Day 79: Four days to go….

By Skip

With only four days to go, I have my final days cut out for me.  Mentally I need to stay in the game and not let up on any of my energy.  I did give in, by the way, to my caffeine cravings and have been drinking coffee over the past few days.  Actually, since Sunday I had to have coffee to keep myself from nodding off a couple of times.

Today I went and picked up my race packet for the Key Biscayne Triathlon Trilogy(Sunday’s race.)   This was the first time I was able to use my USAT card…. yeah!  When I told the guy this was my first time doing a tri he was very kind and handed me a checklist and walked me around the store to see if there was anything else I needed (how nice 🙂 )  I did end up buying a nice transition bag.

In addition he gave me a rundown on what would happen Sunday morning and told me I should be there around 5:30am…. oh boy…. I am so glad I started back up on coffee!

The reason why today’s workout was a little bit messed up is because we had a surprise birthday party for a close friend of ours after work.  I could not post that yesterday just in case she came across this blog and found out about her surprise party that way… that would have sucked.  Once I got back home I really had a choice of a bike or a run.  The bike is what was originally on the schedule so I stuck with that.

This is what was on my biking agenda for the day (night):

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

So given the fact I got home so late, I had to do this one on the stationary bike.  Here is what the data looked like… keep in mind that I was only counting on getting accurate heart rate data:

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How does one get MPH and elevation data from a stationary bike workout?  also, what is up with all the gaps in the data?  It was not just the heart rate but everything across the board!  When I do my run tomorrow I will be very curious to see what kind of info I get.  Maybe it is my Garmin 310xt that is defective.  I will keep you up to date on that.

I was able to keep this workout strong as I knew it was the last big bike before the race.  The two main tempo sets I was able to pump up the intensity and the speed.  In the future it would be interesting to swap out the seat and the pedals for the real deal.  Even though it was indoors, I was happy with what I was able to accomplish!

Only a couple more days left!  Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Race day!

Filed in: Biking, Sprint Training, Triathlon • Wednesday, August 11th, 2010

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