Triathlon Training is Terribly Terrific

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June 11, 2013 by Heather

I was going for some alliteration in the title, since it’s TOOZDAY and all.  I could probably use a few more gallons of coffee.  But anyways.

I thought I’d do a little update on how my training is going for the triathlon I have coming up in….uhh…12 days.  Oh my gosh, did I count that out right?  12 days?  Well, 12 days it is.  Ready or not, here I come.

After I registered and paid for the thing on somewhat of an impulse back in February, I was a total eager beaver about it.  I immediately bought the cheapest and ugliest one-piece swim suit I could find and some cheap goggles and charted out a training plan for the next couple of months.  I stopped writing it out once I got to April, figuring once April rolled around I could just write the rest of it then.

Well, as you can imagine, it is not as easy as I thought to follow a written/scheduled training plan while also living life and taking care of a family and such.  I followed it very loosely, and never finished writing it out once April rolled around.

However, once April did roll around, I realized I had better kick it into high gear.  From the get-go it was obvious that the running portion would be the most challenging.  Not impossible, but challenging.  Having a baby really turned my ability to run upside down, and it has been incredibly difficult to find my stride again.

Written training plan or not, I made it a point to do all three areas at least once a week – swim, bike, run.  I have been running at least three times a week, since that is my weakest area.  I’ve done a few “bricks,” where I do two of them back to back.  I should have done way more than a few, but oh well.  Rookie mistake.

I am lucky to have a husband who knows the importance of having the right gear.  Since I began training, he has upgraded my shtuff to a point where I actually look the part.  I may not be the fastest, but darn it, I’ma look good being slow.

I big time believe in mental strength, and I’ve always said that if mentally I can do something, then I can do it physically (within reason, of course).  I also believe that repeating mantras to yourself and practicing visualizations can take you to a whole ‘nutha level, and not just in exercise.  I will not tell you my own personal mantras, because that would be embarrassing.  As far as visualizations go, I only do it when I am running because:  A) It’s the most difficult part for me, and B) I visualize my approach to the finish line on the day of the race, which only makes sense during the running because that is the final part.  I feel very weird and kind of embarrassed for writing about my visualizations and mantras.  Moving on.

Triathlon Training in a Nutshell: 

1.  Has not been as easy as I thought.

2.  I probably should have been more hard core (this is where Andrew says I told you so), but I strongly believe that I have given it my best shot.  That’s all you can do.

3.  Has shown me how strong and capable I am.

4.  Has been incredibly motivating and empowering.

5.  Makes me really, really, really hungry.

I’ve been asked if I have any sort of goal, time wise.  The rules say that you have 1 hour to swim the 1000 yards, 2 hours for the 19 mile bike, and 1 hour for the 4 mile run (if you go over the time limit in any category you are disqualified).  Separately, I can typically do the swim in 35 minutes, the bike in 90 minutes, and the run in 45-50 minutes, which adds up to a little under 3 hours.  But doing them back to back to back, I’m not so sure what that will look like.  I’m hoping the transitions between each thing won’t take more than a few minutes, and I’m not sure if that is added on to your overall time.  I don’t really know what to expect.  I just want to finish, and then I want to eat and do a victory dance.  Maybe even at the same time.

Things I am Most Nervous About:

1.  Swimming in a lake.  I have lakephobia & hate deep water.  Neat combo, huh?

2.  Getting punched/elbowed in the face while swimming in the scary lake.

3.  Accidentally doing something that disqualifies me, like unhooking my bike helmet too early or something silly like that.

4.  Being the very last person to finish.

5.  Peeing on myself while running.*

Other than all of that, I’m totes ready.  Totes.

And ok, here’s one of my (longer) mantras:

“Now if you are going to win any battle you have to do one
thing: You have to make the mind run the body. Never let the
body tell the mind what to do. The body will always give up.
It is always tired morning, noon, and night. But the body is
never tired if the mind is not tired. You’ve always got to make
the mind take over and keep going.”  – George S. Patton Jr.

swim

SWIM, aka Hi, I’m Dara Torres, duh.

bike

BIKE, aka my husband is hot.

run (aka post-baby hell)

RUN, aka post-baby hell

 

HAPPY TOOZDAY!!

*Two things you may not know about me: I am, like, constantly thirsty and I have a teensy tiny bladder.  So I am worried that I will input too much water/gatorade after the swim/bike and then my output will happen while I am running, because running makes me feel very, well, I would say loose but that sounds bad.  It makes me gassy (which I like to call my turbo rocket boosters), so naturally I am very worried that after I drink a lot of water, I will just up and urinate all over my almost-triathlete self.  So, there.

 

 

 

 

 

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