Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Pigman Training Week 15

It's a little comical to put week 15 in the title because I haven't been sharing my workouts all along. But I am in week 15 and I feel like I should denote it somehow. I'm changing up the way I post my workouts to include more details (I really like the way Kim does it so I'm moving more towards that).

Monday, July 22 - 28.48 mile bike (middle 15 with Amy)
      Time: 1:58:32, Speed: 14.4 mph
Tuesday, July 23 - Rest
Wednesday, July 24 - 32.57 mile bike
      Time: 2:07:59, Speed: 15.3 mph
Thursday, July 25 - 6.5 mile run + 2500 yd swim
     Run: {1.5 mi warm up, 5 x 800s with 400 rest interval, 1.5 mi cool down} Time: 1:02:15, Pace: 9:34 (GPS lost signal distance approximate)
      Swim: Time: 52:00 (200 sw, kick, pull, 5x100 drills, 6x100 on 1:35, 2x300 w/paddles, 200 cool)
Friday, July 26 - 1500yd swim
      Time: 30:00
Saturday, July 27 - BTN 10k + 3 mile biking to and from race + 3000yd swim
     Run Time: 56:56, Pace: 9:10 + 3 miles biking each way from race
      Bike Time: ~30:00
      Swim: (200 sw, kick, pull, sw, 4x100 hypoxic set, broken 1650 [200 hard, 800 cruise, 100 hard, 500 w/paddles, 50 hard], 50 kick ez, 150 sw ez), Time: 1:02:00
Sunday, July 28 - 65 mile bike at Venus de Miles,
      Time: about 5.5 hours including breaks, Speed: ~15.5 mph

Totals - 9 sessions,148.73 miles, 14.6 hours
  • 3 swims, 7000yd, about 2.4 hours
  • 4 rides, 132.05 miles, 10.2 hours
  • 2 runs, 12.7 miles, 2.0 hours
  • This is quite the eye-opener to how many hours I'm spending training.  No wonder I'm freaking tired.
  • My speedwork run on Thursday felt so hard.  I ran to the track and slogged through the repeats while a football team was hosting practice.  I'm going to blame the heat and humidity (even though it wasn't that bad out) for my inability to run faster than a 8min/mile pace.
  • I got to meet a lot of new people at Venus de Miles on Sunday and biked with Amy this week.  Yay for meeting up with people!
  • I saw two weasels last week! One last Sunday (not actually part of this training week) on my bike ride in Iowa and one on my ride Monday night.  The ones I saw were both really dark brown and I wonder if maybe they weren't weasels but martens. I may never know.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Training Update

I feel like we should take a moment to recognize the fact that I am actually blogging.  It's been a while, huh?  I've been pretty busy with all this triathlon training and work and the rest of my life.  I have a lot to blog about including a race recap, but I'm not even sure when I will have the time to write that.

Here's my workouts from last week.
  • Monday - Rest 
  • Tuesday - 32 mile bike with 5 x {3 hard, 2 easy}
  • Wednesday - 28 mile bike (21 with Kelly), 2500yd swim
  • Thursday - 10 mile run in 1:47 (10:53 pace)
  • Friday - 2350yd swim
  • Saturday - 40 min walk, 50 mile bike in 3:11 (16 mph)
  • Sunday - Rest (wait I golfed, does that count?)
The good

I fit in 3 bike rides this week and felt really good on the long ride this weekend. Even with the hilly Iowa route.

With a slow start to the week, I was afraid I would only get in one swim, but I still squeezed in 2 long swims! I borrowed some paddles from Kelly so I've been practicing with those too. 

The bad

It rained on me for a few miles on my long bike ride. No lightening thankfully, but enough to get my shoes and clothes soaked.  I feel like I must have reached some sort of new initiation level into the cycling club. 

The ugly

Running. First, I only managed one run in the week and I'm supposed to do 3.  The run that I did do was run on one of those extremely hot and humid day and I was so, so slow.  Sweat kept dripping into my eye and it was burning.  I couldn't wipe the sweat off because my shirt was already soaked.  A guy even yelled out his car window at me to "not get too hot out there".  I came home and wrung out my shorts before hanging them in the bathroom to dry and they still made a puddle on the floor.  I am happy I did get out there to run though.

Last weekend, was the Great Jones County Fair, which Matt and I look forward to going to every year.  I did get a chance to talk to some old friends I haven't seen in awhile and I really enjoyed that.  Matt and I split an order of ribbon potatoes.  Although they were delicious, my stomach did not appreciate the grease. Argh.

Sunday morning I skipped my run in favor of 9 holes with my dad.  I let my dad when this time.  I haven't been out golfing much this year so it was nice to play again.  I wish I had the time to play more, but training usually takes priority.

What's your favorite fair food? I love corn dogs and funnel cakes but those things do serious damage to my stomach these days.

I did see some fried Twinkies this year, but I don't think those would be very delicious.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Against the Odds

I was recently sent a copy of Against the Odds: the Adventures of a Man in His Sixties Competing in Six of the World's Toughest Triathlons across Six Continents to read and review on the blog.  I know I don't talk about it much here, but I really like to read a lot.  My for-enjoyment reading took a big hit in college because I never wanted to spend a lot of time reading after staring at textbooks for several hours.  But after college, I found I had a lot more time to sit down with a good book and I took advantage of that time.

This summer I've taken to reading triathlon books--both memoirs from triathletes and guides to training and competing in triathlons and other books about endurance events.  Some highlights have been A Life Without Limits, Born to Run, and The Woman Triathlete.  The extra motivation I get from reading after inspirational athletes doesn't hurt my training either ;)

Against the Odds follows author John Pendergrass as he attempts to complete six Ironmans on six different continents all in his sixties.  When most people are starting to think about retirement, John started to look for a new challenge.  A challenge that would really push the envelope physcially, mentally, and emotionally.  An Ironman is no easy feat--2.4 miles swimming, 112 miles biking, and then a grueling 26.2 miles running.  And all this must be completed in no more than 17 hours.  It has the ability to beat down even much younger athletes, but he took on the challenge. 

The book starts off with some history of how the Ironman came to be.  It started with a debate about which endurance athletes were the most fit.  To answer this question, they put together the three long-distance competitions in Hawaii: the Waikiki Roughwater Swim, the Around Oahu Bike Race, and the Honolulu Marathon.  Whoever won--a cyclist, swimmer, or runner--would be called the Ironman.  And thus started the Kona Ironman.  Now known as the location of the Ironman World Championship.  

Pendergrass starts his journey in Brazil.  Ironman events in the US are notoriously difficult to get into and athletes must often sign up a year in advance, but international events are less popular. Traveling for a triathlon is not a simple task and Ironman travel is more complicated.  Triathlons require 3x the gear than a single sport.  John gets quite the shock when his bike is delayed and still hasn't arrived in Brazil in the days approaching the big race.  Thankfully his bike arrives and he is able to complete his first Ironman.

John soon learns that not everyone is interested in hearing his Ironman story and his family is sick of hearing about it pretty quick.  I thought this was funny because I feel like I am annoying others when I want to talk about endurance sports all the time.  That's why I've found new friends who are also endurance athletes so we can talk shop together.  

After Ironman Brazil, John takes on Switzerland, South Africa, New Zealand, Arizona, and finally, China.  Of course, very few Ironman journeys are complete without a few injuries thrown into the mix and John's journey is no exception.  A bike crash left John with a hip fracture.  But after a long recovery, John was able to continue on biking, running, and swimming.

I wish the book would have covered more of the author's experiences at each triathlon because I really enjoy reading race recaps.  Instead he glossed over much of the actual race experience.  I did enjoy that after each race, he took time to explore each locale and covered many of that experience in the book.  I would love to visit the places he talks about in the book someday.  

Pendergrass is truly beating the odds in his triathlon journey and it reaffirms my goal to complete an Ironman.  On a journey that takes courage and amazing drive, John is definitely an inspiration.

Disclosure: I received a free copy of the book for review.  I was not paid for this review and all opinions are my own.  

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