Saturday, January 2, 2016

2016 - A New Training Year

So begins 2016.

A new slate, a new year and a new training plan.  Oh and a new instagram hashtag too!  (#fergystreak but I'll get to that in a little bit!).

I think I have decided on my first 3 races of the year:

1. Olds Tri Diva at the beginning of May - this was my first ever triathlon last year and I want to do it again as a tester race, plus I want to see if I can do a top 3 this year.  I was 4th in my age band last year and I hope I can better that this year!

2. Wasa Triathlon in June - this will be my first open water triathlon and its kind of scaring the crap out of me already!  Its a Sprint - so at least the swim is only 750m!

3. Chinook Olympic in July - I'll bump up to an Olympic this year.  The 1500m swim has me a little concerned, the 40K bike shouldn't be too bad and the 10K run should be ok!  I've got a full 7 months to get my training in for this race.

I'm hoping to get one more Triathlon in - and maybe a 1500m Open Water swim in Canmore if I'm feeling really adventurous - but the ones that I listed are the ones that I'm gunning for as of right now.  I know I need to set up a good training plan, but right now I need to build the base, build the base, build the base!!  Thats my goal for January - keep building my running up, get back into the pool once or twice a week and then get on my bike twice a week.

#fergystreak - I'm quite excited about this!!  I want to stay active without trying to kill myself plus I want to be active with other people so I thought if I got my SIL, BIL, my husband and I all on a workout challenge we would be more accountable with our workouts.  (Ok, I want to be accountable, I'm just dragging the rest of them along for the ride!).  The requirements are at least 10 minutes of workout each day.  My goal is to run at least 1K everyday and if I'm not feeling well (like today) it might just be a walk on the treadmill or some quality Yoga to get myself moving a little bit.
 My goal is to do a sport specific workout 5x a week and then do something to get myself moving the other two days a week.  I need to make a plan otherwise I'll never get through it all!  That is my task at hand.....

Until next time my friends.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Welcome 2015!!

Wow, its the New Year already!  Time to get seriously serious about this whole training thing!

January is all about getting back into the swing of training.  To commit to workouts and follow through with them.  February will be all about continuing with the workouts and focusing on better nutrition throughout the month as well.

Getting back to January!  So far this month I have done three runs and one swim.

January 2nd was a 2K run on the treadmill (after a 10k bike ride)
January 4th was a 2.35K run on the treadmill - it was a hellish run.  Not fun at all!
January 6th was a 300m swim and a 100m kick - 400m workout total
January 7th was a 2.5k run on a track at Genesis Place.

The January 2nd run was fabulous!  I felt strong and was super happy to be on the treadmill, my run on January 4th was NOT pleasant.  Probably because I didn't really want to go for the run in the first place!  Must not dread the workouts!  My swim on January 6th was great but MAN I am out of shape when it comes to swimming!!  It was a hard workout!  My plan was to take my time and do 6 sets of 50m.  Keep it light and keep it decent.  After my first 50 I saw my time and thought - hmmmm, how long will it take me to do 100m then how long to 150m?  Then I just decided to swim the full 300m and see what my time would be if I were to do my tri right then.  I did it in 7:41 - not a blistering time at any rate but I am fairly happy with it.  Now I just need to continue with a pool swim once a week in January and February and bump it up to twice a week in March.  Getting back to my other workouts - I did  one more run on January 7th - it was a track run at Genesis place.  Going around in circles on a 200m track is NOT my idea of a good time, it was even worse than a treadmill BUT its miserable outside and it was nice to be able to run somewhere - even if it was just in circles rather than run in one spot on a treadmill!

Today is a rest day.  I need it, I'm tired (in a good way!) and I REALLY need to start going to bed earlier too.  Maybe that should be a January goal too - more sleep!!

Anyways, with a rest day scheduled for today and a run day tomorrow.  I'll check back soon!

See you later.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

A Baby Brick

I took yesterday off - I wanted to bike or run or something but I know if I don't start this thing out slowly its all going to go to crap and that's the last thing that I want!  So yesterday was a rest day - and it was good.  Today however, I got my Garmin speed/cadence sensor up and running on my bike and it actually paired with my bike AND the treadmill got fixed today too - a HUGE thank you to my husband for fixing those both for me! 

I've never done a brick before but I thought today would be a great day to try it out!  Keeping with my mantra of easing into it I decided to do a 15 minute bike and a 15 minute run  to keep it light and not over do it. 

According to my Garmin I did 10.53km in 15 minute and 15 seconds.  In my little newby mind I'm thinking that's great - I know its not - but I'm still celebrating anyways!  ;)  I know it will only get better. 

Next up was my 15 minute run on the treadmill.  I was a little worried how my legs would feel after my bike but it was a fantastic run.  2K in 14 minutes and 53 seconds.  I totally could have kept going but a combination of my mantra along with my sick son coming downstairs and scaring me stopped my workout dead in its tracks.  The flip side is that I went from running to carrying a 36 pound little boy up two flights of stairs to his room - extra workout! 

It wasn't a major workout by any means, but its a START.  And starting is a good thing.

Saturday, December 27, 2014

A Quick Workout

Tonight was a super easy 30 minute bike ride on my trusty steed - The Leviathan - or Levi as I like to call him!  😉

I can't find my Garmin watch so I have no idea how far or how hard I went but it was a great night just the same. 

Friday, December 26, 2014

TryHard - A New Beginning

Here I go again - a new Blog, its almost the start of a new year, and the start of YET another 'training plan' that I'm trying desperately to plan out and assuring myself that I'll stick to.   In years past I do great with my training plans until I have two hiccups in a row and then it all goes to crap - I'm promising myself that wont happen this year.

My major change this year is that I'm not coming out the gates with my guns a blazing  - as far as my last workout efforts go, I'd say I'm actually planning on taking it pretty easy.  I have 3 (yes only THREE) main goals this year when it comes to goal races.  They are:
  • Airdrie Try a Try - May 18, 2015
  • Inveremere Tri (sprint) or Lake Chaparral (sometime in July)
  • Subaru Banff Tri (sprint) September 6, 2015

Like I said before, I'm not going out and saying I am going to attack a 70.3 this July.  This year I'm actually listening to my husband and going about the whole Triathlon/training thing a little (dare I say it....) smarter this year.  ;)   Rather than starting out full bore, I've decided that this year I am ONLY going to focus on a Try a Tri and do two Sprint Tris......that's it.  (although I might do a few of the MEC 7 series 5K/10K races because they are cheap, supported and timed races)  I don't have any half marathons planned, no crazy trail races planned, nothing but the super laid back Airdrie Try a Tri (that goes down in 142 days but who's counting?!?!), an undetermined summer sprint tri, but that's in open water so its a little more stressful, and then the Subaru Banff Tri in September (253 days...!).  The Banff tri is the goal race - I am really really really looking forward to that one, although the lake is going to be freezing but I'm thinking that will be half the fun?!?

So I sat down today and tentatively mapped out my January training plan. Nothing crazy - just 2-3 runs a week and 1 swim.  No long runs yet, no crazy biking.  My fitness level is essentially back at Level 0...not even close to a Level 1 or anywhere near where I was in the summer last year when I was kind of training for my half's in the summer. 

My workout area in the basement is nothing glamorous, its just my treadmill and bike in front of massive windows that I keep closed since I don't really need an entire neighbourhood of people watching me grunt groan and sweat my arse off.  I'm hoping to switch some stuff around so I can watch either the computer or something on a TV I want to bring downstairs,  and I'll be keeping those blinds drawn!!! 

Tomorrow will be a day of getting all my workout crap in order so when the treadmill is fixed (hopefully tomorrow night)  I'll be ready to go!