When you talk to most endurance athletes, they will tell you about how many yards they swam, how many miles they biked or hours run, but there’s something that many miss: speed work. When asked about structured training (speed work), it’s almost like ask a war veteran about their experiences. No one likes to talk about it. There’s this sense that the thing that athletes fear most is hard intervals. It’s easy to just drone away for endless hours in the saddle, but allow me to set the record straight, and I make no apologies for what I’m about to say, if you are serious about getting fast and want to take your racing to a new level, you have to learn to love hard training. There’s no two ways about it. Read more
Wow! What a crazy day Monday was. For those unaware, several months ago I was involved in a bike accident that ended my cycling career, but spurred my entry into triathlon. Unfortunately, part of that accident was a chip of bone floating around in my wrist, cause excruciating pain whenever I move it. Well, on Monday the doctor removed it! It was quite the process, although not particularly exciting. I’ll be out of the pool for a couple of weeks, but, once everything is healed, I’ll be back to doing a poor dolphin impression in no time! After I cam out of the anastesia, I was a mess though! Apparently, all I could talk about was my wife’s pregnancy as well as this website! I was very adamant that the nurses visit my little corner of the internet. Read more
With my departure from road racing, I’ve had to scramble to come up with some new goals for my budding triathlon career (I use that term loosely). Why am I posting them like this in a public forum? Easy. If I make them public, then I can’t hide from them later. Now, when someone asks me if I am a 5:40 runner, I can’t say, “I’m really only shooting for 6:00”. I have to be accountable about where I am. This also has the added side effect of ensuring that *I* can’t fool myself into thinking that I’m hot stuff when I’m really not (or am hotter than expected)! Read more
Well, my second week of triathlon training is now behind me and I’ve made some solid progress. The hours this week are still light due to me wanting to properly acclimate my body to running and swimming. The last thing I need is another injury. Actually, this transition has been easier than I anticipated, but that may just be the honeymoon period. In the coming weeks I’ll have my racing schedule ready to be revealed, but, until then, you’ll just have to imagine what my racing plans will be!
I have had a couple of major lessons learned and they were both in the realm of recovery. Firstly, I learned that I need to spread my sessions out more. I struggled through a couple of FTP session on the bike because I was still exhausted from my swim. I’m still so new to swimming that any session I do is an intense one because I have only one speed (fast). As I progress, I suspect this will be less and less of a problem. The second lesson has been in overall food intake. I’m struggling to keep my weight up due to the increased training loads of the three sports. Normally, I sit comfortably at around 143, but I’ve dipped down to 139, which is too low. With the added upper body mass of swimming, I’d like to see my self somewhere between 150-155 pounds and 10% body fat. Read more