First Open-Water-Swim of the Year: Testing the River Waters.

It was a long hard winter.  There is still 96″ of snow in the mountains.  The river is really pushing through. After more than enough swimming in the pool, I am staring at a daunting deadline:  3.5 weeks left. The Pacific Crest Triathlon is in 3.5 weeks.  This seems very strange to me.  Sometimes you work for so long for something, you tend to forget that there is a purpose.. Read More

Making the transition from endurance training to speed training…

As I approach the final month of training, I am now in the new throws of agony:  Speed Work.  These workouts are not a priority for those hoping to see the other side of the finish line…But when your goal is to get a podium, these workouts are paramount. I had some changes made to my training plan to shift over to improving speed. Running Long Runs:  The majority of.. Read More

Fueling for Endurance and Avoid Getting Sick

I am getting over a cold. It is the second one in a month and I am generally healthy and can avoid such things. But not when I start running. You could even make a joke when you sign up for a race. When will the sickness come? As long as it isn’t on race day right? So, I just started into my actual training for the Oregon Epic Relay… Read More

Winterval Training: Take a chance and make a memory

In one of my pursuits to become a better person, I recently decided to make myself more available for the world around me.  This means not turning things down, and paying attention to things that may be a little out of the ordinary. That being said, I woke up this morning prepared to do some interval training at lunch.  I also woke up with 4″ of snow on the ground… Read More

Shaun’s 1/24/2017 Workout: Bike Trainer and Treadmill

Today was my first focused two-workout day.  It was going to be a brick workout with a 12-mile ride and a 3-mile run.  Unfortunately because the workouts are still indoors, so I had to breakup the workouts. I don’t base any performance goals on these workouts.  The treadmill and bike trainer do not provide real-world scenarios.  “Speed” and “time” are irrelevant to me on these workouts.  I would like to.. Read More

Shaun’s 1/21/2017 Workout: Rock Climbing

I went to the rock gym to get some climbing in. I was hoping to push out a few 5.11’s. Unfortunately, that drive went away rather quickly when I attempted my first 5.11- and wasn’t able to solve the problem. Usually in situations like this, I will do a few 5.10’s to get back up to trying 5.11 again. I knew that I probably wasn’t going to capture the 5.11’s.. Read More

Shaun’s 1/21 Swim Workout

It was another winter day here.  It was 24 degrees when I got to the pool.  At this rate, the snow will be here until May.  If you have goals, it is important that weather is not a reason why they aren’t accomplished.  It is important to work around the weather. It began snowing again while I was in the pool.  gratefully it was only trace accumulation.  It has been.. Read More

Shaun’s 1/17/2017 Workout: 30 minute trainer ride

There is still 20″ of snow out and the roads are covered in slush and ice.  It is another indoor workout day.  Here is my workout profile: I can see right off the bat that I need to focus on bringing up my cadence.  I didn’t realize it was so low until I looked at this profile.  I thought I was just riding at what I usually ride at:  84… Read More