Monday, February 11, 2008

Tri Training

I am fried today. This triathlon lark has burned me out. I cycled 40k on Friday and for shits and giggles ran 3 miles afterwards. Just to see how it feels like. It felt downright weird; my legs were jelly, although aerobically I was fine, if a little tired. I then rode 52k on Sunday, and today I couldn’t even crawl across the room, even with a gun pointed at my head. I my have overdone it slightly. A wine soaked dinner at a friend’s house until 1:30am on Saturday night didn't help. If I am serious about this (and I am), I may have to trim back my social life a tad. The ride was worth it though; yesterday was gorgeous, 70 degrees, not a cloud in the sky and no wind. Perfect cycling weather. My hangover gave up the ghost after the first hill climb.

The good thing is that my indoor wattage training on the stationary bike is paying off, I am feeling much stronger, and was easily able to keep up with the folks I was riding with, all of whom race and ride more often than I do. A few weeks back I would fall behind on the climbs, last weekend I felt strong and instead of being completely shagged when I got to the top, I recovered almost instantly, a sure sign of increasing fitness. Still, I can barely lift my head off my desk today. Part of the problem is I didn’t refuel properly, 2 slices of pizza does not a triathlete's diet make! I have a carb drink for the ride, but I really should get a carb / protein drink for immediately afterwards. I have been told that I will feel much better faster if I do this.

This week, I going to work on a training schedule with a friend, who up to recently ran a company that trained endurance athletes, and I will hit the pool for my first swim session. Swimming is my strong suit, I swam competitively for years, and most people doing a first triathlon haven't ever swam in competition before, so I expect I should be able to do the 1500 meters without too much training.

Until then, zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz



Blogger fatmammycat said...

Well done John, you're really powering along with the training.

11:11 AM  
Blogger John Mc said...

Thanks FMC

Met my friend to lay out a training plan last night. Until he has it drawn up he gave me a plan for the next few days - I have work to do. I am going to get tested as well, figure out my max wattage output, lower and upper heart rates and lactate threshold, and then train accordingly.
My first swim was yesterday and as expected I found the 1500 metres easy enough, but my triceps, shoulders and back are really stiff today. It's been a while, and I haven't even surfed for some time.

11:51 AM  
Blogger Medbh said...

Way to go, John.
Mr. M has the same problem with fitting in enough food when he's out on the bike. He likes those goo packets to have on hand when he can't really get food down.

1:38 PM  
Blogger John Mc said...

Goo..used to like it until it got all over my brake handle during a race. It works though. It's more after the ride I need to watch. I need to get one of those protein / carb drinks.

8:53 AM  
Blogger aquaasho said...

Hey John Mc
Inspirational stuff. I'll be watching closely for tips!

8:19 AM  
Anonymous Sniffle&Cry said...

How very dare you John Mc, cast an aspiration on my pure as the driven snow attendance at Thomand Park in October 1978, how very dare you John Mc.
But you know what, back then most people didn’t equate the All Blacks to New Zealand, and honestly the lead up to the match wasn’t that big a deal. Okay, all the rugby heads went, but there was nowhere near the buzz you get now for a Munster match. I can remember bigger interest in Munster Cup derbies between Shannon and Garryowen or anyone playing Young Munster. So yes, anyone of a certain age who said they were there, were probably there. School boy tickets were still a reality and I remember tons of kids at the match
This triathlon thing John, and the kids, and the responsibilities and the limits and the wattages. Jesus Christ man, go for a walk for yourself ! Breathing gets you in the end.

How very dare you, indeed !

4:51 AM  
Blogger John Mc said...

Sniffle and Cry, I am sure you are right. I don' remember there being a big hoo ha about the game until Munster won, but I was only 10 back then so...

Although I wasn't casting aspersions at your attendence, it was merely the vehicle to tell my friends story :)

Welcome to the blog by the way, I have perused yours on occasion.

8:08 AM  

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