Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Triathlon Training: Week 5 Lactic Acid Threshold Week - Monday Night Ride(Workout #2 of Day)

Last night I felt motivated to get in a good bike ride. It was weighing on my mind not getting in the second bike workout from last week. I dialed in a great training plan for this week and looking at the next level of training I noticed that it called for three bike rides. I figured being my week of school I can handle the extra bike training.

This was a tough workout for me. One I was tired from the swim workout. Two, I still struggle on the bike. It is much harder than I thought it was going to be. I have some serious bike training to do over the course of the next 5 months to get ready for Wisconsin.

This workout called for three tough lactic threshold pushes where for three minutes I had to go all out with a three minute recovery. To keep my motivated I set up my bike in front of my computer and watched the 2011 Ironman Championships as I had not watched the footage yet. At 7:45 I head downstairs to get it done early as Ava has not been sleeping well due to being sick the last four days.

Here is the workout

While riding both Aiden and Addy come downstairs to play while I biked. I really enjoyed their company. What I found fascinating was how quickly they became glued to the Ironman footage. Despite their moans that they wanted something else they started to glance and watch while playing with their toys and finally towards the end they were standing in front of the monitor. Addy even became a little teary eyed as we watched the courageous and super tough 80 year old doctor fight to the finish. It broke her heart watching him fall down over and over. We talked about how you can achieve whatever you put your mind to. Another older gentlemen stated at one point before falling one someone that he always finishes what he starts. This really stuck in the mind of Aiden. I hope they don't forget how they will be able to accomplish whatever they want. I have been trying to teach them both about believing in themselves. It is a hard concept for them to understand, but one day it will click.
Towards the end of the ride I grew tired. I struggle riding for more than 45 minutes so the last 20-25 minutes was tough especially after knocking out the intervals early on. 

I finished the 70 minute ride with 28.5 miles for a 2:28 pace, avg. speed of 24.4, avg. HR of 130 and avg. cadence of 88. During the intervals my HR was in the 150's and I was on the toughest gear pushing 35 mph. 

GETTING IT DONE! felt great afterwards. This was a tough workout for me mentally.

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