IM Lake Placid 7 & 6 Weeks Out

IM Lake Placid 7 & 6 Weeks Out

The last two weeks of training have been really important weeks for me.  I did my first pro race, IM 70.3 Eagleman, and I did a 5-day training camp in Lake Placid.

7 Weeks Out

After racing Milton I took Monday off.  I didn’t have too much planned for this week because I was racing Eagleman on Sunday.  My main goals were:

  • Test my swimming with a 10×100 set I use to see progress
  • Activation workouts to keep my body firing on all cylinders
  • Have a good race ay Eagleman

Here’s how the week went:

  1. Tuesday afternoon swim – 10x100m on 1:40 @ condo pool
  • I smashed my previous best in this workout.  My 100s were 1:21 – 1:24
  • I felt really strong and smooth in the pool

2. Activation workouts (Wednesday ride, run)

  • My legs were a little flat after Milton
  • I tried to spruce them up by doing easy workouts that included short and hard intervals.  Strides running, and 30-second intervals on the bike
  • These workouts seemed to help breath life into my legs.

3. Ironman 70.3 Eagleman (bike, run)

  • 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.

Summary

  • 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:

  • Get in some big miles on the bike
  • Open water swim every day
  • Run the run course on tired legs

Here’s how it went:

  1. Big miles on the bike (Wednesday, Thursday, Friday)
  • I rode the entire IM Placid bike on both Wednesday and Friday
  • I also got in a loop of the course on Thursday and added the gruelling climb up Whiteface to the loop
  • I didn’t have the high end power, but I was happy to hold a decent pace and get the time in the saddle
  • I tried to be aware of landmarks along the course to really get to know it as I rode

2. Open water swim daily (Thursday OWS)

  • I got into the water every day for a total of over 14k of swimming
  • The entire time my shoulders were a little sore and my pace wasn’t what I had hoped for
  • Glad to get into the water because it was my first open water swimming of the year outside of Eagleman

3. Run on tired legs (Saturday and Sunday)

  • My legs were smashed by the time the weekend came around, but I was happy to run a loop of the run on Saturday and Sunday.
  • On Saturday I had a good pace to my run and it was good to familiarize myself with it again
  • On Sunday it was a struggle.  I did the big climb into town at the start and end of my run to make it even more difficult.  It was a grind the whole way, but I was happy to push through.

Summary:

  • Solid 5-day training camp. 14k of swimming, 510k of cycling, 70k or running, 26:36 total.
  • I wasn’t able to do some of the quality work I had planned, my legs were smashed.  But I was happy to get in the volume.
  • I felt good and comfortable on my bike, which is great because these were the first big ride’s I’ve done.
IM Lake Placid – 9 & 8 weeks out training

IM Lake Placid – 9 & 8 weeks out training

9 Weeks Out

After a big run week last week my focus shifted back to the bike.  I had 3 key workouts I wanted to hit:

  1. 3x30min just over 70.3 race pace
  2. VO2 Interval workout
  3. Long ride feeling good on the bike.

Here’s how those workouts went:

1. Wednesday morning – 3x30min trainer workout (TrainerRoad workout – Spruce Knob +1)

  • Really happy with the workout, I put out 277, 279 and 274 power
  • Power dropped a little on the last interval, I think due to being low on fuel
  • A couple years ago I did 2x30min (Spruce Knob on TR) and it helped me build confidence to hold good power for long intervals, so I was pumped to do 3×30.

2. Friday morning – VO2 Interval workout

  • I couldn’t even make it through the warmup, my legs were fried
  • Instead of pushing it I decided to spin out my legs and then incorporate some VO2 interval work into my long ride the following day

3. Saturday – Long ride (160k planned, 145k completed)

  • 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

Summary

  • 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:

  • Hard interval workout on the trainer
  • Solid 100k ride outside with a steady 5k brick
  • Milton Sprint Triathlon

Here’s how it went:

1. Thursday Bike Intervals – 5×1:00, 10×4:00

  • This is a very tough, but manageable workout.  I always wonder how I’ll get through it, but after each interval is some good recovery time, so I try to just take it 1 interval at a time.
  • Really excited to hit this workout.  I’d fallen short over the last few weeks trying to hit it, so it was a big confidence boost to get through the entire workout.
  • This is a workout I want to build on as I get closer to Placid.

2. Saturday 100k ride, 5k run

  • Finally a good ride outside!  Right from the start I felt good and comfortable, and I was putting out decent power.
  • I did 3x15k intervals.  My original plan was to do them at 5k@250, 5k@260, 5k@270, but quickly shifted to 5k@260, 5k@270, 5k@280.
  • Where I did the intervals there are long gradual uphills and downhills, so I got good practice holding power both flying downhill, and grinding back up.
  • Really really happy to have hit this workout and feel super comfortable on my P4
  • The run was a good run, I wanted to run hard for 3k and then cruise home the final 2k.  I managed to do that

3. Milton Sprint (Strava Bike, Strava Run)

  • 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.
  • Happy to have the first one out of the way.

Race Results

Summary

  • Good week of training for me.  Not only did my key sessions go pretty well, but overall I hit 70k running and over 15k swimming.
  • Really glad to feel good outside on the bike.
  • I was happy with my effort in Milton despite not feeling super strong on the day.
VLOG 18 – No Bike, No Pool? Make Lemonade

VLOG 18 – No Bike, No Pool? Make Lemonade

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.

A big thank you to David Levy (https://www.instagram.com/levydl/) for the photos and videos from the MEC 15k.

MEC 15k on Strava: https://www.strava.com/activities/935583043

VLOG 16 – Around the Bay Race Recap

VLOG 16 – Around the Bay Race Recap

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!

My race on Strava: https://www.strava.com/activities/915…

Supporters: Dare2Tri, Skechers Performance, Velofix Toronto

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/danieljclarke/
Blog (and race reports): http://ifnotyouthenwho.ca/
Strava: https://www.strava.com/athletes/7329576
Email: daniel@krokadero.com

Music by: Bear Twists, “Under The Sun”, and Otis McDonals, “Behind Closed Doors”.
Bear Twists on SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/bear-twists

VLOG 14 – Achilles St. Patricks Day 5k

VLOG 14 – Achilles St. Patricks Day 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.

Strava race file: https://www.strava.com/activities/897…

Supporters: Skechers Performance, Velofix Toronto

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/danieljclarke/
Blog (and race reports): http://ifnotyouthenwho.ca/
Strava: https://www.strava.com/athletes/7329576
Email: daniel@krokadero.com

Music by: Bear Twists, “Under The Sun”, and Otis McDonals, “Behind Closed Doors”.
Bear Twists on SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/bear-twists

Vlog 9 – Surf City Marathon

Vlog 9 – Surf City Marathon

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.

Strava Run File: https://www.strava.com/activities/857…

Supporters: Skechers Performance, Velofix Toronto

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/danieljclarke/
Strava: https://www.strava.com/athletes/7329576