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Sprint Triathlon Week #2 Finished!

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Week 2 of Triathlon training has been completed and went pretty well.

Week 4 of Zero to 1 mile swimming program went well. I have accelerated the program just a bit.

Monday - Swam a half mile followed by 400 yards, 4x100 yards and 4x50 yards.
Wednesday - Swam a half mile followed by 1000 yards. When it feels good just keep going.

Cycling/Running Brick:
Tuesday - 8.4 miles in 30 minutes at level 9 followed by 1 mile running in approx. 10 mins.
Thursday - 8 miles in 30 minutes at level 10 followed by 5K running in 29:49.

Took Friday and Saturday off due to being out of town.

Overall feelings:
Swimming is going very well. I know swimming in open water will be more difficult but my confidence will grow as I increase my distance. Breathing is getting better and although I kick slowly, I have added it in and I am swimming faster.

On Tuesday I was going to bike for 45 minutes but after 30 minutes I really wanted to see what my foot could do. After running a mile I felt great. Note to self: Remember to slow legs down after biking - running 0.2 mile and being out of breath is not a good idea.

Thursday was the big test. A true brick and a test of my left foot. After a good ride I hit the track for a 5K run. All went well. Granted, I rode the stationary bike and ran on an indoor rubberized track but it felt so good to run after almost a month off.

The ball of my foot felt good but my big toe was a little sore. The toe was giving me a problem all week. On Friday, there was an audible crack in the toe. I know that sound - it is the sound of my gout easing up. I have never had an attack in the left foot and right now I am concluding that the problem with the toe can be attributed to a gout attack. The ball of the foot feels good.

This week:

Monday - 1000 yards/850 yards = 1850 yards
Wednesday - 1200 yards/650 yards = 1850 yards
Friday - 1300 yards/550 yards = 1850 yards

Cycling/Running Bricks:
Tuesday - 45 minutes/3 miles
Thursday - 60 minutes/3 miles

Saturday - 6 Mile test run

I still have to be careful with the foot but I am feeling good about this. Even better? I am really enjoying this!!
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    I would argue that there's a big difference between the spin bike and a real bike. Also, you need outside bike time to get familiar with your gears so you can come up with a strategy that doesn't wear out your legs too much or leave you spinning wildly down a hill. It's ok to do some of your bike/run bricks on the spin bike, but make sure you get outside from time to time as well.

    But generally, this is great. You make me feel like I should be training harder (and I probably should be). emoticon
    2097 days ago
    Totally AWESOME! WTG!
    2097 days ago
  • BOBBYD31
    your really rocking out the swimming, keep it up and you will do well. carrie gave you great advice, i try to take it easy with the legs on the swim also
    2098 days ago
    Woo hoo you are doing really well! The open water swims will come in time. I think once you relax into the water and get your distance up it will all smooth out. I'm so happy for you to be doing this!
    2098 days ago
    I was given some good advice by a tri buddy (and he regularly comes in at the top three overall, so I tend to follow his advice) - he suggested to really go all out with the arms in the swim, not so much with the legs since you need those in the bike.

    Side note - I did my second tri today, and it was the hilliest dang ride ever. It reminded me of that MC Escher (sp) print with the staircase - the bike ride was a loop that went uphill the entire way.
    2099 days ago
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