Tuesday, May 31, 2011

The Aquathlon Plan

That sounds like a spy novel, doesn't it? Maybe something by Robert Ludlum?

In fact, it's part of my opening water training strategy this summer.

Beginning with two events at Boulder Reservoir that are part of the Stroke & Stride series and then a little closer to home with the Aquaman Series at Cherry Creek Reservoir.

Unlike a standard open water swim, the aquathlon follows the swim with a 5k run. Much like a regular race there is a transition between the two events. In fact, it's basically a tri without the bike stage.

Well okay, it's also quite a bit less formal with no timing chip, no results. I think of it sort of like a scrimmage except it's me against the event rather than me against my teammates.

Probably best of all, it gives me more experience at doing multiple events in quick succession. I don't know if I would consider it a brick since the run doesn't follow the swim in a race, but it's still a good way to test the run after doing something vigorous. Better still, swimming doesn't beat me up quite as bad as biking. Not that I have any illusions that it will be easy, but it will be not as hard on my body--I hope!


Today's training ride was not one of my favorites. As a cruel reminder that summer is not officially here, the warmer temperatures have come with winds that are gusting up to 30 miles per hour. Yuck. As if riding hard isn't enough, dealing with the wind feels almost unfair. However, last I checked, there is no one to blame for it. There's also no guarantee that I won't have to deal with it in a race:

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