Archive for April, 2013

backpack
The Theory:
Fresh from the high of my first 5K race, and anticipating a small triathlon in 2 months, I decided to ramp up my training. Considering my dilemma of “fitting it in” (see a previous post), I thought I would run home from work. It’s only 7K. Maintaining the pace of the 5K run, should take about 50 min, about the same as my usual bus trip.
A few details to look after. I would need to change at work and carry my clothes and lunch kit home. No problem. Use a backpack.
The Reality:
My run very quickly turned into run-a-block-walk-a-block! 59 minutes total. What made the difference? Must be the backpack!
Of course, there is the difference between running in the morning and after work. And the wind was brisker than the previous run. But I’m going to blame the backpack, which weighed in at 6 pounds.
The Math:
Momentum = Kg x m/s
Using the formula, my momentum for 5K was 2.38 Kg-m/s. For 7K, it was 1.97 Kg-m/s. That is a 16% difference in momemtum for a 3.38% difference in weight.
The Conclusion:
If I continue to train with the backpack, I will FLY when I take it off for the race!

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more spring training
This morning I entered my first race. A short 5K run. I entered this race to inspire me to continue training for the triathlon coming up in just over 2 months.
Running hasn’t been going well, as the snow refuses to melt, making outdoor running uncomfortable. However, I thought I was ready for this distance.
spring training
The morning dawned crisp and clear.-11 degrees Celsuis with just a bit of a north wind! What to wear was the first dilema! I opted for a hoodie and mittens, which turned out to be a good choice. 5K run

I was feeling not too bad about the whole thing, when I came to the last corner and saw the finish 200m ahead! You can train all you want, there is nothing quite like a finish line to give a last burst of energy to finish the run!
I’m glad I did this. Now I know I can!

The Core

Posted: April 4, 2013 in Swim
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As I plowed through the water trying to finish 300m, my daughter comes gliding up to me. “Can I tell you something? It will help you! You need to keep your body higher in the water. You need core strength”
And she is right. I have been concentrating on so many things – endurance, running form, breathing, counting laps – that I have not even thought about my core.

Strong core muscles improve balance, posture, and strength for running, swimming, kicking and throwing. http://www.swimsmooth.com/core.html is a great article on the effect of core muscle strength on swimming technique.

What am I doing about it? Honestly – not much right now! But I know where to start when I am ready to add another dimension to my work out.