Do not underestimate dehydration!

Today my friend and I went for a run and accidentally* ran off-and-on for two hours (we shopped in there for about 20 minutes). It was -27 degrees Celsius with the windchill (about -20 without it) and we had planned for a 30-45 minute run. I had eaten at 5:30am and we started running around 9am. I had not drank any water between there because I was busy**. At the end of the “run” we ate some food and I went home. I hardly drank any water after the run at all. By the way, we ran a little over … Keep reading

The Dreaded Trainer: Week 1

Last week was my first week becoming re-acquainted with my dreaded bike wind trainer. I haven’t put my bike on it for about a year and a half, after taking last winter off completely. On Wednesday I had my first indoor bike session of the 17-weeks to Spring coached program that I’m taking and coaching (on Thursdays). In this program we bring our own bikes and wind trainers. The worst part is transporting the bike and the wind trainer from far to building and up a huge flight of stairs. I know that it’ll get easier, but last week was … Keep reading

Slow Down

All athletes need to know when to slow down. Last week was one of those weeks for me. The week before I had a sinus cold and kept training, going to work, and doing everyday things. Over Thanksgiving weekend that caught up with me and I was down and out for five days. It really sucked and I missed training and going to the gym. I guess that’s what they say about “absence makes the heart grow fonder” and all that jazz… it can translate to training! Yesterday I swam with the local tri club and I had no problems … Keep reading

First week back – I’m ready!

This past week is my first official week back at training. I’m already talking incessantly about my protein intake and having dreams of racing. Last night I dreamed that the end of a half Ironman was really confusing and I kept getting lost. Just before the finishing line I had to run by a cliff and Caillou (my running buddy and canine companion) fell down and was hanging on by the least. I really wanted to finish the half marathon in 2:30, and I was close, so I swung him back onto the trail and we kept going. Oh, dreams, … Keep reading

It’s been a long time

It’s been so long and so much has happened. In fact, I don’t even know where I left off. It was last summer or last fall or something, right? Well, I’m not going to dwell on the past – I’m here to write about right now. Right now, or approximately, I am just starting to train again. How long has it been? Well, it has been since last July that I have consistently and on purpose exercised regularly. For a few weeks now I have committed to running 3 times a week, biking as much as possible, and just get … Keep reading