Fail

in Madrid, no less

We humans are first to share our greatest achievements and “ups” in life but rarely do we like to admit failures, especially when it’s related to our most cherished values and strivings. Well, I’m human and I fail. More often lately than ever before. My most recent failure is the Madrid marathon 2017 which I was looking forward to…

After breaking a bone during my first 12 marathon in Lausanne in 2015 I had to take a long break from training runs. Fractures take patience. Despite my best efforts and a reworked training plan I experienced an injury about 4 weeks before the marathon date, right after finishing a nice 19Km run along the lake. I hoped for recovery but refrained from making the injury worse. Well, it didn’t heal completely so I took a decision to withdraw from participation. That didn’t preclude me and my DW from seeing Madrid…

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Madrid Marathon 2017

To complete a full Iron Man is still an important milestone for me. I really dig endurance challenges. However, I reluctantly decided to reduce the number of hours of training per week and let the ultimate deadline slip a year or two into the future. I don’t want to spend 15 hours per week of training on it yet. There are ongoing projects that I am not willing to sacrifice. In a way I’m adapting to the opportunities that currently present themselves instead of forcefully pushing a preconceived plan against the reality. [Read More]

Triathlon progress update

I enjoy training for triathlon immensely. The sport attracts me with multidimensionality and the numerous skills involved. There is so much room for growth. It’s an art really. I will regularly share some of my observations as I progress towards my next triathlon goal - completing a half Ironman. Cycling After raving about Zwift and following its 4 month training program I chose to continue my training using TrainerRoad software instead. [Read More]

Indoor cycling lab

Around Christmas in 2015 I received doctor’s diagnosis that my left tibia bone is fractured and that I can’t run for the foreseeable future. Of course, I tried against all reason but the persisting pain made me realize it’s in my own best interest to let it heal peacefully and not break it completely. Luckily, I discovered that cycling and swimming don’t hurt at all. I suppose that’s because the load spread is altered and tibia is not as stressed.

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Bike fitting basics for triathlon and road cycling

As a complete triathlon newbie I benefit tremendously from the experience and knowledge of others. Just a few little steps save years, if not decades, of trial-and-error, not to mention decrease chances of injuries and increase enjoyment of the sport. My friend Ilya Nedbailo who has successfully completed his first 70.3 Ironman in Rapperswil this year generously shared a couple of tips. The first of which is getting a professional bike fitting service. [Read More]

A long new journey ahead

Training for a half-marathon and then successfully finishing one (although not without an injury) hooked me on pursuing further challenges. I haven’t run a half-marathon as a way to prove anything. Rather the competition had given me an opportunity to reassure myself that I’m capable of carrying out longer undertakings. Ten weeks from zero to finish has been a fantastic learning experience so I am looking forward to the next step which is not only longer but also more challenging. [Read More]