fitness

    πŸƒβ€β™‚οΈ Nice to be mostly on trails for today’s run

    Gravel trail with blue sky. Running metrics: 15.5 km, 1 h20m

    πŸƒβ€β™‚οΈ A misty run this morning

    A rocky lakeshore with trees, birds flying, and overlay text from a fitness app about running stats: distance 16.98 km, time 1hr 30 min, pace 5'18km
    Auto-generated description: A GPS-tracked map showcases a 109.4 km cycling route completed in 4 hours and 6 minutes with an elevation gain of 605 meters, passing through areas near Vaughan, Newmarket, and close to Rouge National Urban Park.

    πŸš΄β€β™‚οΈ Nice to get out of the basement for a proper ride outside. First one of the season!

    The coffe and pastries halfway through were very helpful.

    πŸƒβ€β™‚οΈ Classic spring weather on today’s run: started with rain and then cleared up into a sunny day πŸŒ§οΈπŸ•ΆοΈ

    Slightly hazy sun behind wispy clouds over water

    πŸƒβ€β™‚οΈ New running shoe day

    A pair of blue running shoes with neon green interior rests on a wooden floor.

    πŸƒβ€β™‚οΈ Dynamic run training in Training Today

    I’ve been using Training Today for a while now to track my readiness to train (RTT). They’ve recently released a new feature that provides dynamic training for running based on RTT which takes into account your current recovery and health to make sure you don’t overtrain.

    Generating the workouts is easy. In the iPhone app, you choose the type of run (speed, endurance, recovery, etc) and then the app shows you the structured workout, targeting your current RTT. There are options to adjust the RTT (though that seems like cheating) and to shorten the run, if you’re pressed for time. Once you select β€œCreate Workout”, the run is sent to your Apple Watch.

    iPhone screenshots showing how to setup a dynamic run

    On the watch, the Training Today workout shows up near the top of the list in the Workout app and behaves like any other workout. The interval times and heart rate zones with alerts are passed along, making it easy to follow the workout.

    Apple Watch screenshots showing the Training Today workout in the Workout app and the summary screen after the run is complete

    There are a few obvious enhancements, which the developers have already promised. The first is the addition of cycling and swimming workouts. The second is creating actual fitness plans across multiple days.

    I’m really intrigued by an app like Training Today. Our smartwatches are continuously monitoring us and tracking our fitness. Why not have them also program tailored workouts? That said, I have an actual triathlon coach that creates a comprehensive fitness plan while also providing expert advice and motivation. My watch isn’t this sophisticated β€” yet.

    πŸƒβ€β™‚οΈ Part of today’s trail run was mostly made of broken bricks

    Bricks (mostly broken) of many different colours embedded into the dirt. My feet are at the bottom of the frame

    πŸƒβ€β™‚οΈ Today’s run burned off the last of the March Break cervezas. Back on the program tomorrow

    Trail towards a lake with sun reflecting off the ice

    πŸƒβ€β™‚οΈ Misty run today

    Path through some trees with white mist permeating everything

    πŸƒβ€β™‚οΈ Back to cold, snow, and ice on today’s run

    Icy and snow trail. Overlaid with run stats: 16km in 1.5 hours

    πŸƒβ€β™‚οΈ Mostly trails on today’s run

    Trail through forest with a sign saying β€œStay on trail” to the right. Run statistics overlaid: 17.64 km 1hr32min

    πŸƒβ€β™‚οΈ Nice to see some sun on today’s run along the Leslie Spit

    Toronto skyline from across the lake. Overlaid with running stats: 23.54 km in 2h11m

    πŸš΄β€β™‚οΈ Great crew for a ride up both sides of Achterbahn

    Strava map of a 51.6 km virtual ride

    πŸƒβ€β™‚οΈ Found some company on today’s run

    Two swans floating close together in a lake with a yellowish sunrise behind them

    πŸŠβ€β™‚οΈπŸš΄β€β™‚οΈπŸƒβ€β™‚οΈ Fitness in 2023

    I kept busy in 2023 with triathlon training. As a reference point for next year, here’s a comparison of 2023 with 2022.

    My running was surprisingly consistent. Although the totals are almost identical, I do think that my structured workouts were much better in 2023. Each run had a purpose and all were part of a bigger plan.

    Cumulative running totals for 2023 (1,663 km) and 2022 (1,603 km)

    There was a trade off for cycling between indoors and outdoors. In 2023, I couldn’t quite get aligned with most of the outdoor group rides. So, there was a lot more indoor riding on Zwift. I’d like to switch this around in 2024.

    Cumulative outdoor cycling totals for 2023 (628 km) and 2022 (1,301 km) Cumulative indoor cycling totals for 2023 (3,017 km) and 2022 (1,702 km)

    I’m surprised by my relatively low swimming distances in 2023. This is my strongest of the three. So, I tend to take it for granted. I should bump this up in 2024.

    Cumulative swimming totals for 2023 (85 km) and 2022 (104 km)

    The new Apple Watch integration with Training Peaks is really nice. Like my Garmin friends, I can finally just roll out of bed and do what my watch tell me to without having to manually create workouts πŸŠπŸš΄β€β™‚οΈπŸƒβ€β™‚οΈ

    πŸƒβ€β™‚οΈ Forgot to turn off the workout before getting back in the car. Got some impressive running paces! πŸ˜€

    Screenshot from the Fitness app showing 1:17/km and 1:29/km paces

    🏊 πŸš΄β€β™‚οΈ πŸƒβ€β™‚οΈ Alright, signed up for the Ironman 70.3 in Muskoka. I enjoyed the race last year and look forward to a repeat

    πŸƒβ€β™‚οΈ Light rain, wind, and NIN playlist made for a gloomy ambience on today’s run

    Waves crashing into a rocky shoreline with trees in the background under a cloudy, grey sky

    πŸƒβ€β™‚οΈ A bit gloomy on today’s off the bike run

    A boardwalk covered in rain through trees without leaves
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