Feeling a tad tired

This morning I was tired.  The alarm went off at 4am and I turned it off and woke up around 4:30a.  I got a text message from Robert that he was not joining me and in that instant I almost went back to bed but I knew today was a session that would push me.  Today's training included hill climbs and interval running.

I had my newest breakfast creation which is two slices of toast that have 1 tbsp of fat free cream cheese and 1/2 tbsp of sugar free dark cherry preserve.  So yummy!!!!!  Throw in 1/2 cup of coffee and 1/2 protein bar and I was ready......I think.....too early to think......

I got on the bike around 5:20am and started peddaling.  There is something quiet and innocent about my neighborhood at that time of the day.  I actually passed two runners that early as well and that made me smile.  I did about a 30 minute warm-up then went to one section that is my hill training section.  I was to do 5x90second hill climbs with 90 second recovery.  I did the first hill in 45 seconds and thought to myself.....the last time I did this it took me longer then that.  I decided to do 10x45 with 45s recovery.

By the time the 10th one rolled around I was a puddle of sweat and my legs were sore to say the least.  It was a tough haul especially after this past weekend and then doing strength yesterday where I increased my weight resistance on my leg excercises.  My thinking is that the bike is the biggest discipline of the tri and thus I need my quads and hammy's to be strong to pedal faster and have an overall faster race.

Then after those rough hills I still had another 20 minutes to go.  To my surprise though I managed to get in more then 20 miles on the ride and I was figuring with the hill repeats I would be less then that.  I wound up averaging 14.5 MPH and that is with hill repeats around 10 mph.

Once I was done with those it was onto running.  I had a 20 minute run scheduled with 5x1 hard followed by 1min recovery.  I broke it down into a 5 minute warm-up then the 10 minute interval training then a 5 minute cool down.

The run was great and felt much better then the bike did.  I was around a 6min/mile pace during the 1 minute hard portion.  Of course 60 seconds seems like forever when you are running at that pace and not used to it.  I can only assume that we are building my aerobic threshold here thus allowing me to go faster at a lower HR in the future.

I thoroughly enjoyed the workout and was glad I did not climb back in bed although laying next to my wife would have been great too.

After the workout I had an Athlete's HoneyMilk smoothie that had Vanilla flavored HoneyMilk with banana, strawberries, blueberries, blackberries and raspberries.  So good and helped muscle recovery with the tons of protein in the HoneyMilk plus the other 1/2 of my protein bar as well.
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Our Dog Dilemma -

The dogs have become too much for us to handle and unfortunately we are going to have to let them go.  We have found a home for Ginga already with our friend Mari out in San Diego.  I don't want to lose her but we just can't keep this up.  It saddens me.

Blue we are trying to get placed at a shelter and that is proving to be difficult.  Shelters are full and making it very difficult for us to get him placed.

It is a sad time for us but one that I know in the end is the right decision.....regardless of how tough it is.
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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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