A spontaneous brick

By Skip

I had swapped the past two days’ workouts around so that I would be able to take advantage of the maximum amount of daylight for my bike ride.  The later in the year it gets the more I am starting to realize that I need to start working different hours at my job(I don’t think that is going to work) or possibly do indoor biking.  I am not thrilled about the second option but let me tell you, today I ran out of light and it almost cost me an accident.

When I had realized the I was running out of light, I was about 20 minutes away from home and in the middle of my second main set.  I tried to turn on my rear blinking light but it would not come on.  I looked down and I had taken my front light off as well, probably the last time I transported my bike via car.  Not good, especially when you are going down a main road. 

I made it about 99% of the way with no problem.  Went to make the final left turn to head down my road and an elderly person pulled right out in front of me.  We both slammed on our brakes and she acknowledged she was sorry but it really was not her fault. 

Another reason why the lack of sun snuck up on me a little bit is because I have some biking glasses that make everything look brighter… kind of like “blue-blockers” if you have ever tried those, you know what I mean.

Enough of that, let’s get on with the workout.  Here was my official plan:

  • WU: 13 minutes @ moderate aerobic intensity
  • MS: 2 x 12 minutes @ threshold intensity with 10 minutes active recovery
  • CD: 13 minutes @ moderate aerobic intensity

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Looking at this after completion, it was a 66.6 minute workout… scary! :) On the other hand, it was a good strong workout. The slower times I incurred were due to a very strong headwind which I pumped hard through so I never gave in to the conditions. Looking things over for my next race, I need to maintain about 21mph to be happy and produce the time that I want to produce! I think I might be able to do this regardless of the mountain bike.  Looking back at my data, I averaged about 19mph during the first set and 20mph during the second set.  This took into consideration the strong headwind.  21…. 21…. 21…. I will be closely monitoring my speed on Sunday. 

One other quick note, my legs started to cramp up inbetween the main sets. I had a very hard time working out this cramp but it finally went away…. once again, I think this was due to dehydration… I certainly hope it was not due to missing so many workouts over the past week!

Once I got back home, I practiced my dismount with no issues and swapped into my running gear.  I wanted to practice that T2 transition to make sure everything was smooth.  I am not so confident about my T1.  The funny thing is that I started running and biking without socks since my last race so that I could decrease my transition times.  This also meant I wanted to do a quick bike mount on T1 with my shoes already clipped into place.  I did not practice this at all, therefore, I will not be doing this during the race.  I really don’t want to see myself doing a “face-plant” especially since that is where most of the spectators and cameras are!

I then ran a 10 minute route to get my legs in “the groove.”   I felt like I needed to do this after my bike just to get the momentum going in my legs. My pace was OK but I would not be able to maintain that for 20 minutes. I need to dig deep for Sunday’s race.  I had a slight leg pain in the beginning but it went away after about 3 minutes. It was located in the left shin area. I have NO idea what that was!  Also, some of those muscle cramps that I experienced during the bike showed up when I started the run but they quickly went away.  I should have stretched more I think.

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Filed in: Biking, Running, Sprint Training, Transition, Triathlon • Thursday, October 7th, 2010
 

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