We all have our own training plans, but I do love to see what everyone does....if you want to share, here's the place to do it!
Happy training everyone!
14.5 mile run w/ 3x30' @ tempo effort. Done on legs that had 141 miles of cycling over the previous 40 hours. I'm ready to rest a bit:)
How are those legs today?
Doing remarkably well. I'm quite fatigued today, but got in a 2700 yard swim, worked in the morning and had a massage this afternoon. No soreness, which is the main thing. But, quite tired:)
Massage! Nice! My Massage therapist has been attending school 4 hours away and hasn't been around..I'm missing him.
Good thing about no soreness, you must be doing things right!
I swam, biked, ran and had a marathon of laundry. I was about to take a nap around noon when my son called from school needing to come home. Early to bed for us all tonight!
I've always thought that the mommy/daddy triathlon was harder than the one's we do! You are to be commended! We all have different journeys and goals. I'm fortunate enough this year to really be focusing on doing my best at the race, whatever that means:)
I have been training with the advanced Ironman plan with Endurance Nation. It has been great. Looking forward to seeing you all in May!!! 5 weeks to go....3 weeks of intense training left, one more race rehersal, then the slow taper :).
Today was a great swim....feeling like a toddler killer whale. Not the fastest swimmer but its coming.....
WU: 500 yards
2x500 at temp pace
1x1000 at race pace
10x100 at tempo
20x50 at tempo pace minus 2-3 seconds
500 cool down
total yards = 5,000
Then lifted lower body. ITB likes to visit me often so trying to keep a head or even with it......
FIVE THOUSAND YARDS?????????????? GOOD GRIEF!!! WTG!!!!
I might kill my coach if he ever gave me that much! ha ha!!!!
Tall Texan Triathlon HIM March 25, 2012 near San Antonio TX - My first tri since... 84 or 85... sorry it's so long... timing & distance were plus a cold water/wet suit open water swim, day drive from AZ and the graphics for the event shirt rocked!! Also, the event is smaller with a friendly local character - well organized - great combo!
My 16yo daughter joined me and volunteered to help out during the tri - the only time I would EVER accpet a comment from her like this "Mom I really enjoyed being a stripper this morning!" I have been so focused on the event, equipment, logistics - that I hadn't given much thought to the drive (besides checking tire pressure & changing the oil). We were in for an unexpected surprise of many wildflowers across AZ, NM & TX.
Saturday morning woke up to thick cloud cover & hoped for the same the next day. Picked up packet (and event shirt with cute graphics), located start/finish area & drove the bike course. The bike course was amazing & scenic! Oak trees arched over the winding back country roads past ranches, weathered worn farm buildings & equpment, in & out of the Guadalupe River valley, numerous creeks, limestone cliffs... endless fields of lavender, yellow & orange wildflowers - and some bright red poppies too. Horses, cows, calves, sheep & baby lambm goats & kids, roosters and Guinea hens. Noted signs "livestock present" which really means "expect to see shee& goats on the roadway" Plus a full showing of the sweet smelling Texas blue bells.
Sunday morning - another morning of heavy fog! YEAH!! Headed to the start - water temps 65' - limestone lake water reasonably clean - or I hope so - I drank a LOT of it!! Two start waves - men/women. Welcome to the washing machine! With the combo of cold rough water & adrenaline of a real tri, I found it difficult to establish any kind of stroke or breathing pattern - doing everything I could NOT TO PANIC - I resorted to breast stroke - at least I could site the boey corners (and nearly all the other swimmers yellow caps ahead of me!) Finally found my free style stroke & side breathing - made it out of the water within the time limit. AND was NOT the last person out of the water!!
Transition to bike was novice slow - but was glad to be off & riding!! Corners were all marked (and there were LOTS of them!) Terrain was hilly with lots of up & downs. Rural back roads also translated to large rock chip/seal surface (I'd observed this the day before). Between constant shifting, road surface & corners - I didn't get on aero bars at all. I saw a RED SOLO CUP about mile 20, can you guess what song rolled through my head the REMAINDER OF THE DAY?!?!
Bike finish & run intersect... little disheartening to see people finishing as I was STARTING out for the run. Was a "back of the pack" runner - kept one foot in front of the other - Garmin helped keep my <slow> running on track. Finished about 8:06 - about an hour slower than I anticipated.
Lessons learned - I HAVE to learn how to swim/breath in open water without swallowing soooo much water!!! And somehow run faster. This tri was also a mental game - since my swim was so slow - the bike (and run) were basically solo - I was at the back (interesting observation - most of the other participants were either small children or not even born when I did my last tri in the 80s) I really felt the stress of making the cut off times. Recommend this small early season HIM.
Friday-3800 yard swim with main set of 4x600; then biked 93 miles in 5 hours with 4 hours of ironman effort. Today I rode another 61 miles (that was hard, my legs were dead, but I forced myself to do it!), then did a 3 mile transition run at about 9 minute pace. Then, I took a nap:) Tomorrow is a long run and then I get to start a very slow gradual taper.