Friday, 3 January 2014

Triathlon Talk - Oops!

So remember how I just finished telling you that I had my triathlon plan all ironed out? Well when I was going over my 2014 calendar I realized that I am double booked the weekend of the Niagara Half Iron. We have a friend's wedding that weekend, so there is really no way I can swing that plus a half ironman. It is just not happening. So despite the fact that the Muskoka course scares the ever-loving daylights out of me, that is the race I am doing! We are back to the original plan. This little newbie (in typical Krysten fashion) is just going jump head first into the ironman deep-end, and tackle this super challenging course.

Go Big or Go Home, I guess...(gulp!) The bike course runs around the Lake of Bays for Ironman Muskoka making it 5km too long and super hilly. So my plan once the weather gets slightly more bearable here in Canada is to ride Hill Repeats like it is my job. There is a deadly hill in my neighborhood, behind the university campus, which I plan to become BFFs with. So if you are looking for me this spring you will probably find me there - Crying, Cursing, and Grinding It Out. I will make hills my friend. I must!

In other triathlon news, I am pretty impressed with how I managed my training over the holidays (**if I do say so myself**). I may have fueled myself primarily with cookies and cheese, but I did get my workouts in. It is all about balance after all. The weather has been pretty brutal here - snow, ice, crazy cold temperatures - you name it. But I think I still managed to get in some good training sessions in. I used the pool while I was home visiting my Mom and got a solid 2.3km endurance swim in. I also rediscovered my love of the snowy run. And did my first indoor training session on Betsy and stuck to my goal of 90 RPM. I know it is only Day 3 of 2014, but I would say operation #make2014mybitch is off to a pretty good start.

I am starting to wonder though if I might need to get a gym membership. I hate the tredmill and have always opted to slog it out outside - but today's temperature of -35C (which is -31F for my American friends) is just too ridiculous! I am a Canadian girl through and through, but it is not fit for man nor beast out there. I went to the indoor university track for my speed workout today, but it is starting to look like we could have quite a few more days like this this winter. So finding a more realistic indoor option may be a must. In other words it is on the to-do list for next week.

Well I think that about wraps up my holiday triathlon adventures.
How were your holidays? Any tips for tackling hills?

Love Your Favourite Darwinian Fail,
Krysten


15 comments:

  1. You can do anything Krysten, I believe in YOU! Always.

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  2. Sounds like an awesome race choice! You will conquer it! I am thinking about doing my first triathlon this summer . . . hmm, perhaps I will join you on the Ironman 70.3 quest at some point too! I can totally relate to the frigid weather. Today the weather in NH is just plain too cold to go out. Looks like you got a great speedworkout in anyways! Thanks for always inspiring me!!

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  3. Well done! I hear you on the cold. We've gotten too darn close to -50 too many days for my liking!!

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  4. Well done! I hear you on the cold. We've gotten too darn close to -50 too many days for my liking!!

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  5. Ha! The hashtag. You can do anything my friend :) xo

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  6. OOOH! Just when I was getting over my jealousy of you doing a 70.3, you go and master the ever-elusive 90RPM... I've never been able to nail that, I always come up a little short on rides of any significance. You are a Rockstar-Superhero... 2014 is quakin' in his boots for sure!

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  7. Go girl! I'm jumping into tris this year as well. Will be doing a Olympic distance at some point in the 2nd half of the year. Just need to figure out which one.

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  8. WOOHOO! My advice to you would be to go and ride the course once in your training if you can. Just so you know what to expect. In your indoor training, cadence work is important but you also want to work on power & leg strength so some low RPM work will also be useful. Just my two cents. :) You go and #make2014yourbitch!!! :D

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  9. I love reading about your journey to Ironman - such memories!! And I think a treadmill might be helpful for you...hehe!! )

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  10. My best hill tip is this: just go do them. Few look forward to them but they're so so good for you. Even though I detest hill workouts I always feel awesome when I finish one. Good luck!

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  11. Aweee ya! You're going to kill it regardless of the course!!! :)

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  12. I feel like a slog just reading your post! :) You rock!

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  13. I have total faith in you as you continue to amaze and inspire me.

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  14. Glad you got your Ironman schedule re-configured and it will pan out for you! I am trying to get this low back injury worked out so I can do the same. My goal is a full, but I don't think I really have that kind of time with graduate school and all going on. But, there are individuals out there who can do it with a much tighter schedule.

    You got this! Keep up the awesome work.

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