Training has been difficult this time around, but I am constantly reminding myself that is it is simply because all of this is new to me! Sure, I can swim and bike but I could also technically run before I started couch 2 5K years ago too. Now I am working on learning two in depth sports for a race where I will do all three.
…Whoa…take a minute now.
That does sound a little intimidating.
Thankfully I know that this is me. This is my normal pre-race jitters. This is the feeling that I love and I hate. It’s this feeling that reminds me that what I’m doing excites and challenges me!
Sooooo…on to the 2 weeks out list of all of the things!
I’m currently winding down on my training focus and allowing myself to rest more.
- Strength training: I’ve spent the first 7 weeks with heavy weights and low reps. At 4 weeks out, I switched to lighter weights and higher reps. During the first couple weeks, I had continued on a specific strength routine that I had already been doing but soon realized that I needed to better compliment what I was training for. After some searching, I came up with a full strength routine with needs for triathletes specifically. It has worked wonders! I was super nervous about my shoulder that I hurt while stroller pushing during an 18 mile training run in the fall, but that has been dealt with and strengthened!!
- Swimming: I am focusing on just getting pool time in. This is my weakest part of the 3 legs. Now I am trying to build up my endurance and focus on relaxing. Not much is going to change at this point but I can take the time to simply feel more comfortable in the water. It will definitely help shake some of the open water fear if I go in more confident.
- Biking: I started training on a bike that the gears were barely working, switched to the gym bike, switched to a friend’s fitness bike and now trying to get used to the Specialized bike that is fixed and fitted! Lots of changes here. It is not ideal but I know that my legs can carry me through it. Now to simply practice mounting and turning LOL!
- Running: My good friend. My strength. My safe place. I have been running here and there but nothing too intense. I know how my body handles training with running. I do much better with less scheduled runs but they are high intensity. I have a few more runs left that I plan to take nice and easy. The bricks have been interesting but I know running. It’s just one foot in front of the other.
- Stretching: This. This has been my issue. I keep getting caught up in balancing all of the training and all that goes on in my family of six…stretching has taken a back seat. I know. I know. All of this training and I am slacking on what is needed for recovery. I’m learning. It’s a tough juggle to triathlon train. Over the last 2 weeks though, I have made up for it with some easy stretching after strength or yoga before bed.