I have officially finished my first quarter, out of 6 quarters (24 weeks), of training. Yes, I know there are only 4 quarters in a whole, but what am I supposed to call it? First Sixth Report? Doesn’t have the same ring to it.
Rather than doing weekly reports, I am hoping that I can do these quarterly reports because A) I am short on time and B) weekly reports can get a bit boring.
First, let’s do the numbers.
|Total Distance||100 miles||34,100 yards||388 miles||507|
There were plenty of high points during this training cycle. It was the first weeks of training so I was riding on excitement that it was finally happening. During the first two weeks it took all I had in me to stick to the schedule and not overdo it.
Half Marathon PR
I substituted the Glass City Half Marathon as one of my weekly long runs. I had 1h10m scheduled but figured if I just took it easy in the half it would be a good substitution. Well, it ended up being a great substitution, but wasn’t easy by any means. Pushed to my limit by MattyO, I had a great race and a 3 minute PR. Overall, it was a great race, but wasn’t to be outdone by…
Awesome blogger meetup
Technically, not training per say, but it was great to finally meet some of the people I have been following for so long online. It was also a fun way to exchange battle stories and training tips.
Long Bike Ride to Sand Lake
This is one of the workouts that I said to hell with the plan and rode my heart out. I had 2h45m on the schedule but ended up going almost 3h30m. The weather was gorgeous and it was my first long ride on Black Rock. I took the White Pine trail to the end (the end of the paved portion at least) before turning back. I had a very slight head wind on the way out which made the ride back even better. It is almost a good thing that the paved trail ended in Sand Lake because I think I would have just kept going and going. It was also a very successful ride nutrition wise. I am in love with the Gu Chomps and Clif Shot Blocks (a little harsher than the Chomps, but still better than plain Gu).
Going Long in the Pool
This one sort of falls in both the high and low points for the cycle. On the positive side, I had my longest swim ever – 4000yds. The first 2100yds were continuous at a 1:34/100yd pace. The second 1900 was a combination of drills and fartlek intervals.
You can’t have high points without low ones to balance it out.
Going Long in the Pool
Like I said, this falls into both categories. While I never technically skipped a swim workout, I only did 14 workouts instead of 16. Wait, didn’t I just say I didn’t skip any? Well, because of the pool being closed last weekend (for Easter) and being out of town the week before (for the Half Marathon), I doubled up my swim on two occasions. I’m hoping that the schedule works out better this next month so that I can spread out the yards a bit more and take it easier on the arms/shoulders.
I won’t complain too much in case Mother Nature is listening but the weather has been all over the place. Rain, snow, windy, hail – we’ve see it all. Thankfully, I haven’t had to set back up the trainer (a positive), but the wind is slowing eating a way at me. Luckily, the worst of the weather was during my recovery week which didn’t require as much time outside any ways.
I took Black Rock into the LBS last week to address an issue with the saddle. The repair is going to be covered by warranty, I just have to wait for Cervelo to ship a replacement seat. Technically, I could go pick it up any day and ride it as is until the replacement comes in. I am just trying to save making two trips. It wasn’t so bad not having it during the recovery week, but I think I am going to go pick it up tomorrow or Wednesday regardless of if it is ready or not so I have it for my longer rides this week.
What Is Working
Running off the bike
My runs off the bike have been incredible so far. The first week was tough, but I really settled into the brick workouts by the second week. I have been consistently knocking out a sub-8 pace on the runs afterwards. And the best part is that my splits have either been even or negative on pretty much every run – something that is not typical of me at all.
What Isn’t Working
Biking in the wind
I don’t know what I can do about this other than HTFU. The wind has been brutal on my rides and I just have to suck it up. I had a ride on Saturday that was uphill and into the wind. I looked down and saw 10mph on the speedometer as I was pushing with all I had in my. Sort of defeating, but I
know hope that it is making me stronger.
Last, but not least, diet. I started something new with my training program – keeping track of my food. I’m not doing anything super hardcore like counting calories or measuring my food, but I am keeping a journal of what I eat in SportTracks (can’t say enough good things about this software). A day will generally look something like this:
- 2 Scrambled Eggs
- Fruit salad
- Grilled Cheese
- 1/2 can tomato soup w/ saltines
- Crackers & Hummus
- Spicy Veggie Stir Fry
- Egg Roll
I am doing this for two reason. Number 1 is to keep me accountable for what I am eating and making sure I am fueling my body with good food and not junk. I know that if I get hungry in the afternoon, I am going to log what I eat. Do I want to have to log “handful of chips” or would I rather log “apple?” Number 2 is to learn what works and what doesn’t for training. After reading KC’s last post, I have started to add more eggs to my diet. I have been trying to make scrambled eggs a couple times a week for breakfast. I have found that they leave me much more full feeling and energized than cereal or yogurt.
I have also gone all 4 weeks without pop. I am actually to the point where I really don’t have a taste for it. The first couple weeks were tough, but now I don’t even think about reaching for it.
The healthy eating and training combined have helped me to lose 5lbs since the beginning of training. I went from 170 to 165. My goal for race day is 160 and at this point, I am confident that I will hit that.
Overall, it has been a great first quarter. I just hope the next 5 quarters go as smoothly.