How I dress affects me. A dazzling, psychedelic shirt and screaming orange shorts just make me feel more athletic! So that’s what I wore for speed work on Monday last. 🙂 But besides being stylish, a schedule for training is also useful. This is what my husband/coach and I came up with (I’m going to begin on Saturday, because that is how the cycle makes most sense):
- Saturday – Half hour or so ride, either road bike or spinning bike in our basement, transition to long run (6-7 miles right now). Hopefully in the morning.
- Sunday – Swim up to at least a half mile, but maybe up to one mile, working on pace, then bike on the road bikes (currently up to an hour). After sleeping in some. We are currently limited to using the local gym pool, and it doesn’t open until 11 AM.
- Monday – Speed interval work at a local track, with hubby after he gets home from work, which I do mostly barefoot. (Last work out was 3/4 mile warm up followed by 3 sets of 200 , 200 , 400 meters fast, with same distance recovery run in between, followed by 3/4 mile cool down) Next, some easy cool down laps in the pool.
- Tuesday – Rest OR swim an hour in the evening, depending on how I feel (swimming is currently fairly relaxing for me, but if the body is telling me I’m pushing my limits, I’ll take a day off)
- Wednesday – Swim 1.5 miles in drills in the wee hours of the morning, before hubby leaves, if not done on Tuesday. In the evening, ride road bikes for 1.5 -2 hours. We’ve been taking part in a group ride for this the last 3 weeks, which was very fun, but it has proven to be longer and harder than I can manage (until I’ve trained more?)
- Thursday – Tempo run by myself during the day, again barefoot. May need to swim again; or Friday morning.
- Friday – Rest day, especially if I didn’t rest on Tuesday. Otherwise, I’ll never make it through the weekend
It all adds up to 8.5 to 10 hours of training per week. With so much going on in the evenings, dinner can difficult. Fortunately, the husband is very comfortable in the kitchen.
I haven’t even mentioned (in this post) dancing on Saturday nights or hours of yard work…. but, after almost 3 weeks of this specific (flexible) routine, it is already paying off. There is nothing quite like a written training schedule to help me, just an ordinary 51 year old woman, get ready for a triathlon. If I can do it, you can, too! But you’ll have to find your own coach. 😉
Addendum June 12, 2012:
With the weather getting hotter, we moved our speed workouts to Tuesday early mornings. We are out as the sun is rising.