Thursday, March 29, 2007

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

And then Sunday's Bike Ride

With the Team in Training Santa Fe Bike Team. A beautiful ride (will try to post the actual ride on either or Through the beautiful hills of Santa Fe, out of town into the neighboring communities. Saw Long Horn and dairy cows, Western Movie sets, and Buffalo. Great ride.

I took of my Crank Brother's Candy pedals and got some Speedplays. The Crank Brothers were impossible for me to get into no matter what I did. The speedplay were great. Easy in and easy out.

It was a 56 mile ride. I did fine and was strong and in the top 1/3 for most of the ride.

Until about mile 45. Then I had problems. I did not "hit the wall." I just got tired. I completed the Tri Sim just the day before and did not recover. We were going up a long, steady climb and the pace was all off. Too slow. I ended up have to really shift gears around quite a bit. Then it was over, I fell behind. The coach stayed back with me and she talked me into trying some sprints to catch up. I did pretty well but it tired me out. So for about 5 or 6 miles I was dying.

We finally stopped at the crest of the climb for a short breather, only about 4 or 5 minutes to allow the last two behind me to catch up. That was all that I needed. The rest of the ride was golden. 56 miles total.

It was wonderful.

That night came home and had a hot, hot bath with Epsom salts. Hmmmmm!

Not bad, not bad at all.

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Saturday's Torture! (and Triumph!)

Saturday it was up at 4am and off to Albuquerque for a full Tri simulation with the Team in Training. It was drizzling and yucky all week.

Saturday the sky opened up with moisture. It was DAMNED cold when I left (31 degrees) and it was sleeting and snowing (!) in Santa Fe when I buzzed through at 5:30am.

It was pouring and thundering when I arrived In Albuquerque. We decided to do the bike portion inside on Spin Bikes. I grabbed my gear and headed inside.

Before I left I had a bowl of oatmeal, some peanut butter, and a Cliff bar. I had a gel and had a bottle of Accelerade with me. My sugar was...well, it was too damned cold o get blood so beats me but I felt fine.

Into the pool. 400 yards (8 laps). Decent speed. Then off, going through the locker room, up the stairs (in lousy Corona flip flops...I really need to get some decent swim and shower shoes!), into a jersey and socks and shoes, actually donned my helmet, and on to the spinner for 40 minutes. I took a moment to put on my Pratt Straps to help support my IT Bands. I did not need any more knee pain. Glad I did as you will see.

I cranked the resistance up and down and pushed pretty hard. Up hills and sprinted on the flat ways. Good sim.

By then it was no longer pouring and we decided to run outdoors. At the end of 40 minutes "biking" it was off and onto the next transition. Off came the helmet and the bike shoes. On came the running shoes and the glasses and hat. And I was off running.

Now, I HATE running. The most I have ever, ever run was 5K (3.1 miles). One of the coaches offered to run with me. The Tri the Rim Triathlon has 4 miles of running. She had a course set out where on could choose 2, 3, or 4 miles.

I chose 4.

I warned her that I would probably have to stop and rest a bit. Also, I was fearing knee pain.

One mile and was slow but feeling fine.

1.5 miles. The turn around point for the 3 mile run. She asked if I wanted to keep going. Yup, what the hell.

2 Miles. 3. At about 3 miles my right knee twinged a bit and I walked for about 40 yards (she said I walked pretty fast...I did not want my heart rate to drop). I started up again.

3.5 miles. The finish line in sight. 4 miles running. Actually, 4.3.

I ran 4 miles and only had to slow down once, and not because I needed to breathe or rest. I had never, ever done this before.

Afterwards, my knees felt like hell. But a good stretch and I was doing just fine. About 80-90% of what I will see in competition at the actual Tri.

Wow. I was on cloud nine. Maybe I can actually do this?...

Love and Sweat,

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Some in between Training

Nothing exciting here, more just a log of what I have done. Will go into details about the weekend in another post.

  • Went for a very short bike ride on Wednesday, 3/21
  • Swam some pyramids and drills on Thursday, 3/22
  • Didn't do much on Friday (later)
  • Full Tri work Out on Saturday
  • 56 Mile Bike ride on Sunday
  • Rested Monday and Tuesday (and stretched and walked)
  • Simple weight training on Wednesday (today) 3/28. A full circuit. This evening I swam drill and pyramids, 1,2,3,3,2,1.
Back to the grind!

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