Posted on: August 4, 2008 12:10 pm
Edited on: August 4, 2008 12:13 pm

July training totals & nutrition worries

I didn't hit any new records on training volume for each discipline this month, but I had easily the most well-balanced month thus far. I was just under my personal best on the bike & swim, and I was about 13 miles off my PR for the run. I can tell the training plan is getting near its peak of the training schedule as the lengths of individual training sessions are growing. Nonetheless, I felt like I wasn't getting long enough bike rides in so I'm going to try to do 1-2 "overdistance" rides a month. In other words, I'm going to do 1-2 rides that are 56+ miles so that I know how I feel when I'm getting off the bike at the race. I did the first of these Saturday(it was the 1st so I didn't include it in the totals here) and it opened my eyes to a couple of things. The biggest is that my nutrition needs work. I need to put something in the bike that's a little more 'solid' than Gu or Clif Shot Bloks. After 3+ hours on the bike, my stomach isn't happy with them anymore. I'm definitely hungry near the end of the ride and the Gu doesn't cut it. It may be something as simple as bringing a Clif Bar or similar on the bike, I'll have to try it out in the coming weeks. But this is one of the things I wouldn't know from a 2-2.5 hour ride; as odd as it sounds, the extra 30-60 minutes makes a difference.

July totals:
Swim: 11300.00 Yd - 3h 31m 05s
Bike: 188.09 Mi - 11h 28m 18s
Run: 45.08 Mi - 8h 36m 36s

2008 totals:
Swim: 65995.4 Yd - 23h 21m 53s
Bike: 873.09 Mi - 53h 32m 47s
Run: 224.32 Mi - 40h 16m 57s

August events:
Rockwall triathlon(sprint distance): August 24th
Posted on: July 1, 2008 4:55 pm
Edited on: July 1, 2008 4:56 pm

June training totals & visualizing my goals

OK I'll admit it, I've been seriously slacking in updating this thing. My mistake, I'll try to do better.

I'm getting dialed in for this race. It's still 14 weeks away, but the mindset is really starting to focus. I've started to submit to the will of the training plan - though I'll be the first to admit I'm not hitting all my targets - and I can feel the whole thing taking over my thoughts. I was out on a run Sunday and I really started to visualize how I'm going to attack the course. I can see family & friends there at the end for me as I push through to the end, I can see the look on my face as I cross the line; I can see finishing the race now. Am I ready? Hell no. I've got to get more time on the bike and ramp up my swim totals some, but I feel like I'm well on my way. The running I've never been that concerned with. I can cruise at a 12 min/mile pace and be OK with that, given what all I'm doing that day. Maybe my time will improve over the next 3 months, but really I just want to finish. I'm not setting time goals yet, finishing the race is enough.

June totals:
Swim: 11730.00 Yd (new high mark for a month!) - 3h 37m 49s
Bike: 115.82 Mi - 7h 04m 33s
Run: 36.45 Mi - 6h 31m 23s

July events:
Disco triathlon(olympic distance): July 13th
El Scorcho(25k run): July 20th
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