While I wish the title of this post was in reference to an impending rainstorm ready to save California from the horrible drought we’re in, I’m really referencing the calm before the training storm. Next week, I’ll officially begin training for the Olympic Distance Wildflower and Vineman Half Ironman.
My training schedule is going to focus on the bike leg while maintaining my running fitness and building up my swim fitness. I’d like to continue to strength train at least once a week. When I swim lately, which is rare, I easily swim almost the Olympic distance, with time before work being my only real barrier. I’ve been running frequently, with about three runs a week. To conquer the bike leg (maybe conquer is a bit strong for a newbie like myself), I’m going to take one or two spin classes per week (until daylight savings allows for morning rides), with one longer bike ride on the weekends. The 56-mile bike leg at Vineman is particularly daunting for me.
Another important aspect of my plan is the rest day. I’m going to plan for a rest day during the work week, when I need it most. The weekends will be used for a long bike ride and a long (preferably trail) run. I’ll also need to incorporate bricks into this regimen.
I’m really excited for a new challenge and an opportunity to adhere to a training regimen again. I haven’t officially trained for anything since last year’s San Francisco Marathon, and I’m excited for the variety and new challenges triathlon training will offer.
I will share my training plan as I formulate it this week.
Good Luck with the training! I can’t wait to follow along
Enjoy the calm! And good luck!
Don’t take anything you’re about to read as criticism… This is from an ex-noob to a noob, with the intent of helping you outgrow your noobish tendencies faster.
1: Black helmet has to go before summer. White or something flashy. Black is for saddles and bar tape only.
2: If financially feasible, trade the toe clips for clip-less pedals. They’re safer.
3: Reflectors. Must. Go. Immediately if not sooner. Race bikes (or half-Ironman bikes if you will) must never, ever have reflectors. If you do ride in the evening, they make reflective stickers for your spokes. They work well and are the cool alternative.
4: It looks like you already got rid of the plastic spoke protector at the cassette – EXCELLENT!
Other than those minor issues, you look great. I look forward to reading about your progress.