Thursday, March 16, 2017

Back at it: Chapter 3

February started off very slow. First 10 days I was dealing with a stomach virus which wiped me out, stole some fitness and a bit of my confidence. It then took another week to get my training back on track. February has been my least consistent month of training.

I was able to make another breakthrough in the pool and attribute that to the increase in volume. I haven't been as concerned with top end speed as I have been with developing my endurance. I have started to feel like a diesel train as my endurance has been increasing. I have also started to sprinkle in some wetsuit swimming (sleeved). This is the first time since I had reconstructive shoulder surgery that I have had the confidence to swim with one.  I will be the first to admit I was giving away speed with a sleeveless suit but not any more! 

I have stretched out my long rides in order to build a bigger engine. I'm finally comfortable and feel like one with my new set up. Since the purchase of the new rig it has has been on the trainer and has seen 0 miles on the open road and I plan to keep it that way until late April or early May.  I love putting in the work through the winter and reaping the rewards come Spring. Not very many people enjoy riding the trainer but as for me, I can't get enough.

Despite a slow start to February my body has been adapting to the new speed work and long runs quite nicely. As the days tick away I will continue to focus on developing speed. If I want 4:45 I'm going to earn it on the run.

Prior to the GLIRC 25k i dealt with a stomach virus as mentioned above. Being sick for the 10 days leading up to the event had me debating on weather or not to partake.  After taking a look at my training plan I figured Id give it a shot. 

The day off the race was beyond freezing. I believe the temperature was 15 degrees with an even lovelier windchill. I met up with a friend and we decided that we would negative split each 5k. I'm proud to say we nailed the pacing and even more excited how strong i felt at the end. I confidently could have banged out another 5k.

Totally off topic but I have written endless blogs and I don't find the same enjoyment in writing them anymore. I'm going to start exploring making videos and creating vlogs.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Back at it: Chapter 2

February is here and it is time to check-in with how things are going.

4:45. :31 swim. 2:25 bike. 1:40 run. Simple math.

These goals are achievable if everything falls into place.  What at first started off as daunting task has now become a motivating journey.

What made it daunting was knowing what needed to be done to achieve those goals.

What makes it a motivating journey is knowing what needs to be done to achieve these goals.

Initially I was a bit overwhelmed by the work I had to put in but my mindset quickly shifted.  This was a result in embracing the work,  enjoying the process and letting the results come.

I left off the last entry stating that my training focus would be pedaling my bike.  Well, that is what I have done and after my FTP Test this morning the results are encouraging.  There is still work to be done but progress has been made and my hunger is growing.

My training now needs to shift slightly from pedaling to running.  The time has come where I need to incorporate speed/tempo work. I feel confident that my running base will be able to support the increased stress of speed/tempo work.  There is no doubt that triathlon is a running race and it doesn't matter what your bike split is if you can't run off the bike.

Last night I capped off a solid week of swimming. There is no mystery when it comes to my swimming ability.  I must be in the water consistently.  In order to feel confident going into the Patriot Half I need to be in the water at least three times per week. Going forward with my training I need to maintain the consistency and began to build the needed endurance.

I will be running the Caumsett 25k the first weekend in March and look forward to stretching my legs a bit and taking in race morning.

Be back in a month.