Whew, I don’t know what happened but those two weeks off seemed to just fly by! I didn’t really have much to blog about which is why I didn’t. My mom and I biked and lunched 4 times (roughly 22 miles each ride) and I slowly eased back into running. I think it is amazing how quickly my ability to run fades. I was sorer after a 3 mile run than I was after I finished CIM! I am slowly starting to be less and less sore.
I did do a lot of celebrating and a lot of catching up with friends I hadn’t seen since I was studying. The icing on the cake was a trip with the husband to Scottsdale to relax and catch some spring training. We laid by the pool . . . Saw some spring training . . . and ate some really yummy food. If you are ever in Scottsdale I HIGHY HIGHLY recommend Shapiro’s – awesome cocktails, delicious food, great music and overall fantastic atmosphere!
However, all good things must come to an end and I went back to work this past Monday after 12 weeks off. I was actually kind of nervous – like I was starting a new job. I have no idea why – I have worked here since 2004 – but I was welcomed back with open arms.
Also, Monday, the 15th, started Barb’s training with Alisa and Tara – Team KAT as we like to call ourselves (Kristen, Alisa and Tara). Like I mentioned before I am still going full speed ahead with training for this race. Alisa made us a fabulous training plan that I am integrating with the Half-Iron Man Training Plan 4 from the Triathlete Magazine’s Essential Week-by-Week Training Guide. I have tweaked the running schedule to accommodate my training for Race for the Roses which is coming up in three weeks. I personally really like the plans the book has. Each triathlon distance has three chapters devoted to it (sprint, olympic, half-ironman and full ironman). Usually the first chapter is for plans 1-4, second chapter for plans 5-7 and the third chapter is for plans 8-10. From reading the book essentially 1-4 are beginner plans, 5-7 are intermediate plans and 8-10 are advanced plans. I opted for the hardest beginner plan. I want a challenge but I also want it to be do-able which I have learned is one of the most important aspects of any training plan in my mind. If a plan is too hard/requires more time than you can devote to it you will not be able to complete it which just leads to frustration, disappointment and mostly likely failed workouts. I always was envious of people who could run 10 mile mid-week runs but when I was in school and working I just didn’t have the time and I knew if I put them on the schedule I wouldn’t get them done and that would just make me frustrated and most likely give up. Thus, I heavily considered this (in addition to adequate mileage) in deciding a training schedule. I feel like this plan is very challenging and will fit comfortably into the time I have allocated for training.
Monday: Rest (easy enough)
This was supposed to be a 1 hour and 10 minute ride with seven 20 second intervals done in a high gear at speed intensity with 2 minute active recoveries, however, I read the wrong line in the book and ended up riding for only 45 minutes and doing 4 20 second intervals. I had to ride the stationary bike at the gym which sucked but rode roughly 12 miles in the 45 minutes.
Wednesday: Double Day – RUN and SWIM
Swim = 1500 yards total
300 warm up
8 x 25 with 10 second rest
5 x 100 with 5 second rest
8 x 25 kick with 15 second rest
300 cool down
This was the first time I had been in the pool in about a year to swim laps and while I was a swimmer all throughout high school and even swam Master's in college, I was surprised that my arms hurt a little after this this. Just means I am doing something though right?
Run: 4 miles done in roughly 40 minutes.
This was supposed to be a 1 hour easy ride but I got caught up cleaning the house and by the time I was done it was 8:00 and I was too tired to head over to the gym to ride. I wanted to use my trainer but I am inept at changing the tire from my road tire to my trainer tire (currently solving this problem by buying another back wheel so all I will have to do is change the wheel and not the actual tire).
Friday: Double Day - RUN and SWIM
Swim = 1600 yards total
300 warm up
8 x 25 with 10 second rest
8 x 100 - 25 easy, 25 hard with 10 second rest
300 cool down
Run: 4 miles again in roughly 40 minutes
On the schedule was a 1 hour and 45 minute bike, however, I rode with my parents bike club again and we rode 48 miles through the Livermore wine country – far exceeding the scheduled ride. Remember though, I have the Breakaway Ride on Sunday, April 25th so I need to be getting in some higher mileage to be ready for that ride. On this ride we did 1500 feet of climbing – Breakaway has 4000 – yikes!
On the schedule was a 7 mile run, however, this first week was a little much for my poor legs so I ended up only doing 6. I was mad at myself for cutting it short but my calves were really tight and my legs felt like lead and I didn't want to risk an injury.
Swim: 3100 yards
Bike: 60 miles
Run: 14 miles
I know it has only been a week but I am really loving the diversity of workouts that come with tri training. I can already feel a difference in parts of my body that I am working that have not been worked in a long time.
Now that life is pretty much back to normal, hopefully posting will too!