Training Analysis: February

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.

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Training Analysis: January

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.

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Race Report: Carlsbad Half Marathon

Pulling away from the group (mile 3)

I had been looking forward to this race for numerous months, which left me both anxious and excited in the weeks leading up to it. This would be my first stand-alone half marathon, so I wasn’t quite sure what to expect both physically and mentally. Although I’ve ran three half-marathons off the bike in long-distance triathlons, in addition to countless training runs totaling 13+ miles, I was unfamiliar with the pain of running for 75-80 minutes at a pace slightly below aerobic threshold.

I did lose a bit of fitness in the month leading up to the race, as I spent two weeks in Toronto, Canada where it was simply too cold/inconvenient for me to train adequately. Although this was frustrating at the time, it did take a little pressure off in the days leading up to the race. I simply told myself to do the best I could with the fitness that I had left. On the Monday before the event, I did a session of 5 x 2000m at 6:00/mile (with a 400m recovery jog) which gave me an idea of the effort to shoot for. Continue reading

2014 Season in Review: Training and Racing

Silly faces with my little sister over the holidays

Although I’ve been slacking off on posting my training logs to this blog, I have been meticulously keeping a record of all my workouts. In fact, this is my first year keeping a record of all my workouts, so I thought it would be cool to analyze my totals and averages from the 2014 calendar year.

Although I didn’t get to race nearly as much as I would’ve liked, I have also have outlined a summary of my racing season.

Overall: 482 hours
Swimming: 206,000 yards (117 miles)
Cycling: 243 hours (4,056 miles)
Running: 1,246 miles

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Race Report: Forma Gym Turkey Trot

Approaching the final mile

I was a little nervous coming into this event, as I had not done a stand-alone running event in quite some time. In the two weeks leading up to the event, however, I completed six track sessions to start building speed, so I was curious to see how much I have improved.

The event was an extremely flat 10K road race, taking place in Walnut Creek. Via my track sessions, I projected that I could run at approximately 5:55/mile through the distance of the race. However, I made the decision to not use my GPS watch and to instead race by feel, and thus I had to gauge my pace every six minutes or so as I ran through mile markers. Continue reading

Race Report: Lifetime Tri Oceanside

Powering through my head cold!

Earlier today, I participated in my final triathlon of the season: an Olympic-distance race in Oceanside, CA organized by Lifetime Fitness. The event has an extremely similar setup to Ironman 70.3 Oceanside, which I raced in 2013, sharing much of the same swim and run courses. The race was composed of a 1.5km swim in the Oceanside Harbor, a 40km cycle along the 76 highway and through coastal roads, and a 10km run through the Oceanside pier/beachfront.

Unfortunately, I came into the event still recovering from a two-week-old head cold, and thus I thought my goal time of 2 hours and 20 minutes be unfeasible on the day. This ended up taking some pressure off, leaving me relatively relaxed going into the event. Continue reading

Race Report: Challenge Rancho Cordova

Enjoying the flat and scenic course!

I just back from a fun/satisfying experience at Challenge Rancho Cordova, a long distance triathlon (1.2 mile swim, 56 mile cycle, 13.1 mile run) near Sacramento, CA. Although this was one of my two BIG races of the season, I went into the event without stressing too much about my overall time or placement. Nonetheless, I still pushed myself to the absolute limit, which was both satisfying and humbling, particularly in today’s heat. Continue reading