A warm fall

After returning from Austin mid-last week, I’ve been in a fairly easy training mode.  Though, Saturday had a fair bit of pop to it with respect to workouts.

It started off with a 1hr wetsuit swim, as has been usual as of late.

IMGP7866The swim went…swimmingly.  My 500’s were spot on 7:00 flat every single time +/- 1 second.  In an 1:00 hr and 1 second I hit exactly 4300yds. I actually broke out my simple Timex wrist-watch I got last year on the podium at the Nation’s Triathlon.  I hadn’t used it yet, but my normal Nike wrist-watch is currently in a state of broke. :(  Either way, this one fit the bill as a simple stop watch in the pool.


From there I zipped back to my house to hop on my bike for a 2 hour trainer ride.  It was mostly a normal 45 minute IT, followed by sets at Z2 and Z3…which you can see below.  Nothing like 1hr15m of continuous nothingness on a trainer.

IMGP7863I did manage to get 2 hours worth of TV shows in the Recorded TV section knocked out however…and go through three water bottles and two gel bottles.

IMGP7868After my ass had become relatively accustomed to the bike, it was time to head out for a little jaunt on the run.  Now, interestingly, my ass had also become accustomed to a new set of bike shorts…well…tri shorts.

IMGP7864 This new ‘tri suit’ of sorts will be familiar to many of you following the warmer triathlon scene.  I’m going with a long-sleeve white triathlon top (sorta compression), along with a short compression tri shorts.  Now, interestingly, I ordered this kit, and I noticed it included a pair of underwear.  By myself I wouldn’t have ordered the extra piece – but I’m dang glad I did.  Because let me tell you – without that underlining, it would have been the equivalent of a male wet t-shirt contest.  Potential bad situation (at least from my perspective).


The tri shorts worked really well.  I think I might just pickup a pair of the black shorts for longer training rides.  I like them.

I went out for the run at pace – 7:40/mile – and just plodded along.  It was rather warm – mid-70’s here in DC, and a fair bit humid from the early morning rains.  So that threw me for a bit of a loop, but I just pushed on through it and stuck the pace.  With the virtual partner thing it’s so easy to just nail paces.

Of course, despite the heat – you can definitely tell it’s fall here.  Below is the little 8 mile round trip run/bike trail in front of my house – and there’s actually a wooden bridge below all those leaves.


After I finished up with the four hour brick I went out to complete a few errands – which ended up including food for the belly.  Turns out if you wore tin foil to Chipotle, you get a free burrito.  A bit of scrounging around later (and a fairly long wait), and I got a free burrito.


Halloween around these parts was pretty quiet.  A few kids showed up at my door, but otherwise not much.

Sunday I had as a rest day, and thus far I’ve been resting around.  11 hours of sleep, lots of TV, and watched the NYC Marathon earlier in the day live on TV.  My marathon running buddy Rob (he and I ran Boston earlier this year, and MCM and Philly in the past) was out there rocking it today with a very huge PR.  Though, much of the time while tracking him I was getting a ‘Runtime error’ from the tracking page.

NYCMarathon Which…I thought had a bit of irony to it.  Get it..’Runtime error’?


(*Being a computer dude by day I could go into all sorts of tidbits as to what a Runtime error actually is…but I’ll save you that bonus material)

On the little of little random notes:

1) Garmin currently has a $50 rebate out there for the 310XT if you buy it from any authorized Garmin dealer (Online or Store).  It’s not advertised on Garmin’s site, and after some back and forth with the Garmin rebate folks about that I can confirm it’s a legit deal.  Personally I think it’s dumb they don’t have it on their site – but yet, $50 is $50 I guess.  Anyway, PDF file here.

2) I got all signed up for the NYC Triathlon next year (Oly distance, mid-July).  It sold out in 12 minutes.  Yikes.  Should be a fun time.

Have a good week!


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  1. So my question is…do you ever feel awkward getting in the pool in a wetsuit? Because I have one of these assigned next week and am trying to figure out how to slither in without anyone noticing me :)

    Nice job on the Saturday brick!

  2. Nat

    I am confused with the wetsuit swims in the pool. Mo coach also wants me to do this when I start training for IM. But, my wetsuit saws NOT to do that. Weird. Do you think it breaks them down any faster in the pools?

  3. Kim

    Nice seasonal header on your blog too!
    I have questions also..
    1. Isn’t that TV a bit close to your face?
    2. I thought wetsuits should not be worn in the pool. Do they break down faster?
    3. Are you training for a specific race these days?

  4. Just wanted to drop in and let you know that the NYC actually sold out in 7 minutes this year, not 12. DANG IT! I felt like the kid that loses musical chairs there when I kept hitting refresh and all of a sudden it tells me it’s sold-out. Rats!

    Know of any creative ways of getting into the race?

  5. So…why you going with the whole white Craft tri suit??? Are you doing a warm weather race that we don’t know about???

    Come on Ray…what is up???

  6. Free burritos at Chipotle? Darn it, I really wish we had them here in Calgary. In fact some friends and I were lamenting on that last weekend. Come on Chipotle, come to Calgary!!

    Anyhoo…so an entire white race kit. You sure like to keep stuff on the DL. So it is either Arizona, Cozumel or FL. I know Arizona had some community fund spots still open after IMC so I’m guessing Arizona.

  7. RE: The Wetsuit

    It takes a bit to get past the awkward bit, but I’m at the point it doesn’t really bother me anymore. My pool is large enough that sometimes Scuba divers are there doing lessons, and many times swim instructors teaching kids are wearing wetsuits to keep them warm. So it’s not too unusual. Also – for the most part once you’re in the water nobody really notices anyway.

    As for whether or not it’s good for them I figure the number of times I use it is relatively low in the grand scheme of things. I really only do it once per week during the racing season – so that’s at most 12-16 times + normal race (and day before). So I’m really only looking at using it about 25-30 times a year. So, in the grand scheme of use, I figure it’s relatively low. And in the grand scheme of triathlon costs – my wetsuit was $200 – or about equal to roughly one Oly Distance race. I figure if it lasts me 2-3 years (thus far, it’s on it’s third year without any issue) I’m doing good – in relation to the total cost expenditure on Triathlon I have each year (Travel/Race Fees/Nutrition/etc…).

    Just my two cents though…

    As for the TV, it’s a bit further back than it looks. My butt ends up being about 4 feet or so from the TV. While a bit close, it’s just sorta where it ended up. I probably could move it back…but I’m lazy. :)

  8. Oh no! I really do not NEED a new Garmin and my husband has been threatening to get me a 310XT for Xmas. I hope he does not see that $50 discount. I’d much rather spend $$$ on something more useful, like race entry fees :-)

  9. Katie

    My bet is Florida IM this weekend since you had a few long flat rides recently. If so, good luck!

  10. Anonymous

    Please don’t ever show us any pictures of you in that white tri suit. That would be a potentially bad situation for EVERYONE!!!