Thursday, May 14, 2009

So far, so sore

My first week of base tri training is going great- but dear lord am I sore! It is really just only my upper body, but I can tell my whole body is being worked in a whole new way. I love it! Here's the run down:

Monday: ST
Weights at the gym with Emily. We did a bunch of different stuff- bench press, pull ups (the "s" is being generous), captain's chair leg lifts, side plank, bicep curls on the bosu ball, and we did that back-to-back hand-off thing with the heavy ball. Fun stuff! I did my pushups too.

Tuesday: run
4.0 miles/39:15/9:49 average pace
Easy run with Deana. She was done after 3.7 miles so I had a little solo kick at the end to bring the pace down. She's doing great though! I'm thinking 10k is in her future...

Tuesday: swim
2150 yards/1:00 ish
Masters! YES, I went! It wasn't even that hard, I don't know why I was so nervous. I shared a lane with a girl who was my same speed and it was fun. I kept getting foot cramps though which really sucked. I think that will go away with more time in the pool, right? Any tips? Otherwise the class was fun and went by fast.

Wednesday: bike
1:00 spin class
Spinning! YES, I went! It wasn't even that hard, I don't know why I was so nervous. (you see a theme here?) The music and instruction makes a tough workout go by fast. I didn't think it was anywhere near as hard as riding up real hills outside, but I think that is because there can be so much stress and frustration out on the road. I need to train my mind. Maybe I'm a lot stronger than I think on the bike. Like Zach has been saying this whole time.

Wednesday: brick run
1.85 miles/15:00/8:06 average pace
Right after the class ended I hopped on a treadmill and did my first transition run of the season. My legs felt super fresh and fast. I started off at 6.5 MPH and bumped it up bit by bit, finishing at 8.5 MPH. Weee!

Wednesday: ST
Ya, that's right, we're still on Wednesday. After the run I did about 20 minutes of weights at the gym. Mostly core stuff, but also some bicep curls and shoulder presses. I'd already done my pushups while waiting for spin class to start (Did I mention that I finally did 50 pushups in a row? It was last weekend after our bike ride. Usually I'm maxing out at like 35.). After this I sat in the steam room for a while breathing the eucalyptus steam and feeling like a f-ing champ.

Thursday: bike
10.4 miles/38:15/16.4 MPH
It finally stopped raining so I got in a nice ride after work in the sunshine today. I was keeping a fast pace the whole time and felt great! Maybe the spin class is already working. It was nice having such a short workout scheduled. I'm guessing this is one of the workouts that doubles++ in the next 27 weeks.

Thursday: swim
2000 yards/1:00
Masters again. Go me! No foot cramps this time. We did a lot of non-free, which for me is breaststroke and backstroke (no butterfly for me yet) and it was tough. My arms, shoulders and back are deeply GOOD sore.

So, overall, good week. I am really proud of myself for doing every single workout so far. I will be appropriately flexible with this training, but had to prove to myself that I could do it this first week for sure. I'm making all kinds of new habits here and I'm just in that "make it stick" phase.

Diet-wise, things are still going good. I've been keeping my calories low, under 2000, but haven't felt too hungry or tired so I think I'm getting enough. I'm eating a lot more fruits and vegetables and I have been drinking a lot of water too. I already feel a little better, like less bloated, but I have quite a ways to go. Still loving and highly recommending the Daily Plate!

Speaking of diets, did you all see the Biggest Loser finale? Dude. Tara was robbed! Helen looked downright skinny and like 20 years older. Also I couldn't have been more creeped out by Jerry. That show is pretty weird, but gets downright gross at the end. Such extremes. I love it.

I'm really looking forward to the weekend. It's supposed to be very warm and I have all kinds of fun running and biking planned. I'll definitely take some pictures. Have a great weekend everyone! Thanks for stopping by. :)


Petraruns said...

Great update and GREAT week! Girl! You're on fire! Ok. My pushup challenge will begin today - you've inspired me!

Anonymous said...

I can definitely see why you are sore! Way to nail all the workouts and get things started on the right foot.

Have a fabulous weekend.

Chloe said...

Wow! What an amazing week! Congrats on sticking with the workouts!! Glad you are liking your masters program - I'm starting to LOVE mine!

And I agree with you! Jerry totally creeped me out. And Helen looked like all she did was drink diet coke and smoke while she was at home! But I'm obsessed with that show as well. :)

Amy said...

Yay, good for you going to the Master's swimming! That's awesome. You had a great all-around workout week.

kristen said...

Good girl. That's a great start to training. Especially with the new job and all.

Regarding the swim - ocassonally I get foot cramps too (especially when I use fins). One of my fellow bloggers told me to leave a pack of tums handy. Weird, but she says it works. I havn't tried it, but... I started taking gatorade with me to the pool an sipping on it between sets. It works like a charm for me. Plus I don't really use fins anymore.

Nitmos said...

It makes it very hard for me to continue to complain about my training schedule when I come here and yours is more intense. Stop it already!

Sarah said...

You are doing awesome on your workouts! Nice job!! I love spinning. It is way less stressful than the road and you can sing at the same time!

Lotusphx said...

Great week Jen!! You did fantastic - We tried spinning a few times - it was fun! Hard, but fun... I get foot cramps in yoga sometimes - and I think they usually come on when I haven't had enough fluids... It is quite annoying though - feels like my foot has a mind of its own :)

Be Proud!!

KK said...

Nice Job fitting all that in with the new job. Loved the part about "feeling like a champ" in the steam room.

So, about thinking you're stronger on the bike than you show on the road vs. often do you pay attention to your heart rate while riding on the road? It would be interesting to see your HR zones vs. speed and compare that to your running data because I bet Zach is right, it could just be the road jitters but you can really go faster. But, who cares about all that mumbo jumbo right now, you are just getitng into the swing of full time training and should enjoy it-it sounds like you are.

Hope you have a great weekend. I need to check out that plate website. And that is a serious weights workout you and Emily did. LOL about the "s" being generous.

Mir said...

Your first paragraph says it all. It's not that I like being sore, but it's a validation of hard training. It makes you feel you have accomplished something! Great job!

Biggest Loser was weird. I agree, Helen lost too much weight--she looks like she had been starving herself. Both her and Tara were too heavily made up. Tara looks like she could lose a little bit more if she wanted to, but she looks healthy. I thought Mike looked great!

ShirleyPerly said...

Woohoo, great week of training!! And super on those push-ups. I think if you think spinning classes are not that hard, you must be stronger on the bike outside than you think. The one I've been to dam near killed me!

Alisa said...

You rocked that first week! Go JEN!!!!!!!!!!

I am THERE next Wednesday. Ready to get my ass handy to me by a seasoned Tri veteran =).

the gazelle said...

way to go! I think that you're going to be my tri- inspiration! No more skipped workouts!

aron said...

you are doing awesome girl!!! this is going to be so fun to follow :)

question... with IM training do you run as much as you would with a full marathon plus the swimming and biking or do you do less running? just curious how it works :)

have a great weekend!

Kim said...

you are DOMINATING your training! what a fantastic training week - you will be killing the IM!

Amy said...

Wow, great week! I am so impressed. i hope the weather holds out for you this weekend!!!

kelsalynn said...

Eucalyptus steam??? that sounds like pure bliss.

Admittin Zach was right all along??? scary repercussions from that!! :)

Your week of fitness is INSANELY INTENSE and AWESOME! I'm so proud of you for working through all of them!!! You are so strong!

Question- when's the rest day??? Just making sure you're not hurting yourself :)

Keep it up girl!

melinda said...

grate workouts! you are a machine. I did catch the ridiculously long biggest loser... does it really need to be 3 hours? Helen is tiny and I agree, Tara was robbed.

J said...

Great job on the first week! I know the feeling of wanting to do the first week and prove you can do it all!!

Ewen said...

You're doing well! A little sore is good :) Keep going and remember the old "listen to your body".

It's worth an "s" if you do more than 2!

Anonymous said...

what a hardcore week!!! and 50 pushups..amazing job!!! I will have to check out the daily plate..I definitely need a diet make over and need to keep track of what I eat!

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