Hi, everyone—happy 2014! For some folks, the new year signifies a time to make resolutions, set goals, and take advantage of a fresh start; and I’m sure you’ll see plenty of these posts around the blogosphere during the next few weeks. For others—like yours truly—2014 means structured training begins.
As usual, I’m keeping it real.
I have mixed feelings about the start of training on Monday morning. Mainly, I cannot wait to start completing structured workouts with everyone again; I miss seeing my coaches and teammates everyday! Oh, and two words: South Beach. It seems like my last race occurred forever ago, and even though I’m nowhere near race fitness, I’m already excited for this event. On the other hand, though, I found my groove in terms of the NYC social scene, and not going to lie, I’ll be sad to give up my party warlord MO for a bit.
In related news, I’m anxious to see how my body responds to six consecutive days of training. (The team will train Monday-Friday, and I plan to hit the CompuTrainer on Sunday.) This wasn’t a problem during high school basketball …
Sorry, had to do it. I posted this on Instagram for throwback Thursday.
… but toward the end of my collegiate seasons, my body felt like it break down and snap in two. Thankfully, it held up well when I moved to the five-day program during the final month of training, but those workouts weren’t typical: We completed one workout each morning instead of two (and removed bricks all together) because it was the end of the season. So I guess we’ll see what happens.
Here’s what my training will look like from Monday until early February: swim and run on Mondays; bike (on spin bikes) and strength train on Tuesdays; run and swim on Wednesdays; swim and run on Thursdays; bike (on spin bikes) and strength train on Fridays. Since I’ve been all about the cycling lately, I’d love to replace one of the swims with another ride, but I’m not in charge yet. Also, I’m not sure what will happen to my weekly threshold Tuesday CompuTrainer rides at Tailwind Endurance. Obviously, I want to keep going, but it would look questionable if I always “slept in” during the team’s Tuesday morning workouts. Again, we’ll see what happens.
Last week, my Slice appeared in a dream: I was riding along (and being all legit in aero), when I slowly tipped over and hit the pavement. But it didn’t hurt. In fact, the ground acted like an inflatable bounce house and sprung me back to an upright position. To me, means either (a) it’s pretty rare to wipe out on a tri bike, or (b) even if I do fall, I’ve ate it before and know what to expect, so the fear of the unknown isn’t a factor.
Speaking of my Slice, the first few rides have been tough, but I’m adapting. During workouts, I spend time in the aerobars and on the bullhorns; usually, I stay in aero for a few minutes and take a one-minute break. Shifting is slowly starting to make sense, and I definitely feel more powerful and efficient in this position. I do need to get an in-depth fit done, though.
Seeing as how I haven’t mentioned running yet … it’s going OK, but my team’s two-mile time trial (TT) on the first day of school practice will be a reality check. I made a decision this offseason to focus on the bike and put the run on the backburner, so I have no idea how this will translate to a TT. I’m not expecting big things obviously, but it would be awesome if I could beat my time from last year. It’s all about progress, so if I start off this season at a better running spot then 2013, then that would be awesome.
… and on that note, I’m hopping onto my indoor trainer, aka not running. Happy Friday, friends!
What fitness and healthy living goals do you have for 2014?