Wednesday, May 03, 2006

loving the hills

after a little break from writing here, i am back. in response to that last post, i have decided it doesn't matter if someone thinks this blog is boring. i am writing it for myself. there is nothing boring about ironman training. every day is different and every day is a new challenge.

[5/2/06 Tuesday]
Run - 3 miles tempo run on the treadmill with 1 mile at 7:30 pace, 26 min total
Bike - 90 minutes, 21.5 miles - Cross Plains/Blue Mounds area Horribly Hilly route
Personal training session - Squats, Cleans, Push Ups, Core Twist x 120 reps of each

I am getting ready for two races right now: the Mad City Half Marathon (May 29) and the Horribly Hilly 100K Bike (mid-June). My priorities right now are long distance run speedwork and strength for doing lots of very steep hills on the bike. Today's ride on the Horribly Hilly course was my first time out there this year, and I am so obviously stronger than last year I am amazed with myself. I powered up all the hills without stopping to rest, walking my bike, giving up mentally or getting cranky. I am much more confident on the downhills too. I really enjoyed this ride.
At some points my cadence got down to 30 and I must have been really close to VO2 max, but I just thought happy thoughts and kept pushing on. Hawaii did wonders for my fitness and my mental skills.

I am conflicted about whether or not to get a compact crank for my bike. A triple chainring is out of the question because it is too complicated to install with my aerobar bar-end shifter setup. A compact crank could be changed in and out. The Horribly Hilly course and the Wisconsin Ironman course are both easier with the easier gears, but then I sacrifice the harder gears for the flats and the chance to make my legs really really strong. I have heard mixed reviews about compact cranks.

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