This week has been a great week for training. I feel like I am on hitting all three disciplines. However, this sort of worries me. I am really happy how things are going, but at the same time, this is technically the off season. Currently, I am on a schedule of 3 swims, 3 bikes, and 3-4 runs per week. “Official” training doesn’t begin until the end of March. So, while I feel like I am in a groove, I am worried that I may be doing too much in the offseason. How do you now when you are doing too much?
On the swimming front, I am slowly finding myself switching to becoming a morning swimmer. I swore this would never happen as I absolutely hate getting up early. My job affords me the luxury of not ever having to set an alarm and taking off time at lunch to do an noon swim. However, this new puppy is not allowing me to live a life of luxury. His tiny bladder requires an early morning elimination* forcing me up around 5:00AM (2-3 hours earlier than normal). Because I am already up, I figure I might as well get my swim over with.
The morning swim is fro 5:30 – 7:00 and is a completely different crowd than the lunch time crowd. You can tell there are more triathletes there based on the number of toys on the pool deck; buoys, boards, fins, water bottles, etc. So far, I’ve done the morning swim three times and I am getting hooked. It is nice to get my swim out of the way first thing in the day. Not only that, but when I get out of the pool, I don’t have a slew of emails awaiting me on my phone.** The downside to the morning swim is that I am passed out on the couch by 9:30 at night.
My swim this morning was one of my best swims in a long time. I am working my way through the workouts in the Swim Workouts for Triathletes binder. This morning’s swim called for a 400yd warm up followed by 4x400yd descending, 400 kick, and 100yd cool down. This was actually the first time I have swam a set of 400’s – I generally only do sets of 300’s. I really didn’t know how to pace myself on the longer distance. I started out slow at 6:40, but worked my way up from there hitting 6:34, 6:19, and then 6:13 on the final set. I was really psyched to hit the final set at a 1:33/100yd pace.
On the running front, I have settled into a routine of 5-6 miles on Tuesdays, 8 miles on Thursdays, and then a long run over the weekend not including the runs I do with Jennie. Despite the cold weather, Jennie has been keeping up her running like a champ. We got caught in a bit of flurries during our run yesterday. My Thursday run ended up coming in at almost an hour exactly for 8 miles. I have been running the same 8 mile course for about 6 months now and am finally hitting 1 hour or less consistently.
As for biking, I have been really trying to keep up my trainer riding. I really slacked off last winter and paid for when the season started back up. Despite the monotony of it, I am doing my best to get in 3 rides a week. I usually do an hour at time, but I actually suffered through an hour and a half and 2 hours on my rides this week. Between Netflix watching (watched the Swedish version of the Girl With the Dragon Tattoo and The Girl Who Played With Fire), Kindle reading (just finish John Grisham’s “The Confession”) and Wii playing (Mario Kart and Donkey Kong Returns), the time flies by.
And now for a puppy update. Bailey has finally learned how to climb up and down the stairs. My bike is on the trainer in the basement and until today, I had to carry him up and down the stairs. Now that he has done it once, he likes to show off his new found confidence by barreling up and down the stairs.
*Elimination is a the word all of the websites like to use and I find it hilarious for some reason.
**Once when I got out of the pool after only a 45minute swim, I had 15 awaiting emails in need of response.