Sunday, 15 May 2011 13:11

T.W.I.T

If you are a baseball fan you will remember T.W.I.B.  The acronym stands for This Week In Baseball.  It was narrated by Mel Allen, who was a famous broadcaster for the New York Yankees who had a great voice and ended spectacular plays with the phrase 'How About That?' So I am taking the liberty of using that acronym to my advantage and looking back on my training.  T.W.I.T. stands for This Week In Training, but could also stand for This Week In Twitter.  This week's Twitter brought about some new verbiage that I will talk about in a few, but first let's discuss training for this week.

I FOUND MY MOJO AGAIN

Ever since training picked back up after recovery from 70.3 Ironman California I feel like I have struggled with it.  I have kept to my schedule and not missed one session but they did not feel like they used to.  Felt more like a chore than enjoyment even though I was hitting it and hitting it hard. Part of the problem resulted from the thought of #thinkSPEED.  I wanted to get faster on the bike and on the run off the bike.  I got it in my head that I needed to do more and do it faster.  I think that wrong thought pattern cost me.  One morning I decided to run the 10k with the group I was training but I wanted to do it at a fast pace and I certainly did.  I ran the 10K in under 47:33.  I then went for a bike ride to then follow that with another run.  That second run felt like I was running in quicksand and my legs have felt heavy ever since.  That is until this week. This week's training resulted in my finding my mojo again.  It's back and I am not letting it go.  I plan on building on this and building a house that can never be blown down. Monday -
  1. 2525y swim on the schedule with 4 sets of descending 75s.  I nailed every set.  Started each around 1:26/75y and finished at 1:10/75y.  Fastest set was the last one at a pace of 1:10 and the best part was I was not panting in the pool, but ready to take on the world.
  2. Later that day I had a 1 hour and 30 minute ride that was to be in the aerobic state with undulating hills.  I covered 30 miles in that time and my legs felt great.  No complaints at this point.
Tuesday -
  1. 60 minute run that resulted in the following splits: 8:14, 7:29, 7:43, 7:32, 7:56, 8:07, 8:15, 8:15 pace.  I covered 7.59 miles in 60 minutes for an average pace of 7:54/mile
Wednesday - Raining so moved brick to trainer
  1. 2350y of swimming: W/U 50s : :53; :48; :48; :43 (used :15 RI); 300 Drills of paddle, pull, paddle/pull: 5:50 ;2x 300s: 5:28; 5:37 100 Kick : 3:07;  5x 150s: 2:36; 2:37; 2:40; 2:41; 2:40; 100 Kick : 3:19 6x 50s: :56; :56; :56; :55; :55; :55
  2. Bike - 40 minutes building to LT and then 20 minutes at LT.  Covered 16.65 miles at 16.7 mph and felt great.
  3. Run - 20 minutes at LT and covered 2.67 miles for avg pace of 7:29/mile.  Avg HR was at 168
Thursday - Track training that frightened me at start of the week
  1. The training called for: Warm up +4 strides.6 x 800 meters (recover for 400 meters) at 5 seconds/400 meters faster than 5k race pace. After last recovery run 2 miles at 10k+10 seconds/mile pace. Form! Times? Heart rates
I forgot to enter my times into Training Peaks but I nailed it.  I hit every one of these requirements and felt my MOJO being there with every step.  I know that my final 2 miles were at 7:54 pace and 7:30 pace.  I was coming back Saturday - Brick of 2h30m ride (aero) and 45 minute run (LT)
  1. The bike ride was 2hours16minutes and covered 37.65 miles.  I felt great the whole time and thought at each interval:  Wow I am here already?  It was amazing.  I will say that each peddle stroke was harder than the previous one because of the headwind.  The same route the week prior with much better conditions saw me average 17.1 mph compared to these at 16.5 mph.  I feel like I accomplished more this time because it was a harder ride but I enjoyed it more.
  2. The run was 45 minutes and covered 5.83 miles for an average pace of 7:43/mile.  I felt like I had heavy legs but I focused on form and pushed through to the end and was surprised by my pace.  The week prior was done at an 8:22/mile pace.  I think I learned that if I go a touch slower on the bike I can make it up on the run.
Sunday - 1 hour 20 minute run and a swim.
  1. Find out from Twitter how it goes because I am about to head out for the run and a swim.

UPDATE:  Just ran 10.05 miles in 1:20 for a pace of 7:58/mile with an avg HR of 155.  Coming back later with swim numbers.

It has been a great week of training so in the words of Mel Allen:  How About That?!?!?!

Now for T.W.I.T. ==> This Week In Twitter we have discovered a bunch of superheroes.  Those superheroes are now known as the Extraordinary League of Tri-Geeks.  It is a group that I am proud to be a member of and while the nickname Sancho to Jeff Irvin's Don Quixote is hilarious I am changing my name, whether they like it or not, to The Golden Warrior. Why the Golden Warrior?  Come back on Tuesday to find out.

Have you ever lost your mojo?  What did you do to get it back?

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Friday, 28 January 2011 16:01

Have You Seen The Sun Rise?

Welcome to the new site for Jason Bahamundi and the Life of An Aspiring Triathlete.  You can see that there have been 'some' changes around here.  In the past two months or so I have truly been chasing my passions.  My passion for cooking and my passion for a healthy lifestyle through training and racing.  I decided to put them together and came up with this site.  I did not do this all on my own.  With a lot of help from Rita Barry at Fitblogger and Blog Genie this dream has become a reality.  It is terrific because the post for today was going to be based on the sun rising.  Well the sun rose over me today when Rita sent me an email that said the site was (almost) ready except for a few things.  I could not contain my excitement anymore and decided to launch it and will fix up a page or two along the way.  Thank you Rita. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- [caption id="attachment_333" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Pic courtesy of noelkingsley.com"][/caption] As a runner we are often asked: 'Why do you run?' and 'Why do you run so early?' For me the answer is very simple.  I run because it is my time.  It is my time to getaway from the everyday.  It is my time to let my creative juices flow.  It is my time to examine who I am and how I want to be better.  It is my time to dig down deep and push myself to the next level.  It is my time. And during that time I have seen some of the most amazing sunrises.  I have run pre-dawn in cities like New York, Maui, Dallas, Jackson MS, Cozumel, Miami, Philadelphia, San Antonio, Austin, Healdsburg CA, and Charlotte to name a few.  It is the same sun everywhere I have been but it is a different and amazing feeling because each city, town, village is different. I have seen my breathe in Jackson MS in October on a 16 mile run.  I didn't have any idea where I was but as the sun started to rise and my feet met the pavement a warm sensation came over me that can never be replicated.  I felt free at that time.  I had a 7 hour drive back to Dallas ahead of me and at that time it didn't matter.  I was alone with the world and at the same time I was one with the world. I have had sweat pouring off my forehead in Cozumel while running side by side with my wife.  We didn't talk, we just ran.  We didn't have to talk as we knew what the other was feeling.  The sun was beating down on us but to our right was crystal blue waters.  A sight like no other.  Yes, the water in Maui was crystal blue as well but in Maui I had beaches before that water.  I had the smell of pineapple in the air.  Fresh sushi was on tap for lunch and well Maui was different that Cozumel. This is the beauty of running.  The ability to see the world from a different perspective.  Have you ever seen the sun rise?  Have you ever seen the sun rise while running?  How about seeing your city?  You drive through it everyday but have you ever run through it and seen it  from a different perspective?  Have you truly opened up your eyes to your environment. For me this is what running is all about.  It is the Social Studies class they never taugh in school.  They can tell you about the capital of Texas being Austin, but they can't tell you how it feels to run down Congress Ave with the capital building ahead of you and the hundreds of people going to their many destinations. I love running and it is my lifestyle.  It brings me joy and happiness.  It brings out my creative problem solving skills.  It bring out the best in me.

Have you ever seen the sun rise?

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