Tri Training: Week 3 Results and Week 4 Plan

I’m not sure I’d call my third week of training a success in the books, but at least I tried. Life can get a bit hectic sometimes and can prevent one from being on schedule 100% of the time, but since I’m not too serious about this triathlon (read: no time goals in mind except to finish), I’m not beating myself up too much over it but I can definitely do a lot better with prioritizing my free time.

I only logged three days of exercise last week. Yikes! Lately I’ve been logging 4 – 6 days of exercise a week, even if the exercise session is just 10 minutes of weights or a short 20 minute walk. Last week, I gave myself not only four days of rest, but three days of rest were in a row. Most people would say it’s good to give your body a break once in awhile, but the last time I gave myself consecutive rest days in a row, my legs felt like lead when I actually did exercise. I don’t even want to know how my body is going to feel tonight when I go for a 10 mile bike ride.

Here are the results from the week. The format is PLAN / ACTUAL:

  • Mon: OFF — Rest day
  • Tue: Weights 20 minutes, run 20 minutes — Ran 25 minutes, 2.46 miles
  • Wed: Bike 6 miles — Rode 6 miles, 29:30 minutes
  • Thu: Weights 20 minutes, walk briskly 30 minutes — Ran in the JPMorgan 3.5 Mile Corporate Challenge in 39 minutes; also walked briskly 30 minutes total
  • Fri: OFF — Rest day
  • × Sat: Run 30 minutes — No exercise
  • × Sun: Bike 10 miles — No exercise
I was at a conference in Boston for the first half of the week and, even though it was local and involved no travel, it left me drained and lethargic. Our days started before 8:00 every day and ended after 5:30. I wore a pedometer and it said I walked 5.5 miles during the 3 day conference, but I didn’t feel like I had moved very much. I was just tired and my stomach was not happy from all the garbage they fed us at the conference. Time to press the reset button, starting TODAY, and get my body back to feeling like its normal self!
To get my butt back in gear, here’s what I’ll be doing this week:
  • Mon: Bike 10 miles
  • Tue: Swim 300M; run 20 minutes
  • Wed: OFF
  • Thu: Bike 8 miles
  • Fri: Swim 10 X 50M, 15 seconds rest; walk briskly 30 minutes
  • Sat: Run 40 minutes
  • Sun: Bike 10 miles

How do you keep yourself on track when a wrench gets thrown in your schedule?

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4 thoughts on “Tri Training: Week 3 Results and Week 4 Plan

  1. I try to juggle it… If I can’t do it this day, I reschedule it another day and move things around. It doesn’t always work, but I find allowing myself to be flexible is less stressful than feeling like I’ve failed if I don’t get it exactly right.

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