OK, slightly off topic of triathlons, training, greyhounds, and work. I'm off to the pool again tonight but wanted to share this quick story before I head out.
My oldest daughter (7) started a ski racing program this year and had her first race over the weekend. She has great natural talent and has been skiing with me since she was 2.5. I taught and coached skiing at a pretty elite level for over 15 years and I guess she's got some half decent genetics to help her out. She came in third in the girls for the program, which is great. Needless to say, I'm thrilled for her and think this was a great confidence booster, although when I asked her what she was thinking about while in the starting gate, she said 2 things: "1) I was nervous, and 2) I didn't want to come in last place!". OK, so I'll need to work on motivation and positivity with her. It struck me, however, that without any external influence and no prior experience, she said she was nervous and didn't want to come in last. How many of us, as adults, feel the same way while waiting for the gun to go off at a tri or other race? Kinda interesting....this natural feeling. We're going to have to work on that a bit before the next race, I think!
OK back to regular programming....
I had the BEST Computrainer session last week though I've had no time to write about it. From my 'been a long time' post, you'd recall I really hadn't done much by way of tri training from November to January. As I am now following an official training plan through one of Ottawa's best tri coaches, I'm back to the grind, in a good way.
I thought I would try CT training a little differently last week and put on a movie through my laptop while also running the CT screen at the same time (movie was on LCD TV, CT was on my laptop screen). This thing was frikken the bomb! Of course I selected an appropriate title - IRON MAN - but it had the right level of action and shooting stuff relative to what you need when indoor riding. I rode almost 2 hours and used the profile from Timberman 70.3 to ride to. There is a tough 15% grade that seems to go on for awhile on that course. It obviously gets you working pretty hard in the saddle, making you pay your dues for the cheap seats at the movie.
From a training point of view, here was my week, last.
Weight: 167.8. I'm working on this to get to my ideal race weight of 157.
Monday: 60 mins tough swimming
Tuesday: Run Easy 6km / 5:58/km pace +60 mins tough swimming
Wednesday CT Ride 1h45min of Timberman 70.3
Friday: Run 8KM / 5:27 pace
Saturday: 2/3 day alpine skiing and 9.89km in the hills at 5:48 pace
Sunday: 1/2 day skiing