One final thought from Quassy

I had the 38th fastest swim among the men on the day. I had the 14th fastest run. My bike? 58th. I was going to tell my coach “Let’s do more work on the bike” and then realized that between the flood, the hives, the sick and just my own general laziness, I don’t even do all of the work he prescribes me on the bike. So I kept my mouth shut and decided that what I need to say is “Let’s do the work assigned.” Do that, and who knows? Maybe I’ll make up those two minutes and more.

Of the three sports, swimming requires the most technique. You can do all the work in the world, but if your technique sucks, you’ll suck. Once you’ve got the technique, it does require work to maintain and improve your speed. But this all gets broken up into sets and resting and focusing on technique, so typically the mind is pretty focused on what’s going on.

Biking and running are all about putting in the work.

Running is easy. Grab a friend (or don’t), throw on some shoes, and just go. It doesn’t matter what the weather is; all weather is perfect running weather. I’m so excited for my run this weekend that just says “Go to 12 miles. Get out there and run. If you’re feeling saucy, pick up the pace for the last few miles”

On the bike though, at least for me, getting a workout started is much more difficult. Maybe it’s because most of my rides are indoors on the trainer (easier to get consistent training and power, no stoplights, no hills, etc.). But when I see a workout that says, “Just spin for 60 minutes. Nothing too hard” I know I’m going to get really bored. So it’s something I need to work on. I’ll do more riding outside now that the weather is nice and I’ve got an awesome remote base in NH. But the work needs to get done.

  • Ryan

    Good points overall. It’s always tough to look back and see…did I do what I needed to do? 

    We’re definitely going to need to do a mini-camp this summer…especially with that remote base! Perhaps a ride between both is in order.

  • http://twitter.com/maggieru Maggie

    Nice – “Do the work assigned.” I feel like we could all use that reminder sometimes. Congrats on Quassy!

  • Laura Miyakawa

    I know exactly what you mean about the trainer.  I do all but one ride inside for the same reasons, but it is tough.  If you can do trainer rides with a friend that helps.

  • http://ratherbeswimming.wordpress.com/ Elaine K

    I feel the same way about trainer rides. 

    If I want to get outside, it’s a few miles of stoplights before I can really get out of town into a rhythm. Trainer is so easy and consistent, but get’s pretty darn boring.

  • http://twitter.com/pachladis Pamela McGowan

    I feel it is hard to get started with the swimming. I hate jumping into the cold pool! Brrrr. And I get distracted by everyone swimming faster than me, which seems like everyone. 

    With the bike I am having a super season! Probably because I cannot run with the foot injury and have been biking a ton. From what I can it’s pushing a lot of miles on the legs even when they’re sore and blahish. It definitely pays off!

    P.S. Congrats on the race! Sounds like it is a very tough course!