Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Triathlon Training update

Well, I kinda took the weekend off after doing so much working out last week. Not very productive toward my goals, I know. I did jog and walk on the treadmill on Saturday for a couple of miles. Last night I went back to the pool for my regularly scheduled swim. A friend met me there and we paced one another lap-for-lap. While it was great to be joined by someone, I spent a decent amount of time exercising my voice instead of swimming. Needless to say, my pace last night was less than stellar!

The good news about that is that I swam further than I had last week. I went in with a goal of doing 30 to 35 laps. I did 30 regular laps and 2 more relaxed laps (legs w/ a kickboard and a modified back stroke). The last 3 laps were a bit more tough than I expected them to be. I think by that point my arms were ready to quit. But I did it! This week's schedule is getting mixed up a bit - I'm going climbing tonight and running tommorrow.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

New Goals

I've recently been inspired to set new personal goals for myself. Several friends of mine are always finding new ways to challenge themselves through physical fitness. One friend is a long distance runner - another is planning on doing the Avon Walk, a mini-triathlon, and a century all the in the same year. Watching these friends has made me realize that there are things that I want for myself that sitting on the couch most nights with a random night of rock climbing isn't going to get me. With that, I've decided to commit myself to doing a mini-triathlon next summer. I haven't worked out on a regular basis in about a year, which means that I'm desperately out of shape. Ok, ok. Not desperately out of shape. I can run a couple of miles, and evidently swim over a kilometer without too much struggle. But that's a long way off from swimming a kilometer plus running 3.4 miles plus biking 17.1 miles! Needless to say, I have a lot of training to do. :-P So from here on out, I'm going to try to chronicle my training. This way I can hold myself accountable, and I can also keep track of my accomplishments and set milestones.

Here's what I've done this week:

Monday: 20 laps in the pool (1 km): 55 mins
Tuesday: jogged 2 mi + walking: 40 mins
Wednesday: climbed 2 problems
Thursday: 25 laps in the pool (1.25 km): 45 mins

I've also set a climbing goal: I would like to comfortably climb 10.b's in the gym by the end of February. Right now I'm climbing two levels below that. We'll see how it goes!

I'm also planning on going on a backpacking trip in Rocky Mountain National Park, and I'd like to not die in the process ;-)