In April 2009, after decades of being a couch potato, a friend called me “Super-Fluffy”. I do not like being called “Fluffy”. Decidedly annoyed, I decided to stop whining and do something about eradicating fluffiness in my life.
I ran my first 1/2 Marathon in July, 2009. Less than a year later, I finished a Full (Ironman) triathlon – a 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike, and a 26.2 Mile run (marathon) in 15hours and 38 minutes. I went from couch potato to Ironman in less than 12 months.
On that road I’ve done many events, tried a lot of different gear, and generally made a lot of mistakes.
On May 29, 2011, I completed my first ultimate running adventure: The Comrades Marathon starting in Durban, South Africa. This 56-mile race is the Superbowl, the Boston Marathon, and the World Series all rolled in to one event. Over 20,000 people signup, but only 11,000 finish. That year, I completed the Comrades Marathon in 11 hours, 11 minutes. The following year I finished a “Down” run, winning a once-in-a-lifetime chance at the back-to-back medal, despite expecting to fail.
In the year 2013, I’m looking to revisit Vineman and again finish an Full Triathlon (hopefully in less than 15 hours), but also complete my first Multi-Day Ultramarathon: The Seattle Quadzilla, an event with 3 marathons and 1 ultramarathon in 4 consecutive days.
Name: Chas Melichar
Years Competing: 3
Sport: Triathlon/Duathlon, Ultramarathons, Marathons
Swim Style: Total Immersion. And Awkward
Swim Equipment: DeSoto T1 WetSuit, TYR Googles
Equipment: 2010 Cervelo P2 (Carbon)
Upgrades: Ultegra Brake Pads, Speedfil Water, Garmin Spd/Cadence sensor, Garmin Mount
Shoes: SIDI T-2 Shoes
Style: Midfoot, 88-92 spm (x2)
Shoes: Women’s Brooks PureCadence 2
Trail Shoes: Women’s Brooks PureGrit 2
Office: Italian Leather Oxfords
Watch/HRM: Garmin 910XT with footpod. Timex Run 2.0.
Nutrition: Honey Stinger Organic Gels, Waffles, Bars. Accel Gels.
Vitamins: 1st Endurance Multi-V
Water: Nathan Endurance Pak
Fitness Tracking: Training Peaks, Runkeeper, Virgin Health Miles, DailyMile, Strava, Fitocracy
Craig Alexander, Dean Karnazses, Total Immersion, ChiRunning
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56-Mile: 11hrs11min (2011)
50k: 6:54 (?)
Marathon: 4:21:41 (2013)
Half Marathon: 1:56:18 (2013)
30K: 3:57 (?)
10K: 50:27 (?)
5K: 24:03 (?)
-Full: 15:17 (2013)
-Half: 7:06:27 (2012)
-Olympic: 3:35 (2010)
-Olympic Du: ?
-Sprint: 1:20:57 (2010)
*My weakest sport. Swim anxiety, claustrophobia, and almost having drowned three times (once as a kid, twice as an adult) cause me to need to keep my heart rate low during the swim.
**I love my Cervelo. This bike is fast, particularly downhill. It has a stock rear cassette, however, and with the hills at Vineman I’m considering getting an easier gear on the rear cassette so I can maintain my higher RPM’s on the hills. However, if I get stronger on the bike, I might not need it.
***I have extremely narrow feet (almost an “A” width). Brooks is the only shoe manufacturer that makes shoes that fit my feet. I’m not a “minimalist” runner, but I have transitioned from the heavy traditional-style of shoes to the Pure Project. I like the 4mm drop heel-toe and the light weight. It also has reduced stress on my knees and strengthened my ankles.
****I log everything with my Garmin 910xt. I love this watch. I used to use Gu Gel, and I can still consume them, but I’ve found Honey Stinger to be tastier and the Organic gels do not upset my stomach like Gu. Also, I’ve begun using Accel Gel, and I really like the fact they include protein at the ideal 4:1 ratio. They taste good, too. I like to vary the source of my nutrition, as studies have shown the body can utilize the energy better if the sources are different. Plus I like variety. The Nathan Endurance pak is critical, as recently races such as the Rock n Roll series have unintentionally started using contaminated water. I always carry it on runs over 1 hour.
Why Captain Chas?
Oh… and why the name “Captain Chas”? Chas is my first name. And my day job – I’m a Captain for an airline based out of San Francisco, CA.
So come join the adventure and follow my fitness and body fat % as it (hopefully) goes up and down. You’ll be able to see as my weight goes up and (hopefully mostly) down, when I succeed and when I fail. All in real time and all as I head into fourth decade of my life.