Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Triathlon Season is here!

Last weekend we drove up to Napa for Zach's first triathlon of the year, the Napa Valley Sprint Triathlon put on by Envirosports. I spectated with his mom and step dad and had a blast. The event took place at scenic Lake Berryessa. Check out his race report on his blog- he did great! He has several pictures on his blog so I'll just put one here- this is right after he finished:

After returning home on Sunday I went for a bike ride- my first time out solo on my new bike. I stuck to the Iron Horse trail but had a good pace going: 11.3 miles/43:10/15.7 MPH

So that gave me the following TOTALS for Week 1 of my HIM training:
10 miles run (good recovery week)
2000 m swim
70 miles bike (yay!)
Total training time: 7 hours (approx.)
(est. 9:00 run pace, 15 MPH bike pace, and two 22 minute swims... in the future I'll actually add up the time in my log)

So Week 2 is already underway and here's what I've done so far:

Was going to swim Monday morning (solo at the gym, Zach was taking a rest day so Master's class will have to wait) but I was up LATE watching the final game of the San Jose Shark's season. Well into the FOURTH OVERTIME Dallas scored and ended what seemed to be a never-ending game. I'm bummed the Sharks are out of the playoffs but did they ever go down fighting.

Monday 5.15 miles/45:54/8:55 average pace- Solo run after work. Listened to Steve's Boston Marathon Race on Pheddipidations. Favorite quote: "Brain off. Legs on."

Tuesday am: make-up swim: 750 m in 16:11. Zach was taking it easy since he's only two days out from his race and I was feeling lazy. I am really looking forward to the Master's class because as you can see, I am horrible at pushing myself in swimming. And I'm slow.

Tuesday pm: 30 minute ride on the trainer. I was going to skip the ride altogether (I know, I'm really slacking this week so far) because I was feeling very tired and lazy. My in-laws left this morning and it was kind of nice to just veg out after the busy weekend. I did a little cleaning, ate some potato chips, and watched The Hills. I guess a couple hours of lounging was all I needed because I was suddenly motivated and set up the trainer for a abbreviated workout. This was the first time I've used the bike trainer and WOW. It is a lot harder than I thought. The 30 minute ride was harder then any ride I've done so far, even the 1 hour and 45 minute group ride. Because there is no stopping for stoplights, no coasting, no drafting. Just cranking away the whole time. I was dripping sweat and just counting down the minutes. I have a whole new respect for Michele and others who ride for 2+ hours on the trainer... that is incredible.

Hang in there, we're almost done!

Wednesday am 6.0 miles/54:38/9:06 average pace- It was really windy but not too cold this morning, about 50 degrees. Zach ran 2 miles with me then turned around to finish with 4 miles and I did the rest solo. I listened to one of my many back logged podcasts and took the pace easy. I have a feeling that the runs will be my little safe space during tri training. The cycling and the swimming are so new and difficult and scary, but running is familiar and easy and fun. It will be a good balance.

Speaking of new and difficult and scary, we're going to our first Master's swim class tonight at 6:30. I hope it's fun. I'm pretty nervous that I"ll be really slow and not understand the drills but I'm going to do my best and I'm not afraid to ask questions. I know I need this class and I'm willing to put in the work. I'll report back tomorrow- I'm going to start updating my blog more then twice a week, these posts are getting too dang long!


Chad in the Arizona Desert said...

"Brain off, legs on." I like that!

Good luck with the Master swim.

Ewen said...

I hung in there... almost as tough as a 2-hour ride on the trainer ;)

Your swimming should improve in leaps and bounds (strokes and turns?) with the classes. The coaches should be able to give you some good tips on technique. Keep enjoying the running!

jahowie said...

Congrats to Zach on his tri finish!!

Good luck with the swim class. I should really look into joining one. I am really a lousy swimmer. Nice job on the workouts. Don't feel bad about taking some rest time. You've had a lot going on.

*aron* said...

good job on all your training!! thats some pretty intense stuff you have going on :) i bet its nice to mix it up and have a new challenge... and also nice to take some rest days in there too!!

Michele said...

You have hit half iron training full steam ahead!! Great workouts you have gotten done so far.

Trainer riding is HARD. Do you have any training DVDs? I have several and mix it up so I don't get too bored.

Good luck with the swim class, i need to start back at mine it is just so hard to work it into the schedule. But my swimming is so SLOW and even with the extra time in the pool, i am not getting faster. i am worried about being the last one out of the water next week at my first tri of the season.

keep up the training you are awesome!!