Where It All Began...

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*Don't miss the video link below. My first sprint, swim indoors, bike and run outdoors. 

                  

I can't believe how much time has passed since my last post! I apologize for this, but it's so hard to keep up with work, training, and family alone. I promise I will try to do better. I have so much to share! Things that I hope will inspire or help the triathletes out there.

As of right now, I am 12 weeks into training.  I have 11 more weeks to go until taper and 13 weeks until race day. So pretty much halfway. I was beginning to feel irritable, tired, and weak. The excitement and joy that I typically feel when training had left me. I knew that the intensity would be revving up so I decided to take a really good recovery week before moving forward.  During the week of the 4th of July, I didn't lift weights and aimed for at least 7 hours of sleep each night. I even fit in a few cat naps, spent more time with the family, and was able to shorten my training sessions.  

This recovery time helped me go into this past Saturday feeling strong and focussed. Saturday was a "Triple" day. My first one for this IM training season. It's my longest training day at this point and it includes all legs of the race. Here is what it looked like...

2:50 on the bike (I took it outside, time to distance myself from the bike trainer and to feel the road again. It felt great to be out there in the fresh air.)

  • I spent 50 minutes inside until the sun came up warming up
  • 20 minutes were warming up to 75% of my max heart rate
  • Performed 2 x 3:00 ILT (isolated leg training) drills. 20 seconds work, 10 seconds switch
  • 24 minutes of cycling at 75% max heart rate
  • Rode outdoors, 1 hour out and 1 hour back

40 minute run off the bike

45 minute swim

  • 400 swim
  • 300 kick
  • 300 pull
  • 2 x 600 focussing on breath control. By 50's breathe every 3, then every 5, every 7, then practiced lookout every 4 breaths down and every 6 breaths back - this is 200m - I repeated this 3x for a total of 600m (I hope that my math is right ; )
  • Cooled down with 50 kick, 50 swim, 50 kick, 50 swim

Here's a little treat for you all, my very first triathlon and where it all began for me. The video quality may be questionable, but it always brings a smile to my face! `Enjoy! 

Video: My very first triathlon.