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Well, today was the day: The South Bay Duathlon.

A 10K run, a 40K ride, and a 5K run through urban Morgan Hill. For those who are metric-challenged, that’s 6.2, 25, and 3.1 miles respectively.

It was my first foray into the world of multisport.  The linking two sports I have come to love and enjoy: running and cycling. One I’ve become pretty confident at (running) and the other I’d still consider myself a dabbler (cycling.)

I’ll post a race report later this week, but my preliminary times were:

  • Overall Time: 2:38:11
  • Run 1: 46:40 @ an avg pace of 7:32
  • T1: 1:30
  • Bike: 1:25:01 @ an avg pace of 17.6 mph
  • T2: :50
  • Run 2: 24:10 @ an avg pace of 7:48

More to follow later this week, including some highlights, lowlights, a couple of funny occurrences, and definitely some learning moments.


Unless you’re a runner* – in which case, they are completely related…


…though a mashup is probably appropriate:


Have a great weekend!

*or cyclist, duathlete, triathlete, etc.


February 23, 2014 — Leave a comment


A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about putting trail runs on hold while I train for a duathlon I’m doing next month. Well, that lasted two weeks…

I decided to do the run segment of this morning’s 20/10 BRick as an out-and-back to Alum Rock (STRAVA: Ride / Run.] I knew I’d sacrifice time on the transition (putting on trail shoes vs. my tri shoes, etc.), but getting back on the trail was worth it. The weather was wonderful this morning.

20140223-133501.jpgI also wanted to do a maiden run with a new piece of equipment: an Ultimate Direction Scott Jurek Ultra Vest, v2.0.  I’m getting equipped for a few 50Ks later this year…hehe!  It went pretty well and I’m glad I went with a size medium. I need to make a few minor adjustments on the fit and it will be great. My back was a little sore from carrying the water up front; but, I think after a few more runs, I’ll get accustomed to it.  It was a nice change from carrying a handheld.

I also may experiment with some different bottle types: my Amphipod 20oz handheld or Hydrapak Soft Flasks. The UD bottles were OK, but I’ve read some good things about replacing them the soft flasks on a few blogs.

Anyway, hope y’all had great weekends.


Smiley Knee

February 14, 2014 — 2 Comments


During ride 1 of this morning’s 4/6/4 duathlon workout (specifically at about mile 3.62), a curb suddenly jumped up, causing me to trip and skid slightly on the (thankfully) wet sidewalk.  I’ve run this route many, many times without incident from said curb, so I am quite puzzled as to why he (or she) decided to be, frankly, a jerk.

The upshot is that I now have what looks to be a smiley face on my knee…though it also looks like the guy has a hickey on his neck.

OK, the other upshot was that because I run so early (this probably happened at about 4:40,) no one was around to see.

Of course I jumped up, ran the final .38 of R1 (doing a “systems” check), and continued with the rest of the workout!

Have a great weekend!

Wow…one month already done in the 2014 book!  Where did it go?

January was a solid month of training and a great start to what I hope is a great year of running…with a little bicycling scattered in as well.  At this point, and after doing some evaluation of time and (quite frankly) desire, I just don’t think I can fit swimming into the training/racing picture (read: no triathlons yet.)  I’m having a hard enough time working bicycling in – I just like running too much! Maybe I’ll have time/desire for “aqua” next year.  As much as I’d like to, in reality and with total honesty, it’s just not the right time.  Someday…

I had one biz trip this month out to the Washington D.C. area and was able to stay on track with my training (trust me, I was prepared to run in the rain, snow, or whatever.)  It worked out great as I was there in between snowy weather and ended up logging 33 miles in four runs, including two WDC sightseeing run tours (one, two.)

I also put the final touches on my 2014 race schedule, setting some pretty good goals that are achievable yet challenging.  I’ll probably do a post on the schedule at some point once things firm up a bit.


  • HIGH: Signed up for Strava’s Prove It – Run (100K) challenge and ended up with 315K
  • LOW: It was a good month…nothing really to consider a “low”

As far as new equipment & such:

  • New Balance High Visibility Beacon Jacket. While not technically new (I received this back in October when I was selected as a winner in the New Balance/ Runnovation contest), it stayed in the box until I was packing for my trip to DC.  There was a chance of rain there and the temps in the AM were forecasted to be cool, so I packed it as an option; deciding that if I did wear it, I would wear a short-sleeve tech shirt underneath to prevent getting too hot.  This jacket is excellent!  The high-vis aspect is awesome and really functions as advertised – this bad boy glowed for my entire 13.2 run and probably most the rest of the day on a 15-minute “charge.”  As for comfort, I really liked it too, it chaffed a bit on my neck the first day, but a little Glide in the right spot solved that.  (I got the jacket in a large and probably should have gotten a medium, which could have contributed to the chaffing.)  I usually get pretty warm when I run and rarely wear a jacket unless it’s raining – and even then, it usually is my The North Face Better Than Naked, lightweight jacket.  So I did stick to my planned, short-sleeve tech shirt and the jacket as was comfortable in the 44, 34, and 39 degree runs I did wearing it.  Great product, though I’m torn between it and my North Face jacket…
  • Altra Lone Peak 1.5 shoes. This is my second pair of Altra shoes, having added their 3-Sum shoes into my road rotation last month.  My Hoka One One Stinson EVOs were at the 240-mile mark, so I decided to give these a try.  After consulting a few blogs and Altra’s customer service on sizing, I placed my order and have now put 31 miles on my Lone Peaks over two runs.  I have to say, I really am liking them.  I up-sized a full size and am happy with that decision.  I’m still getting used to the zero-drop feel (though I now have about 97 miles on my 3-Sums), but am adjusting well.  I probably will do a shoe review post once I have more miles on these.  Since I am only really able to do trail runs on weekends, that might be a month or two.  Bottom line: I’m liking them!

With that, here are my training stats for January 2014…

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Hmmmm, how to display my 2013 training stats in an epic way….a mega INFOGRAPHIC!

This pup has taken numerous lunchtimes, a few evenings, an extended layover at DFW, and a few more evenings in hotel rooms this week.  It was great remembering and reliving some of last year as I gathered the data and worked on this project.

My numbers may pale in comparison to some, but they are mine…and that is what we all should focus on: our numbers, not other people’s.

These were hard earned, yet fun.  Mostly enjoyable, with a dash of difficult, and a hint of pain.  For certain, 2013 was a great second full year of running, with a decent intro to cycling.  Here’s to celebrating 2013 and anticipating what lies ahead in 2014.


December 2013: A month that took forever to get here and seemed to just blow by!


  • HIGH: Gritted out my third marathon!
  • LOW: Ran my third marathon like a half and fueled it like a 10K; thus, a PR was missed/squandered.

As far as new equipment & such:

  • Buff.  I am not a viewer of the Survivor TV show, but knew about Buffs from watching a few episodes.  This month, I bought a couple of Buffs to try them and really like them.  Like them enough that I now have four in my drawer: two Polar Reversible, a Reflective Buff, and a Visor Buff.  I’ve worn the Polar and Reflective on my runs and rides and really have appreciated them in the cool weather.  I have mainly worn them as a cap on runs and a hood on my rides.  Wearing as a balaclava while exercising seems to result in overheating – but that might just be me.
  • Altra 3-Sum shoes.  I was at the point mileage-wise in my road shoe inventory that I needed to get a new pair.  I had been reading a lot of good things about Altra Zero Drop shoes and, after some web research and a chat with Altra Customer Service, placed my order!  I went with the 3-Sum, since I will be doing a duathlon in March 2014.  After this morning’s run, I have 58 miles on them and really like the way they fit and feel on a run.  I may write a review at some point – maybe at the 100-mile mark.

With that, here are the stats for the month that was December 2013.
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