Friday, July 12, 2019

Phillips Triathlon Goals

At the Eau Claire Tri I was 29% slower then the top finisher in the swim so looking for 20% this time. I was 7% slower then the best bike so looking for 5% and I was 20% slower in the run so I am looking for 12%.  I think that would give me a good plan. Mainly I want 250W on the bike followed by sub 7 min pace on the run. I think 250 is a low goal and I plan on not going over 300 for much of the course.

I am down to 185 pound and I have been stuck here for a while but fitness is going through the roof.  We got a natural gas grill and have been eating healthier meals so I just need to check on the snacks and fuel DURING workouts better. I will try and get some more miles in after the Tri and camping in order to cut that weight back down. not sure what the plans are for the future but it would be nice to get some faster Olympic distance races in before tackling any 70.3 distance.

Saturday, February 2, 2019

January Update

Went from 197.6 to 195.0 so not great on the weight loss front but I have been eating better and exercising  more so I will take it. I will have to make it more of a focus for February though. January brought with it 13 days of workouts so something I still need to work on but I am on a 7 day streak.

Bike: 234.4 miles with one ride over 50 and starting to do a couple efforts here and there.

Run: 20.1 miles with an actual track workout in there. It was just some 200's in the 39-42 range but it is a start. I think I am gonna try and stick with one or two of these a week with some stuff in the 6:50 pace range to get back a feel for it.

Swim: None yet but have started on bands.

Plans:  Really need to keep with the weight loss and then start looking at races. There is an indoor triathlon in Eau Claire in early March, a 7 mile trail race in April, a duathlon in may and an open water tri back in Eau Claire in early June.   Wouldn't mind a 5K in there as well.
This really means I need to look into getting back into the pool pretty soon.

Testing:  I need to get in a TT on the bike so I can see how low my FTP has gone. I am also going to need to figure out a running test for the indoor track but that may wait. Swimming I already have my 10x100 and 500 benchmarks so I will get to that at some point.

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

2018 Recap and Future Plans

2018 consisted of finishing my teaching license and starting as a teacher in Eau Claire. Training took a back seat to the early year stress (EdTPA which is the worst assessment for teachers ever) and my weight got up to 222.4 at the end of August. The higher weight definitely affected my motivation to workout and ride. My gut was also literally getting in the way based on my position. Since September I have lost an avg of .18 pounds per day or 1.29 pounds per week. Just gonna keep going on that. I am 46.1% of the way to my goal at only 45.2% of the time so a couple tenths ahead of the game.

Swim: I think only 3 swims for about an hour.
Bike:   2295 miles in 131 hours  or 47 miles a week
Run: 144 miles in 22 hours or 2.8 miles a week.

The main plan is to focus on the weight loss while getting more regular about workouts.  Main goal is to do the Eau Claire Triathlon on June 7.  I will try and get a race or two in before then and do some more Zwift events as well. After that I would like to hit some sprints and olympics with maybe a Half at the end of August or Sept if swimming is going ok.

Monday, October 1, 2018

Been a long time.

Started the month off at 221.4 pounds which is by far my highest ever. Ended 7.4 pounds down, .21 pounds per day or 1.48 per week, and 14.5% the way to my 170 goal. Out of the Obese category at least. It has actually affected my cycling and running with my stomach getting in the way cycling and legs getting trashed for days even though a run might feel good.

Starting a full time sub teaching position in Eau Claire teaching Physical Science to 8th graders and Earth science to 9th graders so I will have some routine and less stress (worrying about finding work is much higher for me personally).

Hoping to just get back under 200 so the workouts are not so bad, then keep rushing to 180. By that I mean the weight loss trumps workouts. a 8-10 mile ride needs to be fine mentally and a 1-2 mile run also needs to be. Also not worrying about pace. I have always had a habit of getting out of shape and being able to salvage it in a few months but this will be a long term process.

Planning on using some early spring and summer races as carrots for certain weight loss milestones. We will see how it goes. Here are my Sept totals.

Run: 6.7 miles in 1 hour.
Bike: 502 miles in 31 hours

Switching to indoor always takes me a bit to work up getting some bigger miles in.

Goal is another 7 pounds this month. Try and get some sort of workout in 6 days week. As long as I start it counts.

Friday, August 14, 2015

Deer slammed the car and took the bike off the top.

Click to enlarge the picture.

Well, as you can see there once was a bike up there and now there is not. (it was actually dangling off the back from a strap to the rear wheel rim)  Car is gonna be outta commission until mid Sept. bc they are somehow fixing it.   Already cancelled Pigman bc I wasnt able to even ride it until today and the race would have been Sunday with no rides this week.  I guess there is always next year for racing.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Wisconsin Plans

Work up this morning at 167.6 pounds. That is 13.2 pounds lighter then April 5 which was about 45 days ago.  I have been able to get my running to come around and my cycling is through the roof. A 22:07 or 27.1 mph on the bike for an out-n-back 10 mile TT is by far my best ever. Also got in a couple 80 and 90 milers at 20.5 mph getting off and feeling fresh. Running, I am up to a long run of 15 @ a 7:40 pace and my track 400's are right at 1:20. Mile is a 5:39 recently but altitude has never been my friend running. Haven't been in the pool much but that should come back quick with some bands I have been working on. Here is a tentative schedule for the year.

I am moving to Menomonie WI on June 10 with the kiddo for the summer as well so the first race will just be to get back in the swing of things as we will have barely arrived.  

June 14: La Crosse Olympic
June 21: Rockchester Olympic (tentative)
July 11: Phillip Chain of Lakes Sprint
July 26: Toughman MN 70.3
Aug 9: Red Wing Sprint
Aug 16: Pigman 70.3

Saturday, January 31, 2015

January Recap February plans.


Swim 2:22:00 for 7400 yards (almost as much as all of last year!)
Bike 22:22:00 for 417 miles
Run 14:06:00 for 105 miles (24.5 a week)
7 days off

The beginning of the month was really icy and snowy so happy with the totals as my running and biking took a hit. Key workouts were 10x100 in 1:23avg on the 2 min. and a 100 all out in 1:15.
I was also able to get in 4 rides over 3 hours including one over 4 hours and one Z2 power and HR ride of 60 miles at 20 mph on the new bike. Neck still recovering but it was too fun. 

Had a duathlon and I went way too hard on the first run and bike and was in third overall and then faded to 9th. 24.5mph on a 3.3 mile leg dodging people and a decent hill thrown in. I think I can break through in the last event Feb 21 though. 

Main goals for Feb are to do another time trial to get numbers on the new bike now that I have some rides.  Really need to run at least 30 every week. After 30 the main goals are getting in some tempo, speed and maybe some long runs. Gonna try and take the weight down to 172 as well.