Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Great Year

2008 turned out to be a great year! It didn't start off so hot with my left ankle injury that kept me from running for over 3 months. But I came back and completed four 5k races and my big accomplishment of 2008, the Wild Dog Sprint Tri!!!! The Triathlon was a highlight for 2008. But the birth of Nicholas was definitely THE highlight of 2008. That little guy is so awesome. I was also fortunate enough to find a new job closer to home and it was great to find out that some of the people I work with run!

2009 will be another great year. I will be focusing more on my sprint triathlons then 5Ks and will be attempting to complete my first Olympic distance tri in August and my first Half Marathon in October.

Can't wait for the new year!!

Monday, December 29, 2008

Happy New Year

I hope everyone has a safe and happy new year!!!!!

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Merry Christmas!!

Merry Christmas everyone!!

Wednesday, December 17, 2008


I went out for a 35 min run today. I wanted to go easy since I did 42 minutes the other day with some hill repeats. So my splits were normal...first mile 10:07, second mile 10:17 and third mile 10:09. I felt really good during the 3rd mile so I decide to add another mile...and kicked it up a notch... 4th mile 9:11. After the last mile I started thinking that I am holding myself back alittle. The running mentle games have started. I have been so used to running 3 miles...that I don't think I can handle 4 miles or if I do I will injure myself or something crazy. I think today's 4 mile run, and last weeks 3.96 mile run with my last .96 mile came in 9:07...I am going to increase my runs to 40 mins from now on. These past 2 weeks have really given me the extra encouragement I need to continue with my 10k training. Oh yeah...I got caught in the rain again today. When I left work the radar did not show rain, and half way through the run it started to rain. I could have really used some Drymax socks. I might just have to find me a pair of those.

Thursday, December 11, 2008


Hit the pool last night. Did 850 meters in about 20 mins. This is part of my new training program I have been putting together for weeks now. The first few months is run focused since I have my first 10k race coming up in February. After that the focus will switch to bike and swim. I am really excited about this program. I looked online for all the sprint and Oly training programs and just took what I thought would help me to my goal. Then I set it up so it really does not interfere with home and the family to much. Today I have a 30 min bike and tomorrow will be a 40 min run. I have started training by time and not distance. I figured...if I run 30 mins...I kinda know I would have ran 3 miles. I need to set my Garmin up for time and pace and get rid of distance.


Wednesday, December 10, 2008

I am having the same ankle problem that I had back in May, it takes about 2 miles for my left ankle to loosens up. Its really annoying. It took about a month for it to go away. but, I guess I will just live with it.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Thanksgiving run

Went for a 4 mile run today. It was just so nice out and I had a few minutes so I went for a run. I was going for 3 miles... but decided to do 4.

Then I came home and stuffed my face with turkey, mashed potatoes and Gravy!!!!! Yummmy!

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving

I hope everyone has a wonderful and happy Thanksgiving!!

Good luck to Mark as he goes for a 5K time under 23mins!

Sunday, November 23, 2008

29mins 26 secs

Thats my Garmin time...Don't know my official time. They did not record my time in the shoot. I was worried about my ankle the whole morning...but it held up with not pain or discomfort. I could tell that I haven't been running alot recently...I hit a mini wall after the 2nd mile. But pushed through and finished strong. This is an awesome race and Can't wait for next year. Drew from work had an awesome race coming in at 23.03 and Michelle coming in under 25 mins. Can't wait for me to be that fast!!!! The Mews puts on a great race for Special Olympics. Right after the run, I grabbed a bannana and water, then headed straight for my free beer and BBQ!!!! Can't beat a race that has free beer and food after.

Friday, November 21, 2008

The Mews 5K

Yesterday I went out for a test run. 1.5 miles with no pain or discomfort. So I have decided to run the Mews 5k. I won't be going out for PR, I just want to have fun and enjoy the race and atmosphere. I will be listening to my ankle the entire run and if I get any hint of discomfort, I am walking. I am hoping everything is good and will continue with the stretching and strengthening of my ankle. Wish me luck!

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Set Up

I cleaned out my basement and kicked the cats out and set up the bike trainer for the winter. Now I need to set up the DVD player and get some good videos to watch. Does anyone know if they have triathlon videos out there (beside the training ones)?

Still waiting for my ankle to heal. If nothing changes by the end of the week I will go back to my doctor and have an MRI done. I want to tackle this now before the begining of the year. Last years injury occured in January and lasted until around March. That was a good chunk of training time missed. Not this time!!!!

So I am probably out for the Mews 5K race. I have been waiting for this race since last year. oh well, ha...there is always next year!!!!

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Bum Ankle

Yesterday I tried to go for a 2 mile run. I wanted to test out my left ankle. It has been feeling good for the past few days, so I figured I would try to run on it. Well it didn't go well. I went about 1/10 of a mile before my ankle started to hurt. Its one of those injuries that I can't explain. I only hurts while I am running, not walking, not on the Elliptical, only running. So I might change up my training plan for the next few weeks and just use the Elliptical and bike. I will incorporate some ankle strengthening exercises also. It really sucks, but what can you do. Just take it one day at a time and let it heal.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

A New Beginning

Today starts a new beginning for me. I am starting a training plan that will prepare me for the Hyannis 10K in February and at the same time I will also use the plan for base building before I start my Olympic Triathlon training plan in March. I really want to do well in my Triathlons next year. So I figured the sooner I start my training the better. As of right now I have a full race schedule next summer, 2 Sprints, 1 Olympic and 1 Half Marathon. The Cranberry Country Olympic Triathlon will be my A race. The Mystic Valley Sprint will be my B race. Then I have a problem with my other sprint tri. The Crabman Sprint Tri in July is on a Sunday and the Blessing of the Fleet 10 mile road race is the Friday before. I have always wanted to run the Blessing, but the Crabman is just so close to home. I am leaning toward the Crabman, but I could change my mind tomorrow. And for the end of the season I will enter the Hartford Half Marathon in October. So as you can see I really have my work cut out for me this year. I really need to stay focused. So today I am starting things out slow and going for a 2 mile run. I am basically checking out my left ankle to make sure its good to go.

I also need to pass down to a Tri Newbie some Aero Bars. So be on the look out for that contest.

I will also be posting more on this blog. I have been slacking on my posts.

Today is Veterans Day. Please say thank you to a Veteran if you see one.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Election Day


Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Nicholas Brennen

Cole was born Saturday night at 7:59 PM. He is 7 lbs 7.5 ounces and is 21 inches long.
Mom was Great and was in labor for 2 hours!!!!!

Thursday, October 9, 2008


I have one more run this season, the Mews Gear and Beer 5K. I set a PR at this race last year and look to set another one this year. I kinda figured out my race schedule for next year. I will post it shortly. I am going to extend my distance in running and triathlons. My A race will be the Cranberry Country Oly Triathlon which I missed this year and the Hartford Half Marathon. I am definately setting the bar high for myself and have a long road of training ahead of me. But I am confident that I can accomplish the goals that I am going to set for myself.
I think my first goal is to lose a little more weight. I have lost around 11 pounds in the past month, but I need to lose at least another 20 - 25 before the end of the year. My ankles have been hurting lately after my runs and I think my weight is a big factor to that. So first goal...Lose 20 lbs by Christmas!!!!!

Happy Thursday

Saturday, October 4, 2008

St. Francis 5K....NEW PR!!!

I came into this race really wanting to set a PR. Mission Accomplished! NEW PR 27:35!!!10 seconds faster then my previous PR. I am really excited right now. I have one more race on the schedule for this season, the Mews Gear and Beer 5K in November. I will beat my new PR at that race!!!!

Monday, September 22, 2008


CVS Caremark 5K road race in Providence:
mile 1: 8:45
mile 2: 9:12
mile 3: 9:21
mile.10: 1:25
Total: 28:44
Average Pace: 9:04

Those are my readings from my Garmin.
Great Race! It was really hot. I will post more later!

Friday, September 19, 2008

Great Week

I haven't been updating my blog lately. But I can say I have had a great week of running! I ran a total of 10.90 miles this week! Each run felt great! Even yesterday's run. On Wednesday I ran 4.7 miles. So the next day I packed my running stuff and brought it to work just in case I wanted to ran again. I normally do not run on consecutive days...especially after a long run, but I went out with Mark for a 3 mile run. I ran 3.1 miles with a time of 29:34 and negative split each mile! It was such a great surprise since I was thinking that I was really going to struggle with the run. This weekend is the CVS 5K race in Providence. The company I work for paid for any employee who wanted to run this event so I am on the companies team! It should be alot of fun with over 3000 people running this race. My goal for this race is to finish with a time of 28:30. Thats pretty fast considering I have not ran that fast since last year's Salve Regina 5K. I know I can do it. Good luck to all those runners!

On another note. 2 weeks ago I made it a goal to lose 10lbs before this weekends race. Well as of this morning I am 1.5lbs away from my goal with 2 days to go. I am really excited to have lost 8.5lbs in 2 weeks. I know its mostly that water weight that everyone talks about, but its still 8.5lbs less then I had 2 weeks ago! AFter I lose my first 10 I will scale back my weight and shoot for another 10lbs before the baby is born on October 13!!!!!

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, September 11, 2008

2008 Wild Dog Sprint Triathlon Race Report

For over a year I have been waiting to complete a triathlon. Ever since I spoke to my friend Mark back in April of 2007, I had a new goal to achieve. I had no swimming background, no cycling background and the only running I ever did was in the Navy 11 years ago. I was already working out at my local YMCA trying to get fit and lose some weight so I thought this would be another great way to get in shape and have fun doing it.

Forward to 2008. After a long winter learning how to swim and nursing a bum ankle. I finally was able to get my butt in gear and train for my races this year. Then the company I was working for decides to pack up operations and move to Michigan. So training was put on hold so I can focus on finding a job. Timing was horrible since my wife and I are expecting our 3rd child in October. So finding a job was top priority over everything. After only a few months of searching I found a job as a temp to hire that was only 5 minutes away from my house. My wife and I decided that I would work both jobs for 7 weeks so I can receive the severance and bonus packages from the job that was moving. So for 7 weeks I worked 80 hours a week. No time for training. But after a few weeks I did start to find time to run during my lunch break at my day job. I was determined to fit one triathlon into my 2008 season. So if I wasn’t running at my day job, I would run at my night job. That worked out well and I got back into my running rhythm. I started swimming after I left my night job and started biking to work.

I set the alarm for 3:45AM. Registration opened at 5:00AM and I wanted to get there early so I would have plenty of time to set up transition and just mingle around. Of course I only slept for 4 hours since it took forever to fall asleep and I woke up at 3:30. It was going to take around 45 minutes to get to the race so I ate a banana and a Chocolate chip cliff bar on the way.

It was still dark out when I arrived. They were handling registrations by car lights. I went down, registered, got my goody bag and went back to the car. Grabbed my stuff and bike and headed to the transition area. The transition area was in a nice grass field. Before I knew it the place was packed with people. I was getting very excited and nervous. I took a walk down to the water and was surprised to see that the water was very choppy. Not the ideal conditions for my first real open water swim. I was very glad that I rented a wetsuit for this race.

Went back to transition and hung around a while. I spotted one of my old Professors from URI at the race. I chatted with him for a bit and then went back to my bike to put on the wetsuit. A very kind gentlemen helped my zip up my wetsuit and I did the same for him and we both made our way down to the water. I jumped in for a little warm up swim. I was so happy to see how much buoyancy I had with the combination of saltwater and a wetsuit. All my nerves about finishing the swim were gone. The water was very nice too, but the chop looked like it was getting worse. There were 4 waves and I was in the 2nd one. The first wave went out and everyone started cheering. What a rush! Three minutes after the first wave it was my turn. I set my self in the middle back I figured I would let the fast people go in front of me. The horn sounded and we were off. The waves from the chop were over my head and made it very difficult to take breaths from either side. What ever swim form I had was thrown out the window due to the chop and all of the swimmers I was around. (Note to self: don’t worry about the slow swimmers, go around them or swim over them) I made it to the first turn and there were 2 guys holding onto the buoy, oh great not a good sign. After the bottle neck of swimmers around the first buoy I managed to get into a rhythm. I started breathing from my left side since the waves were coming in from the right. Made it to the 2nd and final buoy and saw more guys holding onto the buoy. By this time I had a clear lane to the beach. Not to many guys in front of me. But as soon as I turned the corner the sun was glaring right towards me and I couldn’t see the swim exit. So I followed a guy in front of me until I could see the exit and swam has hard as I could for the last minute or so. I stood up, took my goggles and cap off and started running to transition. While running to transition I knew in my heart that I was about to complete a triathlon. I was worried most about the swim. And I knew once I finished that, it was smooth sailing from here on out. It was awesome listening to the cheering crowd as I ran past them! Swim - 9:22

The run up to transition was a good 100 yards or so. I told my self that I was in no hurry and to take my time. Got the wetsuit off with no problems, got my socks and sneakers on, took a gel, drank some water, put the helmet on, sunglasses and race belt and I was off. 1st Trans - 3:57

The bike was a 3 loop 10 mile total course around Colt State Park. It was really nice and couldn’t beat the view of Narragansett Bay. I tried to stay in aero for most of the bike, but around lap 3 my legs started to hurt a little so I would break out of aero a lot. I am still not that comfortable in the aero position, probably due to the lack of time I spent on the bike this year. I couldn’t tell what my place was with others since it is a small 3 loop course. My only concern was my tires. I really didn’t want to have a tire blow in the middle of the bike. I also slowed up a bit on the last portion of the 3rd lap. I wanted to give my legs a little rest before the run. Bike - 39:31

I came into transition, took my helmet off, racked my bike and I was off. 2nd Trans - 1:10

I had no strategy for the run. I was really going for negative splits but I just wanted to complete this triathlon. I went out to fast with my first mile coming in at 9:34. My legs were feeling good and I thought I could keep the pace up, I was wrong. After mile 1 I started to slow down. And to make matters worse there was a hill about ¼ mile into the 2nd mile. At least at the top of it was the only aid station on the entire course. I grabbed some water, drank a little and poured the rest over my head. That felt good. Mile 2 came in at 9:57. Slow but still happy it was under 10 mins. I could hear the crowd cheering as I came closer to the finish. I really wanted to sprint my last ¼ mile, but I had nothing left. As I came closer to the finish line I saw Kim and the kids cheering me on! That was awesome. The run came in a little under 3 miles, 2.78 miles or something like that. Run - 26:47

I crossed the finish line with a time of 1:20.49. I took off my chip and received my finisher’s medal. I was wicked excited to get a medal. I didn't think we were going to get medals. I walked around to cool off for a second and then went to see Kim and the kids. Brady was so excited and was asking if I won the race. I told him I didn’t win the race but I have a lot of fun. I took Brady over to the snack area and grabbed some fruit and cookies. I have to say there was a lot of snacks to choose from. After a few pictures I broke down my transition area, packed up the car and headed home.

Swim: Next time start towards the front or side, not in the back. Most of the swimmer in my class are not very fast. I was constantly checking to see if anyone was in front of me. Next time, don’t worry about others, just swim! I lost a lot of time in the water because I was too concerned with other people. There is a time to be nice and there is a time to race! Oh yeah, anti fog stuff on my goggles will help also!

Bike: How about ride the bike more then 6 times before doing a triathlon. I left a lot of time out on the bike course because I did not get enough training on the bike. Most of that was due to my 80 hour work weeks that lead up to the race, but there should be no excuses. Practice in aero more and get a new helmet!

Run: For running, I think I just need to run more. The more I run the faster I will become. I had nothing left after the run. Normally I have a little left in the tank so I can sprint to the finish line. Not this time. I should start to incorporate track workouts and tempo runs into my training.

Transitions: Not much to improve on there unless I get those fancy clip on shoes for my bike. Coming out of the water I probably could have done things a little faster, but I didn’t want to forget anything.

This was an awesome race and I can’t wait to do another one. I am totally hooked on Triathlons now. I want to thank Mark (aka Moonpie) for getting my ass off the couch and showing me the cool sport of Triathlon. Thanks to John (aka Tri-John) for passing the Profile Airstryke aero bars to me. I will make sure to pass it onto another tri-newbie. Also to all of those awesome Tri bloggers out there! You guys are a wealth of information. And to my family, thanks for cheering me on from my first 5k to my first triathlon, you guys are awesome!

No firms plans for next year, but I am sure there will be a couple triathlons in there!

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Hey Everyone!

Its been awhile and I know you all are waiting for my race report. The race report is coming...I promise. Still trying to figure out my new schedule with work and being home at night. I have been running alot. I still have not got back to where I was last year with my running, but I know its just right around the corner. There are a few 5K races coming up, the CVS 5K and the St. Francis 5K where I really want to do well and hopefully set a new PR at the St. Francis 5K. Also I am voluteering for the FirmMan 1/2 ironman distance TRi this Sunday. It should be alot of fun. But it looks like the Triathletes will have to deal with a little rain and wind.

I have also signed up for the 2008 THROUGH TH3 WALL Challenge! Last year I came up short on my goals but this year I am totally committed on reaching my weight goal. Wish me luck!

Sunday, August 17, 2008

I am a Triathlete!!!

A longer report will be posted soon.
The race was awesome. My time was around 1:20. The official results have not been posted. The swim was a little rough, tthe bike windy and the run hot! I had such a good time.
Swim - 9:22
1st Trans - 3:57
Bike - 39:31
2nd Trans - 1:10
Run - 26:47
Total - 1:20.49

Heading to Wild Dog

For my first race I do not have many goals..actually just one, finish. I really want to take this race and learn as much as I can and apply it to my races next year. Of course I would like to finish under 1.5 hours and have a strong bike, but I guess we will have to see. It is a beautiful morning for racing!!!!

Wednesday, August 13, 2008


This has been a great week of training! Monday after we got back from NJ I went out for a 3 mile run. After mile 2 I found my stride and was running at a 9 min mile pace. Today I rode my bike to work (4.2 miles) and at lunch time I did a small brick, 6 mile bike ride/2 mile run. The bike was ok, but the run...first mile 10:45, second mile 9:35. My running is coming around and I felt awesome after the brick. With the swimming last week and today's brick, I feel so good about this weekend!!

More good news, my Brooks Addiction 8's came in the mail today!!!!!!!

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Busy Week

Its been a busy week of running and swimming. I attempted to ride my bike, but the front tire blew so I need to fix that. My focus for the past week has mostly been swimming and running. With the Tri coming up next weekend I have 2 seperate brick workouts scheduled, swim/bike and a bike/run. Before this week I was a little nervous about the swim. But after a few swims at the Y pool, I feel I am ready for the .25 mile swim. I do not have expectations that I will be fast in either of the sports, so my goal for my first Tri is to finish. If it takes me 2 hours and I come in last...thats cool with me. I am just really excited to complete it.

Had a really cool run in the rain yesterday. A group of us from work went out for a slow 3 mile run in the rain. We ended up going 3.58 miles, which happens to be the furthest I have run without walking since last year. And my legs hurt for a couple hours after. Then last night I hit the Y for 1000meter swim. It was tough.

Until next time.

Monday, August 4, 2008


First off I would like to say congrats to Michelle who became a Triathlete on Sunday. She killed the course and completed her longest ocean swim ever. Congrats Michelle!!!!!!

Had a good weekend. First off on Friday I went out for a 3.5 mile run during lunch. A little slow, but it felt good. On Saturday I went to the Y and swam 1000 meters in the pool. Then spent the rest of the day getting ready for our pool party which was alot of fun. Sunday Kim and I went to the Ocean Mist with our friends for breakfast. Then spent the rest of the day doing nothing!!!!!

As for today I have a 3mile run at lunch and another 1000 meters at the Y tonight. I might go to the lake and swim with Kim following me in the boat instead of going to the Y. I think I would rather do more open water swims then swimming in the pool.

Happy Monday

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Bike to Work Day

I decided to ride my bike to work today. My wife has Tuesday's off so I didn't have to bring the kids to daycare. So I put on my new bike shorts, packed my bag, put some air in my tires and I was off. The morning was beautiful. The route I took is mostly shady and from my house to work is mostly uphill. I had my Garmin on so I could see how fast I was going. 15.5???? 14.8???? Super slow!!!!! Besides my really slow times this morning, I made it to work, 5.2 miles in 22 minutes. At lunch time I jumped back on the bike and headed home. I needed the car after work to drive up to Providence. The ride home was much better, probably because it was mostly downhill. I made it home in 19 minutes. Definitely have allot of room to improve, but not to bad for the first bike ride of the year....yes first of the year, freakin crazy. Tomorrow I plan on running 3.25 miles during lunch. I would really like to extend my running distance to 4 miles by August 8. I can care less on how long it takes me to get to 4 miles, I just want to do it.

Tomorrow is my last day at Ibis (Actually its called Pitney Bowes Legal Solutions but its still Ibis to me) I have worked there for over 2 years and have meet some awesome people. I will miss the people, but I will not miss working 2nd shift. Thursday has been a long time coming. A normal life is so close I can taste it. Every time I think about it makes me smile. I plan on picking up my kids from day care on Thursday. I can't wait!

See ya!

Monday, July 28, 2008

New Blog for my Triathlon Training

Now its really time to get serious. I have my first sprint Tri coming up in 3 weeks and another in 7 weeks. My life is finally becoming normal, so it is time to get my butt in gear and become the triathlete I want to be. I will welcome all comments, suggestions and tips that will help me along the way.

Thanks and I hope everyone enjoys reading my new blog.