Training Report for June 2013

I am not certain what this post will end up being about. I’ve had a bit of writers block recently. Maybe it’s fear that my posts are being stalked by certain persons at work and will be reported on?

Nah … I could care less about that to be honest. I think they under estimate how little of a damn I actually give.

So I am sitting here at Sobik’s, eating some lunch (my normal salad and soup), and trying ton get some words down on paper. What to write about ….

Ok .. I know … a Training Report Update. 

That’s the ticket … 

So I am entering Week 5 of the Augusta Training with 13 weeks to go until the race. So far the training has been outstanding. I think the new approach that KC put in place, basically pulling back and starting from reduced mileage and going a lot on time training vs. mileage has helped a great deal. We met with her on Sunday past and talked a lot about training methods and types. I shared with her that I tend to enjoy the interval training a great deal. If I am with a group I don’t mind the longer rides and runs, but when training on my own the ability to go hard for, say 400m in the swim, rest 20 seconds, then go again helps me break it up mentally and gets me though them. 

And speaking of the swim, how did the biggest mental issue I had the first few seasons end up being my favorite skill to practice? I am still in need of speed (currently I average around 2:05/100m) but my comfort in this discipline has improved a great deal. I am hoping the mental issue in this area is over.

I was re-reading the book “Going Long” and especially the area that talks about types of training and lengths. It recommends spending most of your training on your “limiters”, basically the areas that you need the most help in. This makes sense. Last year I spent a lot of time in the water, and still training in the pool 3x per week. This interval seems to work for me. So this year my focus should be on the run, but the current injury is keeping me from running at all, so I have been fillign running assignments with cycling. This is helping my cycling immensley but not so much for my running. In looking at my races this year I have been strong in the swim and bike but when I get to the run I lose it. For example, Crystal River 1 a few weeks ago, out of a group of 13, I was 2nd coming out of the water, 5th after the bike, and ended up 12th. If I get my run up to par I should start seeing some pretty decent PR’s. That’s a big IF though.

I am also toying with the idea of going to a gym during lunch here in downtown Tampa (PowerHouse). Although weight training is not currently on my schedule I think I could see some larger gains on bike and swim if I strengthen myself up a bit. Weights are my background and I tend to gain quickly once I start lifting, so need to watch that a little. It won’t affect training either as I can do this during lunch and still get evening training completed.

We have designed and ordered FST shirts also, as a test run for a few. The current ones are in black only, but I have some in pink ready to go. If you’d like one please let me know. Eventually they will be on the website.



So that’s my post for the day. If anyone knows something they’d like to see me write about please send me some ideas. 

6 thoughts on “Training Report for June 2013

  • June 25, 2013 at 5:49 pm
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    A gym at lunch sounds like a great idea for us both. I'm the worst when it comes to getting in strength training. I just flat out don't like it.

  • June 25, 2013 at 6:35 pm
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    You're not working downtown anymore are you Beth? I would invite you to join us if you were.

  • June 26, 2013 at 12:48 am
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    Based on my own experience, I think strength training could definitely help you. I go biking once a week on the weekends when the weather is nice. When I jumped on my bike for the first time this spring I was shocked at how much easier my bike was to ride when compared to last fall last year. The difference was huge. I credit my weight training for it. I'm so much stronger on my rides; it is still shocking me.

  • June 26, 2013 at 12:48 am
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    Based on my own experience, I think strength training could definitely help you. I go biking once a week on the weekends when the weather is nice. When I jumped on my bike for the first time this spring I was shocked at how much easier my bike was to ride when compared to last fall last year. The difference was huge. I credit my weight training for it. I'm so much stronger on my rides; it is still shocking me.

  • June 26, 2013 at 4:24 pm
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    I love to weight train and I believe that it makes a big difference! I like to do legs, I've notice a difference in my biking when doing the hills. Also, floor push-ups have helped my core and I've notice a little improvement on my swims. I think this is a great idea and you will be stronger on your Swim/Bike/Runs! Keep us posted 🙂

  • June 26, 2013 at 4:24 pm
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    I love to weight train and I believe that it makes a big difference! I like to do legs, I've notice a difference in my biking when doing the hills. Also, floor push-ups have helped my core and I've notice a little improvement on my swims. I think this is a great idea and you will be stronger on your Swim/Bike/Runs! Keep us posted 🙂

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