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This is the training blog for Dean Sakihama. I’m not a health nut. I’m a distance junkie. The healthiest things I’ve done in my life are shortening my commute, leaving toxic jobs, finding good friends, and taking up running. In the triathlon world I fell in love with long distances.
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What the F! I spent all this time training, travelled far and wide to find terrain, and climate suitable for preparing myself for what was (possibly) one of the signature moments of my life, the long course, and now... What's going on?
A multitude of things occurred throughout your day or days leading up to the race, and for wahtever reason you day ranged from a glorious demonstration of how proper training/preparation/nautural ability to the worst you've felt for an entire day and finding fault with having paid for the opportuinity to hav e done so.
It's possible to fall at both ends of the spectrum at the same time and several places within throughout the experience.
I probably wasn't there for your day (sorry about that), but I wanted to say that I'm proud of you. Too much can be made of a finishing time. Time is a relative mark in our human abilty for understanding the world. It matters not in the slightest to the satisfaction to committing to a distance and pushing through the discomfort that is a race. You may have set a time to finish by or a total time to complete the race in, but it was made in a vaccum. It came from a perfect world of controllable training sessions and the rosy lenses of the best case scenario. On race day all that gets chucked out the window and you rely on everything that you can squeeze from your body on that one day. Be proud of what you've accomplished. I'm proud of you.
But now what?
Long course race preparation requires an amount of sacrifice that sane people don't really inderstand. You've done that. You have given what was possible and some that wasn't. Your body needs rest, but more than that your mind deserves rest. It's been your brain that saw the date on the calendar and pushed your body towards it. It was your mind that held everything together at the peak of training.
Take now to reconnect with your life. Sleep! Call or see people you had to push to the side. Sleep! Make good on your promise to your boss or life partner to do that thing you said you'd do right after ironman. Sleep!
Try not to think about the next race or event. When you're ready your brain will know where to fong your running shoes.
I've been off for a little more than 90 days, it's my biggest true layoff from training in close to five years. In that time I've been going to concerts at the hollywood bowl, worked on my relationship with the greatest woman to have ever come in to my life, retaken up cooking for fun, and enjoyed long walks with a golden retriever puppy.
Life is yours to live. The next thing will come. For now rest, handle the chaos that comes from a new span of free time in your life that resembles the loss of a part time job. Remember what you used to do with that time, and think about whether or not to reintroduce those things in to your life again.
Every second counts and they are yours for you to do with them what makes you happy.
Here for you as always.
Just got back from Strawberry Fields where LA Tri had a great day.
In the heat of the moment I posted here the winning time to Ironman Cd'A by a pro this year at right about 8 hours even... (See here)
According to the Weather Underground (Click here for the report)
So here's where we are. Everyone is still standing, the race is over, t-shirts and medals have been passed out and it's now 1 am. If you've ever done/trained for one of these things you know one inescapable truth. What is it you ask? Simply put, when you're done you're hungry... duh. Me? Not this time, but everyone else absolutely.
Hi folks. Looks like from here til midnight I'll be walking up and the course. So I'm not sure how much more posting I'll get done. From here on in, I can say with more than a little experience that its a grind to the finish for anyone still moving forward @ this time of night.
Before I sign off I'd like to thank my Treo 700w,my APC usb charger that has kept my phone up, verizon with the data connection, and of course all of you for following along.
Please comment if you can and let them all hear you. Today has been phenomenonal, incredible, and as unforgettable as always.
Thanks also to the volunteers and goodnight.
This event has had a convergence of campaign managers. Amy Graavengard just passed me on her way to mile 15. She said she might still be cold from the swim. Maria saw Jessica. And I saw Jayme who has been working with 2XU.
Interesting is all I'm saying.
Rules for spectators continue.
620pm - Coeur d'Alene Brewing company (just to stay consistant.)
Burger, medium, cheddar & bacon. Accompanying is a vanilla bourbon stout. So far everything is excellent.
(Cord should be finishing in the next 30 mins. Should be exciting.)
It's 10 to five and I just saw Karen with Laurie and Kevin @ mile 109. They're gonna make it on to the run.
That's all that remains in the bike portion of our day. I think we still have four out on the course. I shudder to think what the wind was like on the backside of the course.
In case I haven't mentioned it, the race is over. 1st pro crossed right around 8 hours even. I wasn't at the line so I'll have to find out later who it was.
I've plopped myself down less than three miles from the bike finish. I remember being at this oint last year on my bike and knowing almost down to te second how long it'd take me to be off my bike. The look on the faces of the oncoming cyclists tell me that we all share that feeling.
The attached video is of the stretch I'm sitting at.
So far I've had the Honeymoon Wheat, the Strawberry wheat, and the centennial pale ale. If the bar stays open long enough tonight I'll try them all (all 12 locally brewed beers on tap)
Have I mentioned that I'm looking for sponsorship? (no not an AA sponsorship)
Sounds like the wind is picking up outside of town. Reports have the wind projected to 10-11 mph. I hate wind. I'd rather do Latigo with only my big chain ring than face a headwind. (I might need to rethink the analogy but you see what I'm talking about.)
I hate wind.
Just heard from Paul, he saw christina cord on the course. Roughly a 6hr bike ride. Way to go!
Bib#2 ''Tom'' is in 1st place on the 2nd lap run (mile14 or so) heading out to the lake road. 2nd place is likely over a mile behind.
Michael Lovato (or whoever is bib#3) is running second 5-7 mins behind first on dean's unofficial clock at the 12 mile mark.
I just saw kevin at mile 56 (probably 60 by now) and Raul @ mile 68. Everyone is looking strong. I'm expecting to see Christy pass me in about 20-30 mins. What a beautiful day.
(Lesson 2 would be bring sunscreen and cash, definitely cash.)
The team is out on their ride. I'm off to lunch. Should have an update in an hour or two.
I don't have my bike yet, but I'd guess that karen is a little ove 20 miles out on the course.Christina is probably pretty far in to Hayden at or around 30 miles.
Christina Cord is out of the water in a smoking one hour and eleven minutes (dean time)
1st age groupers man and women just rounded the corner of the 1st swim lap. 30s faster than the pros. Just awesome.
In just under an hour the first five pros are out of the water on their way to T1.
Here's a cool feature for the race.
With the race start just three short hours away, most of the team is up. The day's first calories, some coffee, and last minute prep are the order of the morning. (And yes, it's still very dark outside.)
Just checking to see if I can post from the field tomorrow.
Live tracking available tomorrow at ironmanlive.com
Peace everyone and goodnight.
It's Saturday night and the work has been done. Workouts completed. Nutrition dialed in. Bags and bikes to transition. Practice swims nailed. It's 630pm and dinner has been take care of. As of now we're T-minus eleven hours to the starting cannon and we're down to last minute prep. Think, night before any major workout. Mixing bottles and getting in a good nap.