After much discussion with some of my friends, workout buddies, and my Personal Trainer, I have decided to once again start training for a Sprint length Triathalon. For those that don’t know this consists of a half mile swim, followed by 13 mile bike ride, followed by a 5K. I have realized that I do much better in my “training” if I have a carrot to shoot for. Just constantly working out to lose weight is starting to get me down, especially when the hard work doesn’t seem to show up on the scale! Having a goal in mind to complete this race will keep me motivated to keep moving, and hopefully the weight will come off at the same time!
My goal is to be able to do my own race on Sept 20th. At that point, I will continue to train until next summer and do an actual race then. I have developed a training plan that starts where I am right now, and adds just a little bit each week to get me to where I need to be. The running is my weak point right now, and the cycling is my strength.
I am starting at being able to run 2.5 miles (starting my training at around 1.5 miles) and swimming about 10 laps. For the bike ride…I could easily do 13 miles this summer…so I am starting somewhere around 8 miles, but doing some HIIT(High Intensity Interval Training) on my cycle only days until I start getting to longer distances. I am also incorporating weight lifting 2-3 times per week to continue to build strength.
I am very excited to start this training plan, and motivated to make it work! I am hoping I can find some friends who might want to race with me in June 2015!