But as i wrote out the distances for the Olympic triathlon i'm doing in July, it really hit home how far it is. It scared me a bit and i have reconsidered a training plan. Its easy to think you are doing enough, even that you are doing more than you think. I tally all my workouts, on daily mile and on a spreadsheet, but its too late to look at the week and realise that i haven't run or swam enough, i need to have something to work towards to ensure i am doing the right distances.
So, i am loosely going to follow the 18 week Olympic for intermediates. I realise that i am a beginner but the plan for that would have me doing shorter distances than i do now so feels wrong. And i say loosely as i plan to use the distances as guides as opposed to strictly follow the days to do things.
I feel that if i can at least maintain the increases in running distances, types or runs/swims and cycling miles then it will allow me to compete at the level i want to. I want to race it as well as i can, without taking all the fun out and taking it all too seriously.
Here is what February looked like for me:
You see, i didn't notice i hadn't swam in that long at the beginning of the month. This was just before i started this spreadsheet. Glad i did, DailyMile is great, but this is easier to track details. Again, i need to swim, time flies and if i'm not going to the gym to spin or run, like now when i can go outside as i'm at home in the day, then swimming can easily be forgotten for a week without me even knowing.
So as i fill my succisive* hours with more and more training i will be confident that it will all be worth it in the end. When i cross the finish line after swimming 1500m in the sea, cycling 38km of the welsh coastline and running 10km, i know i did it to the best of my ability and enjoyed the whole process that got me there.
|Succisive : of spare or extra time|