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Thursday, December 16, 2010

Treadmills, love em,hatem relationship.

Thursday December 16th; Captains log- Oh wait wrong blog, that's how I start my Star Trek blogs.



O.K. stop, I am not, nor ever have been a Treky. In fact I only saw Star Wars once. Which is amazing since my son, up until 3 weeks ago has been a huge Star Wars Lego kid. Now It's Halo.

That all has nothing to do with anything. It was just a Thursday ramble.

This does:
I ran on a treadmill for the first time today since August. My day was supposed to be just a lunch pool swim at 1000 meters to make up for Monday's mess. But as I slept I came up with the brilliant idea to do an indoor brick instead.
Put me on record for saying, " NOT A BIG FAN OF THE TREADMILL". I don't give you belt grinders enough credit.
So the plan was suit up to run with swim skins under the run shorts, take everything up stairs at the gym, do a 4 mile run, grab all my crap and transition in pool area straight into a 600 meter swim.

All of it ALMOST happened.
I got all set up as said and started running. I thought o.k. this isn't bad, my form is much smoother than my last visit on the belt and I had a good 9:40 pace going. I could tell it was like a fast jog. After mile 1, I kicked it up to an 9:00 and felt like I was working. After 2, I set it at 8:35 and held that through 3 miles where I finally caved to utter boredom. Sorry, I ran out 3.2 miles and gave in.
Grabbed my crap and headed down stairs straight through the locker room, pool side.
 Crap 2 lanes taken, F it, I'm swimming in the walking lane. If they come and get pissed so be it. I transitioned in race fashion, fast and huffing. I got going and felt pretty good, I got in 18 laps or 450 meters before any lane loungers showed up.
I was respectful though I did my wall turn and headed back up. I thought screw it I'll finish 50 meters,make it an even 500 and feel good about it. No hassles, no issues.

So all in all, 4 mile run on treadmill = FAIL
600 meter swim = FAIL

Sprint distance indoor tri brick = SUCCESS.

It was way better,funner than just a mile of drills and walls. And ended up being a good work out .

Ill have to build up my treadmill tolerance. I can see where this will be a good tool for speed intervals with out track workout/coach.

KUDOS to any of you having to ,or choosing to do regular treadmill grinds. That's crazy.   

6 comments:

  1. Hey - don't forget the fact that you worked the 4th stage of triathlon and that is transition. Now your events are all backwards but we can work on that later.

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  2. I ran on the treadmill last night for the first time in idk how long. And as I ran, I remembered why it had been that long. Well, bc I rarely have time time to get to the gym, but also bc running inside is the definition of boredom.

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  3. agreed the TM running is soooo hard

    at least you got Something in!!

    D

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  4. Dude, that still sounds kind of fun.

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  5. That does sound fun and the treadmill is an mazing tool with the right attitude!

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  6. Duhhhh.... they use Stardates, not calendar dates!
    "Captains log, Stardate 40237.0...."

    Crap. I knew downloading the entire ST:Voyager collection would catch up to me one day. I'm not a trekkie but damn I've been watching way to much of it lol.

    Great job on the indoor Sprint. That sounds like fun!
    I've managed to avoid the treadmill so far. I don't look forward to it from what I've been reading.
    I've never done a distance treadmill workout before.

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