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Hotels, Family, and Training

Well I am back at it.

Seattle

I has been a couple of weeks since my last post.

Vacation was great with stops in Coeur d’Alene, Seattle, Vancouver, Courtenay, Comox, and Sicamous. We had a lot of time together as a family, got real familiar with the seats in my truck, and visited family we haven’t seen in years. I managed to sneak in 80% of my planned workouts, opting to forego 3 swim workouts to ensure I got my time in on the bike and run.

Let me tell you, Seattle didn’t do much for me while we were there. The traffic was crazy, construction was all over the place, and the people didn’t seem too friendly; but when I look back on our time there, I like the city more and more. Some of the neighborhoods we visited, Queen Anne, Bainbridge Island, and West Seattle for example, were laid back and interesting to explore. I don’t think that I would move there, but I would go back in a heart beat.

Oh, and if you like Starbucks (who doesn’t right) I am sure you can find one. They are only on about every other street corner….

This weekend is my final race of the year; Lake Chaparral Olympic Distance. This is year number three participating and the first year I am targeting a high finish. I love this race, it is always well organized and with my daughter participating in the Kids of Steel race on Saturday, we make a family weekend out of it. I am riding my trusty Cervelo P3C instead of my new shinny Argon 18 Krypton. I love my new road bike, but as I found out pretty quickly, you sacrifice speed for comfort, and speed is what I am after. *sigh*, typical triathlete.

My training has been going great. I am averaging 1:28/100m in the pool over the past month. Not that I expect to clock that this weekend, open water always is a bit slower and considering it could be a non-wetsuit swim, that could make it even slower. Biking is also getting better. I am noticing my fitness is far better than just a few months ago; climbing and wind don’t bother me too much any more. The run is where I have noticed the most improvement. At Chinook back in June, I ran a 45:10 10k (4:31/km). Based on how I feel, I should be able to push the pace and come in with a 43:00 or even a 42:00 10k this weekend.

I am toying with the idea of weekly recap as a standard post. Not sure if I can keep up with it. Who am I kidding, I am not sure if my life is that interesting to be able to fill a post, let alone keep you guys interested each week. I can’t really think of a reason not to try it, so I will give it a try.

I say this a lot, but I am glad to be back in Calgary. It is nice to get away, but I love this town too much to stay away for long.

Question: Is your Triathlon season coming to an end? Did you achieve your goals?

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3 responses

  1. Steve, I still have two more months of triathlons left with my first Olympic in October. Good recap and great progress.

    August 10, 2013 at 4:09 am

    • Thanks. I wish triathlon season would last longer here in Canada, but alas, I will store the race bike for another season.

      Good luck in the rest of the season.

      August 12, 2013 at 8:29 am

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