Monthly Archives: February 2014

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Bad news: It has been way too long since my last post. Good news: The reason for the rarity these days is that I have been too busy with work, family, and training more than ever.  So let’s cut to the chase.

First up, since my last post I once again participated in the pinnacle of winter masochistic behavior. No, I’m not talking about the endless battle with the town snowplow at the end of my driveway (that is worthy of its own blog post one day). I’m talking about The Tour of Sufferlandria.

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In short, its nine days of hellish indoor training rides delivered via videos. Here is how it rolled out:

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This year, it was again a lesson in pain and patience. I managed to keep all the rides at 90% effort or greater. Overall, it felt more tolerable than last year….probably because I didn’t increase my FTP right before starting the tour this time. I will say though, the two ride days were pretty hellish.

Even better, the big cycling block seems to have resulted in some good fitness gains. I am consistently cruising in aero at my FTP now. Here was my first ride following the tour.

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Run wise, things are actually coming along. During the tour, I tried to keep running every day; at least three miles.  Early on I was able to even tolerate some threshold miles. However, by day 6 I was more battered than an Under Armor Speed Skating Suit and I gave up on the dreadmill.

Fortunately, after the tour, I was back up and running pretty quickly. To boot, the cycling gains seemed to have crossed over to running. My threshold pace, which was killing me worse than my tax return, is now a comfortable cruising speed for me.

The gains were most obvious this weekend, when I added the pieces together. Yesterday was an hour ride with 3X10 min near FTP. Some standing and single leg sessions were also peppered in.

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I followed this with five miles; three miles were at my threshold pace (7.5mph at 2%). Form was good and in control. This morning, I was back at it at 0500 with a 1.5 hour ride with 5X10 min at FTP, all in aero.

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I followed this with 7.5 miles at GRP ~8:30 (6.8 @ 2%). There was some difficulty but I kept at it. Based on this week, I think it’s going to be time to test again soon.

I have even picked up my swimming more. It has certainly been slow going and I am still striving to find that comfortable endurance rhythm. One stroke at a time.

For some extra motivation, I decided to take advantage of Trisport’s spring clearance sale. Amazingly, I picked up some new Sidi cycling shoes for 80% off. I’ll admit; I have been using the same LG cycling shoes for four years. Yes. Three Ironmans with the same shoes….without socks. As my feet were starting to look, and smell, like something from a Texas Chain Saw Massacre sequel, I figured it was time for an upgrade. Shiny pics to come.

I need new cycling cleats!!!

I need new cycling cleats!!!

Finally, I am looking forward to getting my hands on the newest Sufferfest video, Chrysalis. I’ve never done a combined run and ride video, and it will be interesting to brick things up with some entertainment.  For once, I am happy the Montana winters have forced me to have a well equipped pain cave. Review on it’s way!

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