Is this week 1?
With just 19 weeks to go until the Barcelona IM, it’s probably time to get into the pool, buy a proper road bike and start getting out of my comfort zone.
I’ve got quite a packed summer in terms of busy weekends with quite a few weddings, parties and holidays with friends, so a lot of my training is going to be done during the week, with a couple of longer rides and races done on the weekends.
First up, I’ve signed up for the Wargrave Sprint Triathlon, close to our house, on the 22nd June (hopefully with my friend Steph). It’s a river swim 750m, 20K bike then 5K run.
I’ve also signed up for the Henley Mile and the Club to Pub open water Thames river swims in July. I swam the Henley Classic two years ago and really enjoyed it. You can read my swim ‘race’ recap here. (Club to Pub has sold out but there’s still entries to the Henley Classic and Henley Mile open – I’m wave 6 on the Sunday if you want to join me!)
I’m also planning on signing up for at least one in July, and August/Sept to get some practice in. Ideally I’d love to do a 70.3 Ironman event, to get a feel for the scale of the operation but the only one that could work for me time wise and location, is in Ireland and the bike is described as ‘challenging’. I know that 56 miles vs 112 miles should be ok regardless of incline, but the bike scares the shiz out of me at this point
This week was obviously a recovery week following the Edinburgh Marathon on Sunday (read the race recap here). I’m not sure my body has just forgotten how sore a marathon really is, or if they were extra battered this time, but I couldn’t walk down stairs for days without pain.
Monday – OFF
Tuesday – OFF
Wednesday – OFF
Thursday – recovery swim
Warm up – 300 free, 200 pull (with a leg buoy)
10 x 100m easy – odds free, even pull
Friday – 30 min easy spin
Saturday – 2100 yard swim at Tom’s parent’s house before a wedding nearby. It was a gorgeous morning and at first I was sad that I wasn’t heading out for a run but realised how awesome it is to be learning something new. Tom’s parents have a pool in their garden which I took full advantage of, although we think it’s only about 13 yards so it meant a lot of laps. My Garmin only registers 15 yards as the smallest pool so was probably a little out.
Warm up: 300 free, 200 pull, 100 fist
300 easy, 200 moderate, 500 pull (without legs- couldn’t find a buoy), 200 moderate, 100 fast, 200 cool down.
Sunday – recovery/hangover swim, 2000 yard swim
Warm up: 300 easy, 200 pull (without legs!) 100 easy
10 x 100 easy, 8 x 25 ‘fast’, 200 cool down
Thoughts after week 1…
Honestly, I’m nervous about the biking. It’s such a HUGE part of the race and the bit I’m most scared of. I’ve been putting it off but it’s time that I bite the bullet, buy a trainer and sort a road bike out!
I know I’m going to enjoy the swimming, and I’m also prioritising strength, scheduling two gym sessions per week. Plus I’m excited to get back to running tomorrow at the Westin Run Club for Global Running Day (sign up here to join us tomorrow at 6.45am in London Bridge).
But the biking… first outdoor bike session this week – a 2 hour ride with my friend on Sunday. Fingers crossed!
Ever done a triathlon? Do you bike? Any tips/advice for me?