Race Schedule and Results

Monday, January 3, 2011

Ah, triathlon

I kind of forgot what being a triathlete was all about. Since the last race of my 2010 season, I've been anything but a triathlete. Heck, there were MANY days that you wouldn't have wanted to call me an athlete (okay, maybe you would have called me an athlete, but I felt like a poser). I sat last night with the hubby, the race schedule and my monthly calendar. I laid out my January workouts. It took time. A little negotiation (with myself really) and I think I have it all laid out.

And it's going to kick my hiney.

It's fairly straight forward though -
  • Monday - kickboxing and 100 intervals at the pool with a WU and CD
  • Tuesday - .5 mile run intervals with a WU and CD and .5 "rests" in between
  • Wednesday - kickboxing and bike intervals (courtesy of Coach Tom)
  • Thursday - Off
  • Friday - kickboxing and long swim (no less than 2000)
  • Saturday - 40k bike
  • Sunday - long run

Each week, the swim and run intervals increase, as does the long run. No bricks yet... just want to build my endurance and speed a little first. I'll check myself at the end of the month and plan from there.

I don't use a coach and to be quite honest, I'd love one but just don't have the money to spend on monthly coaching. I know that self coaching has its downfalls, mainly being the ability to know how hard to push yourself without someone telling you to hit a certain interval, but I'm confident I'll kick my own ass. I know when I'm pushing myself and I'm keeping track of everything so I can constantly test where I'm at and adjust.

For instance, I did 10x100's at the pool today and nearly died. Okay, I'm lying, but I looked back at the same workout last March and I was about :05 slower on average today.

With a plan in place, I feel like a triathlete again. That and the countdown on my desk that says 132 days until my first race. Oye ve!

18 comments:

teacherwoman said...

Looks like a great schedule! I look forward to reading more about it!

Christi said...

Awesome plan! You will do great and I can't wait to see the results pay off!

Beth said...

I would love a coach too!!! But I just can't justify the money (yet). My hubby and I are planning out our January tonight and a general plan to get us to our half ironman in June

N.D. said...

this gives me a great idea of what I need to do. I'd love to get more info on your bike too! tosha25italia at yahoo

Lindsay and James Cotter said...

New year, new plan! Its almost tri season. thank goodness!
Thank you for your kind words on my blog. THey mean so much.
CHEERS!
LC

Molly said...

it looks like you're off to a great start to me!

glutenfreetri said...

I have had that feeling lately too - less like a triatlete and more like a slug, but it comes back quickly (not the speed but the overall fitness!) Your schedule looks great!

Jeff Vanis said...

I totally agree with self coaching and it being limited and would love a coach as well but just can not justify it right now. I also did 100s the same day... They hurt, but improvement is a great thing! Nice work and keep on it

Kim said...

with so much training information posted on the internet these days, you will never be lacking a fun and interesting workout :) happy new year colleen! looking forward to hopefully meeting you this year!

Kovas Palubinskas said...

Good-looking plan, but I'm wondering if you could move your off day to Monday to give your body a chance to recover from the longer weekend stuff.

My Life and Running said...

I didn't use a coach last year & got a great 70.3 plan off BT. Be Iron Fit and Going Long were great resources too. You probably know that already though. :) Cheers to getting back at it!!

Wes said...

I loved my coach, but feel quite strongly that know everything I need to know now to coach myself. You have the right idea. You've set up a basic week to fit your life, then you play a bit with durations, intensity, and types of work outs.

Good luck!

The Hungry Runner Girl said...

AWESOME SCHEDULE!!! I don't think you need a coach...girl you are so good at pushing yourself and obviously so talented at coming up with great plans and programs for yourself!!! P.S. Thank you for the sweet comment you left me yesterday, you are the best!

Caratunk Girl said...

Looks like a great schedule!! You are going to do just fine, stick with your plan and adjust as needed!

Happy New year!

Anne-Marie said...

Very cool! It might kick your butt now, but you'll be stronger for it when race time comes!

Self-coaching is tough but it looks like you have a good plan! I would second Kovas' suggestion about moving the rest day to Monday... my weekends are structured similar (long bike & long run), and after playing around with difference rest days, Monday seemed to work best for me.

Joel said...

I think it looks like a great plan, too. That said, I agree 100% about having either a rest day or a VERY light day on Mondays after long weekends...

...for what it's worth.

and I'm not a tri-coach, but I did stay at a Holiday Inn Express once. A long time ago. Years ago, really... ;-)

Beth said...

Yes PLEASE, let's be "optimal weight performance buddies" that would be AWESOME!

I haven't read that far yet but have you read how many calories we are supposed to be eating? I have calculated how much (in general) I burn a day but I am not sure how much I should eat. Happy Wednesday!

Mer! said...

So glad I read this posting because i'm self-coaching myself this year--usually I work with Amanda Lovato, but since i'm racing shorter distances i'm going "solo"....I like your schedule, I may have to copy =).

There was an error in this gadget