Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Doubling Up

I have decided very much so to make this year a run focused year. Well, at least the first half of it. I'll decide later whether to keep this focus during Ironman training (and I'm sure my coach will have a say so in that matter as well). I hit the gym last night to do some strength training. I just can't seem to get my mind around these Tripower workouts. I decided to hit the gym and see what my one rep max would be for a typical set of weight based exercises.

After my near death experience ;-), I hit the treadmill for an easy thirty minute run. I am in the transition phase of my yearly tri training plan, and everything is at or below aerobic threshold (AeT). I found out something really neat on the treadmill last night too. If I focused on my form and stayed around 90 steps per minute, I could keep my heart rate under 147 (est AeT). When I let my mind drift and lose focus, like by watching the game on TV, my HR would creep back up above 150. This is some kinda sign that proper form = more efficiency.

Tomorrow, its back on the trainer for a ride, then off to the gym for some fo reals strength training, all in preparation for drinking my weight in beer to ring in the new year!

Wes

12 comments:

Carolina John said...

yea ya got to get the metabolism revved for the big new year's drunkfest. i'll be @ a wedding and it's going to be great.

plenty of running is always a good way to start off the year.

Molly said...

Yay for keeping our training up with all these crazy holidays!!!

PS - I just posted the IM AZ videos Jeff just gave me - perhaps a little more for you to peek at and get a lay of the land.

Shannon said...

Drinking Beer? Not you.....really.......

Get on that fo realzy strength training Weslicious.

Jess said...

They've done studies that when you're distracted during exercise, you actually perform at a less efficient level than when you're focused on what you're doing. Still, the distractions are nice, aren't they?

Run for Chocolate said...

Oh Wes, I love that you are keeping it real even though you are an Ironman! Ironmen really drink beer on New Year's? :)

Ryan said...

Since you are parading around the meat market (gym)...how much you bench pressin' these days???

I did 185 the other day because the chick marine who out benched me was at the bench next to me...I about blew my freakin' pecs apart, that's heavy!

Gotta Run..Gotta Ride said...

since I enjoyed a bit to much wine on Christmas Day I refuse to drink anymore....until tomorrow night ;)

Jess said...

Hmmm I suppose focusing on your form would then make you have good form...I should try that some time hehe

LBTEPA said...

Happy New Year Wes and DeeDee :)

Missy said...

I do like going faster with less or even effort.

I'm in Atlanta drinking beer right now, very close to little five points. Not sure what tonite will bring. Happy New Year.

Lily on the Road said...

Beer.....

Happy New Year Wes, wishing you Dee Dee and your family a wonderful 2010, may it be filled with much health, happiness and laughter!

xoxoxo

Lisa said...

Happy New Year!