Catching You Up To Speed....
It has only been a few weeks since my last post, which is pretty good for me lately, but I do have a lot to catch you up on.
This last weekend I "participated" in the Badger State Winter Games, I did not compete for anything besides being able to take in enough oxygen.
Before the race on Friday, I was a torch bearer for the opening ceremonies. Though there were only a few hundred people there, I just closed my eyes and envisioned I was in Vancouver...it didn't really work, but was still fun! I want to thank Bontrager and Trek for the clothing that kept me warm. I didn't let you down though and scored a television spot on channel 7 and picture in paper. After the ceremony I hung out with the interns for Wisconsin Sports Development Corporation, which is also the company that works with Ironman in town. Fun times when you put an open bar, interns and athletes in the same room.
The next morning I participated in the 21km Freestyle Ski Event. Let me see, I was sore, tired, waxed incorrectly and oh yes, I hadn't skied in about a month before the event, so needless to say it was H-A-R-D. :) But I did have a great time, saw friends and got in a great workout...for 30minutes!
Thank you to everyone at Wisconsin Sports Development Corporation and the Badger State Winter Games for their help and support! I look forward to working with you at the summer games in June!
Rockin' Out In February -
Early season triathlon training is rockin' right now. I have been rolling for about 4 weeks and the body is feeling great. I had a few questions this year as to where my fitness would be when I started back up again and how long my fitness would take to come back. But those questions have been answered rather quickly with a "pretty good" and "not very long."
I attribute this to a few things:
#1 Staying consistent with my low volume training. Even though I only completed a few sessions in each sport, each week, I did it every week without extended breaks in training. I use masters swimming twice per week, 2 bikes and 2-3 runs to keep me moving.
#2 Cross Training. I skied a bit more this year(before January 10th:) and though I never got "fit" on the hippie stix, I was able to get a good dose of steady state training in most weeks. This helped me out immensely and eliminated the need to sit on the trainer for more than 90minutes.
#3 Not placing excess pressure on myself to hit certain numbers or paces makes a world of difference. I complete the sessions with targets and goals, but don't sweat it if I dont make them...if I am training like a donkey, then hee-haw.
Well, whatever it is, it will not be anything outside. We just got done with our 160th snowstorm for the year and riding outside is going to have to wait for these 2+ feet of snow to melt. For now I have great training partners, masters to make me swim and my mojo, which is also known as motivation. Actually my motivation is higher this year, than it has been since 2007. I am really looking forward to racing.
Coaching, Camps and Events:
I have 5 spots left for personal coaching this season. I am guessing they will fill before April, so if you are interested, please drop me a line.
Check out my camps and clinic's page over on www.blakebecker.com I am running 3 training camps this summer for athletes ranging in ability to first timer, to elite.
Make sure to tune into 100.5 FM ESPN Madison/Milwaukee for regular segments on training, racing and events.
Come to Trek Bicycle Stores Eastside location at 6:30pm for the Speed Concept night. There will be free beer, food and a few prototypes of the new Speed Concept Time Trial bike that will be available for 2011.
OK, that's all for now! Keep on keepin' on....it's almost spring, just don't listen to the groundhog!!!