So now I'm officially in "Training Mode." That means no more Peanut M&M's! I think I have an addiction! lol It'll take me a week or so to get over the craving for them, but until then I'll need help. I have stopped taking dollar bills & loose change to work, and last week I told my co-workers if they see me eating them to take them from me. Hey, whatever works! lol
So now I'm focused on this upcoming race. I'm not signed up yet, but I'm pretty sure I'll do it. But I want a couple weeks of good training under my belt before I commit.
This week was a good workout week. I swam on Monday & Wednesday for an hour each session. I'm still pretty slow, but my focus is to swim at a relaxed pace where I don't use too much energy & fell relatively fresh. So far so good.
Tonight I lifted weights. Hurting my back several months ago might have helped me (to an extent.) What I mean is, since I couldn't lift, it forced me to focus on my swim & bike. As a result, I had a pretty good swim. So this time around I will swim in place of one of my weight lifting sessions. That means I'll only lift once a week until after the race, and I'm fine with that.
Tuesday I rode the bike. In my previous blog I talked about the hills that I'll be riding on for the next race. Those hills are very tough, and I'm not the best climber. There are zero hills in Tampa, and I don't get a chance to ride the bridges until the weekend. But I also have to RUN on the weekends too. There are only so many days in the week...
So to compensate, I have to use my indoor trainer to the fullest. I can't ride hills as much as I'd like, but doing intervals on the trainer can be the next best thing.
Truthfully, I HATE intervals. They are HARD. VERY HARD. I'd rather ride outside in the rain for 3 hours than do a 45 minute interval workout. The reason why is because intervals force you to ride as hard as you can in several short bursts.
Here's my interval routine:
15 minute warm-up
start of interval
15 seconds all out
45 seconds recovery
30 seconds all out
30 seconds recovery
45 seconds all out
15 seconds recovery
15 seconds all out
5 minute recovery
20 minute spin at vigourous pace
10 minute cooldown
This workout is anywhere from 46 minutes to an hour long, depending on the warmup & cooldown times.
Here's a first! Here's a video of me doing the first interval of the session this past Tuesday: