Consistency, consistency, consistency... That really is the number one rule of training. Once you nail consistency, THEN you can start your orderly progression of fitness. If you are not consistent with your training, then your fitness is going to rise and fall, and almost assuredly, you will not achieve your goals.
I started the Intermediate Base Plan I over at Trainer Road a little over 7 weeks ago. It's a six week plan, but was interrupted by my need to get home to Mobile to see my father. I picked back up with the last workout I had completed (thus repeating it), and proceeded to execute the rest of the plan.
It just so happened that the final week of the plan happened to coincide with my first week of triathlon training, and the weekend of the Georgia Half Marathon. I would be lying if I did not admit to being a bit concerned about the impact a pure cycling plan was going to have on my triathlon training.
I nailed the first two cycling workouts, and in between, I went for a 4 mile run in my Vibrams. Somewhere along the line, I did a number on my calves and my knees. It had been a while since I ran in the Vibrams, so 4 miles was probably not a good idea. My legs were so sore, I ended up cutting my long workout short on Saturday from 1.5 hours to 1 hour. I hated doing it, but with a half marathon on Sunday, it was definitely the right call.
After completing the Intermediate Base Plan I, I definitely feel like my cycling has been whipped back into shape. The Trainer Road plan has done wonders for my form and strength, and the proof will show soon, as I plan to do another 8 minute test to see just where I am at!
Full report on my anniversary weekend, Lisa and Karen's visit from Arizona, and the Georgia Half Marathon is on its way!
Happy week, y'all!