>> Saturday, April 03, 2010
Thursday evening, Marie and I met at the track for Kevin O'Connor's duathlon workout (which both Marie and I learned about at the Gear West Bike duathlon clinic). I was ready for it to hurt.
I got home from work and loaded everything up. I figured I'd just bike to the track with my bike trainer over my shoulder. But with ALL THIS CRAP, it was VERY hard to bike:
No wonder I wiped out as I was trying to get on my bike in front of my house. Yeah. Smooth. Right in front of all the neighbors. Great.
I got to the track, and Marie had found a great spot where she was already set up. I set up next to her, and we started our warm-up. Here's a shot that every woman loves: a photo from behind. We had our bikes set up right in front of a steeplechase hurdle just to the inside of the track at the 250 meter point:
Before. *yoink* After.
Self-timer shot on the steeplechase hurdle
Getting ready to start
Marie said she'd probably do the warm-up and then 2 intervals just to "test" the workout. I told her I wanted to try to pace myself so I could do the warm-up with all 3 intervals. But I didn't know what would happen, because this was a VERY different workout than I was used to, and I wanted to push it a little.
Here we go!!
Spinning (warm-up): 10:15. We spun. We chatted the whole time, and I said "this might be one of those workouts where we don't get to talk much once we get started." We were both ready to go.
Transition: 0:17. Kevin told us to keep our transitions under 0:10. Kevin can go suck an egg.
1 Mile Run (warm-up at 90%): 2:51 / 2:56 = 5:47. My legs felt heavy at first, but glancing at my watch after 400 meters showed me I was still moving OK.
Transition: 0:22. Shut it, Kevin.
Spinning: 9:37. (10x 0:30 on / 0:30 off, skipping the last "off.") It wasn't TOO hard to go hard on the bike just after running. I was thinking that I should have brought more than 2 water bottles....
Transition: 0:14. That's the closest I got to Kevin's crazy thought of "keep it under 0:10."
1 Mile Run: 3:02 / 2:59 = 6:01. Starting this one HURT. I really had wanted to keep all my miles under 6, but I realized that wasn't going to happen. (And it's not that I went out too hard in my first mile - that first mile was just after spinning easy. It was easy to run after that. But after pushing hard on the bike, running got MUCH tougher. But I guess that's the point of the workout...)
Spinning: 9:38. (10x 0:30 on / 0:30 off, skipping the last "off.") Marie and I were getting more spread out. She was still running for about the first 6-7 minutes while I was on the bike. But that was a good thing, because all of this intense pushing was doing a number on my stomach. I had gas. I'd make sure Marie WASN'T about to run by, and I'd let one fly. Sweet, sweet release. By the time Marie hit her bike next to me, I was out of poo-gas, so we could still be friends.
Transition: 0:15. Again, not BAD, but not good enough for Kevin.
1 Mile Run: 3:06 / 2:59 = 6:05. Oww. That's tough. I felt like I just wasn't moving at all. My times weren't too bad, but I just felt sluggish and slow. Good burn.
Transition: 0:21. Don't even say it, Kevin.
Spinning: 9:29. (10x 0:30 on / 0:30 off, skipping the last "off.") I was SOOO happy Marie was there. This is one of those workouts where you just want to quit, but having someone else there makes you keep going. Marie and I thanked each other for being there a bunch of times! Thanks AGAIN, Marie!! Marie was not planning on doing this final round, but she hopped on her bike and did a few more intervals. Nice going!!
Transition: 0:29. I was tired. "Under 10 seconds," my ass.
1 Mile Run: 3:06 / 2:51 = 5:57. Good. Under 6. My first 400 was SLOW, so then I really picked it up from 400-1200. Then I just tried to hold on. I didn't finish "all out," but I finished STRONG.
1:05:18 total time.
When Marie hopped off her bike after a few last 30-second intervals, she picked up my camera. She got a shot of me going by, but at this point the sun was setting, so the photo was a little blurry:
After the first (slow) 400 of my final mile
I finished and grabbed my camera to get a shot of how we'd destroyed the area where we were doing our intervals:
That's water. I'm not THAT sweaty.
We loaded up all our crap....
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