As you know, I took yesterday off from running due to some slight shin splints I've been managing through; I figured after a week of it I should try to let them rest. So yesterday was a swimming day and my plan for today was to swim and then do a short leisurely run to see how my legs were doing; to see if the day off had helped.
Well... I woke up this morning and decided that just wasn't going to work. I needed to do something a bit more interesting. A light brick workout just wasn't enough, so why not do a full triathlon "brick"?! So I did. I met a friend for a swim workout, then hopped on the stationary bike, and finished with a run. And man did it feel great!! Ad lib fitness at it's finest!!
Chelsea and I started out with a 2000 yard (1.14 mile swim) swim; it took us about 45 minutes. We were both sore, but it was a good sore feeling. Then I hopped onto the stationary bike and despite my preconceptions of possibly getting too bored, road 25 miles in about 1:15:00. Let me tell you, books on tape works wonders in helping that time go by! This was my first time trying it and I will certainly be doing it again. It felt great to get onto a bike for the first time since last fall, but the "Random" setting I used for the program was certainly not as challenging as I expected it to be. It was still good for my first ride though. Finally, I jumped off the bike and onto the treadmill and ran 3.0 miles. I was impressed to find that my shins didn't hurt at all (maybe that day off really did the trick) and it felt like nothing to maintain a 7:03/mile pace. I would have run further or upped the speed, but I decided to take it easy on my shins. In all, I spent over three hours at the gym today and I'm BEAT!
I might start doing triathlon style training every Saturday with the goal of getting up to doing a full 1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike, and 13.1 mile run for endurance purposes. I like the idea of being able to see where I stand every Saturday and altering the following week's schedule accordingly. We shall see how it plays out. But as of yet, I am certainly better trained for the swimming over the rest; who would have guessed since I grew up a swimmer?! haha
Anyways, I am currently battling my heavy eyelids, so I will depart at this junction and spend the rest of the afternoon/early evening imitating this little guy.
Question:1. What did you do for your Saturday workout? Anything new?
1. 250 Warm Up (free, back, breast)
2. 5 x 50s - free, 10s rest
3. 10 x 25s - drill down, stroke back (3-10 kick drill), 10s rest
4. 5 x 50s - free down, stroke back, 10s rest
5. 1,2,3,4 - 15s rest
6. 4,3,2,1 - 10s rest
7. 5 x 50s - stroke down, free back (75% pace), 10s rest
8. 250 Cool Down
TOTAL: 2000 (1.14 miles)
1. 25 miles on Random setting
1. 1.0 mile at 8.0 mph (7:30/mile)
2. 2.0 miles at 8.5 mph (7:03/mile)
3. 2 minutes at 3.0 mph (20:00/mile)
Stay fit. Stay healthy.