Sunday, December 7, 2014

Time Off

Lets chat about taking time off of training.... 
I just did take time off...
A LOT...
More time then I have ever taken in the last 9 years...
Why you may ask?

Because after training at such a high level for so long I simply needed a break. In my case I needed a mental break from training/racing as well as physically break.  There was no big thing or event or breakdown that told me I needed a break, I just simply did not have the normal drive. Well as the triathlon Gods would have it, the drive is back and I am ready to get after it! I will be looking over my 2014 year over the next few weeks as well as looking forward to my 2015 plans. 

What did I do during my time off? Nothing physical, other then run a couple beer miles haha. During that time I also put on a really fun fundraiser for RACC, the Fall Beer Mile which we raised a total of $1700!! As I write this I am seeing snow fall for the first time of the year. The only reason I am excited about that is because that mean SNOW SHOE RUNNING is upon us!!! 

Till next time... Cheers!


Dedicated to continue learning, continue training and continue reaching for my long term goals. 
The start of my 2014 triathlon racing season may not have gone the way I would have liked, but I sure have been enjoying the ride. (No pun intended)  Balancing my new work and coaching commitments has put an interesting new twist to my training, which I have just about gotten untangled.  I have a whole new meaning for balancing schedules.  Luckily no one can judge you for trying your best and never giving up.  Still have many months for some consistent quality training to enjoy. 
My Racing
The year so far.... A finish at 70.3 NOLA and 70.3 Raleigh... The year ahead for racing 70.3 Muncie, 70.3 Steelhead, Ironman Wisconsin and Ironman Chattanooga. 
The year so far.... Ironman Texas Finish, a 50k Finish a Olympic Distance Finish. Numerous other goals reached.  
The year Ahead... Few more Ironman Finishes, Few more 70.3 Finishes some Mountain Biking, Marathons and a whole lot of FUN!!
Race Day Events
The year so far.... Helped put on more successful events/races in the last few months span then I could have ever imagined.
The year Ahead.... More events and .......... BIG NEWS coming SOON!!! 


2014 is here! Time for a quick review of 2013 and my first season racing as a professional triathlete. Initial goals for the year where to learn how to train like a professional, race like a professional and position myself for long term success in the sport.  As for results I was hoping to simply "be in the race" at a majority of the races.  With the help of my support team, overall I would say all the above goals where reached and then surpassed! 

The year started with a bulk of training that took me by surprise. I quickly learned that everything was going to be different in order to reach my goals.  Food was now viewed as fuel for the next workout, sleep was critical, training turned habitual and I learned how much I loved the PROCESS. Enjoying the process got me through the first challenging, butt-kicking professional race at 70.3 Galveston TX. Instead of discouraging me, it fueled my passion for the sport! After that race I knew I had made the right decision, to make the jump into the professional ranks.  

Following 70.3 Texas I continued enjoying the PROCESS building my fitness for the rest of the season. After being side lined with a shoulder injury for a bit I was on the verge of not racing 70.3 Raleigh.  Boy am I glad that I decided to do the race, which looking back, I consider my 'breakthrough' race of 2013.  The hard work was paying off and I made it into "The Race" which means, (I put myself into the position that I needed for the results I was seeking.)  Swam into the main pack, rode with the group, broke away at the half way point and ran another down for a 2nd overall. The result, my FIRST of hopefully many podium finishes at Ironman 70.3 Races.

Next up where a few littler races which I trained through; Pleasant Prairie Olympic distance and Pewaukee Sprint. I was fortunate enough to race and beat out USA Triathlons 2012 Rookie of the Year Lukas Zerzbicas for the Win at Pleasant Prairie and a 3rd at Pewaukee Sprint which taught me the importance of double checking your bike before a race.

Put on a fun RACC Fundraiser leading into the power packed 70.3 Racine.  With the help of many people we raised a total of $1,505 to defeat Childhood Cancer in its tracks!!!! THANK YOU!!  As for the race, lets say I always LOVE racing close to home with so many friendly and familiar faces on the course. The last 70.3 race of the season was 70.3 Steelhead which brought me another pay check and a 4th place finish.  During this race I learned a lot about race tactics which is very valuable knowledge going into the future. 

A mid-season break brought me to about a month until Ironman Wisconsin (My favorite race ever) which until this point was not a planned race for the year.  My coach and I decided to do a big training block for a few weeks and decide from there if Wisconsin could be a possible go or not.  We gave it the "go ahead" and before I knew it, I was back at the starting line to the race that brought me into the sport back in 2009.  With the little amount of race specific prep leading into this race we knew that I was ether going to be a real humdinger race or a challenging learning day. The day ended up being FILLED with lots of learning, challenges, fun and pain.  Walked away with my 3rd Ironman finish at the age of 22 and a piggy bank of newly learned knowledge.

From there I was going to race another later season half but ended up calling it quits for my '2013 Racing Season.' The rest of the year was filled with lots of work with Race Day Events, my sister's wedding and moving out of the parents house "Finally haha."  I could not be more happy with my rookie season as a professional and beyond excited for what the future holds.  Till the first race of 2014 I am back to Enjoying the Process. 

2013 Results

-70.3 Galveston Texas: 21st Professional (4hr 12min)
-70.3 Raleigh North Carolina: 2nd Overall (4hr 4min)
-Pleasant Prairie Triathlon (Olympic): 1st Overall
-Pewaukee Sprint Triathlon (Sprint): 3rd Overall
-70.3 Racine: 11th Professional (4hr 6min)
-70.3 Steelhead: 4th Professional (4hr 0min)
-Ironman Wisconsin: 16th Professional (9hr 50min)

My 2013 season would never have been possible without my support team!
-My 3 F's; Friends, family and Fans
-Team RACC "Racers Against Childhood Cancer"
-Endurance House Middleton
-Peak Performance Massage Madison
-Powerbar Team Elite

-CycleOps Power

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Current Website

Soooooooo..... If your looking for Paul's current website go to; 
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Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Steelheads Perfect Equation

By the numbers this race was destine to be a good one for me....(I always like the number 4) and
Steelhead 70.3 this past weekend was my 4th 70.3 Race as a professional, with bib number 22 (2+2=4) at the age of 22.  So I would say the 4th place fit in the equation perfectly.

Before the race though, I was a bit nervous what the outcome would be. The mind and body has been yelling for a mid season break, but I still wanted to ask one more race out of it.  I am glad I did and now rewarding it with a week of very low training before getting back into a training grove.

When the gun went off I was hoping for a better entry into the water then my 70.3 Racine race (Watch the left side of the pack in the video below and feel free to guess and laugh at who you notice haha)

Swim 28:25- It was another "Rough Water" swim like Racine, but not quite as bad. I handled it a bit better though and hung onto the main swim group with few single swimmers ahead.  *Race Tip for a point to point swim, count the number of buoys in the water so you can tell how far you have gone and how much more there is to go.

Bike 2:09:00- After a long beech and transition run, I nearly missed crashing (into a fence haha) jumping onto my speedy Cervelo P5 from Endurance House Middleton.  *Race Tip, spend a few moments practicing transitions and jumping onto your bike at home instead of at races....
It usually takes my legs a bit longer then others to warm up and fire on all cylinders so I just tried to hang onto the back of the main group and not let the invisible band to the group stretch to far and snap.

Finally about half way through the ride my legs were ready to give it a go.  I took a calculated risk and put in a good effort to ether pass and gap the group putting some time into them or get the group as a whole to start pulling in the lone rider ahead of us.  I tried but legs did not have enough power to leave the group.  It did though, get everyone working harder to try and pull in the leader, but turns out we did not do much other then make a good fight for 2nd place.  Looking back I probably should have worked harder the last 25min to do some damage to the other fast runners but I was nervous knowing how my body was feeling going into the race.  After flying by my parents spectating, I rolled into transition in 2nd place with a group of 4 others.

Run 1:19:19-  I knew starting the run that one person from the group would be going home without a pay check and I sure did not want that to be me.  I also knew that out of the group I was probably the slowest runner.  So it was time for me to put my big boy pants on and charge ahead.  By the time I ran past my parents at about half mile I was already being past.  I did not let this bother me, wanted my feet to get feeling back before I really started running as well as not go out to hard like most racers do.  *Race Tip, in a half distance or longer, it is a whole lot smarter to run the first 2 miles slower then your target pace and then start ticking town the pace from there.  By mile 1, one person had dropped out so I was back to sitting in 3rd place. Following the drop out, 4th place ran up to me and we cruised for about 2 miles together until he started gaping me.  Hindsight knowing that 5th place was to far back to catch us I should have taken the calculated risk and tried harder to run with him for 3rd place.  Because by the time I started trying to real him back in, the gap was just to big to close and I would have to be happy with 4th.  (Which I most definitely am!!) The whole time I was trying to real in third place in my Newton Running shoes, I kept on thinking about what my good friend and store owner of Endurance House Middleton said to me at the expo the day before "Run faster Paul Eicher. haha" Taking that risk could have possibly rewarded me with an extra $550 in my pocket, from 4th to 3rd place, but I did not take it.  Every race is a growing day and a learning day, when to take the risky road and when to take the safe road.

Overal 4:00:15- After thanking the "big man upstairs", slapping hands and firing up the crowed I looked up and watched the clock tick past 4hrs.  I just had to laugh, missed the 4hr mark by 15seconds haha.  So happy and blessed for another safe and fun race in my first season as a professional.

My coach Will S summed it up real good in a facebook post....
"Great race Paul Eicher 4th ironman 70.3 steelhead..improving every race, time for a well deserved mid season break mate...well done Paulie."
Thanks for helping me get to where I am and take me to where I want to go coach.

Below is Ironman's article on the 2013 Steelhead 70.3 Race.
Ironman's Race Report Article

Thanks for reading and being so supportive as I work towards my dreams!

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Big Picture

Like most races that your working towards, Racine 70.3 went by like a whirlwind and before I knew it I was sitting back drinking a beer cheering at the finish line. When you race as much as I do (Not as much as my friend Gerlach but still a good amount) the races all tend to blur into a similar pattern. Swim, bike, run, recover, get back to training. To keep away from getting "Board" with the same old pattern for the whole year I try to go into and leave each race with the goal to...
1. Turn all the bad into a positive
2. Learn something
3. Set my sights on what to work on next

I will share a few take aways for my Racine race this year to hopefully help you in return.
-Racing for something "Bigger then yourself" truly helps to ground you as a person and athlete. As many of you saw I put on a fundraiser for RACC linked to my 70.3 race in which I can not be more happy with raising over $1500 in the fight against Childhood Cancer!! That not only took my mind away from the race a bit but made me remember what is truly important in this world and the result at the end of the day is not it.
-NEVER have a thought ingrained in your mind (Even if its partly true) that says if X happens then X will be the result. For me I have ingrained the idea that if I don't make the lead swim pack then I don't have the possibility of the end result I am looking for.  For the most part that is a true statement, that as a pro, if you don't get out in or close to the lead pack of the swim that your out of contention of "being in the race."  But you NEVER know what will happen and if you do miss the lead pack then you have already mentally lost the race which takes away ANY possibility of putting together a "Successful race."
-Re affirmed what I already know, that HAVING FUN and putting a smile on your face is totally the best way to race.  Yes relaxing and not "Engaging the crowd" would scientifically probably make someone race faster but what is the sense in that. Plus you totally get energy back from the crowd when you are having fun.  Me giving a smile or my (Thumbs up) move, does NOT mean that I am not working my ass off or in just as much pain as the one grimacing by.
-Sometimes your legs are on and other days they are not, be happy with the end result no matter what it is and look forward to the future.

Few thank you's to give you...
-Like always my AMAZINGLY supportive family and friends
-RACC for helping me race for a bigger picture
-Endurance House for more support in many more ways then I could even tell you
Thumbs UP!!
-Peak Performance Massage for always doing there best to get my body ready to fight
-Newton Running for making some kick ass shoes
-CycleOps for helping me train smarter, better and harder day in and day out
-Powerbar for providing nutrition to train and race properly
-Friend Noah for letting me borrow his race wheels for the race

Since Racine I have aged up to the ripe old age of 22... man I am getting old! haha
Next up for me will be 70.3 Steelhead this weekend and then a bit of a break followed by a re look at the rest of the season in store.


Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Time for a Cause... RACC

So excited for 70.3 Racine in little over a week one of the many reasons I am so excited is because of the RACC Fundraiser I am putting on below... 

Secure active website to donate link

Extra info for "Time For a Cause" fundraiser. 
For each $10 you donate, you get 1 guess
$10 Donation= 1 swim time, or 1 bike time, or 1 run time, or 1 overall time.
$20 Donation= 1 swim time and 1 run time, or 2 overall times, or 1 bike time and 1 overall time....etc
$30 Donation= Donate $30 get 3 guess PLUS One FREE guess. SO...2 run times and 2 overall times, or 4 swim times... etc

Best of Luck!!