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The weekend morning run attacks

11.2 miles – 1660 calories. That it the equivalent of what, 11 ounces of egg nog. Ah, tis the season to be rolly-polly.

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5 mile loop

5 miles

Not a bad course.

45.27.66

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The return to the running

10.1 miles : 1500 calories

Rule #1 when using a port-o-potty: check for toilet paper BEFORE you do your business.

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Triathlon Training – Week 3

DAY 1

Swim: 25 laps

I was planning to run today, really I was, but it was 95 degrees out and quite frankly I was a bit dehydrated. So… I swam, and even quit that earlier than I intended (I was planning on trying the mile distance). Oh, woe is me, woe is me. I need to start getting more rest.

>>>>>>>>>INTERRUPT

There was more training that week: 12 mile bike ride on wednesday, 20 mile bike ride on Friday, 8 mile run on Saturday, 17 mile bike ride on Sunday. But, more importantly, I busted a gut, so to speak. I seem to have given myself a hernia, and must forgo training as I get it repaired. On the bright side, I hadn’t registered for the race yet, so at least I’m not out $100.

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Triathlon Training – Week 2

DAY 1

Run: 4 miles

Yesterday was a much needed rest day. Today was running and swimming but it ended up just being a run. The good news is that the first two ten minute blocks were practically all out sprints. And the last block I still had gas in the tank for a final dash.

So, good run, but I skipped out on the swim.

DAY 2

Bike: 16.5 miles

We lost at softball today. I don’t think it made me bike any faster, but it certainly made me bike angrier. My legs felt fatigued from the fast running of the day before. Probably good for muscle development in the long run, but didn’t help me feel supercharged on the ride or anything.

Part of the idea of writing this was to note any injuries, and I have been a little remiss in that. Since the weekend, or maybe even last Friday I have been worrying about the possibility of a hernia. It could possibly be a hernia or perhaps just a weak groin muscle (which I’ve definitely had before, I think. Maybe it was the begining of a hernia all along). In any case, I’ve taken to doing planks and bridges a couple of times a day to try and strengthen my abdominal wall either way. We’ll see where this goes. Surgery isn’t too bad, but it would probably mean I couldn’t do the triathlon.

DAY 3

Run: 6.25 miles

I just harven’t felt like swimming this week, which is trouble. My legs felt too tired to run fast today, so I thought I’d try running slower for a bit longer. There were a few moments when I felt like I would have been happier to stop and walk, but there was no point at which my legs quit on me, despite their overall, built-up fatigue. So, that’s a plus.

DAY 4

Bike: 22.5 miles

Lapped the Rose Bowl four times today, which may be a personal best for me. For the first time in a long time I actually felt fast on the bike. Part of that is probably that I was using my road bike, but also my legs felt good. They were tired, but they kept finding more and more push in them. Good workout.

DAY 5

An unscheduled day of rest. Woke up so tired yesterday, that I figured maybe I needed a break. Emily and I went for a bike ride, which was pretty slow and probably helped recovery, though who knows. I also lifted weights at home. Skipping the swims means that I’ve only been doing lower body workouts, which is unfortunate. Can’t keep doing that.

DAY 6

Bike: 13.5 miles

Marie-Helene was away for the weekend, as was Dal. Debrah went mountain biking in the morning. Doing workouts alone is a lot less motivating. I ended up puting it off for so long that I only had time for one Rose Bowl lap before softball. When working out alone, I should probably move it to the morning, first thing, so I don’t skimp.

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Triathlon Training – Week 1

DAY 1

Run: 4 miles
Swim: 1000 yards

Yesterday Marie-Helene and I started training for the Bonelli Park Olympic Triathlon at the end of September. One mile of swimming, twenty-five miles on a bike, and then a six mile run. To put it another way… I’ve been feeling doughy lately.

So, after a couple of weeks of light running, we started doing scheduled workouts yesterday: 4 mile run and 1000 yards in the water. Not a bad start, all in all. It felt good, though I was ravenously hungry afterwards. Dal, Morgan, and Debra were there for the workout as well, though if past marathon training is any indication, their attendance will be intermittent.

Notes on the run: ran too fast and wasn’t able to keep up the pace. Morgan and Debra are faster runners than I am. I should work on my speed, but more importantly, I should be careful about pushing the pace too much and getting tired.

Notes on the swim: Marie-Helene is faster than I am. I’m unlikely to injure myself in the pool, and I bounce back quickly, so I might as well try and push myself. Particularly since its the end of the workout and the distances are short right now.

DAY 2

Bike: 10 miles

Today was our first biking workout, and my first significant ride on the new bike. The bike was very very comfortable, much more so than my road bike, so that was a plus. Marie-Helene and I are both going to have to learn how to ride properly, with higher pedal turnover and less stomping on the pedals. The rides are certainly a lot more fun with company. Ten miles went by pretty quick and painlessly. We’re going to have to push ourselves harder.

DAY 3

Run: 4 miles
Swim: 1000 yards

Another run, another swim, each faster than Tuesday. My legs felt heavy from the bike ride the day before and oddly, my obliques hurt. It mostly became aparent when I was lying on my back trying to turn over. It wasn’t like back pain, where the spasms feel like something is going to give, but they were spasms nonetheless. An odd feeling.

I finished the run strong, sprinting the last bits, which felt good and didn’t really fatigue me in the pool. The bigger issue was that I felt pretty tired all day. I may have to start a morning routine to get my blood flowing, lest I drag through my days.

DAY 4

Bike: 13.5 Miles

I’m worried we may be pushing ourselves a little hard this first week. It’s not so much that we’re working too hard, or doing too much, it’s just that every day we’ve been doing more disatance than we’ve scheduled. On the swims we decided to double the yardage and start our training at 1000 yards, and on the bike rides we upped eight miles to ten on Wednesday, and eight to thirteen today. Everyone seems to be responding well, and the issue isn’t that we’re getting overwhelmed now, but there is so little rest in the schedule that if we constantly maintain a mindset of doing more, or doing as much as we can, we may find our selves in a cycle were we never experience adequate recovery. It’s silly to worry about overtraining four days into the program, but still I wonder.

Otherwise, today’s ride was good, 13 miles, faster and stronger than the last, for the most part. There was a bit of equipment failure, as one of the cranks on my brand new bike loosened itself and worked it’s way off. That was a little distressing. It wasn’t easily repairable on the road, so I ended up pedaling home, the last three miles, more or less with one foot. That aside though, a good workout.

DAY 5

Run: 11 miles

The Long Run. Our loosely associated training group has been doing long runs for close to a year now. Last year, training for the LA marathon, we started slowly and worked our way up to tweny or so miles on Saturday mornings. When I know that I’m going that far, it’s easy to slow down and enjoy it, not push too hard for fear of running out of gas before getting home.

The thing about the training runs last year, was that there was always a bit of rest before them. The most we would ever train was Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and then a long run on Saturday. So Saturday morning runs always followed a day off, a day of recovery. This week was the first long run I’ve done without recovery. My legs felt a little heavier. I still moved well, but it felt almost as if I were moving through something thicker than air but thinner than water.

And we ran on grass for about a third of the run yesterday, which was soft on the feet and joints, but much slower going, harder work. It was an interesting run, and more of a struggle than any 10 miler in my memory.

Note: Lately I’ve been getting insanely, pit-of-the stomach hungry about 40 minutes into my workouts. I need to figure out how to manage that better.

DAY 6

Bike: 13.5 Miles

The bike seemed easier yesterday, maybe because I was on a road bike instead of a mountain bike, but easier nonetheless. Well, the flats and the downhills were easier and faster. The mountain bike seems to be geared a bit better for going uphill.

After the fact, this morning, I’m very very tired. With the first week of training over, I’m glad for a day of rest.

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