Monday, February 27, 2012

Almost 1/2 Marathon Brick

Durring Spin class this morning I decided I should do a half marathon. I got started a little late after the class so I ran out of time before finishing. I would have used that as an excuse for quitting early, but the truth is my knees and hips started being painful at about 8 miles so I need to stop anyway.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Loooooong T1

Got some swimming lessons today. Great stuff. I am realizing that years of swimming with my head above water I have forgotten how to swim freestyle. Today's instruction helped a lot, now I need to do a lot of practice and see if I can get the drills down. After the swim, I went back to the store and then at noon went for a 20 mile bike ride, and followed that with a short run. So today was my first day doing all three. Basically did a triathlon with a real long T1.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Plus and Minus

Add in a swim and T1 and subtract 4 miles on the bike. Maybe my guess of 1:25 for the Ice Breaker Tri is not too far off. I'm looking forward to the swimming lesson tomorrow. I still need to get the swim up to speed to finish 2.4 miles in under 2 hours.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Ice Breaker

Just signed up for my first tri, the Ice Breaker tri in American Fork. One of the registration questions was, what is your expected finish time. Since this will be my first tri I really don't know how to answer that. 30-40 min for the bike, <30 min for the run, <9 min for the swim. I put down 1:25, but who knows?

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Swim, oh no

Friday, February 10, 2012

Sprint Brick

I wasn't planning on running after the bike ride today, so I didn't have things ready to make a quick transition.  My plan was to take Nightfury out for a ride and see how the adjustments felt, and then to run home after work. However, after the ride I forgot the plan and went for a run. I still think I will run home tonight.

Wednesday, February 08, 2012

Picking up the pace a bit

The nice thing about biking is you could go for a 5 hour bike ride every day of the week. I know I am still building my running, but I don't think the joints could handle running long distances every day. I decide not to run yesterday in order to let my knees recover. I think it worked well. Yesterday my knees were sore, but they felt fine today even after the run. Also, I got a bit bored during the run today so I started picking up the pace for short intervals, so I could finish sooner.

Thursday, February 02, 2012

First 10+K run

I'm thinking that there are 4 things you need to be able to do if you want to do an ironman: an all day intense aerobic workout, be able to swim 2.4 miles, be able to bike 112 miles, and be able to run a marathon. 

Whenever someone would tell me I should do an Ironman I would tell them that there is no way I could do the run, after today's run I am thinking this is doable. I know I can do an all day event, I know I can bike 112 miles, and now I am feeling confident that I can do a marathon. Next step is to find a place to work on the swim. I am not worried about open water swimming, as I have done a lot of swimming after the Jetski in nasty weather, and scuba diving in the ocean waves, but I really have never swum for distance and so I have no idea how hard 2.4 miles is.

Wednesday, February 01, 2012


I've been so busy that I neglected to write in the blog. I did ride the bike into work on Monday followed by an hour of Spinning followed by running to the high school and back. But Tuesday I spent the training time putting together my new bike.

The new tri bike is almost ready, and has been given a name, Nightfury. Getting everything in place and routing all the cables through the frame took a lot of work, now all I have to do is cut the seatpost and adjust the brake pads.

Short Spinning class this morning followed by a 2 mile run. I have been running 2 miles most days, with a 3 mile and 4 mile run thrown in. I think I will try a longer run next chance I get.

I was warned I need to do a half iron before doing a full iron. Of course I figure I should do an olympic before the half, and a sprint before the olympic.

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