This Is a workout log for this week

I’m a couple of weeks out from the dallas marathon and I am training. I started doing a workout log of my workout on instagram and I’m posting them here too. All pics and vids taken by me on the dates listed.

Monday 10/17:

Thursday 10/19

20m z1, then 10x hill repeats in z3, then easy back.

Saturday 10/21:

Sunday 10/22:

Workout done today. 2 hours in zone 2. Was able to stay steadily in zone 2 except for a couple of times where I was listening to fast music. Maybe no hardstyle music for the marathon.

Zone 2 is known as the “aerobic” heart zone. To the best of my knowledge a person could run in zone 2 all day if they wanted.

With maybe about 10 weeks to go on marathon training I am getting a little antsy. I read somewhere that a 3 hour run is the standard and today I did 2, but I am also aware of the fact that I only ran a little under 9 miles at this Z2 pace. I am also aware that this time last year I had already ran 18 Miles with another training company without regard to zone. Last year I finished the marathon in 6 hours. I know that the general idea is that if you can run 3 hours then you can run 4 or 4.5 hours but can you run 6?

But at the same time I have the experience of the past marathon behind me. I know that I can speed up or slow down on race day if I need to. There also is more speed and hill work to go between now and then.

Also, a pic of breakfast where I made the eggs and kim made the quinoa.

Also, from this week is a very unimpressed cat during my stretches:

Some Of The Thoughts That I had while Trying to Keep Up With My Girlfriend on a Triathlon

Last Sunday my girlfriend and I completed the caveman triathlon, a sprint triathlon in Flower Mound Texas. And man, was it something.

A word about me and Kim

As many of you know, Kim is my girlfriend. We love each other very much.

We’ve been doing racing events for over a year now and kim has beaten me in just about every single one.

2015 race for the Cure: she beat me by 1 minute.

2015 turkey trot: beat me by 10 minutes.

2016 cowtown half:  20 minutes.

2016 Tour De Fleurs (20k): somewhere around a freaking hour if not more.

2016 dallas marathon:  a freaking hour.

Her: 5 hours Me: 6:02 Done and done. #bmwdallasmarathon

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Last year in the caveman triathlon, her first one, she beat me by a few minutes.  Now mind you, the wet ground kept me from using my aero bars, but her run neutralized her slow swim and then some, leaving me minutes behind.

But that was also when she was slow. While I have been training this year more than ever, so has she. With private training in an endless pool and actually doing the workouts that her coach gives her she’s poised to have her fastest year yet.

His and hers.

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Race day

We barely got to the race in time to set up our transition areas. We piled into a little gymnasium adjacent to the pool near the swim would be happening. We put similar swim times down so I started right after her. I made my way through the water quickly after seeing a maneuver by another swimmer to kick off the wall and swim under the lane divider as opposed to going underneath the lane divider and then kicking off from the wall. I passed kim up quickly and then moved into the bike.

My transition from swim to bike was atrocious but my bike was strong. With an average of 17 mph (shut up, that’s a lot for me) I moved my way through the field and posted my fastest cycle time yet.

And that’s where things got interesting.

I got off my bike and went through transition and started the run. The run route starts in a path near the community center and is next to the end of the cycling route. So in other words you can see the cyclists finishing up the bike if you look for them. Which I was doing. I was looking for kim. And I found her.

Okay so this picture that I made with Paint explains where I saw her.  The red line is me on my run.  I started at the at the green dot near Gerault Park, ran through Heritage Park, out to garden Ridge Road, turned around and ran back through the park, then ran up on a path that meets Big Canyon Road and then back down to the finish, which is represented by the checkered dot.  The Green line represents Kim’s cycle; she was coming in to the parking lot when I saw her by way of the green line.  The blue circle represents where I saw her.  Remember that it’s swim/bike/run and there’s not that much more to go in the bike when I see her.  Maybe another quarter mile AT BEST which would take another minute on a bike at the speed she was going.

At that point, I started a mental…something. It wasn’t a dialogue per se because I was the only one there, but I was thinking pretty hard.  It went something like this.:

“Oh sh*t, there she goes!  I think she saw me.”
“She looks pretty good.  She looks strong”
“Oh I think she might pass me!  Oh sh*t she’s gonna pass me!”
“huff huff huff [I mean, I’m still running so I’m breathing hard]”
“Okay so this is a 5k.  So I need to be ahead of her when she starts running.  Like, far ahead.  How far ahead?”
“Okay.  We started at the same time today.  So we’re equal there.”
“Okay, if train A leaves the station…”

Pictured above: Me trying to figure out how far ahead of her I need to be when she starts running.

“Huff, huff, huff”
“Okay okay okay hang on.  Hang on hang on.  Okay.  So, she’s a minute per mile faster than me on the run.”
“So I need to be three minutes ahead of her when she starts running.”
“Wait.  Why am I even doing this? I’m calculating how far ahead I am going to be in front of my girlfriend to beat her?  What type of sh*t is this?”
“Wait.  How can I even call myself a feminist when I am calculating this sort of thing?  I’m such a sh*tty feminist!”
“Huff, huff, huff.”
“Okay we’re gonna have to come back to this existential crisis later.”
“So from where she is, she has a minute left on the bike.  And then 2 minutes in transition.  So I should make it as long as I can stay around 10:30 minute miles.”
“Gawd this is fast for me.  Maybe I should just give up and let her have it.”
“No, I can do this, I can make it.”
“Huff, huff, huff.”
“Okay, turn around.  Is she back there? [looks back] Okay not yet.  Let’s keep going.”

This went on for another 20 minutes or so until I got to the finish.  I finished ahead of her.  At this point I don’t know if that was a moral victory or what.  Also, no word on how much time I lost turning my body to look back and see if she was there.

Ultimately I finished in 1 hour and 21 minutes, my fastest time yet for a triathlon and qualifying me for the Best of the Best Triathlon in November, which is another reason I can’t get fat.  Ugh.  So many reasons.

here’s the proof. i figured this was for fast people. now i got one. whatever you say, racing company.

So now I have to keep training so I can not get embarrassed at this thing.  So if I win my age group does that make me the “best of the best of the best?”  That reference is for Chris.

I will be 100 years old and still never get over this scene. Freakin’ Jake Jensen, man. With honors.

Caveman triathlon. PR’ed by 9 minutes or so. Not a bad morning.

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As for Kim and I, it’s only a matter of time at this point.  She’ll be faster than me by the next triathlon if not already. She’s been working up a storm and I’m happy for her.

That Time My Girlfriend Beat Me in the Triathlon I Trained Her in

As you may know, my girlfriend runs. Faster than me. A lot faster.  She wants to do a marathon at the end of the year. God help us.
She wanted to do a triathlon this year so she’s been swimming. Once she was ready we signed up for Caveman together.

 

She is doing her first triathlon in the morning! Hooray!

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The morning of the race we had a thunderstorm come in. Although it left and the race director was in constant contact with the police department about it, it still meant there was a slippery course out there. And there AIN’T NO WAY i’ma get out there and fall on my ass on my expensive bike.

 

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So I didn’t get down in aero the whole time and took it slow. This put her and I pretty much neck and neck once we started running. And you know what that means…

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Yep. By five whole minutes.

You know, I don’t really know what to tell you anymore. She’s just that fast. If she gets her open water swimming down there’s no stopping her.

 

Y’all. She did so good.

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What do you do when your pupil beats you in her first race?  Do you quit?  Give up?  Start selling cutco knives for a hobby?  What do you do?  I’m supposed to be on the radio Tuesday night for a radio show about triathlons.  Should I even do that anymore?

I talked to my friends on it and their responses were predictable:

Friend:  “So she beat you?”

me:  “Yes.”

Friend:  “And you trained her?”

Me:  “Yes”

Friend:  “And how long have you been a triathlete?”

me:  “6 years.”

Friend:  “Nawl, man.  I don’t believe that you’re a triathlete.  you need to show me the receipts.  and if you were a triathlete, then you probably need to give it up.  It ain’t supposed to be like this, mane.”

me:  [blank stare]

I’ll give you a race report after our next race. There might be a bike for sale as well.

#WorkoutWednesday: Man, This Sucks For this Person

I watch things on the internet sometimes.  This came across my Facebook…You know what man, just roll the tape.

 

So much is happening here.

I am a member of several organizations that have watched this video and have critical responses.  Here are some of them, with my comments in italics.

  1. That’s my move: get up and walk away! Fo’ real (makes sense, but how did this video get on the internet?).
  2. He has the worst balance ever (Fo’ Real.  He was on this thing for maybe one-mississippi).
  3. Why he all kitted up? He was in his house (that is a REALLY GOOD QUESTION.  he is decked out.  you save all that until the weekends, for real [note:  a “kit” is an outfit that you wear on race day.  if I’m just training in my apartment I am NOT wearing my Sunday best])!
  4. Ok, maybe I dont need to get rollers. I will stay with the trainer!!This is somewhat accurate.  There is a big difference between a trainer and rollers.  Rollers are hard.  Unless you’re this guy, apparently:

PROTIP:  DON’T DO THAT THING IMMEDIATELY ABOVE THIS SENTENCE.  You’ll break something.

I feel bad for this guy, but I still want to know how this video got on the internet.  It didn’t fall up there.  Also, what’s up with that picture on the left?

The Workouts of 2014

At the beginning of 2014 I made a resolution to swim, bike and run a great deal of miles:

Now that 2014 is over, how did I do?  Not so hot.  While I don’t have an exact count, TrainingPeaks probably is the most accurate.  This is the total from this year of how much I did:

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I took this and i put my mouse over each of the three sports individually to see how I did in it.

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For the swim I did 42 miles.

I did a couple of races: CowtownCaveman, Mayor’s, Tri the Tri, Blackland, and the Turkey Trot.

These are not the totals that I wanted.  This is not the fitness that I wanted.  This is not the race count I wanted.  Plain and simple.

What happened?  Hard to say.  I did move offices, and I did have a lot more court to do this year than I have before, but this is not what I wanted.

I know that people will say “you did a lot,” or “you did more than me.” Thank you for saying that but I have my own goals.  They are different from yours.  It’s okay to want more for yourself and out of yourself.

So what about 2015?  I don’t know.  I will sit down on Thursday and figure out my schedule.  I would like to do a 70.3 but I’ll need to get in much longer rides in order to get that done.  No bones about it.

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