Saturday, February 6, 2010


For some reason, I have a cautious sense of optimism about the upcoming race season. Even though I haven’t really mapped out what I am going to do specifically, I have a good feeling about 2010.
I seem to have got off to a good start in my training and feel like I am starting at a new level. While I have taken no discernible break in working out, I have tried to not get too far ahead of myself and plunge into 10 – 12 hour weeks right off the get go. Right now I want to stick around the 8 to 10 hour range and not get myself burned out. At this level I will have great fitness and work on skill development a bit more.
On the swimming front I have been concentrating less on stroke count and more on propulsion. It’s great to have 15 stroke count but if you’re covering the 100 metres in 2:10 there is probably an opportunity there. So with less focus on the stroke count and greater emphasis on the pull and rotation I have seen an improvement in my overall times.
With the bike I have been working on finding that sweet spot between gearing and cadence. Last season I had a break through experimenting with all the gears on my bike. Cyclists tend to get caught up in what people around them are doing rather than paying attention to what they are doing. There are some people that can really hammer in the big gears but if I am beside them in a smaller gear, that works doesn’t it?
While running is certainly my strongest of the three events I have never felt that I have been able to capitalize on it in the longer events. Largely I think it is mental rather than physical. In the longer events, you are constantly afraid of finding yourself curled up in the fetal position on the side of the road because you were too aggressive. While that is a risk, you still can’t hold back too much. Finding that middle ground is something I still haven’t found and as much as anything it will take a leap of faith that my conditioning will get me through.
So this week of training will keep at a touch over 8 hours again. Still feeling good and I have no reason to add any more on right now.
Have a great day!


Love2Run said...

8-10 hours is alot of time in the saddle! As long as it doesn't feel like a 2nd job, right? Good work!

Grellan said...

Looking good Garry. You certainly are more confident with your swimming. I agree with your take on cycling - do what works for you (if it ain't broke don't fix it).
A good base will set you up for the year.