Monday, April 18, 2011

Maria's first CN Tower Climb

Saturday we did the CN Tower Climb for WWF-Canada, which was a big day for Maria. She had been training for it for about 2 months. The alarm went off at 5:00AM and 1 minute later we heard Maria telling us to get up because we need to get ready for the CN Tower climb. We realized how excited she must have been, considering that she's not a morning person and usually she doesn't hear the alarm. We wanted to get there as early as possible in order to avoid the crowds. Another reason was that they were giving a free CN Tower ticket to all the participants who arrived before 7:00 AM. The tickets always come in handy when we have visitors who never went to CN Tower. 

The registration process was swift and we were done in less than 10 minutes. The only problem was that we needed to walk in the rain for a couple of hundred meters, from where the registration took place to the CN Tower. And we had to do it wearing only shorts and a t-shirt. It was pouring rain and by the time we got into CN Tower we were all freezing cold  and shivering. Inside was warm tough and 5 minutes later we were all OK.

Being only 6 years old, Maria was one of the youngest participants out there. According to the rules, she had to be accompanied by an adult and Miha decided to be her climbing mate and pacer. The climb was from the base of CN Tower to the "Glass Floor", which consists of 1,776 steps / 144 flights / 342m / 1,122ft. Based on the number of steps, that's equivalent with climbing 128 floors in our house. That's a lot of climbing for a 6 year old and my assumption was that she's going to climb it in somewhere between 30 and 40 minutes. I could not believe my eyes when I saw her and Miha coming out the door after only 22 minutes. Miha told me that they never stopped and Maria was climbing at a brisk pace most of the time. 

Here are the official results. There were 4,437 climbers in total. The Rank in the Results page is misleading because they allocate the same rank for people who finished with the same time.

Here's Maria getting her t-shirt with the official finish time. She's very proud of it and showed it to everybody. She's also wearing it today at school. 

I had a good climb, too. I managed to get a PR, finishing in 14:47min (14:40 according to my Garmin) and beat my previous time of 15:19 min. 

Monday, April 11, 2011

The Lazy Triathlete

I should rename my blog to "The Lazy Triathlete" but the name has been already taken. I was briefly checking the current owner's blog and the first phrase I saw was: "So far this has been a good week of workouts.   I have gotten in workouts every day and even some two-a-day workouts.". That's not fair! How is that lazy??

When it comes to being a lazy triathlete, I am the real deal. As I stated in my previous post, my plan was to start with baby steps and train for 6 hours per week. I started strong with three consecutive days of 10K of running and then my energy just fizzled out as the week progressed. I ended up with 7 hours of training for the last 2 weeks,  3.5 hours/week, almost half of my initial baby goal.

And speaking of lazy, I was checking my training log (see link on the top-left corner) for the 5 months leading to my 2010 Lake Placid Ironman. To my great surprise, here are the totals:
 March: 17.6h,    253.8Km  - 4.1h/week
 April:   25.7h,    467Km     - 6h/week
 May:   28.8h,    513Km     - 6.7h/week
 June:   37h,       824.7Km  - 8.64h/week
 July:    32.6h,    663.8Km  - 7.6h/week
 Total: 141.7h,   2722.3Km

Training wise, these were the busiest months for me, ever. Here is the big surprise: the weekly average comes down to only: 6:45h / 130Km.

Yes, that is correct, during my 5 busiest training months I averaged only 6:45h per week of training, which is kind of half of what my triathlete pals put in, week after week. And during that time I managed to finish  Mississauga Marathon in 3:18h and Ironman Lake Placid in 11:48h, results which I am very happy with.

For some reason, in my mind I had the impression that I was training between 9 and 12h a week during that time. To my surprise, I was training way less than that. Man, what a great relief. My 3.5h/week does not look that bad anymore. Having this new revelation, I decided to adjust my "baby win" goal for the next week to only 4h of training. And who knows, this time I might be able to accomplish it.

On a different note, this Saturday The Iron Family, minus the Iron Boy, is going to do the CN Tower Climb. According to CN Tower's website, "over 34 years the CN Tower is proud to have held the distinction as the World’s Tallest and according to the 2010 Book of Guinness World Records it remains the World’s Tallest Tower.".

The climb stops at the "Glass Floor", which means that we're going to climb 1,776 steps or 144 floors. Our Iron Girl, Maria, who is only 6 years old, is going to do the climb for the first time. Unlike her father, she has been training for the past month. She's hoping to finish the climb in under 40 minutes, which is very realistic, considering that right now she's climbing half the distance in about 15 minutes. Because she's not 12 yet, an adult has to accompany her at all times, and my wife agreed to do it. This way, I'm free to try to break my 2008 PR of 15:19 minutes. If I manage it, the result would place me on position 194 out of 4,193 climbers, according to the last year's results. Of course, the chances are not in my favor, considering how out of shape I am right now. The thing is that I didn't train in 2008 either, but I do not remember how much in shape I was at that time.