The Trials of Time Trials

Well, my weekend was fun and nice, but I ate wayyyy too much. I’m happy to finally say the holidays are behind me and I can start really getting into half iron training mode. 

Friday I didn’t really plan to workout. I usually use Friday’s as rest days, but that’s assuming I trained hard the rest of the week, which I did not. So aside from an hour of shoveling snow, I took advantage of my snow day from work to get Finley on the trainer. 

Swoon! So pretty!

Rob and I were able to get my seat mostly back in place from my crash. The seat post jammed down so hard it scratched, so we could see the mark from it’s original position. 

I have to admit, I’ve never really used the trainer for a workout before. I didn’t really know what to expect and was pleasantly surprised by the workout I got. I only did a 20 minute sprint but I was dripping sweat by the end of it. And I was a bit surprised by my speed too, a bit slower than I would have liked. So the trainer will definitely go into my half iron training plan rotation. 

This morning I planned a lactic threshold time trial run for myself. I know I’ve dabbled on the idea of getting it tested at the sports med lab I’m going to next week, but I decided to save myself to expense for now and do the test for myself. I’ll get lab tested when I’m ready to buckle down for a full iron next year. For now, this will do. 

As for the time trial, I realized I had my watch in bike mode half way through and wasn’t getting all the data I needed.  I ended up not running as long as you’re supposed to, so I plan to redo it tomorrow. But I have to say, I wasn’t too surprised by the results I got. I know my body pretty dang well. I also did a 1000 meter sprint on the erg, did a bunch of squats for a squat challenge I’m doing this month, and foam rolled well this morning. So not too bad. 

I also fell up the stairs at the gym. Because I’m an athlete. Yup. 

That’s really it on the training front for now. This week will be used to get myself back into my routine, finish my LT time trial so I can work some zone two and three heart rate workouts into my training plan, and get that all figured out. 

Also, getting back into the pool is a necessary evil. I found a swim plan that is basically like the couch to 5k program but for swimming, so it’s like couch to mile swim. And I will be employing that to get myself moving in the water the way I need to for tri season. 

I’m officially registered for Iron Girl Syracuse again and Delta Lake Olympic Tri as well for this season. My first race The Rat Snake, is only four months out at this point. And Ironman 70.3 Syracuse is only about five and half months away. Time to crank it out!

What are you training or working towards currently?
What’s your favorite training workout?

9 Replies to “The Trials of Time Trials”

  1. That’s my favorite training quote! I’m currently working toward a May half as my primary goal race with a half in about 8 weeks as a warm up. I have a few 10ks sprinkled around as well. My favorite workout is a fartlek run 🙂

  2. Way cool, you have a lot of fun work cut out for you getting ready for your Ironman! For myself, as soon as I get the final okay from the Doc to start running again, I plan on the gradual build up and then get back to finishing my 50 states marathon goal:)

  3. I love love LOVE the Felt tt Bike. I am in the market for a new tt bike and Felt is at the top of my list. Thanks for the link to the swim plan. I am somewhat of a newbie and will definitely use it as a starting tool.

  4. I can’t wait to see your training for the 1/2 Ironman, I am seriously in awe of you. I’m only training for Boston right now, I have no other race goals for the year. I may do a 1/2 but we will see. My favorite kinds of training are intervals, a lot of bang for your buck!

  5. Just found your blog and wanted to say hi! I got into triathlon last year and am also hoping to train for and complete my first 70.3 this year – but first up is my first marathon in 11 days!
    I got a bike trainer a few months ago and I absolutely HATE it! What are you using to track your speed? The sensor on my bike broke (right before I put it into transition at my first Olympic tri, awesome timing right?) so I have no idea what my speed is on the trainer, but I probably don’t want to know…

    1. Hi Tracy! Good luck on your first marathon!

      I use a Garmin 310XT plus the Garmin bike speed and cadence sensor to track my distance and speed when riding inside. I’m not a huge trainer fan, I’m much more in love with spinning. But I just got this bike so I figure I should get some ride time on it before my first race in May. No telling when I’ll finally get outside for riding with this crazy cold spell and long winters.

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