I had an absolutely humbling experience today at my first criterium. I was entered in the mens category five race, which was 30 minutes around a 0.8 mile, P-shaped loop. This meant there were six turns on each lap, and approximately 60-70 in total (over the whole 30 minutes).
Unfortunately, I had high blood sugars for most of the 24 hours leading into the race, including the morning of the event. It’s pretty frustrating to be so meticulous with my blood glucose but still have unpredictable glucose spikes. Still, I reminded myself that I had nothing to prove in this race, and thus I proceeded to go into the event with approximately twice as much glucose in my blood than I would’ve liked (225 mg/dL).
After months of illness and rebuilding my fitness, I was finally healthy enough to get back into competition! For my first race of the season, I chose a local sprint triathlon that I was very familiar with: the Tri for Fun summer triathlon series in Pleasanton, CA. I did all three of their events last summer, so I thought this would be a good event to gauge my current fitness (with respect to last year).
Unfortunately, I didn’t have any specific fitness coming into the event. It was not since October of 2014 that I had last ridden in a time-trial position, or swam in the open water. Nonetheless, I had a solid amount of general fitness from the last few months of training. Thus, I decided this would be a good race for me to shake out the cobwebs and to provide insights into where I should be focusing my specific training. Continue reading
My training in May certainly had its ups and downs.
To start off the month, I ended up getting sick AGAIN, for the third time since February. This certainly brought up a big concern, as I haven’t gotten sick this frequently for as long as I can remember. Additionally, I had four finals over the course of a week, which certainly lowered the priority of my training at that time.
Regardless, I am continuing to see solid gains on the bike. Through repeated threshold efforts and a long tempo ride, my power numbers have kept going up. I’m actually quite excited to see what kind of splits I can ride in a full time-trial setup next month!
A summary of my training is outlined below:
Total: 33 hours (7 hours/week)
Cycling: 19 hours, 261 miles (6 hours/week, 82 mi/week)
Running: 52 miles (12 miles/week)
6 days off, mostly due to finals. Continue reading
Although I’m not thrilled with the training volume I produced in the month of April, I can’t be disappointed with the intensity I’ve recently been able to train at, given the circumstances.
Within the first few days of the month, I got sick once again. I found myself shivering during the last 30 minutes of my 50-mile ride on April 4th, and when I got home my temperature was 93 degrees Fahrenheit. I did my best to get my temperature up, but within 6 hours my temperature shot up to 103 degrees Fahrenheit. This rapid change of body temperature (hypothermia to fever) was extremely taxing on my body, and put me out of training for four days. It took more than two weeks for my body to feel normal once again, and I was able to start integrating more intensity in the latter half of the month.
A summary of my training is outlined below:
Total: 29 hours (7 hours/week)
Cycling: 19 hours, 261 miles (5 hours/week, 61 mi/week)
Running: 72 miles (17 miles/week)
11 days off, mostly due to illness at the beginning of the month. Continue reading
I ended up making a few breakthroughs in the month of March! Most importantly, I FINALLY got over my five-week-long illness that destroyed my fitness and training in February. This means I’ve been able to start building up my fitness again, and I plan to start racing again as early as late April!
Cycling was undoubtedly the least difficult sport to train whilst I was sick, and thus it received the most attention this month. In contrast, swimming under the weather felt almost impossible, and thus I decided to spend that effort elsewhere. I’m starting to rebuild my running base and am already seeing some improvements in my speed.
A summary of my training month is outlined below:
Total: 33 hours (7.5 hours/week)
Swimming: 1200 yards
Cycling: 22 hours, 317 miles (5 hours/week, 72 mi/week)
Running: 76 miles (17 miles/week)
10 days off, mostly due to illness at the beginning of the month. Continue reading
February was a little disappointing. I got really sick near the beginning of the month and was still sick by the end of the month. This got rid of any possibility of high-intensity training, and certainly reduced the amount of volume I was able to put in. Here is a summary of my training month:
Total: 20 hours (5 hours/wk)
Swimming: 12200 yards (3100 yards/wk)
Cycling: 9 hours, 108 miles (2.5 hours/wk, 27 mi/week)
Running: 42 miles (11 miles/wk)
14 days off: 11 of these days are due to illness.
January was a decent start to a new year of training. Although I was unable to swim or bike for most of the month, I had some solid running sessions on the track. Here is a summary of my training:
Total: 26 hours (6 hours/wk)
Swimming: 11800 yards (2700 yards/wk)
Cycling: 3 hours, 50 miles
Running: 145 miles (33 miles/wk)
9 days off: 6 of these were due to travelling from Toronto.