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.
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