WEEK 4 – January 18, 2016 – January 24, 2016
This week seemed a little lighter in intensity, and it came when I really needed it. I finished the end of last week with the feeling that I was catching a cold. Usually I ignore cold symptoms and hope it doesn’t manifest into anything. Sometimes it works in my favor, and sometimes it doesn’t. This week it was pretty clear that I had a classic head cold.
Since I was constantly stuffed up, I felt the need to move my swim on Tuesday. I hate rearranging my workout plan, but we are still pretty early in the 30 week plan, so missing a day of swimming, biking or running won’t have a drastic effect on the end result. Interestingly, I missed an entire training week of cycling in my first Ironman attempt in 2013. I had committed to being a chaperone at my daughter’s high school band camp, and couldn’t bring my bike with. That week included a 4 hour weekend ride, which I was really kind of looking forward to because I had just bought my new triathlon bike, a Specialized Shiv Pro. Fortunately for me, I met up with my training buddies for a combined vacation at their lake home the following week and got an intense introduction to the bike.
The move to Wednesday worked out, and instead of moving Thursday to Friday, I just fell back into the routine.
Biking was all trainer this week, although I thought we might get lucky with the weather and get a moderate 40 degree weekend day. It didn’t get that warm, and the previous snow on the trail would have been a hassle. Luckily, the Chicago area dodged that big East Coast snow storm.
I did get outside for two runs this week, a five miler and a 7.5 miler. After being on the treadmill, I could tell how the hills that I run affect my Achilles tendons differently. No big deal, but I noticed it. Matter of fact, I noticed a lot of little aches while running outside. I will need to start working on stretching and training smart.
WEEK 4 TOTALS:
Swims: 2, 2 hours, 2500 yards
Bikes: 3 total, 2.5 hours, approx. 35 miles
Runs: 7 total, 2 2/3 hours, approx. 22.5 miles