These past 9 days have been great. Did the Tour Of Suffernlandria. Haven't ridden that much in ages. My quads are sore, legs are weak, but it was good fun to finish it again. This was also my 'transition' week between block 1 and block 2 for P90x3. Looking forward to getting started w/ Block 2 (aka month 2). Day 30 starts tomorrow kicking in more weights looks like. See what comes at me each day. One day at a time.
Also be starting back after a day of resting the legs running and at least 1 swim a week going forward upping to 2.
Having fun this winter. Not enjoying the weather but enjoying the consistency on the training. Hoping that it pays off by the first race.
I'm ready for what is in store for me. Are you ready to challenge yourself? commit yourself to being consistent? Hope so.
Another year has come and begun. And as crazy as it is, we are already into February 2014. Amazing how time flies. I've not had time or better put haven't make the time to make many posts. With another new year, the Tour of Sufferlandria has come. We are actually wrapping it up tomorow with Day 9. It has been a quick, and agonizing 9 days I can tell you. I will say, they have gone out of their way to create a great tour. They stepped it up a few notches in the level of suffering from last year. With the addition of some of their newer video's it's been fun.
you can see my progress up through Day 8 at the TrainerRoad site here. They are hosting the tour again for TheSufferFest folks.
So for those that don't know exactly how the tour works. It is spread over 9 days. A total of 11 rides this year. On 2 seperate days there are 2 rides for that day, raising the level of intensity/suffering. I think what i like best about doing this is the dual suffering you go through. Both the mental and physical aspects. Mentally it's just downright draining. Know day after day for 9 days you have to go at it again. And with the amazing mix of video's that thesufferfest has put together is icing on the cake. And I have to give props to TrainerRoad and their amazing software they've created. Been using it since Beta. It's got everything you need for indoor training. A must have!
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Wendesday, Jan 29th
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Always a great way to jump start the season. I'm going to need to take a couple days off after these 9 straight. Ready to jump start back into the Triathlon training again. Can't wait.
You never know what you can accomplish till you try.
Coming Soon the schedule for 2014 and what my training plan looks like. Pretty Excited what 2014 has for us!
Time is dwindling down till our journey comes to an end for our first ever 70.3 triathlon. We are heading down to Cedar Point in Sandusky Ohio. This will be the hardest race that I have ever attempted. But I am looking forward to the challenge. We have put in a lot of work, sweat and energy in training this past year for this moment.
We did a training run of sorts this past weekend, and I realized that I have to do a few things different if I am going to be successful at simply finishing. It was definitely well worth going through the motions and trying to simulate the 70.3. We got through the swim, and ended up doing about 1.5 miles. Rode 55 miles and tanked @ mile 2.5 on the run. It was going really well up to that point, but I started to feel this sense of lightheadedness and a bit dizzy. I immediately stopped running and started to walk and get a bit of water in (had run out already, which was a sure sign I was dehydrated) and took down a GEL as well.
so the lesson that I learned is that I personally need more food (homemade banana muffins are a must on this one) and more water on the bike. I only made it through 2 bottles and that was w/ about 8 miles left still. That was another sure sign I had not hydrated enough. My training partner had suggested we stop and I get more, but I didn't heed that advice thinking I was fine. But with the heat (mid to high 80's and humidity) I underestimated my sweat rate. I won't let that happen again.
Can't wait. Scared but really looking to knock this one out. Goal: to finish.
So over the past 9 days I did the first annual online virtual Cycling race called Tour of Sufferlandria. This was hosted and sponsored by the folks at TrainerRoad (software to record and use during your ride) and The Sufferfest (Training videos). Both great additions to your winter training if you train indoors on a bike trainer. I personally use it year round now other than during race days and brick days I'll do outdoors with fellow triathletes training.
So this had 9 stages, 12 rides in all. In the end, rode approximately 160 miles, burned nearly 7000Kcal's. I had a blast and learned a bit more about my fitness level and self. It was a challenge but well worth the suffering that occured. Never thought that I would be able to ride 9 days in a row and that much. It wasn't pretty mind you. I wasn't crazy fast or anything based on the #'s. But to me, the greatest thing was finishing; that was my goal this first time.
If anyone is looking for something to break up the winter riding, check the 2 companies out. Great added value between them, great way to get in shape and add to your cycling fun. I'm looking forward to the first events of the spring season to come and see where the fitness leads me. Now to get a day or 2 of rest and get back on the 70.3 training plan!
Don't ever think that you can't accomplish something or aren't 'that' person who can be successful. Don't ever underestimate yourself, your capabilities. It takes one day at a time, one step at a time, to reach our goals and become the best that we can be.
Decide. Commit. Succeed!
Mentally I thought I was prepared for a cold run this morning. I've been going out for the past few weeks into the 'cold' and hasn't been too bad. Would get bundled up in my 3 layers of shirts, the o' running tights,2 hats, and 2 pairs of gloves. if you haven't noticed yet the trend, I really don't like to be cold. I pack on the layers.
I will say so far this winter, I've been fortunate that it's been somewhat tolerable, no snow storms, crazy ice, freezing rain, etc.
So got through all of my morning running rituals. opened the door to the garage, and if the garage wasn't already cold enough walked out into the driveway and said 'WTF!' to myself. Was a clear sky, zero wind (luckily) but was just to me, blistering cold. A Balmy 13 degrees F. So turned on the Garmin 910 watch, and started walking waiting for it to sync up with the satellites. well of all the days, it took forever. And I don't mean just felt like forever. It took forever. So it syncs and off I go becuase I was freezing. I will admit that I am a pansy. Loud and proud, I hate the cold weather.
Took me 2+ miles of my short 3.45 mile run to get he hands fully warm. legs had already felt alright but rest of me was just 'chilly'. I'm really not looking forward to the longer runs if it is this cold those days. Guessing I'll warm up more those days as I continue further into the run. Fingers crossed.
So that was my little story of my very cold run today. I survived to run another day and will continue to press forward w/ each and every run outdoors. I won't run on a treadmill. No matter how cold, I'll suck it up and enjoy the outdoors. Ask me again later if it gets closer to zero or something. I might be singing a different tune then.
Hope your day was productive and you accomplished something towards your fitness and personal goals.
Decide. Commit. Succeed.
So it is official. I have taken the plunge I have so vehemently denied for the past few years. that I would never ever subject myself to a full marathon race. Well, not sure what came over me, but I have signed up for the Detroit Marathon in October of this year. This will be 6 weeks after we do the 70.3 Triathlon race down in Ohio. A rev3 race in Cedar Point.
Really looking forward to the season ahead. A bit scared of the longer races at the end of the season, but will work hard to stay consistent in training, smart in my training to stay injury free and pay attention to the body. Lot of dedication and amazing support from the family as I dedicate the time to the training necessary to be successful in finishing the events over the entire season.
Working out what kind of plan to follow for the Detroit as well as the 70.3 race. In the past I've haphazardly just kind of threw my training together but these are more the 'real' deal type events. If I don't put the right time in, I'm going to either get injured or not finish at all.
Look for more frequent updates about my training and fun over the next 10 months.
I wouldn't have the confidence and motivation to complete this if I hadn't started 3 years ago down the path to a healthier person. It was that cold winter night that I made the decision to start working out (p90x by the way was that tool) and then work towards the many events I have done the past 2 years.
Anyone can make the right decision to get healthy. A bit of commitment and you will succeed. I guarantee it.
Find your journey. I continue to re-write mine each and every day!
Finally able to fix the site. Been down for a month now and wasn't sure what I broke. I am combining two of the sites into one. Can still get to them both on either URL. But It's just easier to be consistent. I don't have a lot of time to write posts, but look forward to being more consistent going forward.
Need to pull over a few posts from the other site as well still. They'll show up in the next day or 2.
So I’ll start by saying that this race overall kind of sucked. Not the race company or anything like that. Element Events does a great job of organizing things; everywhere from the volunteers to the race course and everything. I’ve done 4 of their races and enjoyed all of them.
My displeasure was completely from my own performance. I ended up about 9 seconds slower than my sprint race in the spring. Both being in the 1 hour and 29 and some change range. The race from the start didn’t feel right.
Here are the lessons learned for my particular racing style and training:
- I am not a fan of the heat. I don’t train in it, so I don’t know yet how to function in it properly during a race.
- I have a morning routine that I follow before a race. both for the sprint and Olympic distance. I’ve been able to function well and hydrate/nutrition fine.
- I need to learn to push through that threshold. Get into the race mindset and go with it more
- Learn to deal with cramps. First time ever in a race to get one. figure out what was caused it potentially. Happened during the bike about 4 miles in.
- Less is more. transitions I need to really bunker down and focus on just the things I need to get on the bike, to get out on the run.
In the end, I had a fun season of training and triathlons. I succeeded at reaching my goals of at least doing one longer reach (Olympic distance). I really wanted to be below 3 hours on the Olympic, and exceeded that by quite a bit. I ended at 2 hours and 50 minutes. Everything fell into place that race on all 3 disciplines.
One more race to go this year. Men’s Health Urbanathon in Chicago. then back to standard training over the winter. More to come on what my plans are. Can’t wait to really get a plan together for the drive to 70.3.
So started shifting my overall workouts towards running and weights (p90x2) till the race in Chicago. Doing the Men’s Health Urbanathon (approx 10 miles) in Chicago on October 13th, 2012. Looking forward to it. It’s been a long while since I’ve ran 9 miles and surprisingly it went great.
I was half expecting to get hungry and thirsty during the run, but luckily I didn’t. I’m sure it would have been beneficial had I eaten something around mile 5 or 6 and maybe had a hand water bottle to sip from. But with the weather being cooler and not as humid, I really didn’t notice it. I kept the pace nice and light as well as a well controlled heart rate.
I started off the morning with only a homemade banana muffin and a Banana. The two did the job.
I clocked in around 1 hour 21 minutes. Basically a 9 min / mile pace. Which if I continued that pace to finish a 1/2 marathon would of gotten be sub 2 hours. My end goal for the next 1/2 marathon I do will be around 1 hour 50. We’ll see. The first one I did 2 years ago was 2 hours and 6 minutes. Can check out my run from Saturday at Garmin connect here: 9 mile run
One thing I’m finding is that I’ve built a great base over the past year that I’m not noticing any issues with my legs currently. Knocking on wood since I don’t want to jinx myself. Looking forward to continued success with the run.
Another step in the direction of the Half Ironman (70.3) next year 2013.
Had a great time at the event. Started out by going to the packet pickup on the Saturday before the race. Had the usual race walk through by the folks running the show. I’ve already done the sprint course twice, but I wanted to make sure I had a feel for the turns for the loops on the 3 disciplines since I’ve only had to do 1 loop for sprint. Being my first Olympic distance event, I wanted to be prepared.
Swim: 900 Meters for this Distance. the swim I couldn’t get into any sort of rhythm. I kept getting mixed in with folks in the last 500 meters and slowed me down. I’ve learned in the longer distance to make sure to spread out a bit more. Not to try and stick to the line so much. Should help. I was consistent with the time I was hoping to get. Took me 30 minutes and some change.
T1: One of my main goals during the race was to also work on transitions. The past couple races went ok, but I wanted to see if I could do better. the wetsuit came off in T1 a lot better than the spring. I had all kinds of issues that day. That day, it went much smoother. I put the ankle tracker on properly below so that I could simply pull the wetsuit over.
Bike: 40k ride in the Olympic Distance. Which in the end, wasn’t as bad as I was expecting. I’ve done that distance and longer a few times. My time for each loop ended up within seconds of each other so I was very consistent. The ride is where I can make my biggest gains in time right now. This upcoming winter I’ll definitely be focusing on ride and all 3 disciplines. 40 minutes on each loop.
T2: So I kind of relaxed and wasn’t really paying attention here. I was taking my time and had the wife on the sidelines scream over at me, get moving. It was great. I was fumbling around with a homemade Banana muffin that I use as part of my nutrition. Works great. But I seemed more focus on it than getting my shoes on and out of T2. Luckily I didn’t take any crazy extra time.
Run: Run wasn’t bad. My goal was to of course finish, but my main goal was to stay below 9 minute miles for the full 10k. At one of my lap alerts, it was like 8:59 and I knew then it was time to kick it in a bit more to reach my goal. which in the end I did. I am not a fan of ‘loops’ but this one ended up going alright.
Final time was 2 hours and 50 minutes. My overall time goal was below 3 hours. So this was a great time being 10 minutes below that. I look forward to my next Olympic distance tri in the spring.