I got my start running almost 5 years ago using a Couch-to-5K app on my iPhone. The initial project culminated with me running a set of races in Crystal City, VA called 5K Fridays. Each Friday in April, runners come together to run the same 5K route. It has all the trimmings of a real race series, it is timed, you get a bib, a shirt and the roads are closed. Over those four weeks I became a runner.
Trying to write more on this blog, so on Monday's I am going to post about my weekend. Some stuff will be triathlon or endurance sports related and other stuff will just be more about the fun I am haivng.
1. Bike FTP and Run Threshold Tests
I am getting ready for next season a little early and decided to take some time to do a few endurance test. I have never paid much attention to heart rate or FTP but since I am trying to take a more strategic approach to triathlon training this year these tests make sense.
The bike test I did using the 20-Minute Test on Trainer Road. I think the results are pretty accurate, and I definitely have a lot of work to do to improve my FTP.
My run test, was on my typical 3-mile route along the east river. The weather wasn't great, pretty humid, so I am going to do it again and compare the results.
2. Attended the NYC Pickle Festival
It was big dil! Learn it now, I love puns. Had a great time tasting salty treats and exploring the Lower East Side of Manhattan with SB. I think events like this can only happen in NYC, a pickle festival with thousand of attendees anywhere else would seem weird.
3. Started Reading Maximum Overload for Cyclists
Recently I heard the author of this book, Jacques DeVore on a podcast give some helpful advice for getting stronger on the bike. From my first triathlon season I learned a few things, one is, I need to get stronger on the bike. A stronger bike split will mean a stronger overall race so I am trying to soak up as much information to apply to my bike training. This book is a part of that struggle. Expect a book review in the future.
For a few years now I have posted my resolutions on various online platforms. Unfortunately, they've all gone away into the ether, never to be seen again. Regardless writing them down has always helped me to focus and commit to them.
This year I decided to make my resolutions, into actual tangible goals that are hyper focused. This has worked better for me then broad goals, like lose weight.
Finish the NYC Half Marathon and the NYC Triathlon
Obviously this whole podcast is about getting me to the finish line of the 2017 NYC Triathlon, so these are my number one goals. As you know I chose to train for the NYC Half Marathon in March, to get ready for triathlon training.
Make better choices at restaurants.
I make good eating choices when I am at home or when I bring lunch to work. The minute you drop me in a restaurant, which happens often in New York, I am like unfed lion. I want to eat everything that sounds delicious. So this year I am going to try to make better choices, share more with my wife, and just order less when I am eating out.
Send Birthday cards to more Family Members
As I have gotten older, I will be 29 this year, I have really tried to make an effort to get better at spending time with my family. I plan to send Birthday Cards this year to more extended family, just so people know I am thinking about them. I am creating a google sheet of Birthday's, setting calendar reminders, buying cards and stamps this week to get set up for the year. As I am typing this, I am thinking I should add some of my closest friends to the list...
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Take More Photos
This does not have a specific idea behind it. Except, we bought a really nice camera for our honeymoon trip to Italy and have barely used it since. I am hoping to use it more and take more photos in the year coming forward.
This Is the layout of the week ahead. The weekend is going to be tricky because I am going out of town to staff a youth group convention. Here we go.
Gym full body workout and 40-minute swim
Bike Day, I am going to conduct a second 20-minute FTP test with Trainer Road. While I took my first test a week or 2 ago, I am still getting used to the trainer so I want to do it again just to get comfortable. You can check out my profile on Trainer Road here.
In the morning I am going to go for 45 minute run, hoping to get a good 4+ mile run in. Looking for an even pace. Later in the day I am going to a spin class with my wife at Peloton. It's something we've been doing together for over a month and a half. I don't want to let training get in the way of it. I am considering it just a good additional workout, to help build endurance.
Gym full body workout and 40-minute swim
Bike Day, completing an interval workout with Trainer Road. Below is the Trainer Road intervals graph. I will post a more complete review of Trainer Road after I've used it for a few weeks.
Typically the weekend would have 2 workouts and I'd have a rest day during the week. But since I am going to be out of town this weekend, I am hoping to get in another 45-minute run at some point.
When I was a kid Thanksgiving meant one thing, the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade. Over the past 3 years, I've skipped the parade and took the early morning hour long ride to Prospect Park in Brooklyn for the annual PPTC Turkey Trot. It is a great annual race out on by a local running club.
Every year there are great people along the course cheering folks on and just a real sense of community. Club members at the finish draping medals around participant knocks, really makes the race feel special and different then a lot of the other races in New York City.
This year I had a great race, unlike last year I felt strong the entire race. I finished in just over 53 minutes. I had a good and somewhat even pace. The third mile proved to be a little difficult, I had to walk for a minute or two. I think that running a sub 10-minute mile in the first mile really hurt me in the end. I am working hard on running a more even pace. I hope to be running an even sub 11-minute mile for the New York City Half Marathon in March and I think I am on my way to achieving that.