Block 9 - Week 4 Big Kahuna


Swim 10,000 yds
Bike 12.5 hrs.
Run 24.6 mi.

The Big Kahuna 69.1

This was big kahuna race week and I went with the same regimen that I followed before the sentinel and that worked well. The swim part of the race got canceled so was not 'warmed up' going out onto the bike and the hips hurt some at first while they got warmed up. Base for the ride was good felt like I could push as I wanted the whole way without being toast at the end. With the longer race I should have taken some extra time in transition to put on socks before the run as my feet are torn up with blisters. Some soreness in the outside of my left foot that feels like a bruise in the does not feel good. Definitely need to build a much larger running base through the winter as the last few miles my feet, knees and hips felt like they were going to fracture. This was a good result though...the time trial was a decent speed average for how long it was and for my first half marathon I am happy with the time. I am going to enjoy the next two weeks of easy sessions, rest and play.

Block 9 - Week 3

10/12 - 10/18/2009

Swim - 14,800 yds.
Bike - 12 hrs.
Run - 15.5 mi.

Felt tired and unmotivated for a lot of this week...signed up for the Big Kahuna anyway.

Looking forward to getting a week or so rest after next weekend. Felt unnaturally tired for a few days mid week...lots of sleep and rest did not help. Maybe too much sun at the pool a day or two.

Emotional exhaustion weighing heavily too but uncertain about how greatly that contributed to tiredness but can not think of any other reasons why I would feel that way.

Block 9 - Week 2


Swim 14,250 yds.
Bike 13.5 hrs.
Run 26.25 mi.

The base seems to be around still after the last two weeks of lower workloads. It was colder this week and that made training a little tough at times.

Increased the long run by about a mile and added two miles of tempo to it...better running form has developed from intervals and racing hard and I am able to hold better posture longer and run faster at the same work level as a result.

Big run night was 3x3200 @ 1/2 mar. pace. I made it through the first two fine at 5:50-5:55 pace and dropped the last 800 m of number three as I felt the ceiling coming down on me.

Ran a few extra base miles this week in probable prep for the Big K. Think that I could be ready in time but probably should get some advice on nutrition and fueling/replenishment for race day.

Block 9 - Week 1

Swim - 13,3500 yds
Bike - 13 hrs
Run - 14.5 mi

Restish week to get the blood flowing again after being sick last week. Still badly congested after 10 days but energy is good every other day.

Workloads low this week...still unsure if I have the time, money or base to ramp up for big k.

Mind was definitely in in other places this week and made it hard to think about training and get excited with so many unanswered questions on my mind.