5/25/2009

A Technical Day


I spent the morning putting my bike together, cleaning sandy-salty equipment from yesterday and working on shot lists for the crew. Also I forgot one of the highlights that we didn't catch on film last night.

After filming, we went back to the surf house for a little while and Lucy made everyone
Chimarrão, also known as Mate in some South American countries. Carlos made the comparison to a pungent green tea and i wold have to agree with that assessment. Even though I pound the coffee, I could tell this stuff was definitely loaded with caffeine.

Getting back to today...Not that much to tell, so rather than bore you, or make up some B.S. just to pass the time, enjoy the video of my walk around town and we'll catch up later. Ciao!






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5/24/2009

Brasil First Day of Filming: "Surf & Turf"


Today was pretty dam cool. I drove over the mountain range from Centro to Lagoa da Conceição and met up with my 2 camera operators Weslei Vianna and Sydney Pihiero. Wes is actually staying at the the Surf house we filmed at. My host for the day was Luiz Stadler and his wife Lucy. They were absolutely awesome and we had a blast!! After showing me around the surf house, a whole group of us went to a secret surf spot, where the waves were crappy but the comradery was killer. I discovered that my Skins short sleeve top not only "improves power and endurance", but also acts as an amazing rash gaurd while surfing...double bonus!

Between my broken Spanish and the Brazilians broken English, we had no trouble communicating all day. It was probably much like a cycling peleton, where an Italian rider and an American rider are having a conversation in Spanish.

After surfing we headed back to Lagoa da Conceição to grab a bite to eat. Luis insisted we all go to this place called "O Barba Negra". This is a MUST EAT restaurant. We had all kinds of amazing seafood that you'll have to wait for the show to see. But, I'll say they served us this dish called Camarón en Moranga, which is served in a pumpkin and is going to make Thanksgiving a whole new experience. Tomorrow is an off day from filming and I need to put my bike together so I be blogging to you!

Caio!


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5/23/2009

ROOKIE MANEUVER

No matter how seasoned a traveler you may think you are, it doesn’t mean you won’t make mistakes. I’d like to think I’m a veteran of international travel, but that doesn’t automatically make you impervious to blunders.

It never dawned on me to check if I needed a Visa for Brasil!!! A classic rookie maneuver. I made a huge mistake writing off the entirety of Latin America as this dynamic and free flowing appendage to domestic travel. I mean after all, I make my home in Miami, a place loaded with Brazilians, Argentinians, Colombians, Chileans….flying in and out all day, every day. Well, I found out otherwise, when I wasn’t allowed to board the plane headed for Sao Paulo a few days ago. Then, when I showed up at the Consulate to get a visa, I was informed it’s a 2 business day wait!!! I was very fortunate, and the Consulate was very nice when they made an exception to let my sorry butt through. But still, it was an easily avoidable blunder had I simply checked out the situation online.

What’s funny about the whole situation is when I spoke to several people about it, they told me they never said anything because they assumed I knew. They made that assumption based on my frequent international travels. The simple lesson to learn here, which applies to endurance sports as well, is stick to your basic checklist! I remember almost exactly a year ago, reading Johan Bruyneel’s book and he said exactly that. He said the main thing he does with his riders is keep them doing the very basic things we forget about (like eating and drinking). Endurance sports, travel, business, learning…this lesson is applicable everywhere you turn. Needless to say, I am in Florianopolis a day late and a little wiser.

O, and one more thing...everyone down here was quick to tell my why U.S. citizens pay $130 for our visa and wait 2 days. It's because the Brasil's government is treating U.S. citizens the same way we treat Brasilians. It's hard to argue with the logic, even if it only hurts tourism in the end.

The video was shot along the beach of Baia Norte in the Centro district of Florianopolis
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5/14/2009

Pre-Production Madness

We are getting ready to embark on the next adventure...or should I say adventures! Endurance Traveler is knee deep in pre-production for both Ironman Brazil and Swim Around Key West a week later. Of course this also means different locations, different camera operators, different everything...except yours truly. When people watch the episodes, what many don't realize is the training that goes in to getting on that start-line. In the next few months we will be filming several episodes outside my comfort zone of Ironman. I'm really excited and nervous all at the same time. It should make for some great episodes though. As we move forward with Endurance traveler, I hope you'll continue to join us on the adventure.

5/04/2009

ARE THEY BUILT FOR SPEED OR COMFORT

Vince Vaughn asked this age old question in Wedding Crashers. Was he referring to breast implants or sports training? you decide.

As the name of the show suggests, I specialize in endurance racing. That doesn't mean I don't do shorter races; but it does mean that my body doesn't necessarily respond the way I want when doing them. Especially if I don't make a conscious effort to do speed work.

On Sunday, I raced the
MACK CYCLE TRI-MIAMI OLYMPIC TRIATHLON , and I'm in the middle of doing tons of long workouts to build my endurance. I was going as fast as I could but I was still able to talk. Basically, my top speed was no where near my anaerobic threshold. Now, the reason my body didn't respond the way I'd like was my own fault. I'm like a 1 gear machine right now trained to be comfortable at one speed for hours and hours. This is because I haven't been doing any speed work. I'm built for comfort.

Axiom: You have to train fast to go fast!

You may not have to do it all the time, but without speed workouts, you'll never get faster and the speed you have will diminish. It doesn't take much either, 1 speed workout each week in each sport can make a world of difference. After all, would you like to be built for speed and comfort?

So, don't neglect the speed workouts when training long, or you'll just be built for comfort, not that that's a bad thing ;-)