I'll be running 3X per week. Going to spin class at least 1X per week. Yoga 1X per week. & swimming with a master's group 1X per week.
Cycling is by FAR my weakest event. So, assuming I can't gain control of my nutrition & drop 12-15lbs before the end of this year, I'll be seeking the advice/expertise of a nutritionist as well.
I know I'll improve by leaps & bounds when I get my weight under control! Weight management, I guess, is my biggest focus. If I can finish in the middle of the pack when I'm a solid 40lbs overweight... I can't help but wonder how I'll do when I get my weight back down! (exciting prospect!)
Running is definitely my weakest point- with biking at least I can keep my legs moving and stay in it. I want to be able to swim-bike-RUN, rather what I do now, which is swim-bike-"stagger to the finish." I'm the biggest fair-weather freeze cat, so it might take a pretty big attitude shift to get my butt out there in the cold- but I'm assuming that's where you are distance training, not inside?
I agree. It depends on what your goals are for the following year and where you felt your weaknesses were this year. I live in MN where off season training can be quite a challenge. I try to run 3x a week (outside when weather permits), but the "dreadmill" can be useful for speedwork, when I'm forced to go indoors. I will also try to spin at least 1x a week and swim with a Master's group 2x a week. Because I'd rather be outdoors whenever possible, I do a fair amount of X-Country skiing when we get enough snow (most winters here!) I find the skate skiing is incredible conditioning and is supposed to be good cross training for cycling and maybe even running. Last winter I trained for a half marathon in Arizona in January and then another half here in MN in May. I think because my running was consistent during the winter and spring, i noticed a big improvement in my running times for all my tri's this summer. My run splits were all PR's for me, so I was very pleased with that. I wish I had more time to focus on the bike, because you make up so much time on the bike, but I just haven't been disciplined enough. we'll see what this winter brings!
I think its different for everyone. Now that my big tri is over, my focus is running.
Biking - I will continue to bike until its too cold, usually thanksgiving. this will drop to once or twice a week at the most, then switch to 1x week spinning. I found even once a week was good to maintain where I was. Sometimes instead of a single one hour class a week, I would to two 30 min express sessions.
Swimming - I was swimming 3 to 4x a week. As of now I will swim 2x a week (swim class with lots of drills) and one 20-30 min swim on the weekends. I will drop the 3rd swim when I switch to all spinning.
Running - This is my focus and I train for longer distances in the winter. Last winter was building a solid base with a group rather on my own and doing 2 half marathons. This winter will be half marathon and a full marathon training. I will also go from 3x a week to 4x a week for running.
ST - I love my bodypump class and winter time is when I make this a priority right after running. 2x-3x a week I start usually after I drop outdoor biking.
This is the year of a healthier me. Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels.
Now that summer is sadly almost over, what are some of the things you all work on during the winter? Should I just move it indoors and go to spin class and run on a treadmill, or should I focus more on weight/strength training? I want to be ready come next tri-season!
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