We all have occasional bad training days. In some cases, it is not that the training goes poorly, it’s just that everything else seems to go wrong. For me, 140.6 training is an obsession and I’m still learning to keep the minor setbacks in perspective. So when something goes wrong on a training day, I have a hard time not getting frustrated.
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.
For guys like me that have a family and a regular job, committing to 140.6 is a huge decision. First and foremost, we have to make sure we have the support of family and that they understand the commitment and are onboard. Training alone will require 10-18 hrs per week. Prior to signing up, I discussed with my wife, Beth, and she agreed to be my “Crew Chief,” which is a big job. Beth is amazing and she is always there to support me for most of my wacky ideas. (I will mention that she nixed the whole idea of me someday climbing Mt Everest; yeah, she read Jon Krakauer’s “Into Thin Air”). She also knows me well, and once I got this idea into my head, I think she knew that resistance would be futile (she has already been assimilated).