Tuesday, January 06, 2015

My Favorite, the pool

Far and away my favorite triathlon activity is swimming. From what I have seen and heard its quite the opposite from what others feel. (BTW, my least favorite is running). I have already gotten into the pool twice this short training season after a 3.5 month break. I am excited about the results so far. I am already swimming at a comfortable pace and it turns out it is about 15 seconds faster than my 100 split last year.

I did decide to purchase some fins from TYR and some paddles. They have made all the difference and I can really tell when my form is poor. I love using them for a few laps and then switching to nothing to see how I need to correct things.

 In addition, I also got the Garmin 920FX and I love it (from Clever Training after the through review from DC Rainmaker). I mean I love technology as is, but this thing is awesome. On my swim I used the watch and it was awesome to see and analyze my time in the pool. I'm not sure what "good" is but I look forward to finding out which stroke counts are considered acceptable and getting better every day. It could be the excitement but I am swimming farther than last year too. If you follow the blog you know I had a few mishaps last year that led me to only doing 2 sprint triathlons. Both swims were like 250 yards. In my two swim sessions so far I have gone in excess of 1000 yards. I love being in the pool and it also does wonders for my blood sugar!

 Till next time, Jonathan

Monday, January 05, 2015

Training Season

Well the training season is upon us and I decided to run a 5.5k (yes, 5.5) to both ring in the new year and the new training season. Jones Racing Company puts on a wonderful event, I done a couple of them. The wife and I decided to change up our normal routine of running the Commitment Day run on Jan 1st in Charlotte and switched it toThe Running of the Lights in Tanglewood Park. 

What an event!  So much to do and such a beautiful run through the lights. The race begins promptly at 12:00am on Jan 1st and you ring in the new year running the course. The run was great although I quickly realized I have quite a bit to work on. Running has always been my weak sport, always!  You also can't beat warm hot chocolate and chicken noodle soup at the end, awesome!

All in all the event was great and you can't beat spending time with the Misses and exercising at the same time.