Hi, I'm Kevin.  I'm a triathlete and mountaineer, among other things.   This is where I get to share my adventures with you.  

 

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Training

"The more you sweat in training, the less you bleed in combat" - Navy Seal saying

April 4, 2018

I've been using the Garmin Forerunner 645 Music for a few weeks now (I'll review that after I've had more time with it), and thanks to Garmin's new software, Running Power.  Here are some of the things I've noticed as I've begun to use Garmin's new running power software:

  • If you've been using heart rate or pace to train and race by, power is definitely a game-changer.  As cyclists know, power gives you an unb...

March 20, 2018

Without a doubt, the most useful Ironman training tool in my possession is a bike trainer.  After all, Ironman is - first and foremost - a bike race.  To be able to run well, you've got to build your bike engine strong enough to carry you 112 miles with energy to spare.  Using a bike trainer is the most efficient way to do this, especially for time crunched athletes.  But even professionals, who aren't stuck at a desk for 40 h...

March 8, 2018

Hiking the PCT, AT, CDT, or the JMT can all be a truly life-changing and wonderful experience - months away from work and electronic distractions while you reconnect with nature and meet tons of amazing people along the way.  But if you want to have a successful and fun hike, the most important thing you need to do is prepare your physically for such an undertaking.  A lack of training will turn what could have been an enjoyab...

February 5, 2018

1.  Recovery

This is arguably the most important part of your training routine.  Your body gets stronger when you recover from workouts, not when you actually do the workouts.  Recovery time will depend on the duration and intensity of workouts.  Easy workouts will only require 4-8hrs of recovery whereas a high-intensity workout may require a full 48-72hrs before another high intensity workout may be completed.  Neglecting reco...

January 1, 2018

The new year is nearly upon us, and (as anyone who's a regular gym-goer can attest) that means that gyms are about to get really busy.  With the new year comes new year's resolutions - resolutions to do something better than you did the previous year.  A lot of times these resolutions relate to some sort of fitness goals, so naturally as soon as January hits, the gym fills up with all kinds of new faces, each starting off the...

November 3, 2017

By this time of year, most of us have finished our racing seasons and are beginning to think about next year's big events.  It's also starting to get colder and darker, meaning more indoor training for most of us.  One of the best things to focus on right now is cycling training - specifically FTP training.  FTP is the most important metric to focus on if you're looking for that PR - at any distance.  

I've tried...

September 18, 2017

As I write this, I have an upcoming Marathon exactly two weeks away.  Needless to say, I've been doing quite a bit of running the last few months to prepare for this race.  However, I currently live in an area that has very few options to run outside.  There are no nearby parks or trails to speak of, and though many of the streets have sidewalks, the roads are often very busy, making them a potentially dangerous (and noisy) pl...

August 29, 2017

I'm deep in training for the Leavenworth Marathon at the end of September, with the goal of breaking 3 hours.  I'll be putting in some big miles this week, including one of my 20-milers.  I'm also doing the longest race-pace workout of my training program, a 10-miler.  I also have a work party on Tuesday evening, which makes for a convenient rest day.  

Training event: Leavenworth Marathon

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