I always wondered why blogs get quiet whenever someone starts training for a 70.3 or full Ironman distance triathlon. Well, wonder no more. Because, while there are many benefits to cross-training, and this crazy sport, it is definitely not easy.
I feel confident in running. No matter how miserable and tired I am, I know to a certain point I can slum through a marathon at this stage in my running life. Now, I need to take this confidence and autopilot skills to master two new skill sets – cycling and swimming and apply them to endurance.
So, the reason I’m not blogging as often is because I’m either working, or training… swimming, biking, running, or thinking about when I’ll have time to do either of the three with a small core workout added in at least once a week. And when I’m not “training,” I’m eating. Seriously, jumping between three endurance sports disciplines leaves you hungry. I’m either stuffing my face, or wondering what’s the next thing that I want in my belly.
Now don’t get me wrong, it sounds like I am complaining, but I love it. I thrive on new challenges and while I am having some struggles:
2. Having safe places to bike
I know that come that day in September when I’m swimming 1.2 miles, biking 56 miles and running 13.1 miles, I will be grinning ear to ear. Otherwise, why bother? It’s all about the fun, even if it comes with some struggle
When did my training begin? I would say the week of June 2nd when I made the ugly and embarrassing return to the pool.
Weekly Recap 6/2 -6/8
Monday – 10.5 miles on the Charles at 8:05 pace, 6.5 miles trail at 13:15 pace
Tuesday – Nothing
Wednesday – 7 Mile Run Incline 3, 7:54 pace;
Thursday – Nothing
Friday – Nothing
Saturday – 25.6 crazy trail miles for a crawling pace of well over 14 minutes
Sunday – 20 minutes Core + 1,500 swim in 45 minutes and 20 pulls on the diving board
Weekly Recap 6/9 -6/15
Monday – 20 minutes core & 8.1 mile run home 7:57 pace from work
Tuesday – 7.1 Mile Run incline 3, 7:48 pace and 40 minute spin class (~15 miles) at Healthworks on buddy day
Wednesday – 8.06 mile run to work 8:05 pace and an evening swim session, where the person who I was sharing my lane with took pity on me and tried to teach me how to kick. Not sure of the actual distance since it involved fins and lots of kicking.
Thursday – 8.1 mile run home from work 7:54 pace
Friday – Nothing
Saturday – 13.1 Mile run 8:05 pace in the blazing sun
& 30 minute spin class at the Y that was absolute wreck. Look at what they used for a cooling system!
I was dripping in sweat and I wasn’t even moving, I had to walk out 30 minutes into the 1 hour class
Sunday – 1,550 yds swim + 45 pull ups in 45 minutes, 45 minute ride on my trainer
Overall, I’m trying to add swimming and biking to my routine and keep my running miles around 50 per week. Some weeks I miss, but I’m hoping it will all work out.
Do you have any summer goals? Training for anything special?