Holy cow. One of my hardest workouts yet. Got a late start because I had to wait for the sporting goods store to open at 9 am so I can buy Gu. Target and Walmart don’t sell it!!!! Used up all my fluids 2 hours in. The same amount lasted me 3 hours last week. Run was my longest off the bike all year. As hard as it was physically, it was 5x harder mentally. At least twice I had to keep...
Impromptu training schedule changes
Sometimes schedules just have to change. Sometimes problems arise and there’s no option but to adapt. Sometimes there’s a critical game of horseshoes to play. Lately I’ve been having a difficult time with my training. I’m really wondering if I can even be prepared for this race. I’m trying extremely hard to be positive and turn all of my difficult workouts into...
Threshold training for your body and mind
The New York Times published a new article today discussing speed differences between cheetahs and greyhounds. What Runners can learn from cheetahs Short story: up to about 40 mph, both species display similar running form and mechanics. But for some reason, the cheetah has some extra gears that allow them to kick it up a notch to 65 mph while the greyhounds stay at 40. They videotaped...
Learning from failures
I believe you learn more from failures than you do from successes. I’ve been taking an exercise physiology class the last few weeks and have been thinking about how these topics apply to my training. After my race on Saturday, I started thinking about my preparedness/non-preparedness and how my training contributed to it. We discussed metabolic training adaptations yesterday which...
Big Green Tri Race Report
Yesterday was the Big Green Tri in Hanover, New Hampshire near Dartmouth College. It was a 1K swim, 18 mile bike and 5 mile run. I thought it would be a good starter race for the year, not quite an OLY but farther than a sprint. It was the farthest race I’ve ever done. My biggest concern going in was the swim. I’ve been having a lot of problems with my swimming, mostly mental, but...