MadTrippin

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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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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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