Recap on last week, the training I was able to get in last week went great. I had my first brick workout of the year. A brick workout is triathlon lingo for training two different sports within the same workout with minimal time transitioning between the two. Like many triathletes, I struggle with the bike to run transition. I’ve been known to have some calf muscle cramping while running. As the year progresses I’ll have more and more training days that include conditioning my legs to handle the bike to run transition.
Overall, I’m feeling smooth and strong in the pool, and I’m continuing to rock my bike rides. I’ve gotten a few audiobooks from the library and I have discovered that I LOVE listening to a book while I run. It’s so easy to zone out and just listen to a book instead of focusing on how much I hate running. I just finished my first book last night. I’ll be moving onto a Nicholas Sparks book who is known for writing wonderful stories with sad endings so if you happen to run by me and see me sobbing, don’t worry it’s probably just the book. 🙂
Here was last week’s training plan:
Monday: 90 min bike ride (hill workout) + 30 min transition run
Tuesday: 1,700 yd swim + core workout
Wednesday: 2,400 yd swim + strength maintenance
Thursday: 90 min run + core workout
Friday: 3,050 yd swim
Saturday: 90 min bike + 30 min transition run
Sunday: 150 min bike ride
Coach Joe and I have talked about my training data and we are both fairly certain that physiologically I’m a better sprinter than an endurance athlete. I show really great numbers in my shorter workouts, but I’m not able to sustain that strength very well. So we are going to have to adapt my training to focus on lower-intensity, high-duration training to build up my endurance.
Good news is that my physical fitness level is nearing the level that I achieved last summer in August, so it will be exciting to see how high my fitness level will reach by Ironman time. You can see this on the performance chart below. The blue line represents chronic training load (aka fitness) and the timeline goes all the way back to January, 2013 through early April, 2014. The pink line represents my level of fatigue, and the yellow line represents training stress balance.
The weather this week is just crappy. It’s been raining the past three days in addition to being cold, and it doesn’t plan to let up until the end of the week. I’m looking forward to some sunshine and May flowers.
Anyways, life goes on and here is this week’s training plan:
Monday: 45 min run + strength maintenance
Tuesday: 2,950 yd swim
Wednesday: 50 min tempo bike ride + 15 min transition run (8 minutes out & 7 minutes back)
Thursday: 95 min run + core workout
Friday: 2,600 yd swim
Saturday: 50 min run + core workout
Sunday: 150 min bike ride + 15 min transition run
T-131 days until Ironman Wisconsin