The week after the marathon was all about active recovery and looking back, it was probably too active. Meh, oh well! I bike commuted everyday, did two longer rides, swam once, and ran twice. That sounds like a lot coming right off a marathon, but in my defense, I paid attention to how my legs felt and took all workouts very easy. I didn't want to get into the trap of laying on my couch for 5 days because I think my leg would have taken longer to recover.
This week I jumped into official Lake Stevens 70.3 training. The week before the marathon I started to freak out that I didn't have a training schedule for the triathlon. My bike and swim fitness was way down compared to running and I started to get anxious about fitting it all in and feeling ready to race with only 10 weeks to go. So, I wrote out a highly digital training plan (see below) based off of this online plan. I feel MUCH better now. I'm being a good little triathlete and actually following it, too.
|Call me old fashion, but I love writing stuff down|
I joined a masters swim class this week to help motivate me to swim. It's at 6am Monday, Wednesday and Friday and my lane (the slowest lane) swims between 3,000 and 3,500 yards. I was nervous my first day, but everyone was really friendly and my pace was perfect for the group. One thing I have to get used to is swimming with 8 other people in a lane. It gets so rough in the pool when there are 6 lanes each with 6-9 people swimming. Also, the yardage that the group swims is about 1,000 more than I was swimming by myself. I thought it'd be tough to bump up to that distance, but with a group, it goes by SO fast.
I've started to ramp up my cycling as well. The plan is to get in 3-4 rides a week with one being either hill repeats or intervals and one a brick workout. I'm so happy that I can devote more time to my bike now that the marathon is over. I really do love cycling and it's the one sport that I have a lot to learn about want to improve in the most and heck, maybe sign up for a bike race. I said maybe.
I'm also making time for more weight training. Tuesday's and Thursday's are assigned as weight and core day in my high-tech schedule. At Nuun, we are very lucky to have a TRX system in the office. Have you ever used it? It's freaking hard. Don't underestimate the power of some yellow and black straps. Any exercise you do forces multiple muscles to engage, so you get a better workout than just using weight machines or dumbells. And a lot of it is about balancing, so all those little muscle fibers that are hard to strengthen with big moves are worked. I am slowing incorporating more TRX moves into my weight routine. Right now I do a mix of about 5 TRX moves with some dumbell and core exercises. The goal here is to strengthen to prevent injury. I mean, if I get nicer arms or less jiggly thighs, I'll be fine with that too.
|One-legged squats with foot reaching back. I named that one.|
Coming up on 8 weeks until Lake Stevens.