With not having a job to focus on, I am able to do two and sometimes three workouts a day. I don't have to wake up quite as early (at least not every day) to fit in my workouts. I can do "bricks" (back-to-back workouts such as swim-bike or bike-run). I also have time to recover physically and mentally during the day, since I have very little to worry about (other than playing chauffeur to my kiddos and their summer activities).
I am still working with my run coach, George, for tri season. I have found his methods to suite me, and things continue to go swimmingly. My training schedule changes almost weekly, but typically I swim twice a week, bike 3-4 times a week, and run 3-4 times a week. Everything is based on minutes (instead of miles), which has been a great thing for me mentally. I don't worry as much about how far I'm going or my pace when I am just trying to get the minutes in.
The past two weeks have been big ones, training-wise. In addition to my other workouts, I had 135 running minutes (about 15 miles) a week ago Friday, followed by a 140 minute (40 mile) bike ride on Saturday + 2 miles of running. This past weekend I ran 130 minutes (14 miles) on Saturday and biked 160 minutes (45 miles) + 2 miles of running on Sunday. My body is holding up, but I am always more than ready for my Monday rest day!
Coming up this weekend is the Mingoman triathlon. I raced in the sprint distance last year, intervalling the run as I was still in recovery mode from my stress fracture. I also had a horrible bike leg, likely due to mechanical issues that I was unaware of. This year, I am stoked to be back at the race, and I am doing the Olympic triathlon this year. The swim (0.9 miles) and run (6.2 miles) are both twice as long as the sprint that I did last year, but the bike is just a few more miles. I am most concerned with the run leg. After a less-than-stellar 5K at the end of my sprint triathlon just over two weeks ago, I am wondering how my body will do with a 10K.
Goals... after analyzing each part of the race, I have the following goals:
A Goal: under 2:50. This breaks down as 28 min on the swim, 84 min on the bike, and 55 min on the run, plus 3 total minutes of transition time. I know that the swim and bike (18 mph) are totally possible... again, it's the run that worries me.
B Goal: under 3:00. I got this time by saying to myself, "Well this gives me an extra 10 minutes from my A Goal" LOL.
C Goal: Finish with a smile. Anything can happen in the world of triathlon. ANYTHING. Finishing is never, ever a given, and I will be grateful when I do. And hey, it'll be a PR regardless!