Don Fink, author of the popular Be Ironfit, Mastering the Marathon, and IronFit Strength Training and Nutrition For Endurance Athletes, is a man who embraces my own philosophy toward training. A huge proponent of Heart Rate and Time based training, he understands the needs of the time-crunched professional. As a consequence, starting March 11, 2013, Don will begin coaching me toward my short and long term goals.
It’s time to start taking the training for the HITS Full Length (Iron-Distance) Triathlon in Palm Springs in December seriously. This is the HITS Championship race, and if I don’t want to completely embarrass myself, it’s time I start taking my training seriously. Fortunately, last week was somewhat on track, and this week is looking good, too:
Some of the “Runs” were actually “Hikes”, with some running mixed in. Thanks to the hill gradients and scrambling over rocks, even though my distance is short, my HR often stayed very nicely in the aerobic zone. So, I think they should count. In any case, this week is shaping up very well, also, and I’m hoping that the training (albeit still weak on the swim) is early enough to bring me success on December 1.
Here is a video of what a four hour, 56-mile bike is like during a 1/2 Iron-Length Triathlon (a 1.2 Mile Swim, 56-Mile Bike, and 13.1-Mile Run). This video was taken during the Napa Valley Vintage Triathlon. My Race Recap can be here.
RACE DIRECTOR’S WARNING: (1) Participation in this event may indicate an impairment of your ability to perceive the normal limits of human exertion. (2) Athletes who start a routine of swimming, biking, and running often find it difficult to quit.
Finishing was in serious doubt. I was anything but ready, and the Fates had determined that I was going to be anything but at my peak. The challenges of the Napa Valley Vintage Triathlon (½ Iron-Length) stacked up against me:
Recently, a tiff began between Lance Armstrong and someone doing an Olympic triathlon on Twitter. In this case, I agree with Lance. Triathlon should be, and always should be, an individual sport. Here is the article and my response:
Twitter by newly-minted pro triathlete Lance Armstrong has stirred up a hornets nest of controversy in the world of triathlon.
When Lance twitters about anything it never fails to create interest considering he has almost 3.5 million followers.
According to an article in the National Post Friday 27, 2012 publication Lance Armstrong was dismissing the Olympic-distance triathlon-Simon Whitfield’s triathlon-as “a shampoo, blow dry and 10k foot race.”