Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Long but not down the center

I headed down to Chelsea Piers this morning to hit some golf balls in preparation for the annual ColoRyder tournament my brother hosts next week at the Broadmoor in Colorado Springs. I am not a good golfer; I like to just swing away so going to a driving range is not so much about refining my swing or sharpening the skills, as it is about seeing how far I can hit the ball and if I can get a few to go was a fun morning...I'm still not good, but I can hit the ball a long way!On my way to hit balls into the Hudson, I walk through the new Highline Park. That place is really cool and really a nice elevated escape from the city.
I took the bike out for a few laps around the park at lunch time; I'm not bagging training completely as I will jump in a few bike races and a mountain bike race over the next couple of weeks to keep the fitness up and have some fun. The park ride was a bit painful and my mind was racing the entire time.
I was thinking about my training and when I felt good on the bike. I came to the conclusion that early in the season when I was putting in at least one hour on the bike everyday with some easy riding and intervals, my legs felt good day in and day out and I seem to think my power steadily increased.
I got home and looked back at my files to find that indeed, during the winter and early spring, when was putting in time on the bike every single day, my power was building and I was recovering better. Only when I stared breaking the week up with other training sessions and only getting on the bike three times a week for long sessions my power and recovery shifted in the wrong direction...amazing what you find by digging through old data and analyzing the outcome over time...I now know where my focus needs to be and what I need to do.
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Tuesday, July 28, 2009

2009 New York Ciy Triathlon Race Report - Another DNF

The lead up to this race had been really difficult for me to get mentally fired up. I do feel like my fitness is good, just race specific training has me wondering what my body will do.

Luckily, I live less than half a mile from he transition area so I was able to spend a good amount of time a home before heading down to the river. Good thing because a hue rain storm passed over the city about 4:30 am.

The weather delayed the start of the race 20 minutes so I had some time at the start area to catch up with friends and competitors. The Elite Men's Wave was third to go.

We lined up on the dock for our dive start and I starred at the murky water of the Hudson wonder what I was doing there and feeling no nerves, not a good thing.

The horn sounded and off we went. Some good hits to the face and climbing around for the first few hindered meters uni I fell into a good rhythm. I had a hard time keeping the daft of the swimmer in front of me so I just focused on my stroke and getting out of the nasty water.

I exited the water with no idea of where I stood in the wave, maybe mid-pack. Then the long asphalt run to transition.

I jumped on the bike and blazed out of transition. I felt good on the bike and clicked off the first few miles without issue. My legs were loosening up and I was just finding the right power and cadence when my tire blew. A nice gash through the tire, unfixable...Day over.

I am of the belief that if you are not in the game mentally then you are more likely to suffer other odd problems due to lack of focus and neglecting the small things.

Time for some rest and time away from the sport...time for some golf...I hope to come back mentally ready to go and have some good fall results.
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Thursday, July 16, 2009

Easy Miles

When not on the dirt, I've been logging easy miles on the road bike through the Catskills and across the GWB.

Mentally, I've shut it down for the rest of the month and probably the first few weeks of August. I need a break from feeling like there is a workout I'm missing or I am not going to hit a time in a race.

There have been so many other distractions for me to think about; looking for a job, my son, my wife, my dog and all the little things that go along with life. Training and racing are just not that high on my priority list this season.

Maybe, I'll get a second wind in mid-August to propel me into the Fall and able to enjoy some great fall races.
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Friday, July 10, 2009

Mountain Biking

Instead of following a training plan for the NYC Triathlon I have decided to break out my mountain bike and just do what I want as long as I am logging the miles I should have the endurance to finish the race.

I've been riding up the back side of the Windham ski area to the cross country course they are in the process of building for some races in August and to be the World Cup course next summer.
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Thursday, July 2, 2009

Fit Addiction

The morning alarm breaks the silence of the night or is that my son crying?

Crawling out of bed, getting dressed while being accosted by the dog yearning for his morning walk, my foggy mind instantly begins to run through the mental checklist: family, work, finances, travel, etc.

Once all the important things are dealt with (dog walk, diaper change and coffee), it is time to confront the idea of the day's training session. What is it today? 50 miles on the bike; a 12 mile run; 4,000 yards in the pool; strength and core training?

I have been thinking lately that I really dislike training and racing.


Then why do I put myself through this daily, monthly, yearly ritual of subjecting my body and mind to countless hours and miles of biking, running, swimming and other assorted physical activities?

I have come to the conclusion that what results from these intense training sessions and races is what I desire.

Mentally and physically, I am stronger, sharper and more confident by enduring the grueling miles and hours; I am addicted to the mental and physical edge this intense fitness gives me.

I ride and run through Central Park and take note of the people out seemingly enjoying a good run or casually turning laps on the bike. Don't get me wrong; I love riding my bike, I love running; I like swimming; and I like working up a good sweat. But, I only find enjoyment once the efforts are completed. More often than not, I find myself saying, at least once, during intense interval efforts and any training session for that matter, "I hate this, this sucks."

The same is true for racing. Never once, during a race, do I find myself enjoying myself. It is just that during the training workouts and races I am so mentally and physically focused on pushing myself to the limit that I find no time nor enjoyment in that pain and and suffering.

It is only when workouts and races are completed that I find some satisfaction, but I still find no affection for the efforts.

The real enjoyment comes when I put on a custom made dress shirt and well tailored suit; when I'm sitting in a meeting and have a strong clear mind; and, when I walk into a room with confidence knowing my mind and body are fit and sharp.

I'm addicted to it...
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