Training

It’s a moment

There is so much going on right now. It’s one of those moments in history that you can either choose to stand on the sideline and do nothing or do whatever you can to help the cause of justice and humanity. When Trump was elected, it was almost blindingly obvious what was going to happen. Every worst possible outcome has happened and it’s not an accident. This is all a result of either intentional policy or gross misconduct. COVID, the economy, and the protests are intricately linked together. The murder of George Floyd may have precipitated the current protests that …

Yoga Time!

I have not done yoga in a few years. I do always enjoy it but it was always tough to fit in even before kids. Now with kids, it’s not always easy to find time to fit in yoga on top of my triathlon focused training and gym time. But gyms are closed and swimming is off the table for now. Melanie is really into yoga and started doing the Nike Training Club yoga in the mornings before anyone is up. She invited me to come along today so I got up early with her to do it. It was …

Goal Setting

It is definitely pretty tough to keep on track when everything planned has been cancelled and anything not cancelled is probably a crapshoot whether or not it will actually happen. I was scheduled to do Ironman 70.3 Chattanooga in a few weeks and I’ve had that rescheduled to next year. All of my summer race options are gone. Ironman 70.3 Texas is moved to November and I still have the Twin Cities Marathon scheduled in October. And if I’m being honest, I don’t believe either of those races will happen. And if they do, would I be comfortable toeing the …

Working on Hydration

This is probably going to be my biggest off season project summer project. Between fixing my swimming and trying to improve my hot weather performance, this is where I can realize the biggest gains in performance. I believe that my inability to properly hydrate during races is costing me around 30 – 40 minutes when the heat soars. I don’t expect to run a 1:50 half marathon when the heat is 80+° F but I also should be doing better than 2:30 – 2:40.

Off-season is here

Off-season? What off-season? I think a lot of us are not always that great about managing our seasons, especially in the south where it’s easy to train hard year round. In years past, I’ve definitely given myself a break after my race season ends but it’s usually been pretty short and there have never been any goals other than to let my body rest for a couple weeks before getting right back to it. Two weeks really isn’t an off-season. This year is a little different and I want to take advantage of that. Since we have baby #2 on …