Monday, August 06, 2012
A week late, but I'll try to enter my trials and tribulations from my 7th week of training as best I can. It was a bit of a rough week to say the least...
I started the week on track and even did a bit extra on Tuesday to make up for some missed workouts last week. Thursday I went to a Triathlon Swim Clinic and they gave us a lot of tips for the swim portion of the triathlon. One thing that stuck with me was that they said not to kick. What?! I feel like I'm barely moving when I don't kick and start sinking too! Well, she explained that obviously we want to save our legs for the bike and the run, but more importantly that the body should be more streamlined and using the propelling motion to glide forward. Only using one kick or hip twitch to keep on beat per stroke. She said if one arm is in front of you at all times, you will stay afloat without kicking. The problem lies in that most people have a windmill stroke and drop the arm in front before the other arm is even out of the water. So I have been working on that and I think I am getting better at it, but it still makes me slower. Maybe it will be worth it in the bike and run portion though.
On Friday we were supposed to go camping. I brought all my running gear and I was going to make sure I went on my runs to wear out the dog. Only my car broke down on the way there. The engine complete seized and cracked the head. So the entire engine had to be replaced. I get home to a letter from my student loans saying they need to collect more from me and will start garnishing my wages. Not to mention the stack of medical bills from being hospitalized for two weeks in April that I haven't even begun to pay. So after many tears, I organized all my finances, updated my resume and began searching for a second job. A nagging thought was that if I work two jobs, I won't be able to work out very much. I know that is a minor thing, so I am stuffing it in the back of my mind and will see what I can do when I get there. That is probably the least of my worries about it. So that was how I spent most of Saturday and didn't get out for my long run.
I tried to make up for it on Sunday and ran a long run after my swim (60 instead of 30). I managed to keep my speed at about a 9ish minute mile the whole time, which was faster than usual. I went to a different gym location and the scale said I finally broke past my steady weight to 138.8!
I think I celebrated with ice cream
Week 7's Training:
M-rest/ Tu-Swam 30 Biked 30 Ran 30/ W-strength 60 ran 30/Th- swam 30 ran 30/ F-strength 60/ Sa-(missed 60 min run)/ Su-Swam 30 ran 60