Gonna change it up a bit for this year. Out of respect to my coach, Brian Stover, I won’t be posting a play by play of my workouts. Instead I’ll do weekly totals (so long as I can add) of each sport, as well as whatever reflections I’ve got.
S: 7300y, 130′
B: 95mi, 375′
R: 27mi, 190′
So officially got my first week of work with Brian done with all workouts completed and minimal complaining. He’s introduced a couple of new things to me, the first being working out 7 days a week. All through high school, college, Penn AC, and training last year, I always operated on a 6 days on, one day off schedule. However, with the volume needed to be done in order to be successful at long distance racing (or more successful, depending on your perspective), the need to spread your workouts out over 7 days rather than 6 days grows. As I sit here on Tuesday night having worked out the last 9 days, I can say I feel fine now, and I know over time I will get even more comfortable with it. This early in the season, almost all of the work is base/low intensity, so there is little residual fatigue being developed. I’m sure for many triathletes this is not a surprise, but it’s a new change for my training, but I’m fully embracing it and just making sure to eat enough and sleep enough (with neither being a problem during Christmas time!).
The second biggest thing Brian has introduced to me is “the band.” Made out of about 12″ of bike tube tied together, it creates a drag on your feet and immobilizes them from kicking. So if your kick primarily exists to keep your body level, when you can’t kick you will quickly find your legs dropping and causing your body to move through the water in an upside down L shape. After nearly drowning the first day I used it, I’ve gotten a little more comfortable with it and am amazed with how great of a way it is to receive immediate feedback. While I’m sure I’ll learn more about what it can teach me, it has already been a great tool for feedback.
This Christmas week is hectic with travel home and back to Philly, and then up to Montreal for New Years Eve, so I’ve mixed some erging into my workouts (huh?), and most of the work will be run based, since that can happen anywhere.
In other exciting news, I’ve gotten my Wattie Ink kit ordered, as well as my first pair of K-Swiss shoes for the season. I’ve ordered the Kwicky Blade Lights, which I’m told are most similar to the shoes I’ve previously been running in. I’m super excited to get them and continue getting faster!
I’ll sign off with a wish of Merry Christmas to any and all readers. Regardless of your religious upbringing, I hope that you can spend time as we move toward the New Year with those that you love and care about, and reflect on whatever good fortunes you have had in the past year. I wish the best to everyone, whether I know you or not — may 2013 bring more fortune to you all than ever before. God bless.