Archive for February, 2008


New Cell Phone/ Winter Running

February 25, 2008

Yesterday was cold, there was still about 6 or 8 inches on the ground from Friday’s storm, and I was determined to get in a run after getting a big shot of motivation from the triathlon summit on Sunday. So after rushing Sam out of the mall so that I still had some daylight left for running, I strapped up and headed out.

Side Note: Ann Taylor doesn’t let guys sit on the couch outside the changing room area, even though all the little changing rooms have doors and locks. I got shunned by the attendant to the little baby seat outside and around the corner while I waited for Sam to come out for her fashion show. My legs were tired from standing (yes, I admit it, I got tired WALKING around the mall. I’d be less tired if I was running probably) so I sucked it up and just squatted down.

This bench was about a foot and a half off the ground, and I had to push “The Little Engine That Could” book to the side before claiming my spot. All while there was a perfectly good couch just around the corner in the changing room! I sucked it up and didn’t complain, but this is pretty much what I looked like, except with my knees all the way up by my head it was so small.


So back to the run. I was in no mood to try to risk the sidewalk situation since half of them were still covered in snow and ice, so took a trip up the road to the bike path in Arlington to pump out a few miles.


I also just got a new cell phone that lets me take pictures and transfer them to my mac, so be prepared for more pics from the road! Get Excited! More awkward red-faced pictures taken mid-workout are on their way!


I ran 15 minutes out, 14 minutes back(came in a little faster). I hovered around 155-160 bpm, but had a really slow pace since my legs have been feeling really tight lately. I focused a lot on breaking it up with some backward running, scissor kicks, high knees, kick butts and sideways jumping jacks to try to stretch out my sore leg muscles.

I was feeling a little looser by the time I got back to my car, but still did a good 10-15 minutes of self-massage once I got home before I jumped in the shower.

Mmmmmmmmmm self massage. 🙂

It was on my calves! I swear!

That is all. I’ll be out running again tonight and hopefully this tightness in my calves will be on its way out and isn’t the start of an injury.

As the great TriBoomer says…

Stay Tuned!


Recap: New England Triathlon Summit

February 25, 2008

I spent all day yesterday up in Salem, MA at the New England Triathlon Summit. It was an all day triathlon-athon, if there is such a thing. Eight hours of lectures, training plans, injury prevention, technique discussions. You name it, we talked about it.

I primarily signed up just to get some continuing education credits for my Spinning certification, but it was the perfect shot in the arm that I needed on a cold February day just after a heavy snow storm. I think there were about 60 people there, ranging from newbies, to coaches, to regular age groupers like me. It was a really cool crowd. I don’t think a single person left there yesterday without a renewed love of, and energy for, the sport.
The presenters were all awesome too, although I felt pretty dumb realizing how much I still have to learn about training and racing after hearing from all the cool coaches and Ph.D.s.  I did get some really great ideas for my spinning classes, nutrition planning, and my overall training and racing schedule for this year.


I could try and recap everything I learned yesterday, but honestly, my frantically scribbled note taking won’t do everything justice. I still have to digest it all, but I at least wanted to share one of my favorite quotes of the day from the session’s keynote, IM Hawaii winner Karen Smyers (who didn’t hesitate to point out that she had been racing longer than I had been alive). I think she is going on 26 years in triathlon this year.


She was a really great speaker and totally down to earth despite her amazing career, but there was one thing that she said about her nutritional plan that really hit home for me.

Nutritional philosophy: “All things in moderation, except for beer and cookies. Those in excess.”

That is my type of nutritional plan!


Live Streaming of Tour of California

February 19, 2008

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The Tour of California has a pretty cool race tracker website with live audio commentary, video, maps and stats. I don’t follow pro cycling that closely except for a few races here and there and the Tour de France every July, but this is definitely worth checking out.


I just thought I’d share in case anyone wants some race updates while they are stuck at work like me and need some entertainment.



Dehydrated Blood Donor

February 19, 2008

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So I get back in the office this morning after the long weekend, check my calendar, and remember that I signed up to donate blood today. Cool. I love donating blood. I’m teaching spinning tonight. That is like resistance training, right?

I head down to the mobile blood donating bus parked outside of my office, fill out the form confirming that I’m clean, healthy, and have not had sex with any African babies for money. Seriously tho, some of the questions they ask are just cooky. If you’ve donated in the past few years you know what I mean.

I do the finger prick test, get my blood pressure tested (114/72 for anyone interested), and grab a seat to let ’em start poking away at my arm and draining me dry. They didn’t take my resting HR, which I was a little disappointed about. I can’t help but get a little pleasure out of surprising nurses with a much lower than average resting heart rate.


The nurse was pretty young and was poking around my forearm trying to find the best vein for a while. I was really hoping that she knew what she was doing. After poking and prodding me like I was a piece of fruit she was thinking about putting into her shopping cart, she settled with one of the veins on the outside of my forearm and warned me that it might drain a little slower, but it should still work.

She stuck me, and my vein actually squirted blood a few inches down my forearm. Kinda gross, but I couldn’t help but laugh. It just looked funny.

All signs look good until the machine holding my bag of blood below me starts beeping, and the nurse starts grabbing my arm, adjusting the needle, and struggling to get a better flow from my vein. After playing with the needle for a while, we finally give up and decided that I just didn’t drink enough to make this session worthwhile and give up enough blood to actually use.

So I’ve got a hole in my finger, arm, and a half full bag of blood, and no one even gets to use it?! BOOOOOOO

Granted, I completely forgot about donating blood until about 30 minutes before, but seriously? Not enough fluids? I’m always so diligent about making sure I toss back at least two bottles of water, Gatorade or Nuun before, during and after a workout, but am I really not taking in enough fluids the rest of the time?

For breakfast I had a bowl of cereal, and a half a cup of tea before I  went in to donate. Given that, I guess having trouble donating isn’t too surprising.

Lesson learned: drink more ALL the time, not just when working out


Beijing Athletes Given O.K To Blog

February 18, 2008

beijing-2008-olympics.gifI just read that the IOC has agreed to let up on athletes and allow them to blog from the Beijing Olympics this year, but with a few restrictions obviously. Since I blog about triathlon training here and advise companies on corporate blogging as part of my day job, I’m really psyched to see this finally happen for multiple reasons, especially since I’ve been following a few Olympic hopefuls through their blogs over the past year or so. I’ve seen a lot of triathletes build out pretty decent blogs as a way to make them more attractive to sponsors, and it seems to work for many of them.

NBC usually does a pretty decent job of covering the huge spectrum of events, but any big fan of one sport can’t help but feel like their favorite event isn’t getting the prime time attention they think it deserves. (I doubt Triathlon will get much attention, but who knows.) Being able to get direct insight into the minds of athletes before and after competition, without NBC filtering through only what they think we will be interested in watching, will be awesome. As we speak I’m trying to dig around and see if any 2008 Olympic triathletes have blogs. Does anyone know?

Athletes aren’t given free reign though. You can’t have advertising, make money from your blog, post images of actual competition or competitors or talk trash.

Athletes or officials who blog can only post still pictures taken outside accredited areas or their own pictures taken within these areas that do not contain any sporting action.

It is sad to see that the IOC still has pretty tight restrictions on what can be said and what media can be used. I can see where they are coming from with their strict control of the Olympic brand, but hopefully they will ease up in the next few years and realize that more insight into the lives of athletes will benefit everyone: athletes, spectators, the IOC, broadcasters, and advertisers.

Oh, and as a side note, apparently the food situation for athletes in Beijing isn’t too safe. Fourteen inch long chicken breasts scare the shit out of me.

Wary U.S. Olympians Will Bring Food to China

via: CurlySu

UPDATE: Thankfully it looks like I’m not the only one with this idea.

CNET:The Olympics would be wise to embrace athlete blogs, not just permit them


Saturday Night Party Patrol

February 17, 2008

Triathlon training definitely makes my weekend mornings more interesting: early morning open water swims, road trips to races, running through the woods watching the sun come up, being the first to lay foot prints in fresh snow along the Charles river.
Clearly it is damaging my weekend nights. I have trouble staying up past 11pm and can’t stay in bed past 9 in the morning, and tonight is no different.

An hour and a half brick workout put me out of commission tonight and its pretty quiet here in the Bull household. The GF is out at the bar down the street for “girl’s night” and I’m more than happy to hold up the fort on my own. I’ve got 3:10 to Yuma in the DVD player a cool tall glass of Gatorade by my side, and my favorite obnoxiously bright orange Syracuse University sweatshirt on while I try to stretch and work out some of the soreness in my calves. Very comfortable, but not exactly how I expected to be living out my 20’s in Boston. Haha.

Oh well. Tomorrow is a new day, but I’ve still got my money on me being up before 9 and putting in some quality miles on the trail before most people even start thinking about what they’ll have for lunch.

Not your typical 20-something lifestyle, but it’ll do I guess.


Happy Valentine’s Day!

February 15, 2008

Love is in the air today, tri buddies.

Today is the day, hallmark holiday or not, to spread some love.

So to all my tri friends: I love you. Pucker up!