Best of luck to all participants!
Best of luck to all participants!
Bracebridge will be my last triathlon of this year. I decided I couldn’t do any more triathlons until I can make bike rides of 2 hours or more a regular part of my lifestyle. I knew this about a week before the race, and to be honest, I found it liberating. I love triathlon and I hope to be doing it the rest of my life, but leading up to the race, and pretty much all season long, I felt guilt about miles I wasn’t getting in (especially on the bike).
I had done a pretty good job of exercising on the whole, but when I wanted to do Yoga or Pilates or Crossfit or Burbathlon I often did, yet at the end of the week (or whenever) I’d look at my mileage on Endomondo and cringe. I don’t want to cringe anymore, I want to have fun.
I (or I should say, we) do have a few runs and endurance races in our near future. First is the Levac Attack back for 2013. We’ll be running the ‘Hard Taco’ event at 11.2 km. We’re hoping Shark Boy will bike it beside us, with the Lightning Kid in the Chariot except for the last few hundred meters where we’ll try and get him to run/walk. It’s on September 7th; if you’d like to donate, please click here. We’d love to have you if you’d like to run it too, registration ends August 29th. There’ll be great t-shirts, a bouncy castle for the kids, post race food from the Pickle Barrel, you name it.
The next week is a double-header with the Terry Fox run for the whole family on the Saturday. We’ll probably do 5 km with both boys in a combination of Chariot and Bike, much like last year.
The next day (Sunday) I’ll be doing a trail run with the 5 Peaks series. I had great fun with them last year, and I’m sorry I haven’t been able to fit in more of their races this year. There’s a kid event I’m hoping I can get Shark Boy to do… maybe even the Lightning Kid, who knows?
Last but not least, Shark Boy will have a return appearance at the Kids Of Steel Duathlon run by Family Fun Fit on the weekend of September 21st. That day has another big event, but I’m not going to talk about it in this post.
Triathlon season may be over for me, but the multi-sport fitness adventures continue!
After last year’s no-show, I was eager to sink my teeth into this course. I had an English muffin with Nutella for breakfast, and I decided to go with something a little extra: there was Cinnamon Toast Crunch on the kitchen counter and I had a bowl of that too.
I had said that this was going to be my redemption race. I had said I was going to work on hills, put in more distance on the bike, and work on my transitions. Let’s see what happened in terms of cycling mileage…
Not exactly Olympic Triathlon type volume there. What happened? Let me break down my biking blues…
On July 1st, a week after completing the Muskoka 5150, for a first training ride, I got a flat tire. Which cut that ride short. I tried to fix that tire, but when I packed my bike for the next weekend, I noticed another flat; so much for my repair job.
I opted to get the tube replacement done professionally and bought a set of new tires as part of it. Things were looking good. I have an adjustable goose-neck (a.k.a headset) that lets me have my handlebars a little higher which is easier on my neck when I’m in aero-position. I had lowered it a few weeks ago to improve how aerodynamically I can ride. We were invited to my father-in-law’s place for dinner, so I opted to take my bike for what should have been a 13km ride. I found that the handlebars kept dropping every time I hit a bump – I could pull them back up to a reasonable position, but all this would do is wear out the threads on the adjustable goose-neck. I cut the ride short before I flew over the handlebars and called for a pick-up.
I tried to fix this problem by re-installing the original headset, but I must have gotten things wrong, because I ended up with handlebars that wouldn’t turn. Another stop at another bike shop.
All set up to make my final pre-race ride, right? Wrong. After 8km on Saturday, the skies opened up and drenched me, and Papa won’t risk skidding out on the road a week before the race. I ended up making that one up the next day, but Plan A of having both a ride and a brick on the same long weekend was ruined.
I haven’t done any transition practice either. I may play a little with getting my bike shoes on and off and mentally re-hearse/visualize my T1 steps this week. My final open-water swim didn’t feel particularly strong, but the numbers actually looked pretty good over 2km. Getting the wet-suit on and off wasn’t as bad as I remembered either.
|The big hill on my last ride. To get a sense of scale, look for the car in the pic.|