Sunday, July 7, 2013

7/1 - 7/7 - Professional Triathlete Training Log - Weekly Swim, Bike, and Run Miles

USA Cycling Amatuer National Championship - W17-18
This week in the USA we celebrated Independence Day, the day back in 1776 that the USA declared independence from Great Britain. It is a day that is commonly associated with fireworks and although I had some hopes of making my own spectacular show down at the Rodney T. Miller Lakeside Triathlon in Decatur, Il, in the end I came up a little short.

The Rodney T. Miller Lakeside Triathlon is a race I have done many times and honors a fallen serviceman who had a real passion for triathlon as well. It also happens to be the first real "elite" race I ever participated in back in the day. Personally, I always use the race as benchmark for improvement.  Although the race was a fast day in general, and I was a little disappointed with my finish position, I was still extremely happy with the results, and especially so considering that I am coming off an Ironman just two weeks prior.

Speaking of Ironman, and recovery from them. One of the benchmarks I have used over the years to evaluate my recovery is my bike cadence. When I am still in the midst of recovery I can tell that I ride with a much lower cadence than I would otherwise ride. Although I haven't looked at my ride file, I would estimate that my cadence was a good 8-10rpm slower than it normally is as I shift away from using the cardiovascular and respiratory systems and focus more on the muscular skeletal systems. Although the cadence changed, my power numbers were about where I would expect them to be for a race of this duration and effort.

2013 Rodney T Miller Lakeside Triathlon, Decatur, IL - Top 5
Results - 2013 Rodney T Miller Lakeside Triathlon, Decatur, IL - Top 5

After the race I made the trek back home to Madison, WI to catch the crits at the Amateur National Championship for USA Cycling. As someone who definitely isn't known for his bike handling skills, I was definitely taking this opportunity to continue as a student of the sport and watch the way different riders handle their bikes. As an added bonus I had the ability to watch the race from the balcony of my building which provided a unique perspective on things.

USA Cycling Amatuer National Championship - U23 Men

My weekly swimbike, and run totals:

Total: 205 Miles / 19 hours 52 minutes
Swim: 24,059 yards / ~13 miles / 7 hours 22 minutes
Bike: 162 miles / 8 hours 57 minutes
Run: 25 miles / 3 hours 04 minutes
Core:  0 sessions / 0 hours 0 minutes

1 comment:

  1. I've always wanted to go to a bike race. You should do one!!

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