Friday, July 27, 2007
Saturday, July 21, 2007
Friday, July 20, 2007
My biggest concern is probably the way I eat after I get back from a long run--my body seems to be telling me to eat sugar, and I comply. My energy level is quickly up after an ice cream sandwich or two, and every so often a popsicle. What would be a more healthy option to get the energy levels up quickly and sustainably?
Is anyone very strict with what they eat? If so, when you got on the diet was there a noticeable change in energy level?
Also, wondering what everyone else is training for. I'm doing the Chicago Marathon at the beginning of October.
Thursday, July 19, 2007
Take a look at week 6 of the 1/2 ironman training program I'm doing. Yeesh, that's between 14 and 14.5 hours of training in 6 days. I think you can do that math. I need to sleep a lot more than I currently am. Oh well, at least I'll be prepared, right?
Tuesday, July 17, 2007
Thursday, July 12, 2007
The focus currently is a normal schedule, and especially ramping up the volume of sleep. I've been lucky to get 6 a night for the past couple of weeks. This must change.
The tentative race schedule for right now is as follows:
Aug 11, Lexington, KY: Midsummer's Night Run (5K road race - just for fun)
Aug 18, Georgetown, KY : Lame Duck Tryathlon (Shorty sprint)
Aug 26, Springfield, OH: Buck Creek International Tri (On the drive home, we will be stopping for a bit at IM Louisville to catch a bit of the vibe-it's gonna be sweet)
Sep 16, Nashville, TN: Music City Tri (Oly distance)
Sep 23, Lexington, KY: Tri for Sight (Sprint. The local tri is important and looking forward to it)
Nov. 11, Miami, FL: The big daddy, Miami Man 1/2 Iron distance.
Some of the sprints listed might not happen, but I'd like to do all of these. The two international are B races to lead up to Miami and be prepped, leaving the last 6 weeks to build race-specific 1/2 iron fitness.
The late-season race has got my schedule off from most, who are peaking right now. It's going to take some discipline to keep my head down and just train base for a few more weeks.
Sunday, July 08, 2007
Yes, this is what parts of KY look like as you ride past. A quilt on a barn might be a little cheesy, but it sure is nice to be able to get out of town and be quiet for a while: nothing but you, pastures, nature and a couple of wheels.
Weekly wrap-up: here we go...
Swim: 3000 yds (55:12)
Bike: 84.17 mi (4:33:00)
Run: 14.95 mi (1:55:48)
Total: 7 hrs, 23 min
Pretty easy week. I think I'm figuring out a little bit more how to train fully today but also keep the next day in mind. The focus right now is really on consistency. If I can continue to do moderate aerobic work, it should be possible to develop a solid aerobic engine. This in turn, theoretically, should enable speed work to be more effective and profitable relative to the current state.
I was motivated today as I was at about halfway through my 46 mile ride. The bluegrass cycling club
was out with a lot of beginners and they were lucky to be pushing 10-12 mph. They were circling and going back to pick up some people who were obviously struggling. More and more, I find myself appreciating people who get out and go for it even if they aren't going to look good doing it. Who cares, right? If somebody's got a problem with you being out there, or you feel like you're overweight, or don't know what you're doing....why not just get out there and ask somebody? Here's to you, people who overcome their fears to live their lives. Cheers
Saturday, July 07, 2007
Thursday, July 05, 2007
Swim: 4000 yds (1:14)
Bike: 39.15 mi (2:28)
Run: 10.39 mi (1:24)
Felt ok, but work and travel got in the way this last week. I'm stepping it back up this week, and hoping to get around 80-85 mi. on the bike. I need it.
I'm coming for you Miami. You better be ready. I know I will be.
That's yours truly in the background (green shirt). In the midst of passing these yahoos on my way to a 41:55 10000 meter road race, they yelled to people on an overpass, "Hey rich people, don't spit on us!" Hence my smile.
Avg. HR: 179
It's an odd thing when the only person to truly keep one accountable is oneself. I have few measures against myself currently. I think I could have run this race faster had I done some speedwork and focused on it leading up to the race. However, doing all the aerobic work has kept me from that. Speedy road races will be the focus next march as I'm prepping for St. Anthony's in April.