MadTrippin

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July 4th Weekend

Posted by madtrippin on July 7, 2008

I did an 8 mile ride Thursday night and then did nothing on Friday (the 4th).  We (my family) was invited to our neighbors’ party, so we hung out there all day and then had a monster fireworks show in front of the house.

Saturday we went to the outlaws’ house for the day and hung out in the yard.  I left before my family (I took the motorcycle) and had enough time before they go home to do a quick 3 mile run on the street.  It was the first time on the street for the new kicks and they did their duty.

Sunday it was 90+ degrees and humidity had to be in the insane range.  I wound up at the community center pool.  I did 15 laps – not fast and not consecutive.   I then ran 3.5 miles on the treadmill and added a few reps with the weights.  My arms were like linguini from the swim, but I felt pretty good overall.

This week I’ll be focusing on swimming stamina.  I’m throw in a run or bike route here and there, but I need to improve my swim.

I was talking with the other members of Team Triple H via email this morning and they were relaying their long weekend workout routines.  I think this helps keep you training and not skipping a workout if you have to share what you did – unless you want to lie to your friends – teammates – brothers. 

We were also talking about consuming energy gels during the race.  Michael said he tried Clif Shot energy gel and it was pretty good.  The question of what do you do with the spent packet if you’re on the bike came up. 

We also briefly discussed clipless vs. running shoes with toe clips.  Ben and Michael both have clipless pedals, while I’ll be sporting the running shoes and toe clips.  BeginnerTriathlete.com has an article on transitioning with clipless pedals, but it seems complicated for a first race.  I think I may have the edge in transition.

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Weekend Workout – New Kicks!

Posted by madtrippin on June 30, 2008

Friday night was a bust workout-wise.  I was home with the kids with no back-up, so there was no getting away with a workout.  Again… Saturday was a ran-out, so the kids came with me to Start Line to get a new pair of running shoes.  The $29.99 Avias have served their purpose, but I need something a little more supportive now.  I wound up with a pair of Adidas SuperNova Sequence for a pretty fair price.  I ran in them for a couple tenths on the store’s treadmill and they were plenty comfy.

Sunday morning went by way too fast, but I was able to get in a ride with my Triple H teammate Ben in the afternoon.  We loosely followed a good portion of the actual tri route + to and from our houses, so it wound up being a little over the 16 miles the actual race will cover.  It should be a good ride if the wind isn’t too wild.  It’s got a heavy mix of decent hills and most of the roads are respectable.

The open water swim didn’t happen – not enough time, so it will have happen next week.

I’ve found that some investment in equipment would make things much nicer – Clipless pedals, shoes, aero bar, moving the shifters up off the downtube and new tires.  At the moment… I’m thinking I’ll only be getting the new tires before the race.  It’s really more a matter of safety and finishing the race without a flat.  It’s starting to make me angry that I’m on the email list for Performance Bike.  I had a conference call with their internet marketing team last year and signed up to see what they had going before the call and never unsubscribed.

I’ve been thinking about how much energy I’ve put into training for this thing and thinking I may need to do at least one more tri this season just to say I’ve gotten my effort’s worth.  I was surprised to hear Ben say the same thing when we were on our ride.

The only problem with doing more races is that it may require me to pick up that extra equipment I was just mentioning.

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