Greater Cleveland Triathlon Training Week 1

I started triathlon training May 1st. I’m training for the Northern Ohio chapter of Team in Training and raising money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society at the same time (a-hem, donate by clicking on button to the right, please and thank you!). Training has been excellent so far, albeit for the awful wind I’ve been experiencing on bike rides as of late. Living near our fair Great Lake has its advantages – but biking parallel to it almost always means I have a tail wind on the way out and a head wind when I turn back. The convenience of the route is too much to pass up though.

A few observations about triathlon training so far:

  • I have zero online tracking set up yet for my mileage. I’m kicking it old school – training plan on the fridge and I’m handwriting my distances in as I go. I like it – seeing the plan on the fridge makes me think twice before I open the fridge too.20140510-183735.jpg
  • This training forces me to check the weather constantly. I loathe the treadmill and the stationary bike and want to do as much outdoor training as possible. That said, spring in Cleveland is like the Forrest Gump box of chocolates – you never know what you’re goin’ to get. So, me and the Weather Channel app on my phone are close, intimate friends.
  • The amount of workout laundry is intense. Swimsuit to hand wash and dry, bike shorts, running tights for colder days. Phew.
  • I don’t have time to screw around with this training plan. My running has been sub-par due to injury recovery, I haven’t spent much time in the pool this winter and spinning class made me feel like a hamster on a wheel. So, even when I want to skip a day, I’m sucking it up and getting the work done.
  • I’m not ready to give up my love affair with kettle bells. Even though it means I’m up at 4am three days a week, I crave that class. However, 3 kettle bells classes + 6 tri workouts = 9 workouts a week. See earlier mention about extreme laundry.20140510-183806.jpg

Here’s what the work look liked over the past week or so:

5/1: Run 3.25 miles

5/2: Swim 600 yards (felt terrible this day, happy just to be in the water and alive)

5/3: BRICK Bike 9 miles/Run 1.5 miles

5/4: Bike 12 miles

5/5: Kettlebell Class 45 minutes

5/6: Rest

5/7: Kettlebell Class 45 minutes, Run 3.6 miles

5/8: Swim .5 miles

5/9: Kettlebell Class, Bike 10.75 miles

5/10: Swim .5 miles

I’ll wrap up the weekend with another bike/run brick workout tomorrow.

Are you triathlon training? How’s it going?

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