Where to even begin?!
Bruno and I clearly are terrible bloggers.
Here is what has happened in the past FIVE MONTHS:
- Not one, not two, but THREE sprint triathlons
- One half marathon
- One Ragnar Relay in Pennsylvania
My feet are feeling great. I feel absolutely no pain anywhere, not even my knees as before the surgeries.
We are in the middle of race season now and I feel very strong. I’ve got my first Olympic triathlon in 3 weeks, and then a 1.2 mile swim across Cayuga Lake in 4 weeks. Then I’ll shift focus to long distances again with a 106 mile bike ride and the Wineglass half marathon to finish the year. Oh and, I gotta squeeze some 5Ks and 10Ks in because I KNOW I can beat my old PRs.
Check out the events log for my times and current PRs!
A lot has happened since I last posted! Since I started physical therapy for my foot, I have been progressing quickly. My goal was to get to bike and run as quickly and sensibly as possible.
I was nervous about standing on the bike, since there is a segment of each revolution during which one foot is bearing all the weight. First, I tried an upright stationary bike with programmable workouts (not a spinning bike) during PT. That didn’t go so well… I could not get the resistance to go up high enough to support a real standing climb. So, I took it upon myself to try it on a spinning bike at a local YMCA. I did 8 minutes, then 10, then 15, and tried standing for bits in between. I started with regular training shoes, then my cycling shoes with SPD cleats. This progression built my confidence enough to try riding outside for the first time!
The ride was 7.3 miles at 12.3 miles an hour. It was the windiest ride I’ve ever been on, so I was uncomfortable, cold, and nervous. I broke off from the route Bruno had planned and cut it short a bit. Close to the end, my body had relaxed a bit and I remembered that I really love cycling. I’m excited to try again tomorrow! I’m not quite (mentally) ready to get on my road bike and clip in, and I have a feeling my foot will be ready faster than my head will be 🙂
On the running front, I told my physical therapist early this week I was ready to start running. I have been doing some stuff on the elliptical and some fast walking, and I felt it’s time. She had me try the treadmill and run at a comfortable pace, and I discovered it was actually less painful than walking! So, we’ve been upping the speed and distance since, and today I completed my first outdoor run of 1.83 miles!! I’m feeling very accomplished.
These milestones got my triathlon training off to great start. My workouts this week were:
- Monday: Strength training – leg day | Swim 550yd
- Tuesday: Run 2 x 0.5 miles at 11:30 pace
- Wednesday: Rest
- Thursday: Strength training – upper body | Swim lesson 1 hr
- Friday: Run 0.7 miles at 11:00 pace
- Saturday: Brick Les Mills RPM™ + 1.83 miles at 11:17 pace
- Sunday: 10 mile ride (planned)
I’m icing and elevating my foot for the rest of the afternoon, because I’ve found that I get better results with my recovering foot if I mind the rest as much as I mind the progress.
My next big milestone is getting on my road bike. Stay tuned for that!
After Pittsburgh, I’ll have 1 week rest and then 6 weeks to train for my first (!) triathlon. So, I decided to incorporate some swimming and cycling to my training starting now. I’ve been swimming for a while, but this week I did my first ride of the year, and it went great (which is good so I don’t have to feel bad about slacking a bit on my running).
First ride of the season
I planed my bike ride for Wednesday afternoon, but the weather was awful and I didn’t have time to do it before dusk. So, I rescheduled it to Friday and joined my wife at the gym instead. However, I was feeling tired and not very motivated Friday and I decided to ditch it all together. Fortunately, the weather on Saturday was absolutely perfect and I couldn’t resist going out for a nice hour-long ride.
Continue reading “PGH Marathon training – Week 6 of 16”
2015 was an exciting year for us. We decided we want to do an Iron Man 140.6 together, and start a blog to record our journey (and maybe get some support :))
Our joint goals for 2016 are to race our first ever (!) triathlon during the summer, and our first Olympic-distance triathlon during the fall.
Thanks for joining us, hope you enjoy!!
This is the year I found my passion for long distance road cycling, and completed my first Century in September. I am not a routine person, so I made sure that every single one of my 40+ mile rides was in a different town, city, or state. Every ride was an adventure, every turn something new to discover and explore.
The weekend after the Century I rode the Pine Creek Trail on my commuter bike, completing 136 miles over two days. Three weeks later, I traveled to Italy and rode 120 miles down the coast of Tuscany (from La Spezia to Piombino), visiting Pisa and Bolgheri on the way. Needless to say, it was an awesome riding year.
At the end of November, I had bunion surgery on my right foot. My only focus now (until about April) is to heal and learn to walk again.
I started the year with a hamstring injury that took me off the roads for 6 weeks. But I still managed to get 850 miles in and accomplished some good firsts
- first marathon
- first sub-6 mile
- first sub-19 5k (18:31 FTW)
- first time placing in a race
- first pair of Newtons (love at first run) #HelloBetter
I feel I’m in the best shape I’ve ever been and getting faster and stronger every day.
Still, work got in the way towards the end of the fall. I had to interrupt my training and cancel what was supposed to be my second marathon and first Boston qualifying attempt. So, that is my starting goal for 2016, I’ll give it a go at the Pittsburgh Marathon and, if that doesn’t work, I’ll try one of the fast September ones.