I didn’t have a post planned for today but I have the day off of work and woke up super early because my body hates me. So here we are
After spending quite a bit of time researching training plans and reading a book about triathlons (it was free download on amazon but whatevs), I put together a training plan that I think I am pretty happy with.
Tuesday: Swim sprints
Wednesday: Brick (bike/run)
Thursday: Open water swim at the U.S. National Whitewater Center
I have distances planned out in an excel spreadsheet but things start out pretty slow and I build up in distance as I go along. My plan is 13 weeks. I have slow/easy weeks built in at week 4 and week 8 to give myself a breather and the 13th week is obviously for tapering.
I am planning to do 2 strength-building sessions per week as well. I’m think one of them will be in the weight room on Tuesdays since I’ll already be at the Y for swimming. Ange had a great idea to also incorporate Barre classes into my routine to build strength as well so I will probably try to do 1 per week.
I went back and forth about whether I should have 1 or 2 rest days. I knew I wanted to take Mondays off because I’m usually the most tired on this day anyway. But I am solely swimming 2 days per week and I find that very therapeutic for my body, so I wasn’t quite sure I needed a 2nd rest day. I’m going to get going and see how I feel and adjust things accordingly.
The only day I’m not so sure about is Sunday with a run/swim. The run is generally much shorter than Friday’s run, but I don’t know how my body will feel adding running in for a 3rd day. Again, I’m going to see how I feel and switch things up as needed.
Questions for You
I know many of you have done triathlons before so I have some questions:
Are you supposed to basically wear 1 thing for the whole triathlon or do you ever change anything at the transitions? I am mainly concerned about where my sports bra (for the run) comes into play here.
What are the best ways to make your transition times faster? I read in that book that you can not wear socks to avoid having to put them on with wet feet. That sounds like… something I don’t want to do
Finding your stuff
How do you find your stuff at transitions? I see pictures of rows and rows of bikes and it seems like it would be hard to find yours.
This question is for anyone out there, not just triathletes. What are your tips for strength training to avoid injury? How often do you do it per week? What do you like to do? Stick to weight room or get outside?
Have a great day!