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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Triathlon Training Plans

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Tempo Runs and Triathlon Training

This morning was a 5 mile run with 3 mile tempo in the middle. I was running with a fast group and it was a tough morning. I like running with them because it really pushes me. Each mile gets progressively faster. We started with a 7:01, then 6:55. The last mile was a 6:47 pace and proved to be too much for me to hold. I slowed to a manageable 7:20 pace and finished the 3 miles. The last cool down mile was nice and I was ready for it. I feel like the speed work is starting to push my speed up a bit, so it feels good and hurts at the same time.

I feel pretty good about my race this weekend. It is a local sprint triathlon with a 1/2 mile swim, 15 mile bike and a 4 mile beach run. The run on the beach is tough. There is always some soft sand to deal with. I'm hoping to pass a couple of the guys that always seem to edge me out on the run. This is the last local race, so I would like to do really well. I have lots of friends racing this weekend so it should be lots of fun.

I'll put up a report after the race. Happy training to everyone.

Monday, July 5, 2010

Firecracker 4 Miler in Daytona Beach

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This Saturday was the 4 mile beach run in Daytona and the weather could not have been better. Of course it was warm, as it is Florida, but overcast and not too bad. There was a good turnout and the beach was not too bad as far as having a lot of soft sand. It was a low tide and pretty good conditions.

I started out a little slower so I could let some faster people by me to give me some "rabbits" to chase. Everything was going well and I felt good. I'm used to triathlons and running in open running races is eye opening to see how fast some of these guys and girls are.I was really wishing we had a bike first to tire some of them out. At the 2 mile turn around, I picked it upa bit and srated to hurt a little (in a good way). I train to finish every run with a negative split and this is why. I get an energy boost as I pass the faster runners who are now slowing a bit due to their pace and at the same time seem to suck a little wind from their sail as I go by.

I caught and finally passed a friend of mine that I have not beaten yet and that felt good. I guess the mile repeats with the 18 year old are paying off. A girl came by and tried to sprint by to the finish line, but that was not happening. I caught and passed her just before the finish. Come to find out, she is a cross country star from a local high school.

I finished with a 7:12/mile pace and got 6th in my age group. I felt good because though I didn't place, it gave me a good gauge of my pace for the next sprint tri on July 18th. The run is on the beach and I have a good idea of where I should be for the 3 mile beach run at the end. It was a great race and weekend with the family. I have some speed workouts planned for this week in prep for the next 2 triathlons. There are 2 in 4 weeks so I want to be ready.

Yesterday I had a good 25 mile ride with a quick 1 mile transition run right after. Felt good even though the legs were a bit tired from race day.