As I mentioned in my previous post, my training has slowed down considerably.

I am still keeping up my runs, at least 30 minutes of running each time, twice a week. I’ve spent more time on the bike but not necessarily outside. My last outdoor bike ride was 15 miles along the Red River during the first weekend in May. And my swimming…. well… I haven’t been in the pool in weeks.

I did, however, spend this previous weekend at a yoga retreat.

I’ve been feeling extremely overwhelmed lately so, quite honestly, triathlon training has been last on my list. I think I fall into this stalemate when I run completely out of motivation and/or when life seems to be running ahead of me. That’s when I really need yoga.

It felt nice to get my Om on amongst the beautiful serenity of East Texas pines.

My body feels stronger. My mind feels more rested.

So this morning, I went out for a run.

Tomorrow, I’ll be swimming again.

And my training schedule will pick up where it left off. Thank you to Tammy for reminding me that our goal is coming up faster than I thought.

I will also be looking into the White Rock Racing schedule for a duathlon (run, bike, run). I’m planning on the Blazing Saddles du for sure! I am also planning on attending an open water swim clinic on Sunday, June 5.

Scott & Tammy, let me know if you’re able to make the brick workout at Cypress on June 11.

Go Team GO!

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.

So far this year, I’ve really only focused on running. Running is not my favorite part of a triathlon. Ok, I like that it’s the last discipline before the finish line – I’ll give it that. However since doing the Couch to 5K program, I have been very happy with my progress. I’m looking forward to my first 5K of the season next weekend.

In the meanwhile, I’ve decided to set my finish time goal even higher. I found my race results from the last time I did the River Cities tri:

1/2 mile swim: 34:47  (pace 4:21)
First transition : 3:28
18 mile bike: 1:12:20 (pace 15.4)
T2 (second transition): 3:22
3.2 mile run: 34:44 (pace 11:13)
For a total triathlon finish time of: 2:28:39

I hope to kick up my running pace to knock off some time there. (I’m looking into a new running method that’s more efficient.)

I can certainly pick up my bike pace.

And I definitely intend to be able to swim better, calmer and therefore faster by then. I was swimming 1/2 mile in the pool in 22 minutes that year. It was the state of freak-out that caused my swim to be so slow during the actual tri. (Hundreds of people swimming on top of/around you. *shudder*)

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As mentioned in my previous post, I joined the gym again this week to have access to a pool and swim coach. I will be in the pool, more than likely, on Friday evening to see if I can get in a few laps. I really don’t want to start with a coach without having been in at least once to assess what needs fixed.

Also, on Saturday, I am going cycling with some friends of mine. These are the guys that I usually train with and participate in the Bike MS: Sams Club 160 mile bike ride. They’re all training to ride 80 miles a day. I haven’t been on my bike in months! Yikes! (I will not be riding the Sams Club this year.) They claim to have not been training and will be as slow as I will be. We’ll see about that. The plan is to ride 35 – 40 miles. In any other year, that’d be a no-biggie for me. But since I’ve not been really on the bike, I’m sure it’ll be a great challenge.

Which leads me to consider what my training plan will be until our triathlon. This is a plan, and hopefully a good one, that I intend to adhere to for the next 4 months.

Note: You can also log on and create a great custom plan with suggestions and distances on BeginnerTriathlete.com.

Monday – light yoga, bike (indoor trainer or spin class)

Tuesday – swim

Wednesday – run, yoga class

Thursday – swim

Friday – run, yoga class

Saturday – bike outdoors, light yoga

Sunday – rest/recovery

Beginner Triathlete also recommends gradually increasing your time in each discipline for a few weeks and then slowing things down for a recovery week. I’m going to see if any of what I’m learning and observing helps me to meet a better triathlon finish. The woman who finished first in my age category that year had a finish time of 1:31. Perhaps I can hit…. 2:15 or better?

The triathlon is 4 months away. Let’s do this thing!