Throughout my stint with endurance sports there have been struggles. For marathon training it was my leg injury from building distance too fast. Now in triathlon training, my biggest hurdle has been swimming. I’ve tried just pushing through my workouts sometimes failing to complete them, I’ve gotten advice from Coach Jen, my Masters coaches and friends, who have all been helpful and at the same time really patient as I bitched and moaned about my aquatic performance.
This weeks training looked awesome on paper. But it went to hell real fast!
Sunday i had a 75 min ride, I got set up on the trainer, threw on my new Peal Izumi bib and was set to go… My Garmin was not. I had it charging, but I think my son Sammy unplugged it. So it was dead… No worries I rode with out it!
Monday I woke up and felt like death. I don’t know what was wrong, i thought flu. I went to work and still planned on swimming. When it came time I just couldn’t stomach working out. I called an audible and bagged the workout. So Monday was a rest day.
Yesterday I had a run scheduled, but things at work didnt really allow for that, so I rearranged again and decided to bike when I got home.
There was a 70 min ride in the books. I didn’t end up getting home from work until 9:30!!!
I asked Jen a while back if there was a time that was too late to workout, she had said 9:00 should be the cut off… Yesterday I decided there was no cut off! I got on the bike about 9:45… I really tried to get through the whole 70mins, but I couldn’t do it. I was wiped out… I did about 40 mins, I feel good that I did something, but bummed that I didn’t finish.
Today I’m in the pool making up for Monday’s
missed rescheduled swim, and I’m also going to make some calls to see if I can’t acquire a bike this week.
Only 129 days until Mooseman.
This week is just flying by! I hit the pool yesterday and had a pretty solid swim, I’ll give it a B+. Today I have a 45 min treadmill run that was rescheduled from Tuesday.
I’ve added another race to my schedule. After a quick email discussion with Coach Jen I’ve decided to add the Bangs Lake Triathlon to my August Races. I was a little hesitant to ask her about it because I’m running the Rock N’ Roll 1/2 Marathon, which falls the weekend AFTER Bangs Lake.
And since I haven’t run my 1st Tri yet, asking about a second (even though Bangs is shorter) seemed a little dumb… But hey, who cares!
Jen said Bangs Lake is awesome, and that it would be possible, but challenging for a first timer to race a Tri and run a half marathon the next weekend. She said if I was ok with a bit slower 1/2 Marathon it could be done.
I’m trying to convince my friend Beefy to run Bangs too. So give me a hand harassing him and leave a comment for Beef below!
Adding more challenges means more training, so here is Robbie Ventura, Owner of Vision Quest Coaching with this weeks training tip.
I celebrated the first day of my rest week doing nothing… And i mean NOTHING. The weather was horrible, so I sat indoors by a fire all day… But I did feel a bit lazy. I think it’s because I spent most of last week rushing around and trying to fit in my workouts, so now that Coach Jen gave me a couple days off I feel like I’m slacking off!
Today I have a 45min hill run on the treadmill, which is nice cause it’s shitty out. Tomorrow I’m in the pool, Thursday is the second rest day of the week and Friday I’m on the bike.
Saturday I’ll swim with the Buehler Breakers then I’m headed to the Bike Swap at Harper College. I desperately need to take care of this bike situation, I anticipate it happening in the next couple of weeks. I’ve got my eye on the Trek Madone 4.5.
Sunday is another day on the bike which I will get in BEFORE the Bears game… Did you guys hear they’re playing the Packers?
I feel like I need to get involved in some races soon. The last one I ran was the Turkey Trot 5K. Leading up to the Marathon I was racing at least every couple of weeks, which was nice cause it helped break up my training.
Training for Mooseman has been a lot different because I’ve been training solo, so theres not competition outside of trying to beat your previous workouts.
I finally got around to registering for the Shamrock Shuffle where I ran 50:53 last year, that was right at the beginning of my training so I’m looking to blow that out of the water. Registration for the 2011 Chicago Marathon opens on Feb 1st, so I’ll sign up for that and looking to go sub 5 hours.
But those races are pretty far down the line, I’d like to do something soon.
No matter how well you plan, at some point life will interrupt your training and it feels awful when it happens. I had a lot going on at work this week, which made it difficult to stick to my schedule.
Well the New Years resolution of eating right is going a lot better now. I’ve been caffeine free since Sunday. Today is the first day I haven’t wanted to kill everyone I come in contact with. The first day with out coffee was ugly, my head was pounding, I couldn’t keep my eyes open, it was just … bad.
Ooh it’s only the 4th and this New Years Resolution is killing me… It’s not really the “Clean” aspect as a whole, it’s the no caffeine! I had a pounding headache all day yesterday. I thought my swim was going to help but I was wrong.
As far as swimming goes I had a swim session with Dave from Pace of Chicago over the weekend which was really helpful. Dave’s done a bunch of Tris. So when the opportunity to get a critique and some pointers came up I was pumped!
The good news is he said my stroke was better than he expected (then he did a demo of what he expected… Yikes!!)
He gave me a few pointers that I made a point of paying close attention to on my swim yesterday and I have to say it felt great! I completed my 2350 yards with out issue (other than the splitting headache).
After my session with Dave, Coach Jen had me down for a duathlon workout. I was down to run for 30 mins, bike for 60 mins then run for another 30 mins. I had a lot of fun doing it … until I took a big fall during my last run. I banged up my knee and bruised my hands real bad. I got up and walked for a minute then finished the run.
Outside of the fall I felt really good about the whole thing! Those two workouts, make me feel a little better about Mooseman only being 5 months away.
There is still a lot of room for improvement though.
Tonight I have a force workout on the bike trainer for an hour. I’m excited to try my new shoes and pedals… The bike is still an issue… But I’ll deal with that later.