On Sunday, I completed my 4th week of my 13-week triathlon training plan. I had built in 2 “easy” weeks throughout my training plan to give myself a bit of a break, and one of those was originally supposed to be Week 4. Since I missed the first 2 weeks of training because of my bike accident, I didn’t need a rest week yet. So I ended up just repeating week 3.
Training with a cast on my wrist continues to be interesting. I can’t swim or ride a bike outside. Nonetheless, things are going really well and I can feel my endurance and stamina improving as the weeks pass! Here is how things went this week:
Triathlon Training: Week 4
This is a day scheduled for swim sprints on my tri plan but I have changed that to strength training while I can’t get in the pool. I stayed at home this day and did a bunch of leg exercises that I used to do in PT. I added 2# leg weights for a bit of resistance.
I did a brick workout this day at the Y… 40-minute ride and 15-minute run.
I mentioned this in another post but one bummer about the Y is that their cardio equipment has a 30-minute time limit. The machine actually cuts off so that you are forced to get off. So I actually did a 30-minute ride on the regular stationary bike and then moved to a recumbent bike for the rest of the ride. I made it work but knew the Y is probably not going to be the best option for riding.
Originally planned to do an open swim at the Whitewater Center but obviously that was out. They also found a brain-eating amoeba in the water at the whitewater site so I’m kind of okay with not swimming there right now. I decided to stay home instead and did some strength training. I actually found a great set of exercises online and spent about 40-minutes on them. I kind of felt like I should have gone to the gym but I was being too lazy. The Y closest to me also closes at 8 so that kind of limits when I can go after work.
I did a 20-minute treadmill run. Remember when I mentioned liking the treadmill now? Apparently that is only when I can watch TV. Didn’t love this run but I think it was because there was no TV on the treadmill.
My plan was to set my bike up on my new trainer and do my ride at home. But I realized I needed a new skewer to support my bike on the trainer and didn’t have time to go back by the bike shop before it closed. So this day ended up being a rest day.
I ended up getting the skewer for my bike on this day and did a 50-minute ride at home.
I really love the convenience of the trainer. Once I learned how to pop my bike in, it only took a few minutes to set up. My specific trainer also folds up nicely so it’s easy to store.
Something I didn’t expect about the trainer is that it is really loud! I wanted to watch TV while riding but I had to turn the volume up so high to hear it over the trainer that I was afraid I was torturing my roommate and neighbors. I’m shopping for a pair of wireless headphones so that I can hear the TV without disturbing anyone
I’m really happy that I’m building up some endurance with my runs. I actually think my issues with running have been more mental because I have no physical issue increasing my time and distance. I am running a pretty slow mile right now and I’m wondering if that will increase over the next 9 weeks.
I hope I’m not being cocky but I am feeling really good about my rides. The sprint is a 13-mile ride and right now I can cycle for an hour without really feeling much.
Obviously I’m falling further and further behind with my swims. I hate that I will be the least prepared for this sport and it’s the first one. I have an update on my hand coming tomorrow but I don’t think I’m going to be able to come back from my hand injury in time to really prepare myself for a strong swim.