A Staten Island triathlete and endurance coach ventures into the ultramarathon realm where there are seemingly no limits to human endurance. In 2013, he successfully finished the Grand Slam of Ultrarunning (picture of 2013 Grand Slam finishers above; I'm second from right), becoming only the 282nd person (since its beginnings in 1986) and only the fourth New Yorker to finish four of the oldest and most prestigious 100 mile ultramarathons in the U.S. in only 10 weeks.

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

More swimming improvement!

This is amazing! This was my swim this morning (March 13). Last swim like this was on January 23.

Descending sets with paddles.

500m 1:00 rest (prev 7:11, now 6:57)
400m 1:00 rest (prev 5:44, now 5:34)
300m 0:45 rest (prev 4:16, now 4:09)
200m 0:30 rest (prev 2:49, now 2:42)
100m finish (prev 1:22, now 1:17).

To the left is the workout on January 23. To the right was this morning's workout. Big difference!

Hard work pays off. If I get my bike and run to improve more along these lines, I will be unstoppable!

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Hard Work = Significant Gains! (Swimming)

It wasn't even two months ago that I just barely broke the 3 minutes/200 meter pace for my swimming. This means going under 12 minutes for the 800 meter distance.

Well, I just did that distance again...and I did it three times in a tough 4500 meter workout this morning. With a 1 minute rest after each 800.

The times were definitely telling... 11:38, 11:40, and 11:47.

Those are significantly faster than 12 minutes!

I was pleasantly surprised that I posted the 11:38 for the first 800. And then pleasantly surprised that I held it on the second set.

I did slip a little on the third set. The water was very warm and I was starting to overheat in the water. Towards the end of the last 800 I was actually starting to dry heave in the water due to the heat.

But I held it together and still posted a time a lot better than 12 minutes.

I am going to do very well with the swim portion of my triathlons. Once this weather warms up, I'll more accurately gauge where I am with the cycling and the running. I think I'll be pleased there too. :-)

Friday, March 1, 2019

Tweet: Recovery Week Going Well

@ironpete_ultra Tweet:

Post-swim coffee break. My #recovery week was sorely needed...and I'm not too sore anymore. I'll be starting the new training cycle with a bang on Monday! #buildinrest #stronger #triathlon #ultrarunning #utmb #utmbtraining #ironman #ironmantraining

Friday, February 22, 2019

Today - Light Activity Day; Tomorrow - 20+Trail Miles

After running 9 miles and cycling 20 miles yesterday, today is a rest day. Do I look rested?

Just 2000m easy swimming and some core this morning. That's it!

Tomorrow I head out to Sourland Mountain Preserve with a small group of dedicated trail runners to get in at least 18 miles of rugged running. This is definitely necessary to get in my trail legs for UTMB.

It's been quite the training so far. It's Ironman training, but with a lot of dirt. I have to excel at both triathlon and ultrarunning this year, so I have to keep the training on a knife-edge balance to make sure I get in both elements.

And light activity days like this one are absolutely necessary. It's not just physical recovery, but a mental one too. I can basically catch up on other stuff while I look at where I go with my training in the future. It's definitely a day to refocus and to plan for the future.

With 9 weeks left till the first big race, the NJ Marathon, every day is critical now, even if I'm not training hard for it.

Saturday, February 16, 2019

The 3:25 Goal at NJ Marathon on April 28 Just Got More Realistic!

The best thing about running with a club like the Raritan Valley Road Runners is that anyone can be pushed into a faster pace than normal. 

Picture of the Raritan Valley Road Runners this morning before the run. A strong group today!

I was pushed through the two Dragon loops through Rutgers and I would up finishing 15 miles at a 8:08 pace, which is starting to turn very comfortable for me.

My goal time of 3:25 for the NJ Marathon (7:48 pace) and a sub 4 hour marathon leg at Ironman Ireland is starting to get very realistic.

With still more than 2 months of training to go before the NJ Marathon (April 28), I'm looking quite good here! With a bit more work, hopefully I can actually crush that time!

The next few weeks are going to be VERY exciting!

Friday, February 15, 2019

Make Yourself a Priority First - You'll Find You'll Help Others A Lot More

A lot of things in my life change from year to year, but the core essence of my being lies in my fitness. Training every day is the backbone to which other things in my life flow from; my relationships, my work, and my family. Without this backbone, a lot of who I am starts falling apart.

That's the reason why I put fitness and my well-being over even my family, relationships, and work.

Because those three will not happen if I didn't have that fitness.

It might sound selfish, but it really isn't. One has to take good care of him/herself before he or she can take care of other people he or she cares about.
Make sure you treat yourself right. This way you can keep taking care of the people you care about year after year.

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

The trails here are a mess. Perfect time for trail running!

We had a bit of a wintry storm last night on Staten Island. We got about 2 inches of snow with a bit of ice on top. Checking a little of the trails yesterday revealed that the trails are a sloppy, muddy mess. You know, the type that makes each step an adventure.
Why would you want to run in that?

It's the extra challenge of running in those bad conditions that will make you a better ultrarunner. If you can run in those imperfect conditions, you can run in anything. Plus, if you're blessed enough to have perfect weather for your trail race, it will make things feel a lot easier.

You can definitely make the footing easier with screw shoes or other accessories like Yak Trax, especially if hard ice is present.

Anyway, I'll be running 8 miles on the sloppy trails tomorrow. And I'm going to love every step of it! 😎