One more item crossed of my bucket list. I did a Sprint Triathlon, which I wrote about in my last blog. I have another scheduled for Oct 20th. This one has a longer swim portion!
My marathon training continues, and I'm doing pretty well. Haven't had to cut back on the mileage much, not at all compared to my training for the last marathon. I did substitute one day of running with a swim day, and am swimming or cycling on my other rest days. I think that's acceptable, since rest days doesn't necessarily mean complete rest. On the other hand, I'm feeling tired more than usual lately.
My weight training is only about 2 days a week now. Not because of laziness, actually I like weight training, but I'm afraid of pushing my body too much, and not getting enough recovery time. My shoulders and core are a good kind of sore from swimming, so I don't think I need too much more upper body ST anyway.
It's been fun experimenting with my new programs, but I remain concerned that I'm not allowing enough recovery time. So far, no injuries or real pain.
Also, I've been doing a lot of reading about sharing triathlon and marathon training, and more reading about aging athletes. It seems like doom and gloom to me, like everyting breaks down with age. Loss of muscle mass, VO2 max and injury warnings everywhere. Warning to go slowly. Then I read contradictory information that aging athletes can indeed gain speed and strength by training smart.
So, I just look at the big picture and train for myself. What I feel is pushing myself just enough to gain and grow. Since the swim aspect is most new to me, I am growing very quickly there. Plus, it's fun. I go to a local state park which has a natural spring pool. It seems to be about 80 feet across according to google maps measurements, so that's how I measure my distances. There is an underground spring feed which shoots the water out on one end, this gives me a chance to swim against a current. Good endurance training. My next tri will be in a lake with no current, so I'm hoping that my times will be better there.
My weight has gone up by 2 lbs, but I have to say, I look better in the mirror. We all warn ourselves to not pay too much attention to the scale. And this is a perfect example. I know how I look in the mirror, and I see definite improvement there, despite the 2 lb weight gain. Could be just water gain from new muscles holding water, but I'm not concerned about it. Just saying how the scale doesn't always reflect ones physical improvements.
Sorry I haven't been blogging much. Just wanted to touch base and update my training schedule. I sure have been logging the miles and putting in the time lately!
Thanks for reading and have a great day.
edit: 2 lbs heavier?