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Saturday, February 23, 2008

Training for Oceanside...

First of all, I want to say congrats to all of our clients at Results Fitness for making it through the first 3 weeks of the Challenge. Everyone is doing very well and working very hard. A special hello to a Marly Straus, who is now residing temporarily in San Jose for work, working out hard at her home hotel, and who reads my blog on a regular basis. Hello Marly- hope all is well.

Now, training for Oceanside. I have been doing my own Tour of California on my bike (Gonzales) as that innagural ride up north in Ventura really sparked my motivation for getting ready for a strong year on the bike. That is right- 2008- a strong year on the bike. That is the mantra. After that 70 ride on Sunday, I followed it with a 65 mile ride into Simi Valley from my house, riding through Santa Susanna and up through Box Canyon. Not quite Balcom Canyon, but still- respectful if you have ever done it. I also rode a very hilly ride around the SCV- taking Sand Canyon, through Placerita, and back again- up through Sierra Canyon, up San Fernando Rd..and back again. Another 55 miles. I was also doing some solid LT workouts on the indoor trainer, in addition to a few bricks that week (that was last week).

This week, my focus was more on the running, even though I was still able to put in at least 120 miles on my bike outside. I had a great brick the other day- PR'ing my 31 mile loop in 55 degrees, windy SCV weather, followed by a 30 mile run, in which Coach Alwyn Cosgrove said, "it looks like you hurt right now" as I finished at the gym. I liked that- in fact, it did hurt. I had a great workout.

Today, I also had a great workout- with a friend of mine, a talented 9:20 IM athlete, Grant Folske. We ran about 5.5 miles fairly hard, and it felt great. Legs a bit tired from the week, but ready to go again tomorrow- distance. I want to keep at least a 7:45 min/mile pace on my 10+ mile runs and I feel like I could do that tomorrow. I have not done too well with my swimming, but that is the last event that I need to improve upon. So, I am really focusing on what needs to be done- and that is riding harder, and running fast off the bike. LT baby, LT.


"If I am in pain, I can't imagine how the other people are feeling"


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triclancy said...

You are gonna ROCK Oceanside! Your training is so much longer than mine...soooo glad I'm not even close to your AG!! I'll be rooting for you and after the race, we will be ingesting an enormous amount of sugar and alcohol!! woohoo!! Oh and congrats to Taylor!! Go Ducks!!

Clancy, Mike and I

Clancy, Mike and I
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