QR Athlete Devon Palmer Planning for IM AZIronman Arizona: Desert Storm
I am now back to regular training after a few light weeks. The week after Louisville I felt a little better each day but was generally un-ambitious. Could probably have swum and spun a little more but wasn't motivated to. First run was the Sunday after and it was awful. First ride the next day, Monday, and felt fine. Second run was then Tuesday and that was fine. The week in Wisconsin working with Endurance Sports Travel was not exactly conducive to serious training. After getting home last week I finally got some miles done on the bike and was pleased to feel reasonably strong. The running is coming around fine but the swimming will be another couple weeks. At my first practice back this morning my lanemate Brian kept looking at me and asking 'What are you doing?' I was going slow Brian. It happens.
Arizona was my first Ironman back in 2010 and I am interested to race there again to check my progress. I am eager to avoid many of the mistakes I made the first time around, most notably bonking severely on the bike.
As you know I am in a constant state of conflict with the pros from Wisconsin. This ongoing and tragically hostile situation, generally referred to as the Gopher-Badger Ironwar, is likely to see another battle at Ironman Arizona. People are calling it Desert Storm. Tom is going to do the race because what else would he do that day. Blake seemed a bit hesitant to commit. Well, I hate to throw fuel on the fire, but here is a little throwback picture from the finish of Ironman Arizona 2010:
In the foreground you see a proud and noble Gopher valiantly finishing strong with a handsome fuel belt and pale tummy protruding just a little. But who is that rapscallion in the background getting savaged like a pack of hotdogs in the paws of an angry bear?
If this doesn't motivate Blake to race I don't know what will.
I did my first long ride last Saturday. It consisted of 2.5ish hours with my friend Ross, a doughnut break at Mel-O-Glaze, then another 2.5ish hours solo. I actually rode the second half pretty strong, those doughnuts really work. I don't know if the science backs this up or not but carbohydrates seem to be an effective fuel source. Someone should do some research on this.
Ross captured me in the act of refueling aggressively:
This Saturday is the Treadman Duathlon
. I was hoping to race as a relay with my fremesis Steve Stenzel but sadly he has picked up a bit of an injury so we may be out of commission. A final ruling on our relay will be made closer to game day.
Have a great week and make the most of the remaining nice weather!
Laura Kloepper - QR Athlete
'I'm not an athlete, I'm a poser.'
I'm not an athlete, I'm a poser. Growing up, I was that pudgy, dorky kid who played in the band. I began hitting the gym daily post college for social reasons more than fitness ones. I designated Fridays as the 'run 6 miles' day on the treadmill, and began to look forward to my treadmill runs–while running, I felt confident and strong. I had some coworkers who were marathoners, and they always tried to convince me to run a marathon. I thought it was the funniest suggestion alive. I'll never forget one coworker's words: 'Anyone can run a marathon. You just have to train properly.' Eventually, I took my running outside and bought a Garmin. I blame the Garmin for turning me to the dark side.
My attempt at summoning a motivating face during a 5am trainer workout
First off, thank you everyone for all your encouraging words during my final push. I'm always amazed at the mental transformation that happens to me right when I'm on the brink of physical exhaustion. Knowing that bad moods, despair, and violent thoughts will happen and preparing for them is key to surviving through the last few weeks. A lot of unnecessary emotional outbursts were had last week, but in a way I'm happy that I had them. Having those outbursts means that I have given my all in my training. It means I'm so invested in prepping for this race. It means I care. And when I care, I race well.
Last weekend I traveled out to Cedar Point, Ohio, to participate in the Rev3 course preview. It was an amazing opportunity to partner up with local riders and get some time out on the course. Since I was doing 100 miles followed by a 6 mile run, I left early (most others were only doing 50 miles). The week prior I did the same workout and went out too hard on the bike and suffered on the run. This time I dropped the power by 10 watts for the first 50 miles, then upped it by 6 watts for the last 50. I came off the bike feeling amazing and then headed out for the run. The result? I was clocking off sub 7:30 miles at my goal race heart rate (150-155 bpm). My legs felt great. I felt amazingly fit. I ended that workout with such an amazing emotional high.
Sonja Wieck - QR Athlete
Sonja is a Denver Mom who believes in the power of a positive mental attitude. Her life's journeys have taken place outdoors. Thanks to a very supportive husband she can be found competing in triathlons and snowshoe races, summiting 14ers, ultrarunning, skiing, rock/ice climbing and training in many disciplines — all with her little girl Annie in tow. She hopes to bring inspiration to your own adventures, whatever they may be.
Sonja is a Quintana Roo sponsored athlete and is part of the Kompetitive Edge Tri Team. She also owns her own coaching company "Go Sonja."
Mary Eggers - QR Athlete
Throughout Mary's decade plus long triathlon career she's set several amateur course records, raced in elite categories, secured overall wins at almost every distance, qualified for the Hawaii Ironman three times and has enjoyed the honor of being named a USAT All American several times and has completed 6 Ironmans.
In 2004 Mary began her coaching career and since then has coach over 100 athletes to Ironman finishes through the company she founded, Train-This Multisport Coaching. She's worked with athletes of all abilities throughout the past 7 years. The philosophy and methods utilized by QT2 systems influenced her so greatly she decided to sell her business and join the QT2 coaching team in late summer of 2011.
Mary holds a Bachelor's Degree in Nursing and spent ten years in Pediatric emergency medicine. She also teaches Power Vinyasa yoga and has developed Yoga For Athletes programs for professional soccer teams and many athletic teams.
Mary is also the race announcer for the Score-This multisport series in Western New York, and regularly contributes to Xtri and TriDigest.
Married to one of Western New York's top male triathletes Curt Eggers, this dynamic duo is not only active in the multisport community, The Eggers' are often found at races competing as a family…. as their son is also a young budding triathlete!
Mary is also very passionate about "Teens Living with Cancer" http://www.teenslivingwithcancer.org/
Jesse Kropelnicki - QR Athlete
Growing up Jesse was always athletic, playing soccer and tennis throughout high school. He saved up to buy his first bike, and soon after was almost never without it. After entering college Jesse began running and weight training, and spent the next several years reading books on weight training and nutrition, as well as keeping food and training logs to track performance. Also during this period, Jesse worked at a nutrition supplement store, recommending supplements and answering questions from customers. This experience helped him to gain a significant amount of knowledge of supplements, as well as real-world nutrition knowledge from customers. One day, Jesse happened to catch a triathlon, on television, and was immediately intrigued. During the summer of 1997 Jesse crossed the finish line of his first local triathlon, and was immediately hooked. Following that, he began to refocus his efforts onto one sport; triathlon. In 2000, after years of body building, Jesse completed his first real triathlon season, including a half-ironman in just over six hours. Since then he began to keep extremely detailed records on every training/nutrition plan and each workout that he completed. Using these records, he developed detailed training and nutrition protocols that have proven, time and again, to work. These protocols have been developed over years of trial and error and sport research. These are the same protocols that have now produced Ironman Champions and countless Kona qualifiers.
Past clients have included various Ironman Champions, USAT National Team Athletes, many elite age-group athletes (including over 15 Kona qualifiers), and even professional UFC fighters. Jesse's current PRO athlete squad includes: Caitlin Snow, Pedro Gomes, Jessie Donavan, as well as many others. Jesse has presented on almost every aspect of training, racing, and nutrition over the past several years, is a regular contributor to Lava Magazine, Ironman.com, and XTri.com, has a Master's Degree from Northeastern University, and maintains certifications as a USAT Level III coach, NSCA CSCS, and ACSM CpT. Jesse was also invited to, and completed, USAT's Elite Mentorship Program in Colorado Springs. Currently, Jesse focuses on continuing to be the best coach that he can be for his athletes, utilizing logic, technology, science, and any other means available.
When not coaching, Jesse continues to race with the QT2 Triathlon Team, having completed over 150 triathlons since 2000. He currently lives with his wife Chrissie, and two young children, Colin and Stella.
Tim Snow - QR Athlete
Tim has been racing in triathlon since 1998, after being a high school and college distance runner. Having completed 20 Iron-distance events since 2000, Tim has competed in Ironman Lake Placid, Canada, Arizona, Coeur d'Alene, Germany, Florida, the Great Floridian, and Kona.
Among other highlights, since working with QT2, Tim has placed 10th overall in the 2008 Ford Ironman Lake Placid, and has a personal best time of 8:49 at the 2007 Ford Ironman Florida,which included a 2:51marathon split.
In addition to Tim being a Quintana Roo sponsored athlete, Tim is also a coach for QT2 Systems Triathlon coaching company.
When not coaching with QT2, Tim is a full-time Math Teacher at Madison Park High School, in Roxbury, MA.
Tim and his wife, pro triathlete and QT2 Systems coach, Cait Snow.