Mar 07

Weekend Wrap-up

I’ve been slacking on my blogging.  Nothing really major to blog about on a day to day basis, so I have just been saving up the little things and now I am going to end up with a long post.  I have to say, all of you out there who have already started your training, I am really enjoying your week reports and training updates.  I have to admit I am a little jealous that you are all underway already.  I am doing my best to live vicariously through you all.  You all rock!

Training has been going fairly well overall.  I have semi-returned to running.  I did a total of 5 runs last week, 2 of my own and 3 with Jennie (2 of the 3 immediately following my runs).  Each time, my toe was a little tender to start but loosened right up once I got going.  It was a little sore after each of the runs, so I have decided to continue to take it easy to make sure everything is fully healed in time for March 28th.  I’m icing pretty much every day still as well.  The worst part about icing is that even when I am done, my foot is freezing cold for the rest of the day.

With the limited running, I am continuing to hammer it out on the trainer.  My minimum rides have turned into 2 episodes of Top Gear (2 hours).  I’ve actually started biking with dual screens – one for TV/movie watching and one for the IMWI Spinerval DVD muted.  That way, I can follow the gearing changes of the course while not being bored to death by Coach Troy.

Speaking of the bike, I have started to deck out the new ride (still nameless).  I think I have my hydration and nutrition needs met.

The first thing I got was a Louis Garneau Gel Box stem bag.  It fits great on the bike and the black/red colors match the bike.  It is big enough to store my iPhone for long rides and still have room for about 4 or 5 gels.  On top of that, it has a removable rain cover that tucks into the side pocket to replace the mesh cover.


The second purchase was a XLab Sonic Wing and Tire Bag.  The XLab Sonic Wing is a rear mount system specially designed to interface with the two holes on the P2 seat post. I ended up getting two plastic cages instead of the carbon cages pictured below.  I just can’t justify paying $50+ for a carbon water bottle cage.


With it all on the bike, it makes it look pretty sharp.

Still on the the Wish List is a new bike computer and a part of tri bike shoes.  I have my eye on the Garmin Edge 500, but haven’t committed yet. 


For the shoes, I am looking at the Louis Garneau Tri Speed Shoes.  Unfortunately, I haven’t found a bike shop around here that carries them.  I was really hoping to try them on first, but may have to just hope for the best and order them online. 


On to swimming.  I’ve been continuing my goal to work through the Swim Workouts for Triathletes binder.  I’ve managed to do a different workout each time I have gone to the pool and have now done 20 of the 66 workouts.  While some of them are less fun than others, the variety keeps me from getting bored.  This mornings workout killed me on the warm up – 1200 yards on the warm up alone!  I’m almost looking forward to official training to start because first few weeks of swim workouts are scheduled to be less than what I am currently doing.

I’ve also been able to keep up my twice a week strength training goal. This week it was YogaX and a Triceps, Shoulders and Back workout.  I am seeing the most benefit from the YogaX.  Poses that were difficult the first week are getting easier and more fluid.  I am definitely seeing the benefit to the core work.  It makes biking, swimming, and running (when I can) feel stronger.  I am really just hoping I have time to keep it up once the training plan starts.

Overall, it was a pretty good week for training.  I was happy to at least get a couple runs in even if I am still not 100%.  It is all about having a fun and maintenance for the next three weeks.  And then the pain begins.

Non training-wise, Bailey had a good week as well.  He helped me with my YogaX workout.

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Bailey practicing his downward dog.

And then he got to spend some time with his cousins (my mom’s dogs).  My mom has two yellow labs, Yoshie and Sunshine.

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Here is Bailey on the offensive with Yoshie.

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The dogs sure seem to like Jennie.

We had to break up the playing when we noticed blood on Yoshie.  Kind of hard to see in the picture, but he ended up with blood on his face and leg.  Hold on, don’t go calling ASPCA yet.  Bailey just lost his first baby tooth and that is what was bleeding.  We weren’t staging any dog fights or anything like that (Bailey totally would have won if we were though).

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Along with puppy play time, we have been practicing his walking skills.  I probably won’t run with him until he is closer to a year old, but it is never too early to get him walking.  I did try jogging with a little bit on the walk to see how he did.  He did well until he cut in front of me and I nearly landed on my face.

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Thanks for reading!

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  1. Matt Smith

    Man, that’s some sweet gear for your new ride. I’m pretty big on how everything looks and is coordinated. Nice work with the workouts too. Bailey is getting big! You had me cracking up with the downward dog…

    Have a blessed week.

    1. Ironman By Thirty (Kevin)

      Haha. I am totally getting into everything being coordinated on this bike. My road bike is a funny green/silver/black combo so it was hard to find anything that actually match it. This one has been a bit easier. The tri shoes are really the only thing that don’t “go” with it so far. I just haven’t been able to find a pair of black single strap tri shoes – they are all white. I read somewhere that this was so that the shoes reflected the sun and stayed cooler but I don’t know if that is true or not.

      Take care!

  2. Aimee (I Tri To Be Me)

    I still need to get that swimming binder!! I’m off to Amazon to get it!
    I have a bento box and LOVE it! It is awesome for training and racing!!
    I have the X-lab too, but I actually got the Gorilla cages (although I got them for pretty cheap on sale). Just so you know, I have read so many reviews that your water bottles can get launched if you don’t have good cages, so just be careful out there!

    1. Ironman By Thirty (Kevin)

      Thanks for the warning on the water bottles. I previously had a Profile Design saddle mount cage (http://www.profile-design.com/profile-design/products/hydration/all-hydration/rm1.html) that was absolutely horrible. It didn’t launch water bottles that often but instead, the bolt used to adjust the height of it would loosen every 20 miles or so (no matter how hard I tightened it) leaving my water bottles sagging below on my seat. Halfway through a 60 mile ride (in the pouring rain) it completely fell off on me. So, long story short, this one can’t possibly be any worse 🙂 I’ll probably end up using rubber bands to secure the bottles in place to play it safe.

  3. Jessica

    Bailey is getting so big! Glad to hear your running again!

  4. Matt Oravec

    Love the bike gear. That gel storage box is sweet! I need something like that, I toss my phone in my bike jersey so it gets sweaty and wet in the rain 🙁

    Keep walking bailey and DON’T LET HIM PULL YOU GUYS! Huge pointer on that. When he pulls, stop. Wait for Bailey to stop pulling or to back up to you guys. This will train him to be at your side. The plus is that he won’t want to be in front of you and will never trip you then. Don’t jerk the leash or anything, they need to learn that on their own.

    Good luck man, there is SO much that we would have done different with our pups knowing what we know now lol.

    Glad the running is ok for you. The bike fitness will carry your run fitness, I have found this out myself. No worries.

    1. Ironman By Thirty (Kevin)

      I hear you about a sweaty phone. Last year I kept it in a ziploc bag in my pocket, but that was a pain in the ass to try and answer if I got a phone call.

      As for the dog, he is doing pretty good walking and training in general. Of course, I post a picture of him pulling 🙂 He didn’t like the fact that Jennie ran ahead of us to take the picture. My mom has raised 3 dogs in the Paws with a Cause program (not sure if they have that in OH, but it is basically dogs for people with disabilities). The two yellow labs are actually Paws dogs that failed the program for medical reasons (hip dysplasia). So, we have been using a lot of the training material that she has from that program with Bailey. Misbehaved dogs drive me crazy and I don’t want to end up with a disobedient dog.

      Take care!

  5. Jon

    Good dog training tips!

  6. Jon

    Can’t wait to see the bike all pimped out.

    Be happy that you didn’t HAVE to train hard through this winter. I am jealous of YOU for being able to take it easy-ish while we were slogging it out in the cold and snow cuz we HAD to.

    The picture of Bailey practicing downward dog cracked me up!!

  7. Morgan

    I don’t speak tri so some of this stuff just looked like crazy gadgets of the future. 🙂

    Glad the toe is feeling better!

  8. Krista@CommitmentisLiberating

    Sounds like a solid training week. I can’t believe how much the ‘little’ stuff adds up for the bike! I ended up with the carbon bottle carries designed for holding bottles behind the saddle. I went back and forth but finally decided on the high end ones.

  9. Emily

    ooooh rain cover for a stem bag. GREAT idea. In case I ever actually get the balls to ride in the rain…

  10. Colleen Kingery

    I love the stem bag. I like the feature of the rain cover… may need to get one of those! 🙂

    I have those LG shoes and LOVE them!

  11. Derek

    CONTINUING to hammer out 2hr sessions on the bike! you are gonna be in fantastic shape once your schedule starts…ur totally doin awesome and to be honest laying off the run lately has prob been a good thing for you. glad its cooperating now…

    love the LG Bag


  12. Spike

    Jennie is being attacked by dogs and you take a picture…

    Also, a long post from you…how dare you.

    Finally, glad the foot is feeling better. Keep taking it easy until March 28th.

  13. Jeff Irvin

    Hey dude – just picked up the LG Tri Speed shoes and they are pretty nice. just did 1.5hrs on the trainer with them and they were comfortable.

    I got them at All3Sports.com, use this code and get 15% off: GOTRAKKERS

  14. lindsay

    umm i believe that’s upward dog as his behind is not in the air.

  15. Scott

    Make sure you check that you still have your water bottle after hitting a bump or railroad track, they are known for launching them

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