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BLOG | Ira's killer week of training, Jetton Park Triathlon a month away

BLOG | Ira's killer week of training, Jetton Park Triathlon a month away

by Ira Cronin

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Posted on April 16, 2010 at 11:00 PM

Updated Monday, Apr 19 at 8:34 AM

What a great week it’s been training! The small adjustments that Rob from TrySports in Ballantyne made on my bicycle have made a huge difference in how I feel on the bike. I feel stronger in the saddle and the pain in my low back is no more. My low back would start to ache about 40 minutes into my rides but that is all gone. For more on what Rob did with me, check out the story that will air on Sunday at 6pm and we’ll post the story to the web after it airs. If you are doing any kind of training or serious riding I highly recommend getting fit for your bike if you didn’t buy it that way.

I am still in the process of getting with a coach for my upcoming triathlon so for now I am on my own program which is to be hammer myself as much as I can on my own and just hope I’m getting stronger and faster. I found my heart rate monitor that I haven’t used in years and have begun using that again. It helps me feel like I’m doing something productive if I pay attention to how hard I’m working when I’m on the bike or running. I’m not sure if mine is water proof so I’m not swimming with it. I don’t need a heart rate monitor to know that swimming kicks my behind big time! I’m not real sure at what is the best level I should be working at, but it’s good see some numbers that say I am working hard.

Monday was swimming and biking. First I rode to the pool at Charlotte Latin which is a 5 mile ride and is a good warm up before I jump in the pool. I swam 1400 meters that took me about 35 minutes. I rode back home and dropped off my backpack, grabbed a snack and jumped back on the bike and tallied 27 miles in all. I averaged just under 20 m.p.h. When I got home I did a quick 30 minute total body circuit workout on my TRX.

Tuesday I broke out my old mountain bike which feels like peddling a tank compared to my road bike. It’s only about 8 miles to the gym. Once there, it was such a nice day I went for a run outside and logged almost 3 miles which took me about 30 minutes. The people at the gym looked at me like I had lost my mind when I came back into lift weights before getting on my mountain bike to ride home. I figure if I ride the bike to the gym, I’m committed to riding home so I get some good cardio in. I also lifted heavy which seems to break up all the cardio. I lifted Chest and Triceps.

Wednesday I met up with my buddy Justin who I ran my first triathlon with. We rode for 22 miles during his lunch hour.

Thursday I spent the morning at my girls elementary school and by the time I got home my work out juices had left me, and I blame the weather for being so nice that I went to the driving range and hit golf balls for about an hour. We all need a day off!

Friday’s are the day I try to really hit it hard. Mission accomplished today. I biked to the pool where once I was about halfway into my work out along comes Patty Waldron. If you know anything about the swimming community in Charlotte, you know something about Patty. I’m told Patty has taught rocks how to swim so I think there is hope for me. She put me onto a new drill to try and help me learn how to kick better while I swim. It was awesome!! After my swim it was back on the bike. In all I rode 35 miles which is the most I have ever cranked out in a day. I finished the work out off with a run. I was going to run 3.1 but the call of mother nature cut it short. I learned firsthand it’s hard to hold it while your running. I’m not sure how you marathon types out there do it!

Saturday (tomorrow) I plan to ride with Justin again, and we are looking at around 25 miles or so which should bring my total for the week to around 125 miles. I’m dumbfounded. If you had told me a year ago that I had to ride 125 miles in a week I would have crumpled to the ground in the fetal position and cried for my mommy. I’m surprised that I have it in me, but I know I have been building up to it and I do have it in me. Again, the lesson to learn from this is if I can do it, anyone can!

One month to go. I know I’ll get through it but I’m hoping I can get better prepared between now and then.