Monday, December 12, 2011

and so it begins

20 weeks.  That's how long I have before the White Lake Half Ironman.  I've downloaded a training plan from Beginner Triathlete.  It is a 20 week program that I'm going to see how well I can actually follow.

Today's workout was intended to be 40 minute run at perceived exertion of 3, 2500m swim (800m warmup, 1500m main, 200m cool-down).  I was pretty worried about how this plan started - that seems like a long swim when you are just starting a program!  It makes me worry about what is to come!

So, my exercise routine started at 430am today.  I took Gunner out and bumped his distance a little bit.  It was a little slow, but we ran 2.7 miles at close to a 10 minute pace.  Ended up being just under 26 minutes of running.  since it was supposed to be at RPE 3, that was about the right pace. 

When I got home this evening, I took him out for another 2 miles.  This was at about a 9:30 pace, so that makes pretty close to another 20 minutes of running.  A few more minutes than the plan called for, but I had to break it up in two chunks in order to fit it in my day.  Does that still count?  I don't know.

For the swim, I essentially skipped the 4x200m exercises the plan calls for and just swam 2400m straight.  I know the exercises are designed to help me strengthen my technique, so I need to concentrate on doing those.  I was so nervous about the total distance, I just put my head down and went for it.  Just over 59 minutes to cover the 2400m. 

I could tell I was getting tired towards the end.  My technique started to break down, although my stroke count stayed pretty much the same.  I was hitting 19, 20 or 21 strokes for 25m.  I don't know how that is compared to anything, but that is where I am.

Especially towards the end, I wind up swallowing some water, or at least getting it in my mouth and nose when I try to breathe.  Makes it difficult, but I suppose it is not all bad - Tedd says that is what happens in an open water swim...

Food today: cereal again with milk and a banana.  fibre bar for mid-morning snack.  Hamburger steak with mushroom gravy and mashed potatoes (and gravy) for lunch.  PB&J sandwich as a mid-afternoon snack, protein shake for dinner. 

that's my day, going to take Gunner for another walk, then go to bed. 



  1. Nice! It feels comforting for me to be on a plan. I can trust the plan to get me where I want to go. Embrace it, and remember, you have to start each workout on the plan but you don't have to complete every single one to be successful. Just get out there and have fun.

  2. Yeah John, that's the thing - if I get too serious about working out, it takes the fun away. This is a sure way to kill my motivation. I must have fun with my workouts.


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