If I have one piece of advice for a new endurance athlete, it’s never say never. If I had a dime for everyone I’ve ever heard say “I’ll never run a marathon” just after finishing their first 5k, or “I’ll never do an Ironman” after finishing up a sprint triathlon, just to see them turn around and do just that–you can finish the rest. I’ve learned this lesson myself by allowing similar words escape my mouth years ago when just getting started.
And just when I was pretty sure I was done with triathlons, here I am training for two this summer. Never say never. I don’t even know where this urge to do them again came from, but there it is. Don’t get me wrong, running is STILL my focus, but I am having a really good time training like a triathlete again. Here’s a picture of how my last week’s training shook out:
Swim: I couldn’t swim until last Thursday while I waited to have my stitches removed, so I only got in two swims. But for the remainder of the summer, I’d like to aim for three per week. The swim is the least of my concerns, however, because I navigate well, have no open water fears and can get through it in respectable time, even without a ton of training.
Bike: I got in five, yes five, rides last week! I can’t really believe I am enjoying the bike this much again. Honestly, it was my lack of enthusiasm for the bike that has kept me away from triathlons for the past five years. I’m not doing anything longer than about 30 miles, and for a sprint, that’s just fine. After I’ve got a nice base going again, I’ll add in a day of hill repeats and/or time trial effort rides to up the fitness level here. I can ride fairly well if I work at it, but of the three events, it’s my weakest.
Run: I’m running around 40 miles per week right now, with a long run in the range of 14 to 16 miles and one day of speed per week. With all the ups and downs I’ve had with running this spring/early summer, my running fitness isn’t where I’d like it to be. But I’m going to get there.
All in all, I’m feeling pretty good. My favorite workout day last week was Saturday–I ran 14 in the early a.m., and then went out for a nice easy, hour-long shake-out spin in the late afternoon. I felt fantastic after this effort. As much as I love running fitness, triathlon fitness feels that much better, I’ll admit–more well rounded, stronger, just more. For an endorphin freak like me, that’s a good thing.
Speaking of my triathlons, one will be the Iron Girl sprint here in Columbia, Md. I’ll be racing this as part of Team Fight which benefits the Ulman Cancer Fund. This means I need to raise $750 to toe the line. I’ve got a great raffle lining up for anyone donating $10 or more (actually every $10 donated gets you an entry) and I’ll be sharing this basket of goodies to tempt you to donate next week. Until then, if you’re so inclined, you can go HERE and make a donation to this great cause. Thanking you in advance.
Anyone else waffle like a politician between running and triathlon? Which do you prefer?