Category Archives: Personal

So Much Change Around Here!

Wow, It’s been 2 years since I wrote anything on this blog, let’s bring it back from the dead.  Since Beach2Battleship in 2013, Alex and I have moved to Charlotte, North Carolina, gotten new and different jobs, bought a house, adopted two incredible dogs and have gone innumerable changes.  I’ve maintained a full race schedule through all of this and have begun working with an awesome coach in Meghan Fillnow.  I haven’t had great successes in racing, but I’ve continued to grow, learn and understand what it means to be healthy and active.  There have been a few questions bouncing around in my mind lately about this blog:

Why did I abandon the blog a couple years ago?  The concept of a blog that focused solely on my own racing and training seemed incredibly vain and shallow.  There are already so many “racing blogs”, why should I add to the noise?

Why restart the blog now?  I’ve recently gotten paired up with The Rescue Project  as a member of “The Pack” and I want to do everything that I can to help raise money for animal rescue organizations in need.  The Rescue Project works with great designers and clothiers to make beautiful cycling and lifestyle gear.  I strongly suggest you investigate their shop, it’s top quality product.  I also want to use this platform as a way to interact with other organizations that wish to create change through sport and fitness.  Of course, there will still be “race reports” and training check-ins, but this blog will hopefully serve as a way to help raise awareness of opportunities in our community to help those in need.

With all of the above being said, thanks for checking in with me and I’m very excited to see what lies ahead.  I think 2016 has the potential to be a really positive and exciting year for racing and connecting with the larger community.

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Day 11: Recovery Speed Workout and Sunday Reflection

My first full week in the books and I have to say that I’m feeling better than I thought I might at this point.  Today’s run was a restorative run at a medium pace.  I ran 4 miles at 7:30 pace, not really much to say other than it was another drizzly, windy morning and I’m glad the run is over!  Looking back on this first week I’ve definitely started to feel stronger and more confident about my running.  It’s still not very fast but that will come with time.  I feel pain free and all systems are “go”.

Today’s gear:

Shoes: K-Swiss K-Ruuz 1.5

Clothing: K-Swiss jacket and Usain Bolt leggings

Glasses: Pivlock V-90 Max with clear lens

Data:

Last night was the 14th annual Minnesota Tri Night.  This year it was held at Gear West Bike in Long Lake.  I thoroughly enjoy going to these events because they bring together the community that I am so proud to be a part of.  Alex was with me last night and she was introduced to the social side of the sport and she had a great time as well.  Congratulations to all the athletes winning awards last night and hopefully I’ll make my bid next year after this offseason of hard work.

In other parts of life this week, I finally got carbon wheels and am so excited to race them in the future.  I got a set of Mavic Cosmic Carbone SLs for a price I “could not refuse”.  Work was pretty trying this week as well.  I’m currently working on a commercial renovation project near St. Paul and it’s been fast-tracked, putting a strain on the project manager and myself to churn out drawings and details at a breakneck pace.  It was a typical 47 hour work week but it felt like much more.

 

I’m really looking forward to the week ahead to learn more about myself through running.  I’m really starting to crash through the miles and I expect to be around 55 miles per week by the end of the month.  The weather is getting colder here, which will make me want to hibernate even more than I already do but, I have a girlfriend to keep me on track and a lot of drive!

Week two totals

Miles: 38.53

Time: 4:59:50

Overall totals

Miles: 58.09

Time: 7:31:40

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100 Days of Running, the Preamble

Having briefly mentioned the challenge of “100 days of running” in my introductory post, I believe now is an appropriate time to further explain.  In one week, I will embark upon a journey through running.  I will push myself to run each day for 100 days.  My total mileage will be somewhere in the 600-700 range and I will probably burn through two pairs of shoes.  I plan on making a unique blog for each day with a summary of the work, the gear and my state of mental being.  Some days will be light, some dark, some will be bleak and some will be downright miserable.  Running has been my Achilles heel in the sport of triathlon since my very first race.  I have zero background in running outside of triathlon and this gangantuan task aims at growing my base.

The Rules:

A willy-nilly 100 days of running seems like a bad idea and a good way to become injured so I am making rules for myself to follow in terms of effort, pace, duration, etc.

1) All runs minimum of 30 minutes in duration.

2) No back-to-back speed workouts.

3) No long speed work until day 50.

4) Have fun with workouts, include variety of routes, run with other people.

The Goals:

This is split between qualitative and quantitative metrics.  Quantitatively, this effort is all about making my run stronger.  With respect to triathlon racing, my goals are: 10k @ 35′-38′ half marathon @ 1:30′ and full marathon @ 3:30′-3:40′.  I also have a goal of racing an open half marathon ~1:18 (current pr is 1:25).  The biggest goal is the marathon pace.  I will be racing my first full iron distance this coming fall and I want to actually “race” it.  This is going to require some serious effort.  Qualitatively, I want to gain confidence in my run.  As it stands, I feel like the only way I could win a triathlon is to be leading by 20′ coming off the bike.  I need to be able to chase people down or at least keep pace.  I also want to learn to appreciate the art of running and continue to discover things about myself.  For me, running has always been a zen-like experience and a type of meditation; I hope to cultivate this feeling to fuel the 100 days and come out a little bit stronger, mentally, on the other side.

The Metrics/The Workouts:

I will be utilizing some new equipment over this task that has me pretty excited.  I (finally) acquired a Garmin forerunner 310xt to help with mileages and pacing.  I’ve previously used my iPhone with strava and imapmyfitness but, this tool will be much better.  I am going to run treadmill runs, indoor track, outdoor paved and outdoor trail (time permitting).  All of these will work in symphony to keep variety paramount so as to obliterate boredom.  I’m still going to be swimming and biking with all of these runs as well so, that should help.

Wrap-up:

In all, I’m really excited about this journey and to share it with my friends and family.  I know that it is going to be a turning point for many reasons and I’m chomping at the bit to begin.  For now, it’s time to enjoy the last 7 days of unstructured training before it begins.

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Devon Palmer

Pro Triathlete and Triathlon Coach