Forgetting about wind is an eye opening experience

By Skip

February…… you have to love this month if you live in South Florida.  This is the one time of year that you realize how lucky you really are, especially as a triathlete.  There are not too many places where I could be OUTSIDE swimming, biking and running at this time of year.  Today was no exception.  I only had 45 minutes scheduled for my bike ride but I knew I had to do more when I got out there and took in the beauty of things.

There really is nothing better than getting up to a beautiful Saturday morning bike ride on a nice, warm, Florida weather.

This was the scheduled workout:

  • WU: 10 minutes @ moderate aerobic intensity
  • MS: 25 minutes @ moderate aerobic intensity
  • CD: 10 minutes @ moderate aerobic intensity

This was a really good bike ride today and I ended up doing about a 70 minute workout!  The funny part of today is that I was wondering why I had such a strong first 25-30 minutes becuase I kept checking my speed and I was flying. It did not hit me (literally) until I turned around on this “out and back” and the head-wind came at me full strength. I had to laugh but it was a long, strenuous ride home. At least it brought some reality back into it.

The positive thing about today’s workout, other than the weather, is that my legs felt good when I was finished…. Tired and sore but good! I am very happy with this workout.  Biking and swimming seems to have no effect on my IT Band syndrome issue that I have been suffering from, which is awesome! (the fact that it is not affected)  The other two sports will not suffer while I am recovering.

As a side note on that topic, I was at Best Buy and picked up a TempoTrainer for my swimming to help pace me better in the pool in addition to a foam roller to try to work on deep tissue massage for my IT Band.   I tried out a few exercises and let me tell you that deep tissue equals tears in your eyes.  Painful but oh, so good!

Filed in: Biking, Injury, Sprint Training, Triathlon • Saturday, February 5th, 2011
 

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