Archive for January, 2009

Attempted to do an MP run around sub-7s, but my lungs would have nothing to do with it.  Guess I’m not back yet.  2.25 miles attempted and a 10 miler planned.  Oh well.

Given my inability to do any high quality run training, I got on my bike and did a spin session instead.  Just did 90 rpms for an hour.

I’m hoping my annual bout with the cold + sinusitis will abate so I can continue with the training.  It’s just mildly frustrating, since I can still go into other things like the bike and swim aspects.

Maybe I’ll do better tomorrow.

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Press play and then push the slider to the end. The other videos will show up at the bottom.

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Too early for me to mess around with this stuff.  Learning about it is pretty interesting though.  Saris and CinQo are two companies offering power meters.  Very expensive stuff, and I think is worth the $$$ only if you want to be competitive in your age group or thinking about becoming a pro.

I think the idea in training with power is to make your pedaling more consistent no matter what obstacles you encounter (such as a hill or wind).  Training with heart rate for example makes one slow down because perceived effort goes up (heart rate goes up).  I think training with power allows the cyclist to avoid depending on perceived effort so much.

Just researching…

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Track practice: Strides!

(La Jolla High School track was lighted tonight. The kids were having a soccer match.)

The plan was simple intervals:

  • 1 mile warm-up.
  • 3 sets of 2 X 200 Zone 2 @10 sec, and 1 X 1600 Zone 3 @30 sec.
  • 1 mile cool-down.

Since I knew I couldn’t push it aerobically, I decided to stick with the plan but do strides for the stated distances. Slower for the Zone 2s and picked up a bit for the Zone 3s. I didn’t tell the coach this, and I don’t know why he didn’t notice. Well, the group has grown a lot. So… Just to be sure it didn’t turn it into a true intervals practice, I didn’t turn on my GPS.

It worked nicely. I was doing long strides in the Zone 2s, so even if I wasn’t doing any more exertion I pretty much passed a lot of teammates on the strength of those strides!

For the Zone 3s or faster strides, I found that I had to be careful not to engage my hips (my running engine). Focus was harder–I had to concentrate on my arm swings more and holding the stride longer before impact. If you’ve seen a gazelle in mid-stride, that was what I was going for. Also made sure my lungs weren’t involved.

One thing I also noticed is that it is hard to hit mid-foot when doing strides. The natural tendency is to hit with the heel; maybe I just need to train more.

Ultimately, because my pace was dictated by longer strides, I ended up lapping a lot of teammates. I finished just behind the usual runners doing 6:30 pace. So my longer strides practice must have propelled me to about 7 minute miles. Which means, it may have seemed like I was doing normal intervals!

For the cool-down, I did a few lateral jumps and side-to-side practices. Got a few people interested.

Said HI to a lot of teammates tonight. Some are crazy, and everyone is just funny! Thinking I’m joining them for trails practice this weekend.

Great workout!

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Lance training in Kona 2009

Lance training in Kona 2009

Here is video from Carmichael Systems, where the coach talks about Lance Armstrong’s training for the Tour Down Under. I guess riding on the Ironman course is stirring great interest in him for the race. Cool!


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Warm Sake goes a long way

I ventured out at lunch time dressed in shorts and a sweatshirt. It’s chilly out, and I was just a tad on the cold side.

Went to a Japanese restaurant that I haven’t visited in a while. Ordered a plate of sushi and water. The waiter offered me warm soup. Somehow, while sipping the broth, I thought about warm Sake. Don’t know how long it’s been since I’ve had it. Maybe Boston in 2005?


Anyway, I asked the waiter whether they served it. Affirmative. He brought over a warm bottle and a porcelain cup. Hmmm. The first few cups were heavenly. Warmed up my tummy rather nicely. Before long, I was totally relaxed. My body was generating more heat than giving it up. I know I finished the sushi, but it didn’t seem to register in my feel-good state.

Lunch and sake isn’t too bad a combo. I won’t even qualify the feeling as a buzz. Anyway, it will be another 3 years before my next serving of Sake!

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Please find results here–> CM site

Please find photos here –> brightroom

For the half and full.

Here is mine–my hat seems to be falling off!

Running happy in Carlsbad

Running happy in Carlsbad

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