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Recap – Week 44

Rampin’ up one week at a time.

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Swim – 3:00:00 – 8550m
Bike – 2:01:46 – 71.63km
Run – 1:18:56 – 16.72km
Strength – 1:30:00

Total – 7:50:42

I think I may have found a balance that works pretty good, at the moment at least. I was able to get some decent training in the week along with 2 strength sessions. It wasn’t easy but I am enjoying it nonetheless. Swim club on Wednesday was awesome; it sucked, but it was awesome. Here was the workout:

Warm Up
400m Swim / 200m Kick / 400m Drill
Main Set
200m Right / 200m Left / 200m Back – Kick with fins
200m Right / 200m Left / 200m back – Kick without fins
8x50m (25m kick / 25m swim) on 1:10
Warm Down
200m Swim

Looks easy right? The swimmers in the crowd will tell you “not so much”. After workouts like this I curse my standing desk.

This week was also the first week that both of my bike workouts were on the trainer. It is winter now in Calgary and barring a miracle, on the trainer my bike will stay. There are benefits to riding on the trainer, so I will have to look forward to workouts filled with power numbers and intervals rather than sunshine and fresh air. Sigh.

I think I am going to do that more often, sharing workouts; we have had some doozies in the pool and the bike can be just as brutal. I know I struggled with finding the right workout for a long time, so if I can help you out awesome. If not, no worries mate.

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In the off-season, I struggle with motivation; I don’t think that is a secret. I have however, found one way to stay motivated while keeping the fun in training.

At the beginning of September, I bet a fellow tri-club swimmer $10 that he couldn’t pass me on w 200m pull set. He succeeded in taking my money with about 45m to go. Now the money isn’t my motivation, it is the bragging right that come along with the money. So made a challenge that by the end of this session in December I will get my money back.

It isn’t going to be easy, but who said triathlons are easy? No one that’s who.

Question: Have you resigned to ride inside for the remainder of the year?

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4 responses

  1. I resolve, not resign to riding through the winter indoors… I don’t like it, but I like being in shape come spring time, and I like not having to lose weight to get back. I’ve also gotten to a place where I can ride right up until the snow flies – better clothing and a toughness adjustment.

    November 5, 2013 at 2:16 am

    • The off season is where my best fitness gains are made; race season is about gaining that last 10% and getting race ready.

      I agree on the toughness adjustment, it is great to ride in the cold (to a point).

      November 7, 2013 at 10:31 am

  2. I have moved indoors just because I am trying to get short speed sessions in that work better on a trainer. Good work.

    November 7, 2013 at 9:39 am

    • Thanks. I find intervals easier on the trainer or treadmill.

      November 7, 2013 at 10:31 am

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