My training for Ironman Wisconsin officially got underway last week. Technically my start date was supposed to be Wednesday, Feb 1, but my coach threw some workouts on the calendar last Monday and Tuesday too, so I guess I started on Jan 30th. So much for a couple more days of sleeping in!! ;)
Here's my plan: I am going to attempt to do a weekly update and review of my training. Since it is already Wednesday, and my training week runs Sunday-Saturday, you can sort of tell how this is going to go. But if you can bear with me and have a little patience I'll try to stay as up-to-date as possible. We all know I'm not the most consistent blogger, but I'm gonna try.
I submit my training log to my coach, Scott, on Sunday evenings so I will try to blog my update at the same time.
First week was not too bad. I'm starting fresh, new and at the very beginning, and so my training load was pretty light. It consisted of 2 runs, 2 bikes, 2 swims, 2 strength (Crossfit) sessions. I was a little sore, but that was actually a good feeling.
Foot held up very nicely. A little sore and some random pain, but nothing debilitating. I understand that because I have screws in a very active part of my foot, I am going to have to live with some discomfort for quite awhile, if not always. I'm ok with that. The pain seems to be quelled by stretching and massage, so I've worked that into my routine in abundance.
I have discovered that when left to my own devices I tend to skip workouts when I feel sore or tired. Now that I am forced to follow a training plan again, I have re-realized that I feel much better after the workouts that I would have originally skipped. So, some advice to my readers and a note-to-self: don't tell yourself you're too tired to do the workout. Do the workout and then decide if you were tired :)
Swimming: Scott had me go to Master's swim twice this week. This is nice because I don't have to do much thinking in the pool. I just show up and they tell me what to do. I'm not swimming very big yardage, yet. 1700 yards on Tuesday, 2050 on Friday. I'm in no hurry to go long. I want to work on having good technique for now.
Biking: I'm doing a computrainer class on Saturday mornings and that is pretty intense. We did intervals the past few weeks, but last week was a step-back week and so we worked at a lower wattage. I still dripped all over my towel. Being a sweaty mess is common for me... so gross.
Running: I am transitioning out of Physical Therapy as I'm transitioning into Tri training, so there was some overlap of what was given to me as homework from PT and what Scott had me do. As a result, I did quite a bit of running (ok, let's be honest: "Jogging") last week. I did my two 25 minute runs that were prescribed by Scott, and then I also did some running at PT and a couple of times at LA Fitness. It's all very easy-effort stuff. Run/walk for PT, and Zone 2 HR for Tri training.
...not saying I love running, but it sure feels a lot better now that my hips, legs and core are stronger. I keep saying it and I mean it: breaking my foot was a blessing in disguise. It forced me to work on the things that were weak and now they are much stonger. Hope they stay that way. :)
Crossfit: awesome as usual. Every workout sucks but every workout is also so great. We did some deadlifts on Thursday that left me sore until Sunday. wowzer.
Our gym has such great energy and great people. It's a great start to the day to wake up and sweat amongst friends. I know that as my training hits its peak this summer I will have to give up crossfit for a little bit, and that totally bums me out. So for now I will cherish it every time it's on my schedule!
ok that's all for now. Look for my next update on Sunday!!