Jan 18

What’s Going On Wednesday

Yesterday, I did my first spin class at the new Striders store.  What a great training ride.  Because it is hosted at the store, you have to bring your own bike and trainer which is a bit of a hassle, but I would rather ride my own bike than a spin bike at a gym.  The class was led by a local pro triathlete and she did a great job. Structure-wise, it isn’t much different than a Spinervals DVD, but it is much more fun and motivational to do the workout with 10 other people.

I also found out that the new store has a tri training group.  They are hosting a kickoff party in the next couple of weeks, so I’ll probably go to that and check things out.

The Pfitz Plan is still keeping me plenty busy on the running front.  This week will be my first 70 mile week so hopefully I am still alive at the end.  Today’s workout is 6x1200m intervals with warmup/cooldown to total 11 miles.

Winter has finally arrived (sort of).  We got our first big snow of the season – a whooping 3”.  And of course everyone panicked like it was the end of the world.  Seriously? We go through this every year. 


The first few days of snow were absolutely gorgeous.  Fresh, clean white snow draped the landscape and it was an absolute pleasure to run in.  On my long run last weekend, I had the roads nearly to myself.  Everyone else seems to have begun their hibernation period or migrated indoors to the dreadmills.  15 miles in to the run, I paused and realized that it was completely silent.  I stood there taking it all in and watching watching the snow fall for a minute before continuing on; the squeak of my shoes in the snow the only sound.  Now, the snow is a dirty, slushy mess.  Oh well, it was nice while it lasted.

I started on a project last weekend and hope to have it finished up this weekend.  Basically, I started to finish off one of the last areas of our basement.  Once I wrap it up, I’ll post some pictures.

I absolutely love my Kindle and I’ve been continuing to read whenever I have time.  I just finished up Long Distance. It is about a writer who decides to take a year and train full time as a Nordic skier. It is a great book for any endurance athlete.  A couple of my favorite quotes from the book:

“At every endurance event, there comes a time when you’ll say, ‘What the fuck am I doing here?’ And you’ll say, ‘This is what I do.’”

“‘If you’re going to expand your comfort zone, you’re going to fall on your keister pretty often,’ said Lamb. ‘And if you just keep it in that safe zone, you’re going to go through life living in suburbia, and you’ll never know what’s in your heart and soul.’”

Now, it is back to getting my zombie fix in with Zone One (which follows up my reading of World War Z).  I may have a problem, but not nearly as much of a problem as some other people… (you know who you are).

Finally, if you are a local reader, the Y is putting on some free triathlon clinics starting this weekend.  Saturday will be a Tri 101 clinic and Swim – Technique & Training clinic.  Both are classroom style so no need to wear your swim suit (unless you want to of course).  For more info, and to sign up, head here.

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  1. Christina

    Love both of those quotes. Will have to add that book to my list. I’ve been reading a lot lately and really enjoying being inspired by athletes who push out of their safe zone.
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  2. Matt Oravec

    Never hit 70 miles in a week 60 something was the most. Good luck haha.

    Problems? What? haha.

    Dude, you are a reading machine. I thought Heather read a lot, but you got her beat for sure! Good on you. She just got a kindle this month and loves the thing too.
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  3. Jon

    Hhhhmmmm, I feel like part of this post was directed at me? I could be wrong?

    “Long Distance” sounds right up my alley. As for the first quote you posted, I had the opposite reaction (sort of). I said to myself, “What the fuck am I doing? This sucks! I am quitting!”

    Then I will do the brick run portion and conquor the world and THEN say, “THIS is what I am doing!”

    Have an awesome week of running! 70 miles is killer!
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  4. Jeff Irvin

    i think you are talking about Jon, Matty and me? hmmm … Just because I keep forwarding you weapons needed for the zombie war does not mean I have a problem, I mean, who doesn’t own a machete for zombie beheading??? (-:

    That is pretty cool about the indoor cycling class. Always helps to have others around and push you. A new place just opened that has 17 computrainers setup with a flat screen for each unit. It is very cool! A little pricey but may have to go there every now and again for a change of scenery — and he has the IMMT Erg video!
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  5. Morgan

    I too, feel as if part of this post was directed at me. Also, we picked up World War Z to read soon! YAY!

    Good luck this week!!!
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  6. Matt Smith

    I fully agree about the snow…it starts off beautiful but soon looks like poop. Oh well. I bet you guys got some last night like we did.

    What are you finishing in your basement? The wood shop? Where will you put all the tools? If ya need two extra-bulging biceps to help move stuff, I’m only a couple hours away! 🙂

    That’s so cool that you live in an active community with lots of triathletes. I’d much rather ride my bike than a gym’s bike any day!
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  7. Emily

    I pretty much refuse to ever attend a gym spin class, but I have no problem with it if I get to use my own bike and trainer. For whatever reason, mentally it’s totally different.
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  8. Colleen

    That snow looks awesome – we’ve yet to get anything worth while down here! 🙁

    70 mile weeks huh? You guys are insane! 🙂

  9. Beth

    aaaah, the sky is falling!! What is all this white stuff?! Quick, everyone panic…

    One of my best runs EVER was 10 miles at the beginning of the blizzard of 2010 in DC. Quiet, beautiful, glorious.
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    1. Ironman By Thirty (Kevin)

      Is it wrong that I want a blizzard simply so I can run in it? Last year’s blizzard run was amazing! The only traffic I saw was snowplows.

  10. BDD

    Dont jinx us Colleen

    I love the quotes

    A new tri training group would be fun to join
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  11. katie

    Okay, all I heard was 70 mile week. WHAT?!?! Awesome.
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  12. Nitmos

    You know, one of these winters it will be the end of the world and then who’ll be laughing, huh?
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  13. Lauren

    70 mile week! hollllly crap. ice baths, right?

    ps- thanks for the WP help! keep it comin’
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    1. Ironman By Thirty (Kevin)

      Surprisingly, no ice baths so far. The plan I am following has been shockingly good at increasing the mileage in such a way that I have just been getting used to it. I’m using compression sleeves a lot more than normal and running in my Hoka shoes for recovery runs and that does the trick.

  14. Jason @ Cook Train Eat Race

    That is a gorgeous picture and the opportunity to take in the non-sounds of a neighborhood must have been awesome.

    3″ of snow and Texas would have been a destruction derby b/c nobody here knows how to drive in bad weather and that includes rain.
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  15. Sharpie

    70 miles is a SOLID volume week!!!! I think the snow is beautiful……….make sure your next book is “The Art Of War” …… or if you really need the time to fly fast(er) read “kama sutra” …. kidding, kidding. MattyO told me to say that! 😉

    1. Ironman By Thirty (Kevin)

      If you have started to take advice from MattyO on what to say then I think you might be too far gone already! haha Looking forward to see who wins the contest.

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