I knocked off some rust and started up my triathlon season at the Milton Sprint Triathlon over the weekend. It was a good opportunity for me to go through the motions of a race before Eagleman next weekend. I had a bit less in the tank for the race than I anticipated and my legs felt flat, but I was happy with my effort and ultimately it served it’s purpose of dusting off the cobwebs.
Supporters: Dare2Tri, Skechers Performance, Velofix Toronto
I’m 10 weeks out from Ironman Lake Placid. IMLP will be my first ‘pro’ Ironman race. I’ve never raced Placid before, but I’ve been there 4 times to train and I’m very familiar with the course.
In the countdown to race day I’ve decided I want to keep a log of how my training is going, week-by-week. I’ll focus on the key session for the week. Typically I’ll pick a couple of key sessions that will be my weeks focus. I will sacrifice other workouts if I need to for the key sessions.
This week was a run focus. My quality runs haven’t been where I need them to be, especially tempo efforts. This needed to change, so my week was set up around:
A 25k-ish long run with a 15k tempo effort
Fast 4:00 intervals
Additionally, after getting a new bike over the weekend I needed to get outside for my first outdoor ride of the year.
This past weekend was my birthday, and I couldn’t think of anything I’d rather do than 100x100m in the pool. Laura, Lisa and Peter joined me, and three and a half hours later we had completed it. Peter and I paced the set together which really helped pass the time. The Strava link to our swim is below. The next day Lisa and I headed to the bike show. We left empty handed but ran into some friends and got to see some really cool exhibits.
Surf City Marathon is in the rear view mirror and the focus now is firmly on triathlon training. Swim-Bike has taken over priority from running. I’m doing some bigger bike workouts this year in anticipation of stepping up to the pro field. I’m also extending my minimum swim, but still trying to get into the pool every day. Also, this year I committed to learning how to flip turn. I’ve had some questions about how that is going so I give an update on that too.
The weather this February long weekend was incredible in Toronto. This week I was still getting over the flu, and my bike workouts have sucked, so I decided to take advantage of the sun and head outside to ride. On Saturday I went west to High Park to do a couple loops. On Sunday I headed east to Bluffers Park and went up and down the big hill a couple times. It was great to get out and just ride, not worrying about holding watts and doing any intervals.
I’ve been battling the flu since getting back from California, so training last week was non-existent. With that in mind I decided for this weeks video I would talk about what inspired me to get into triathlon. Unlike most people who were first exposed to triathlon by the NBC Ironman broadcast, my first experience with triathlon was at the 2000 Sydney Olympics. Seeing Simon Whitfield sprint to gold inspired me as an 11 year-old, and I knew that one day I would complete a triathlon.