April has been a pretty busy month for me. I have not had the time to blog. I am working to expand my knowledge in certain areas that will help me advance my career. This is keeping me busy reading and programming SQL queries. I am enjoying it, but that combined with swimming,biking, and running has left me with no time to blog.
Even though my weight loss has slowed down in the last couple weeks, I lost another 4 pounds in April. The last couple weeks, I haven't really tracked my food intake and I have basically stayed the same or gained a single pound, so I am happy with that. Time to get back on the serious weight loss wagon.
With April comes pollen season and awful allergies and asthma. This has hampered my training, especially my running. This week was the first week in several where I finally felt like I could breathe.
I am swimming a couple times a week. My average swim is around 1500 M. I am mainly focused on building back my strength and a little speed. I am doing lots of 100M's right now on 2:00. I think I can bring them down to 1:45 soon. I did another 200 TT this month. I came in 15 seconds faster (7.5 sec/100M) and I think I may have had more in me.
My biggest focus on the bike is the Tuesday night tri club ride. There are lots of hills and the pace picks up to over 25mph on the flat segments. Each week I am getting a little faster. My first ride was 14.1mph. My last one was over 16. My goal is to be able to keep up with the A group by the end of the season. If I can keep losing weight, I should be able to reach this goal.
My running continues to improve, even with the setbacks of spring pollen season. I "ran" one 5K, but the problem was this was the peak pollen week, and by the 1st mile I was completely out of breath. I still finished in 33 min, but figured if I hadnt been out of breath, I could have ran it around 27-28 minutes. I am currently basing my training paces of a guesstimated 27 min 5K and it seems to be just the right amount of challenge. I resumed speed work this week after two weeks off from any speed work due to asthma. The paces felt good, but I had to cut the distance back down. I am reworking my 10K plan to peak at the Peachtree. I have also decided to add more volume to my plan and build up to 40 mile weeks for my 10K training and build from there to 60 mile weeks for my marathon training. I know as I lose weight, my body can handle this volume as long as I build my volume properly. The only down side is that it likely means I will have to be up in the morning at least twice during the week to run 3-5 miles during 10K training and 6 miles or so during marathon training.
6,700 M swim
50.53 Miles Bike (Way too low, did over 200 in march)
40.84 Miles run (less then I'd like, but asthma kept me from running. The reduced mileage this month is probably good for my legs though)