I should get a shirt that says, "Yeah, I'm new."
I've registered for a duathlon in February. It'll be my first. One cool thing about just getting into this healthier lifestyle is all of these new experiences!
To prepare for the new experience I need a new training routine. Brick training is what all of the cool duathletes do. I researched and read and followed the suggestion that to begin just complete a one mile jog after each bike ride. No problem...I thought.
Yesterday I did a short ride, about 16 miles, but I hammered it pretty good. As soon as I finished I jumped off the bike, swapped the riding shoes for running shoes, threw off my gloves, and after being reminded, removed my helmet for a 1 mile run.
It killed me. Now I had already gone for a short, slow jog that morning followed by about thirty minutes of circuit training at the gym, but that's not unusual for me. This was going to be a lot harder than I thought!
Today I went on an easy, but longer, ride with my cousin, who is just getting into riding. All told I rode almost 28 miles, but at a much slower pace than normal. I did the same run afterwards, remembering to remove my helmet without a prompt today. This time the mile was 8:22, which isn't fast, but all things considered but hard enough. (Yesterday's mile was about 10 minutes, I accidentally stopped the watch for about 400 feet.) I certainly wasn't laying it out for the run today, just trying to hold a certain exertion level. I'm happy with how I made myself suffer.
So now I have a race day goal. Here's the race: 2 mile run, 17 mile ride, 2 mile run.
First run: 14 minutes
Ride: 45 minutes
Second run: 14 minutes
Transition totals: 1 minute ???
Total time: 1:14
The trick will be to NOT run the first two miles fast. The first two miles in fourteen minutes is very attainable, not much of a problem. The second two will be the tough part! I'm a stronger rider than I am a runner, and if I can beat my goal, it'll probably happen on the bike.
Anyhow, it's good to be done suffering from illness and be back to suffering under by my own intentions.