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    3 workouts back to back

    Bike 16 miles

    Immediately ran 1.6 miles

    immediately swam 1/2 mile


    Instead of splitting up my workouts I am going to try doing some back to back workouts. This should save time because it will mean only 1 warm up and 1 cool down instead of 3 of each.

    Also I will be swimming last as a nice cool down and to help me with recovery from the bike and run.

    That is it. Last weight workout before the next race will be either Sun or Monday.

    Last hard bike/run/swim workouts will be Tuesday of next week, race is on next Saturday.


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    2 workouts

    Open water swim 6/10ths of a mile then ran XXX Miles (See Below) immediately afterwards on the beach


    Well this workout simply stunned me. I have ALWAYS been a horrible runner. even when my VO2 Max was good I just couldn't run long distances fast. I could sprint fast but was completely out of breath trying to run long distances at a fast pace.

    So as I say a few weeks ago I COMPLETELY shortened my stride and the results have been AMAZING>

    I did the swim and half way through my tris were so pumped it was more and more difficult to continue but I made it. Got out of the water ran and took my wetsuit off and put my shoes off. I was REALLY breathing hard and thought DAMN I REALLY am not ready for the start of the triathlons in June( I am only doing Aquabike races so far)

    Then a miraculous thing happened as I ran I actually got my breath back and was breathing LESS hard than when I was swimming(which I have always been fairly good at).,

    So I kept running the sand was mostly hard packed but some areas were pretty tough to get through.

    I kept to my short quick steps got to an area of the beach that was all hard rocks so I turned around, thinking WOW I wanted to run 2 miles but I am SURE this is going to be far less than 2 miles because I am not out of breath and no tired(little did I know how wrong I was ).

    BUT when I turned around I was running INTO the wind. To my amazement, AGAIN, I was able to keep going with the short quick steps and not killing myself.

    I finished, thinking DARN I didn't run very far and LITERALLY within 1 minute I was barely breathing hard. My wife saw me and she said what happened did you have to walk? I said why, she said because you are not breathing hard. In reality my breathing had returned ALMOST to normal in just that short a time.

    Now at this point I didn't know how far I had run and I still do not know how fast.

    We got in the car and I wasn't feeling too great about my future prospects of being on the podium at my next 6 races but I NEVER lose hope.

    So when we left I clocked it on the care odometer, it was 3.4 MILES!!!!!!!!! This is GREAT because my longest triathlon is just 1/2 mile swim ( I swam 6/10ths today) and 3.1 mile run with a 12 mile bike, I am very confident on the bike so not worried about that.

    SOooooooooooooooooo I was and still am psyched to go up to New York and do some damage come June. :head:


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    Not much to report, I have a race in 4 days so I am tapering for the event. Little swimming a little easy biking a little easy running.

    Going over my bike to make sure it is all ready.

    Actually I think I am hitting it just about perfect. I was over training a bit, got a sore throat, couldn't sleep well etc which is exactly where I was hoping to be.

    I believe in a rebound effect if you can time the over recovery to land on or very near race day.

    Getting a little ansy, just trying to chill and be ready for battle

    I have 8 more races this year and this is one of the stepping stones BUT I have to do my very best or I will get crushed in this race, no need to be looking any further down the road then this Saturday.

    I probably wont report anything the rest of the week.


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    Quick run down. I took 2nd place over all, the winner beat me by 45 seconds. Keep in mind this was an aquabike (swim and bike) and most people did the triathlong(swim, bike and run)

    NO EXCUSES again what follows are NOT excuses for my crappy performace. I felt like a dang newbie out there and probably psyched myself out. Simply amazing a guy with so much experience, ,meaning ME, could do such a bad job of my tactics and my racing this race.

    WHo knows maybe I did do well but was beat by a faster person but it feels TERRIBLE.

    I went out too fast in the swim and again too fast in the bike. I lost to a guy who weighs 35lbs less (in triathlongs and Aqua bike lighter weight is MUCH better) than I do but I was still pretty bummed out not to go away with a win.

    I didn't even know he was infront of me. Maybe I could have done something if I knew he was but I really don't think so.

    I finished up the race crossed the finish line and was laid out in the parking lot puking and dry heaving. My nose hurt so much from puking out it I had to take some pain killers later on.

    It SEEMS I paced the race perfect as I did not feel like getting sick til the end but who knows. I am completely clueless at this point, I don't even know where to go at this point to improve.

    Probably part of what bummed me was when I crossed the finish line I was announced as the winner. It was not until MUCH later my wife told me no you were in second place.

    The entire next day I felt bad too, just could NOT shake the bad feeling I had. I kept thinking how embarressing I have to go back on the board and give this race report, IT really bothered me and this is why I have put it off this long.

    I went over the race a hundred and one times in my head and could NOT for the life of me find where I could have picked up that 45 seconds. Maybe if I had actually gone slower in the beginning I would have been faster overall I just don't know.

    The bike part was 25% longer than the last one I did and I went 22.7 MPH with wind around 10 - 15 MPH.

    I had the 11th fastest bike of ALL the aqua bikers and triathletes. My swim time was within 20 seconds of the 5th fastest racer. I race in the 45 - 49 year old category and I out weigh most by 30 - 40 lbs but it still doesn't ease the pain of losing.

    I felt pretty bad for most of the swim. A quarter of the way into the swim I KNEW I had gone too fast but not much I could do.

    I could NOT keep a straight line to save myself and swam much too far going outside the bouys and having to go back. I pretty much horrible the ENTIRE bike ride just never clicked.

    Felt COMPLETELY bummed about my race I just pretty much sucked. NO excuses I just have to bring a better version of myself.

    I pretty much know for a fact the guy that beat me cheated (my wife has the pics)but really to me it does NOT matter. I should have been fast enough that his cheating did not determine the outcome of the race.

    I meet him again the same race same location in one month. No promises what will happen.

    I am going to take this log into stealth mode and come back in a month with the results from next months race. Sort of a Rocky goes into seclusion to train thing

    So that is all from me in this thread until the end of next month after the race.

    Take care.


    CROWLER

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    Ok I have come out of triathlon hiding

    Short story I won

    I took my training up to 240 miles biking and 7 miles of swimming per week and it really paid off. I was over 2 minutes faster it is ALL good.

    Training continues at a very high level and have added the running back it as I will be doing full triathlons with the swimming biking and running.

    Still concentrating on the 'sprint' races which take about and hour to complete of 1/2 mile swim 15 mile bike and 3.1 miles running.

    Things look good for the rest of the season. I am still maintaining my 200lbs and pretty darn lean. I eat ahhh basically anything. Really I do eat very clean then if I find my body weight slipping I throw in some other foods mostly pizza and or gatorade and simple sugars.


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