Week in Review: July 23 – July 29 2018

The plan for today’s long workout was a 40-mile bike ride followed by a 2-mile run.  A brick session.  My alarm went off at 5am and I woke up all stiff and sore.  My body felt really tired.  I wondered if my scuba diving yesterday was a mistake!

Anyway, I am determine not to skip any workouts as I know if I miss one, it would be that much easier to miss a second and a third.  I decided that I will always get up and do a workout, even if I have to shorten the distance or duration.  So I got up and figured that worse case I would ride 15-20 miles and skip the run.

The ride went well and at each checkpoint, I evaluated how I felt and went a bit more, but even at the 35 mile point, I figured I would skip the run.  But, I ended up going the 40 miles and I also ended up doing my run.

I’m glad I did as the run actually felt great.  Mind you, the legs still felt weird but surprising I didn’t have that jelly-leg feeling and I was actually able to run right out of my transition.  I had a hard time controlling my pace and HR as my legs just wanted to keep going at a faster than normal pace, so I switched to running 1-min, walking 1-min.  For the second, I moved to running 2-mins, walking 1-min

In the end, I did my 40-mile bike and 2-mile run in just under 3 hours.

For this week, I met my goal of swimming 10 mins each day.

For the week, I managed to up my workout time by a hour over the last few weeks, doing 7 hrs 41 mins.

Goals for Next Week: This will be week one of a 2-week advanced swimming class so I’m not sure how much actually swimming I’ll do.  I have to believe it’ll be more than 10 mins, but for this week, I’ll do whatever I can get during the class.  This week I’ll make 4-miles my shortest run distance and I expect to do at least 14 miles  for the week.  If the legs are feeling good, I may take one of my runs to 5 miles.  On the bike, I will stick to 15 miles for my regular ride and I’ll do 40 miles for my long ride.

Ironman 70.3 Florida – What Have I Done

I have been eyeing the Ironman 70.3 FL for a while.  It is on April 14, 2019 and registration opened today.  I found a co-worker that was willing to do it and so I have registered!


This will be my first triathlon as I doubt I would do any other shorter ones before this.  This has now become much more real!  This will be my first stepping stone on the way to a full Ironman.

I’ll probably end up following a 16-18 week training plan which gives me about 19-20 weeks to work on my base, especially my swimming.

Week in Review: July 16 – July 22 2018

This week is typical of what I can expect once a month.  Every month, I fly to FL to work at my company’s office for a week.  The difficulty with that is that I don’t have my bike and my swimming options are limited.

For the trip this past week, I chose to stay in a different hotel to the one I typically stay at.  My typical hotel has a gym, but it doesn’t have a stationary bike.  The hotel I stayed at had a stationary bike and a slightly larger pool.

So, my 2 weekday bike rides were done on an indoor bike.  For the first one on Tuesday, I decided to just listen to my music.  That was booooring.  I couldn’t wait to be done.  Also, for some reason, it is mentally hard to pedal like I would on the road.  So, I took the opportunity to do it as a high cadence workout doing the entire ride at 100RPM or higher.

For the Thursday morning ride, I decided to watch a movie.  That made the time go much faster.  Again, I did the whole ride at 100RPM or higher.

For my long ride, I was back home and did a 37-mile ride.  It felt pretty good.  Due to the excessively high temperatures in the DFW area this week, I wanted to ensure I was done while it was still cool, so I started at 5:30am doing the first 30-45 mins in the dark.  By the time I was done, the temperature was only 80F.

I continued to swim, doing my 4 swim days at the hotel pool.  The pool is only 15m so it involved a lot of laps.  I managed to swim at least 200m per day.  I can tell that I need less and less rest between laps, for for now, I think I can only swim about 50m before needing a rest.

Running went well and was typical of previous week.

My training time was right about the same as last week at 6 hrs 36 mins.

Goals for Next Week: I expect my week will be similar to this past one, but I would like to thrown in more swimming time.  Last week I would do about 6 mins of actual swimming time each session.  I’ll look to move that to about 10 mins

Week in Review: July 9 – July 15 2018

This week went pretty well.  My goal was to swim at least 200m each of the 4 days that I had my swimming lessons, and I managed to do that.  I didn’t make my stretch goal of swimming 400m on one of the days, but I can tell I’m slowly building up endurance in that I need rest less time between 25m lengths.

Friday was tough as my body felt really tired.  I was glad to have the rest day on Saturday.

I didn’t do a brick work today as I wanted to extend my long ride to 35 miles, which I did, and I decided that it was best to not try and run after that.  I did run 4 miles on two my 3 running days though so I ran the same total of 11 miles as I have done for the past few weeks.

My workout time went up to 6 hrs 41 mins this week.  A new high.  Here is what my week looked like:


Goals For Next Week: I’m travelling to FL this week so I wouldn’t have my bike, but I hope to do the equivalent amount of biking on an indoor bike.  I will continue to do 35 miles for my long bike ride, but I will throw in the 1.5 mile run immediately after.  Total running for the week will be 12.5 miles and I hope to do a total of 1000m of swimming