In November 2011, I didn't know how to run. But after living up to a dare to finish one 10k race, I knew I wanted to do more. I did a Spartan Race, a beginner triathlon, two half marathons...and loved every minute of them. Nowadays, I figure there are no limits to what I'm capable of. Come along on my journey as I explore the road less travelled, test my own limits, and maybe even inspire others to do the same.
LPC Triathlon Camp Day 2 - We swam...and biked...and ran! :)
first day at camp. Woke up to beautiful, sunny skies and lovely warm weather.
Not super warm when I got up – but compared to what I left behind in Toronto –
it was still wonderful!
So what did we do today?
Well, this might come as a shock - but we swam. And we biked. And we ran. Although not in that order!
the day at River Island – where there is a lazy river that’s 350 meters long
with a slight current. Terrific for practicing triathlon swimming drills –
although the first thing we did when we arrived and dropped our bags was go for
a short warm-up run around the resort. Best 4k I’ve had in 4 months I think…shorts,
t-shirt, no air hurting my face. Really, it was awesome. We were supposed to
run easy – but I kind of went under 5min per km without thinking just because
of my utter joy at the conditions.
Why no –
it doesn’t take a lot to make me happy. :) A great, effortless run will do it.
that, we did a number of dynamic stretches. These ran the gamut from simple arm
circles and leg swings, to standing balance and single leg squat drills. On a
funny side note – I’ve taken to doing the leg drills while waiting for the
subway. It’s amazing how much room people will give you when you’re doing
single leg squats while waiting for the train – or just waving one leg around a
bit while standing on the other foot. Try it sometime!
that, we got into the Lazy River and went through some excellent triathlon
specific drills. Because the river is very shallow and curvy – it was perfect
for doing dolphin dive practice, not to mention sighting drills. We also did
several “starts” and my personal favourite – drafting practice. I tried to
draft in races last year – but I really am not particularly good at it – so this
was much needed for me!
to the camp house were we all had lunch and a bit of down time before we had to
meet up for the group ride. Before we started, they had a good 20 minute
discussion on checking your bike before a ride (and before races) for common
issues. I really, really appreciated that since I wouldn’t have a clue what to
look for other than a tire needing some air!
separated into three groups on the bike – which was wonderful for me since I
didn’t need to worry about all the speedy folks. I could just ride and worry
about not tipping over. Coach Nissim stewarded 5 of us on a 43.5 kilometer ride
– including 5 circuits of an empty subdivision where we practiced leading the
Now – I am
still by far the weakest bike handler at camp (I knew I would be). But I
managed to both lead the group (calling out the turns since I have yet to be
able to make hand signals…fortunately there were no cars in this loop to worry
about) and not have a heart attack when Coach Nissim had us ride two abreast
and switch leaders (going through so every pair had a turn in the lead). Last
year, this would have been terrifying for me – so definitely something I
consider a big improvement!
As a side note - I obviously wasn't looking around at all last year during this ride - since nothing looked familiar. I didn't even recognize where I had my first tumble on my first day with clip-less pedals (going 0 mph) - although my housemate Stacy, who is a returning camper, did.
great bike things I learned today…wow, I LOVE being able to shift my gears. How
did I not do this at all last year? Seriously, I think I shifted ever 5 minutes
– and found the ride so much easier (and yet faster) because of it! I am
seriously thinking of riding this bike in triathlons this year since the gear
shifting will improve my speed – since I can’t yet use my aerobars on my
triathlon bike. Fortunately – one day I will get there – so it’s not like I’d
be wasting my tri-bike – it’s more I am taking a step back so I can take two
time to clean up, everyone met at the LPC Camp House for a potluck dinner.
There was a ton of delicious and healthy foods – which I guess is a sign that
we’re at a triathlon camp – since anywhere else there would’ve been way more
desserts and less healthy options! (laugh). I made tomato and cucumber salad – which was
gone pretty quick.
have cake and ice cream at the end since it was Coach Mark’s 29th
And as an
aside…can I say, wow. I had no idea Coach Mark was so young. Doesn’t that make
me feel old at 35! ::laugh:: Not that age matters – Coach Mark has already
helped me a tremendous amount in the 4 months he’s been coaching me. I just
feel so much more prepared – and I still have 2 months until the Mississauga
Marathon – and 3.5 months until my first triathlon of the season! When I was training
for Run for Heroes, I pretty much dropped swimming and biking all together for
the couple of months beforehand. Now, I’m training 3 days a week on the bike
and at least 2 on the swim – in addition to my 3 days a week of running. No
idea if the cross training will help with the Marathon – but it will certainly
help with my triathlon season!
So – if I
had to sum up today’s experience and lessons learned?
1.Perfect, warm weather. Enough
am definitely a bit better on the bike than I was last year. I still have an
incredible distance to go before I can consider myself passably competent – but
every step is a step in the right direction!
dives are harder than they look…but I think I’ve gotten it down to basically
being one “butterfly style stroke, with a big long shallow glide. I don’t know
if that’s really an accurate description – but it seemed to work for me in
terms of visualization.
4.Running outside in
shorts and a t-shirt in weather that wasn’t too hot or bitterly cold. I loved
every second of it.