Wow!!! 20 weeks of triathlon training in the books. Tomorrow I begin a new leg of my journey as I start the first training periodization stage leading into my first triathlon 23 weeks away. I am proud of myself for fighting to continue my training over this duration. Historically I find a reason to slowly quit and stop going within a month or two of doing a program. I have lasted 20 weeks or 5 months going strong with my training and pushing ahead.
It has not been all easy though. As I mentioned after Dragon Con I got a cold that knocked me out for two weeks. On top of that I was having difficulty with my hypertension and was forced to not do too much too strenuously. So up until this last Thursday, for the last month I was on doctor forced hiatus from my training. The last couple of weeks I have picked myself up and began to do brisk walking, swim drills and Pilates. The goal was to keep active and center my focus on my goal of completing a triathlon. But, that is what will happen over time with any goals and training regiment. What matters is how you manage and overcome diversity as it presents itself. In the past I handled diversity and training issues by promising myself to get back on track and get back into the gym with this never happening. But, this time I have done it, I have overcome my challenges and I have stayed strong and determined. Now I am looking at the next part of the plan and looking at my future. Eager to see how all this plays out, eager to get to next year and my first triathlon and what ever else I have planed.
This week the goal was simple, stay active and get to the doctor’s appointment to find out if I am cleared to go back to my training. From there I would work to get myself ready for next week. Thursday night I went back to spin classes and it felt great. Friday and today I spent time loosening up in the pool, doing easy, no stress 25 meter laps. So I have begun to prepare myself for next weeks heavy work schedule. While it has been a month, I do not feel like I lost too much fitness.
Besides getting the all clear I bought a bike, so I can start riding and figuring out this aspect of my triathlon training, I named it zero. The bike and my gear (and a random picture of my calf) can be found here and here. I am eager to put some miles on the tires, but things have been a little busy to get many hours or miles on it yet. Overall a great step in the right direction.
Then I also signed up for my first 5k for October 27th the Atlanta Monster Dash. They have 5k,10k, and half marathon distances. It appears that allot of costumes and more of a party atmosphere surrounds the 5k. Figured this might be a good smoke screen for my lack of speed, as it takes me roughly and hour to finish a 5k. Also, there will be walkers and trick’er treating along the 5k running route. So it should be a good,relaxed environment for my first 5k.
So tomorrow starts phase 1 or the base phase and a new set of goals for next week. Overall this week has been a good week and I am glad to have Zero at home and my initial bike bleeding/spending done. Til next time.