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July 4th.  I was excited for a nice day with my family.  We had several things planned for the day, one of which was my morning run.  Today I was scheduled for a 38 minute run – but I was going to mix it up some.  I was going to head out for 20 minutes, then come by the house and grab my oldest son (who is 8 years old) and continue on for another mile and a half with him.  It was fantastic.  He did such a good job.  Our conversation during the run was so much fun.  He asked about my workouts, he mentioned how difficult it is to run up a hill, he then asked me how many hills did I have to run up in my triathlon (ha).  After all of that, as we were getting close to the end of the run, he started talking about wanting to do his own triathlon sometime soon.  He mentioned that he already knows how to swim, and he can ride his bike fine… and now he knows he can run a mile without stopping, so why not do them all together like Daddy.

—  How great is that?

I am looking right now for some choices for kiddie triathlons in the area that I can get him signed up for.  If he wants to do it… I am going to make sure he can.

As for the rest of the day – we met with a contractor about finishing the 3rd floor, then we drove down to the in-laws for an early (and perfect) July 4th dinner.  After dinner, we drove to the city of Clayton’s July 4th celebration where we listened to live music, played some carnival games and rode on a few carnival rides.  Of course the night was capped off by a really nice fireworks display (and some sparklers for the kids).


Today’s workout:It was a nice way to spend the day.

Plan: 38 minutes running


Actual:
35:11 running (3.39 miles @ 10:23/mile – 15 minutes of that with my son!)

Let me tell you a little about my Father’s Day.  It was a fantastic day spent mostly outdoors, doing all sorts of activities – both by myself and with my kids.  It was a perfect blend of serious training and relaxed family fun.

The day started off with my daughter and I heading to the pool to do some laps.  She swam on the local swim team last summer, but due to many reasons isn’t swimming this year.  I thought it would be good fun to take her to the pool and show her my swim workout, while she swam in the lane next to me doing 25 meter repeats.  I felt pretty good during my session, getting in 1750 meters – but the best part of the workout was enjoying this time with my daughter.  What a great way to start off the day.  Funny thing about swimming with my daughter.  I had a flashback to being young and back in St Louis.  I remembered swimming in our backyard pool with my Father – it actually made me choke up.  It was a nice memory to have while I was sharing a similar experience with my daughter.

Next it was home to enjoy a wonderful breakfast of French Toast w/ blueberries and pecans made by my wonderful wife.  After enjoying that decadent meal, it was time to spend some play time with the littlest Breakey.  She and I played with some puzzles and basically enjoyed being with each other.  Unfortunately, I had to cut this short because I had some actual work to do (bummer).  So, I spent the next 3 hours or so knocking out some work.

After working, it was time for another workout.  This time I was scheduled to go for a 1.5 hour ride.  I decided to go for 25 miles up towards Falls Lake.  Everything about the ride went well.  The weather was perfect, the cars were ‘nice’ and I was feeling good.  I rode at about 75-85% for most of the ride, keeping my heartbeat as close to 150 bpm as I could.  I really enjoyed the weather – and seeing all of the families out on the lake made me smile.  Everyone was having a good day.  I got my ride in – and was still feeling great.

View from the turnaround point on my training ride

Then – after a good training ride, I wanted to take my daughter out on her bike and get in another 5-6 miles with her.  We casually headed for the greenway and spent some real quality time together.  This 40 minute ride was more fulfilling than the training ride I just completed.  I need to do more of this!

Taken during my ride with my daughter on the Upper Neuse Greenway

Finally it was my boys’ turn.  We grabbed our baseball mitts and hit the backyard for a good game of catch.  It is amazing to see how much they have changed this season.  My oldest is getting so good at catching and throwing, it is almost to the point where I can actually throw it fairly hard to him.  My younger boy is getting better too.  He catches most, and has a great arm.  We played catch for about an hour while my wife was once again cooking an amazing meal.  

After hanging out with the boys, it was time for the wonderful dinner followed by a post-dinner family walk on the greenway.

The family walk

I found this Father’s Day to be one of my favorite ones to date.  It was so great to spend individual time with each of my kids as well as some quality time as a family.  Thank you family for making me feel special.  I appreciate it.

Oh – and yes, I finally loaded the Instagram app onto my phone.

– Adam

Today’s workout:

Plan: 1:37 bike, 29 minute swim

Actual: 1:27:56 training on the bike (23.7 miles @ 16.2mph), 32:35 casual on the bike (5.52 miles @ 10.2mph), 45 minutes at the pool (1750 meters) + 1hr of baseball + 1hr family walk.  🙂

I have talked about my four kids many times on this blog…. but today I am ready to share that I have a 5th child on the way!  Yes it is true… my beautiful wife is expecting.  Our baby is due on November 27th!

So, I will now have one in High School, two in Elementary school and two in pre-school!

I also will have a starting 5 for the pick-up basketball game!

I guess I will need to invest in a two baby jogging stroller so I can keep training!

– Adam

 

I can officially scratch through the word wannabe.  I am now a triathlete.  This past Saturday I participated in the Gary Kirby Sprint Triathlon in Raleigh, NC.  Actually, to be more precise… it was in actually in my neighborhood of Bedford.  How much more convenient could it be?  I put this date on the calendar back during the first week of February.  It was then that I decided to get moving again, to inspire myself to do better – To inspire my kids – To impress my wife – To be a more fit father – but most of all… to be proud of myself by taking control of my life and pushing towards a goal that before seemed out of reach – not because I didn’t think I could do it… but more because I was too lazy to even try.

When contemplating what to do for my “I am no longer lazy” target, I decided to go for a triathlon.  At that time, I didn’t really know anything about them… other than the crazy long Ironman race in Hawaii.  But with a few clicks I could solve that lack of knowledge… I quickly jumped to the Internet for some education.  I came across a great website (www.beginnertriathlete.com) that educated me on all the ins and outs of triathlon.  It was then that I learned that there were such things as a sprint distance triathlon, Olympic distances and even half Ironman distance races… all which cut the insane Ironman distance down to a more reasonable level.  I then decided that my “I am no longer lazy” target was to complete a half Ironman distance triathlon, which is a 1.2 mile open water swim, a 56 mile bike ride followed by a 13.1 mile run sometime before the end of 2013.  The half Ironman distances were all out of reach for my current state of fitness, but I have completed a 13.1 mile (half marathon) run just two years prior, so I felt that I could do that again with some training.  The other disciplines… well, they seemed near impossible back in February.

So, with a target of completing a 70.3 mile race (1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike, 13.1 mile run) in 2013 as my official “I am no longer lazy” target, I built out a plan.  I found out that my neighborhood hosts a sprint race in early June – that would be the perfect first step towards attempting a 70.3 distance race.  That would be a great secondary goal… Complete my first Sprint triathlon before I turn 40 in late August!   Then I found an Olympic distance race in September 2012 to do – check.  Next is identifying additional sprint and Olympic distance races for the spring on 2013 followed by finding the perfect 70.3 for me to do in the later part of 2013.

But let’s get back to the race this weekend.  I have been training for right at four months for this first race.  While it is a short race (300 meter swim, 12 mile bike, 5k run), it still wouldn’t be easy.  So, with much dedication and a lot of support from the family, I trained – and I trained.  I was up at 5:15 many mornings, I was away from the family for my long rides and runs on the weekends, I was probably cranky some days and euphoric on others.  I am certain that my only conversation around the dinner table that I brought up was about my training, my race, my research or something else triathlon related.  So, I greatly appreciate my family bearing with me through these first four months of this journey.  Without their support, I wouldn’t have been able to do this.

So – let me walk you through the race.

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The holiday weekend.  A wonderful three straight days off from work in a row.  Loving it!

This post is a bit late – so I will first write about my holiday weekend (non-triathlon related) and then in a second post talk about my training.

Friday at work was a bit stressful – I knew that I had a lot of work to get done, so I kept my head down and tried to knock out as much as I could so I could enjoy the weekend without having to think about my work.  With that crossed off the list, it was time to head home and start the long weekend.

My weekend plan included my wife and I taking the baby to the NC zoo for the first time.  She is obsessed with animals (loves giraffes, lions and elephants thanks to the mural I painted on her wall).  The plan included us joining the NC zoological society, which in turn gives the whole family free access to the zoo for 2 years.  So, with that level of free access we decided to split our trip into two days.  Saturday morning we would drive to Asheboro and check out the animals in the morning, then spend the afternoon at the hotel’s pool (the zoo is 2hrs away from home).  Then we would head back to the zoo on Sunday to spend another morning with the animals before heading to the in-laws for dinner later that night.

Day 1 at the zoo.

We decided to spend today in ‘Africa’.  The NC Zoo is broken into two huge sections – Africa and North America.  We wanted to get the baby to her favorite animals as soon as possible to increase her excitement.  Well, that plan worked perfectly.  Immediately after walking into the zoo, we were face to face with five giraffes.  The baby was excited.  She kept pointing and smiling.  It is such a great thing to see that level of joy in your child.  After the giraffes we meandered around the Africa section, taking in the elephants, zebras, rhinos, gorillas, chimps, lemurs, baboons, and more.  After a quick (and early) lunch, we headed for the car in the hopes that we could get to the hotel before the baby fell asleep.  Well, that plan failed.  We weren’t even out of the parking lot when her eyes shut and the zzzzz’s start flowing.  Oh well… plan ‘b’.  Plan B included my wife and I driving around the triad of North Carolina for an hour and a half while we let the baby sleep.  — After this grand tour, we finally made our way to the hotel and found ourselves poolside for an afternoon swim.  After that, it was time to find some dinner and end our day.  It was a great day filled with a lot of joy and excitement.

Day 2 at the zoo.

Our original plan for day 2 was to spend it in ‘North America’… however we made an audible and chose to go back to the well and see Africa again.  We had missed the aviary during Day 1, so we knew we wanted to add that to the mix (I am a huge bird fan… so more correctly said, I didn’t want to miss it).  We also decided to add in the Grizzly Bear from N-America’s side to our list today.  Luckily the Grizzly Bear is the last animal on the N-American side, so it was easy to add it to our day.  So, we started again at the giraffes, saw the Lions sitting majestically on their rocks, watched a gorilla climb, saw a baby chimpanzee, made our way to the aviary and then we made it to ‘junction plaza’.  That is the area that connects Africa to N-America.  This would be a non-event for most people, but the baby is obsessed with carousels – of which they have a nice one here in Junction Plaza.  So, to the ticket booth we went.  — After two rides (one with Mommy and one with Daddy) it was time to move on.  We quickly made our way to the Grizzly Bear, finding him playing in the waterfall.  He was the only one able to cool off on this hot day.  After seeing ‘Buster’, we grabbed an ice cream for the baby (to distract her while we walked by the carousel once again) – and headed for the elephants and rhinos one more time.   Then it was time to go.

We headed out of the zoo just in time for the baby to take a nap on the slightly over two hour ride to the in-laws house.  Once at the in-laws, I was able to get some triathlon training in, and then enjoy a really nice meal cooked by my mother-in-law.

After reaching ‘full’, it was time to head home.  It was a great weekend spent enjoying one of North Carolina’s great assets.  I only wish my other three kids were there to enjoy it with us.

Living and loving life!

Thanks for reading.

– Adam

Sunday.  You know… Sundays used to be a slower, more relaxed day.  That isn’t the case any more.  With four kids to chase around town, long workouts to get in, a house and yard to keep looking good and a wife to try to spoil – I have very little ‘down time’.  Not that I am complaining.  I love every part of it, but weekends just fly by now.

Today was no exception.  We had invited some close friends over for dinner, so not only did  I have my normal Sunday items to do, but we added in preparing a large Italian meal for the 6 of us and our 4 guests.  Again, not that I am complaining… we love having friends over for dinner.

So, with the need to prepare a dinner, clean a house and take care of 4 kids – spoiling my wife and my workout moved down the priority list.  We worked out a schedule that should everything go as planned would allow me to get my 60 minutes of pain long run in during the baby’s nap (around 12:30 or so).  So with that, we went and attacked the day.

House gets cleaned, groceries get purchased, food gets prepped, yard gets ‘yardworked’.   Then, it is nap time.  The plan was for me to drop the three older kids at the pool and then go for a run from there, then return to pick them up one hour later.  This plan worked well.

My run was fairly uneventful, although I did do what I could to pick up the pace with some longer strides early in the run.  My feet were moving well – and I felt pretty good.  I took off towards the Greenway again and ran 25 minutes away from the pool – figuring that my return would be slower (uphill and tired).  Well, it turns out, I got back to the pool 10 minutes early – so I ran past it and got in the remaining 10 minutes.  —  Oh, I did roll my right ankle on the side of the paved trail – which scared me, but there are no ill effects of the rolled ankle.  So, all is ok.

My training for the June 2nd triathlon is nearing its end and I am feeling good.  The funny thing is that prior to all of this training, I would have said that running would be my strong suit, followed by bike then swim.  But that is completely wrong.  Swim is my best, followed by my bike then the run.  A couple of years ago I ran a half marathon at a flat 10 minute pace over the 13.1 miles… now, I struggle to keep a 10:30 pace for 3.1 miles.  I think before my next tri, I need to adjust my training to account for my lack of running ability.

After my workout, the dinner was finished and the appetizers prepared.  Our friends showed up, and we enjoyed some great conversation and delicious food.  It was a great day – which was part of a very quick weekend.

Looking forward to the long weekend coming up!

– Adam

Today’s workout:

Plan: 60 minute run

Actual: 59:46 at an average pace of 11:02

My day is filled with baseball today.  My oldest son had a game this morning and now my younger son has one very soon.  So, in order to get my workout in, I needed to move fairly early this morning.

I was on the road just a hair after 7 am, on my way to a 31 mile bike ride that included riding down the Neuse River Greenway, then through the neighborhood, then out on the road that surround parts of Falls Lake.  I mapped out my route on MapMyRun so that I would be gone for my needed 2 hour ride.

Things went well on the ride, although I was feeling a little tired around mile 24 or so.  This route was much hillier (once I was off of the greenway) than I expected, and all those hills took their toll.

This chart shows the hills I had the pleasure to ride.

I finished the ride – and was very happy to be done before most people are really moving on a Saturday morning.

 

Here is a map of my ride.  The start was delayed due to an error on my Garmin

After a quick shower, I was off to my son’s baseball game.  Now… after that, I am writing this before heading out to the next game that starts in one hour.  Whew.  Busy day.

Two hours of hard bike riding – 1733 calories burned – and still getting to watch/coach my son’s baseball teams.

Loving life.

Today’s workout:

Plan: 120 minute bike

Actual: 2:02 bike ride at 15.73mph (31.98 miles)

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