So far things are starting off well for 2009. My official planned out training should start on Monday. I am trying to decide if I want to do all base until the 6 month IM training or do a modified sprint plan until may with long rides and runs on the weekend. I think I may do a mix of both. Right now I am reading the Triathlete's Training Bible and am getting alot out of it. My motto for this year is to train smarter, not harder.
Initially, I am going to stick to base training until I feel like my fitness is back where I need it to be for doing any sort of speed work. I plan on assessing my fitness about every 4-6 weeks. Initially, I need to do Lactate Threshold Tests for both running and Biking. I also need to do a 1000M TT in the pool. Once I am starting to see improvements, I will start to add some speed work back. My thought is I will try to pick up speed while I can, and then once Iron Training kicks into full gear, I will focus specifically on endurance.
I also want to try to get at least one strength workout and at least two of my 20 minute yoga sessions a week. In order to be successful, I need to be strong and I need to be flexible. I am planning to focus on specific weaknesses as far a strength and flexibility.
So far, my 2009 training is going well.
My running is a slow recovery. My legs are feeling good, but my breathing has been holding me back. I think it is a combination of things, but I have gone back on the strong Asthma meds that should get my breathing under control. My HR has also been a little higher then I would like.
I ran 2 miles on Monday.Took Tuesday off and then Swam 1800 on Wednesday. It was all drills 200s of swim,kick,pull with paddles, swim with paddles. Thursday, I ran again, but it was really tough. I nearly gave up after 2.25 miles, but after walking for about 7 minutes, I picked it up and finished my 3 miler. It was this point that I knew I needed to be back on the asthma meds in addition to my rescue inhaler I use before training. Friday, I got back into the pool. This was the first time since joining Lifetime Fitness that we actually had to share a lane. I definitely dislike the new years amateur season at the gym. At least it should only last a few months. I was planning on doing my 1000M TT, but that wouldnt be feasible with the narrow lanes.
With the weather being rainy and foggy, we decided to hit the gym for a spin class. This would be my first spin class at Lifetime, but I knew the instructor because se is a member of my Tri Club. I was thoroughly impressed with the class. Given my current fitness level, it was definitely challenging. I really like the fact that at lifetime, they use HR zones as the primary indicator of training intensity. Now, I just need to do my LT test so I have a better indicator of my Zones. Up tomorrow is a 3 or so mile run, likely on the dreadmill.