|See how nervous No. 270 is? That's me before my last race. That's the look I have |
before every race. Confidence does not come naturally.
This Sunday I ran outside for the first time this year. It felt good to be off the treadmill, but what didn't feel good was the cold!
I started my workout on the trainer, but I only road for 30 mins. I actually had a lot of things going on, so I had to compress this workout. It's summer camp sign up time, and I had to meet the ex and the kids to tour a local camp.
I've been panicking a bit about the hills involved in the French Creek Triathlon, which happens to be in just 55 days. So I did some hill repeats on the trainer and throughout the entire workout I kept thinking that the hills on the road are much harder than what I can do on the trainer.
But it snowed Friday and the roads were still a mess by Sunday and it's still cold. So, I will have to settle for the trainer.
This weather will break soon.
I got off the trainer, spent exactly 2 minutes "transitioning" to run and headed out the door.
Holy wind, Batman!
Seriously, it was so windy for the entire run. But I managed the 1.57 miles I planned and that was that.
Here are my latest thoughts regarding this race:
1) Water temperature
I own one sleeveless wetsuit. Period. If water temperatures are below 60-65 degrees, I will seriously reconsider doing this race at all. I fully understand this may seem like a cop-out, but the truth is that I'm not in it to win it and I'm most certainly not in it to get hypothermia. If the temperatures don't start getting warmer soon, this may very well be the situation I'm considering.
This race is very hilly. There is one giant hill that according to the cue sheet I will have to climb twice. Same with the run. Fortunately, during the run, the option to walk always exists. Clearly I would prefer not to walk, however, the option exists. This option does not exists on the bike. My very first attempt at an Olympic distance triathlon ended when I tried to tackle a hill I was not prepared to climb. I really need the weather to get a little bit warmer so I can ride the course a few times before race day.
3) Swimming with the fishes
I have to say I am really impressed with how well my swimming has improved since starting my training effort. As long as I can stand the water temperature, I believe the swim will be my strongest leg of the race.
4) Custody and training
I have to say, honestly, working full time and having my kids at home really makes training for a triathlon difficult. I wouldn't change anything, but it is really hard to do everything and keep track of everything while being a single mom.
So, here is my training plan for this week:
Monday (today): Swim 1200, followed by a soak in the hot tub and maybe some time in the sauna. I really need to destress.
Tuesday: Bike trainer + strength training at home
Wednesday: My schedule calls for a run, but I'm still tending to the early morning darkness issue, so I'm not sure how I will do this.
Thursday: Rest day or bike trainer if I can't run Wednesday.
Saturday: Rest day, with possible run outside with my son.