Saturday, May 29, 2010

Success after all!

Alright, I haven't updated in a while but if I haven't already told you: I successfully managed to complete the Auburn Triathlon (Half-Ironman) despite a whole lot of whining and left calf pain! I wrote a recap on Buzz, but I'll write another, more detailed one here tonight and over the next few days. It was definitely a learning experience, but not harder than I expected. My fitness was almost exactly where I needed it to be.

More to come, soon. But first, I'm going to enjoy the remainder of my post-race vacation!

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Setback #4 - Lower Calf/Achilles Strain/Tear

I am five days away from my race and I can't run. This is very bad. I am very upset.


Thursday, May 13, 2010

Bike To Work Day

I was able to re-arrange my workouts a bit this week, shifting a run forward a day and my ride backward a day in honor of Bike To Work Day.

My runs (Tuesday and Wednesday, 5 miles a piece) were both very slow... my legs probably haven't yet recovered from this weekend's 140 miles on the bike (+8 miles running), despite taking Monday off. It's funny - I actually didn't feel too tired on Monday. It wasn't until Tuesday morning that I woke up and felt like I'd been hit by a freight train. This seems to be a running theme: I'm generally more tired the day after a rest day than on the rest day itself. I guess my body's so used to constant abuse that it actually takes 24 hours for it to realize, "Oh holy hell, I am destroyed."

Anyway, B2WD owned, as usual. I got a bunch of Mission Cycling Headlands Raiders (the weekday pre-work ride crew) and we fried a big fish (Mt. Tam) before 9 AM. It was a pretty sweet climb. The descent was hardly uneventful: Dan had a mysterious double-flat waterbottle-explosion incident that left us all baffled.

Ten days 'til race day.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Suited up.

I hit all of my targets this weekend: a 100-mile ride in 6 hours on Saturday, a 40 mile recovery ride on Sunday morning, an eight-mile pace run on Sunday afternoon, and my first-ever swim in the bay.


I took the wetsuit out for it's first spin 'round Aquatic Park - a semi-buoyed off section of open water at the northern tip of the city. The water was a balmy 56-degrees, but thanks to that suit, I felt none of it. My hands and feet could've been warmer, but if I had to complain about any part of me, I'd have to say: my face was cold. My arms, legs and core, though? Completely comfortable!

For the record, I'm wearing an Xterra Vector Pro X2. It's awesome - super comfortable, fits great, and insanely warm. Can't wait to dominate in Auburn in two weeks' time!

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Waaaarrrrmmmm! (via Jim Carrey)

I tried on my wetsuit last night. Wow, that sucker is warm. It'll be fantastic for 55-degree swims in the bay, but I'm not sure whether it'll be overkill for the triathlon's 70-degree ocean swim in Busselton.

I like that my biggest concern in life right now is whether or not the water off the coast of Western Australia will be too warm for my badass, pro-quality wetsuit.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

20 for 10

My sister flew into town this past weekend, so I took Friday and Saturday off as far as training's concerned. But in the ten days before her visit, I managed two workouts a day without missing a single one. That's right: ten days of double workouts in a row.

That's pretty sweet.

I actually felt very good until that final swim on Thursday night, and that's when everything just collapsed. But it was a well-earned collapse, and those days off were well-earned too. Unfortunately, I wasn't "resting" per se - we spent the entire weekend doing touristy things, and walking, and walking, and walking. I expected my legs to be fresh for my slightly hungover Paradise Loop spin and that was definitely not the case.

Either way, it felts pretty good knowing that when I need to binge on workouts, my body's up to the task.