Back in the Saddle.....literally

Got back to training this morning.  I gotta say that being off for even one day is a lot for me.  I'm used to going at 100 mph all day every day and having a rest day was probably the hardest part of this training for me.  I know that it is necessary to do but that doesn't make it any easier.  Think of the dentist.  You KNOW you have to go every 6 months but that doesn't mean that you enjoy it or that you even want to do it.  So from now on I am looking at rest days like the dentist.  Hate it but gotta do it.

Today's training consists of a 60 minute ride followed by a 20 minute run.  These are called bricks.  Why?  No clue, but if I had to guess it is because you are builing your house for the tri.  Or maybe b/c your legs usually feel like bricks going from the bike to the run.  Not sure, but will google in a bit to educate myself some more.

Speaking of which, this whole training is like learning a second language.  I actually went and googled training  phrases yesterday so I wouldn't bother  Coach C too much with all my questions.  For example tomorrow's training involves pickups, spm, RT/LT......had no clue what any of that meant.  Found out through this phrase bible and Coach C that pickups are short but relaxed increases in speed for 20-30 seconds.  My pick-up will be at 90 spm.......spm = strikes per minute.  I will count my right foot strikes to the floor and need to have 45 in the 30 second pick.  These are used for speed turn-over.  RT/LT......right side only/left side only during the swim.  So basically one arm out in front while kicking and the other arm strokes.

Anyway, back to today's training.  The 60 minute ride wound up being 63 minutes with an avg HR of 141 and covered 17.42 miles at a pace of 16.6 MPH.  Today was to be hills and my overall max elevation was 620 feet, so while not climbing a mile the elevation was pretty good and the hills were fairly tough.  I could tell b/c my max heart rate was 161 and that was usually on the hills only.  I looked for as many hills as I could find.  My training partner, Robert, hates hill and everytime I would find one you could almost hear him grunt.  He will get better and start to enjoy them the more we do them.

The run was 20 minutes and covered 2.17 miles at an average pace of 9:14.  My HR on average was 142 with a max of 150 so in other words......PERFECT to where Coach C wanted it.

Amazing that running at that pace which is not super slow and I could keep my HR that low.  Normally at that pace my HR is high and pounding, but being in control has been a huge help for me.

As mentioned before getting down to 145 is going to be key for me.  I think that is where I'm fastest and strongest.  This morning I weighed 149 lbs so I have lost 3 lbs since last Monday doing this training.  Continuing to eat right and getting my rest will get me down to 145 lbs in no time.
My Newest Prize?

Went to RBM yesterday to get my road bike re-taped and a cateye put on while also having the aero bars fixed since I put them on myself.

While I was there I spoke to Jeremy (sold Karen her Bianchi) and figured it was time to talk shop on a Tri Bike.  So I told him about the Blue that I had the opportunity to get down in Austin and the price range and he showed me a Specialized Transision Comp for about the same price.  The bike is gorgeous.

He fitted me to the bike for about an hour and it works.  It is fitted for me.  With my inseam a small or medium would work but the Comp takes a lot of fitting and we weren't sure it would work since they have no smalls.  The medium was fitted to my body type and I have to go back on Sunday for about 2 more hours of entire day ordeal.....but worth it.

When I hired Coach C to train me I knew I was committing.  When I signed up for 70.3 California I knew I was committing.  By buying this bike  I am committing.  This is going to be a lifestyle change for me.  I am going to be a triathlete.  I knew at the beginning of this year when I told Karen that if I got into the NYC Marathon that was the last one I was doing.  I didn't get in, but I do plan on doing one more marathon and essentially being done with that as I focus on the triathlons.  Maybe Coach C will want me to participate in long races (1/2 marathons) for training for the distance and short races (5k to 15K) for speed but I think that my days of focusing solely on the run are over with this purchase.

I have goosebumps just thinking of making this type of investment but in my heart of hearts I know this is the right thing to do for me.  I will talk to Karen more about this but I think I am almost fully convinced that this is right.  One thing to keep in mind with the new bike is that I have to keep my family first throughout this process.  Spending as much time as possible is going to help get me through the tough days of training.  Having their full support is going to be critical.  I love my family and miss them right now as when I got back from my training Karen went to the gym to get her training in.  I know it will work like that weekend mornings but we have all day together, and trust me with the weather today it will be all day together, just hopefully not inside.  Gloomy out there.

So that is probably all for today, but keep reading and find out how the 1850 yards of swimming tomorrow evening go.
Jason Bahamundi

About the Author:

I grew up in New York and lived there for 34 years until I got divorced and moved 1600 miles to my new home in Texas.  I love New York and miss it but that does not mean that Texas hasn’t been great to me because it has.  It was here that I discovered endurance sports and specifically the sport of triathlon.  Triathlon has given me new life through all the challenges it presents.  I no longer look at life the same way and I can say that is in part due to my endeavor into this sport.

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