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Weekly Training Recap 17.3.14

I am not a morning person.  Full stop.  I love going to bed with no alarm set and knowing I can wake up when I’m ready.  J, on the other hand, wakes up at 6 naturally every.single.morning.

Having a training partner who will pull you out of bed is so beneficial.  If you struggle with the morning motivation and don’t always make the best decisions when still in dreamland, find yourself a training partner.  Whether its your sibling, partner, roommate or neighbor, give them full permission to wake you up by any means possible.  Once you are up and out the door, you won’t regret the workout or enjoying the beautiful sunrise while you are finishing off your last set!

Post morning run just as the sun was rising on Bondi Beach
Post morning run just as the sun was rising on Bondi Beach

Monday: swim squad 2.8km.  I took a different bus to this evening session and was a few minutes which made me feel like I was trying to catch up the whole session.  We worked on speed sets and even though I was the slowest, I never regret a swim!

Tuesday: Morning hills in Watson Bay 18.8km.  I’ve been avoiding Tuesday morning hill sessions with the team because I am SO bad at hills.  One of those vicious cycles where to get better you must practice but practicing is so painful so excuses make it easier to skip.  Though I was shattered after the session and was sore for a few days, I definitely felt stronger by Saturday.

Wednesday: morning sprints at Bondi Beach 9km.  We basically sprinted the entire 9km!  The coach said he wanted us to go full out every lap and my heart rate data had it reaching 184bmp so I think I got there!

Thursday & Friday: off days

loving spandex! Heading to saturday sessions in the park!
loving spandex! Heading to saturday sessions in the park!

Saturday: Cycle 47km, run 8.78km, swim 1.9km.  After our 2 hours speed session of cycle we did an hour of running hills.  As I said, I hate hills.  I pushed through as hard as I could and focused on the results I would be getting from running up that hill.  I was also thinking about if I could just get through it I could go sit that the café and enjoy a chai tea….bliss.  The afternoon swim was stroke correction and was perfect way to loosen the body up from the morning pain.

Sunday: walk 3km.  J and I got up early and went for a short walk to loosen our legs and keep the soreness at bay.  The afternoon will have a lot of foam rolling!

training recap
training recap

Have you found a training partner that won’t take your excuses? Or do you have any tips on waking up before the sun?!


Weekly Training Recap 11.3.14

As J and I have signed our lives away to training for the next 8 months documenting my weekly training activities will not only keep me accountable but also provide documentation of my Ironman 70.3 journey. The majority of my training will be with a local triathlon group who will provide the structure and coaching at each session.

First glimpse of light in Centennial Park during a morning cycle session
First glimpse of light in Centennial Park during a morning cycle session

Monday: swim 2.8km in 1 hour 8 min.  This was a morning squad swim session where we tried to focus on timing and speed endurance drills.

Tuesday: Track sprint session 10k in 1 hour.  This session focused on building speed with every lap for 2km, resting and repeat.  I wasn’t sure I was following the goal of increasing speed each lap but once I was home and looked at my data I was pretty happy with the effort.

Wednesday: Cycle Hills in the park 17km in 51 minutes.  As I slept in for Tuesday morning hill session with the team, I went and did a hill session in the park on my own.  I did one flat lap and then 3 hill loops and then rode home which is up another hill so 4 hill climbs.

Thursday: Rest day!  I had a work event so when I got home I had just enough time to throw together a mexi bowl for dinner, watch an episode of House of Cards and go to bed!

Friday: stroke correction 2km in 1 hour 18 minutes.  Stroke correction has improved not only how I swim but the distance I can swim without stopping.  I’ll post soon about my swim experiences!  I’m trying to focus on building my upper body strength so I can get more power from my stroke.  I also have a bad case of lifting my head too much…so that’s a battle.

Saturday: Cycle 34km, run 10.5km, ocean swim 2km – all completed in about 4 hours.  Saturday is our big training day with a two hour cycle session followed immediately by an hour run session.  The cycle was a 10km time trial and the run session was interval training in the park.  The ocean swim was the first time I swam laps at Bondi Beach which is quite scary as it’s open and clear water!  Especially for a North Carolinian girl raised in the mountains!  I finished 4 laps parallel to the beach for a total distance of 2km.  I only saw fish at the very end of the swim which I’m quite happy about particularly since this was my first swim in the ocean since the shark!

Sunday:  This turned into an unintentional rest day albeit one that was desperately needed.

weekly snapshot
weekly snapshot from my movescount account