IRONMAN TRAINING 2021
Week beginning Sunday, April 11, 2021
20 weeks until IRONMAN Canada.
With the bathroom reno in flight, I am going to have to be diligent with time management this week. It looks like this is going to be the first week of real spring weather too.
I feel I like was STAYING CONSISTENT
Overall this was a productive week. Work has been going well, the renovation is progressing and I managed 12.5 hours of training. This was the week that winter turned into summer too.
Steady improvements in the pool are starting to show. The early morning sessions are paying off.
Ironman published the Participant List for IMC. My name appears on page 83; 2772 people registered. With that many people descending on Penticton, I wonder if the event is going to go ahead...
SUNDAY APR 11 ☀️
Sleep 2 | Fatigue 4 | Stress 2 | Soreness 4
Rate on an scale 1-7 1=best 7=worst +5 is a warning
Day 2 TAC Routine.
1st: 55 minutes: 5 minutes walking to warm up. Run 45 minutes. Flat to rolling terrain. Easy effort. Followed by 5 minutes of walking.
2nd: Ride 90 minutes. FLAT terrain. Ideally on the road bike (to keep it easier) Spinning the legs out after the morning run. (Can be anytime of day)
Total Time: 113 minutes
I spent +3 hours chipping away at mortar and slate tiles before heading out for the run.
My legs felt heavy, particularly going uphill. Up and over Craigflower Hill and then rolling terrain until I got back to my neighbourhood. There was a bit of downhill on McKenzie Avenue which seem to "wake" my legs up a bit.
The 90 minute easy ride was 24 minutes short but had a bit more effort on the crank to make up the difference. I pedalled a mostly flat route to Sidney to meet Carina who was already up there. At the McTavish Interchange, I hopped onto the shouder of the Pat Bay Highway and held 35kph until Bevan Avenue in Sidney. My legs did not feel fresh and there was a light, NNE headwind.
1:05:32 TO RESTHAVEN
The commute was with the road bike this morning and it was 10 minutes to the pool (stopping for traffic lights) and 40 minutes of easy pedaling along Dallas Road, through Downtown and back on the Goose.
Before the run yesterday, I had a can of Redbull. I swear that had an effect on my sleep as I am normally "lights out" when my head hits the pillow. That didn't happen last night.
Running this afternoon felt heavy legged to start, really good after 45 minutes and then heavy legged to wrap up. It was warm too.
There was a hint that my left ankle might still be a bit bothered from a mountain bike ride 10 days ago; a couple of mild twinges in the first couple of kms but all clear for the remaining 10 km.
My run clock must be off because after that 45 minute mark, I swear I was popping of the ground at 5:35/km pace but the GPS/footpod was measuring closer to 6:05/km. I really don't care either way, the goal was to run a rolling route and this checked that box nicely ☑️
Craigflower Run Profile
The first 100m in the pool was less than comfortable but once warmed up, things started to click. I swam in the Continuous Lane with only minor lane congestion. Nothing out of the ordinary to report except that my focus and effort was on point this morning.
I walked to the showers with a bit of a pump going on; nice!
The air temperature on the ride home had warmed up to 39 °F; looks like another gorgeous spring day.
I must say that the combination of reno-work and training is starting to be felt. I am stiff through my neck, shoulders and arms. I probably need another evening to finish prepping the floor for new tile. I'll have some drywall to remove after that and the rest will be mostly done by the pros.
I did have intentions on riding before dawn (like yesterday) but my body said no.
I noticed that I have hill repeats on the bike next week up Mill Hill so I set off to explore something new for today. I ended up on Haida Drive in the Braemar Heights subdivision of Langford. 3 times up that plus the hill on Veterans Memorial Parkway checked off the requisite hill efforts (4) for the scheduled ride. With more fitness, there are more hills to explore here. Fulton Road looked to be longer and steeper but would need to be timed for a low traffic period. I rode a bit longer as this subdivision is a bit further away (90 minutes).
Almost 2 bottles of water and 200 calories consumed. It was nice to finally be riding in summer kit.
There was no juice in the legs. Short jog to the Selkirk Trestle; turned around at about 14 minutes and made it back to my start point (net uphill) with a negative split.
5KM Run Notes
The route was essentially my Selkirk Trestle out and back, except for a small detour to go to a supply store. I hit pause going into store and resume when leaving. Moving time was 29:35; time in the store was 5:03.
Unlike yesterday, I was popping off the ground this afternoon and even averaged 5:35/km on the way back home. No aches, pains or abundance of fatigue to report.
It was a warmer than usual afternoon; 22°C with no breeze, even at the water's edge; regardless this short run felt effortless.
2000m Swim Notes
This swim felt like I had a run about 90 minutes prior. That long kick set did work the hips but was enough of a rest to crank out the following:
Humpback Road, Mount Wells Regional Park
I made my way through Langford and eventually on to the shoulder of Highway 14. I turned off the highway on to Kangaroo Road; the southern half of Kangaroo was downhill and an absolute blast to ride on a road bike. After that point, I was feeling good and probably pushing on the pedals harder than I should have.
Before leaving Metchosin, I rode west to the end of William Head Road for a brief stop and to capture this week's photo. I had 90 minutes on the clock and a decision on for the next 90 minutes of saddle time. As I started to make my way back, I noticed my legs had stiffened again.
Back in View Royal, I caught a group of 3 riders on the E&N Rail Trail. I was ever so slightly carrying a bit more speed than they were. Once it was safe, I put a little torque on the crank to ride passed.
Unexpectedly, I found myself now the lead out for a group of now 4 riders. Nice group; they had intended on following the bike path to Downtown but instead, followed me for an extended tour of Esquimalt. This was near the end of my ride; I was out of sugar, on cooked legs but they made the last bit of the ride fun for me as I hope I did for them.