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myTri Training: 9 Weeks 2 Days to Race Day

Friday, March 11, 2011

Well I'm nine weeks away for race day, my lifetime third Tri.

I got off to a great start then got sick, then lost motivation and cut training, then trained a little but I could have done more and now I'm finally getting back on track.

Not to make excuses but just to note that this winter has drained more than I can remember others doing. I can't seem to keep momentum or motivation. This is my first year in a new area so this is an adjustment year, I will have a plan in place to combat these winter blues next season.

Anywho...I had my best swim workout ever. I am not anxious about the swim in fact I really like this part of the Tri (it's the running that I have problems with) but the funny thing is my first two Tris were in a pool and I did the back stroke for all of the first one, part of the second one and my goal this year is to do this years all on my front. My workout this week was a clear sign I am on track for that. Woo Hoo.

So does anyone have suggestions for
1) fighting winter blues to or
2) know any good links to swim training tips. (I've been Googling and reading and watching YouTube but welcome specific tips/links)

At this point I only do one Triathlon a year and each year I set a new improvement goal. This year is no different, see my earlier post for the new goal. If I can keep on track with the remainder of my training I'll be able to hit my marks.

Here's to keeping on...
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SLEEPYDEAN 3/15/2011 10:53AM

    I only learned the front crawl (at a month long swim clinic) for my first tri this Saturday. I am kind of wishing I had learned something else, because I never really did build up my endurance. I am really worried about the swim - it is only 150 meters but I haven't swum in a 50m pool to get the feel for that long distance between walls.

Have you seen swimsmooth.com? Also, I've found some decent training videos on Youtube.

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KAYOTIC 3/14/2011 10:10AM

    I'm not a swimmer, so can't help there....about the winter blues, well, my guess is you may be feeling a bit better now, with the increased sunlight, it really helps with the winter blah's. And I'm not sure what you can do about them but keep doing the things that help elevate your mood naturally, eat right, get enough sleep, exercise. I think if it's really bad they have those light boxes w/ the full spectrum of natural light that are supposed to help with "SAD".

Good luck with your training!

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