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.


  1. you honestly only had that many hours for IMLP??? Get OUT OF HERE???

    That is actually reallllly impressive man. That must have been QUALITY training hours where half of mine are probably crap training hours haha. My minimum rest week has 8 hrs for IM training.

    Impressive buddy.

    Don't beat yourself up. Baby wins. When you beat yourself up its that much harder to get the workouts in, trust me, I spent 2 months doing it.

  2. Seriously, I keep my training log up to date and that's the exact number of hours that I trained before IMLP. At that time I did not care about HR and my training was more intense. I just checked the numbers and I was usually running 10K between 4:20 and 4:45min/km (6:58-7:38min/mile). My avg HR was between 160 and 170. I guess that the intensity helped. And I guess that I was lucky that I did not get hurt, considering my lack of experience.

  3. Disgusting. I hate you.

    Damn, I am totaly envious of your IMLP finishing time - its frickin' awesome! But now I find you did it on only that much training?! Damn. Its not fair! I dont like you anymore! lol :)

    Frances (wife) is doing Peterborough half ironman. We will see you there!

  4. I hate you, too, John. Each time I read your blog I see something like: it was raining with a 50Km/h wind but I still did my planned bike ride. That is disgusting! I am actually happy when it's raining because I can skip my workout guilt free.

    I'm thinking about doing Muskoka Long Triathlon, so maybe I'll see you there. If not, then we'll meet for sure at Peterborough.

  5. Awesome post, Doru. Made me laugh, but, I'm amazed at your training log too.

    Good on the iron family for doing the stair climb - wishing all of you luck and success.

    I might see you at Muskoka long course, too!

    Keep rockin'

  6. Thanks Derek! Glad that I made you laugh.

    I just talked to my wife and we decided to do the Muskoka long course, so I might see you there. If not, we'll meet for sure at Muskoka Ironman.