Weekly Recap – Triathlon Training Week 1

So on Monday I decided to just jump straight into triathlon training.  After all I have two major obstacles:  I don’t know how to swim and I have a fear of riding my bike fast or on streets with cars. Yea two perfect skill sets to start with a month before a triathlon.

My new chalkboard that I made!  I like to get ambitious with my workout plans and if I go through on half of them, I call it a happy successful day!  Things most likely to not make the cut? Anything that has an AM in the front.  ZzzZzz.

Monday – 10 Mile bike, 3.5 Mile Run, 650 yds swim
I reintroduced myself to the Y.  I biked 10 miles on a stationary bike (which I learned on Sunday is nothing like a bike) and then ran 3.5 miles.  Everything felt easy, too easy.

In the evening I came back and decided to attempt to swim.  It was ugly.  Very ugly, I swam or kicked at a rate of 25 yds at a time, for 13 round trip laps or 650 yards in about 30 minutes.  Yea, I might drown.

Tuesday – 11.26 Miles Run
Running day!  6.5 miles on incline 3 on the TM and an easy 5.26 miles in the woods with my TARC friends.  Love the evening easy runs!

Wednesday – Bike 25 min, run 3.2 miles, swim 800 yds
I don’t know how far I biked, but it couldn’t have been far.  One of those stationary Livestrong bikes with no meter (how annoying!), a brick run afterwards.  Yea, I learned why it’s called a brick run, my legs did not want to go.  Swam in the evening and did 16 laps this time in 30 minutes for 800 yds.  Yes, I’m the world’s slowest swimmer.

Thursday – 7 miles
Busy day, frustrating day and took some anger out on the treadmill.

Friday – 1,000 yds swim
35 minutes of swimming.  It was so hot outside that I actually enjoyed the swimming and decided to skip out on the running.

Saturday – 20.2 miles
Long runs! O how I love my long run days.  There’s really nothing better than being on the road (or maybe a trail) with a pair of shoes and your breathing.

I got to preview the Mizuno Wave Sayonara and of course the first thing I did after taking them out of the box was run 20 miles.  The shoes felt like they weight less than half my Waverider 15s and I got a little carried away for how hot it was, but I’ll get more into the details in a new post later this week for shoe reviews.

10 Miles – 8:05 pace ~ 8 Miles – 9:00 pace ~ 2 Miles 8:00 pace (TM)

The first 10 miles went great, I felt fast as a cat or a ninja but it was also 80+ degrees and I was running without water and dehydrated myself enough to pay the price for the next 4 miles as I ran home. I could have stopped at a convenience store to buy water, but I’m a masochist and like to push myself to suffer.  Had several glasses of water but the damage was done.  I had really no motivation to run fast, so I took it easy with 4 more miles outside, until I decided to go into my woman cave in the basement.  I was determined to finish with at least 20 miles.  Once I was in my basement, even without an AC it was cool enough that I was able to pick up the pace for my last 2 miles!

Sunday – 7.8 mile bike, 1,000 yds swim, 5 mile run
A workout for each meal!  Biked 7.8 miles on about 40 minutes outside while battling my fear of cars.  Also learned that biking on a stationary bike at the gym is not the same. My quads were so sore by the end of the day that all I could do was roll around the floor whining.  Swam for 35 minutes at the Y before lunch.  I wasn’t getting faster but I did attempt to do 100 yds at a time without touching a wall! A few successes!  And after dinner Tony and I ran, or something like that in 90 degree heat.  I will run through the heat, but it won’t stop me from complaining about it, each and every time!

Total Running Miles – 50!

Total Feelings – Jack is in empathy with me!

We have a whole week of weather going from 88-93 and humidity.  Can’t wait!

2 thoughts on “Weekly Recap – Triathlon Training Week 1”

  1. So we have something in common right now- even more so than running in general. I also super suck at swimming and have decided to do my first triathlon on August 3rd. I dug my bathing suit and goggles out tonight and will attempt to not drown at the pool tomorrow. I have had a triathlon on my list of things to accomplish in 2013 so I figured I should hold myself accountable and actually do one. Watching Ironman yesterday got my all inspired.

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