Sunday, February 01, 2009


Run: 47 miles

Swim: 8 miles (14,080 yards)

Bike/spin: 6 rides, 5.25 hours

Yoga/Pilates: 3 classes (3 hours)

Strength: 4 hours

Ab work: 3 x week (12 workouts), up to 125 of the 200 situp challenge.

One thing that has helped me be more consistent is the 2009 challenge at my gym for swim, bike, run for the year: swim 50 miles; spin/bike: 75 rides; run/walk 300 miles. So I've got a good start for the year.

February goals:

Run: 50 miles

Swim: 8-10 miles

Bike/spin: 8 rides, 8 hours

Yoga/Pilates: 4 classes, 4 hours

Strength: 4 hours

Ab work: Try to finish with 200 situp challenge

And let's not forget my double digit challenge: 2 miles on 2/2. Today is usually not a workout day other than maybe weights, and I almost forgot about the double digit challenge of my own, so after my weight workout I headed to the treadmill to crank out 2 miles. I figured I would end up walking some, but surprisingly, I ran the entire time, and my heart rate stayed acceptable until about 1.5 miles but still never went into my highest zone. There are a lot of theories here for this, but one I'm wondering about, and its something I did in the past, was doing a warmup before running, warmup meaning something with legs and upper body. Nothing heavy or long, just maybe 10 minutes. I think I am going to have to try that again. I'm thinking by doing the weights ahead of time, the heart rate has a chance to come up so by the time I start running it stays more consistent. I don't really know, but its going to be something I'll at least explore a little further.
Last week's recap:
Week 4, 2009 Triathlon Training:
Last week was a "rest" week after 3 fairly intense, but steady building weeks.
  • Monday: off
  • Tuesday: run 30 min., swim 30 min.
  • Wednesday: Weight class
  • Thursday: Run 30 min. swim 20 min.
  • Friday: off
  • Saturday: Run 5 miles outside
  • Sunday: Spin 45 min., swim 1 mile
  • Ab work T, Th, Sat.

This week I'll be adding one spin class, and am planning on the 7 on the 7th challenge on Saturday. I still plan to use Fridays for off days, and Mondays as well other than weights. I'm trying to pace myself so by spring I'll have a good base and hopefully most workouts will go outside by then.

On another note, sleeping has become more consistent. I have been taking the melatonin and while I don't sleep straight through the night without waking, I am able to go right back to sleep until the alarm, so that seems to be a big plus. I'll continue to use until either I forget and seem to not need it or become immune to it.

Hope everyone had a great weekend!


Sunshine said...

Impressive, awesome, inspiring, Vickie!
You go!
And spring will come.. and it will have to be earlier that last year?!

Anne said...

I can't remember the last time I slept through the night. My goal is once I wake, can I fall back asleep. Usually, the answer is no. Maybe I need some melatonin.

chia said...

Would you like a partner for the 7 on the 7th?

Great January chica, and great plan! Hope to see you before I drive off into the abyss ;-)

Lisa Slow-n-Steady said...

Great numbers, Vickie! You're building a nice triathlon base for this year.

I take melatonin too, although I think I'm sleeping better lately. From yoga perhaps? Anyway, I think melatonin is better than sleeping pills that I took a few years ago...those were habit forming (not good)

WADDLER26.2 said...

Those are some great training hours.

Just_because_today said...

What a work out!!! WOW is all I can say, impressive!

ShirleyPerly said...

Nice Numbers! I can't imagine how difficult it must be to train through the winters you have there. Keep up the good job in February.

Christie said...

You're doing great with your goals. Keep it up.

There's a 7 on the 7th challenge? I'm so out of the loop. I really need to catch up.