Seems like a great idea in theory, right? Sure. Except that I am a very goal-oriented person. I like, no -- NEED, to see big picture. If i'm not training for a race, how do I know how far I should run on any given day? Two miles? Seven? What does it really matter if I'm not training for something specific? I need to know my end goal so that I can formulate a plan, because anyone who knows me knows that I LOVE a good schedule.
After talking to Juls (and by talking to, I mean asking approximately 400 annoying questions), I found a race that seemed to pop out at me. It's in September, which gives me plenty of time to train. I don't have to wear a wetsuit, which is great since I don't own one. They have a "newbies" swim wave, which was what sold me. I'm comfortable in the water, but I'm not-so-secretly afraid of getting kicked, being knocked unconscious, and drowning. It's local-ish (Hopkinton), so I don't have to worry about hauling all of my stuff on an overnight or weekend trip. And most importantly, it's a race company that came highly recommended to me, so I feel confident that I will have a positive experience. I hovered over the "submit payment" button for about half an hour and I gasped out loud as I clicked it. And just like that I'm registered for my first triathlon!
This is the schedule that I'm thinking about using (thanks Juls!) I might need to juggle the days depending on when the pool at the local high school is available for lap swimming, LUNA runs, and the like. It'll keep me busy, but I should still have plenty of time to rock climb, especially if I wanted to do overnight trips on the weekend - something I didn't have the energy to do while marathon training. I'd definitely say that my swimming needs the most work - though I am comfortable in the water and have been swimming for as long as I can remember. I think a big part for me will just be building my endurance for the brick workouts, and luckily I have plenty of time to prepare!
|Tues||Bike 30min||Bike 40min||Bike 35min||Bike 30min||Bike 30min Run 10min||Bike 40min Run 15min||Bike 40min Run 15min||Bike 30min|
|Wed||Run 20min Strength||Run 20min Strength||Run 20min Strength||Run 20min Strength||Run 20min Strength||Run 20min Strength||Run 20min Strength||Run 20min|
|Thurs||Swim 400yd||Bike 30 min Swim 500 yds||Swim 600 yds||Bike 30 min||Bike 50min Swim 700yds||Bike 45min Swim 800 yds||Bike 40min swim 900yd||Bike 30 min Swim 600yd|
|Sat||Bike 45min||Bike 50min||Bike 1hr||Bike 45min||Bike 1hr 10min||Bike 1hr 15min||Bike 50min||Bike 10min OWS 15min (or 500yds in pool)|
|Sun||Run 20min Swim 300yd||Run 35min Swim 400yd||Run 40 min OWS 15min (or 750 yds pool)||Run 20min OWS 15min (or 750yds pool)||Run 45min OWS 20min (or 1000yds pool)||Run 50min OWS 20min (or 1000 yds pool)||Run 35min OWS 15min (750 yds pool)||RACE|
Do you have any training programs that you'd swear by? Any tips for a newb triathlete? Any equipment that I ABSOLUTELY should purchase? Tell me everything!