This week I have been busy reflecting on the path ahead toward that first triathlon. I realize I have progressed greatly from my initial days involved in this triathlon undertaking. In the early days of training what kept me from signing up for a triathlon, even a short sprint, was the knowledge and realization that I was so out of shape, finishing it would be improbable. There is a point where you have to honestly realize your true limitations and at that time I had no fitness or even a shred of endurance. Most activity including walking to the car left me out of breath and sweaty. A little bit of activity left me napping the rest of the day. Now, after six months of training, I truly realize it has started to pay off and barring physical injury I should be able to successfully complete a triathlon in March.
The Lagrange triathlon has a 300 meter swim, 12 mile bike ride and a 5k run. When I started this venture I could run 30 seconds, not sure how long I could bike ride and I could barely swim 100 meters. As I mentioned before in earlier posts I realized I needed to build to a base that I could build from. I needed to fit enough to do some major endurance training. For a few months I did nothing more than work on getting my run to 20-30 minutes, swim I became more efficient with my stroke and got to 250 meters of continuous swimming and I began to do spin classes to prepare for actually riding a bike.
All of this lead up to the start of October where i started the base of my periodization plan. The entire focus for the last two months has been endurance, endurance endurance. I wanted to be able to run a 5k, swim a mile continuously and bike 12 miles including hills. Weight training has become a method of preventing injury and stabilizing leg weakness. After two months I can tell you, my current distances are enough that I could finish the projected triathlon. Here are the components and the current numbers:
By my reckoning, I should be able to do this triathlon within 2 hours based on my current levels. Of course those levels are not accounting for the fatigue of roping the disciplines together. Obviously my times in all fields are really slow. But my focus has been on covering the distances prescribed. I am still working on increasing endurance further to prepare the muscles of the rigors of stringing all three together next year. The great motivator here is that if I would attempt today, I should be able to finish the race. Slow, but finish.
With little over three months of training to go this is exciting. It does not mean I can slack off, but it means the next three months will make me stronger, faster and able to go farther. Its additional motivation to continue to prepare for next March’s triathlon. I am there distance wise. Imagine how far I can go with three plus more months of training. I am excited at that prospect. Up till now, if you said you think I could do a triathlon, I would have had serious doubts about finishing, unlike now where it is clear to see that I can finish with all the pieces and base I currently have. Still more fun to come. Til next time.