Probably the last thing you associate a triathlete with is being on the couch streaming movies. However, that is not completely true. We spend many hours on our bikes. Last week alone, I logged close to 7 hours on my trainer and that’s probably how much an average long distance triathlete would spend cycling per week. With the bad weather and short days, most of this time is spent on a trainer.

Cycling outdoors is probably one of the most enjoyable activities you can do. However, it can be the complete opposite when you are pedalling indoors in a dark basement. So how do we do it?

Each cyclist or a triathlete have away to let time pass for those long rides, however streaming online movies, whether from Netflix, Hulu or whatever is one of the ways we keep our minds entertained while peddling away on the trainer.

Now, AT&T is trying to get in the way with a new 150GB monthly cap for their DSL subscribers. I am sure I don’t spend that much bandwidth per month however I really didn’t care. On May 2nd, AT&T will change that.

Streaming a movie in HD could cost you about 1GB of data transfer. So to use all your 150GB of data transfer, you will have to stream about 5GB per day or close to 5 movies and that’s not including doing anything else. Watching a live Ironman event will probably eat up around 5GB.

Now this might not sound like much to you but the problem I have with this new policy is that, it will make me think twice about doing what I usually do online. Whether it is watching an Ironman event, downloading a software or an app, streaming an episode of Modern Family or browsing through photos on Twitter or facebook. Right now, I don’t have to think about it, I just do it.

This new cap will have a significant impact on the future of technology and the Internet and the company need to rethink their strategy or cable companies will take advantage of this and take their customers away.

Eagleman is just around the corner. I am already in my 6th week of my 20 week training program and logging over 10 hours of training every week and that doesn’t include strength training.

Training at this time of year in freezing Cleveland hasn’t been easy. Last week, I spent over 6 hours in my basement on the trainer. If you told me couple of years ago, that I will be spending this much time in my basement I would’ve called you crazy. Luckily, last week we were fortunate enough to have a 55ºF weather and was able to take advantage of it.

My Ironman cave where most of my training time is spent.

This is my first time training for this long distance. Having a family and a full time job make finding the time a little challenging. As much as I want to give it my 100%, you will find it to be unrealistic. So I have decided to set few rules around this hobby. I am as competitive as you will find and would love to do this full time, however, at this time I am not as fortunate as some  of the pro triathletes. So if your goal is whether to just finish, or win your age-group, I think we need to remind ourselves that this is only a hobby and don’t let it take over family and life.

These rules are:

  • Appreciate my wife for her support and giving me the opportunity to do this.
  • Training shouldn’t take time away from playing with my kids and kids activities.
  • Dinner with family is always, always a priority.
  • Be there as much as possible when kids go to bed.

To keep these rules, my day usually start around 4:45am. I usually do the main session at that time which is usually biking or running. At night, I go for a swim. This is probably the opposite of what most triathletes do but find it to work best for me. Swimming seems to relax me the most and I usually fall a sleep right after a good swim session. I also find it better for recovery to not do a run or bike session at the end of the day right before going to bed.

Also, if for any reason life gets in the way, I don’t feel as bad skipping a swim session as I would if I skipped a bike or a run.

I started last season with a goal to finish an Olympic distance, in hope to change my lifestyle and become active again. I never liked running, even back when I was heavy into martial arts, running was the one thing I hated to do.
I had 0 milage under my feet, so running 6 miles was a huge challenge.  Also I had 0 milage under my pedals and wasn’t even sure if I needed to get a road bike or if I can do the distance with my hybrid bike.

One year later, running has become a pleasure and I get butterflies in my stomach when it is a bike day. I have  two Olympic distance triathlons under my belt, one sprint, a duathlon, and a half marathon.

This off season, I am starting with a much stronger base in all three disciplines. It is not about just being able to finish anymore, it is about finishing strong.

My goal next season, is to compete in a half ironman distance, maybe two, and some sprints and few Olympics. I would like to win or be placed in the top 3 in my age group in a constant basis.

I know the areas I need to work on and improve. In the next two months, I will be working mostly on imrovimg techniques in swim,cycling and running.

My Ironman (Eagleman 70.3) training will start third week of January, before then, I hope to have accomplished these goals and start my training strong.

In the next few days, I will be sharing with you some of the techniques I have learned and will be working on.

Cyclists spend a lot of money to get their bike as light as possible. However, when you are going on a long bike ride or doing an Ironman race, the bike leg is very crucial to get your nutrition and get your body ready for the run.

Here is a video from talking to few triathletes about loading up their bikes at the Ford Ironman Championship in Kona.