Thursday, 24 May 2012

Amstel Gold 2012 uitslag

Afstand : 150 km
Rugnummer : 6660
Jaar : 2012

Mijn Tijden

Start0 km 08:59:25
Geulhemmer berg2.8 km 09:10:1315.5 km/u
Euverem48.2 km 11:17:1120.9 km/u
Camerig79.8 km 13:21:2818.2 km/u
Eijserbosweg112.3 km 16:04:1015.8 km/u
Fromberg1134.4 km 17:10:5816.4 km/u
Keutenberg139.9 km 17:32:2216.3 km/u
Cauberg Voet150 km 18:08:2416.3 km/u
Cauberg Finish150.9 km 18:16:0316.2 km/u
Totale tijd:
Tijd: 9 uur 16 minuten en 38 seconden
Gemiddelde snelheid16.2 km/u

Friday, 18 May 2012

5150 Berlin

I met with my trainer on Wednesday to discuss whether I could reasonably try to lose weight while training to a high level for an Oly Tri. I gave him the Time Crunched Carmichael plan. He says yes, reasoning that the plan is high-intensity, not long duration. Most sessions are under 90 minutes. He suggests for the next two weeks that I eat normally, under 100 grams of carbohydrates, no fueling during sessions. No sugar, chocolate or sports drink either.

Last night I registered for the race on 1 July in Berlin. So this morning was the first planned cycling session after registering. I set up the TACX program last night (to save precious morning minutes) and learned how to plot a course with Google Earth. So now I can train "on" the course in Berlin (or the hills in Limburg).

5:45 AM (alarm) (f$ck training; I'm not doing it this morning). Hit snooze button
6:15 AM awaken before the alarm returns
6:20 AM [coffee + banana] [stare blindly into a computer, catching up with people's posts]
6:40 AM okay, let's get going.
7:00 AM on the bike, warming up. Legs are a little stiff. I'll quit early - only do an hour of the 90-minute ride
8:00 AM I'm cruising. why go to work when I can pedal.
8:30 AM As I finish the ride, I get thumbs up from the garbage collectors who are down on the street below my window.

When my stomach started growling at 8 AM, I nearly panicked. What if I starve to death? My trainer said no extra food.... I refueled with, get this, a spinach sweet potato egg white smoothie and seven dextrose tablets. It wasn't too bad. 

Sunday, 13 May 2012

mother's day

mid may. we're traveling this summer. so I've been having difficulty settling on a race schedule. Next week is my last currently-planned running race. I've signed up to do three short-distance triathlons in the coming months as part of a relay team. and I'm looking at an Olympic distance in the beginning of July to do by myself. And I've registered for 170 km hilly ride in Limburg in mid-Sept. The deal is I am still trying to lose the last dreaded 10 lbs. I made it more difficult by eating crap while on vacation at the end of February and having to practically start over. And my attention span for earnest weight loss is about six weeks. Which explains why I've coasted the last two weeks. In prior years, base training has resulted in my gaining weight over a couple months. I want this year to be different. I'm pleased with my progress. I ran in my tri-suit today - one that I bought a couple years ago and it's too big. I need to decide if I can train to a high level while reaching my goal weight by 1 July. I want to be done already. Anyone have suggestions? You are welcome to share!