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.
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.