WEEK 11 – March 7, 2016 – March 13, 2016
I dove into the build phase of the Be Iron Fit training program this week with a little dread, fearing the new swims in the plan somewhat. The swim training got boosted to 3000 yards per swim this week, up 500 yards per week from the previous first ten weeks of training. Fink also added an extra swim on Fridays for a total of three per week and a whopping 9000 total yards. Fortunately (or unfortunately, depending on your perspective) for me, I missed the Friday swim because the local high schools had a teacher institute day and the pool was closed. Oh, darn.
Speaking of the swim, I am always perplexed at how my bladder reacts to swimming. I know exactly when 35 minutes of swimming has passed without even having looked at my watch. I will have to get out at 35 minutes and head to the locker room for a potty break. Now before you say anything, I know people pee in the pool. But I refuse to be one of those people. After that first trip to the toilet, I will be making a return trip about every 15 minutes. I really don’t understand why that is. I generally avoid hyrdating on days I swim, and I don’t bring a bottle of water with me to the pool. Maybe I am absorbing it through my skin like some sort of aquaman. That seems like a stretch. I never see any other triathletes complaining about this issue. Maybe they are pool pee-ers. That’s not a stretch – some pee themselves on the bike.
Lots of good riding and running outdoors this week. I was thinking of maybe bringing my tri bike up from the basement where I ride on the trainer, and put my road bike down there instead. I don’t usually ride the tri bike outside in early winter to avoid getting it all dirty from the salted roads. I will need to swap my wheels out and put my aero wheels on. I am looking forward to picking up some speed on that mph average. The weather was awesome for mid-March, but another little cold snap is coming. Even though it looks like we broke winter’s hold, the brief warm-up might have been an early blessing.
One of my training friends had an issue with his tri bike, breaking his rear derailleur hanger, making it unrideable. Fortunately that is an easy fix, and he also has a nice road bike to ride in its place until it gets fixed. It sure did drive home the need to be careful when loading and riding these bikes. It also helps to know how to diagnose the problem and possibly have extra parts on hand to fix issues like that in case they pop up. I was glad to help him figure out the problem and put him back on track.
A rain filled week has been forecasted for us this upcoming week. Hopefully I can get outside for the long stuff on the weekend.
WEEK 11 TOTALS:
Swims: 2 total, 2:10 hours, 6000 yards
Bikes: 4 total, 5:22 hours, 87 miles
Runs: 7 total, 5 hours, 35 miles