Professional Triathlete Training Log - Weekly Swim, Bike and Run Miles For Dec 26th - Jan 1st

Top of Mt Lemmon With Mackenzie Madison
New Years week was my last week of base building.   Most of the rides and runs were pretty easy except for a challenging ride up Mt Lemmon with my old roommate and fellow professional triathlete Mackenzie Madison.  The ride ended up being about 92 miles, 6 hours in length, and 3,900 kj.  I used my road bike which has Powercranks on them set at 160mm and with a 53/39.   By the end of the ride my hamstrings were on fire. We got lucky though as we had beautiful weather all the way to the top and even at 7000 feet the temperature was still registering at 75+ on my Garmin Edge 500.  I had a few decent swims as well, but my running was really cut back this week. Here are my training totals:

Total: 273 Miles / 25 hours 30 minutes

Swim: 16,800 yards /  4 hours 33 minutes
Bike: 245 miles / 18 hours 36 minutes
Run: 18.15 miles / 2 hours 21 minutes

Professional Triathlete Diet - Mini Bell Peppers

Mini Bell Peppers Ready For Eating
One of my favorite words in life is the word "simple".  I really try to live by this word and one area where it comes in to great importance is with food. Honestly, sometimes I feel like I spend the entire day eating. Thankfully there are plenty of good foods that are ready to go and require little preparation.  In this edition of Simple Triathlete Eating I cover the mini-bell pepper..

Ahh the mini-bell pepper.  So much better than the regular bell pepper for a couple of reason.  The main reason is that you simply wash them off and eat them as is.  Now I'm sure there are people who just take a regular bell-pepper and eat it, but I don't like this because you you have the inside with all the seeds and it gets messy.  The alternative is cutting the bell pepper up but this is just a waste of time in my opinion.  In addition - I like to have some varied colors and this way I can get some yellow, orange, and red.

My preference for the mini-bell pepper comes in the form of a great little 2lb package from Costco.  It is rather affordable as well and costs only $3-$4.

Master's Touch Mini Bell Peppers From Costco

Professional Triathlete Training Log - Weekly Swim Bike Run Miles For Dec 19th - Dec 25th

Christmas week was another week of base building for me as I work towards the 2012 season.  Thankfully Santa came early and I got a new mountain bike to help me make it through.  The mountain biking is a great change of pace that really make the miles fly right on by.  In addition, I feel like the entire City of Tucson is one giant mountain bike park so the scenery never gets old.  The majority of the rides this week came on the mountain bike or in commuting to Trisports to get more Continental 29er mountain bike tubes.   The pool was closed for much of the week so I lost out on some key swim sessions that I wanted to get it.  As for the run, I really cut back on run volume this week but did get in one quality tempo session.  My training log totals are follows:

Total: 183 Miles / 16 hours 51 minutes

Swim: 13,000 yards /  3 hours 24 minutes
Bike: 150 miles / 10 hours 10 minutes
Run: 25 miles / 3 hours 17 minutes

Professional Triathlete Training Log - Weekly Swim Bike Run Miles For Dec 12th - Dec 18th

This week is my second week back at it as I prepare for the 2012 triathlon season.  I am still doing mostly base work but did a ride with AJ Baucco and did his workout from his coach Paulo Sousa which included 32x (1 minute on, 30 seconds off).  This ride was done at Saddlebrook.  I also did a few pick me up while running but nothing more than say 3/4 of a mile.  I know that my swim is still my weakness so I continue to work towards making that stronger in 2012.

Total: 120 Miles / 14 hours 26 minutes

Swim: 23,350 yards /  6 hours 20 minutes
Bike: 69 miles / 3 hours 28 minutes
Run: 37 miles / 4 hours 38 minutes

Professional Triathlete Training Log - Weekly Swim Bike Run Miles For Dec 5th - Dec 11th

The 2011 season is now in the books and for all of 2012 I will be writing a quick update on my weekly training.

This was my first week back at exercising after 16 days completely off following my race at Ironman Arizona.  It was slow getting back at it and although I had the bike legs, I felt soooo out of shape on the swim and the run.

Total: 120 Miles / 10 hours 20 minutes

Swim: 12,500 yards /  3 hours 15 minutes
Bike: 97 miles / 5 hours 5 minutes
Run: 16 miles / 2 hours