I had some questions as to why I would race this race. My training motivation often nose-dives during taper, and I wanted to make sure I had some good intensity. I planned on keeping my pace on the run under control so I didn’t trash my legs. If this race wasn’t happening I would have done a similar workout 8 days before the race, it likely just would have been a little longer at slightly lower intensity
I felt strong across swim, bike, and run
I had a good day, and didn’t have to completely empty the tank, which again will help recover quickly
Great week of taper – I got in some quality rest, got good swim milage, and felt great in Gravenhurst
The training for Ironman Lake Placid is complete. Over the past 14 weeks I’ve put in 260 hours, totalling 170,873m swimming, 137-hours on the bike, and 790k running. I’m going to be racing the Skechers
Multisport Canada Gravenhurst Olympic Triathlon as part of my taper
this weekend. In the past I’ve felt I’ve got a little stale in the lead-up to a race, so going Gravenhurst will help keep some speed in
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I felt like I had a strong swim, but then had no power on the bike. I was able to close out the race with a surprisingly strong run
This race was a good reminder to keep persevering, even when a race isn’t going as planned (really low power on the bike, but then a great run)
I’d say this was a good week. My training was pretty light, but absorbing the training from last week was really important.
I was happy to get another race under my belt. There’s no substitute for actually getting out there and racing. My bike wasn’t where I wanted it to be, but otherwise it was a really great race for me.
4 Weeks Out
This week is all about the bike. Before this week I had done 180k twice (both in Lake Placid), one 4.5-hour trainer ride, and one other ride over 4-hours. It’s getting to crunch time, and I not only need to get some big rides in my legs, I need some quality big rides in my legs. A secondary goal for this week was to get in 18-20k in the water. I had 3 key workouts, plus my swim goal:
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:
Last week I did a 5-day training camp in Lake Placid. I totalled 14k swimming, 510k biking, and 70k running, for 26.5-hours. It was a great opportunity for me to spend time on the course and learn its nuances.
You can find all my workouts on Strava: https://www.strava.com/athletes/7329576
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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.