Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Big-K Quick Thoughts and Take-Aways

My wetsuit fits. I was worried it was too tight around the shoulders, but I felt fine after this swim. Part of me wanted to explore the option of a sleeveless wetsuit for Australia, but I think I'm good to go with what I've already got.

Currently dealing with some strange pain on the inside of my right foot, below my ankle... It doesn't feel like muscle/tendon pain. Worrisome.

I need to practice grabbing gels and bottles at aid stations. I'm just not very good at it. I also need to practice Speedfil'ing my Speedfil on the go.

I'd like to figure out how people do the what whole "pre-clip your bike shoes into your bike" thing, where they actually start riding on top of their shoes and then slip their feet in on the go.

There has to be a better way to get my shoes on during T2. Maybe I just need to get better at tying them.

More bricks. I need to be able to hit my stride much earlier in the run. If I had to guess, I'd say my first three miles were at 10-minute per mile pace, and my last 10 were at 7-minute per mile pace. That's crap.

I need to make sure I warm down after events like this. I am seriously hurting right now.

It's going to be really, really hot in Australia. How am I going to prepare for temperatures like that? Going to have to start wearing thermal cycling gear on nice, sunny days to get my sweat on.

Speed work is part of the Build phase, but this race only underscored the importance of interval training. I can get faster.

Speaking of speed work, I have to incorporate that into my swim practices and runs as well as my rides. One day per week needs to be high-intensity intervals for both of those disciplines.

The decreased volumes I'm about to start enjoying should leave me with some extra time on my hands. I want to use some of that to work on my core strength (especially my lower back), flexibility and so forth. Stretching, maybe some yoga.  need to build that in to my routine.

My diet has faltered since that stomach virus. I've got to get back on track stay there 'til December. Once this triathlon's over, pizza and beer every night for a month.