Friday, April 27, 2012

Another tough week of training

After my last post I ran 8 miles on that Sunday.  It was a zone 2 run with Ken and a few others.  We did it running and walking as we are planning to do during the ironman.  The run went well.

The following day we swam 3,000 yards.  Then later on that Monday I was on a plane for London.  After 8 hours a plane and about 5 hours of sleep I walked around the Battersea park, Hyde park, and Kesington Gardens. I spent the next 4 days working, but more importantly I was able to get in two 6 miles runs.  I only almost got hit by a car once and it wasn't because I was looking the wrong way.  This car was across the street and decided to turn down the side road I was crossing.  Fortunately I was not hit.

One thing of notice was the number of people that ran or biked to work in London.  There is a lot.  They are all crazy, too.  Riding a bike on those narrow streets is  ridiculous.

I got home on Saturday and was out running again on Sunday for 8 miles doing the run/walk thing.  The week went really well. Here is a summary of this week's workouts.

Monday - 2900 yards in the pool with a 30 minute recovery which I did at a zone 3 pace.  I also used the Compex machine on my shoulders.  They were hurting after the swim.

Tuesday - Bike trainer workout for 1:15 followed by a core / TRX workout.

Wednesday - 2700 yards in the pool in the morning.  In the afternoon lifted weights and rean 4 miles in zone 3. That was hard.

Thursday - Bike trainer workout for 1:15 followed by a core / TRX workout.

Friday - today we stretched and did core work.  Core had a test for 3 minutes, which I passed with flying colors.

I felt good all week and lost another 2 pounds.

Tomorrow we are doing a 65 mile ride.  Looking forward to it.

Next week I am going to Bermuda.  Oh joy.

Train Hard. Train Smart

Saturday, April 14, 2012

It's been a while.........

Sorry for delay in not blogging for a while. Life has been happening at full speed.  We have been working out hard and doing a few new things.  The CL decided that we more strength  training and engaged Elaine aka Drill Sargent or the DS.  The DS uses the TRX system, medicine balls, and all forms of floor exercises.  These exercises strengthen our core and all the secondary muscles related to triathlon.

Today we did a 50 mile ride and a 6 mile run in zone 2 or a brick.  We started off having to go back by my house so I could get my cell phone.  My loving wife brought it to me.  We then started off on the ride.  All went well no incident we stayed together and rode in zone 2.

The most notable tidbit of the day was the naming of Snacky's new bike.  This part is going to be quite suggestive.  This is no longer PG rated. Snacky was riding with Gator Bait and MiniMe.  MiniMe suggested that it be "Richard" or its associated nickname.  It was noted that Snacky was not riding "Richard" today and it was probably lonely.  It was questioned when Snacky would next be riding "Richard" and for how long.  Also how would "Richard" feel with Snacky cheating on it.  Then there was the circumstance how Snacky would feel if someone else rode "Richard".  If Snacky uses "Richard" for the ironman, then she will be riding "Richard"for 112 miles.  As you can tell we had a little bit of fun with this.  Snacky is a great sport.

We did our 6 mile run in zone it was great.  We all did good.  Even Crampy did not cramp.  Good for him.  We had a our post race snack.  It was great. Thanks Snacky.

The day ended with us having a happy hour at the Tap Room. Woo Hoo!!

That is it for today.

Train Hard, Train Smart.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Swimming with Snacky, Wings, and Paddles

Monday we show up to the pool pull the covers off and get started swimming.  I ask CL which lane I am in.  She puts me with Snacky and Wings.  Both are phenomenal swimmers.  I look like I am standing still when I am swimming with them.  So that is how I did my 2600 yds in 55min.  Basically being lapped by two fish.

Then to add to it the CL has us use paddles which tears up your shoulders.  Those things hurt.  This better be worth it.

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Being Sick Sucks

So I finished HITS on Saturday, the 24th.  On Sunday I rested and a short recovery walk.  Monday went to swim.  Felt ok but was not at 100%.  Monday night the sh_t hit the fan.  I started a fever and a wicked post nasal drip.  Tuesday I went to the doctor got some antibiotics and went home to be in misery for the next two days.  Tuesday through Thursday I was out of commission.  It sucked.  BTW.  Do not ever get an antibiotic shot in the arm it hurts for a long time.  I would have rather had in the a__. You know I was sick because I missed a spring training game my sons and I were supposed to go to.

Friday I went to stretching.  It was hard but low cardio and impact.  It was the perfect thing to get back into the  swing of things.

Saturday I went to Clermont and rode 22 miles on the hills.  That was incredibly hard.  I did everything I could not to get worn out on those hills.  I helped Snackie and MiniMe(new nickname for Bulky.  She showed up on Friday dressed just like the CL and then started espousing fitness stuff like the CL.  Also, count that she is less than 5 feet tall and she became MiniMe.)  We finished at Elaine's house and then went for a swim for 800 meters.  I was pretty much swimming with Snackie. She is such a good swimmer, so the fact that I was even close to her was great.  I think that was because we were having a tough time siting. With all the zigs and zags I was able to stay close.  At one time she bumped my thigh, I thought I would have some fun with her and tell she hit my a__.  Needless to say we bumped into each other a few more times.

I rode with the CL, Snackie, and Rainbow out there.  We determined that the CL is looking for a guy that looks like Adam Levine or Blake Shelton.  Snackie said something like that would work for her too.  I will have to see what I can do.  I wondering if I get a dude with an Adam Levine mask, if that will work.

Sunday I was not supposed do anything but I did anyway.  I jog in zone 2 for 2 miles.  Just trying to find my groove again.

Fortunately, I was only sick for 3 days so I think I have recovered pretty well.  I tell you how that goes in my next post.

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