Alright. Back to using WordPress. I gave Posterous a good try but slowly became unimpressed with its limitations. Neat concept… It’s just taking them too long to make upgrades and make it better.
Anyway, enough geeky stuff. On to the grind that is triathlon training…
Ya know? These commuter bike rides may be short (12 miles each way) but carrying all the extra weight of paniers, rack, clothing, etc. is a pretty good workout! I haven’t noticed it as much when I get on my race bike, but the hills seem a lot flatter when I’m running! I ran Hugh’s Hulen Hills route today. This is a dreaded route due to… you guessed it… hills. Most notably a big one about a mile and a half in and then one more VERY steep (but thankfully short) hill about a mile from the finish. I can’t say I powered up them or accelerated, but I felt a lot stronger and didn’t fade at the top. Also, my recovery time was much shorter and my time on flats (which there weren’t many of on this run) was faster and consistent.
I still need to stretch my mileages out a little bit on other rides, but I already feel a lot better about the bike. And it makes jumping on the race bike even more fun because it is SOOO much lighter.
I think this season is going to be about practicing a balanced training routine. I really want to make sure I give enough time to the bike and run this year. I’ve also been thinking that I don’t want to push it too much. Even though I really REALLY want to do a half Ironman, this year may not be right for it. I may look at just upping my mileages this year and doing some Olympic distance events, then looking for an early season half next year. There’s no rush and, honestly, I’m having so much fun and feeling so good doing triathlons, I will enjoy it more if I just gradually build mileages this year and see what happens. I’m not so sure I really even want the pressure of signing up for a half until I’m comfortable. Why stress myself out about it? If my training goes well and I get up to mileages big enough to reach for a half, I’ll do it. Otherwise, I just want to get used to my bike, get better in the water and see what happens!