Monday, February 20, 2017

Training Update: February 2017

Things are starting to click again in training. At least that's what I like to tell myself.  I'm getting most of my workouts done and I'm finding ways to fit things into my new schedule of being a dog mom. The past few weeks I have missed a lot of swimming due to a significant run-in with a food processor blade (*ouch*), but I finally got back in the pool yesterday.  After a few days of contemplation earlier in the month, I've also come up with a new plan and new goals for the season which have me much more excited about training and racing than I had been with the original plan.  A separate post on those is due to hit the blog as well as an update on some exciting developments.  But for now, training:

Swim:  As mentioned, I spent a few weeks out of the pool.  Cutting my finger so significantly was unfortunate timing, since I had finally gotten back in the pool after a very long break.  But I swam yesterday, and hopefully will make it a more consistent habit now that my finger has healed.

Strength work at OTC Wednesday nights!

Bike:  Our Wednesday night HPS group has had some fun rides lately with lots of "sweet spot" time as well as a longer ride last week.  We have a great group this year, and it is motivating to coach and train with them.  At home, I've made the Saturday trainer ride a consistent habit.  Lately it has been my excuse to watch lots of Netflix, and I'm loving the Archie comics inspired "Riverdale" for my rides.  If you haven't checked it out, and especially if you read Archie as a kid, you should give it a watch!  The new episodes come out on Fridays, so it is perfect timing for my Saturday rides (though I usually need to watch something else since each episode is only about 40 minutes).  This past week, a new kit from Coeur Sports added some stylish motivation to get on the bike!

Run:  While I've struggled to get in all of my runs, mostly due to some personal stuff going on the past few weeks, I'm enjoying running again.  It has also been fun to get out on snowshoes for a few runs recently (including a particularly slushy, warm, sunny run yesterday on the SJAM Winter Trail).  I also made it to my first outing with Run-to-beer-Ottawa, a fun group that starts and ends its runs at local breweries in celebration of community, running, and delicious craft beer.  We had a great time, and I met some "internet friends" for the first time - Ashley (the leader of the beer and running /  yoga movement in Ottawa) and Katrina.  We also ran on probably the worst weather day of the winter, but the blustery, blizzard type conditions didn't stop us!

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Back on the Train: Weekly Training Update

For the past two weeks, I have actually been pretty consistent with my training!  Last week was my first week with an official training plan, and the week before, I was motivated by the fact that I had my plan starting to get out and start early.

I'm working with a new coach this season - David Harding - of DEKK Coaching.  He is a local Ottawa runner and triathlete, and his resume includes multiple Boston qualifiers and a recent trip to Kona for Ironman World Championships.  Of course, I'm not a marathoner or an Ironman, but my desire to get my running back on track this season led me to Dave. I'm looking forward to having the accountability and structure provided by a coach for this season.

So with that, I commenced my 2017 official triathlon training last week!

Monday - Okay, so I didn't really start off on the right foot.  Waking up to swim at 6:30 am wasn't happening and then the day just got away from me!

Tuesday - 6k run with my new running buddy

Wednesday - I'm coaching HPS with Dave again this year, and we had our Lactate Threshold Test last week.  The gang crushed it and worked so hard.  We have a fantastic strength program this season too from Coach Jenn, so we hit our upper body and core along with lots of mobility work.

Thursday - Another run, but this time on the treadmill.  I am still not a huge fan of treadmill workouts, but I got it done by watching Harry Potter as I ran.

Fridays will be my official rest day this season

Saturday - 60 minutes on the trainer in the basement while George watched me with intense curiosity.

Sunday - 10k along the Rideau Canal