Sunday, March 22, 2015

Frozen Sole #7

Brrr... coldest one yet. -22 with the windchill. My ears were aching. Chart kind of follows the wind direction and elevation. Slow 6th km: uphill and into the wind.

Final Time: 0:37:44 (3rd OA). Slowest run this year, 1:48 slower than PB [+14 seconds per km].

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Hockey Heart Rate Graph

Hockey Heart Rate Graph
You knew it was just a matter of time before I put the ol' heart rate monitor on for a round of CAHAB (Cornwall Adult Hockey Academy for Beginners). Actually this was the second time I wore it, the first time, I messed up the settings, and it didn't record anything. The peaks are in the mid 150s during the game with a max at 165 for a full-length out and back sprint. One thing is for certain, my heart rate gets up there quickly.

Mrs Barnes is a Goon.

Monday, March 02, 2015

Race Calendar 2015

Attention Sponsors! Time to send me your free swag so it will be prominently seen at one or more of the following events in 2015.

April 25Cornwall, ONRun to End MSHalf-Marathon1:37:59
May 2Long Sault, ONCMC Spring Du2-15-40:52:59
June 27Tupper Lake, NYTupper Lake TinmanHalf-Ironman5:29:59
August 8Ogdensburg, NYMaple City TriathlonSprint1:12:20
August 8Milwaukee, WIUSAT National Championships*Olympic2:29:59
August 23Cornwall, ONCornwall TriathlonOlympic2:29:59
September 13Sandusky, OHChallenge Cedar PointIronman11:29:59

* Both Guylaine and I have qualified for this event. It would be pretty neat to go, but Milwaukee is 14 hours away....

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Frozen Sole - February 2015

Well, that was nasty. The weather wasn't too cold, but the road conditions weren't ideal. You know you're pouring your heart into it, when at 4K you are praying for it to be over, and at 6K, you're thinking... okay... 10 minutes more and it's done.  Not a PB, but still respectable for me, for the time of year. I think from this point on.. things will only get better.

Enough Lolly-Gagging. Time to officially open up the 2015 season.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Cycling Mauna Kea

On our trip to Kona, we visited Mauna Kea (by car). It was amazing. We took heed of the warnings, and did not venture past the visitor's centre. I just came across this blog from a guy who biked up it!

Next time we go to Kona. .... maybe....

The Saddle Road part, when we drove there had next to zero visibility because of the clouds. I would not certainly want to ride even that part under those conditions.

Friday, February 13, 2015

Kona, the video

First time with video editing... realizing that I'm that good at it, lol.

Monday, February 02, 2015

Big Island, Kona Adventure

We took a one week holiday in Kona.  From January 23 to January 31. It was awesome.
Day 1. Early morning. First run from our condo along Alii Drive. Following in the footsteps of many an Ironman.
A pretty neat gate along Alii Drive.
The sign says it all. Swim start in the background.
The swim start area is surprisingly understated in size. Hard to imagine 2000 competitors packed into that tight space.
We managed to participate in a local race. The Pea Man. 1/2 mile ocean swim + 5K run.
My splits: 17:30 (swim) 0:34 (T1) 26:22 (Run) = 44:25 (final official, 12/53 OA).
The water was a little rough that morning, and I'm fairly sure the distances were all "ball-park".
Swimming at the pier is very distracting. There are 1000s of fish around you the whole time.
It was hard for me to swim and not stop to admire the fish.
Picasso Triggerfish was my favourite.
We had a lovely encounter with a giant sea turtle.
Irony? My Timex Ironman watch (less than a year old), built Ironman tough fails on the Ironman swim course and fills up with water.
Delicious Brews. Longboard lager was my go-to comfort drink. We enjoyed a nice meal here too one night.
Biking the Ironman bike route. We spent two days cycling. Day one was from Kawaihae to Hawi and back, and then to Waikoloa Road and back. Total of 90kms. This was the most scenic part of the bike ride. The ocean scenery was spectacular - whales constantly jumping about. Also, this is the hilliest part (not nasty hilly, just constant up and down), and also the windiest - but definitely nasty windy. Cross-winds particularly. We nearly got blown over a few times.
The turnaround at Hawi.
Day 2 of cycling was from Kona along the Queen K to Waikoloa Road and back (80 Km).
This is the Lava fields part of the ride.
You've got chunky lava at the start, and then, the nice smooth ropey lava near the end.
And this is pretty much what it looks like from the Airport to the Turnaround.
Taking a cliff bar in the lava.
We went around the Island to Hilo one day. Not much going on there. Total change of scenery though. From desert to Rainforest. This tree was pretty neat.
Getting "artsy" with the camera.
Into the rainforest area, near Akaka Falls. Photos can't do justice to how tropical this all looked.
Again, photos don't do justice to how large the plant life was. Huge bamboo chutes in the background.
Akaka Falls. Twice the height of Niagara Falls.
A visit to the Volcano. Pretty neat. We were unable to see any lava flows as the current breakout is happening on private property with no public access. But from the national park, it is awesome how the ground was steaming and venting all around us.
The crater.
An awesome trip up Mauna Kea. We didn't risk going to the very top, but we were still high above the clouds.
A spectacular vantage point for the sunset.
Watching the sunset into the clouds. Really nice experience.
A shot of the moon from the top of Mauna Kea. Well, actually, this is a photo of the moon as seen through the telescope setup at the visitor's centre.
Original Ironman results. 12 Finishers. Best time - 11:46. 4 finishers over 17 hours :-) And 2 in a dead tie (identical swim/bike/run splits -- the original drafters, lol).
No, it's not Sean Connery.
A Hawaiian sunset as shot from our "Lanai". The back-deck of our condo.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Frozen Sole #5

Not sure how I was able to sneak this one in at 36:15. I'll take it though.

This month's strategy was to start at a moderate pace, and try to hold it steady for as long as possible, and then bury myself at the end. It kind of worked. (I didn't have anything left for the bury it at the end part).

Temp was -12, but warmed up to -5 during the run. There was no wind, and it was sunny.

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Frozen Sole - Award Winning Run

Sort of to plan.

The plan this week was to take it easy for the first kilometer, ease into the second k, ratchet things up in the middle, and hammer it at the end.

K1 went according to plan. I was in control, and let the group I wanted to finish with/ahead of me (planned to reel them in and pass them around 7k mark).
K2 was pretty good.
K3 to 5 felt fine, but I should have gone faster. Actually these were mostly into the wind, and I was feeling pretty out of shape for these splits.
K6 was good, and I passed at least one of the people I wanted to.
K7 was too slow, I thought it was faster, but I couldn't go any faster (unable to bridge the gap to the runners I wanted to finish with).
K8 although it was my fastest, I didn't have anything else left. I was hoping I could have gone closer to 4 minutes.

Final time was 37:12. A minute and 20 seconds slower than last month (wind + fatness). Strangely still faster than last year though.

Custom knit Triathlon Toque
Yet despite all that, it was an award winning run, as I was Random Number 22, and thus the winner of the highly coveted custom knit triathlon toque. Pretty snazzy. Even snazzier, that Guylaine wanted it way more badly than I did, so easy Christmas shopping for me!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

500m TT (why not)

NavFit Pool, Cornwall

The 500m swim TT is a personal little fitness test I like to spring upon myself every once in a while. 500 meters is 20 lengths of a 25 meter pool. I've been tracking my progress over time at this link.

While getting changed for the pool today at lunch, I thought, why not.

Good news. The pool wasn't busy. All of lane 1 to myself.

How it played out.

1st hundred 1:30 (too fast)
250 mark @ 4:00 (1:36/100m; but 1:40/100 for the last 150m).
500m @ 8:24 (1:41/100; but 1:46/100 for the last 250m).

Classic Phil.

8:24 Final time.

Tied for fourth best recorded effort, not bad. Only 4 seconds slower than season's best this year. This was my PB time from 5 years ago. In a way it's nice to see I'm not slowing down... but then again, not getting much better.

One day, I will take my time at the start, add speed in the middle and finish strong. One day.