I’m Back!

Almost a month ago to the day I hurt myself. I had developed a “knot” in my back after a long ride some months ago. I didn’t think much about it so I massaged it every now-and-then but otherwise didn’t pay much attention to it. It would be painful for …

An epic ride

Day 40: A long Saturday ride It’s kind of unbelievable that as of today I’ve put in 40 days of training. I take each day as it comes but it’s amazing to think back to a month-and-a-half ago when this began. I’m not sure I honestly believed I would get …

A run in the park

Day 39: swimming & running Today started out with a swim. 1200 yards with 3×200 intervals with rest periods of 20 seconds between each intervals. I got a late start to the morning so I changed things up a bit and scrapped the intervals and just swam 1225 yards straight. …

Training on the trainer

Day 38: Back in the garage Really nothing extraordinary today. 45 minutes ok not the trainer cruising around the virtual streets of London. The only difficult part was 12 minutes we’re down at 280 watts, which is my new FTP focus. My legs were tired at the end and I …

Same old, same old

Day 37: Nothing to see here Nothing interesting on day 37. More swimming and running. My pace felt good, especially in the pool. I was discouraged because I didn’t get a good night’s sleep so I try bought my swim times would suffer. Amazingly they didn’t. I swam a 2:18/100 …

Long Sunday

Day 35: Long Day Another Sunday in the books. Today’s plan was 1600 yards in the pool and a 10 mile run. Sunday’s are my swim coaching, but I decided to get to the pool early to knock out some of my training sets. The main emphasis was a 1000 …

Time is not on my side

Day 33: A Missed Double Friday’s program called for a 1100 yard swim that included 3-200 yard intervals swam at “race pace” with 20 second rest periods between each interval. It also called for a 4.5 mile run including hill sprints. Friday was also Holden’s class field trip to Ano Nuevo …

FTP Test Time

Day 32: FTP Test Morning FTP stands for Functional Threshold Power. From triathlete.com “FTP is the maximum power you can sustain for one hour. Think of power at VO2max as your upper limit of aerobic energy production and FTP as the percentage of that limit that you can sustain.” Basically this …

Wednesday Doubles

Day 31: Doubles Today was a good day. On the schedule was an 1100 yard swim, including 8-50 yard intervals, and a  4.5 mile run with hill sprints. When I woke up I wasn’t thrilled about the idea of jumping in the pool. Even though I had slept well and …

Back in the Saddle

Day 30: Sweating in the Garage Nothing too interesting–just another garage session. 45 minutes on the trainer doing 6-“hard” 2 minutes sprints. Hard sprints mean keeping my wattage above 250 and it was indeed hard.