Posted on: March 17, 2008 2:14 pm

H-IM notes for 03/16 week

This last week was a pretty kick-ass week of training. I hit the bike 3 times, put in a long brick workout(30 mile bike + 6.2 mile run), and my swim instructor even called my new form 'pretty'. If I could knock out weeks like this regularly, I could be ready for a H-IM in about half the time it's going to take me now. It helps that there were no late-night maintenances this week and the weather cooperated, but nonetheless this was a good training week. To give you an idea of how much I trained this week, I basically duplicated my cycling mileage total from the entire month of February this week.

As a result, I think I'm ready to tell my girlfriend about signing up for this thing. I bought her this shirt and I'm going to put it in a box with my entry form. Hopefully she'll react well. I think she will...OK I hope she will. The shirt will be here this week, so there's no going back I guess.
(OK now I'm nervous...sh*t)

One downside is that my neck is starting to act up on me again. I've always had a problem with neck pain when my cycling ramps up. It's probably due to my form, but I don't know how to change my form to alleviate/minimize it...or if that's even possible. Maybe I need to strengthen my back muscles or something. I'm going to bug a few people about this, because right now I can't do 3+ hours on the bike with this kind of pain.

03/09-03/15 Totals:
Swim: 2000.00 Yd - 18m 43s(1 hour swim coaching not included in time)
Bike : 75.91 Mi - 4h 48m 23s
Run: 6.20 Mi - 1h 10m 18s
Category: General
Posted on: February 25, 2008 2:40 pm

H-IM notes for the week of 2/24

I've been staring at this page off and on all morning, trying to come up with something interesting and new to talk about as it relates to triathlons. But really, when it all boils down to it, it's all about training time. You get as much training time in as you can and if it's enough, you'll do well. Sure, there are different training methods and everybody does their training a little differently, but in the end it's simply a matter of putting the feet on the pavement and getting it done. Sometimes it's a hard thing to do; almost everybody gets burned out at some point, others have injuries to deal with, and others don't have the motivation. One of those I have(burnout), another I try to avoid(injury), and the last(motivation) is often a function of the first. There's also a line between laziness & rest that only you can answer for yourself. Take Sunday for example: I had planned to go out and ride, but despite a good night's rest I woke up tired. Between that and the weather being colder than the weathermen had forecasted(a weatherman being wrong, you're shocked I know), I packed it in for the day. I could have toughed it out and gone on the ride, but I have no idea if it would have been a productive ride. Maybe I was being lazy or maybe I've been pushing the training up too quickly, the answer is probably a bit of both. But once in awhile an extra rest day isn't a bad idea.

Anyway, here's the totals for the last week:

02/17 - 02/23 Totals:
Bike: 23.61 Mi - 1h 38m 10s
Swim: 2210.00 Yd - 1h 18m 06s
Run: 9.19 Mi - 1h 42m 53s
Category: General
Posted on: February 20, 2008 9:32 am

H-IM notes for the week of 02/17 + injury notes

Last weekend I bought new aero bars for the bike. If you're not familiar with aero bars, I explained them in a previous post. Here's a picture of some handlebars with clip-on aero bars as well:


Anyway, I got a set installed on the bike and had the bike re-fitted since my aero position changes with the new bars. They raised the seat up about 3/4 of an inch amongst some other changes. You wouldn't think 3/4" would make much difference, but after riding on Monday(the results will be in next week's totals) I can tell you without a doubt that it absolutely killed me. Specifically, it killed one part of me. The most sensitive part of me. You see, there's a condition called "cyclist's penis"(no I'm not making it up, read about it here) that any male cyclist who puts in decent miles will probably experience at some point.  Basically your little guy downstairs will go numb if your bike fit is wrong, because you're sitting on important blood vessels and depriving Man's True Best Friend of oxygen & blood.  The solution is usually either getting a better bike fit or trying out a new saddle.  I know my saddle is fine, so I took the bike in to get the seat dropped back down.  Hopefully I won't have to go through that again, because if you let the condition persist you can have any number of long-term issues(like impotence, for example...yikes).  So fellas, if you're reading this and your junk falls asleep on rides, go get your bike fit & saddle checked ASAP.

I had a slow training week otherwise.  I've got to rededicate myself to working out on the weekends now that work is really ramping up and keeping me from hitting the pavement more than I might otherwise.  It looks like my run & bike totals will be up in February, but my swim totals are declining sharply this month.  Getting a good training balance is hard to do with 3 different disciplines involved.  I'm already over 50 miles running for the year, which is a good start.  I just need to keep pushing.

02/10 - 02/16 Totals:
R: 13.62 Mi - 2h 33m 32s
S: 700.00 Yd - 13m 52s
Category: General
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