I’ve been slacking on my blogging. Nothing really major to blog about on a day to day basis, so I have just been saving up the little things and now I am going to end up with a long post. I have to say, all of you out there who have already started your training, I am really enjoying your week reports and training updates. I have to admit I am a little jealous that you are all underway already. I am doing my best to live vicariously through you all. You all rock!
Training has been going fairly well overall. I have semi-returned to running. I did a total of 5 runs last week, 2 of my own and 3 with Jennie (2 of the 3 immediately following my runs). Each time, my toe was a little tender to start but loosened right up once I got going. It was a little sore after each of the runs, so I have decided to continue to take it easy to make sure everything is fully healed in time for March 28th. I’m icing pretty much every day still as well. The worst part about icing is that even when I am done, my foot is freezing cold for the rest of the day.
With the limited running, I am continuing to hammer it out on the trainer. My minimum rides have turned into 2 episodes of Top Gear (2 hours). I’ve actually started biking with dual screens – one for TV/movie watching and one for the IMWI Spinerval DVD muted. That way, I can follow the gearing changes of the course while not being bored to death by Coach Troy.
Speaking of the bike, I have started to deck out the new ride (still nameless). I think I have my hydration and nutrition needs met.
The first thing I got was a Louis Garneau Gel Box stem bag. It fits great on the bike and the black/red colors match the bike. It is big enough to store my iPhone for long rides and still have room for about 4 or 5 gels. On top of that, it has a removable rain cover that tucks into the side pocket to replace the mesh cover.
The second purchase was a XLab Sonic Wing and Tire Bag. The XLab Sonic Wing is a rear mount system specially designed to interface with the two holes on the P2 seat post. I ended up getting two plastic cages instead of the carbon cages pictured below. I just can’t justify paying $50+ for a carbon water bottle cage.
With it all on the bike, it makes it look pretty sharp.
Still on the the Wish List is a new bike computer and a part of tri bike shoes. I have my eye on the Garmin Edge 500, but haven’t committed yet.
For the shoes, I am looking at the Louis Garneau Tri Speed Shoes. Unfortunately, I haven’t found a bike shop around here that carries them. I was really hoping to try them on first, but may have to just hope for the best and order them online.
On to swimming. I’ve been continuing my goal to work through the Swim Workouts for Triathletes binder. I’ve managed to do a different workout each time I have gone to the pool and have now done 20 of the 66 workouts. While some of them are less fun than others, the variety keeps me from getting bored. This mornings workout killed me on the warm up – 1200 yards on the warm up alone! I’m almost looking forward to official training to start because first few weeks of swim workouts are scheduled to be less than what I am currently doing.
I’ve also been able to keep up my twice a week strength training goal. This week it was YogaX and a Triceps, Shoulders and Back workout. I am seeing the most benefit from the YogaX. Poses that were difficult the first week are getting easier and more fluid. I am definitely seeing the benefit to the core work. It makes biking, swimming, and running (when I can) feel stronger. I am really just hoping I have time to keep it up once the training plan starts.
Overall, it was a pretty good week for training. I was happy to at least get a couple runs in even if I am still not 100%. It is all about having a fun and maintenance for the next three weeks. And then the pain begins.
Non training-wise, Bailey had a good week as well. He helped me with my YogaX workout.
And then he got to spend some time with his cousins (my mom’s dogs). My mom has two yellow labs, Yoshie and Sunshine.
We had to break up the playing when we noticed blood on Yoshie. Kind of hard to see in the picture, but he ended up with blood on his face and leg. Hold on, don’t go calling ASPCA yet. Bailey just lost his first baby tooth and that is what was bleeding. We weren’t staging any dog fights or anything like that (Bailey totally would have won if we were though).
Along with puppy play time, we have been practicing his walking skills. I probably won’t run with him until he is closer to a year old, but it is never too early to get him walking. I did try jogging with a little bit on the walk to see how he did. He did well until he cut in front of me and I nearly landed on my face.
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