Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Triathlon Training - Week 7

Sunday, March 11th - 2 hour bike - 17.55 miles

Last Sunday, Jennifer and I did another 2 hour bike ride together. This time, we decided to try a new section of the Louisville Loop.

Since she had just gotten her new bike and was still getting used to it, I was trying to find us a good stretch of the bike path where we wouldn't have to ride on main roads. Unfortunately, it seems that (for now at least) it's a 45 minute drive from our house to get that section of the Loop. Yeah, the rest of it is either through parks or on main roads, not all of which have a dedicated bike path.

To make our drive shorter, I decided we should park at Shawnee park and ride the Loop south. I knew we would have to ride on some roads, but it seemed that we would be riding on the actual bike path for the majority of the ride.

Well I was wrong.

We started out kinda slow while Jennifer got a little more acquainted with her ride. The first mile was pretty nice, since we were on the path that runs between the park and the river, but then we had to get out onto Southwestern Parkway (which is a fairly busy road) and things started to go downhill.

Southwestern Parkway becomes Algonquin Parkway at some point, and all-told we only had to ride on it for 2 miles, but Jennifer really had trouble getting settled into a routine. I don't think it was just the road that we were on, though -- I think it was more that we only had a mile to warm up before getting out onto the road that really got to her. And stupid me, I didn't really think about how nervous she was, so I wasn't doing anything to help put her mind at ease.

Eventually, we came upon a corner where we met back up with the bike path, but as we came to the stop, Jennifer had trouble un-clipping from her pedal and ended up falling over into my bike. She got bruised up pretty bad, but like always, she got back up and got back on her bike.

I tried to catch her as she was falling, and I'm not sure what I hit, but I scraped up my knuckle pretty bad in the process. The worst part about it was that we didn't have any band-aids, and it just wouldn't stop bleeding.

Regardless, we pushed on.

That little section of the bike path was only about a mile long. It wasn't much, but it was a nice little break (although I know we were both wondering how long it was going to last).

After that, we were back on another fairly busy road for the next few miles. We passed by a parking lot that had a firetruck and an ambulance, so I jumped off and got a band-aid from them.

At the next corner we came to, we were seriously contemplating turning back, but I'm glad we didn't. Turned out that we only had a 1/2 mile stretch through a neighborhood before getting back on the path.

Finally, we had made it!

From that point on there was a dedicated bike path for the next 8 miles. This is the longest stretch of bike path that I've been able to find. Unfortunately, we had already been out for nearly an hour of our planned 2 hour ride. So after taking part of the path that led down to the river, we decided it was time to head back.

The ride back went much smoother than the ride out. We went back on the same roads, but we both had more confidence this time around. And to help Jen, I was making sure to be more vocal with her when it came to cars and directions. Yeah, that was the other part of the initial nervousness -- not really knowing where we were going.

Heading back, we covered the same distance in about 50 minutes that took us 1:10 on the way out. But at least we made it back in time.

Things definitely didn't go to plan, but I still love training with Jennifer. The best part is that we're both getting better and more comfortable, so hopefully our training sessions will only get better and better!

Monday, March 12th - 1600 meter swim

Although I've been having a lot of luck with swimming thus far, I'm starting to realize that I haven't been swimming properly, and I think my luck has finally run out.

While I can absolutely cover the distance required for the triathlon, I don't think I'll be able to increase my speed until I correct my form.

I'm not sure why, but this has really made me feel defeated lately.

I covered 1600 meters, including three timed 400's, but the best I could do was around 10 minutes (which isn't bad, but I was working way harder than my times reflect).

Thursday, March 15th - 7 mile tempo run

I almost skipped this workout, but I'm glad I didn't.

With our next race only a few days away, and work and life throwing curve-balls my way, I almost convinced myself that I deserved extra rest.

Then I thought better of it, and headed to the gym.

Earlier in the day, my knee started feeling tight. I think it was from my lack of training this week, and lots of driving (which sounds weird, but it was my left knee and I think I keep it mostly bent while I'm driving).

I was a little worried that running would make it worse, but I think it actually did the opposite.

I did somewhere between 6.5 and 6.8 miles in an hour before the treadmill shut off on me. It was a difficult run -- I think I might have pushed the tempo just a little too far, and it was hot in the gym -- but I definitely didn't regret going.

Saturday, March 17th - Rodes City Run (10K)

What a great race! Click here for a full recap.


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