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Swimming Like a Boss… err… Master

March 23, 2015 Leave a comment


This morning I did a silly thing.  A wonderful amazing stupid silly thing.  I swam with a Master’s swim club.  I paid money to join a Master’s swim club.  I hauled my ass out of bed at 4:30 this morning to swim with a Master’s swim club.  I swam for 90 minutes with a Master’s swim club, and I kinda held my own.  Granted, I think my shoulders are about to fall off, and I want to eat All The Things, and the coach kept putting me on the rookie program (where everybody else was swimming a 5×100 on the 2:00, for example, I would do a 4×100 on the 2:30).  But all in all, I think I held my own.

I figure I swam about 3,050m this morning (I wasn’t really keeping count, just following the routine written on the white board and trying not to drown).  An amazing workout to start the day.  Can’t wait to do it again on Wednesday!

And now to go fall asleep at my desk…


Monday Morning and the Return of the Iron Pig

April 21, 2014 4 comments

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I love long weekends.  Do you love long weekends!  I love long weekends – especially long weekends with very little in the calendar.  My long weekend this past weekend was PERFECT!  3 amazing dinner gatherings, great times with family and friends, some lovely beers (really quickly becoming a fan of the new Block 3 Brewery that recently opened in the tourist town of St. Jacobs, just outside of Waterloo), some SUNSHINE!!!, the Easter Bunny, and a great long run on Saturday!

What a great weekend!

But the weekend is over, and it’s back to the grind.  Back to the office, and back to the training plan!  And I actually feel really good about both of these things.

This spring hasn’t been the model of consistent training for me.  Maybe it’s the Winter Blahs.  Maybe I came down with a case of Laziness.  Who knows.  Who cares.  We can only go forward from here!

This week marks a new phase in my training plan.  Today was the arbitrary day when the combination of warm (and dry) weather aligned with morning energy and enthusiasm: Today I busted out The Iron Pig for my first bike commute to work of 2014!

My bike commute is 12.5km each way – a handy 25km round trip, mostly through parks and along trails, and away from traffic.  What a good extra boost to my training this will be once I start bike commuting 4-5 days a week (and where the alternate option is the bus – not a car – I’ll be biking as often as I can).

I struggle though with how to define this riding – is this “training”?  Does work commuting count as “training”?  On the Pro side: Time in the saddle is time in the saddle, and I realized this morning how much commuter training really is just as good a workout as any exercise bike (which is how I “trained” all winter).  On the Con side: My hybrid isn’t my road bike – it’s a very different riding position, I’m riding in sneakers on flat pedals (not clipped in, and thus all the work I’m doing is pedal mashing), I’m not following a training plan but rather just trying to get from A to B, and I’m much more restricted by traffic and traffic lights riding through town than I would be on the country roads.  Waiting at a red light doesn’t feel much like training.

So at the end of this week, when I look back at my ‘volume’ of training, the picture could be remarkably different if I include the 100km and ~4hrs of commute bike riding (assuming 4 out of 5 days) than if I exclude it.  By the end of the summer, this could have a huge impact on my training volume, which I guess really only matters if I look back on it in future years by comparison.  And for pride points.  It matters there too.

I’m honestly on the fence on this one, so I’d love your input:

Would you count bicycle commuting as bike training?

Monday Morning… or Why Last Week Was Pretty Awesome!

January 13, 2014 1 comment

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Holy crap I’m tired this morning.  It is a miracle that I got out of bed at 5:15 and got my work out in as planned #WIN.  But I’m dragging my heels a bit now.  I really hate Monday Mornings!!

I was thinking about yesterday’s Week in Review post (no you’re posting a link to your own previous blog post!) in which I completed roughly 4.5 hours of training.  That didn’t seem like a very large number to me, to be honest.  It was a whole week of work – it must have been more than that!

It felt like I did a hell of a lot more than 4.5 hours though.

But then I looked back a little bit more at my weekly training stats from 2013 (thank you for being so awesome in helping me with these numbers).  4.5hrs/week is a little low compared to January/February/March of last year, when I was training for my first half marathon, and subsequent 30km running race.  But once we got into Triathlon season my weekly effort went way down.  In fact, excluding race weeks, 4.5hrs in a single week is the most overall volume I’ve put into any single week since May 2013.

So that’s why I feel so damn tired this morning.  Even if it’s not as much training as I want to do – and should be doing – it’s a hell of a lot more than my body is used to doing.

Comparing myself to some ideal is not a useful exercise.  Comparing myself to the training schedules I read in books, or on other tri blogs is equally useless.  Much like I need to race my own race, I need to train at my own pace.  So I’m going to stop beating myself up thinking I should be doing more, but focus on the positives of what I did achieve.  I had my best training week in over 8 months!  That’s something to celebrate!

And I think I’ll celebrate it with a nap when I get home from work.  Stupid Mondays!!!


Little Victories

July 8, 2013 1 comment


Tonight’s bucketing rain kept me away from Run Club (and, I’m guessing, everyone else too… that first picture is just down the street from my building).  So – in keeping with this week’s theme of Mental Strength – I decided to put in a hard and fast 5km on the treadmill.  Nothing like a good ‘ol fashion set of treadmill intervals… amiright? Right!


I know it was a treadmill, and not outside, and I know that’s not a crazy fast time in the big bad world of running, but I’ve never run a 5km faster than about 33:30 before.  Damn!  I’m a wee bit proud of that shit!

New goal for this summer… I want to run 5km in under 30 minutes.  I’m gonna run a 5km in under 30 minutes!  Damn right I will!

How was your Monday?


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