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Mar 22

Three Things Thursday

Running

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On Saturday, Jennie and I ran the annual Irish Jig 5k.  For a full report go read Jennie’s post here.  I ended up running a 19:02 finishing 99th overall out of 2,434 in the men’s race.  I was hoping for a PR (current PR is 18:56), but my running has felt off ever since the Woodlands Marathon.  That plus the fact that it was one of the hottest days on record left me feeling pretty worn out.  I’m not complaining about the weather at all, I’m just not fully adjusted to the warm weather yet and I can feel it when I run.

Biking

And, quite frankly, running has taken a back seat to biking. Man have I missed riding my bike. Since returning from Texas on March 5th, I have logged 14 bike rides for nearly 325 miles.  Yes, I am possibly addicted.  On top of that, I am doing all sorts of riding, mountain/gravel biking, group rides on the roadie, and even some time on the Black Rock.  Any chance I get, I am out on the bike. With this weather, I am having to force myself to take an off day from riding occasionally to keep from burning out.  My goal for the upcoming week is to work on finding a good hill climbing course for IMMT training.  I have a couple of good leads from Ride With GPS, but have to actually ride the courses to see how accurate the elevation data is.

Swimming

Swimming is swimming. I don’t love it, but I enjoy it.  It breaks up my day and gets me away from my desk at lunch time so it has that going for it. I am following the workouts on the NTC Training Center website fairly religiously which helps keep things interesting.  By doing the “A” workouts, I get a solid 3500-4500 yard swim in 3 days a week.  I figure that on recovery weeks (next week already), I will back off and do the “B” workouts which are about 1000 yards less.

I am definitely seeing progress though.  One of my “test” workouts is from the Workouts in a Binder book and involves doing 3x300yd as fast as possible.  I did this workout the other day and compared my results to previous tests:

  Rep 1 Rep 2 Rep 3 Avg
12/31/2008 5:15 5:10 5:05 5:10
6/16/2010 4:54 4:57 4:58 4:56
3/19/2012 4:22 4:21 4:19 4:21

Boom! That is what I like to see.

Thanks for reading! Happy Thursday!

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  1. Matthew Smith

    You’re a regular fish! Those are some sweet numbers that you can be proud of for sure!

    I feel ya on all that biking! I’m going out here in half an hour to crank out a bigger ride with a friend. I’ve been riding quite a bit! Can’t complain about the weather, can ya?

    Nice work on that solid 5k! That’s super fast even if it isn’t a PR. I love that shirt you’ve got 😉
    Matthew Smith recently posted..Hello Spring…Where Have You Been?

  2. Beth

    Wow, it seems like you are way far ahead and are setting yourself up for a huge IMMT training season!

  3. Kristin

    I’m with you on the bike. Someday I’ll be a cyclist when I’m no longer a runner or triathlete. Lately I’m none of the three, but that’s a whole other story 🙂
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  4. Jeff Irvin

    The weather in this country is crazy right now? Good work man – I’ll be joining you again soon. Finally over the hump and starting to feel like myself again.
    Jeff Irvin recently posted..Ironman Mont-Tremblant Training Week #1

  5. Carolina John

    Great 3 things thursday. 325 bike miles is a ton! You certainly have a problem there.
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  6. Jon

    The internets told me that lots of bike miles can cure heel strikes 😉

    Nice job on the 5k! Almost breaking 19 while feeling off is just sickening. I’ll be ur Kona sherpa.
    Jon recently posted..From Mach 5 to Minus 5 to Nearly Getting Blown Up

  7. Matt Oravec

    Jon, I think your internets are wrong. No amount of striking can help shitty form pictured above… just saying… haha.

    Dude, love the bike mileage, looks like it’s coming back nicely!

    Ummmm, yeah, swim much? haha, damn dude, killer 300yd splits!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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  8. Matt Oravec

    Jon, I think your internets are wrong. No amount of biking can help shitty form pictured above… just saying… haha.

    Dude, love the bike mileage, looks like it’s coming back nicely!

    Ummmm, yeah, swim much? haha, damn dude, killer 300yd splits!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  9. katie

    that’s some sweet swim progress, nice!
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  10. Spike

    If you won’t complain about the weather, I will. I hate hot temps. Sure, the Redhead loves them, but I hate it. There, I said it for both of us. You are welcome.

  11. Nick

    I have some hills I ride around Ionia if you wanna come out this way. I am thinking of hitting Cannonsburg area, crazy hilly area!

  12. Jason @ Cook Train Eat Race

    Holy Mother….4:21 dude? Really? Let me borrow some of that swim speeeeeed!

    Nice work all around and IMMT ain’t gonna know what hit it.
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