WEEK 3 – January 11, 2016 – January 17, 2016
Being indoors at the start of a training plan is always a drag for me. In 2013, when I started training for Ironman Wisconsin, I started in late February, which meant I was a little bit closer to spring, and being outside. This time I am sure that I am looking at a solid three months indoors with our crazy Chicagoland weather.
Being inside isn’t really a bad thing. Many triathletes do the majority of their training indoors, winter, spring, summer or fall. I don’t know how their brains allow them to do that, because the boredom would kill me.
But this week I kind of turned the corner. I would dread looking at each bike workout, knowing that I was looking at sitting on that hard saddle for 1.5 hours or more. This week I seemed to have motivation and get it done mentality. I hope it lasts until spring.
The swim work out this week called for a straight 2500 yard swim, with no drills or workouts thrown in on Tuesday. That is a little of a mental break, because having to remember all of the drill and the lap I am on while swimming is a challenge for me. (I am starting to think that I need to mentally suck it up!) Thursday’s swim was another workout, but easier to follow as it had 12 X 100 yard repeats. I did well with them, keeping my splits somewhere around 2 minutes per 100. I know, that’s not very fast, but that’s all I got. Plus, I am not doing kick turns. I never saw the need to learn them because you won’t need them in the lake.
The bike and run workouts were basically the same, but got a bump up in time by about 15 minutes. Slowly easing my way out of the first phase of training.
WEEK 3 TOTALS:
Swims: 2, 2 hours, 5000 yards
Bikes: 3 total, 3 hours, approx. 42 miles
Runs: 7 total, 4 hours, approx. 27 miles