"...In the end, people either have excuses or experiences; reasons or results; buts or
brilliance. They either have what they wanted or they have a detailed list of all the rational reasons why not."

~ Anonymous
(taken from Matt Erbele's, It Takes Time to Get Good)

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Week 1: Whoa

The first week in a long while that I did all of the trainings on my schedule instead of reading the training plan and saying, 'Weight training' must really mean 'go out with friends for pie and coffee.' 'Swim' must really mean 'have another piece of cake and put your feet up, you earned it.'

Here were my workouts for the week:

Monday: Strength Training class 1 hour

Tuesday: Swim Masters 1 hour

Wednesday: Bike 1 hour 20 min (18 miles)/Strength Training class 1 hour

Thursday: Swim Masters 1 hour (OMFG! He tried to kill me)/ Run 5 miles (51:28)

Friday: Rest

Saturday: Long Ride (on schedule 2:45, planned 35 miles)

Sunday: Long Run (on schedule 1: 50, planned 10 miles)

Here is my conundrum, I did not get in the scheduled yards for the swim because in Masters I did a series of drills that, while making me feel like my lungs were going to pop and I had swallowed 9 gallons of pool water, were significantly lower in overall yardage than if I just granny-ed it up and swam some laps like usual.

For example: My scheduled yardage for this week was 5200 yards and my actual was only 2500 yards.

Does this mean I have to swim again this week (and every fucking week thereafter) to get in the total yards?
She asks with a quivering voice and sad upturned face, hoping to God you and her coach say, "No. You have worked hard in the pool, which is much more valuable than distance.
Go have coffee and pie with your friends."

Now, I must get ready to go for a bike ride. Alone. Again. *sigh*

The tri team called and begged me to come back to the group ride and be a pace leader, but I told them that I have to think of my own training first and I can't carry them along. Sorry.

* I am totally being facetious. If you have not read my blog before click the 'tri team' link to get the sarcasm.


Aron said...

WHOA is right... those are some serious workouts... awesome job!!

Calyx Meredith said...

Well - I've been reading about the advantages of training with speed intervals over long slow distances - so maybe your coach will give you some slack! Sounds like a great week. Yay RBR!

Stef0115 said...

IMO if you are showing up at the workouts, which you so clearly ARE, and they are doing drills in Masters, then you are fine even if the yards are shorter than your plan.

Seems like this is the time of year to work on technique, which most certainly includes drills, which will help us immeasurably as the year progresses.

Caveat: I'm used to training in blocks of time, rather than distance. I also am not training for an IM. :-)

Also, I think that we should be able to have pie and coffee after every single time we get in the pool! We deserve a reward for doing that!!!!!!!!!!!!

Krista said...

awesome week! go eat pie!!
(sucks training alone....we're new to our area and i have to do everything alone....ran a 5k this morning and thought "this just isn't fun by myself")

Southbaygirl said...

I think you had an awesome week-and if you wanted a piece of pie-well you would have deserved it!!! But don't ask me about swimming for I hate to swim!! And know absolutely nothing about it!! And biking by yourself-yeah super boring. Hell, doing anything by yourself is super boring-probably why I trudge along with my 4-legged running partner!! It may be slow but I have some one to run with and talk to!!

Go have pie!!

Unknown said...

I've never done ironman training, but when i've beenon a tri training plan I always went by time, not distance. At least at the beginning.

I chuckled at your last paragraph about the tri team; I remember your post about that. :-)

Having said all that. I really think you'd still be better off skipping the whole pie thing. Trust me, I have LOTS of experience that says pie is not good training food.

Jo Lynn said...

If pie's no good, then go eat cake (or fudge, cookies, Dots, cupcakes, cobbler, donuts, etc.)

IronWaddler said...

Great job with your training. As far as the swim sometimes quality beats quantity. That's how I justify it!

Bootchez said...

I second the "quality vs. quantity" theory, especially this early. Good for you, what a great way to start of your year. pie, Pie PIE!!!

SWTrigal said...

As I was mumbling about how much the run hurt at IMAZ to this guy next to me, he said "Hey you signed up for this"! (Bastard-I thought at the time).. But I hear you on the training. It is tough!

Willie said...

Coaches always say things like that don't they? It's OK, you thought really hard about working out, that's enough go drink beer and relax.

Yea, I'm pretty sure that's their style.

You mean the Tri-group didn't really call? I'm shocked, really shocked.

Tracy said...

Wow, after reading all of those workouts I'm so tired I may need a nap. LOL *ducking and hoping Stacey doesn't ask why the heck I'M not blogging. Okay ice storms. ICE STORMS! I'll blog later today. LOL @ your disclaimer at the end of your post.


~ Tracy

Carolina John said...

you know my coach always encourages me to take it easy. nice slow laps, easy pace... yea right. you know in the water form is better than meters anyway. hit those drills! there's plenty of time for mindless laps.

ShirleyPerly said...

Yeah, when I do swim drills (esp. the dreaded kickboard drills) my yardage is much less than what normally fits into one hour. Everyone seems to get done with their entire workout while I only am able to do part of it. I hate feeling like I didn't do the whole workout but after a while I get tired and my technique goes to shi*t and my coach says I'm better off getting out than staying in the pool.

Aka Alice said...

LMAO about the Tri-Group reference. I really didn't like those peeps anyway...

Your workouts always make me want pie.

Klassenator said...

Hope your rides went well, looks like you had a substantial week. Keep up the great work!

Angela said...

How good does that feel to stick to your plan???

Okay, just so you know...I've registered for my first 5k. AGAIN. It's February 14th. Really, I've done 5ks before...Race for the Cure... but that doesn't count because it was more social. Anyway....You have been my inspiration. Yes, you have!

Tammy said...

I don't swim, so I can't comment on the "quality vs quantity" conundrum. But, I sure hope it doesn't work with running too.

If so, my 7 miles yesterday were really more like 2 quality miles.

Formulaic said...

I say go for the mileage! I know it sucks to say, but maybe that is what you need.

I hate to say things like "coach knows best" but coach 'probably' knows best.

It'll get you to the finish line, faster and stronger.

Of course, haven't swam in a LONG time. So what do I know?

Julianne said...

Great job sticking to the training plan!! Although, I do really like your original "weight training" and "swim" definition. ;-)

Lou said...

you are making me feel bad about myself.

You are awesome. When do you have time to sleep?

Mike G said...

I think you might be a little too literal with your interpretation of your training plan. As long as you are sweating and feeling the burn, you are getting a good workout, and there are times when it is healthier to change the plan to avoid injury or burnout. Even Olympic athletes do this, take easier days when they're feeling weak, or push it a little harder when they're firing on all cylinders. Runner's World has a lot of good articles on this.

Aileen said...

Yeah...WHOA! And not in the Joey Lawrence kind of way.

I know nothing about swimming, but I feel like as long as you are out there, doing your thing, you'll be okay? Feel free to disregard since I stay away from water.

Unknown said...

Nice job getting all those workouts in. I am laughing because I totally take the strength training day to mean happy hour as well.