Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Current Training Plan : Training for Nothing, maybe

My gym has been closed for renovations for the past 2 weeks. Which has sucked. Their next closest location is 20-ish minutes away. The whole reason I go to the gym I go to is because it's close to my house & close to my work.

Instead of adapting my workouts & running outside or adding in some circuit training, I've just done nothing. I've run 3 times in the past 2 weeks & done a few push-ups & squats each night, but no real other workouts. I'm not proud, but it's been kind of nice. 

I'm ready to get back at it though. I spent July - September of 2015 training for my first Sprint Triathlon. I've truly never felt so strong. The short length of the workouts helped keep it interesting, while allowing me to focus on 3 sports I love, with built in cross-training!

While a wedding means I won't be able to participate in that same tri this year, I have my eye on another at the end of June. I'm not certain I've got enough time to prepare, but I want to get started to see what I can do. I prepared an 8 week training schedule to get me headed in the right direction. Take a peek. 

Remember I'm not a qualified trainer of any sort, I just know what's worked for me before.



Have you ever completed a triathlon?
Do you create training plans for the off-season or just go with what you feel?
What's your favorite kind of speed work?

Linking up with  Marcia x Patty x Erika for Tuesdays on the Run to share.

21 comments:

  1. I have never completed a trialthlon. I don't create training plans for myself. I just kind of go with the flow and do what feels good. Goodluck in your training plan.

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    1. Thanks! I find I get a little too go with the flow without a training plan. I wish I had your discipline!

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  2. I don't use training plans when I'm not actively training for something. So, in the summer I just kind of wing it with trying to get in 3 cardio sessions and 2 strength training sessions per week. This gets me excited to follow a plan again when I start training :)

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    1. I wish I could be that diligent without one. I seem to sort of slack off. I keep workouts shorter during the summer usually so I don't get burned out in the off season.

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  3. Sounds like you're rearing to go! Sometimes we have those slower weeks and it's not always a bad thing to take a break. I've never run a triathlon but would love to try a duathlon at some point!

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    1. I will say, the break definitely left me ready to get back to working out. But, now that I'm back at it, I miss sleeping in until 730AM. We can't have it all I guess.

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  4. What's speed work? ;) Totally explains why I'm so slow - I'm ok with that :)
    I love a good spreadsheet for a work out plan. That's my language.

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    1. I'm so far from being naturally speedy, but it's such a fun way to break up my week, and it seriously gets my heart pumping.

      I'm not certain I love the spreadsheet, but I don't know of anything I would love more necessarily, so it stays for now.

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  5. I need to lay out a training plan. I don't have anything (longer) until the fall but just trying to stay active. You plan looks to have a good variety. I need that too. I get bored with doing the same thing.

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    1. Same here Tricia!

      And thanks. That was my favorite part about training for a tri, was all the built in variety! I can do anything for 20 minutes!

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  6. This plan looks awesome! My favorite speed workout is 400 intervals, or other fartlek-type runs with a few minutes of sprinting followed by rest. Mile repeats intimidate me so much! If I could actually swim and do more than a doggy paddle I might consider doing a triathlon:) haha

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    1. I love me some 400s & mile repeats are SO hard. That's why they're on the plan way less than the 400's ;) But, I hear they're good for me. And I figure they'll help me get faster in the 5K.

      Swimming seems to intimidate so many people, but I'm certain you could learn if you decided you wanted to improve past the doggy paddle!

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  7. It looks like you've got a great plan - and it looks like you're getting ready to kick that tri's BUTT!

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    1. Thanks Kristy! I think maybe I should just bite the bullet and register. I did have so much fun at my last tri!

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  8. I've never done a sprint tri, but I want to! My challenge would definitely be the swimming part. My favorite speed workouts are tempo's or doing repeats on a treadmill where I can track.

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    1. I swam all the way up til the middle of high school competitively. So, while I won't break any speed records my technique is good. Running is my weakest link I think. So, I still focus lots of effort there. You should definitely try a tri!

      Tempo runs are my least favorite. I can never get my pacing down just right which is frustrating.

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  9. I love this spreadsheet, despite not knowing what some of it means, haha! Following a training plan is what's helping me train for a 10K right now, but I might just keep doing something similar once the race is over. It's definitely kept me on a track in a way I haven't been in.... well, awhile.

    xoxo
    Danielle
    Afloat On A Full Sea

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    1. Once I started using training plans I couldn't stop. It's nice to not have to think about the workout, but instead I can focus on my technique & working out hard versus trying to figure out what exercise to do next, etc.

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  10. I think you'll be more than fine with that training for your tri. I did my first 3 sprint tris last year and have my first of the season in a few weeks. I do not follow a training plan in the off-season.

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    1. Thanks Marcia! Seems like maybe I should just go ahead & register! So exciting! Good luck on your next tri!

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  11. I agree with everyone else. I think you'll be plenty prepared & should give it a go!

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