Sunday, April 08, 2007

Planning vs Training

It turned out to be more a family weekend, than one full of physical activity. But that's okay, we don't see our daughter that much since she left for college, so these become special weekends. Saturday we visited with Paul's parents, then out to diner and home for a nice quiet evening, decorating Easter eggs, renting movies, and playing scrabble.

Alan (SOS) and Velocity Sailing, along with many of his friends from the NC State Sailing Club are spending the long weekend at Lake Hartwell in Georgia at the "Spring Fever Regatta" one of the premier catamaran regattas in the country. They were in 1st place against the Nacra 20 fleet, after the first day of racing.

A little more on my training plans (since I'm obviously still in the planning phase :) I'm a pro at training long and slow, very slow, and easily excused by saying "but I can go forever", and I've proven that I pretty much can.

This year, having gotten that long slow part down, I've been reading more about improving fitness and performance, and have decided to train a bit more scientifically, based on heart rate. I've ordered a Garmin Forerunner 301. This promises to be my "new training partner, continuously monitoring my heart rate, speed, distance, pace and calories burned so I can train smarter, more effectively". And maybe a new toy will make it more fun.

Of course my family says "I'd be in better shape if I'd stop getting so tired just planning and thinking about it, and more time just doing it :)


Kristen said...

But at least you have your lucky earings!

Michael said...

Not to mention multi-coloured Easter eggs! Happy Easter Dawn.

Capt'n "O" Dark 30 said...

hey SB I have the Garmin Forerunner 201- staps right on to the catamaran sleeve of the sea wind... paddle paddle-

Susanita said...

I've use the Garmin Forerunner 301 since last summer when I started doing recreational races. Keep you receipt and fill out the warranty card though. They have known problems with the data port. They replaced mine free of charge after it quick recharging. The new one has problems as well with data transmission but I'm not up for another replacement. But the virtual training partner is lots of fun.