Sunday, October 2, 2011

Miller Week In Review

Monday Off Tuesday 30 minute run Wednesday 30 minute bike trainer session Thursday 30 minute run Friday Off Saturday Off Sunday 36 minute run Like with all of us, LIFE has made it difficult to post over the past few weeks. When the life plate is full, you have to make choices and other things take priority. That said, I still find much value in taking time to look over the past days and weeks, evaluate them, and share (or not share) as appropriate or needed. Next weekend are both GABRAKY and the Ironman World Championships in Kailua-Kona. I wish I could have been at either of those but unfortunately, work got in the way of one and I'm too slow for the other. Instead, I'll be struggling through 100 miles of bike riding at the annual Outlaw Trail Cycling Tour. This is my third century ride of the year and probably my last organized event of the year. While I may not be physically prepared for the day, I'm looking forward to it. On the life front, all is going well, Gracias a Dios. Wife and kids are thriving and doing well in work and school. Jennifer continues walking nightly and Tristan has created a calendar for his daily exercise routines. Karlie is so active ALL the time, exercise is not necessary. Thankfully, she can actually sit still enough at school to do very well and her recent report card was all A's and B's. For me, work continues going well. As I noted in an earlier blog post, we reached our $53.5 million campaign goal three years early as the first college at UT to do so. This only means we move on to the next fundraising project, which at this time is raising $500,000 for a new college faculty endowment. We raised $150,000 in the first month, so I'm cautiously optimistic we'll reach our goal soon. I did have an important meeting last Thursday that had to be postponed until this week. I will share more about that in due time. I send my best wishes to all readers of the TTT blog and their families. Keep reaching for your BHAGs (Big Hairy Audacious Goals) and pushing your limits. And if you haven't seen the movie "Limitless", check it out. Then write me with your thoughts about what we might be capable of had we the ability to access more of our brain's power. It's fun to think about, to be sure, and I argue that we all have the ability to access more of our brain's power. It's just that instead of taking a daily pill, it takes a lot of hard work. Kia Kaha!

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Miller Weekly Update

Monday Rest Day Tuesday Bike Trainer Tempo Session (2x20 min tempo intervals) Wednesday Base Trainer Ride Thursday Trip to Dallas Friday Rest Day Sat-Sun Day Off I was tired this week, mentally and physically. It was nice to be out of the office for my work trip to Dallas on Wednesday but otherwise, I was in a "hamster wheel fog." I decided to let my body dictate what I would do this weekend and it decided I needed to rest. It was great following @bigschmidtdog and @duanebonifer posting from Dakota Meyer's Congressional Medal of Honor week events. Thanks for giving us a sense of what it was like to see a hero being recognized. Have a great week, all. Kia Kaha!

Photos from Interbike

See some of what's new from Interbike 2011

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Ride with GPS Found this great site and had to share it with TTT. What is Ride With GPS? We created Ride With GPS to help cyclists plan bike rides and find routes in their area. We offer cuesheets, exportable files for turn by turn directions on Garmin GPS units and elevation profiles with grade information. You can upload your ride and see graphs of elevation, heart rate, cadence and power.

Weekly Recap

Monday Day Off Tuesday 1 hour bike trainer tempo intervals (3x15 min intervals) Wednesday 1 hour bike trainer tempo session Thursday 1 hour bike trainer tempo intervals (2x20 min, 10 min at threshold) Friday Day Off Saturday 65'ish mile ride with The Ride Group Started training the bike legs again three weeks ago in order to be in shape to keep up with my new riding group. The last two weekends, I did some medium (30-35 mile) rides with my neighbor. This weekend, I invited my neighbor to join me for a 65-miler with TRG. This weekend, thanks to Hurricane Irene, we had a north wind (the prevailing wind here is a southern wind). The cooler morning temps were a welcome touch to a summer that's been the hottest and driest in Austin/Round Rock history and one of the hottest and driest in Texas history. Not sure if it was the temperature or just the joy of being out with good cycling friends, but we started pushing a fast pace from the beginning. My neighbor was pretty amazed at the pace we were pushing so early in the ride. We did 25 miles to a country store in Liberty Hill to refill our bottles. Another 15 miles and we arrived at the country store in Andice. Bottles refilled again, we began the 25'ish miles back to the start...leaving the long climbs for the end. At this point, I have to tell you about the greatest sport drink on the market today, Eload. A friend of mine is a business development/social media manager for Eload and as a way to support him, I recently reposted and retweeted some posts he made about Eload. Next thing I know, Eload is sending me a box full of free Eload formulas to try. I used two of their powders (the heat and endurance formulas) during my ride last weekend and noticed that my legs were not burning during the long climbs as they normally did. I was able to hold the big ring even during some of our longest climbs. I thought perhaps it was just a coincidence and then I did today's ride. After three hours on the road holding a fast pace in the big ring all day, I was one of the top three up every climb on the way home. I did this on a heavier bike with training tires and regular wheels riding with folks using racing tires and wheels on their full carbon bikes. Some of our folks were thrashed from the day and yet I felt as strong as I had all day. It was incredible! Yes, I've been putting in a few hours of training over the past few weeks, but these folks have been riding all year long. Eload was the difference! And with no artificial sweeteners, no acidic levels, no lactose, no gluten, and more, it doesn't upset my stomach. Needless to say, I'm a fan. This stuff is the best fuel I've ever tried...and I've tried them all. This is rocket fuel! I know this sounds like a commercial and I only wish they were paying me to be their community manager. I just believe in its results and highly recommend you try it. Last night, Tristan and I did the Austin Ghost Tours investigation tour. It was a little outside my comfort zone, but Tristan loves those ghost investigation shows on TV and he really enjoyed it. It's always fun supporting our kids' interests, even when they aren't necessarily our own. He had a blast, so I was a happy dad. Today is probably a day of house cleaning and hanging out with family. With any luck, I'll be able to sneak away to get some new bike tires for next week's ride! Have a super week! Kia Kaha!

Monday, August 29, 2011

Bacon Weekly- Maggie's 1st Mile

Forget my workouts, this photo is Maggie's first mile with me on Sunday August 29th, 2011. We ran a 11:59 mile to include on shoe-tie stop and one side-stich stop. She also asked me to wear my fuel belt so she could get a drink on the run. We discussed some basics of running during the warm up stretch; particularly running safety on the road.

Monday, August 15, 2011

The Power of Positive Peer Pressure

We were aware of the POSITIVE power of peer pressure long ago. Accountability and support is what TTT has been about from the beginning. It has been a life-changer for me. Thank you for helping me improve myself. You are life coaches. You make a difference in other people's lives by making changes in yours and sharing your triumphs and struggles along the way. Thank you for sharing. Thank you for making a difference.