Some background. This is my single most favorite issue of my single most favorite magazine. Beyond that, this issue is a symbol of the start of Spring and the start of the cycling season here in the Northeastern USA.
The annual Saturday morning ritual is this, a strong pot of coffee and this issue. I go over it with a fine tooth comb. I was done with this years issue on the first cup.
My complaints are simple. The cover states 156 "Reviews", in reality it's about 17 reviews across the 11 groups. The difference is a one sentence "also consider" with a mention to visit the IPAD edition for more info. Second, no TT/Tri category, really? I'm actually in the market for a Tri Rig and was expecting to see expert insight like i have in years past. Nothing.
My training was OK. I didn't miss any long runs, didn't do any speed work outs and could have done more non-long runs.
The day before the race was total panic. I had two cuts on the bottom of my right foot that got infected. With the help of my family i tended to it all day, in the end New Skin saved the day and it was never really an issue during the race, my foot was sore around the area afterwords but it was never really in pain.
The day of, it all started out good and got better, i was totally relaxed, had plenty of time to get my number get dressed, bathroom lines weren't long, and then i got shit on by a Seagull, I knew it was going to be a good day.
I lined up in the wrong spot, too far back but it was partially on purpose. I wanted to be forced to go out slow and it worked but i did exert a lot of energy in going around slower runners.
The mental prep for this race was pretty straight forward. This marathon was all about time, where in the past it was about distance. My training long runs were all about time not distance, so i was doing 2.5 hours instead of 16 miles for example. So the marathon would be layout out with the same way, maintain for the first 3 hours and hammer home after that. In summary, instead of looking at mile 20 as being the first half, this race that point was 3 hours.
It didn't go that way. I had no problem maintaining, for the first 2:30 but then it became very difficult. To go one step farther, i wanted to run with little effort until hitting 3 hours and bury myself. This is what this race was really about. For the Ironman im doing in July i need to train myself to run in total pain. I just happened to get that early in the race, when maintaining the 7.4 mph pace because painful. Then at mile 19 i hit the wall.
The wall was what it always is. Nothing worked. No matter how prepared you are mentally, you just can't get past the decisions you've made in the past. In hind site, i deserved all of this.
To avoid this in the future, bring GU. I only took in Gatorade, that's it, only 2 small cups of water all the rest Gatorade. I should have bought some GU, even a caffeine table to counter act the lack of coffee. I just figured they'd have it on the course, even though no were on the site did they promise any of this. So my bad. I have learned. I ran out of gas and that's that.
If i hadn't run out of gas? I would have done a 3:36, that was my pace up to mile 19. I was consistently in the 7.4 mph average the whole day until that point. It was nice having that feedback but if i could do it again maybe i was running faster then my training allowed for.
The weather was also a factor, the wind was bad by i was prepared for that, the sun was pretty intense and could have lead to my massive cramp at mile 23. If only it was overcast and not windy, but that what makes the marathon so amazing in the first place. If it was just a mater of running fast for 26.2 miles then then everyone would do it. But it's about running a smart race. I did not run a smart race, but not a dumb race either, so for that a sub 4 is satisfying but i would really like a redo.
Takeaways. The plan of learning from the pain was useless in that you can only apply it to a near upcoming event. What i gained from it will only be there in July if i continue on this same training regime. Nutrition, prepare better with GU, etc.
I have to send it in to Samsung to be reflashed.
The Samsung reps were awesome, ATT not so much, which seems backwards because ATT didn't test their update on the Skyrocket.
So, 6 days with no mobile device.
If you see a white screen with SOFTWARE UPDATE then at the bottom Loading... you could have the problem.
Samsung did offer a wake-up method that didn't work, they are seeing this issue only on the Galaxy S2 Skyrocket.
Avoid this update if you own this phone!
UPDATE: I ended up going 8 days with out a phone. Samsung was going to send me a package to mail back the phone but it didn't arrive in the time they said so I called them. Turns out i wasn't even in the system so i did some more searching. Turns out AT&T has a Device Support Center in Waltham, MA. They immediately hooked my phone up to a device and was able to not only bring it back to the state it was left in 8 days prior but was also able to install the latest update. I walked out VERY happy. In the end the 8 days with out a phone was liberating. I actually kind of enjoyed it.
Dear Friends and Family... this time, it's good news. On July 22nd I will be competing in the Ironman Lake Placid. I look forward to updating all of you on this dream 12 years in the making! PS: an Ironman = 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike ride and 26.2 mile run. Do this in under 17 hours and you're an Ironman.
I got an email from someone crediting my training posts for them exercising more. I was elated.
Likes 7 so far.
Mark I gotta be honest..i went to the pool on Sunday with 54 laps stuck in my head (which I completed) ...your motivating a few people....thanks
Yancy That's awesome Mark, and nice work! I'll go to the pool this weekend with Lance Armstrong's Sunday 2.6 mile swim suck in my head. PS did you time it, did i just say that?
Yancy Mark McGovern if you're the second person to step forward, does that make for 100 times improvement?
Lisa I've often thought that my posts were annoying until one day a friend said the same thing - and she ran the 5 miler on Sunday - that is the best feeling!!! and i'm gonna keep on posting!!!
George Yancy, you're basically saying I should keep checking in to the gym...
Yancy George, no, checking in tells me nothing, post stats, details, accomplishments.. Humanize the effort.
Mark Yes I timed it but I did not want to embarrass you with my Phelps like time...okay the reality was 57
Tamara I'm just glad ur not posting anything more obnoxious, I hate for the rest of ur ideas to catch on!
1. The Finish Line. I've learned from doing many marathons it's all about the journey. My first fear is the depression that will consume me over the days following the event.
2. The mass swim start. It's a very common fear that has subsided as my swim confidence has increased. Swimming 1.5 miles last Saturday helped, this is going away.
3. What if 1 is not enough? Deep into training I've noticed I've almost never been so happy, what if i don't want that feeling to end? We'll see where this goes. It could be that i need a dose of over-training to bring me down to earth.
Post hit counts have been off lately. A bot had found a hidden script that moved older hit records to an archive table. I had created this script to reduce the number of records in the hit table, the 5 million+ hit records over the past couple of years was causing occasionally performance issues. I am very sure the bot problem has gone away.
Going forward a rolling 180 days of hits will be kept on file for real-time stats and the rest will come from a static number updated on schedule.