Thursday, October 16, 2014

TBT to high school XC

It snowed at the Class A meet that year
I recently came across my training log from my freshman/sophomore year of high school, which details my daily training from outdoor track my freshman year to the middle of outdoor track my sophomore year.  If you're reading this and are in high school, I highly suggest keeping a daily log for training purposes (you can see how you felt on a certain day, what you did, what splits you hit in a workout…) but also so that in 10 years you can look back at it for a good laugh.  During the time period of this training log I went from taking soccer very seriously, to quitting soccer and switching to cross country.  From the outside I know it seemed like a bit of a strange decision, but my goal from the start was to win the state title in cross country, and I had no doubt that I would do it.  There were many returning upperclassman who were much better than me, so I knew that I simply had to work harder and have no fear.  One of my attributes that I think has enabled me to achieve many of the athletic goals I have set for myself since I was little was having no fear of my competition, and knowing that as long as I have prepared to the best of my abilities, I can accomplish a lot.  I think this is a great mindset to have, especially in cross country where you know the exact times your competition has run.
I battled the whole way for the win
at the state meet

On this day (10-16-04) 10 years ago: I warmed up .75 miles (one NN complex) and then did a track workout of 1 mile in 5:44 (400jog) 1200 in 4:20 (400jog) 1200 in 4:24 (400jog), 800 in 2:50 (400jog), 800 in 2:50 (400jog), 4x200 all out (no time) with 400j recovery.  .75 cool down.  Then ran 6 miles later in the day at the Brown invitational with Tom for 13 miles total

My main message is whether you want nothing more than to win the state meet or you want to earn a spot on your variety team for the championship meets, don't be afraid to truly push yourself; you might be surprised to find out how good you truly are if you do.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Training Tuesday

Big pumpkins (100-133 pounds) at Wilson
Farm over the weekend!
This week I have a down week of training so not as much volume and not as much intensity, therefore my training today reflects that.

  • 3k swim.  Did a bunch of kicking and drills.
  • 6 mile run on the river. 

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Fall Update

I am now a bit over a month into law school and as you might be able to tell from my lack of longer blog posts, I am quite busy.  I am amazed with how much I have learned in such a relatively short period of time.  I have also joined Tom in the law school government, as I was elected as my section's section representative.  I have my first Board of Governors meeting tonight where I will be a voting member.  As for my schedule, I am in class on three evenings a week for 3-4 hours depending on the day.  Law school is very different than undergrad in terms of learning because I have found that most of the actual learning that I do comes from doing the readings and class time is more of a discussion where not much material is actually covered.

My training since my last real update has been going well.  I am doing a little less volume than before I started school, but I am still getting in plenty of swimming, biking, and running.  I have had some good workouts in all three and it is fun to have a nice break from school to go do a hard workout.  As for racing, I have largely wrapped up my racing season, but I would like to do a couple of road races during the fall.  On the weekends I have been doing a long run/workout on Saturdays and a long ride on Sundays.
Finishing up a hard 13 mile workout at Battle Road Trail in Lexington two weeks ago in my SOAS racing run kit 
In the middle of a long ride out in Dover last weekend
I just heard it's going to be in the 30s tonight, so I suppose that will be the final end to my garden.  I had a great garden this summer with lots of bright sunflowers.  No champ the sunflower like last year, but more variety.  In addition, I grew some plants that I have not grown before such as potatoes (lots of them!), and eggplants, strawberry corn, and onions all from seed.
My teddy bear sunflowers bloomed at the start of September, a few weeks after all the other sunflowers 

I grew one pumpkin
My mammoth sunflowers had purple seeds for some reason
Potatoes, eggplants, little watermelons, flowers, and "strawberry" corn

Two of my late season eggplants

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Training Tuesday

I promise soon I will write a more interesting post!  But, for now, here is this week's training Tuesday.

  • 9 mile loop on the River toward Watertown.  I have not run this way in a long time and they are building a new dirt trail on the long stretch across from CRI, so I am looking forward to running there when they are done!
  • 4,500 total at Cambridge Masters swim practice.  I also did a 100 kick time trial at the end so that I can see how much I can improve that during the off season from triathlon. 
To stick with the Walden Pond photo theme, here's another form last weekend.  The leaves are starting to change and I predict next weekend will be wonderfully nice if you have a chance to get out there. 

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Training Tuesday

Today was a similar day of training to last week, just with slightly more volume.  Also, happy first day of fall!!

  • Biked one hour, probably about 12 or so miles with CSW cycling club
  • Ran 8 miles along the Charles River
  • Swim workout at Cambridge Masters, 5k total 

Walden Pond before Tom and I swam there on Saturday evening

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Training Tuesday

Today I had a nice afternoon/evening of training with cycling club, a run, and then a swim workout.
  • Cycling club at CSW. We only went about 6 or 7 miles and are planning on a longer ride to Walden Pond at our next class on Friday. 
  • 7 mile normal run on Comm Ave. after getting treatment from Dr. Welt yesterday, it was the best I have felt in awhile. 
  • Swim workout at Cambridge Masters, 4,500 total, mid-distance freestyle. 

I started off my day by doing some work in the courtyard at the Boston Public Library

Friday, September 12, 2014

Pumpkinman Sprint Triathlon

Running up the hill after the swim
Last weekend I raced the Pumpkinman sprint triathlon.  This was my third time competing in this race, and yet again the race was a great one.  This race sells out each year, but if you are able to register in time, I highly suggest doing it next year.  The atmosphere is great and everything is very organized and enjoyable.  My personal race this year wasn't the best, but as a testament to the great job race director Kat Donatello does putting on the race, I still had a great time.

With starting law school during the week of the race and being around a lot of new people, I was a bit under the weather and was not feeling great the morning of the race, and I didn't feel very good during the race, but I was able to get through it and finish in second place.  It was quite warm out the morning of the race, I think it was about 82 or so when we arrived in the morning, so a bit of a change from the past years I have done the race when it had been pretty chilly.

The swim is in a pond and is only a few minutes long.  I didn't have a good swim but I was able to hang on to the back of the front pack.  Upon exiting the water it is on to a long run up a steep grass hill.  

It was then on to the bike.  I started the bike with Catherine Sterling, the eventual race winner, but she very quickly dropped me and I spent the rest of the ride alone.  Well, alone in terms of other racers, but there were plenty of volunteers and police officers along the way.  The bike course is out on nice winding and hilly roads, which would make for a nice ride, but not when feeling as bad as I did.  From having raced here twice before, I somewhat remembered the course so I was able to sort of know the course, where the big hills are, and about how far I had left, which was nice.  I felt progressively worse as the bike went on and ended up throwing up three times, but I made myself drink my whole bottle of GU Energy Roctane, and I think that ended up helping me get through the race.
Hanging out with a Pumpkinman 

Next up was the 3 mile run.  I really enjoy the run course at this race.  It is basically three long straight roads with some slight downhill the first two miles and slight uphill the last mile.  In the past I have had a good time running hard and fast on this course, but unfortunately I knew coming off the bike that I had no chance of catching Catherine Sterling, as I had a terrible stomach ache/cramp.  About half way through the run after slogging along I was able to not have a terrible cramp anymore and just finish up the run.  All in all, I obviously wish I felt better, but with how I was feeling, I suppose I am pleased with how it ended up going.