>> Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Note: I've mentioned this workout before, and I love it. I was given this workout at the Gear West Duathlon Clinic a few years back. I did this workout a few times 3 years ago, and twice in 2011: First on the track with Marie, then a shorter version with Matt, then I did it NEAR the track at St. Thomas. In 2011 I did it out of my garage on a 40 degree day and again out of my garage on a hot, hot day. But it's nearly been 2 years since I've done it. Time to saddle up.
The idea for the workout is to do 4 intervals of bike / run. The first is kind of a harder warm-up. Then the next 3 are meant to be as fast as possible (including transitioning as fast as possible) to simulate race-day intensity. The bike portions are 30 seconds HARD followed by 30 seconds EASY (at a decent cadence). The bike starts and ends on a HARD set so you're used to getting on the bike and going HARD, and so you're used to going HARD until you get off the bike.
I was home with Henry on Saturday, so I got a neighbor girl to come over and "hold down the fort" as I did the workout. I put Henry down for a nap, got everything ready for my workout, and then called the babysitter to come over to just be in locked in the house as Henry slept.
I had my workout set up in the garage. Being things were still a little wet, I grabbed a piece of foam meant to save your knees when gardening to stand on while changing shoes. My transition looked like this:
Dear Spring 2013: you suck balls.
(I've learned to set up a ladder next to me to act as shelves for GUs, my phone, and a sweat rag.)
1 mile run (85% effort): 3:04, 3:02 = 6:06
I maybe ran that run harder than 85% effort, but I was looking for a good workout. I was ready to suffer a little. Or a lot.
Trainer (30 hard, 30 easy): 9:32.3
1 mile run: 3:02, 3:03 = 6:05
Making the turn onto the sidewalk from the alley starting that last interval was ugly - my legs almost gave out, and I almost ended up in the muddy boulevard. LOVE this workout!!
Trainer (30 hard, 30 easy): 9:32.3
1 mile run: 3:00, 3:00 = 6:00
That last interval was pretty solid. I was REALLY sweating. During the first interval, I saw a lot of steam coming off my arms. I was ready to bike hard for this last one, and then do whatever I could on the run.
Trainer (30 hard, 30 easy): 9:33.2
1 mile run: 2:55, 2:48 = 5:43
1:04:39 total time.
There's "good news," "bad news," and "obvious news" about this:
The GOOD NEWS is that total time is the fastest I've ever completed this workout: the first time doing it out of my garage was on a similar day, and I did it in 1:05:00 (not counting a 2:00 rest while talking with a neighbor), and the last time doing it out of my garage was on a hot day with friends, and I finished in 1:04:05, but I cut the WU almost 90 seconds short that day.
The BAD NEWS is that I OBVIOUSLY saved too much for that last interval. My run times were very consistent until that last one which was MUCH faster. I have to get better about "spreading out" my speed.
The OBVIOUS NEWS is that this does not indicated bike fitness. I'm on a trainer, not biking XX many miles. I might be in horrible bike shape right now, and this workout can't tell me that. It just shows me that I can run on semi-tired legs.
I took a few photos throughout the workout, and they show my hair getting worse and worse:
Back on the bike after my 1st interval.
Back on the bike after my 2nd interval.
About to hop off to start my 3rd run.
(Note the sweatiness to the right inside of my elbow.)
Back on my bike after my 3rd interval.
(I think I just aged 15 years...)
A few minutes after finishing my final run and "walking it off" down the alley. Good workout!
I love how I started each run slower and slower. Ha! I was pooped!
If you want more info on some duathlon training plans or thoughts on multisport racing from a great coach and a great athlete, check out my notes from Gear West Bike and Tri's Duathlon Clinic a few years ago. The 2nd page of that article has this workout (from speedy athlete Kevin) and one from coach Jason.