Sunday, April 11, 2010

Consistency, Consistency, Consistency

As I begin to approach the racing season, I thought I'd give a little update as to what's been going on. Training has been absolutely AMAZING. I feel awesome right now.

Since I've started with the coach, I have not had a single day off. Not one. There certainly have been easy recovery days, but no days off. And yet I never feel that taxed or tired. I feel fresh for just about every workout. And even when I don't, I'm still able to get through the training session at the correct targets. So the coach knows what he is doing. He has been awesome, giving lots of feedback, which in turn motivates me to train harder.

The training load has been hovering around 16-18 hours per week with lighter weeks in the 15 hour range. These hours are fewer than what I had been doing before, but there is so much more focus on swimming and running - I still barely bike - that the effort required to complete the week is greater. I am in better overall shape than I was before and it's only April. And despite the minimal riding, I completed a 3 hour rides at 230 watts this past week, the hardest steady ride I have had this year but right about where I'd be riding at this time of the year had I been training myself (my coach usually prescribes shorter rides with high intensity but on that day he told me just to ride and ride longer if I wanted - so I did). It felt great to the legs loose and see what I could do.

My first triathlon race of the season is coming up in mid/late May and from then on, I'll be doing a race just about every month. I'm excited but also curious to see where my fitness is.


Anonymous said...

Hi iron boom, has been following your quest for quite sometimes now. Just wondering who is your coach?

Ironboom said...

Jordan Rapp

Anonymous said...

How is the race season going with the new approach?


Ironboom said...

Hi Luc,

Training was great. I was in the best shape of my life. Much more balanced approach this year. More focus on swim and running. But biking was still very good. I was scheduled to race Ironman Cozumel. My coach and I switched races several months ago due to the oil spill in the the Gulf. Unfortunately, I fractured my foot last week so no race this year. Such is life. I am looking to target an early season Ironman next year, one in April - May

Thanks for your interest in my journey.

Anonymous said...

So What happened? Did you quit?

Ironboom said...

No, didn't quit. Still training. The last couple of years didn't go as planned due to injury, but hope to be out there again this year.