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?

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