Friday, May 30, 2014

Nothing to see here

I haven't been doing much training, so I really don't have anything to report.

I took a few days off after my last race for the Memorial Day holiday, and spent an extra day or two catching up on sleep instead of hitting the pool early. I did get up early yesterday to get on the bike trainer, and today to hit the pool.

I'm going out of state in two days for about a week, and I'll pack my running clothes and a swimsuit or two, but I'm not expecting to get anything serious done.

I'm totally OK with this. There's still nearly three months until the 70.3 I've been eying, and I feel like I have a good base from the winter to carry me through a longer stretch of off days.

Once I get back, I'll buckle down. Until then, I'll enjoy a few easy days and maybe even some off days.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Week of May 19-25: Race, then rest (with a new chart!)

For fun, a new chart.
I took it a bit easy leading up to my first race of the season, and although I haven't done a thing since I still logged a decent week.

Swim: Two normal morning pool swims of about an hour, and 34 minutes on race day. That worked out to 2 hours, 28 minutes.

Bike: Two normal morning trainer rides of 1 hour, 15 minutes, and 1 hour, 33 minutes on race day. That worked out to 4 hours, 3 minutes.

Run: Two easy runs of about 50 and 30 minutes, and 55 minutes on race day. That worked out to 2 hours, 13 minutes.

Other: One long dog walk for about an hour.

Overall: 9 hours, 44 minutes. This is a slightly lighter-than-average week for me.

I felt fine after the race, but I still wanted to take a break for the Memorial Day holiday because I had a ton of family in town. So far there has been zero swimming, biking or running, and lots of card games, stories and barbecues. ☺

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Island Lake Olympic Triathon race report

I'm somewhere in there.

I honestly didn't know what to expect going into this race.

I'm in a new age group this year, it's only my second Olympic-distance race, and since my first was last summer, I've obviously never kicked off a season with one. Would all my training over the winter translate to a decent race?

I would have loved to make the podium (prizes at this race are bottles of wine, guaranteed to be used in this house), or set a PR, and my ultimate secret goal was to qualify for Age Group Nationals. As it turns out, I did none of these things.

Still, I learned a few important lessons:

Swim: I need to practice sighting in open water. I got lost in the lake at least once, almost to the point of panicking. However, my time wasn't too shabby for me, so I also need to keep chugging away in the pool. It was reassuring to see that my work is paying off a bit.

Bike: More time on the bike. This discipline is my weak point and I need to work on it. I also need to get comfortable with things like downhills, reaching for my water bottles or nutrition, and riding in aero.

Run: I didn't do too badly on the run compared to the rest of my field, but I could tell that I've lost some of my speed. Speedwork needs to get back in the rotation.

However, it was a beautiful day, some of my family came out to cheer, and it felt good to shake off the dust and see where I stood. And, I got some cool spoils of racing:
Now, to build off today's race for a strong summer!


Wednesday, May 21, 2014