Somebody was eating their Wheaties, and M&Ms this weekend. I couldn’t get enough running in for some reason. Too much energy from the sugar, and too much fun with Norak (my mom) at Target.
Six weeks until my first sprint triathlon, Tri to Beat Cancer in Athens, GA. I continue to “tri”and find a proper training plan. While many runners, swimmers, cyclists, etc. have varying rules on training, for me it seems impossible to find the perfect training plan. I have a life, I’m not paid to train. Therefore, I have to stick to a plan that I can make work, even on the days when I don’t want to. Women are more regimen and typically adhere to plans better, but I have a hard time following a discipline week after week. I get bored easily and I don’t want to feel forced to train for something I ultimately enjoy doing. I want to train to keep my passion for sports thriving. The past three weeks I have logged more than 90+ miles on the bike, no telling how many miles I’ve run or laps I’ve swam and not one mile has felt like training. (OK, maybe one or two on the bike or in the pool.)
I’ve read everything from Runner’s World and Active Network to Shape Magazine and various online triathlon sites and feel that I am getting my arms around what it will take to train. I’ll try to find a couple of plans and show you my adaptation. All the magazines and sites don’t compare to talking to someone face-to-face who has completed a tri. Practical tips I’ve heard:
– Don’t wear white, pink or orange clothing. Tends to be a bit see-thru in water. (Sorry fellas)
– The open water swim is not like the calm waters of a supervised lap pool, say at your local gym. On race day you’re going to be looking up, back, around and all over.
– Practice the transition, or brick workouts. The bike to run can leave you running like a turkey.
Right now my goal is to get focused in this last six weeks. I have at least three weekends where I will be traveling, should be interesting. Overall, one thing I am not sacrificing is my nutrition. After doing two-a-days since Friday, I can tell you when I’ve had one too many of something. Setting up a candy “bar” for a friend’s baby’s 1st birthday party had me on more sugar than all the Oompa Loompa workers combined. Not to rival the Pop Tart 5k, but I invented the Candy 10k Salute. It’s time to get focused, but knowing me I can still find a way to sneak in a cupcake.
Meghan, my unofficial training coach, pointed me to the amazing Runner’s World article. The August issue is speaking to me: A FAST TRANSITION – Get race-ready in six weeks with this sprint-triathlon plan.
I’m taking a closer look, and not to sound cocky but I workout harder than this when I’m not training.
Are y’all good at sticking to a plan? When training, what’s the one thing you will not sacrifice?