Thanks for your words of encouragement from Tuesday’s post!
Once I decided to do a triathlon, I knew I needed to follow a plan to a.) keep me on track and b.) carefully plan things out to avoid injury. I scoured the internet for a long time looking for the right type of training plan and ended up combining several to make my own!
Two big things with training:
#1- My triathlon buddies really stressed the importance of brick workouts. I had never heard of these before but it’s when you practice two sports back-to-back (like swim then bike or bike then run) to familiarize yourself with how your body will feel during the tri. I was very surprised to see that many triathlon training plans did not incorporate these, even though it has been the #1 piece of advice I’ve gotten.
#2- I am so lucky to live close to the U.S. National Whitewater Center, aka an adult playground for outdoor junkies. They host a weekly open water swim on the catawba river every Thursday night. They have a 750 yd loop marked for people training and looking to swim in open waters, and it is completely free. How awesome is that? And they also have an outdoor concert the same evening called river jam. Micah and I are going to try to go throughout the summer.
I think incorporating both of these into my training plan will be very helpful.
I think whenever you are trying to accomplish something, it’s good to think about what some challenges might be and brainstorm some ways to overcome these. Here are a few challenges I can see myself facing in the upcoming months
Now that I am back to living in Charlotte, I am commuting 1 hour each way for work. Not going to lie… it’s killing me so far. I leave for work at 6:30am which means my alarm goes off at 5:45. I have been severely lacking sleep since I moved because it’s hard for me to go to bed earlier. So I get home at 5 and lay down for a bit. Then before I know it, it’s 8pm.
I really need to do better with this. My goal is to get >7 hours of sleep per night, which means my bedtime is 10pm.
One piece of advice I read online was to make your training heavy in your weakest sport unless that sport is the one that makes you most prone to injury. Running is my weakest sport in all aspects… I don’t do it much, I don’t enjoy it, I’m not good at it, and it puts me at the most risk for injury.
I’m incorporating running into my training plan but nothing crazy. My goal is really just to finish and not die. I’m going to train properly for the run but not stress myself out over time.
I know this is going to sound surprising coming from a dietitian but I know I’m really going to need to clean my diet up and focus on my macronutrients throughout the next 3 months. Protein intake is SO important during endurance training, and I know I do not get enough protein throughout the day (esp at breakfast). This is really going to take some planning for me because I eat breakfast in the car. I know I can obviously do well with this given my background but I just need to plan better.
Another thing (and I’m just going to pretend that my family doesn’t read this blog) is that I’m *really* going to have to tone it down with my alcohol intake. I think the fun and celebration of moving back to Charlotte has probably gotten a bit carried away, and it seems to be the norm to enjoy a beverage (or 2 ) with any type of fun event or dinner. I know how important adequate hydration is so likes I said…. toning it down.
One thing I’m struggling with right now is trying to decide between training 5 days per week vs. 6. I feel like 6 would be better but I can also see myself burning out. I would love to know your thoughts about this!
Do you do anything specific to avoid injury?