One reason I tri…Yes, this is cross-training

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Buddy of mine called at 4:30pm Friday and asked me to help him bring his elk down off the mountain.

After a Sufferfest – Dark Place workout early in the morning and a difficult weights session at lunch, I headed up the mountain at 8:30pm and finally got home at 1:45am.

This is why I tri! To be able to do anything like this at any given time and not worry if I can make it. We went dang near straight up the mountain, and that was the easy part. Coming down with a heavy pack and slipping on the snow created a few new bruises

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Yes, this is cross-training

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Buddy of mine called at 4:30pm Friday and asked me to help him bring his elk down off the mountain.

After a Sufferfest – Dark Place workout early in the morning and a difficult weights session at lunch, I headed up the mountain at 8:30pm and finally got home at 1:45am.

This is why I tri! To be able to do anything like this at any given time and not worry if I can make it. We went dang near straight up the mountain, and that was the easy part. Coming down with a heavy pack and slipping on the snow created a few new bruises

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Winter is here!

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Time to ramp up some posts! After that awesome swim (and bike and run!) at the Bear Lake Brawl on September 12, I took a breather for a few weeks and enjoyed life. Honestly, it wasn’t that enjoyable because I had to do all those tasks that I had been putting off for training time. But it was relaxing and good to get that stuff done.

I started up some unstructured training in mid-October just to maintain some fitness. I got in some great swims and runs while in New Orleans a few weeks ago that catapulted my desire for long workouts.

Now here I am on the cusp of a Sufferlandrian Tour! Yes, I am starting the 2014 Tour of Sufferlandria series today. Why? Just to do it. I will be setting the intensitu at 85% to help me get through it. I have a clean schedule for the next two weeks, and I want to bike consistently….so this is my answer.

Throughout the winter I want to post a few times per week, so hit the subscribe button to get the updates in your e-mail.

Posts will be a mix of shorty-thoughts and reviews of gear and videos and race reports that I haven’t posted yet. I will also write a few thoughts on next year’s race season and race planning.

Here’s to a good winter training season!

Bear Lake Brawl Half – Today!!

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I slept great in my tent last night here at Rendezvous Beach on the south end of Bear Lake. I woke up to 33 degrees at 5:00 am, warmer than 29 in Pocatello.

This is going to be cold today, biking in 35-40 degrees. I have said repeatedly that I am a fair-weather cyclist, rarely riding in less than 60 degrees. I plan to wear a smartwool base layer and wind jacket over my wet tri-kit top…we will see how that works. Add some gloves and socks. I dont have pants, so my legs will have to stay warm from the burn of the turn.

I totally forgot my gel flasks at home! And upon arrival here, I can’t find the new batteries I bought for my cadence sensor, so no cadence today….not all bad because I want to concentrate on heart rate on the bike.

Here are my goals for today. I think they are doable if I don’t freeze up on the bike.

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Should be a really nice day. The wind died down over night and aren’t expected to return more than 6mph. Going to be sunny once the sun breaks over the mountains.

My overall strategy is to have a nice warmup swim, a moderate effort bike ride to enjoy the scenery and end of season, and a nice moderate run that builds to a big and strong finish to this season.

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One week til Bear Lake Brawl 2014

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I am a week out from the last race of the year. Here are a few random thoughts at this point.

1. It’s going to be cold on the bike. Lows of low-40s expected. Bike will start around 8am, one hour after sunrise. So maybe it will be 45 when I get on the bike. Definitely jacket weather, but I have to figure out how/where to stash it at the halfway mark.

2. I have the beginnings of a cold yesterday and today. Hopefully it will clear up by nexr week. Weather recently changed to early autumn, so that is probably the cause.

3. I am now blaming the sorta-bad run at the Utah Half on my bime leg. After some bike cruises at heart rate under 142 this week, it is clear that an average heart rats of 148 and often spiking to 152-154, I burned out on the bike….even while constantly thinking about it and meeting my planned average heart rate, although at the hugh end. This bike leg is ALL ABOUT HEART RATE but expecting to be able to keep 19.3 mph with heart rate average of 140 with few if any spikes above 144.

3. Bike legs are currently better than expecred. Earlier this week I got a 30 minute badge on The Wretched video on TrainerRoad. Was not expecting it even though was riding the vid at 100%.

4. Run feels good right now. Ran a very good lunch course yesterday and felt great. Also felt really good running 3 miles at 8:15/mile after a 30 mile bike on Tuesday.

5. Swim is comjng back. Its amazing what a few interval workouts can provide. I was up to 1:40/100y averages on long sets (500+) but now am back to 1:30 after a few interval workouts.

6. I might actually hit my goal weight of 178 for this race. I have several pounds the past few weeks amd mow am at 180. Although I often lose weight as sickness approaches, this might be real weight loss as evidenced in looser clothes.

7. Cant help but look ahead to next year already. What races inspire me? Pacific Crest Long Distance in Sun River. Maybe the Rush Tri in Rexburg again (olympic distance). Bear Lake Brawl maybe, but its kind of late in the year and I am having trouble maintaining enthusiasm for workouts right now.  Not necessarily tje St George…although a great race and beautiful, I cant justify the cost and vacation time again. Boise 70.3, maybe depending on Pacific Crest…the weather is such a crap-shoot with that race.

Should You Skimp On Training Fuel To Lose Fat? | TrainerRoad

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A great post from the TrainerRoad blog. Just yesterday I considered the option of trying to lose a couple pounds in the next two weeks to gain some speed for the last race of the year, the Bear Lake Brawl. But I know from experience that lighter is not necessarily faster.

http://blog.trainerroad.com/skimp-training-fuel-lose-fat/

Although most endurance athletes want to be as light as possible, most who’ve tried, know it’s also important to be strong. Unfortunately, the two don’t always go hand in hand. What’s more, oftentimes as athletes attempt to lose fat, they tread between being light and feeling good and being light and feeling lousy, sickly and even undernourished.

Amazing 8-year-old triathlete pushes, pulls brother through second race – Parents – TODAY.com

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Another mass media hit for my friends’ nephews. This is such an AWESOME story and God will make great things happen.

http://m.today.com/parents/amazing-triathlon-brothers-compete-second-race-1D80102398

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