X-mas prep is of about complete! We're hosting this year which ought to a LOT of fun! You know family... love em, hate em... either way they're here to stay and we're going to have a great time! Took the crew out to get a tree at Northern Lights this year! Even Aggie came and she had a BALL!
OK! Catch ya up on what's been happening triathlon-wise over the last few weeks. While it is the off-season... I'm still unclear about how to exactly define that... I've swum roughly 21,000 yds in since my last post. This is averaging 3,000 yds/pool visit 3 times/wk for 3 weeks minus 6,000 yds b/c of my week out with the black plague and there you have your total! (Check my Math... I was an English major in colige) As a result, I don't think I've EVER felt more comfortable in the water. Really cool. Now having said that... I'm not entirely sure if I'm any faster. I suppose it might be time for another test set with Coach Gina! Here's what I did today:
- 700 yd warm-up (200 swim, 200 pull, 300 kick)
- 6X200 yds on 3:00
- 500 pull with paddles
- 500 pull w/out paddles
- 100 cool-down ez
- Total Distance: 3,000 yds
My run has been non-existent. Seriously. The first time I've run in the last 2 months was last Sunday. I did a 20 min aerobic run. My toe hurts. Enough said. I talked with Coach Matt about the lack of running and he basically said, "Yeah... don't sweat it." So I'm not gonna.
I've done a few rides and a LOT of trainer time. ALL of the rides have been in a low aerobic zone and I've concentrated on keeping my cadence up between 95 to 100 rpm... apparently this is more efficient... but it's also a learned skill. When I started focusing on keeping my cadence up it felt really odd to be turning over the pedals that fast... now it seems "normal". Bike fitness is coming along but still has a long way to go before I get where I want to be. Patience... patience... patience...
I think the whole focus of this "off-season" stuff is to make sure you give your head a break from the intensity yet to keep your body moving and active so that when you launch into training in the next season.... ya don't kill yourself. Mission accomplished! Coach Matt is starting me on what he calls, "The Program" (ominous isn't it?), January 1st. I'm actually really really ready to get started!
Aggie update: Super Perfect Angel Fantasy Puppy has regressed. Yeah... I knew it was too good to be true... she's now decided that its o.k. to pee on our floor. Yeah. Joy. As my wife says, "She's a puppy Rob. She's going to figure it out." Thank you oh wise one. I've had many proud parent moments as I'm yelling expletives at the puppy in front of the kids... yeah... cool huh? Geesh. As if I didn't have enough to humble me... thanks puppy!