First week of Half Ironman training!
Week 1 of training is an “intro” 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 – trust me – 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 – the race didn’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!
So… the issue that I encountered this week is FOOT PAIN. I’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. What’s the issue? Well, I think my cycling shoes don’t fit me anymore! Isn’t that funny? I’ve had them for years but post-pregnancy – they are terrible for my feet. We all know pregnancy changes your body forever, but I didn’t account for changes in my FEET! Geez.
I’ve noticed similar pain in some of my other less forgiving ‘regular’ shoes, too. But just to be sure… I’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 it’s the shoes or something else.
I’ve also been doing a lot of stretching and IT band care because I know my IT band is tight, and that’s certainly not helping my feet. Additionally, Coach Marni sent me this article – How to Prevent Common Running Injuries – 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?