Week 73 - Listen to Your Heart

… rate monitor. I just finished a half marathon. Taking some insight from a few conversations with Stickman, I decided to try a few new things for this race. First, instead of focusing on pace, I decided to focus on just my heart rate. I setup my watch to only show heart rate and heart zone, and I averted my eyes whenever there was a race clock visible. I had no idea what my time was until I finished.…

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Week 70 - Out of a Hole

I am surprised at how much fitness I lost from just that 10 day break. 10 days doesn’t seem like that long, but I’ve been feeling it the past couple weeks. I’ve just now started feeling normal again. Stickman said it takes about 2 weeks to get back after an extended break, and he seems to have been right on the money. Since my main race isn’t for 8 months or so, my main focus is building my base fitness.…

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Week 67 - A century, Banana Man, and Buddha

It has been a while since I’ve posted. A bit has happened. A few weeks back I did my first “century bike ride”. Luckily for me I am going by kilometers so that’s a 100k bike ride instead of 100 miles. A bit of a cheat, but I’ll just roll with it. It’s nice to know what riding that far feels like. I need to get my regular kilometerage around that level soon.…

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Week 62 - First Tri

That was fun. This first sprint triathlon was primarily an information gathering exercise to see how the whole thing works. Of course I also wanted to do well, but just getting through was the main goal. I had a loose goal in mind - I wrote this before the race: I was a bit overly optimistic… and also bad at maths apparently (that should be 1:27). There were some large storms on the east coast of Australia this week.…

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Week 60 - Slow Down and Speed Up

I was listening to a new podcast this week, and one of the episodes struck a chord with me. The podcast’s title is Triathlon Swim Training for Beginners To Intermediate Triathletes (that’s a mouth full), the episode was #108, and if you’re curious you can listen here: Is high level triathlon training healthy? – TSC Podcast #108. In the episode they were comparing training philosophies of high level triathletes with common “age group athletes” or “weekend warriors”.…

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