VLOG 26 – Milton Sprint Triathlon

VLOG 26 – Milton Sprint Triathlon

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

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Music by: Bear Twists, “Under The Sun”, and Otis McDonals, “Behind Closed Doors”.

IM Lake Placid – 10 weeks out training

IM Lake Placid – 10 weeks out training

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.

Here is how the workouts went:

Tuesday morning long run w/15k tempo

  • Really happy with tempo effort and overall run.  Tempo was 58:30 (3:51/km pace) and overall run was 4:08/km pace.
  • Got into a good rhythm and knocked out kilometers.
  • My first week doing a Tuesday morning tempo.  I had too much Coke before I left and could feel it in my stomach when I started running.
  • Took me longer to warmup and get into the run than planned (5-6k instead of 3k)
  • I didn’t take any nutrition, though I had some flat Coke and a gel with me.

 

Thursday morning 6×4:00 intervals

  • Good, not great, run.
  • I wanted to run on treadmill to control/force speed, but the condo treadmills suck and couldn’t get up to speed.
  • Legs felt a little fatigued, but intervals all seemed to be around 3:30/km pace.
  • 0:30 rest, 1:30 jog between intervals.

 

Saturday long ride (160k)

  • Very up and down ride for me.  Felt great leaving Rouge Go.  Then my energy crashed.  I had a couple good spurts including a 20min TT @ 289W and a couple solid 5k TTs.
  • Bike felt good and comfortable.  Bar tape not as comfortable though, I could feel all the road vibrations.
  • Glad to get the first long ride in the books.

 

Summary

  • Overall a successful week of training.  Bike workouts weren’t quite where I would have liked, but glad to have some solid runs to help gain some confidence.
  • Also managed 14 100m in the pool that included a big 30×100, 10×50 set in the pool Saturday evening (generally 14 000m is the minimum swim distance I aim for in a week).
  • Next week my focus will shift back to the bike, both on the trainer, and getting in a solid ride outside on the weekend.

 

 

VLOG 13 – 100×100 & The Bike Show

VLOG 13 – 100×100 & The Bike Show


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.

100×100 on Strava: https://www.strava.com/activities/886…

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”, DEAF KEV, “Invincible”, and Otis McDonals, “Behind Closed Doors”.
Bear Twists on SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/bear-twists

VLOG 12 – Swim-Bike Focus & Flip Turns

VLOG 12 – Swim-Bike Focus & Flip Turns

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.

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 11 – Riding Outside in February

VLOG 11 – Riding Outside in February

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.

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”, Alan Walker, “Spectre”, and Otis McDonals, “Behind Closed Doors”.
Bear Twists on SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/bear-twists

Vlog 10 – My Inspiration to Pursue Triathlon

Vlog 10 – My Inspiration to Pursue Triathlon

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.

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