Sunday, March 8, 2015

New York City Marathon 2015 Training Day 1 - Test Efforts on the Bike

My official first day of training for the 2015 New York City Marathon was on a bike trainer.  My Coach Danielle Sullivan posted in Training Peaks 

Test Efforts - Warmup 10 min easily, then complete:
10 minutes avg 160-170 spin easily for 5 min Now complete 2x [5 min avg 170-180/3 min ez] Cool Down 10 minutes easily

Knowing that I've always been injured, she wanted to ramp it up before I start pushing higher mileage.  Plus it appears that my bike is my strongest out of the 3 triathlon disciplines.  The cross training would give my lower body more of a break from the pounding and still keep my cardio up.

My Iron Fit Endurance Teammates decided to head to the "warehouse" to do a Sufferfest DVD.  11 members of IFE including me and my son crammed into a small warehouse to pedal away.  I stuck to my plan and my son did awesome with his efforts.

During the workout, I was thinking this was a little easy and I am hesistant to tell Dee, for it means that I can do more :)

Actually, I look forward to more running because another goal would be to run at Boston by qualifying for the race.  In order to hit that goal I will be doing more hills and look forward to hitting the Infamous Selden Hills!  First, I will be tackling the hills of Stony Brook which are less steep but overall elevation is more than Selden. It's going to be a fast year! 

Later in the evening, I've been doing Piyo with Irene to improve my flexibility in my hips and prevent injury because my BHAG (Big Hairy Audacious Goal) goal for the NYC Marathon is 3 hours and 45 minutes.  A realistic goal would be 4 hours.  I believe I am capable of hitting a sub 4, but every year I seem to have an injury keeping me from running as much as I should. 

This year is different!



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