March Miles

Training for the duathlon has upped my mileage dramatically from the last two months. I’ve done quite a bit more golfing too. Overall March was a good way to end my 4 Hour Body experimenting (will be finished after Saturday) and get ready for my first duathlon.

  • 32.6 miles running
  • 110.1 miles cycling
  • 62.2 miles walking (nearly all was on the golf course)
  • 14.7 miles hiking

That’s a total of 219.6 miles for the month, which is more than January and February combined!

This is not an April Fool’s Day joke. Check my RunKeeper profile for full details.

My First Duathlon

My friend Dave has been training for a duathlon and I’ve always wanted to do one, so I signed up to join him. It’s called the Out for Blood Duathlon and is on April 16th, just over a month away. The duathlon consists of a 5K run followed by a 20K bike ride. I can complete both of those on their own so I just need to increase my fitness to be able to them together.

I found a decent 4 week program online, which I’ve adapted to create my training program:

Sun Mon Tues Wed Thurs Fri Sat
Run 20 easy Rest Run 40 Cycle 35 easy Rest Run 20
Cycle 45
Cycle 60
Run 25 easy Rest Run 50 Cycle 40 easy Rest Run 25
Cycle 50
Cycle 70
Run 30 easy Rest Run 55 Cycle 45 easy Rest Run 30
Cycle 60
Cycle 80
Rest Run 40 Rest Cycle 30 easy Rest Run 20 easy RACE

* All numbers are minutes.

My goal is to finish under 1:20:00 1:15:00 which is doable if I run 7 mph and ride 14 16 mph. (I found some 2004 riding data showing I consistently rode over 16 mph on my mountain bike, so adjusted my goal. If I hit those paces, I’ll have 2 minutes to spare on the goal time, which will be needed at the starting line and for the transition.) I better start training!

January & February Miles

During the month of February I logged 84.38 miles with the RunKeeper iPhone app.

  • 9.1 miles running
  • 24.18 miles hiking
  • 18.41 miles cycling
  • 32.69 miles walking*

In January I logged 75.31 total miles.

  • 21.25 miles running
  • 2.25 miles hiking
  • 23.03 miles cycling
  • 28.78 miles walking*

*Walking includes golfing without a cart, to/from hiking trail, and cool downs after running.

I think this has really helped out my weight loss with 4 Hour Body.

7 Times

I just finished watching Lance Armstrong win his 7th Tour de France in a row. In my opinion, the TdF is the most difficult sporting competition in the world and Armstrong is the greatest athlete of our time. Winning this race seven times in a row was unthinkable. Lance did it after surviving cancer, which makes it even more remarkable. It is quite possibly the greatest sporting record of all-time.

Aside

2005 Tour de France

Lance is 2 seconds off the lead in the 2005 Tour de France after 3 stages. More importantly though, he has over a 50 second advantage on all of the men who are expected to be his competition. The team time trial, which Lance’s teams have won the past two years, is in progress right now. Lance’s Discovery Channel Team has won the team time trial, pushing Armstrong into the yellow jersey.