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July Training Goals

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I have been having a hard time sticking to any training plan, so I am going to try something new. Instead of having a training plan I am going to have weekly and monthly mileage goals. Since I am doing a half Ironman distance triathlon in September I need to really start building up my running base as it is my weak area. I am going to run 13 miles a week for a total of 60 miles for the month. The bike is my strongest of the three sports. Riding 56 miles does not worry me. What worries me is having to run 13.1 miles after riding 56 miles. I am going to try to ride 50 miles a week and get in a 100 mile ride, probably toward the end of the month, for a total of 330 miles for the month. Swimming is one of my favorite sports. I love spending time in the water pushing my body to new distances. For the month of July I am going to aim for 5000 meters a week and a total of 13 miles, 21,250 meters, of swimming. I am going to put a piece of paper on my fridge to keep track of my mileage throughout the month. Hopefully this will help me stay on track with building a solid racing base.

I have one race this month, the Steamboat Lake Triathlon. Last year I got my butt kicked by the bike course. The bike course is a lot of big rolling hills, even though the course profile only shows 2 hills. I would like to kick butt in the race this year. The plan is to spend a lot of time on hwy 36, which has some difficult rolling hills heading south. I hate the ride every time I do it, but always go back for more.

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A Few Pictures From My Busy Life

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I have lots of ideas for good posts, but have been so busy with work and training that I have not had time to sit down and do any writing. I figured instead of writing something quick and not so good I would just post some pictures of life outside of work.

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First half mile test swim of the year

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Sexy new bike shoes

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It may be May and snowing, but my bike wants to go for a ride.

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Ran a PR at the Bolder Boulder. Cut 5 minutes off last years time.

Sporting my sexy Pro Compression socks after the Bolder Boulder

Sporting my sexy Pro Compression socks after the Bolder Boulder

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New 5K PR from the Stroke and Stride #1. Not as fast as I would like, but a PR is a PR.

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Swam at the Boulder Reservoir on the morning of my birthday

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Part of my favorite running loop

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I have lived by the Picture Rock Trailhead for almost 2 years now and I finally made it to the top. Every time I have set out on the trail I am either sick or run out of time.

What have you been doing for fun this spring? Have any fun summer plans?

Training Block

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I am at a major training block. Not that I was ever good at going out and training, but I feel physically unable to do any real work. I don’t know if this is coming from being truly tired, a mental block, or something else. Since I finished my last race Labor Day I have been feeling much more tired than normal. Since I currently have no races that I am registered for I decided to follow an ironman distance training plan. Not so sure this was a good decision. It is starting to stress me out.

I go for a run and it is harder than when I first started running. Biking is frustrating. Swimming was fine until my last workout when I was supposed to do a 2X1,000 yd as my main set. Monday I did bootcamp and was planning on running or biking in the afternoon, but never got around to it. Tuesday I was gonna go for a run, but like Monday that never happened. Both days I felt like I physically could not go. Even if I made it a short workout.

Today was the big crash. I had a swim workout that consisted of 4X400 each 400 increasing in speed. No problem. Get to the pool and get a lane to myself. I did my 250 warm up easy. The first half of the first 400 was easy, but my mind was scattered. By the end of the first 400 I was beginning to freak out. I decided to finish the workout doing whatever felt right. I did some kick sprints and free style sprints. As I finished my second 400 people started showing up for the masters swim class. Between the increase in people and the speed I was swimming at my anxiety went through the roof. I don’t know what it is about swimming at anything but warm up speed but it makes me feel very anxious, I feel my heart rate increase, not from the physical act, my mind starts freaking out. This is my biggest problem with the swim leg of triathlons, add a mass start to a sprint and I freak out and can’t breath.

So many jumbled thoughts going through my head.  So this is where we go onto another, but similar train of thought.

I think I have some sort of mind block that is causing me to not lose weight. When I workout I don’t sweat and I am terrible at pushing myself. I get to the point where it starts getting hard and I quite. I once ran an entire 5k after swimming a half mile. It felt so good when I was done. I didn’t care that it was slow. It just felt good to accomplish a big goal. Before that I thought running for 5 minutes was hard. I haven’t been able to do that since. I think the longest I have run since was 15 minutes. Yesterday I decided to run up Mt Sanitas. It is 3.1 miles round trip. The up is difficult. I knew it was going to be a challenge but I was planning on running the whole thing with no walking breaks. I really want to get rid of my stomach flubber but so far have been thwarted. I have lost a total of about 12 lbs in a year. Not a very good number. I eat good. Workout several days a week. I feel like I am holding on to something. I don’t know what it is though. Other than being jobless I have an awesome life.

I have been thinking a lot about this especially after I kicked my but yesterday on my attempted run up Mt Sanitas. I made it 1/4 mile up before I was too tired to go on. I chose to go up the main trail instead of the easier valley. Bad idea. It was so steep that at times I couldn’t even run.

I feel like I need something to work towards besides weight loss. There is a half marathon in February that I have been thinking about doing. I don’t currently have the money to sign up but I am going to try training for it on Monday. My plan this time is to not follow a plan, just run 3 – 4 times a week for an hour or so.