Thursday, August 11, 2011

Ride this week 8/11/2011

Clemson was absolutely fantastic last weekend and I highly recommend it for a training base for anyone looking for easy access to swim, bike and run.

The drive is long but not unreasonable (6H) and completely worthwhile.

Lake Hartwell offers great open water swimming, the hills and mountains in and around Clemson are not crowded and very diverse in terrain (solid climbs and rollers) and the running around the Campus and trails is perfect.

Add to this a college town where the food is solid (not gourmet but good), cheaper places to stay ( with an awesome breakfast buffet.

Mix in some over the top southern hospitality and you have a PERFECT training location - all 7 of us had a blast.

Congrats to everyone who did the camp…totals for 3 days of training…17H…5K of swimming…14H of riding including 248 miles and 15,000’ of climbing and 10 miles of t-runs.

Aaron, Hercules, Peter, Sassy, Tony, Larkin all did great and I think we all would be happy to go back up there again.

Next Camp is Tucson AZ from February 3-10, 2012…

So…on to the email…

The countdown continues:

2 to IM KY
2 to IM Canada
4 to IM Moo
4 to IM 70.3 World’s in Las Vegas
8 to Kona
11 to Ironman Florida


Congrats to Owen Shott for the solo trifecta in the Jax Tri Series – 1st, 1st, and hmmmnnnnn…..yeah….1st  Way to go Owen!!!

Also – congrats to 4th place overall Jason Graham…nice work Jason!!!

Here is a link to the rest of the results -

Racing this weekend –

Good luck to everyone at the Hammerhead Ocean Marathon…why…every year….Ocean Marathon and Shark week….that is just wrong!!!

I think you can still sign up and / or volunteer….help support local races… check out

On to Training –

Saturday (Coen’s Birthday)

Birthday breakfast from Dunkin Donuts in our family is a tradition. It started back in the early 70’s by my Grandfather Carl Tudryn and I am very happy to continue it today.

So…up at 4:45am…Go to Dunkin Donuts at 5am for 2 dozen.

Set up the Donuts at home and head out for a 2H descending 16 mile run leaving at 6am.

Goal pace (average) is 7:30 so should be done in 1:59:59 or better and back home (with water stops) by 8:15.

Little man requested the Dr. Allen Lim (yeah – the power geek from Cycleops is also a cook) breakfast so it will be Savory Rice and Eggs with Parmesan at 9:00-9:30.

If you want to come to breakfast – you are welcome…just bring a gift :)

Birthday party in the afternoon at the rock climbing gym and sleep over Saturday night…I might need nap somewhere in here :)

Sunday (long ride day)

Up at 5am and leaving the house at 6:30 for a 4H ride + 30 minute t-run.

Probably heading down to Mickler’s then over to meet up with Jim Wadsworth group and tag along with them for a few and then head home.

Home by 10:45 and easy t-run…done by 11:30.

Throw on my 110% gear, grab an Ultragen, meds, food and hit the movies with Bone…we have 3 new ones to choose from :)

Chill with the family and friends for a nice Sunday dinner…I am cooking and it will include roasted sweet potato, burnt broccoli and beets…I am digging the veg thing :)

Movies –

Really looking forward to the Smurfs…Weekend afternoons and the movies with the Bone just makes sense to me.

Music –

I did 5 straight days of folk and country and I love that stuff but I also dig the other end of the curve…this is great!!! New Kanye West and Jay Z

Food –

The guys and I were in Greenville SC for dinner on Friday and the food at High Cotton was excellent!!!

Excellent menu with a great selection grub from local farms…worth checking out if you are traveling.

Tri Gear for the Tri Geek -

It is really hard at my age to change muscle memory from 36 years in the pool.

The IKKOS advanced techniques that Gus uses at Planet Swim ( are simply amazing!!!

The best way I can describe it is that it teaches you the “correct” swim technique by having you learning it yourself instead of someone trying to “tell” you what to do.

If you are looking to improve your stroke and save energy for later in the race – contact Gus at

Good Causes –

I am really digging the “bikes for Africa” charities and I would recommend if you are looking for a place to donate some money…look here…it just makes sense.

There are quite a few of them but the idea is to give a bicycle as a means of transportation to a family…kids often walk 10 miles total to get back and forth to school a day.

These are no carbon fiber race bikes but instead 40 pound beasts that can survive the elements…

Many organizations exist and I support World Bike Relief but Spokes of Change is also very good.

Check out this information from Jo Shott and a deal that map my ride and Spokes of Change have going (from Jo)

Let's do this... from Aug 22-28th every mile we log into map my ride- $1 goes to Spokes of Change, a non-for profit that raises awareness of Community Health Workers in helping young mothers and children of Africa. By supporting this foundation it's providing health workers with essential medicines, bicycles, supplies and trining to help communities across Africa move toward ENDING extreme poverty. I'm doing it! and

For Sale –

From Sean Crichton -
• Scott Spark 10 (full-carbon frame / full-suspension with lockout) - size large (fits from about 5'9" - 6'2")
o Fox F32 Front Suspension Fork (with lockout)
o Shimano XTR cranks, shifters, disc brakes, fr & rr derailleurs
o Bontrager Race-X-Lite Tubeless wheels
o Ritchey carbon seat post
o Bontrager Race-X-Lite Carbon bars
o Thomson Stem
o Crank Brothers Double Ti pedals
o Bike weighs around 22lbs.
• Pics are up at
• Price $2200 obo
• Contact Sean @

Links of interest –

Retul Fits work!!! Completely full for this weekend…Contact me at for the weekend of August 20,21 - they are expensive but really worth it!!!

Massage by Marjorie check it out at or call (904) 945-4540

Dr. Alvin Green If you are in need of Chiropractic care

110% Play Harder - check them out at !!!

That’s a wrap –

For the latest rants and raves – check out – new video and pix from the camp going up this weekend.

If we miss, watch out for text messaging soccer moms, pickup trucks, grey Porsche 911’s, pellet shooting panel vans, Grannies racing for a Geritol sale and me “on belay” for 10 x 8 year old climbers…no…no stress here – the Clemson Rangers and the military did not prepare me for this :)

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