Last night as I crawled into my bed, so tired from pushing myself with my triathlon training, I recalled a conversation with a co-worker from earlier. She and I were discussing participating in a duathlon this weekend… as a relay team. We’d done it a few years ago and had such a great time. She took on the 2 mile run, I biked the 10 miles and then she ran the last 2 again.

We looked at the registration online but it was terribly expensive for a last minute registrant.

“Shouldn’t you do the whole thing anyway?” she advised.

I really should.

Then, last night, I also remembered an email that had arrived earlier announcing the final day to register for the Disco Triathlon. After making my way back to my laptop, I noticed the Disco Tri is this weekend too. And the cost was similar to the duathlon. And the swim portion is shorter than the upcoming River Cities triathlon in a month.

So, this is what a wild hair feels like, I thought.  Then, I registered.

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Last Saturday, I pushed myself in a mock triathlon at the gym. I swam 800 meters, rode a spinning bike for an hour and then ran 3 miles on the treadmill. I was happy to be indoors since the temperatures have been over 100 degrees for the past week. However, I still worked up quite a sweat. It was during that last mile on the treadmill that my body said, “Ok, thank you. That’s enough now.”

But my mind wouldn’t allow me to stop.

I’m hurting a bit from that but very proud that I pushed myself. Doing an endurance event takes mental fortitude AND body awareness. I knew I could go further. I simply hadn’t pushed myself that far yet.

I limped around on Sunday but also tried a little “hair of the dog” on Sunday evening – spinning on the bike for 30 minutes. I also swam another 800 meters last night.

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My swim time seems to be improving. Either that or the pool I’m swimming in is shorter than 25 meters. I’d like to believe the former rather than the latter. I’ll allow myself that much.

I’ve been swimming in the lake a few times in the past few weeks. I do panic more in open water. There’s something about that line on the bottom of the pool that gives me comfort. In order to let go of that, I do some pool laps with my eyes closed. I’ve also been practicing spotting. I know I’m going to have to lift my head occasionally to find the next buoy to swim around.

Still, when I get in the murky water and there’s a wake and/or current, all of that practice goes out of the window. I’ve actually had to practice a mantra while swimming: “Calm”… I repeat it often. I will get out of my head and beat that open water swim. I will do it.

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My training has been doing at least one 2 mile and one 3 mile run a week. Spinning on the bike for an hour once or twice a week. And swimming 2 – 3 times a week.

Now, I’m kicking it up a notch with this weekend’s tri.

Wish me luck!

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Today, I did a triathlon.

This morning I did a 30 minute interval workout on the bike (inside on the trainer). Then I went out for a run. This evening after work, I went to the gym to meet a swim coach and swam for 45 minutes.

All 3 disciplines in one day. That counts, right?  😉

 

After waking this morning, I drank 1/2 a smoothie. This is usually what I have before I run. Then, after the run, I have some sort of protein like an egg sandwich or hard boiled egg with the rest of my smoothie. I don’t know why I thought a 1/2 a smoothie would sustain me today for my first brick workout.

Brick: cycling followed by running.

I thought for certain it’d be no big deal to add 30 more minutes to a morning workout on the same nutrition. Boy was I wrong! By mile 2 of my run, I was done. Kaput. Finito. Bonk.

Note to self: Ya may want to have more food and also? It’s practically boiling outside so you may want to hydrate first too.

 

On another note, this new swim coach that I met with tonight heads up the aquatics department of my gym. She’s a swim fanatic and lives in a bathing suit 14 hours a day. I wasn’t sure what to expect and was sort of afraid.

I’ve been in a panic about this swim thing for a while now. I’m not sure why I’m so terrified of the open water swim in the tri but I’m going to break it down. I have to push through it. I will get control of this. And my new swim coach is going to make sure of it!

She’s awesome. She’s helping me to improve my newly attempted bi-lateral breathing technique. She’s helping with the form of my stroke – which she said looked great! (Yay!) She’s also very positive and uplifting. (She normally teaches children.) I’m thrilled. I can’t wait to see what improvements I make under her instruction.

I’ve also been invited to an open water swim tomorrow evening on a lake nearby. I skipped out on the last one I mentioned due to pure fear. This time, with a little more pool time under my belt and a hearty “You can do this!” from Kelly my new swim coach, I’m going to do it. How else will I get past the open water panic? How else will I beat that battle and find that muscle memory and zen breathing while swimming? How else will I rock that tri?!

Feel the fear and do it anyway!

 

This week’s training:

Monday: 2.5 mile run

Tuesday: 25 minutes in the pool, training with props, 600 meters or so

Thursday: 30 min interval training on bike, 2 mile run, 45 minutes in pool, 400 meters or so

Friday: planned open water swim

Saturday: planned bike ride or upper body strength training by kayaking

 

(What up with my training buddies? How are things going?)

It’s Saturday morning and I should be doing something athletic.

I don’t wanna!!!

This is why I get so envious of the fact that you guys (Tammy & Scott) have each other to motivate for training.

 

I did, however, just change the tire on my bike for the first time ever. It was a very “YAY ME!” moment because I’ve known how to do it, but have never actually done it. I learned some things. And now my bike is cleaned, pumped and waiting patiently by my back door.

I will go ride. I will.

 

 

I also have plans to meet with a triathlon training group tomorrow for an open water swim. Uggggg….. I’m so scared. I haven’t spent enough time in the pool this year to believe I’m ready for open water yet. Because I don’t have anyone to motivate me, there is a devil on my shoulder saying, “You don’t HAVE to go, ya know…”

Oh but I do, don’t I? My goal is to beat my own time, isn’t it? That means I have to go. Period.

*shudder*

 

I also found this great article with swim tips for beginners.

I hope your training is moving along better than mine. We’re almost there! 2 months to go!

 

This past week’s training:

2 mile run on Monday

Swimming on Tuesday

3 mile run on Thursday

Strength training/yoga on Thursday night

It’s been a few weeks since I have updated but lots has been going on workout wise!

Swimming lessons are continuing and I am getting much better, although I still have a LONG way to go! Scott has been going to the lessons and trying to build back up after being sick, but during last week’s lesson he popped his shoulder out of place, (Ouch! 😦 ) so he worked on kicking and some breathing exercises. I practiced on Friday night and feel like I am getting a little stronger with each stroke. I was able to swim 10 laps! (With rests in between each 50 meters) I hope to be able to swim at least 5 laps without stopping soon…..and build up from there. I am looking forward to tonight’s swim where my goal is to swim 2 laps without stopping. Wish me luck.

Yesterday, Scott and I met some friends in Monroe and went on a 26.4 mile ride. We burned 1300 calories! I was certainly pumped about that! 😀 I LOVE my bike! My bum is just a little sore today along with my shoulders, but my knees were killing me late last night. Nothing a little Advil won’t take care of!

We learned a lot tho…..

1) Take cash in case you stop at a gas station for snacks

2) Get another small pouch to put on the bike to take snacks

3) Have TWO water bottles on the bike

4) Wear Bike Gloves

5) Maybe take some Advil BEFORE the long ride (In Scott’s case anyway hehe)

It was fun riding with others that have been riding for a while and getting pointers from them. Cindy and Carolyn went up to Benton and rode the route we will ride for the Tri. I want to get out there soon and ride it as well. Tonya, let us know when you are coming in and maybe we can come ride with you! I look forward to riding again soon! I hope to be able to ride again next Wednesday and next Saturday (maybe Sunday too).

My avg. speed was 12.6, so much work is needed, but it was still great to get out there and ride! I think I am getting the hang of putting my feet into the cages as well.

I will let Scott blog about his first long bike ride. He is quite entertaining in telling the story!

As for the running, I have started Couch 2 5K over in week 4. I am starting out stronger and faster but as the second half rolls around I tend to slow down a good bit. I have been reading Running magazine and it has helped so much with my form and in turn my breathing.

Hope to hear how your training is going! Only 12 more weeks till the big day!

I’m so very proud to hear how both Scott and Tammy are continuing their training since we completed our first 5K a few weeks ago. That was on Saturday and the following Monday, I was down sick with a horrible cold.

Would you believe it if I told you that the “cold” is still holding on?

I’ve been unable to catch a deep breath so any training that I have done has left me panting and near (what seems like) death by asphyxiation. This past Saturday, I decided that I was going to plan to see a doctor on Monday but today, I’m feeling a little better.

I’ve attempted to run twice in the past few weeks. The first was the Tuesday morning after I became ill. I ran about 2 miles and came home exhausted. Then I crawled into bed and slept 4 hours. The second attempt at a run was this most recent Saturday. I ran 1.5 miles and couldn’t breathe. I came home and couldn’t calm my heart or breathing for an entire hour after the run.

I also did a bit of a spin on my indoor bike trainer during last week sometime but I didn’t push it. This was after I went out with a local cycling group last Saturday and petered out after 11 miles of our 25 mile bike ride. I just couldn’t catch my breath.

I did a yoga class Friday night that wore me out… which is very unlike me.

I’ve simply felt exhausted. Low energy combined with a lack of a workout partner (I’m so jealous that ya’ll have each other) left me sitting on the couch instead of pushing through a training session.

Tomorrow evening, it’s back to work with my swim coach. I hope my lung capacity is getting back to normal. I guess we’ll see.

I feel like a big baby since I’ve not been dealing with what Scott had. Hope you’re feeling better, my friend.

In other news, I found two tri training groups that offer open water swims and/or other training workouts. The first is one mentioned here before, Sunrise Triathlon in Shreveport. They have a workout calendar and offer brick workouts out at Cypress Lake most Saturdays. I’m considering a race with them too. Maybe. If anything, the president has extended an open invitation to train with them to both me and you guys on any Saturday that they’re not racing. Perhaps we can do that sometime. (It’s also less expensive than signing up for lots of events.)

There is also a training group local to me: Tri-Now with Coach Frank. He has scheduled open water swim clinics right here on the lake by my house for $10 to drop in. Although it makes me nauseous to think about, I really need to push through the panic of swimming in open water. Some training there will be helpful.

I’m excited to get back to it. Hopefully, this illness is moving on so I can do just that.

Scott was sick last week so I was sans a work out partner. Working out wasn’t half as fun. He is slowly gaining strength back and getting back into the swing of things. Yea!!

Last Thursday, I went to the park and had a great run! I was SO excited! Felt great, felt like I ran faster, smoother. Then, Sunday, I ate SO very good and so very much…and lots of sweets, which is probably why my run on Sunday night was miserable. I couldn’t catch my breath at all. Scott came out and ran too and we ran a mile and a half and called it quits. 😦 We will be running tonight and Thursday night. Hopefully we get back into the rhythm soon!

Last night we went up to the Tech Pool to swim. Our friend Katy (with whom I am doing the Rocketchix Tri with this weekend) met us there and had LOTS of good swimming tips! She and Scott laughed at my form (I am sure I look like a fish flailing in the water!) but after going over a few things I hope I can start to grasp this swimming thing and become more like a dolphin than a flailing fish. That’s pretty high expectations but you have to have a goal, right? I have two more nights of swimming before the Tri this weekend to practice. My goal in the pool is not to drown. 🙂

I am ready to start biking and actually excited about it now with my new bike! Tonight, the goal is to ride to the park, run, then ride home. There are Saturday rides with a bike club here in town and hopefully on the weekends without the kids we will be able to ride with them along with another ride or two during the week!

Looking forward to hearing ya’ll’s updates!

Last Saturday Scott and I completed our first 5K! Now, it was not your normal 5K……..no, it was a Cross Country 5K. The terrain was brutal but we finished it! We both came in at 40:?? (I could only see 40 minutes as I panted past the time clock). If it hadn’t been for the rough terrain (causing leg cramps) Scott would have finished way ahead of me. We finished 59th & 60th but we weren’t the last to finish! (thankfully). It was good for both of us to see where we are and how much farther we need to go before August 7th! We both hope to improve our time this week at the Parkinson’s Power 5K with Tonya!

We also started swimming this week. WOW. What a workout!

Now to learn a new way to breathe…and just when I was getting my breathing down for running!

We swam 5 – 30m laps with a little rest in between. I have no idea how I am going to swim a 1/2 mile in open water. I was exhausted on the last (few) laps! I was also all over the pool (having broke the strap on my goggles before getting in the pool I was swimming blind) and ran into Scott a few times. Opps!

We are swimming again tonight and will be working on kicking and breathing. I discovered just how uncoordinated I am!

Last night I took my boys to the park and finished week 7 day 3 of Couch to 5K. I was slow but I ran the entire 25 minutes (not sure of the distance) with out stopping! I was SO excited and amazed that I could do that. C25K really does work! It was mostly a flat run but hills will be added on Thursday night’s run, so we will see how it goes then.

Biking is the next step. A neighbor let Scott borrow his bike this week and we are thinking about riding in The Tour of Piney Hills, 10 mile ride on May 7th. http://www.tourofpineyhills.com/ I am looking forward to biking. I do believe it will be my favorite out of everything.