What Would You Ask For?

[caption id="attachment_5123" align="alignright" width="225" caption="Speed Kills?"]triathlon_fast_training_top_gun[/caption] I was on Endurance Corner reading through their articles about limiters, which is very good and something that you should check out when I came across an article titled If I Could Just... by Justin Daerr that spoke to how lucky I am.  I am very fortunate to have been able to have met Karen when I was at a low in my life.  She was able to inject the old me back into the world and I can't thank her enough. I am also very fortunate to be able to work for a company that understands my passion of triathlon and allows me to go to races and be off of work for an extra day or two for travel and recovery so as I read through the article I found myself thinking If I Could Just what?  If I could just be faster?  If I could just be stronger?  That concept didn't make sense because you can't just be you have to work for it.  You don't just wake up one day and are faster, stronger, smarter, richer, etc.  You have to plan and work toward that goal and it may take longer than you want it to but when you get there it will be the greatest reward. All of that being said you have to be clear in your goals otherwise you will be all over the board.  A few posts ago I laid out my goals for Puerto Rico clearly (5:10) along with why I wanted to reach those goals.  Hitting a 5:10 Half-Ironman in 2012 should set me up to go faster in 2013 at that distance and qualify for the 70.3 World Championships in Vegas. Back to the article.....it was discussing that people would want more time to train so that they can get faster and this makes some sense to me since we are Age-Groupers and have all sorts of other things going on (kids, work, family, friends) and that this sport is something we do for fun.  Problem with that thought process is that our time is limited so getting faster means that there has to be goals for each training session to help us get faster.  There were a handful of suggestions and I wanted to share them with you: Get in the habit of running off the bike every time you ride, even if only for 10-20 minutes at a time. Your body is warm and this will easily lead to a better run frequency program. While it might only add up to an hour of extra running per week, it will still increase the frequency of your weekly runs. Whenever I run off the bike it is usually about 15-30 minutes for now.  Sometimes it is an aerobic run and other times it is a lactate threshold run (this is determined by my Heart Rate and not pace so some days aerobic is 8:30/mi and other days Lactate is that same 8:30/mi.)  I still have a long run day built into my training and that is where the endurance comes from.  I have been reading a lot about doing runs off the bike and whether or not they should be done because running on tired legs leads to poor form and thus an opportunity for injury. Trainer rides might make more sense for athletes living in urban locations. I know many athletes that live in areas that require long ‘commutes’ before they can really “ride.” If this is the case, then your sessions lasting 90 minutes or less will probably be better served on the trainer. Computrainers, power meters, cycling videos, etc should be a regular part of your program to keep you on your game. Obviously we are in the winter months here and this leads to getting on the trainer inevitable.  I have changed my mindset to the trainer to embracing it.  I look forward to getting on the trainer because I believe it is making me faster.  There are no breaks when you are on the trainer and you build leg strength from this.  Now the trainer is no substitute for the open road because you have to work with your bike handling skills.   Join a gym/pool that makes your life easier. Sometimes you get what you pay for. Hopefully the most convenient gym is also the most affordable, but if the gym close to work or home is more expensive, I would free up the budget elsewhere to allow for gym membership that will get used. Having a gym/pool near your home or office will allow better execution of workouts. Also, be sure and look at the pool schedules to make sure you will be able to access the facility at the times that work for YOU. Earlier I said I was very fortunate and in this particular case I am.  The most convenient gym has the best pool in the area as well.  Also, since I am in the water by 5am (the latest) on swim days I don't typically deal with overcrowding.  I know the 2 or 3 other people who go to the pool at that time and the weirdest thing is that we don't talk to each other outside of the nod.  Why is that?  We see each other so why don't we say hello or offer tips?  We all have different strengths so why not help out?  I may change that on Monday. Be consistent with the time that you wake up and go the sleep. You’ve made a commitment to everything else, now make a commitment to going to sleep, as well as to waking up. Invest in the extra couple bucks a month for a DVR and watch your favorite late night shows the next morning on the trainer. I promise they won’t change overnight. This is so true.  I am up at the same time everyday and typically falling asleep at the same time everyday.  In addition to that I have added in an afternoon 30 minute nap during my lunch.  This helps me refocus my mind on work and gets my body refreshed.  One thing I have gotten better at is not caring what the score of the game is.  I will find out the next morning when I watch SportsCenter repeatedly for three hours straight.  This will come in handy when baseball starts and I wonder what the teams are doing on the West Coast. Cook large meals that produce extra leftovers. Many working athletes need to fit workouts in early in the morning, during their lunch break, or after work. They also need to eat. Having food readily available at all times eliminates much of the time involved in cooking, preparing, or even purchasing individual meals each time you eat. I have a hard time with this one.  On one hand I agree that making extras makes life simple and allows you to save some time, but on the other hand you can get bored with your food since you just ate it.  I think this pushes people away from eating the leftovers and going to the fast food place and making a choice that they would not normally make.  Maybe my view of this is not correct because I work from home and have the opportunity to make my meals everyday.

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Jason Bahamundi

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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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