Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Week 5 Recap

This was only slightly better than the Week 4 failure.  But in my own defense, it was another holiday week.  I used the last few days of 2010 to get all of the laziness out of my system.  Hopefully it's all out of my system, because the training volume is about to make a sharp vertical tilt.  I'm half-way through the base phase of the plan.  Another 5 weeks until the build phase starts and the 20 weeks of "real" training begins.

Lessons Learned This Week

1) When riding outside in sub-freezing weather, it is imperative that you wear either very warm/thick socks, or more than one pair.  And those socks should be something more substantial than mesh lightweight triathlon socks.
This isn't the most flattering picture, but I want y'all to see how COLD I was. But you can't really see "cold" in photos, so just imagine frozen appendages. And I need to get the race sticker gunk off my helmet.

2) If your lips are as blue as the background of this blog, it's time to turn around and go home.

3) Running at your normal pace, after a couple of weeks of not much running, leads to incredibly sore legs.  At least the view was nice.

Plan vs. Actual

Swim: 0 meters
Bike: 46.22 miles
Run: 6.25 miles
Strength: 1.12 hours
TOTAL = 5.43 hours (yikes, 3 hours below target)

Weight Loss
Let's just say that the holiday bloat is NOT making me very happy.  No, I don't want to talk about it.  Yes, I'm working on it...

Week 6 Plan
Mon - rest
Tue - swim 1:00, run 1:00
Wed - bike 0:45, brick run 0:15
Thu - swim 1:00, bike 1:00
Fri - run 1:00
Sat - bike 2:00
Sun - run 1:00
TOTAL = 9 hours (+ strength)

2011 Goals

I'm not so big on resolutions, because I always feel like such a failure when about 2 days into the new year I've already broken them all.  And then where do you go from there?  I do like to set goals though.  Maybe it's just semantics, but I like the idea of goals better than resolutions.  And I've gone far too long without re-evaluating my short and long term goals, so the start of 2011 seems like as good of a time as any to reassess and lay out my priorities.

- Be kinder to myself
- Half marathon PR
- Reconnect with friends
- Finish 2 Ironmans, healthy and happy
- Finally reach a BMI that isn't "overweight"
- Stick to a budget...so that I can travel

- Nail 90% of my planned workouts (equal to missing only 1 workout/week)
- No eating out unless it's protein/salad/soup (but happy hours with Julie are allowed!)
- Swim!