So it’s been about a month now that I’ve been back at the committed triathlon training. So far everything has been going pretty well, there have been a few bumps in the road, but that always seems to happen! I feel like I have made training a habit again, missing my workouts if I don’t get them in. I have been getting in 6 training days a week, resting on Tuesday. My job in the restaurant industry will always make the early mornings a challenge, so far I’ve been doing pretty good, getting up and getting the runs in! This will be more challenging the hotter it gets and the earlier I have to get up. Beside making the training possible, it also allows me to spend a little time with Amy in the morning before she goes to work. We usually don’t get to spend a lot of time together during the week, so anything helps!
Basically the training schedule has been:
Monday: Morning Run, Afternoon Swim
Thursday: Morning Run, Afternoon Swim
Friday: Morning Run, Afternoon Swim
Saturday: Long Bike or Long Run
Sunday: Long Bike or Long Run
I thought about racing this weekend at Tempe International, but decided to just keep at the training. Race days are really cool but I need to just concentrate on the main goal this year, IMAZ! My biggest concern is to be fit enough to have a solid sub 6 hour bike ride and get off the bike for a no hobbling, calf cramping free marathon. My past two IM races have been severely effected by calf cramping issues on the run. In 2008, after a wind tortured bike ride I couldn’t even point my toes to run the cramping was so bad. In 2009 I battled slightly better cramps and was able to get rid of them after 2 laps of eating just about every banana I could find! The third lap was just about the most enjoyable running I have had in a triathlon. That feeling is what I want to replicate for the entire run. This means being in even better shape than last time, and being smart about taking in enough of the right nutrition during the race. And running, a lot.
If I can keep this up all summer I can have a great race come November 18th!
Here’s a pic from 2009, just starting my 3rd running loop.
The goal is to feel like this the whole run!