Author: gregkroleski

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Complete an Ironman: Update 13 – Race Strategy (Again)

This is one of 14 updates about my 2014 challenge to complete an Ironman – you can see a list of the others here. Here I am again. Race week. I was gifted an extra two months to train when Ironman Lake Tahoe was cancelled in September. Once I found out I was going to race Ironman Arizona in November, I decided to extend my training by adding another build phase followed by a taper. Here is how that went. Training Data Instead of just trying to extend my peak, my plan would ideally allow me to push myself even further before getting race ready again. Those extra miles pushed me over the 4K mark. You can see the really low week in September – that was when the last race was supposed to happen. After that I built back to my max milage over the next two weeks. I planned

Experiments

Experiment: Watch Donnie Darko Every October 1st for 10 Years – Results

Today is October 1st which means tonight I will be watching Donnie Darko for the 11th time. It is something I have been doing on October 1st every year – the tradition dates back to 2004. Why watch a movie every year? Why Donnie Darko? This experiment wasn’t designed with as much intention as you would hope – but it has turned out to be awesome nonetheless. The Mirror of Repeat Viewings See, the movie hasn’t changed in the past 10 years, but I have. With each viewing I see something different and I now realize how that tells more about who I am than anything about the movie itself. I stumbled upon a benchmark for measuring the pace of change in my life. Below I will detail my experience over the years. Why Donne Darko? Is Donnie Darko the only movie this can be done with? I don’t believe it is.

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Complete an Ironman: Update 12 – Ironman Arizona Here I Come

This is one of 14 updates about my 2014 challenge to complete an Ironman – you can see a list of the others here. I got in to Ironman Arizona! On November 16th I’ll have a second chance to complete my 2014 challenge. I am particularly excited because Ironman Arizona was actually my first choice back when I started looking into races in January of this year. It is such a popular race though that it was full almost as soon as registration opened last November. This changes a lot of things though. Before we look at that though I’d like to take a second to talk about the Lake Tahoe Ironman. Lake Tahoe Ironman Cancelation Immediately after the race I shared some of my thoughts. Having a race canceled 15 minutes before the start is a rough way to start a morning. Especially a morning you’ve been looking forward to

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Complete an Ironman: Update 11 – Ironman Lake Tahoe 2014 Was Canceled

This is one of 14 updates about my 2014 challenge to complete an Ironman – you can see a list of the others here. 4:30AM – Alarm goes off, grab breakfast and mix my fuel drinks 5:00AM – Drive to T1 5:30AM – Go to T1, get marked with my race number, get the bike set up and add a few things to my bike bag 6:00AM – Wetsuit on, final things finished, a light rain starts 6:20AM – Head down to water, walk in to knee deep, get ready to warm up, race starts in 20 minutes. 6:25AM – The announcer comes in over the loudspeaker. “Ladies and gentlemen, we have some unfortunate news about today’s event….” Due to the low air quality caused by smoke from the nearby King fire, the race was canceled. Where we were for the swim was fine, but the run and bike courses had

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Complete an Ironman: Update 10 – Race Strategy

This is one of 14 updates about my 2014 challenge to complete an Ironman – you can see a list of the others here. I’m sitting in a cabin in Lake Tahoe, days away from my first and what may be my only Ironman. I picked up my race number today. Despite the forest fire raging not too far from here and the smoke filled air, I’m trying to relax and stay focused. As I sit here I’m thinking back to my first day of training and the two miles of running that had me winded. I’m thinking back to the first time I clipped into the bike pedals and how I fell four times on a three mile test ride of my new bike. I’m thinking back to my first trip to the pool and how I timidly got into the slow lane. And day after day I did

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Complete an Ironman: Update 9 – Gettin’ Aero Wit It

This is one of 14 updates about my 2014 challenge to complete an Ironman – you can see a list of the others here. On your mark ready set let’s goIronman pro I know you knowI go psycho when my new bike hitJust can’t sitGotta get aero wit it [Chorus:]Na na na na na na na nanaNa na na na nanaGettin’ aero wit it[Repeat 3x] -Will Smith (sort of) I am one week out from my Ironman. My training is done. This final week is all about resting my body & mentally preparing for the race. There is almost nothing I can do to help improve my performance next weekend. Almost nothing. The one trick I have left up my sleeve is becoming more aerodynamic on the bike. Today we’re going to talk about that. But first, a training update. Training Data Nine months. 3,176 Miles. 357.5 hour of training. Hundreds of hours of

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Complete an Ironman: Update 8 – Staying Motivated While Training For An Ironman

This is one of 14 updates about my 2014 challenge to complete an Ironman – you can see a list of the others here. I am now less than one month from my Ironman. I have been training for eight months and have missed only a few days of training. How do I stay motivated? Today I share a few tricks. But first, a training update: Training Data I just cracked the 3K mile mark. That means that if instead of doing loops and returning home for all of my workouts, I kept going east, I would be in New York, almost to Manhattan. Crazy. If you look closely in August you’ll see two weeks that are low. Half way through a key week in my training, I picked up a cold that kept me in bed until the middle of the next week. Thankfully the second week was a planned

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Complete an Ironman: Update 7 – Fuel & Nutrition

This is one of 14 updates about my 2014 challenge to complete an Ironman – you can see a list of the others here. Today I am going to talk about what I eat during training rides and between them. I am also going to share some insight from my time working with professional athlete & All-Pro NFL Tight End, Tony Gonzalez, who is passionate about nutrition and attributes a lot of his success to it. But first, a training update: Training Data I cracked the 300 hour mark. I’ve also surpassed 2,500 miles. July was a solid month. I’ve now gotten used to 100+ mile bike rides and my long run is up to 19 miles at 7:45 pace. I am injury free so far and lingering pains from past injuries aren’t bothering me much. Recently my weeks have become extremely intense. I now have two long days per week and four quality days,

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Complete an Ironman: Update 6 – A Week in the Life of an Ironman (Hopeful)

This is one of 14 updates about my 2014 challenge to complete an Ironman – you can see a list of the others here. Along with being an Ironman hopeful, I am a practitioner of the quantified self movement. One week per quarter for the past seven year’s I’ve tracked everything I did for a week in a spreadsheet. This data has been great to see how my life has evolved over time and is particularly interesting now that my training plan is in full swing. When I started researching what it would take to train for an Ironman, I had a hard time finding real life examples from other athletes. There were some posts by professionals and there were training plans, but it was hard to see what real life would look like. Especially for someone that was also a husband, father and working professional. I hope that this post will

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Read 24 Books: Update 3

I have not made much progress in the past two months. To date this year I’ve read: The Millionaire Next Door* David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits and the Art of Battling Giants* The Joy of Less The 4-Hour Workweek* The Art of War* Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People* Warren Buffett’s Management Secrets* The Triathlete’s Training Bible I am currently Reading: Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers Shepherding a Child’s Heart Les Miserables* *Denotes audiobook I’m having a hard time believing Les Miserables is only 60 hours. I feel like I’ve been listening to it forever and checking the table of contents recently I realized I’m not even a third of the way through it. I’ve grown a bit tired of it and now instead of listening to audio books for all of my workouts, I’m only using them for my