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Training Progress Week 21

Focus for Week 21 – Stick to the training plan no matter what. Just eat. Eat well. Ride more and ride better.

  1. Training Plan
    Day 1 – Success
    Day 2 – Failed (Had an event to attend to and somehow thought I had a day in between Monday and Tuesday. What world do I live in?)
    Day 3 – Success
    Day 4- Success
    Day 5 – Success
    Day 6 – 90% Success + 10% failure? (Over did the biking and din’t have time to do a very short brick run 😬)
    The view from the bridge at the end (after having done some walking at the end of the bike loop) was pretty relaxing and made my day.

    Day 7 – Success
  2. Just eat. Eat well
    Ate meals well in general and more frequently. Energy Gels are my best friend now.
    Bonus: Tried electrolytes for the first time – not bad.
  3. Ride more and ride better
    3hours cycling – longest ever. Need to improve on the speed and bike handling skills.
    Does being able to take out the drink bottle and drink the electrolyte water while riding count as riding better? I think it’s an improvement so I’ll say yes 🙂

There’re a number of cyclists at the loop I rode on over the weekend. Quite a number of them are super fast including a cyclist who seems to be at least sixty or over. He passed me at least two or three times. I caught him smiling once when he passed me. It made me smile too because I was slower than him. He inspired me to perform better. At the same time, I had to tell myself that it was not only my first time riding on that route/loop but also is my sixth or seventh time cycling outdoor on a road bike with clipin shoes. I had to admit I’m a newbie and can learn to improve.

I am also thankful for my cycling buddy with quite a lot of cycling experiences who guided me quite a bit. I was amazed at how she skillfully maneuvered her bike with aerobar and made use of the downhills to gain momentum and speed for the uphills.

In the last loop I did, I was shocked momentarily when the cyclist from the opposite direction came with quite a speed had something (I think it was his cellphone) flew out of his pocket as he made a gradual turn. He stopped his bike so suddenly that he fell side way with a crashing sound. I went into a panic mode and couldn’t clip out (legs wouldn’t move) till 12-15 seconds after witnessing it. Finally got myself clipped out and turn back to see if he’s ok. It was somewhat traumatizing.  Somehow I started wondering about potential injuries and deaths.  So what’s the stats?

According to a study conducted by a group of doctors and researchers from the Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation and published in Journal of the American Medical Association, there were roughly 1.5 fatalities for every 100,000 triathlon participants.

“Roughly double the rate of deaths from a marathon” — Kevin Harris, the primary author on the Minneapolis Heart Institute study

Great! Would what’s supposed to be the highlight of the three decades of me breathing on this earth turn out to be the greatest risk I’ll be undertaking? Not necessarily as it seems like there are very few fatalities. But it doesn’t hurt to be careful and train diligently.

The largest group of participants is between 40 and 49 years old. That’s the group most likely to die during a race. The majority of victims are men.

Although I may have less chance of dying, I do not want to witness anyone’s death or serious injury during and after the race. It’ll be a nightmare to live with that kind of memory. Let’s see what portion of the triathlon race is responsible for what percentage of the fatality.

Swimming – 65%   Biking – 20%   Running –  8%    After completion (recovery) – 7%

Swimming in a triathlon is a lot different than swimming laps in a pool. Competitors must deal with waves, changing temperatures, and a sea of other swimmers blocking their view of the finish line.

“The stress response is enormous. It’s not unusual to see people coming out of the water at max heart rate. Runners, they can stop, they can rest, they can call for help. It’s a little bit difficult in a body of water — it’s difficult for the rescuers to get to you.” — Kevin Harris

Although it’s good to know these stats and I haven’t started training for an open water swim yet, I’m confident I’ll make it with appropriate practices. I will try my best. As for biking, most are trauma-related deaths involving crashes or other accidents. Well, like I said, I’d better train well in bike-maneuvering, getting to know the bike well and being road-smart and mindful

You never know what’ll happen with life. I can’t tell what’s gonna happen during my training as well as during the race. As I should hope for the best but also prepare for the worst, I’d better treasure myself, treasure my life, treasure those around me especially those who love and care about me, treasure the time spent with them and treasure other little moments while breathing.

Focus for Week 22 (similar as last week) – Stick to the training plan. Eat well. Ride more and better. Attach the cadence/speed sensor to the bike and connect to Garmin. Learn about the bike mechanics again and do not forget what is what again. STRETCH well!!! Make an appointment with physician for a checkup.

May all Triathletes be healthy, trained well and lived long!
May all Triathletes maintain healthy and well-functioning hearts.
May our hearts take us to better places.
May our hearts allow us to be more accomplished.
May our hearts be free from suffering.
May all being be free from suffering.

Love,
EM.Y

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