When I became interested in using power as a bicycle training metric, the PowerPod device was not on my radar. Actually, there were no devices on my radar because I knew absolutely nothing about power meters. What I knew was, I wanted to get faster on the bike so I needed to take my training to a different level. And to do that, I needed to first understand what kind of power I was generating and then try to improve upon that. So I needed a power meter.
Leading up to and during Ironman Arizona (IMAZ) 2015, I kept telling myself to trust the training. IMAZ was my first full-distance triathlon and going that distance was a complete unknown to me. I didn’t know what to expect so I just had to trust that I had trained properly. I successfully finished IMAZ without any major struggles as I reported in my last post. The training plan was one of the keys to my success.
As I went into the T2 transition tent, my body was shaking uncontrollably from the wet and cold. I had just finished the 112 mile bike portion of Ironman Arizona (IMAZ). I sat in a chair shivering and desperately trying to change into my run gear. There was never a doubt in my mind that I would get up and head out to start the 26.2 mile run. There was some question as to whether I would finish it.
It was one year ago almost to the day that I had signed up for IMAZ, my first full distance triathlon. It was hard for me to believe that the big day had already arrived. I had followed my training plan, but going 140.6 miles was a complete unknown to me. And I had no idea how the day would go.
I always feel more comfortable doing a practice run when I have a big event at work or a big race. I have been known to pace around a hotel room reciting a presentation prior to speaking to clients or presenting at a conference. So when I signed up for Ironman Arizona (IMAZ), I was happy to pay the extra money and also get entry into Ironman 70.3 Silverman, which would allow me some IMAZ travel preparation.
Traveling to Las Vegas would be the perfect “dry run” for traveling to Arizona a few weeks later. All of my previous triathlon races have been local, so I have never had to ship a bike or pack all my gear for an out-of-town event. I don’t want anything to go wrong at IMAZ so practicing travel seemed like a good idea. And besides, it’s a long weekend in Vegas. Continue reading
When signing up for Ironman 70.3 Silverman almost a year ago, I did not bother to look at the course. Oops! I didn’t realize what I was in for. When I finally did study the course, it was quickly clear why the Ironman 70.3 World Championships were held here several times. This was supposed to be a warm-up event for me as I prepare for Ironman Arizona (IMAZ). It was going to be an interesting weekend in southern Nevada.
Back in May I wrote about purchasing Race Wheels and my thoughts on Flo Cycling. Well, I took the plunge and bought a set of Flo wheels in their June sale. Since I’m not a technical expert on wheels, I’ll leave that review for others. Instead, I want to share my experience with Flo Cycling and provide a review of the purchase process. Continue reading
I really hate changing running shoes. Once I find something I like, I usually stick with it. But when I saw advertisements for Altra running shoes, I knew I had to try them out. (Yes, advertising works!) A big part of how I was able to resurrect my running activities a few years ago was my move to a more natural running style. I did not go all the way to “barefoot” but I did adjust my form to a shorter stride and a mid- to fore- foot strike (I was a long strider with a heal strike previously). My nagging injuries went away and I have been running injury-free for over three years. The right shoe has been a big part of my recovery.
I have been thinking about investing in race wheels, and Flo Cycling keeps coming up in my research. Those of us that get addicted to triathlon usually also get sucked into the gear race. I have tried to moderate my gear purchases for a number of reasons. One of which is that I generally don’t like to spend money. Another is that I don’t want to be the guy that shows up at the local race completely decked out with the most expensive bike and every gadget imaginable only to finish in the middle of the pack. If I’m going to look fast than I want to be fast.
As promised, I have a progress report for Milestone #1 as I prepare for 140.6. For my non-triathlon friends, I hope this post provides you with a little glimpse of preparing for and participating in an endurance race.
When I signed up for my first full-distance triathlon (140.6 miles) last November, my plan was to take the training in steps and set some milestones along the way. First step was to get my training base back and then get a race under my belt. After all, it had been over a year since my last race and I needed an early gauge of my fitness level.
One of the great pleasures I get from running is what I call the payoff run. What is a payoff run? For me, it is a little reward during a run that provides a payoff for my hard work. Most often the reward comes in the form of some type of visual, scenery for example.
In my early years of running as an adult, I was completely focused on training and improving my performance. Training runs were a means to an end. How I was going to get that PR in my next race. I’m not sure if I realized at the time that running provides much, much more. Don’t get me wrong-performance goals are still important to the competitor in me. But I have found as I have gotten older that there is a joy to running that goes beyond metrics. It is not about how fast I can get from point A to point B; it is more about what I experience along the way.