First week of Half Ironman training!
Week 1 of training is an â€œintroâ€ week so I can get used to the structure of training. Coach Marni says that more experienced triathletes could probably skip this week, but I wanted to complete it. My plan is 12 weeks long and â€“ trust me â€“ I want every single week to prepare!
Monday: 3 mile run
Tuesday: 1 hour bike (indoor trainer)
Wednesday: 30 minute swim + Strength
Thursday: 1 hour bike + 15 minute run
Friday: 1 1/2 hour bike (indoor trainer)
Saturday: 30 minute swim
Totals: 3 miles of running, 3 1/2 hours of biking, 1 hour of swimming
Monday was really supposed to be a rest day, and Sunday was supposed to be a 1 hour run, but my week got a little flip-flopped because of the Ramblin Rose Rock Hill event. I was up at 4:30 and at the event site by 5:30 â€“ the race didnâ€™t start until 8:00, but there was lots of work to do, like putting up signs, organizing cones to mark the course, and helping the athletes get situated in transition. Once the race started, I ran around like a crazy person photographing athletes and running our Facebook and Twitter pages.
I was beat by the end of the morning, but it was so much fun!
Soâ€¦ the issue that I encountered this week is FOOT PAIN. Iâ€™ve had enough experience with injuries to know when NOT to push it, so it was good that I had Sunday off anyway, because I know I needed a break. Whatâ€™s the issue? Well, I think my cycling shoes donâ€™t fit me anymore! Isnâ€™t that funny? Iâ€™ve had them for years but post-pregnancy â€“ they are terrible for my feet. We all know pregnancy changes your body forever, but I didnâ€™t account for changes in my FEET! Geez.
Iâ€™ve noticed similar pain in some of my other less forgiving â€˜regularâ€™ shoes, too. But just to be sureâ€¦ Iâ€™m going to see if I can find a friend in Charlotte who can loan me a pair of cycling shoes for a week or so; this will allow me to really decide if itâ€™s the shoes or something else.
Iâ€™ve also been doing a lot of stretching and IT band care because I know my IT band is tight, and thatâ€™s certainly not helping my feet. Additionally, Coach Marni sent me this article â€“ How to Prevent Common Running Injuries â€“ which was a helpful read. My feet are feeling totally normal today, so I think I just needed some time out of those damn cycling shoes.
How was your training last week? Anyone complete a race over the weekend?