I’m very sore today. A blog I follow (Fit Recovery) wrote one day about how he pushed himself more than he thought he could and the results continue to come in.
So, I thought I’d really start ramping up my weightlifting portion of my triathlon training. I hit the books and checked what the proper weightlifting routines could be for someone like me (middle-aged, overweight woman–but not horribly out of shape). The only thing I haven’t chosen to add to my repertoire? Lunges, Squats, and Planks. Yes, the three toughest things for me historically.
So I did two of them — knowing I shouldn’t necessarily incorporate too many things into my routine too quickly.
And I’m paying for it today.
I had to get up with the puppies at 5:15am (long story) and found it exceedingly difficult to go down the stairs. Egads. So much for my run today. I will start off on the treadmill with a walk, then work up from there. If I can. Luckily, this is a slower week of training. Two off days and reduced distances.
Sunday: Cycling on the same road, although a ways behind, my husband. He had to hit 20 miles, I needed 12. It took me 30 minutes out and 21 minutes back. Yes, I’m slow. But I’m out there, eh?
Monday: Swimming outside in a pool. Interesting sensation to just get going and hit a wall, have to turn around, and do it again. For two weeks I swam in a lake without walls or stripes. In a way it felt confining to be in a pool, and it also wore me out more for some reason. Losing my breathing pattern at the end of 25 yards took my energy away. Last week I felt like I could have gone 800 yards, but in the pool, I found just doing 300 tiresome. Weird. Anyway, I did mostly drills. The video my husband took of me swimming illustrates that I still bring my head up way too high to breathe. I also need to speed up my stroke a little, too much gliding. That’s what I worked on. I think I hit about 600 yards, but I’m not sure. I was trying to do it for fun and not be so distance-specific (a tip I learned from Transventure–a great blog, by the way). Just go out and run, ride, or swim for the sake of it! Don’t worry about times, distance, pace. Just do it as part of your life, not just for training. Great advice, Andrew, Thank You.
Tuesday: Weightlifting. I highlighted that above, but I did an hour of lifting and stretching.
Wednesday/Today? Treadmill run/walk for 1.5 miles. I’m supposed to bike, but I’m not sure if that’s possible. Just 5 miles. I’ll let you know tomorrow.
In the meantime, here’s the fuzzy face that makes me smile every single day.
Next Friday I’m going to take her to a local sporting goods store to try out a new sport: DockDogs.