Although I am not one for making New Year’s resolutions, I do find a sense of ambition, optimism, and opportunity with the start of a new year. That being said, we can make positive changes whenever we want; it shouldn’t be a decision solely relegated to a new 365-day cycle. For me, 2017 means it’s a officially a new triathlon season with structured training beginning on Jan. 2.
General training notes: lots of running, a fair amount of riding, and not enough swimming. My, how things changed this week! To be fair, the pool was operating on a holiday schedule (I swim at a college) so less time in the water led to more time in the park. Both my runs and rides are still easy; it’s all about building that base.
Monday – off
Tuesday – a.m. run; p.m. run with Achilles NYC
Kicked off the workweek with 5.5 easy miles through Central Park. That evening, I went to my second Achilles workout and guided a visually-impaired athlete through the park. We ran six miles and chatted the entire time.
Wednesday – a.m. swim with Bearcat masters
My final swim of 2016! During our 4000m practice, we focused on shifting speeds, and I was pleasantly surprised with my execution of 2×150 when we built by 50s. I was to tap in to three distinct efforts.
Thursday – a.m. CompuTrainer class at Tailwind Endurance
Seventy-five minutes in the saddle with a long warm-up and 6×3-minute builds from sweet spot to threshold. (Everyone else got to hang out at their VO2 max, but we’ll get there.)
Friday – p.m. run
It started snowing around 5 p.m., and I met up with one of my buds for an easy “yog” through the snow in Central Park.
Saturday – a.m. runs
Final run(s) of 2016: I ran eight miles solo through Central Park first, and then I met up with Achilles and guided an athlete for six miles.
Sunday – a.m. CompuTrainer class at Tailwind Endurance
Watts up, 2017? I kicked off the new year with a 70-minute resolution ride at Tailwind Endurance and “treated” myself to a sports massage after.
Do you make resolutions?