My first pro race. It went about as well as I could have hoped.
I was dropped by the main pack in the swim after 100m, but I found someone to swim with.
This was my first non-wetsuit swim, and I was pretty happy with the result
On the bike I was able to ride with Tim Russell for the first 40k, and the 2 others joined the group.
This was my first time riding in a group, and I’m glad I got that experience. I learned about spacing, and the need to get in nutrition.
My power was slightly lower than planned at 262W AP, but that was in part dictated by the group (was aiming for 270W)
I ran strong and steady in the heat, reeling in a number of athletes in front of me. I was able to back off in the closing couple kilometers.
Didn’t get in much quality this week, but it was a very successful week.
My improvements in the pool gives me a lot of confidence to keep doing what I’m doing in the swim (aim for minimum 14k/week in the pool)
Eagleman was a great experience for me. Both to put together a steady race and get my first pro race out of the way. I’ll now have a better understanding of what to expect at Ironman Lake Placid because I’ve done one
6 Weeks Out
After a solid race at Eagleman, Lisa and I headed to Lake Placid for a 5-day training camp. I wasn’t sure how my legs would feel after Eagleman, but they held up relatively well. My goals for my time in Placid were:
Another bad ride. I was really excited to ride out in Milton, I hadn’t done much riding in the area and had heard good things. I felt okay when we started, but that quickly changed.
It was a mix of our route changing because of constructions, some really chewed up roads, and not feeling great that this ride became a struggle just to get through.
Back to back weekends, and all of my outdoor rides on my new bike haven’t gone to plan
The week started on a high, but then came crashing down. I was really excited to hit Wednesdays workout, but my next two key sessions in the week really sucked.
I need to put more of a focus on recovery. I have recovery boots, and I need to use them more. Also more of a focus on stretching after workouts, and getting in some good fuel right away when I’m finished.
I also think that doing a hard run Tuesday morning, my toughest swim of the week Tuesday evening, and then a solid bike Wednesday morning takes a bit too much out of me. I have to be more conscious of that moving forward.
8 Weeks Out
After a solid bike Wednesday, and then two failed sessions later in the week, again this week I was going to focus on my bike, and I had my first race of the season, the Milton Sprint Triathlon, to dust off the cobwebs. I again had 3 workouts I wanted to nail:
Was excited to race, but forgot my racebelt (in my checklist I forgot that I needed one). Fortunately Peter was able to lend me one.
I had more contact than normal in the swim. I was close to the buoy line and felt like I got a little boxed in off the start. My chest felt tight and I was anxious to the first turn. I just kept reminding myself to relax and breath. After the turn I was able to loosen up and bit and I began to get into a rhythm.
On the bike I planned on going hard from the start and charging up 6th Line Hill. Maybe I went too hard, maybe yesterdays workout took more out of my legs than planned, but as I was continuing up 6th Line my legs felt completely flat and my power really dropped off. I wanted to overage 300W for the ride, but actually averaged 276.
Out on the run I felt very stiff. I was happy with the effort I was able to give, but I wasn’t smooth at all. Lisa commented to me after that I didn’t look good running at all. I ran a hair slower than planned, and was passed 150m from the line, but I gave what I had on the day.
My bike was in for repairs all week and I had a big bike focus planned. To pile on, the pool at my condo was closed. It wasn’t the week of training I had planned, but all I could do was make lemonade out of it. I shifted gears to a run focus and reintroduced strength into my plan. I ran every day for a total of 125k, and finished the week with the MEC 15k where I was able to get in a solid tempo effort before a lingering knee/IT band issue flared up over the final couple km’s. Stuff comes up and gets in the way of that perfectly planned training week, all you can do is make the most out of it.
I raced Around the Bay on the weekend. Race went really well. I had a plan to take it easier than I normally would through 10k and then pick it up from there. I feel like I was able to nail the plan and I finished strong in 1:56:38. Also, really happy ‘the hill’ was back this year. Lisa had a great race too, finishing in 2:06:39. Thanks to Robyn for the finish video, and congrats on your first 5k!
Sunday was the Achilles St. Patrick’s Day 5k. It was my second time doing this race. I really like doing 5k’s as a test of fitness. Anyone who say’s a 5k is easy isn’t running it fast enough! It’s a different pain than a marathon, but hurt’s in it’s own way. I was a little slower than last year, but happy with the result.
This weeks vlog is about the Surf City Marathon. I recorded my thoughts before, and then immediately after the race. My goal was to run 2:48 or better. This was my goal the last time I went after a marathon in Chicago in 2014. When I ran my first marathon in 2012 in 4:47 I couldn’t imagine running a single kilometer in 4-minutes, so it’s been a goal of mine to run a marathon at that pace. I didn’t have big mileage leading into the race, but I was getting in good speed workouts and long runs, and my tempo runs were going pretty well. I felt confident about my chances, but ultimately fell short.