Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Weekend Update: Parting, Training, Special Olympics Coaching and Raleigh 70.3 Bound

Weekend Update: Parting, Training, Special Olympics Coaching and Raleigh 70.3 Bound

This weekend I will be Raleigh 70.3 bound.
It will be the first training race in my
Ironman FL training season.

My teams board of weekend racers.

Bonnie and I after our Saturday training.
Damn, I've gotten skinny!

Yes all three plates at the end of the table are mine!!
Two eggs, hash browns, turkey sausage, toast and a plain pancake.
How do I stay skinny again.  I'm a pig!

It's our teams Memorial Day Party.
It is like a where's Waldo.  I'm in the middle "hydrating" with a beer.

Tonight will be the first time I ever try coaching someone!!
I will be helping to coach our local Special Olympic swim team.
I hope I can do it.
Man of War Swim Team

Monday, May 19, 2014

Triple Brick Saturday

The Triple Brick Saturday

Saturday was the first triple brick of the season. 

The brick consisted of:
  • 22 Mile Bike
  • 5   Mile Run
  • 22 Mile Bike
  • 4   Mile Run
  • 22 Mile Bike
  • 3   Mile Run
The bike had two options "hard" and "easy".  The "hard" route made you do the Buckhill and Sugarloaf hills a total of SIX times.  I bet you can guess which route "Mr Over-Achieve" did.  Needless to say I was tired when I finished  :-(  I must be getting stronger on the bike because all my Sugarloaf climbs were done in the seated position.

The hard SUGARloaf Hill Route

The easy "non-SUGARLOAF" Route

The shoe I found while on the run.
It must have belongs to a little guy named "Ken"

After the ride my coach threw ice water on me to cool me down.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Coming Soon: Jack Beattie's 25th (2014) Annual Lake Swim & Pancake Breakfast

Jack Beattie's 25th (2014) Annual Lake Swim & Pancake Breakfast

You must be leaving under a rock if you live in Central Florida and have not heard of (or participated in) Jack Beattie's Lake Swim and Pancake Breakfast.  This is an awesome and FREE event.  To learn more go to my 2013 post about the event

You should first go to Lucky’s Lake Swim at 7:45 am and then head over to Jack's to swim some more.

I think last year they had about 100 swimmers.

You can see pictures of previous years swims here and here.

Jack Beattie's 25nd Annual Masters Mile (Lake Maitland)
Saturday June 7th
10:30 AM  with a pancake brunch afterwards till 1:00 PM
561 Via Lugano
Winter Park, FL 32789

Jack and I before the 2014 lake swim

After the event there is a HUGE and FREE breakfast spread

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Hurricane Man 2.4 Mile Swim..The Race that never happened..

Last Saturday was supposed to be my first 2.4 mile open water swim race but it got canceled due to the rain.  It was being held in St Petersburg, FL.  Luckily this area of town is my old stomping grounds.  I went to school on 54th Ave south so when the race got canceled I knew many places to go and have some fun.
Being that it was so early in the morning and I was skipping my normal morning routine to do the race I needed to get my exercise in.  So I found a local LA Fitness and swam for one hour.

Haslam's is AWESOME!!
After the swim, I called a buddy of mine and we met up at Haslam’s Book Store (Florida’s largest new and used book store   This place is really cool.  It’s a HUGE, 60 year old book store of new, used and rare books.    It’s always on my todo list when I visit St Pete.
I love this place.
My next stop was Cigar City Brewing in Tampa.  For those of you who don’t know, my other hobby (other than triathlons) is home brewing beer, wine, cider and mead (honey wine).  Cigar City is one of my favorite breweries and it happens to be in Tampa, FL (on my way home).  I took the brewery tour (for the second time) and had a beer. 
While at the brewery I found a new cycling jersey (can I get a WooWoo!!)
So even though the race got canceled I had a blast.  I will try the 2.4 mile open water swim again in August.  This ones in Jacksonville (which happens to have over 12 microbreweries in the area J )

Barreled aged beers!! My favorite. 
Wood makes everything taste better.
The back of the brewery

The first three brewing tanks (A1, D2, and C3)
Which have been renamed by the brewers (with photos) as
A1 = with photo of a cow..Get it A1 steak sauce and cows
D2 = R2D2 with photo of Star Wars R2D2
C3 = C#PO with photo of Star Wars C3PO

The back part of the tasting room

My new Jersey
(no I don't shave on the weekends)

My LOONNGG arm selfie.

I just had to buy it.
Now I need a Terrapin Brewery jersey.

Back side