Pardon this interruption from the Hawaii pictures for an actual workout related post. I figure I better post about Christmas too before we are officially in 2011.
Jennie and I had a great Christmas this year. Despite lots of traveling around the state, we enjoyed spending time with each of our families. Between Christmas Eve and the 26th, we had 5 Christmas celebrations. And we still have one more when my dad gets back in town.
Santa sure did his triathlon research this year and loaded me with lots of goodies. This year was the year of the water bottle. Every year, I somehow end up getting multiples of one item on my list. The first year it was crowbars – I got 3. The next year it was headlamps for running – another 3. This year, I had the Camelbak Podium Chill bottle on my list. I reviewed this bottle not too long ago and joked about replacing all my water bottles with this one. Well, I have now received 4 more of them so maybe that will be possible!
Other than that, I was lucky enough to get:
- A bicycling t-shirt
- A plethora of Gatorade powder (lemon lime, orange, and fruit punch)
- Polyester jammer
- A box chock full of Gu, Chomps, Shot Blocks, etc.
- A pair of Serfas Sike-Out sunglasses with interchangeable lenses
- A set of Michelin Krylion bike tires
- Another Performance cycling jersey
- A new saddle bag
- Speed laces
- And one more big item (scroll down)
Despite the holiday craziness, I have tried to keep up my training as much as I can. The pool has funky hours during Christmas break, but I have still managed to get in 2 or 3 swims a week. I am generally shooting for around 2500 yards at medium effort. My running has been lacking the most, but I made it out for an 8 mile run yesterday at a 7:30 pace followed by a 3 mile run with Jennie. The run went very well so I don’t feel like I am losing my base at all despite the days off. Jennie and I are signed up to do a 4 mile Resolution Run on New Year’s Eve. After that, I really need to sit down and start a marathon training schedule.
I’m also back to doing P90X after a couple weeks off. I “finished” my first 90 days and am starting over with the program. I say “finished” because I really slacked off towards the end and really only did the lifting and ab workouts. That gave me 3 solid days of strength training a week and I really can’t see myself doing any more than that on top of running, biking, and swimming.
Today, I tried two new methods of training: Spinervals and a new yoga workout.
I actually received two spinervals DVDs last Christmas but never got around to doing them. So, today, I pulled out No Slackers Allowed. Talk about a workout. I was sweating buckets on the first interval set and fought to hang on through the entire workout. Coach Troy does a great job of pushing you hard on the trainer. It is by far the best workout I have ever done on the trainer. I generally just sit there and spin. This got me pushing hard, climbing out of the saddle, and praying for it to end. My only complaint is that Coach Troy gives too many “X number of seconds left” commentary. I don’t need (or want) “you have 15 seconds left”, “you have 10 seconds left”, “5, 4, 3, 2, 1”. It almost made the workout mentally tougher because it felt like the seconds dragged by as he counted them. I have on other Spinerval DVD that I will try next time.
The second new training method was yoga. While not entirely new, I may have found a new series of yoga DVDs that work for me. Thus far, I have only ever done the P90X yoga routine, but that gets boring after a while. I tried some of Jennie’s DVDs but couldn’t get into them. MattyO however, recently recommended some Rodney Yee DVDs, so I tried one out today. Best alternative to the P90X series I have found so far. I did one called Flexibility which was only 25 minutes long. It was nice to do a quick routine rather than the full hour and a half that P90X calls for. I’m going to have to look into getting a couple of the DVDs.
Oh… And One More Thing
I’m getting a new bike! Santa’s elves were out of stock, so I have to wait for them to build some more and deliver them to the LBS, but I will be racing on a Cervelo P2 this year! Huge THANKS to
Santa my wonderful wife!