We are on the second half - and absolutely official - training plan to lead us up to the half-ironman in November. And, I need to keep tabs on my training - 'cause this is the real deal. So, I am going to blog every day for the next 4 days to try to make it a habit and then blog regularly. Feel free not to read - this is just an exercise in creating a good habit.
This past week - not so bad. My swim didn't make me feel like a loser afterward - so that's progress, eh?
Remember these wind up swimmers? Their feet and arms move when the little dude is swimming. Me - I'm not like these wind up swimmers - I only use my arms, that is, until recently. Many years ago, I developed the habit of NOT using my legs, like at all, when I first started training for triathlon. During past swim workouts, I tried to change that and attempt to use my legs. But, alas, the workout was much 'easier' and (believe it or not) I was faster when I didn't use my legs. Later when the workouts got pretty intense, I got cramps in my calfs even when I wasn't using my legs during the swim!!!! Dude, that's totally not fair and way NO fun. Why am I going on about this? Something strange happened this week - I have been using my legs. They just move in the water when I move my arms - like the wind up swimmer. It's weird - like somehow they're connected. And, I'm not consciously saying 'move' - they are just moving. Of course, I am still slower when I use my legs (gotta figure that one out - I mean they are the strongest part of my body - gotta harness that power somehow). Oh well. Maybe someday I'll learn how to harness the power in my legs.
The run SUCKED _SS in the second half - still trying to figure that one out.
And, for the week I pretty much sucked on the strength training.
I LOVED being on the bike. I want more BIKE!
Since today is Sunday, here are my totals:
Ran 4 miles (MUST. RUN. MORE.)
Biked 36.5 miles
Swam 1550 yards
Strength training - ZERO.NADA.ZILCH. (I did do a LOT of yard work though.)