I find that things very rarely go as planned. My experience with triathlon fits that feeling very well. We've all gone through the mental struggles associated with the creeping up of the first race of the season ... well I think we all have.
Have I trained enough? Am I strong enough? Can I actually do this? Do I even want to do this anymore? Why am I doing this? Maybe I should just wait until I'm more prepared for the next race?
If you don't go through the mental agony associated with the above, well, good for you. Aren't you fucking lucky.
Summer is back!! It's been (what feels like) the longest winter in years. And as much as I was "dedicated" to the occational inside workout, there really is no substitute for a perfect spring weekend to lay down some serious miles.
I'm 10 weeks out now from Ironman Canada 70.3, and as we all know, weekends become the time to focus and prepare for those long race efforts we're all gunning for.
The open water swim training for triathlon is one of the hardest parts to prepare for because open water races just don’t happen often. So, I am very lucky that I have an open water swim race series that happens every year nearby.
This event is early enough in the season that it really prepares you for triathlon races without having to do the bike and run immediately afterwards. This gives you time to really get the feel for what swimming in murky cold water feels like, plus getting use to fighting for position in the water is something you can’t really get ready for in a pool.
We've written before (at least I have) about how consistency, more than anything else, seems to be the factor that will lead to improvement in this endurance life of ours.
Some are fortunate, they jump in at find themselves near the top. I think the more common tale though is that first timers find themselves at the back (and I mean literally), they swallow their pride, and they commit to the long game.
A year ago Trevor outlined his perfect training day - sounds pretty darn good doesn't it? But alas, we are not all that lucky and maybe that's OK. In this blog he also outlined his approach to training on the road. As I embark on an incredible vacation, I thought I'd add my thoughts.
I love traveling and I'm lucky enough that I get to do quite a bit of it for both my job and for personal enjoyment. Despite my love for traveling, it can pose some serious headaches to a training plan and often leads to a feeling anxiousness that I should be doing more and not letting my conditioning slip.
It's that time of year, kids! Baseline testing up the wazoo to figure out "where you're at".
Have many of you done these? I used to hate them. If you never have, they're basically a variety of efforts over a variety of distances to figure out "where you are" so that you can then decide "where you're going".
I had my first trail race last Saturday. I was rightfully terrified. I had only managed a few runs in prep and couldn't go longer than 1.5kms (that's one and half, not 15) without pain. Uphill was the worst, and the prospects of facing a large elevation trail race were daunting.
Enthusiastically, I had registered months ago for the 10k option. On race day, I decided that was optimistic and bumped it down to 5km. My friends Alex and Alex (they have thus far resisted being called "Alex squared" or "double A" ) took off on the 10k route, leaving me with my painful thoughts for another 20 minutes or so before the start of the 5k effort.
It's training season and I just did my first brick training session of the year. As I obviously let the world know this on Instagram ... I received a few questions along the lines of - "What the hell is a brick session? Why do you do them?"
I like to consider myself a cycling purist. What do I mean by that? Well, I use it in the sense that I would much prefer to ride outdoors than indoors. This is in contrast to Trevor, who prefers to ride outside under very special circumstances, like, well, races.
While this sounds great, in practice, the majority of my bike training is done indoors - even in the summer.
Running is also the culprit for A LOT of injuries for athletes and non-athletes alike. In fact, the number of injured runners a year is estimated to be about 80%, a number that has been consistently high since 1970. INSANE! Buuuutttttttt......I'm willing to bet we've all been there.