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TU: Adjustments

Time for a quickie before bed. (Get your mind out of the gutter!) My life has certainly improved much since my last post. And, it’s not just because of the new watch. This past Saturday, I finished my last class for grad school in Seattle. On top of this, I also completed my research thesis. So, finally, I literally have nothing left to do for grad school other than to walk at graduation. Thank GOD.

The celebrations begin. I got to enjoy a wonderful class cruise with some great weather. Yes, that's sunny Seattle.

The celebrations begin. I got to enjoy a wonderful class cruise with some great weather. Yes, that’s sunny Seattle.

The change in responsibilities has gradually been dawning on me. It feels so long ago that all I had to concentrate on was trying to the best Dad, Husband, Doctor, and Triathlete I can be. Frankly, I love the adjustment.

Okay, down to the training. Been focusing on the run while trying to maintain the bike. Doing one interval day, one tempo day, and one long run day. Workouts are going very well. Oddly enough, my gait seems to have changed tremendously with all the intervals. I think it would be more of a gazelle style if I had to guess. It feels much better and I’ll take it.

Over and over.

Over and over.

Swim wise, I am just trying to build up my endurance. I have an Olympic tri coming up soon, and I hope I can maintain my form for it. Fortunately, the new watch has made swimming much more fun. I love the metrics. Check out today for example.



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Still not fast by any means, but I’m working on it. Things felt especially better at the end of the day. Funny thing, I have noticed my watch getting off with the distance measurements every now and then. For example, interval ten was 250, not 225. Will have to investigate.

Bike wise, things are bit frustrating. I had a great series of workouts last week, including a run of Hell Hath no Fury. Thanks to classes in Seattle, I got stuck doing one terribly painful and sweaty TR workout on a stationery bike at Seattle Executive Club. I think the lady next to me thought I was going to sublimate. However, despite two days of rest, I bombed out of a TR ride yesterday. But, that is how things go, and it was a good 45 minutes of pain. I’ll give it another whirl this weekend.

Can't win em all. But that's life. It was fun.

Can’t win em all. But that’s life. It was fun.

I can’t complain. Things are great. The sun is warm on the skin. My garage smells like a mixture of hops and cut grass. The kids are bouncing around the backyard. This summer is looking good.

Belgian Beer and Street Fighter? I love Seattle. WIN.

Belgian Beer and Street Fighter? I love Seattle. WIN.

TU: Freedom

Flathead Lake from Somers, Montana. I get to swim here sometimes.

Flathead Lake from Somers, Montana. I get to swim here sometimes.

It has been a good May thus far out by Flathead Lake. The weather is finally starting to warm up. The flowers are getting planted. I’ve started getting my ridiculously tight short sleeve shirts out of the closet (don’t look at me that way, this is a triathlon blog and you know you have them too). Tis the season of change out here in Montana.

I am happy to say that my new mentality about training has paid off. If you remember, I have been having a problem with hitting the bottom of the mojo barrel. Things came to a head at the Grizzly Triathlon. What should have been a fun event turned into something like being at the dentist (cue Kenny G background music).It was after the race that I had an epiphany.

My wife, as always the beacon of clarity in my chaotic life, was the source of my mental change. After listening to me lament on my performance at the Grizz, she just smiled and asked if I enjoyed the race. I said no. Her response: “Then why do it?”

What she was getting at is the fact that I am not a pro triathlete. I never will be. My livelihood does not depend on my race outcomes. This is something I do for FUN. Sure, I want to do the best I can, but when training becomes more anxiety provoking than filing taxes when you’re the Cleveland Tea Party Association, an alteration of the mental landscape is in order. So, with that mindset, I basically just told myself I will train if I want to. If I can’t make all the paces or watts of the workout, fine. But I will try my best nevertheless.

So far, this has been working GREAT. Specifically, what this has resulted is in me not just constantly hammering myself or worrying myself into a knot about a pending workout. I am keeping most of my bike and run workouts on separate days. Swimming is now mostly working on form or endurance. Last week, I took two days off completely and just spent time with the family for once. Without the huge burden of grad school looming over me, this was incredibly rewarding.

Now don’t get me wrong, I am still busting my balls. This Saturday, it was 6 miles with 600m and 1200m repeats at 6:40. Sunday was off: it was Mother’s Day and I have limits. Monday, I hit the bike for a painful TR session of “Gabb.”

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For whatever reason, the first few minutes got cut off when my computer died. Oh well. Tuesday was another run fest with 8X800 between 6:11-6:50.

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Today was another lesson in mind of matter with TR Goethe: 4 X 10′ at FTP. Tomorrow, I will probably take off. Maybe doing some putzing around spinning on the bike for recovery. Or just hit some tee-ball with the kid. Who knows? Tomorrow is another day and another adventure. One day at a time.

This weekend, I will doing my first Peak Triathlon in Missoula. This is another sprint. So far, the weather looks better than it was at the Griz. Stay posted for more Contour +2 fun!

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