Ironman #2 is in the works.
I signed up to fund raise for Riding On Insulin and will be racing Ironman Wisconsin in 2015!
I have a fundraising goal of $1500. You can support me by making a donation here - http://www.stayclassy.org/gschmidt
And I promise… I have a lot to share this time. Let the journey begin!
It’s been a long time.
My last post here was after my first <-foreshadowing- Ironman. I have done a lot since then, including another Half IM, winning a small local 5k and a big Marathon PR of 3:49.
I'm about to officially start my next big campaign, which will include reviving this blog. I miss writing and sharing my experiences. They also serve to remind me of all the little things that happen during training and races. I always enjoy re-reading my posts. There's so much I forget.
Lots of fun things coming up. Stay tuned!
14 hours, 17 minutes and 13 seconds after the canon went off over Tempe Town Lake I heard those famous words from Mike Reilly, the voice of Ironman… “From Waterloo, Illinois… Gary Schmidt…. You are an Ironman!”
7:00 AM - Bang!
Oh. My. God. Did that just happen? It’s amazing how quickly you can go from riding a bike to being on the pavement. I took stock of my injuries. A scrape on the palm of my hand left hand. Scrapes and cuts on my left forearm including a dime size… let’s call it a… hole near my elbow. Oh my. Scrapes and cuts near my left knee. Bleeding, but not bad. I skidded on my pump, but it appeared to be fine. Dexcom was fine too. Didn’t hit my head and didn’t tear my shorts. Ok. The bike? I completely expected to see the front wheel bent, but it and everything else appeared perfectly ok. Back on the bike I went. I held my hand over the “hole” and it quickly clotted, so I was good to go there. Holy Hell. Did that really just happen? My day could’ve been over. DONE. Whew. This happened around mile 48. I missed the first aid at the 50-ish mile aid station, so I rode onto the turn around (mile 55 or so) and stopped and had an EMT – who happened to have Type 1 Diabetes – wrap my left forearm. Strangely enough I felt better after the wreck than I did before and now I was even more determined to push on and finish this thing.
6:10 – Time my alarm went off this morning.
99 – Sweet BG
194 – Ugh. Two things: I AM 6’4″. I need to drop about 10 to get down to my ideal race weight.
7:30 – Time I’m planning to start swimming.
-50% – Basal adjustment for 2 hours for swimming.
23 – grams of carbs.
.65 – a little bolus to cover carbs 30 minutes before swimming.
134 – Pre-swim BG. Not bad.
22 – a few more grams of carbs to get me through.
2400 – yards swam
89 – Post-swim BG. Pretty good, but would prefer to have it a little higher just to be safe.
4 – Number of units to cover post-swim spike and post-swim food.
Numbers, numbers, and more numbers. The life of a Type 1 Diabetic. And this was all between 6 and 9 am.
Oh, one more…
4 – Number of months since my last post.
I’ve got a LOT to write about. Stay tuned…
After many, many miles of running with my trusty Garmin Forerunner 305, it recently kicked the bucket. I used RunKeeper on my iPhone for a while and I like it, especially for programming intervals and for the automatic posting aspect, but just can’t live without a GPS watch.
Taking advantage of a $50 mail-in rebate, I purchased a Timex Run Trainer. I did quite a bit of research considering reviews, functions (GPS, customizability, waterproof, HR monitor), and price point, and the TRT won out for me.
The TRT is pretty large compared to the newer Garmin watches, but I’m ok with the size of it and prefer actual buttons to some sort of touch interface. I’m still learning how to use this thing. It can be customized a million different ways, which naturally leads to the complexity. Everything can be setup on the watch itself or downloadable software can be used to do the same thing much more quickly. The TRT uploads to TrainingPeaks instead of using its own proprietary software, such as Garmin Connect. I’ve used TP a bit in the past, but with the new watch I’ll move exclusively to TP starting in 2012 (sorry DailyMile.com).
I went out for my first run with the TRT today and had no issues with it. The pace and distance seemed to be right on and the HR monitor also functioned just fine. Here are a few more snapshots.
It looks ridiculously huge from this up-close angle (That’s what she said)…
Looking a little more normal here. Kona agrees…
And here’s a quick look at it with 4 lines of data during my run (HR, current pace, distance, time)…
I’ll try to post more in the future… once I figure out how to use it!
I had always been on the fence about doing a full Ironman. I respect the amount of time it takes to train and how that affects my family. I even wrote about it here just over a year ago – “IM or Maybe Not”.
Earlier this year I started to consider doing a non-WTC event, specifically Rev3 – Cedar Point, but for whatever reason, and almost any triathlete can understand this, hearing the words “Gary Schmidt, you are an Ironman” for my first (maybe only) full 140.6 mile Iron-distance race means something. It’s silly, but it’s important… to me.
Now, let’s go back to July of this year. I was talking about this with my wife, Mindy. We talked about Rev3 and also about IM Arizona and the words “I think you should do Ironman Arizona” came out of her mouth. That’s all it took to really convince me.
Today the journey to Ironman officially begins. The general entry spots for IMAZ sold out online in 10 minutes. I was a nervous wreck this morning and as 12:00 pm Tempe, AZ time rolled around I’m lucky I didn’t spontaneously combust. I’ve even had dreams about having problems registering. Just awful. I’m sure that I will be a million times more calm while I’m treading water in Tempe Town Lake next November 18th. I got right in at noon and after 3 minutes of nervous typing (and answering a lot of questions with “na”) I’m registered for IMAZ.
So, next year is set:
Jan 22nd – Carlsbad Marathon
Feb 24-25th – Ragnar Relay Del Sol
May 5th – Big Shark Vindo Fondo – 86.5 mile ride
May 20th – Gateway Olympic Distance Triathlon
August 5th – Boulder 70.3
Sept 22nd – Denver Marathon
Nov 18th – Ironman Arizona