Well, I am finally getting around to doing my quarterly summaries. I completely missed the end of Quarter 3 and now Quarter 4 has come to a close. At that time, I was going to through some struggles with my training. Because of that, I just wasn’t feeling like even going through my previous week’s training logs. Thankfully, that was just a phase and I am flying high again. I finally have a few minutes to go back and record some of my thoughts from the past two quarters.
Quarter 3 (May 23rd to June 19th)
|Total Distance||118.11 miles||38,600 yards||552.83 miles||692.87 miles|
Grand Rapids Triathlon
I had a huge PR and an awesome overall race early in June at the Grand Rapids Triathlon. This was a huge confidence boast and a great way to start the 2011 race season.
100 Miles of Nowhere
I completed my second century ride of the season and first century on the Black Rock as part of the 100 Miles of Nowhere. Despite the monotony of it, it was a huge success. I got to practice my nutrition and break in the Black Rock for a long ride. I’ll definitely be riding it again next year.
Making it Halfway
The end of Q3 marked the end of the first half of my training (remember there are six quarters to my training schedule).
All of the training started to pile up and I wasn’t respecting the rest days like I should. Despite ending on a recovery week, I was zapped. I had zero energy or ambition to do my workouts. Thankfully, after some sage advice from fellow bloggers, I backed off for a couple days to reground and it did wonders.
The good news on the diet front was that I finally hit my primary goal race weight of 160lbs (I started at 170lbs on day 1 of training). I have a secondary goal weight of 155lbs, but I have been reconsidering whether or not the extra weight loss will help or hurt me. At some point, you start to lose muscle which will decrease power. I am happy having hit my primary goal weight and have never felt healthier in my life.
Quarter 4 (June 20th to July 17th)
|Total Distance||110.39 miles||41,350 yards||621.983 miles||755.85 miles|
Olympic Distance PR at Johan
Despite struggling at the end of the Johan Trifest with stomach issues, I was still able to pull out a PR. I have loosely determined that the stomach were due more to not hydrating enough on the bike although I am sure the copious amount of beer the night before with The Redhead, Spike, Jen B, and Jeff didn’t help.
I was lucky enough to be able to head over to Madison in June to do a course preview as part of the WIBA group (Day 1& 2 and Day 3). After riding the course for the first time, I am even more excited for race day. It was challenging but a ton of fun. I am really glad that I got to ride the course ahead of time and met a lot of great people.
Hello Century Rides!
I finished up the last two weeks with a century ride on each. The first was a solo century throughout Northeast Kent County and the second was a solo ride as part of the Holland Hundred bike tour. This marked century rides #4 and #5 of the season and I tentatively have #6 on tap for this weekend. I absolutely love riding long and would rather do a century than a 20-30 miles ride at this point. They have all gone extremely well
Good Jogging Dude!
On my long run Sunday, I was dying. It was only an 8 mile run, but it was a scorcher and I was coming off a long ride Saturday and spending the rest of Saturday on my feet. Jennie came with me to carry water and I chugged through a full 32oz of it. Towards the end of the run, we passed a driveway with a kid playing (probably 6 or 7 years old). He gave me a thumbs up and said “Good Jogging Dude!”. Made my day. It gave me a huge boost to finish up the run strong.
I’m not one to complain about the heat, and this really isn’t a complaint – more of an observation. The summer has heated up with a vengeance and definitely affects my workouts. I have to carry more water and I come home dripping wet. I am doing my best to embrace the heat training as you never know what kind of weather race day will bring.
Work has been getting in the way of my training. I think I need a sponsor. Anyone want to sponsor an age grouper? In all serious, it hasn’t been horrible, but it has gotten to the point where basically all of my time is spent working, training or sleeping. I guess that is to be expected though.
Nutrition has slipped a bit. I’m still at my goal weight, but I have been ravenously hungry and less discerning as to what goes into my mouth – especially after a long training day. Not a huge deal, but I just need to be more conscious of good fuel being good fuel. The handful of M&Ms or Hershey bar in the middle of the afternoon probably isn’t the best option. However, for the probably first time in my life, I am consistently eating a healthy breakfast. My mom will probably fall out of her chair when she reads this but I no longer eat leftover pizza or mac and cheese. I have discovered the world of fruit smoothies and scrambled eggs with cheese and salsa and breakfast has never been the same.
Thanks for reading everyone! Probably a boring read for you all, but I wanted to get some of these details recorded for posterity.
Good luck to everyone racing IMLP this weekend!
#918 Jon (SwiCycloRun) Leonard Campbell – @vrljc
#137 Jill Agresta (Simply Tri) – @JPow21
#312 Mandy Farrar (Caratunk Girl) – @caratunkgirl
#1529 Rodney (Road to Ironman) – @rbuike
#2213 Bryan Payne (Training Payne) @tri_bry
#2106 Simon Cross (TriTwins) @tritwins
#1137 John Proc (Lord of the Chainrings) @johnwproc
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