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!