Back At This Triathlon Thing: Weekly Wrap #21

A while ago, I made several posts talking about my intention to do a triathlon this year (2017). Originally I was planning on doing the St. Anthony’s Triathlon, which is this weekend in St. Petersburg, but that didn’t work out for several reasons. Some of those reasons were logistics (no bike transport, pool not readily accessible, etc.) but the majority of it was just the fact that I didn’t prioritize training enough. Well, here I am, ready to get back into training for this triathlon goal. This time I have a plan. I’ve combined it with my 3x a week marathon training plan, which begins officially next week (eek, where did the time go?!?!) and this time I’m sticking with it! Linking up with Tricia and Holly for the Weekly Wrap!

Sunday, April 23: Ran the Star Wars Dark Side 1/2 marathon. As timing goes, this was probably my worst half marathon. It was hot, humid, and I didn’t really enjoy the running part. I did enjoy hanging out with all the characters though! I got some pretty good pictures this time around!

Lol #truth
Probably my best finisher pic at any race I’ve done so far
Couldn’t pass up a wookiee hug!

Monday, April 24: Recovery 3 miler at the fun run tonight with friends. We tried a bit of a different route so that was fun. It skipped the bridge, which was also fun haha.

Tuesday, April 25: Ran 2 miles tonight. Then hung out afterwards for a pizza party and some beer. Good times were had by all, including our most famous line: “When you’re running and something hurts just pretend it’s not there!”

Wednesday, April 26: This was a totally exhausting day. I was looking for a new place in the morning/early afternoon, then when I got back in town, I went for a swim. I finally ponied up and joined a local fitness center at an RV Resort called Sun n Fun- they have a really nice indoor lap pool. I had been worried about the cost, especially because the majority of my uses in the fitness center will be just for the pool but this was only $25 a month and I don’t think it would get any better than that. So today I did a swim workout of 950 yds. Then I went to my first meeting with the Sarasota Storm Triathlon Club. I’ve recently joined a few of the running and the tri clubs in Sarasota so I can meet more local runners and interact with them, hopefully to keep Fit2Run in their mind as their go-to running store!

Thursday, April 27: Today I was planning on biking and then running, but after the biking part my stomach still wasn’t feeling that great, so I skipped the running. I went and biked at a local park 6.67 miles (2 loops around the park). It was a good experience, unlike my previous bike experience when I wiped out because I wasn”t used to riding a road bike. I’m glad I took it out and took the chance to get used to riding it. However, I learned that I’m really out of shape! I was out of breath after two loops- really around the 5 mile mark! I definitely need practice on this thing.

My first outdoor bike ride since I was like 12 lol!

Friday, April 28: Finally a rest day! This triathlon training thing is hard! On some ‘rest days’ you’re actually swimming, so it’s not really a rest day. I understand why triathletes eat so much and why they are exhausted all the time now. I can’t imagine training for a full Ironman. Whew!

Saturday, April 29: Today was a brick workout: 30 minute swim and 3 mile run. It’s exhausting. I’m sure I will get used to this the same way I got used to running 5k’s and 10k’s but at this point I’m dead haha. My swim workout was 600 yds: 100 yd warmup; 4x25yd kicking drills, 4x25yd breathing drills, 2×50 yd breaststroke, 100 yd freestyle, 100 yd cooldown. I’m trying to practice freestyle more because that’s my weak spot. Today I worked on trying to get more rotation into my swimming too. Then I did a 3 mile run on the dreaded mill using 4/1 intervals and a 1.5 incline on the run intervals. You know, just to make it harder on myself haha.

Swim Selfie Saturday!

So that was my week! My weekly mileage was:

Swimming: 1550 yds/ .88 miles

Biking: 6.67 miles

Running: 21.23 miles

Maybe next month I’ll actually get to participate in the Virtual Ironman challenge a group I’m in on Facebook does monthly!

Have you ever trained for a triathlon? Do you use a training plan or do you just try and wing it? 

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8 thoughts on “Back At This Triathlon Thing: Weekly Wrap #21”

  1. I have done a duathlon (totally on a whim), but I know a tri is a whole ‘nother ball game. I would definitely need swimming lessons and probably a coach to help me put together a plan if I ever did a tri. I’d like to do one someday (you know…that bucket list thing), but it’s not a priority right now.
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    1. I spent two years focusing on obstacle course racing and got kind of bored with it so I needed a new challenge. Triathlons it is! We will see how this one goes!

  2. I can’t believe I’m saying this but this is my third year training for tris. I still feel very much like a newbie. You’re right it is exhausting. I find it distracts me from my running goals. My tri is in 3 weeks and I can’t wait to get it over with.
    You did get some nice race pics at the Dark Side!
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    1. It does distract me from my running goals, which is why I wasn’t able to keep up with training this past winter. My goals for the Gasparilla Distance Classic were more important to me. Right now, I’m just beginning marathon training and I don’t have high mileage yet so I figure it’s the best time to get into triathlons. If I do a few this summer and end up liking them I may make that my main training goal next year and see how I do when I focus more on it as a sport rather than an off season thing.

  3. That does sound like a good deal on using the indoor pool. Yes, I have trained for four sprint triathlons — winging it. Yes, it’s exhausting! LOL. I was not a good swimmer but loved the bike and run legs enough to keep at it. When you run after biking, it feels like you are dragging cement blocks. (Just sayin’.) I’ll excitedly be following along as you become a triathlete! Thanks for linking, Montana!

    1. I actually like the swimming part even though I’m not good at it. I figure it’s a lot like when I first started running- I was slow and out of shape but by continuing to run I got better. I’ll just keep swimming until I get better lol! Thanks Holly!

    1. It’s so true though. As soon as you see that photographer you make sure you look happy and smiling while running- even if mentally you’re hating life right then.

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