If you have been following my blog for a little while now, you know that before this year, I mostly trained alone. One of my 2015 goals was to be more of a ‘social athlete.’
Fast forward to now, I have joined team of amazing people and I couldn’t be happier with this decision. The only regret I have is that I didn’t join this team sooner. Now that I have started to train with others, I’m looking back and wondering how I ever trained all alone.
I knew that in order to make some big gains this year, especially on the bike, I was going to need to start riding with people who are faster than me. Sure you can get fast on your own, but it also helps to have others challenge you and help you get out of your comfort zone.
To be honest, until this year, I was scared to ride with others. Scared to be the slow one, scared that my bike handling skills sucked too much to ride with others, scared of being dead weight in a pace line. So all last season, I trained alone on the bike 100% of the time. My four, five, six hour + bike rides ALL alone. While it is nice to ride alone at times, 4-6 hours is a lot of time to spend in your own head:)
E3 Training Weekend was not only a blast, but it forced me to get out of my comfort zone. I really enjoyed my first ever triathlon team training weekend!
For three days, I swam, biked (a TON) and ran in beautiful Waterville Valley New Hampshire. Honestly, if I could think of the perfect location to train for Ironman Mont-Tremblant, this would be it! The terrain is crazy similar to the terrain in Tremblant, lots of hills, country roads and mountain views:)
Here are some things that Training Weekend taught me:
Training with a POWER meter is VERY humbling. This was only the second time using my new Quarq Power Meter, and boy does that thing make you feel like you aren’t working! Power meters do not lie when it comes to your effort!
My CADENCE on the bike is wayyy too high.. I tend to spin.spin.spin Per the above… my power is decent, but it’s not where it could potentially be! My cadence is 95-100 and coach says I need to get it to be 90 or below… no wonder I feel like I’m always spinning my wheels;)
Why the heck did I WAIT so long to train with other people? I do like training alone at times, but training with others is so much more fun!
Riding with others, who are FASTER than you can be both frustrating and inspiring at the same time.
Riding with your coach is beyond VALUABLE.
It’s ok to cry on the bike. At one point that weekend I almost quit one of the rides.
I’m pretty good at climbing HILLS and I’m starting to love them. Good thing I picked IMMT:)
Surrounding yourself with PEOPLE who are just like you i.e. crazy triathletes, can really make you happy!
Laughing hysterically / bonding with teammates is so much fun
Coca Cola at mile 70 of an (almost) century ride with potato chips… tastes incredible! I’m usually anti-soda, but not in this situation:)
Climbing the Kanc is something I’ll never forget… and I can’t wait to do it again! I
No question or comment is ‘too gross’ when it comes to tri training… i.e. chaffing and types of chamois cream;)
Most of all, Training weekend lit a fire underneath me. I’m still not where I want to be, but I’m so much closer than I was one year ago.
Looking forward going to Vermont later this month for training camp round two.