Sunday, August 30, 2009
Thursday, August 27, 2009
The above two photos are of Halekoa Drive and they really DO NOT do justice as to how steep this hill truly is. From the base to the top, it's roughly 3 miles of the absolute steepest hills on this island. It's no wonder you don't see many riders doing this hill; mainly, you need to be light, agile and an all around masochist for pain because it doesn't let up. Those may look like flats, but rest assured there's nothing but trouble there. Here is a quote from one of the residents that lives on that ridge where accidents from cars are commonplace:
"It's very steep there and I think people's brakes just give out."
My all time favorite though is from Hawaii's strongest cyclist, Mike Zagorski:
"Halekoa Drive is probably the worst. It's nasty, it's just steep and never flattens out. On Halekoa, you never get to relax."
Make no mistake with this hill, it is straight up filth but one that I have grown to love and enjoy doing repeats of. I see folks walking their dogs only in their driveway because it's too steep for them to walk down and walk back up again. The first time I did that hill, I had to stop because it was so damn hard and brutal - my early days of cycling [hah! going on 3 months now so it's like my early early days really]. Tim, that's the beast of Oahu, probably harder than willow pass road too.
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
<--- That's a picture of me on a stationary bike spinning after an intense morning cycle. Notice that nice, red area on the hip. But for you ladies...notice that very sexy cyclist arm tan I'm sporting. Incredibly pronounced huh?! Yeah, thought you'd like that.
Sadly, the road rash has made running all but ridiculous as I look like a flat-footed duck. The lesson being, running 5-minute miles with road rash is damn near impossible and incredibly painful. Don't try this at home kids, seriously.
Thankfully, I'm going to treat myself to some good food tonite after I gulped down 2 incredible green smoothies. It's also the Tuesday Download and I've ALREADY been going strong and have some quality updates. Thank you iTunes for FINALLY putting out some decent music. Will update later on tonite with the download + the day's log. If you're wondering, I put rubbing alochol AND peroxide on it when I finished my ride....HOLY CRAP. I'VE NEVER EVER EVER EVER EVER IN MY LIFE EXPERIENCED A STINGING SENSATION SO BAD BEFORE. DO NOT DO THIS!!!!!!!!!
Monday, August 24, 2009
Ironically, I have the legs and the power today but the cut on my hip is making fast movement a bit difficult. Nonetheless, the workouts must go on as planned...such is the dreadful and monotonous life of the aspiring athlete. Oftentimes, I question why it is I subject myself and my body to the phsyical torture and the truth is I believe I've been blessed with athleticism that I've discovered 'late' in my youthful years. Along with this diet came the weight loss and the energy that is no vital to do what I do. I mean, how many vegans and mostly raw vegans can compete out there with really accomplished athletes that have been doing this for DECADES [longer than I've been born] and still eat crap. I take it as my personal responsibility to try and show people what can be accomplished on a plant-based diet and spread the word about health and nutrition. It's a sensitive subject with me because I remember what I was like eating regular American food...cereal, oatmeal, subway sandwiches...Oftentimes, I'm tempted to go in and smell the scent of a good steak sizzling on the grill or look at some raw sushi being prepared. I think 'man, that looks good!'. And right as I'm about to grab it, I remind myself of my personal mission and to stop and be thankful for my athletic gifts and the supporting crew that represents my team.
From my coaches, friends and sig fig, I'm only as strong as my cast. As I see it, that's reason enough for me to press on despite the pain and suffering. So here's to you all. I'll make the next 6 miles good. =)
Saturday, August 22, 2009
And so on repeat number 4, the climb was fine but on the descent, my bike gave way and I crashed backwards [rather than going over the handlebars] and I slid for about 10 feet...quite gnarly to be honest. But when I did it wasn't so bad really, I knew nothing was broken and there was no pain in the muscle = all good to run. When I got up, my Liquigas kit was ripped to shreds and blood was coming out through the clothing. In short, I have a *BIG strawberry on my hip and then cuts on my wrist and elbow. Pretty annoying really not because they hurt but they sting terribly. I've bandaged it properly and have some gauze on the cut area but I imagine it will take a week to scab over. It's really not that bad and I've seen far worse. Still, crashing sucks regardless and even more so when you slide a few feet.
It looked really bad ass though, take my word for it =) After this, I hopped back on the bike, did an easy 30 miles and had pretty 'fresh' legs going into the Halekoa climb. And for once, I saw another rider!!! This is an incredibly rare occassion as I NEVER EVER see other riders attempting this climb [at 14% for 3 miles, you can understand why]. Granted, he was descending but this was a first for me and I was relieved to see that there are others of the same sadistic species out there.
Diet was pretty cool today and I enjoyed my food thoroughly!
Pre-ride: 1 Larabar, 3 bananas with mac-nut buter, some electrolyte drink
During-ride: 3 larabars, blended dates with peach, electrolyte drink [lots of these]
Post-ride: 2 raw vegan protein shakes, 2 bananas, 2 Clif Builders bars [vegan!]
Lunch:Oatcake, Larabar, apple and freshly squeezed OJ. I absolutely LOVE fresh squeezed OJ now!
Snack: Raw vegan protein shake, Clif builder bar, another LaraBar, Water
Dinner: Big grilled tofu salad sandwiched between a rice tortilla with hummus. 1 Amy's Spinach-pesto pizza [wheat and gluten free, vegan of course].
All of the place right!
Thursday, August 20, 2009
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
But yeah, my morning was an insane bikeride...totally insane. But again, I'm learning to live with pain. I know that sounds pseudo-masochistic but it's true...such is the reality of being a cyclist. PM was a nice 7 mile run that started off hard and then ended slow when I went 'shit, I've got a hard run day tomorrow'. Immediately after the run, I wolfed down 3 bananas real quick.
Diet was pretty good again today too. I'm growing fonder and fonder of apples again...big, delicious red apples are so good, especially when they're cold =)
Breakfast: Green Smoothie
Lunch: Green Smootie
Dinner: Salad with a grilled-tofu vegan sandwich, loaded with veggies and extra sprouts
Snacks: larabar, apple, freshly squeezed oragne juice [huge fan of this now].
Tomorrow will be a nice recovery ride which means some good iTunes cranking at 5:30am. Sweet. Emily started her blog about applying to med schools...I've put it on my blog list to the right.
Hopefully, I'll be getting some raw granola from one of my sponsors tomorrow. Will let you know what flavor I get! Aloha
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
And so extreme hunger + extreme fatigue = overeating of cooked foods. Too much to digest, too foreign to my body which resulted in some problems. These problems led to a weekend sitting on the comfy chairs of my gym, watching the PGA championships, dozing in and out of sleep, wondering how the hell people can watch golf for so damn long and thinking about how badly I want to get back out and run / cycle again. In short, it sucked. But I'm back and I'm able to stomach the sight of food now and can finally hold meals down. In fact, last night I had a nice hummus salad with some 'cheeze' pizza and this was fine. So, with a fresh new intestinal track [gross] and a renewed sense of being [now that I can kind-of-run and kind-of-cycle] let's get to that reader question.
This person asked me if 95 days [approx 14 weeks] is enough time to run a half-marathon given an active training base of 3 times weekly cardio and tennis thrown in for good measure. First off, 95 days is definitely enough time to do this so YES! The other good news is that you're not starting from your couch, YES! And finally...and really, the best part of all, this person is VEGAN, Double YES [YES]! In short, running 4 times a week at varying lenghts and intensity will get you there. But follow through is a must! As with diet too...I get tons of people who always start strong but for whatever reason, they cannot follow through. And I hear excuses all the time too...I digress. Below is a decent sample running routine using that 4 times per week training. As you've probably guessed, there will be 3 days off from running. I'm going to assume most people have the most time on the weekends and so the longest runs will be on the weekends. Starting from Saturday....
Saturday: Run easy 4 miles, Think 'slog' pace [get it! SLOW + JOG = SLOG]
Sunday: Long run of 8 miles, light pace. [you should feel tired but strong enough to walk]
Tuesday: Hill work. Find a hill or go to a gym and incline a few % and run for 3 miles.
Thursday: Speedwork. On a track or treadmill, run 3 x 1 mile repeats at race pace with 5 minutes rest between each sete.
Each week, increase Sunday's run by 1 mile, Tuesday's workout by 1/4 mile and Thursday's workout by a 1/2 mile. By race day, you'll be able to really kick butt in the half marathon and hopefully say I got you there and we'll both me on the front page of NY Times. But really, this routine is good enough to for the avid fitness individual.
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Sunday, August 9, 2009
Saturday, August 8, 2009
So a lot of you have been curious as to my liquid meals. Yep, they are liquid meals no doubt but I have attached a photograph of what I put in my smoothies. This makes 4+ 8 oz. glasses of smoothie which is more than enough to keep me satiated. TRUST ME. In short, a green smoothie is a combination of fruit, greens and water.
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
Monday, August 3, 2009
Yep, my day / morning was so rough, I decided to go home and be by myself for lunch! But it was all good because I had an outstanding green smoothie while at home. It had 5 bananas, tons of watermelon, kale and collard greens finished with some frozen strawberries. WOW. Blew me away with the flavor. Combine this with a chocolate LaraBar = raw vegan love. And lots of it at that.