RocketMan 70.3
    • HITS Ocala 70.3
  • 2 Century Rides
    • Soles 4 Souls (Cycling) FL 100mi 
    • Champions Ride (Cycling) FL 100mi
  • Started swimming Masters swims three days a week for an average of 7 miles swimming a week.
  • I now weigh the same as when I left high school in mid 1990's!! (sometimes less).
  • Blogged a world record number of spelling errors and grammar issues!!
2013 Total Race Distance: 346.7 miles

In 4 past years I have completed:
  • 21 Half marathons
  • 12 Half Ironmans
  • 105 Laps a Lucky's Lake Open Water Swim (105 km)
  • 3 Century Cycling Race
  • 2 Metric Century Cycling Races
  • 1 Ultra marathon (30 miles)
  • 1 Marathon
  • 1 30K run (15 miles)
  • 4 Olympic Triathlons
  • 10 5K, 10K, 15K runs (217 miles total)
  • 1 Sprint Triathlons
If my math is right, that means in 4 years of ONLY races (not including training) I have done the following:
  • 82.8 Miles Swimming
  • 1252.6 Miles Cycling
  • 749.4 Miles Running
That is a 2079.8 mile triathlon in races in 4.5 years. That means I have raced 67% of the distance across the United States (Sacramento, CA to Ocean City, MD).

Past Year End Reviews