Monday, December 21, 2009

A Solid Start

One of the things I hadn't planned for, with this triathlon training, was that my first week would start during Christmas. As I laid out my plan for the week, I realized that I was gonna be out of town Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Not a big deal, other than I would be missing my long run and ride for the first week. I shuffled some stuff around to make sure that I got in at least two workouts in each discipline, and then it hit me. Why not just start early?

Brilliant.

Having enjoyed the last (you can laugh) of the beer for a while Saturday night, I got up relatively early on Sunday morning and hit the pool at the gym. What better to kick off training than to move the long swim of the week to the front with no preparation? The water was warm, and I had the entire pool to myself. I was pleasantly surprised to see that I had lost very little of my speed/form. My warm up came in at 1:30 per hundred yard pace. I struggled for the first 3-400 yards before finding my grove, only to struggle again for the last 2-300 yards as my endurance gave out. After my cool down, I ended up with 1700 yards total, and it felt good.

I spent the rest of the day washing clothes and cooking dinner. Dee Dee started her new job this week. She's been working the night shift and coming home at 6 AM in the morning. After lounging on the couch and being lazy until around 8:30 PM, I hauled out the trainer and started my long ride for the week. Yup. Not only was I moving both long days to the front, I was doing them back to back. Unlike swimming, however, I had no illusions that my bike endurance was still around. I kept the pace moderate and took a few breaks. My crotchticular region reminded me that I had not been on the bike in months. I managed an hour fifteen of the full workout (an hour thirty), and I was happy with that.

With Dee Dee's new work schedule it's really hard to say whether or not I'm gonna make it to Knoxville in May. I just got an email in from the Smokey Mountain Tri Club. The Beast of the East Half Iron Distance is $95.00. That's a big difference from $270.00 and no hotel fees for what's basically a training race.

It's gonna be a tough call.

Wes

15 comments:

teacherwoman said...

Nice start to your training!

Tea said...

ME TOO! I didn't realize until yesterday that my ultra training started this week!

You n me can have a suffer fest together. It's kinda like christmas only different.

San said...

First: thanks for your comment. I'd prefer the treadmill to a certain extend now too, but I'm not a gym member at the moment (no money due to no job and don't know when and where I move for my next job, so I won't sign a contract) so outside is my thing at the moment. And it's much more interesting then the treadmill. ;-)

Second: Yeah, the holidays. It's the fourth week in our marathon training. And group training is usually Thursday night. The coach didn't realize that this meant 2 training days less after only 3 weeks. So the schedule shuffling began last week. Normally last week would have been "recovery" week (lesser km), now it was more than the two weeks before. And this week is recovery and group training is shifted to Wednesday.

third: best of luck for deedee on her new job.

fourth: you've been in Hanau? When? Why?

Happy Holidays.

Kim said...

dont forget to put KY on your christmas list ;)

Carolina John said...

crotchticular

nice. that's what i'm talkin bout.

i also forgot that i had to travel this week when i was laying out the plan. happens to the best plans, i guess.

Darrell said...

I'm with Carolina John; crotchticular cracks me up.

for the difference in fees and as a training run, it doesn't seem like much of a tough call at all.

Enjoy the training, hope the legs feel ok tomorrow.

LBTEPA said...

most people would've just put it off for a week - you're an example to us all Wes :)

Michelle said...

Definitely a solid start. You're making me long for training plans and tough workouts. Soon enough.....

Molly said...

Oh yes, isn't it fun starting during holidays, travel, etc? :)

Missy said...

Crotchticular, better be careful with your ticulars, you might want to use those again, someday.

Yeah, REV3 is BIG $$$. Not too crazy about that but I'm pretty sure that I'm in. Coach says.

Renee said...

Wow, $95 for a half iron seems amazing! I would totally go for it!

Makita said...

Back in the pool! Feels good, huh? I don't think I'll ever stop swimming. Kudos to you - a great start to a new season! :D

Gotta Run..Gotta Ride said...

I am giving wine up...again....at least for the next 2 days...lol!!!

You may not know all of your events for next year but beginning the training EARLY is a great thing!

Jess said...

Very solid start to your training. It's a tough call on which race to do. If the local race is cheaper and truly just for training purposes, then it might be worth going that route.

Stuart said...

Now I can really appreciate what you guys go through, throwing down 1700 yards to start wow!

Congrats on getting a lead on it!