Monday, 16 December 2013

Triathlon Talk - Week 2

Well week one flew by! The weather has not exactly made my transition back into training all that pleasant. It has been FREEZING here this week. And we also got hit with a pretty significant snow storm this weekend. So my runs have been cold, slushy, slippery, and did I mention COLD?! (Thank Goodness for Breath Thermal). It has also made the idea of hitting the pool less appealing. I love the pool once I get started. But getting there and putting on a bathing suit in -20C has been a struggle. So probably because of all of those factors the bike has been a major focus. Like I mentioned last week I think the bike is my weakest area. I also got a lot of questions last week about my trainer and my bike set up, so let me break it down for you...


Trainer...
My Bike Trainer is a Kinetic SL 20. Why did I decide to buy this one? Well I know absolutely nothing about biking or trainers, so I asked my triathlon buddy Axel for advice. He shared my question in the Fitfluential Triathlon Facebook Group and several people responded suggesting Kinetic as a brand. I then did a quick kijiji search for "Kinetic Bike Trainers" and asked that it be sorted from cheapest to most expensive.

The first ad that popped up was for this kinetic trainer asking for $40 and the seller happened to live literally 7 minutes from me. Cheap and Easy! I was sold! There was nothing super jazzy about this particular setup, but it works for me.

Pedals...
My bike did not come with pedals, so I opted for the Shimano M520s. Because this is my first experience with clips I wanted something basic and easy, and I was told this is it. Let's just say I am happy I am learning how to do this indoor on a stationary trainer. I can clip in just fine, but I have yet to master the art of clipping out. The first time I tried I thought I was going to have to untie my shoes to get off the bike. In other words I would have face planted had I been trying this outside. I got a couple months of winter to practice, and I am hoping to have things down by the time I head out for the spring...

Bike Computer/GPS...
Obviously since I am biking indoors my GPS is not an option for tracking my training. So I spent the weekend setting up my Polar RCX5. It comes with it's own cadence sensor so I am able to track my RPMs along with all of my necessary Heart Rate stats. I am working on keeping my RPMs high over an extended period of time. Right now my goal is to remain at 90 RPM for the duration of the ride. It works for Running, Swimming, and any other training I might be doing, so I can keep all my training stats in one place. I also got this snazzy new coloured HR strap! I realize no one really sees it besides me. But for some reason wearing a strap that matches my new bike makes me happy. Don't judge me! I just like it!

So that about sums up all the major bike related stuff from last week. I think my biggest challenge for the next few weeks is going to be balancing my training schedule with my Christmas schedule.
Let's Do This!
Love Your Favourite Darwinian Fail,
Krysten