After a couple easier training weeks due to my busy schedule I’m back onboard my usual tough training regimen including a hard morning run threshold test at the indoor track on Wednesday and an indoor triathlon in La Crosse on Saturday. Here is this week’s tentative training schedule. The results of my threshold test will determine the final training plan for the weekend. Stay tuned to learn more about how this brutal test turns out.
Monday: 30 min run + 3,000 yd swim
Tuesday: 10 min warmup + strength training + core workout + 60 min bike
Wednesday: AM run threshold test + 3,200 yd swim
Thursday: 10 min warm-up + strength training + core workout + 60 min bike
Friday: Rest day
Saturday: University of La Crosse indoor triathlon (10 min swim + 20 min bike + 15 min run)
Sunday: 3,100 yd swim + 90 min bike + 30 min run
With all this training it’s important to be able to track my progress, and in order to do that I rely on technology such as my heart rate monitor, bike speedometer/cadence meter and power meter. All this data is collected with my Garmin 910XT watch.
I had some sticker shock when I first heard that this watch was $450, but once I learned that it tracks swimming data in addition to the biking and running I was sold. I can hop in the pool and the Garmin 910XT is able to track my laps, swim stroke rate and my rate per 100 yds. During the summer months this watch uses its GPS to track my distance and speed in the lake as well. Plus, it’s fairly easy to switch from swimming to biking to running making it a great way to track myself during competition.
Needless to say, I love this watch and I’m so glad I splurged on it. I use it every single day, sometimes even forgetting to take it off after my workouts just because I’m so used to wearing it.
You can also upload your Garmin data onto your computer. I upload data onto the website TrainingPeaks (free to use unless you upgrade to premium edition) which then gives Coach Joe access to the information and he is able to use all that data to track my progress and plan out my training. Each week he posts my planned workouts for the week onto TrainingPeaks, then when I’m ready to upload the data it goes into that specific workout. Technology is amazing .
To upload data onto your computer you will need to download the Garmin ANT Agent software. To upload onto TrainingPeaks you will need the download the TrainingPeaks Device Agent. Both Windows and Mac options available.
T-187 days until Ironman Wisconsin