MadTrippin

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Increasing My Time

Posted by madtrippin on February 3, 2009

I’m starting to increase my run durations.  I’ve been doing a 1 minute warmup walk, followed by a 30 minute run and 3:00 cooldown walk.  As of yesterday, I ran 32 minutes.  I’m thinking of just adding a couple minutes to each cardio workout every week.

I hate cycling indoors, so I’ve been ignoring it.  I’ll be adding that back into my workouts. It’s just sooooo stinking boring.   For some reason, running indoors doesn’t bother me so much.  I’d rather run outside, but I’m o.k. with the treadmill.

I’m trying to get at least 3 workouts a week in while the weather is crappy.   That way I can swim twice with a run or bike after and run and/or bike on the third.

Once the weather turns, I’ll be back to 5 days.

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Training is Really Starting to Drag

Posted by madtrippin on October 3, 2008

I didn’t get to the gym enough times in September to meet the minimum requirement for the insurance coverage.  I’m disappointed in myself for that.  All I need to do is go 8 times a month and they’ll pay down part of the fee.  I’ve been going at least 2 times a week since February + running and biking on the street on top of that.  In September I only went to the gym 6 times and didn’t hit the street once.

I’ve just felt really worn out.  The times I’ve gone and run on the treadmill (like last night), I wasn’t sure I could keep running the whole 30 minutes.  My legs just felt spent after about 10 minutes and my feet seem to be losing a little feeling over the course of the run.  Maybe the foot thing are the Yankz! laces needing to be adjusted.

Granted, I have had a cold for the last week or so, but I’m just feeling unmotivated.  I’m thinking about entering an event just to see if that snaps me out of this training funk.

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Training Has Hit a Lull

Posted by madtrippin on September 19, 2008

For the three weeks after the Chaska Tri in July I continued on my frenzied training schedule of 6 workouts a week over 5 days.   I was assuming I’d be doing another tri in just over a month.  Then my parents came into town for a week and I only trained 1 day.  Then the next week we got a puppy and I didn’t train at all. 

Long story short… I scrapped the second tri for the year and have been only running, biking and weight training only once or twice a week since.   I haven’t swam once in the month of September and that’s really where I need the help.

I guess I need the event to motivate me to train.  That being said… I’m looking into some runs to do this fall (5ks or 10ks) to keep me working out more consistantly.  I really do get a lot of satisfaction out of working out and being in shape.  I guess I also like to just be able to say I work out and stay in shape too.

I’ll post more on my run training and suspect I’ll continue to bike and swim some as well.

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Rained Out – No Brick

Posted by madtrippin on July 8, 2008

Last night I was going to do a full brick.  Bricking is what they call the transition from biking to running – apparently a reference to the way your legs react to the change in muscle movement/usage.  I’d never heard the term until I decided to do a tri.  I’ve done 13 miles on the bike and then run 1 mile after and your legs do feel like bricks.

Unfortunately, the weather didn’t cooperate.  It wound up storming pretty hard and I found myself running on the treadmill at the community center for about 35 minutes on an uphill setting most of the time, followed by a light round of weights.  I could have biked indoors and then run on the treadmill, but spinning on the exercise bike for an hour bores me to tears.  I need to be outside to bike any kind of distance.

Today will be my off day.  I’ve trained 3 days in a row and I’m feeling a bit tired, so a rest day will be nice.  I’ll have to hit the pool on Wednesday night and then again Saturday and Sunday.  I’m only a week and a half away from the race, so I’m going to try and finish up the serious stuff this week and lighten the load next week.

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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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Less Than 4 Weeks Till the Big Event

Posted by madtrippin on June 25, 2008

Better late than never…

I started running almost 5 months ago.  In Minnesota, February is cold and nasty, so I started on a treadmill at the community center.  I found this to be extremely boring.  Although I hadn’t been all that physically active (I had zero cardio) for a while and have always disliked running for the sake of running, I quickly came to realize the biggest challenge was mostly mental.

I’d always thought it would be cool to do a triathlon – I was really into cycling from the time I was a kid through college.  Lacking motivation to continue to work out, I decided to do the local Chaska River City Days Tri. 

Not wanting to go it alone, I mentioned it to my friend Ben and he was on board with zero sales pitch – impressive.  The next thing you know, his brother was in and Team Triple H was formed.  We’re all first time Tri-ers.

Here are the Chaska Sprint Tri race stats:

  1. 1/3 mile swim in the tiny clay hole lake in Chaska
  2. 16 mile bike through the countryside from Chaska to Victoria and back – mixed hills
  3. 3.11 (5K) run up hwy 41 and back – 1st mile has a pretty crazy grade uphill

At present date, I’ve been running or cycling and doing some weight training at least 3 times a week for nearly 5 months.  Much of that has been indoor, but I’m getting my fair share on the street.  I’m turning in respectable 1st timer 5K times at around 24 minutes and my cycling is definitely no concern.  The swimming is what’s worrying me.

Seeing that it was so short, I’ve neglected the swimming pretty badly.  Today was my first training swim.  1/3 of a mile is short… right?  It’s not far – only 10 laps of the pool – but it’s also not that easy, even with a solid cardio base.  I swam for 35 minutes today (I’m now following a training routine I saw on beginnertriathlete.com).  I’m impressed that I was able to do it, and disappointed now that I know this will be my worst event.  I haven’t left myself much time to improve upon my terribly inefficient form.  Such is life.

Despite the swimming, I’m pretty pumped up.  I’ve been watching videos and reading articles online and feel that I know what to expect.  I do have some gear that I still need to pick up.  I’ve got some tri shorts from Aevero coming (great deal on ebay), new shoes this week to break in before the big show, new rubber for the bike along with a tune and maybe a few other bobbles.

This weekend I’ll be doing my first open water swim with a transition to the bike. 

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