Today is officially the start of my 2nd week of triathlon training. I did my second “big” team training this morning, and after a nice nap, I’m ready to do some recapping.
Part of me can’t believe I’m actually doing this.
Part of me thinks it’s not so bad.
Today we did an hour long swim including drills and freestyle laps (some/most of the drills are harder than “just” swimming!) up in Novato, which is about an hour away. Which means I got up at 6am, met my carpool buddies at 7 and then drove up to the workout. I was actually feeling encouraged that I think my swimming form and stamina have both improved over the week. I can really feel a difference from just a week ago! So yay on that.
Then we did a bunch of dynamic warmups before running. The running part was a big loop on a wooded trail. It was awesome to be outside in the woods and hills instead of on a track. They said the trail loop was a little less than 2 miles long. They said that people doing the Sprint distance or people in the “developing” level of the Olympic distance should do one loop. It included one semi-mild hill and then one crazy, steep insane hill. Which they recommended walking. Hahahaha. (as if!) So I finished the first loop and was like, yeah! DONE! But the coaches at the water station were like, “Are you doing it again?” And I sort of did a double take. They pointed to my hat (Oakland Running Festival) and my T-shirt (Las Vegas Marathon) and said if I was going to wear stuff like that, I better be going twice. Gulp. So I took off for the second lap.
Not totally surprisingly, the 2nd lap felt MUCH better than the first one did. I really do need a significant warmup! and the first loop was much more of a struggle than the second one. After the second loop, we had been at it for three hours. Then they took us over to a field to do a bunch of core work.
Then I was tired.
I didn’t recap my first “official” bike workout yesterday. I was supposed to do an OYO (on your own) 30 minute ride. Mr. McBody took me to a little trail that goes down to our neighborhood town/village. It’s kind of a mild downhill. I was happy because I thought it would be a perfect way to practice hills, in a protected way.
It was a good challenge and it was not easy. At all. The trail was filled with walkers and dogs and little kids on trikes and strollers and just all kinds of obstacles. Each one put a little splinter of terror into my heart. I had to practice my slowing down and shifting gears and such. Which I did not enjoy. At the bottom of the hill there was a hairpin turn that went downhill and I just couldn’t do it. It terrified me.
I don’t like the machinery of the bike. There’s too much stuff. It’s dangerous feeling. Once when I was getting on (or off) the gears “bit” me in th leg. Which hurt.
It just makes me feel so unskilled and also at the mercy of this piece of equipment. I can see now that this part of the tri is going to be my most challenging. I hope that as we do more team bike workouts, I will get more tips and feel more comfortable.
July 31, 2011 at 9:58 pm
I’m totally impressed. LOL at having to live up to your t-shirt!
August 1, 2011 at 12:39 am
I was inspired by your earlier post about swimming. I pushed myself further. I alternated laps and kicking against the wall for 75 minutes in a row. Thank you, Susan!
August 1, 2011 at 1:10 am
I don’t recommend ever biking on the sidewalk or on trails for the very reason that you’ve pointed out- its not good in terms of getting into your groove, and its more about braking on a dime, turning and navigating around unexpected obstacles. As un-fun as it seems to bike in the street itself, I think you’ll see that its much freer to just go. Try biking on Embacadero? Or on the roads up and around Mills?
August 1, 2011 at 1:37 am
oh wait- just read backlogs and see that you’ve already done that trail! go foodie go! you’re inspiring me to learn to swim laps too!
August 1, 2011 at 1:19 pm
I just bought a bike, too! You can do it. See if you can get a gear guard so you won’t get bitten.
August 1, 2011 at 1:41 pm
Gear guard? I don’t know what that is, but it sounds like I need one!
August 1, 2011 at 3:20 pm
You’re so awesome – I don’t even feel worthy to post!! 🙂
On a different note – my stupid bike has 21 stupid gears and they all make me feel stupid. Stupid bike. 🙂
August 1, 2011 at 4:14 pm
I’m so proud of you for doing this! Bikes can be a little intimidating at first, but you’ll get it with practice. Also, it is worth taking a short intro to bike mechanics class at your local bike store. They are for beginners, and generally free. they will teach you how to pump up tires, change a flat, etc. It will really help you gain confidence on the bike. Good luck!
August 2, 2011 at 12:02 pm
That’s awesome!!! It’s definitely a goal of mine – one day. I’m still trying to get on that bike!! 🙂