Saturday, April 29, 2006

Weekend Bike

A long weekend bike with a group is perfect for me to stay active without training for any triathlon in particular. This Sat. my wife and I went on a preview tour of the MS150 century ride from Irvine to San Diego. However we cut it short because 1) I'm not in great shape and 2) we kept Pat and Anya company on the way back. Today we went from Irvine to San Juan Capistrano and took the train back to Irvine. I plan on doing this ride more often because it's scenic and fun. Also, I enjoy riding the train for only $5.50. The only concern for me on this route is going through Laguna, the roads have plenty of traffic, it's hilly, and you have to share the road with cars. Nevertheless plenty of cyclist ride the PCH on on this stretch. Here's a picture of Peg, Anya, and Pat at the San Juan Capistrano train station.

In short, finding rides with clubs and other groups are a great way to get in some good distance rides for your triathlon training.

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Swim Training - Orange County Triathlon Club

Update 10/28/09 - Any members with questions, please visit the website. For specfic dates and times click on the Calendar link.

For OCTC members the ocean swims are on again. I really want to go swim but I'm so busy with stuff before my trip that I can't. I will definitely be joining the swims after I get back because I'll have some triathlon races planned. Here are the details for the swim:

Corona del Mar swim will start this Thursday at 5:30 p.m.
Meet Luiz at the life guard station furthest to the right when facing the ocean; look for our OC Tri Club banner. Be ready to be IN THE WATER at 5:30 p.m.

There's another swim again on Sunday at 8:30 a.m. In addition to the swim on Sunday, Luiz will be leading XTerra Mountain bike training at Crystal Cove State Park at 10 a.m. This is a great opportunity for road racers to get some cross-
functional training.

Here are the directions to the Corona del Mar swim:
Corona Del Mar (Big Corona Beach)

Intersection of Iris Ave and Ocean Blvd
Corona Del Mar, CA 92625

From PCH, head south on Marguerite. It will dead end at Ocean Blvd – go right. Just before the intersection with Iris Ave, there is an access road on the left heading down to the beach. The beach at the bottom of this road is where we meet, but the parking fees are pretty high ($8 weekdays, $10 weekends). You can park for free anywhere on Ocean or the surrounding streets, then walk down the road to the beach.

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Debbie's Marathon Relay

So Debbie has one week left of training for a relay leg of a marathon. She'll be running approx. 5.2 miles. In the past couple of weeks she has been cross training in the gym 2-3 times a week for 2-3 miles each. This is a great base to have and she now has a few days left before the race. This is what I would suggest.

Tues. night: Light jog on pavement maybe 1-2 miles to get use to shoes and socks. Don't push yourself. If anything feels wrong slow down and even walk so as not to take yourself out of commission. Try different socks on other runs if necessary.
Wed. : Jog 3-4 miles if you felt comfortable the day before.
Thurs. : Light jog 1-2 miles, do it very lightly to allow for your body to recover from yesterday don't over do it. Or your regular workout.
Fri. : Light Jog 3-4 miles do it in the morning if possible. Get in some distance and practice. Don't run too hard becuase you'll need to recover before Sunday. Normally I'd say not to run such a long distance so close to a race but I think it's important that you feel yourself out. If you feel comfortable on Thurs., do it on Thurs. and switch this day with the Thurs. run.
Sat. : Rest, let your body recover you can't do anything more. Do a super light jog/workout if you have to.
Sun. : Race day! Have fun and good luck!

Points to consider:
- Slowly get milage in on your shoes. Running on the pavement will be different then in the gym on a treadmill. You'll need to build up for your knee's and feet sake.
- You'll need to feel out your shoes for your feet so start running slowly.
- Make sure you are hydrating yourself like you would for a race. It's a balance, don't drink too much before hand so that your stomach sloshes. And definitely don't drink too little. You'll need more than just water so get use to drinking a sport drink like Gatorade.
- Make sure eat far enough in advance so you're not needing to use the restroom by race time.
- This is the last week before the race so take it easy don't push yourself too much as you want to be prepared for the race. The milage may seem high so cut back at any point so as to keep your energy. The point this week is to get use to the distance not build on your stregnth and endurance. You've already done that in the previous weeks.

Sunday, April 16, 2006

Staying Active

Although I'm not training for anything specific and I don't have a lot of time to work out I'm still sticking to a pretty simple weekly workout. I don't want to get too flabby before I take off for vacation.

Tues.: 2.2 miles
Thurs.: 2.2 miles
Weekend: 6.2 miles

Friday, April 07, 2006

Tri Training slow down

I know it's kind of sad that there are so few posts here. Someday I'll get to adding back my work outs. I apologize for the absence of content. I'm heading to Spain, Italy, Greece next month and been busy planning the trip so I've been neglecting training. When I come back I'll definitely start posting work out updates for at least a couple olympic races.