This past week was very successful and has got me set in the right direction. I worked out everyday Monday-Friday and felt it was a pretty solid week.
Monday - Afternoon swim during break at school. Today was a half day for students and then teachers had to return at 3pm for parent teacher conferences. I was able to leave school at 12:30 and head straight to GAFC for a swim. I wish this was something I could do more often because the pool was so quiet! I swam for about 40 minutes and then it was off to the shower and get changed back into work clothes. I still had some extra time so it was off to Starbucks for a latte before heading back to school. I felt refreshed and ready to tackle the rest of the day!
Tuesday - Run Day! Today we did not have school because of Veteran's Day. In the evening I went out for a run. I wasn't sure how far I would go but decided to just run until I felt done. This is typically my style! I ended up running three miles. This is the longest I have run in a while. The weather was beautiful and I was enjoying it while I could because the next day would prove to be brutally cold!
Wednesday - Today was an easy day on the stationary bike. I rode 20 minutes just to loosen up a little bit. Nothing too fancy here. Just keeping up with a workout each day!
Thursday - Run Day! Today I decided that I would run somewhere between 2-3 miles. I ended up running the same course as Tuesday to compare my time. The effort was there but my watch was acting up and not giving credit where credit was due! It had me running slower than Tuesday and also had me running . 2 miles less. Oh well, I know I ran harder and faster!
Friday - Pool swim! Today I was back in the pool. I didn't get there until about 4:30 so I was starting later than I would like to on a Friday. The advantage of Friday evening swims is that most people prefer to take this day off and start the weekend early so for me it means less congestion in the water! Today I swam for 45 minutes. My mainset was a pyramid set 25-50-75-100-75-50-25 with a kickboard. Needless to say my legs were screaming at me. I loved it!!
Final workout this week is a stationary bike ride for either Saturday or Sunday. Since today is Sunday, this workout will have to be today! I have volunteer hours to do at the animal shelter today so this will be done later tonight but I promise it will get done!
At this point in the triathlon training cycle, I am enjoying this thing they call the "off season". This past week I took completely off because I donated blood last Saturday. After learning this past year that my iron levels are ridiculously high, it turns out that I am eligible to donate double red blood cells. The advantage is that your donation is used faster (trauma victims need this!) and you get your fluids back. The downside is that red blood cells are the cells that carry oxygen to your muscles. This means that a simple run gets you completely winded! On Sunday I tried exercising during commercial breaks while watching the NYC Marathon and I had a hard time just doing 10 push-ups. Later in the week I tried more light exercise and my body was saying NO!! So, I listened and decided it was best to take a week off anyway. I'm saving a life, so it's worth it! Tomorrow is a half day at school (parent/teacher conferences) so my plan is to leave school and swim before heading back to school to start my meetings. You might be a triathlete . . .
Last week I renewed my USAT membership and received a free training plan through Training Peaks. I thought I was going to be able to pick out anything on Training Peaks, but the offer was a little misleading and it turns out that I only can pick out one BASE plan for a distance. I of course picked out the 70. 3 plan and it looks like my plan begins on Monday, January 5th, 2015. It is only 12 weeks but it will build a solid base from which I will then have an 11 week build and peak plan. This sets me up pretty good for my half iron in May. There is so much to plan for this event and it is time consuming simply making a plan. I think about all the things I need to fit in each week and I am interested in seeing just how all this is going to pan out. It must be nice being a professional athlete where all you have to worry about is your next workout. I would like to see them train like that with a full time job and other life responsibilities. I don't wish to trade places necessarily. I love my place in the world, I just wish there were 30 hours in a day. Either that or I wish I could function on 2 hours of sleep. Either or. I'm not picky.
The real training will be here before I know it. In the meantime, I have been taking steps to drop some weight and at this point I've lost almost 7 pounds so the scale is going in the right direction. I'm not sure what my magic number is but I am confident that my pre-training will get me right where I need to be in January. I'm so excited for training to begin that I wish it was already here! I could go ahead and skip the holidays and just dive right into training. . . If only it was that simple!
My name is Jamie and I am an Ironman athlete! I completed my first super sprint triathlon in 2008. I am proud to be a member of the Fleet Feet Sports Greenville Running Club!
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51.2129 Miles - 21:19:03
50K - 6:54:59
Half Marathon 2:10:58
10 Miler - 1:45:42
10K - 1:00:24
8K - 47:21
5 Miler - 52:41
5K - 27:27
1 mile - 8:33
103.48 miles - 6:42:11
2.42 miles - 1:47
Half Iron 8:17:12
Full Iron* 13:19:27
Note: some distances have only been raced once! I know I could crush a couple of these now!