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Oct

30

Energized!

By Leesa Gabel

I think boot camp is really starting to work! I bumped up my exercise level this week — made it to the gym 5 days in a row!! Even started to do some weight lifting. I’m feeling really great which is a far cry from how I felt at this time last year. Still a little concerned about my pace for DIsney, but if I keep going like I am and keep increasing my duration, I’m confident that I’ll cross the finish line!!

Oct

22

Inspiration has set in BIG TIME!

By Craig Gabel

I have felt truly inspired this week.  There are so many people doing so many things that make me want to get out the door and train like never before.  My wife is getting up earlier than she ever has 3 days a week to go to boot camp workout class.  She comes home and talks about all the things she did that day with enthusiasm.  She talks about how sore and achy she is but she never complains about it.  Now that‘s inspiration!  Coach Jen has inspired me by her constant talk of the real benefits of yoga.  I started doing this basic yoga DVD this week and I can see the results already.  Plus she rocked out the half iron last month in like 6 hours.  That’s something I can strive to match someday.  That’s inspiration!  Jon F and Travis B have been putting up some awesome times at recent races and they are training like crazy.  Those guys are inspiring!  Doug and Kim continue to knock our more marathons this year then I can count at this point.  Ya, they may be a bit on the crazy side but they are very much inspiring.  All the folks at TNT…athletes and staff are always inspiring.  Chris S has reminded me of what I need to be doing and has helped get me back out this week and really train.  That’s inspiration I needed this week.  There are many others who inspire me as well but none quite like those who are really pushing themselves to the limit.  They are the true champions and they work their bodies beyond what they can handle only because they have to…not because they want to.  Our family friend Nathan is battling some nasty Lymphoma right now and he is battling like a real champion.  It’s folks like Nathan that really get me going and I know I can endure the pain of training for a few hours a week because they endure the pain all day everyday and mostly never complain about it.  That’s true inspiration.   

I am glad to say all this inspiration has led to my fastest 4 mile run ever…twice!  I knocked off 4 minutes on my Tuesday morning 4 miler and then another 20 seconds today.  I am feeling good and I really hope this trend can continue through the remainder of the year and into next year.

Oct

20

Another 5K

By Leesa Gabel

This past Saturday we (meaning, me, Craig and the kids) did the 5K at the KC Marathon. We also convinced my two best girl friends to join us.

I had my best finish to date!! 

I’ll admit I was a little discouraged to have just been barely across the starting line and heading up Grand when the first 5K finisher was coming down the hill. I believe the first across did it in less than 15 minutes!! Here’s some simple math…..one mile took less than 5 minutes to run, times that by 3!!! That’s just crazy — I can’t wrap my brain around the thought of being able to run a 5-minute mile! I’d be quite happy with a 15-minute mile.

I felt good at the end…like I could have continued on. Of course, later that day I was hardly able to move. I blame Friday’s Boot Camp class. I was feeling better by Sunday evening. But then I had Boot Camp bright and early Monday morning. The motto – no pain, no gain – is starting to get on my nerves! HOOAH!!

Next up….5K at the Gobbler Grind on November 23. Then maybe a 5K while we’re out in CO on Turkey Day. I’ll have to find something in December. And then it’s on to the BIG ONE — Disney — in January.

Oct

14

HOOAH!!

By Leesa Gabel

Monday was my first day in Boot Camp! No, I didn’t join the Army….I joined a fitness group at Health Ridge.

Here’s a link about it: http://www.healthridgefitness.com/index.php/master-class

Silly me signed up for the 0600 class — that’s 6AM!! And it’s M-W-F….plus I have to commit to working out an additional two days per week. So far I’m feeling good about it…mentally….physically I hurt. Monday’s workout was intense. Today was the basic fitness test. Two words to sum it up — I suck! Craig added two more…for now. My weight and BMI were calculated. Yikes!! The number of push ups (not on my knees) and crunches I could do in 2 minutes were counted as was how long it took me to run/walk a mile. Did I mention I’m doing this at 6AM?!?!? Not the best scores. But a starting point for improvement. Positive spin!!

HOOAH!!

Oct

12

Redman Update

By Craig Gabel

I left off last time I blogged getting ready for the Redman half iron distance triathlon.  Now here it is a few weeks later with my race report.  I need to get better at this blogging stuff.  Life is just way too busy these days. 

So we arrived in Oklahoma City a couple days before the race.  It was nice to relax and enjoy the city a bit.  We hit went to the OKC National Memorial.  It was truly inspiring and I recommend a visit to anyone going to OKC.  The day before the event was full due to getting to packet pick-up, swim practice and bike check-in.  All in all it was still somewhat relaxing.  Swim practice gave me a taste of how cold the water really was.  I am sure glad I brought the wetsuit.  I almost left it at home thinking I wouldn’t want to wear it but brought it just in case I needed it.  The water was cold enough that I did indeed wear it.  The water was a little muddy but not too bad.  The entire venue was pretty wet since it had rained quite a bit in the prior days.  Once we made it through packet pick up and bike check-in we spent the remainder of the evening at the hotel for dinner and went to bed at a decent time.

Race day was an early day.  It was really dark due to the overcast sky but the temperature was nice in the low 60’s.  I got check-in and setup my transition area, grabbed my wetsuit and head back to sit with Leesa till the race start in and hour or so.  I was feeling good about the cooler temp since in years past its hit triple digits.  After 10 minutes sitting around watching all the activity, it hit.  It started raining.  It seemed that in the blink of an eye it started pouring and everyone scrambled to get their wetsuits on.  Holy cow did it rain.  Everything was soaked and it was still pretty dark out even at 7:00 in the morning.  We waited in the rain as the sun started to come up and let some light in through he dense clouds.  The low end of the transition area (parking lot) was a good 5-6 inches under water and running over the curb.   Items started floating across the parking lot from the transition area…random flip flops and what not.  This was not going to be a good day to race.  Chitter chatter around the crowd and over the load speaker went from cancelling the race, to changing to a swim, run, swim contingency plan and then we got the final decision from the USAT folks that the race would go on as planned only there would be a mandatory dismount on the bike course due to an impassible section of the course.  We’d have to walk around it.  So after an almost hour delay, the race was finally ready to start.  As we were about to approach the water they played the ‘Jaws’ theme music….ha, ha…very funny.  Good thing it was a lake and not ocean.  Then the mood really changed when they cranked up the song Ironman by Black Sabbath.  That put us all in the mood to take this race on whether the rain stopped or not.  We started the swim moving parallel to the shore in waist to chest deep water.  The bottom of the lake was pretty muddy and I thought I’d try starting in the back of the pack to avoid the big cluster of people kicking and smacking each other trying to get a head of the pack.  That was a good strategy as far as not being surrounded by kicking feet and flailing arms but bad because the swimmers in front of me pushed off the bottom and tug up that mud to the surface just to go into my mouth and muddy up my goggles.  Since some folks ran a ways in the water the mud chunks floating around went on for a couple hundred yards or better.  Once through that the remainder of the 1.2 mile swim was decent.  I took it easy knowing that I had 56 miles to bike and 13.1 miles to run at the end of the swim.  I did do my best but I didn’t wear myself out.  Once I came out of the water, I pulled my wet suit down to my waist.  They had “strippers” waiting on shore to help strip your wetsuit off.  You basically lay down on your back and two people grab each of your wet suit arms hanging at your side and pull it off your legs in like .2 seconds.  Then they hand it back to you and your off and running to transition.  Transition to bike was wet but not as bad as I figured it might be.  I walked my bike out to the mount line and off I went in the rain.  It rained for about the first 3rd of the course and then into the sunshine for a while.  The mandatory dismount section was under a good 12 inches of water.  It was easy to get around the flooded section and back on the course.  The course was rolling hills and nothing real dramatic at all so that was good.  The water stops were unique to me since on the previous courses I had ridden we stopped to get water and Gatorade or I carried what I needed.  They provided full large bottles of Gatorade and water.  The folks working the stations did a good job to hand them off as it is no easy task at 20+ mph. 56 miles came and went fairly quickly.  One I got back to the dismount line, my legs were really tight and it took a bit to get acclimated to walking.  The bike to run transition wasn’t bad.  Everything was still wet since it was raining again.  I headed out on the run course after some quick stretching.  The run course was an out and back 6.55 mile loop that we had to repeat twice.  After I got started the clouds started to break and the sun started beating down on the wet asphalt and concrete.  That’s when things got really steamy but the temps were still in the 70’s and maybe hit low 80’s by midday.  I had a back bib on for a good family friend of ours Nathan who is battling lymphoma. It had the phrase, “I swim, I bike and I run for Nathan!”  I can’t tell you how many people asked me about Nathan or just made comments about Nathan during the run portion of the course.  It was so encouraging and inspiring.  The first comment I received was from a guy who was running past me.  At that moment I was walking pretty slow, feeling really tired and the thought of a half marathon ahead of me was a little daunting.  This guy says to me, “keep it up big guy, do it for Nathan”.  I didn’t know this guy and couldn’t even tell you who he was, what number he was wearing, or anything about him.  All I did remember is I hear what I needed to hear and I said, “you got that right” and I started running.  I ran till I couldn’t run any longer but I knew at the moment that this is nothing.  A half marathon is nothing but time.  After that guy is when the comments and questions came pouring in.  Everything from, “I’ll be praying for Nathan for the next mile” to “who’s Nathan?” and “Tell me about Nathan.”  The race was really fun and cool but the run is what was by far the most inspiring.  It made it so worth doing and as I approached that finish line I knew I would be up for a full distance Ironman next year.  If people like Nathan can endure a marathon time infinity of chemotherapy and radiation treatments then I can endure a longer race.