Week 2 of triathlon complete and I’m loving it! I love the variation, the challenge and seeing how my body adapts to the change. Granted, I’ve had more aches and pains than usual (there’s been some serious waddling going on at times) and the bike saddle is still not my friend, but overall I’m feeling really excited about getting into the training and seeing what I can do. I know it’s only two weeks in, but I’m feeling optimistic. This is what I’ve been up to…
25 mins swim – the pool was really busy and everyone in my lane was pretty speedy, which meant I had to push myself to keep swimming at a good pace. My front crawl is getting better, but I find that when I get tired my technique goes out the window, leaving me splashing around like a drowning seal.
I squeezed in a quick circuits session before work and finished it off with a quick HIIT session on the treadmill. Short and sweaty!
I spent all day psyching myself up to go to my second swim session with my new triathlon club – after really enjoying it last week, but also finding it completely exhausting, I was nervous to go again but determined that I wouldn’t chicken out. So I trekked over to Tooting, only to find out that the session had been cancelled due to a chemical fault and I hadn’t seen the Facebook message. I was really gutted as I’d spent all day persuading myself to go and was actually quite looking forward to it. It might have been a blessing in disguise though, as I was feeling pretty exhausted and fell asleep pretty much as soon as I got home.
I went to the gym before work and after wrestling with the Watt bike screws for what felt like forever, finally managed to do a 30 minute cycle.
In the evening I taught a 60 minute yoga class – who knew, but cycling really tightens your calves and hip flexors – not helpful when demonstrating yoga poses!
Instead of heading to the pub after work I went to the gym for a big leg session. After an hour of weighted squats and lunges, leg press, sumo squats and a few other torture-contraption machines, I left the gym with a serious waddle on. I just about managed the walk to some friends’ house for dinner, where a large glass of prosecco nicely kicked off the recovery process.
Today I could hardly walk so training was out of the question. My Saturday morning teaching was cancelled, which was a rare treat and meant I could enjoy the morning pottering around and preparing lunch for some friends I had coming round.
With my boyfriend playing cricket all day and trying desperately to avoid writing my thesis, I headed to the gym to do my first brick session. I started with a few weights (lat machine, chest press and shoulder press) and then hopped onto the Watt bike for a 30 minute cycle. I feel like I’m getting the hang of cycling a little more, but just need to work on getting a little more power through my legs. Once I’d finished I went straight onto the treadmill for a 20 minute run, trying to increase the speed as the time went on. I was pretty exhausted by the end but was pleased that the jelly-leg feeling had passed quite quickly and I still had energy left for a 30-length swim.
Still aching from Friday’s session, I hung around in the gym cafe to do some work and waited for the yoga class to start. I hadn’t realised how quickly my back and legs would tighten up from a change in training, so I’m going to have make time to keep up my regular yoga practice.
I’ve decided that next week I’m going to start following a proper training program as I think I need a little more structure and the knowledge that I’m doing the right quantity of training at the right times. So far I’m loving my training and am looking forward to getting properly stuck into a training program.
I’m training for the Diamond Triathlon (sprint distance), Hever Castle Triathlon (Olympic distance) and the London Duathlon– I’ll be writing about my training each week and I’d love to hear if you’re triathlon training too.