Sunday, January 17, 2010

Fitness Guru

Weekly Workouts
Swimming - 2.25 hours (3 days)
Biking - 4 hours (3 days)
Running - 1.28 hour (2 days, plus 2 bricks)
Weights - 2.25 hours (3 days)

I feel like I've gotten into my groove with training. I know it's only week 3 and there's a lot more training to be had, but I'm enjoying myself and look forward to seeing if and where I've improved. When I thought about this week, Richard Simmons popped into my head for some reason. Could be that my fro is getting out of control due to the humidity or maybe I feel like I've channeled my inner Richard Simmons and have become a workout guru. Some good news on the gear front, I finally got my heart rate monitor working and bought a new trainer for Lucy. Unfortunately I had issues with the trainer for my ride this morning.

On Wednesday, Andrew had me swim a continuous 500. I did it in 8:41. It's not my fastest, but I'm surprised it was that fast with the time I've taken off. There's still room for improvement and speed, but physically I feel so much better. I need to give a shout out to the fine people of TNT for letting me swim with them on Monday nights. Being an alumni has its perks. It's really nice to have a group to swim with weekly (especially a group I like so much).

I was stuck on the trainer yet once again for my long ride. The weather wasn't cold, but it was rainy. Because I'm still getting used to Lucy, I didn't want to risk being outside in the rain. Life also got in the way this weekend and I had to adjust my training schedule because of it. I was supposed to do a 3 hour ride outdoors, but because I was indoors I could scale it back to 2 hours. For some reason I couldn't get my cadence to where it was supposed to be on the bike and I just felt like I was kind of sucky, so I decided to go for 2:45 to make up for it. Hopefully next week the weather g-ds decide to be nice to Atlantans and we'll get at least 1 nice weekend day of weather.

I never thought I would say this, but I'm really having a hard time slowing down my pace during my runs. Whenever I run, I always try and go as fast as my body will allow (mind you, it's not that fast, but it's fast for me). Training for this race, it will be better for me in the long run to focus on my form and build frequency. Running is by far my weakest discipline. It's my slowest and I have a hard time pushing myself on the run during a race. I will say that on my runs during a brick this week I really felt awesome, albeit it was only 10 minutes. I'm sure when I get to 16 milers, I'll be thankful for that slow pace.

All in all, a good week for me training.

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