Week 2 Off-Season

24 10 2010

Second week of the off-season following Endurance Nation… so far so good. I find that the bike is getting easier. The intervals are not as hard as they were at the first week. I’m pretty sure I’ve recouped some of my biking fitness over these last couple weeks.

The run, well, it is still hard as hell. Maintaining 12.5 km/h is so hard… and it isn’t getting any easier. On the bright side, my hamstring isn’t hurting. So I think that last week was just some lactic acid accumulation, which with one day off, just went away. Anyhow, that is my theory and I I’m sticking to it!

This training is VERY different from Mark Allen Online. Endurance Nation has a totally different approach. I’m spending much less time working out, but a huge difference in intensity. Look at the bike profile, the majority of the time is spent in Tempo and Threshold paces:

Bike Zones Off-Season 2009-2010 (MAO)

Bike Zones Off-Season 2010-2011 (EN)

The run is basically the same. Most time is spent on Threshold Zones and above. Mississauga Half Marathon will be interesting. I will be able to compare the results on the run.

Week summary:

  • Bike: 2:59 hours, 100 km
  • Run: 1:47 hours, 20 km
  • Total: 4:46 hours, 120 km

Week 1 – Off-Season Training

17 10 2010

This was a relatively short week, not much training, but that will be the name of the game for my off-season, or “out-season” as the guys at Endurance Nation call it.

Well, I can’t say I’m very happy right now, because my left hamstring is bothering me again. It actually started to bug me in the forth week of doing nothing. Yea, the only thing I did in that four weeks was running 1 mile with a 6 years old son of a buddy of mine. I was his “pacer”, very fun race actually!

Anyhow, my hamstring tarted to bug me completely out of the blue and after a few speed workouts this week, it has gotten worse. I doesn’t bother me at while biking, but running is another story. I’ll see if I can book a massage for tomorrow, which is my day off anyway and I’ll go from there. If it doesn’t get better I might take a week off, take some anti-inflammatory and a few more massage sessions. I’ll see how it goes. At least there is lots of time between now and my Ironman Distance race (Challenge Roth).

As per this week, one thing is clear, I lost a lot of fitness on my time off, supposedly to get healthy and NOT have injuries… My 5km time trial pace as 4:50 min/km, which was slower than my half marathon pace earlier this year!! My FTP (Functional Threshold Power) went down from 248W to 202W. But that was expected, this is the beginning of the off-season, so I’m not supposed to be on prime shape… yet!

Week summary:

  • Bike: 2:27 hours, 74 km
  • Run: 1:18 hours, 14 km
  • Total: 3:45 hours, 88 km

Does look much, right? But it was actually hard. All speed workouts… Well, we will see how it goes!!

The effects of Wine & Beer on Triathletes

11 10 2010

For the last 4 weeks I’ve been conducting a scientific study on the effects of wine and beer on triathletes. I completely stop training after Muskoka 70.3, bought a charcoal BBQ and started a high protein diet toped with red wine and beer.

The result? After four weeks, all my injuries were cured! I was feeling great, having lots of sleep and a lot of time in my hand. Today, I resumed training! First workout: Threshold test!!

Here are is a comparison of the numbers before my last race and after the 4 weeks of wine and beer:

  • Weight: 87.5 kg (before), 89.7 kg (after)
  • Threshold Test avg HR (20 min): 157 bpm (before), 177 bpm (after)
  • Threshold Test Power: 248W (before), 202W (after)

Conclusion: wine and beer may not enhance your performance, but it will make you feel great!!! 🙂

The next step is to maintain the fun while mixing it with a bit of high intensity training! For the next 20 weeks I’ll go through my 8 to 9 hours weekly running and biking workouts at high intensity, before I start my Ironman specific training for Challenge Roth.

Tomorrow I’ll do my 5km time trial (running)… that is going to be fun! I hope I can maintain 11.5 km/h! 😉

The game is on! The goal in this second phase is to increase my bike threshold to ~250W, run threshold to 13.5 km/h and beer threshold to 4 pints/h before the start of the third phase: Ironman training plan. Roth, here I go!!!! Sub 12!!!!! Yea baby!!!

Bavaria won’t be the same!!!!

3 weeks off

4 10 2010

It has now been 3 weeks of no training… I think I’m finally getting used to it, which means it is almost time to start training again.
This will be my last week of rest and I’ll resume training on October 11th. I’m curious to see how the Out-Season from Endurance Nation will work. It is a completely different approach as Mark Allen, with low volume and high intensity.
I’m still not sure if I will follow this model for the actual IM training or back to MAO. I’ll decide after 20 weeks of High Intensity… Time will tell.
For now, another week with lots of wine! Amazing how much more wine I’m drinking in my off-weeks. So far 3 weeks have passed, 3 kilograms have been gained and numerous bottles of wine and beer have gone missing! 🙂