Thursday, June 12, 2014

Ironman Training - I Can Power 3 Light Bulbs!

Today, I got to see my starting point in terms of how much power I can produce during my bike ride.  It sort of like how many light bulbs can I light up.  So my average was 204 and my Functional Threshold Power was 193 based on my Age and Weight.  Based on that I can light 3 light bulbs!

To get those numbers, I rode my bike around the loop at Hecksher State Park.  It about a 4 mile loop which is fairly flat, however the wind coming off the bad can be very wild.  And it was that day!

So the Power Meter that I opted for was the Stages Power Meter. The one that fit my bike was the FSA left side crank.  It fit budget and I wanted to swap out my wheels at any time.  The drawback is that I don't have numbers for each leg.  Stages uses an average of the legs.

The great thing is that the Meter is compatible with my Garmin 910XT Training Watch.

I am so excited to see how my perceived power compares to my actual power.  Stay tune for those numbers to increase!

Monday, June 9, 2014

Ironman Training - Swimming Backwards with the Kickboard

Since my Achilles is not 100%, my Coach added more biking and swimming for this week.  So today, I had to swim and she included the kickboard as part of my yardage.  Well that was no fun!

I grab the kickboard and start using my legs and feet and actually go backwards.  There was no warning about going backwards!!!! It turns out that the strengthening of my ankles because my running make by ankle inflexible.  So my the motion to propel forward is not easy for me. 

I will keep trying because a little boost from the feet during the swim will help a little!  We shall see!


Sunday, June 1, 2014

Ironman Training - Swimming Over Someone At My First Triathlon Race of the Season (Smith Point Triathlon)

Irene and I left our home a few minutes later than expected this morning for our race, the Smith Point Triathlon.  However we arrived early enough, and we thought about how early we arrived last year with the kids in tow.  This year, sans kids so they can goof off without us.  What waited for us was a course that consisted of a 500m swim, 16k bike and 5k.   This year was also different since we became friends with more triathletes in our area. It's a great community, so supportive of us.  Being part of the Wildwood Warriors Triathlon Team has inspired me to do better each time.

I did not do this course last year, as I was the Sherpa for Irene, and really excited to take come pictures of her.  One thing I noticed immediately was how tender my feet are on the pavement of the parking lot, it was like sharp pins stabbing my feet as I walked around and to the start of the swim portion of the race.

As the white caps took off, the guys in my group noticed the current.  All the swimmers in the first group got swept to the right of the first buoy and had to course correct to the left.  Then the woman's group took off a few minutes later and the same thing happened to them.  Everyone in our group shifted left and aimed for the boat that was left of the buoy which helped us all use the current to our advantage.

As I waited for our start, I stayed out of the way of some swimmers and thinking, will anyone bump into me.  A few minutes later, I touched someones feet.  I shifted left, so that I  he would not kick me in the face, then I notice my right arm hit his hip, then over his shoulder.  I felt a little sorry that I swam over someone, at the same time not really :)

I got to the first buoy and made the right turn, the current was helping me and I got to the second buoy fairly quickly.  Then off to the third buoy and the current was pushing me out, and it was getting tough.  I then started swimming back to shore, and every time I did my sighting, it felt like I was not going anywhere. Eventually, I was able to stand up and walk about 50 yards to shore.

The walk back to the transition was again like walking on pins and needles.  This time it also felt like my feet were bricks.  The water was cold, but I did not think my feet would be frozen.  My bike was at the last row before the bike and run exit.  I whipped off my wet suit got my bike shoes on, and off I went.  Heading out, there was a fairly strong headwind which was not fun.  On the way back, it helped.  I peddled strong but not that strong because I wanted to run.  I got back to the bike entry and as I hopped off my bike, I felt a charlie horse in my right leg.  Hobbling back to the transition was hard and my feet still felt like frozen blocks.  

Got my shoes on and did my run.  Nothing special about the course.  It was an out and back.  What was great was to see all my friends cheering me on the run.  During the bike, my head was down to save on the neck strain of looking up.  Well, as I headed toward the finish, so many Wildwood Warriors lined up the side before the finish to cheer me on.  Irene was a few minutes behind and I cheered her on as she rounded the turn.

It was a good day, especially for Irene.  She was very comfortable with the swim, which is a lot for her!

Here is Irene's Race from last year.