As I mentioned, Matt and I are trying this new plan, found on the interwebs at BeginnerTriathlete.com (seems innocuous enough right?). Training has been challenging both in terms of fitting it all in with full time jobs and long commutes, and also with injuries not allowing me to run.
On the injury front, I have a diagnosis of partially torn MCL and meniscus from my lovely skiing pretzel fall a few weeks back. The good news is this is nothing major, and my knee joint, though swollen and painful, is not unstable in any way. The bad news is there is sort of a murky recovery schedule for these types of things and by ironman training I am most certainly pushing the boundaries of the "recommended" recovery exercises. My lower back is also still sort of an issue, probably because I stopped all exercises for my back when I injured my knee. So in summary it is still a little bit day-by-day, but in general both my knee and back and getting better (at a frustrating slow pace), but hey at least I am moving in the right direction!
Swim, 1900y (Main set 1x1500)
Swim, 1400 (Main Set 8x100)
Stationary Bike-30min intervals
*Threw back out while picking up dog... seriously!? how old am I? 100?
Swim, 1700 (Main set 3x400)
In week 1 I skipped the long run and long ride, but was pleasantly surprised that I was able to do the elliptical without too much knee pain. Friday I picked up Kona (50lbs) without bending my knees.. because you know... they hurt... and boom my entire lower back seized up. Immediately after we drove up to Tahoe, so of course sitting in the car for 4 hours only made things worse and I spent all of Saturday on the couch in pain watching documentaries. In other news, I am thisclose to becoming a vegetarian after watching Food Inc.
|Pie for Pi Day!|
Swim, (Main set 10x100, descend 1-5, 6-10)
Stationary Bike, 55min intervals
Swim, 2300 (Main Set 2x1000)
Swim, 2900 (Main set 4x500) with Chen and Matt
Bike ride in Oakland, flat 32mi with Matt and Mark
In week 2, I again skipped the long run but was able to complete everything else and felt like I had finally started to hit my stride a little. The 10x100 workout I really liked, descends are the best! The Saturday swim was also fun because Chen joined us, and we realized we are all somewhat close in pace. I also learned that stationary bike does NOT equal road bike as far as you bum is concerned. I foolishly did my first trainer ride and then outdoor ride back to back, and wooooo did my bum hurt on sunday. Not to self, Ironman is all about training your bum to sit uncomfortably for long stretches of time.
|Trainer essentials: Coffee and dog treats (for the dog, not me)|
Masters Swim, 3000m (random amount of 100s while trying not to get lapped)
Masters Swim, 3000m (less frantic, 200s)
Masters Swim, 3000m (Main Set 16x50 every 4th fast, 12x50 every 3rd fast, 8x50 every other fast)
Route 1 cycling, 34mi, 2000ft gain
Open water swim, 1.17mi
In week 3 I was traveling for work and naively thought that since I didn't have 2 hours of commuting, a dog to walk, or other chores that I would have lots of time to sleep and exercise (boy was I wrong). The training class went from 8am-6pm and then there was a group dinner afterwards usually lasting until 9pm. I was able to wake up super early and get a workout in every morning but 2-a-days were out.
|Work training class essentials: So many liquids (H2O, Coffee, OJ) + best muffins ever (Daily Grind, Santa Barbara)|
Another great discovery of week 3 was Higgins Canyon Road. An off shoot of the 1, Higgins canyon climbs up a reasonable hill and then eventually descends back to Rte 1. There were very few cars, in fact I think we saw more cyclists than cars and the views were stunning! Originally this ride was going to be a 50 miler, but we had a late start and the call of Tacos and Beer was just too strong. Actually I was game for another round on Higgins Canyon but Matt smartly talked me out of it.
|Scenes from the ride, pictured bottom left is the hill that Matt wanted to go up and Danielle and I were like um NOPE|
|34 mi ride + rockfish tacos + hoppy IPA + sunshine > 50mi ride ending in the dark|
|They even serve water in an Erlenmeyer flask! #nerdlove|
We have now arrived to a step back week!