All aboard the pain train.
Yes, I survived the first week of 2014 triathlon training with Full Throttle Endurance—and it feels great to be back! As I mentioned last week, I will restructure these weekly posts so they have an increased focus on training progress.
General training notes: As the first week back, this span served as the first of four base-building weeks. Basically, none of the workouts were incredibly tough, and when each one concluded, I felt like I could keep going—which is the right feeling.
Monday – a.m. swim and run
We kicked off the first day of school with some swimming—and a ton of sculling. There’s a reason I avoided this tech drill for three months; it makes your upper body burn. Even so, I loved being back in the pool and working out with my teammates, and I actually caught myself smiling several times while swimming. In total, we logged 2,600 yards. After a quick wardrobe change, we met on the indoor basketball courts, completed some running form drills, and then set out on three easy miles: one on the track, one on the treadmill, and one on the track.
Tuesday – a.m. indoor cycle and strength train
This was my first time back on a spin bike in several months, and because I’ve been doing CompuTrainer and indoor bike trainer rides, this setup felt weird. However, I discovered that my “steady” gear has increased four levels since last year, which is awesome—it’s all about progress! Anyway, we completed a steady ride to 70s and 80s songs (which I recognized maybe three during our 60-minute ride) and then did some corework and upper-body strength training with resistance bands.
Wednesday – a.m. run and swim
This running workout was definitely my favorite of the week. Our entire team ran together (both the five-day-a-week group and the three-day-a-week group, so around 50 people total), and I loved seeing and catching up with some friends I hadn’t trained with in a while. Like Monday, this workout wasn’t too taxing: 30 minutes steady, plus drills to warm up and cool down. Pool time came next, and again, we did a ton of tech work and way too much sculling.
Thursday – a.m. swim and run
Another early morning, another workout in the pool. At 3,000 yards, this ended up being my longest swim of the week and longest one since August. Whereas the Monday and Wednesday workouts focused on sculling, this one honed in on pulling. Oh, I hit a turning point in my wannabe swimmer journey: I flipped turned while swimming with other people! No, it’s not a huge deal, but I worry about bumping lane mates when I come off the wall; for whatever reason, I broke though that mental barrier. Again, it’s all about progress! We followed with a 20-minute steady run on the indoor track.
Friday – a.m. indoor cycle and strength train
We went a little longer during this ride (65 minutes) and focused on a lot of the same drills: single-leg, high cadence, etc. Even though we listened to a different playlist, my teammates still gave me a hard time when an older song came on: “Hey, Carrie—do you even know who sings this? Were you even alive in 1985?” Not going to lie, though, since I’ve always been the oldest in my family (oldest sister, oldest cousin, etc.), it’s nice to be seen as the baby for once—ha! After the ride, we did some lower-body strength training like squats and lungs, plus more corework. Sidenote: This was the first time since my basketball days I did squats—and I forgot how much they burn!
Saturday – off
Sunday – a.m. CompuTrainer ride at Tailwind Endurance
Let’s say there wasn’t a ton of bliss during this class titled “Blissful Endurance.” Like other Tailwind classes, we warmed up with some single-leg and high-cadence drills, plus some short intervals and then tackled the main set: 3 x (seven minutes at endurance/race pace and three minutes to build to VO2 max). Yeah, this seemed daunting at first, but I remembered an article featuring Meredith Kessler: “… it is also important to remember that ‘GCBU’ feeling in training and racing (Getting Comfortable Being Uncomfortable). What inspires me about GCBU is that I know it is in those raw, gentle, subtle moments of discomfort where the magic happens, where progress is made and where we become better athletes.”
Overall, I couldn’t have asked for a better first week. There’s no post-workout pain/soreness, although I am hungry/eating all the time again. Bring it on, week two!
When do you feel the most “like yourself?” Have you noticed it’s connected with certain activities?