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10K Test of Stomachs

Ran a 10K (well, really 6.25 miles) this morning. All part of testing for the month of April. The short story is I ran a 41:48, increasing my Vdot another 0.5. But the short story leaves out all the interesting bits. So if you want the more interesting version, and you haven’t eaten in the last hour and aren’t eating anytime soon, let’s continue, shall we?
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Making do

Some days, I just really don’t feel like training. Or doing much of anything. But there’s something that drives me to train when I’ve got a workout on the schedule. Maybe it’s the fear of letting someone else down.

Got a lot of testing done over the last two or three weeks. Thanksgiving I ran a half marathon in 1:37.39. That’s 6 or 7 minutes faster than I ran last year, and since last year was the fastest I had run it… I’ve been doing something right. It helped that I had my sister to run with me. Or rather, to push me and push me and then to drop me with two miles to go. I don’t begrudge that at all. She should drop me when I can’t go as fast anymore. So she dropped me and ended up putting 20 seconds or so on me (most of that in the last half mile). That’s a Vdot of 46 or so, which is pretty much what I had been assuming.

Bike test last week was nice. Woke up in the morning, put on my windy/rainy day gear and got to do my FTP test outside. I’ve been riding pretty much exclusively indoors due to illness and/or foul weather for a while, so it was just really really pleasant to be outdoors and have my nose going as the awesome snot factory that it is. I’m beginning to find the infinit a bit sticky, but it seems to be doing the job so well that I’ll deal. FTP was 228W, again as my coach and I had been expecting/assuming.

Swim test of 1000 yds was last Friday. I think I did the right distance. I think. Not 100% sure, but also not sure what direction I was off in. Anyhow, ended up being about 1:36/100 yards, which isn’t all that much improvement over the last test I think (maybe even a bit of a slip). Oh well.

Now the real fun begins. I’ve got my targets and that’ll help really focus the training for some tough intervals. We’ll see how everything else pans out.

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An update

I started training again a month ago (2 months after IMAZ). I don’t really know why. That’s a lie. I know why. I finished IMAZ, and yeah, I accomplished all my goals, but it wasn’t enough. I can do better. I can do a whole lot better. Anyhow, I’ve taken my training to a higher level I suppose. My legs haven’t felt this shelled since I started training… holy shit, more than a year ago. I’m a bit slower running right now, and perhaps a bit slower on the bike. But in the end, I’ll be faster than I was.
Anyhow, I’m doing the Total 200 this weekend and the NY Triathlon the weekend after. I should have some interesting data to show afterwards.
Perhaps the weirdest thing now is setting goals within events given the overriding goals of my training (be able to push more Watts, be able to run faster longer). In any case, it’s weird trying to decide whether a race is worth going all out in or whether i should throw in some training elements (intervals, etc.).

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