Write It Down, Do It Up – Week of Feb. 10

Hiya—happy Sunday, friends!  How was your weekend?  I found the perfect balance of activity and laziness.  On Saturday morning, I went to the pool and completed the same workout from Friday’s team practice.


Recently, swimming has been pushed to the backburner—aside from the team workout on Friday, it’s always my second session of the day, so I’m never 100 percent fresh—so I decided to change my schedule:  looking forward, I plan to swim on Saturdays.

Going to Chelsea Piers yesterday ended my several month-long weekend hiatus from the facility, so I was pleasantly surprised to see three of my teammates working out and getting after it.  Oh, and there was also a masters swim team practicing, and I had to literally pick my jaw up off the flow.  Watching those athletes pulling and kicking so crisply and cutting through the water (not to mention executing perfect flip turns) proved to be a very inspirational and humbling experience.  I hesitate to say that I swim now—basically, I kick and pull (sometimes simultaneously) and float and try to move my body forward.  There’s also definitely something to be said for the training philosophy of swimming with the swimmers, biking with the bikers, and running with the runners.

Yesterday afternoon, I met up with Jen and Abby for a run in Central Park after a terrible commute thanks to subway construction.  It was my fist time meeting Abby, who grew up 15 minutes away from me (small world!), and it was great to see Jen again.  Both are training for half-marathons, so I just tagged along for the run—and completed my first full lap of Central Park, which was long overdue because I’ll have to tackle that course during the NYC Triathlon.  Anyway, Abby stayed with us for a bit (she had her long run scheduled for today), and then Jen and I headed to Riverside Park and the West Side Highway so she could complete her 10 miles.  We had so much fun chatting away—and she totally picked up on my gossip-hound tendencies—and the miles passed so quickly!  I finished with 8.3 for the day, which obviously wasn’t on my training plan (shhh, don’t tell my coach!), but it was such a fun run and totally worth it.

Aside from running errands and prepping food for the week, I took today totally off and spent the afternoon reading Chrissie Wellington’s A Life Without Limits:  A World Champion’s Journey.


I’m almost done, and it’s so good!  It’s also the next read for Jamie’s virtual book club, and since this will probably be my last time participating for a while, I want to write a thorough review.

OK, time to talk workouts.  I completed all but two sessions last week, which is pretty good.  This week’s big event will be an indoor triathlon on Saturday that Andrew briefly mentioned last week:  500-yd. swim, 12-mile bike (on spin bikes), and a three-mile run, so a super-sprint of sorts.  I’ve never done an indoor triathlon, so it will be an exciting training day for sure.  Time for Write It Down, Do It Up!

(If you’re new to WIDDIU, here’s how it works:  Every Sunday evening, I post my workout schedule for the week, and I invite you to do the same.  This way, we can motivate each other and hold ourselves accountable.  Sounds like a win-win, right?)

Monday – a.m. run with Full Throttle Endurance (FTE); a.m. swim

Tuesday – a.m. run and strength train

Wednesday – a.m. bike with FTE; a.m. run (plus two fitness events for work)

Thursday – off

Friday – a.m. swim with FTE; a.m. run

Saturday – indoor triathlon or a.m. swim; p.m. bike and strength train

Sunday – off

How did your workouts go this week?  And who’s racing this weekend?!  Have you completed an indoor triathlon?

18 responses to “Write It Down, Do It Up – Week of Feb. 10

  1. i am still pretty jealous of all this buddy training you have.

  2. Fun weekly Linkup with us this week! Great week, especially those brick workouts girl!

  3. I FEEL you on the swimming. I watch people move through the water like a fish and I instantly feel like a salmon doing it all wrong. It’s very humbling! Looks like you’ve got a good week of training coming up, I love the idea of WIDDIU! Certainly the acronym that makes my life easier too. 😉

  4. Loved running with you! It was SO much fun. Let’s please, please, please make it happen again soon.

    And Chrissie Wellington’s book is so great, I can’t wait to hear what you think about it!

  5. I missed alot of practice this week…so I am not looking forward to tomorrow’s test piece (rowing)! That book looks so interesting, I will have to read it 🙂

  6. Gosh, I wish I had people to workout with! I guess I’ll have to settle for John 🙂

  7. I can imagine how you felt watching the masters swim. I think that’s why I like watching pro events and the Olympics; there’s just something about watching someone whose virtually perfect at their sport. Completely inspiring.

  8. Mike and I were on a masters swim team for a little while, we were the youngest people on the team so it was a little weird. We ended up only doing it for a few months because it was too expensive.

    I’m glad you love the book, I do too! Can’t wait to read your review!

    • Hmmm, interesting. This group had mostly young people, although there were a few oldesters thrown in for good measure. Everyone was legit!

  9. I definitely love swimming with swimmers. It’s always a huge wake-up call. I’m one of the faster and stronger swimmers in a group of triathletes, but then you put me in a lane with real swimmers and I get swum over. But I love it, it pushes me harder! Loved Chrissie’s book too. She’s an inspiration for sure!

    • If I had to attend a swim practice with true swimmers, then they’d probably make me stay on deck the entire time so I wouldn’t get in the way! 😉

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