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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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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