Hi everyone! This was my first real week of training for the Gold Nugget Triathlon, which is my first tri ever! I was incredibly nervous about starting training, mostly because I haven’t swam anything other than the doggy paddle in over 10 years and also because I’m still not back to 100% with my running. But I started my adult swim lessons this week, so I was feeling a bit more confident about training for this race!
Monday: Rest day
Tuesday: My very first adult swim class! You can read all about it here. I was so nervous but it went really well!
Wednesday: Spin class
Thursday: Swim class #2. They took away my kickboard and said that I was ready to really swim! I am struggling with how to learn how to breathe enough while maintaining correct form, but I’m excited to still be doing so well in class!
Friday: Another rest day. It turns out that swimming is exhausting and I just needed to rest!
Saturday: I woke up early for spin class, but it was full by the time I got there. I briefly thought about going back home to sleep some more, but instead I decided to try a “mini tri brick” workout (does this type of workout have a name?). I started out in the pool for 30 minutes practicing my strokes and breathing, and then decided to do 1/4 of the rest of the distance of the race – 3 miles on the bike and 1 mile on the treadmill. I don’t know how much of the run portion I’ll be able to actually run on race day, so I practiced speed walking! I was tired afterwards but really pumped that I had been able to do all 3 workouts in one day. I’m hoping to be able to do a few more of those practice runs before race day!
Sunday: I was feeling ready for a run! I walked for 10 minutes, and then did a half hour of 3:2 intervals – 3 minutes walking and 2 minutes slow running. I finished up with another 10 minute walk to cool down. I didn’t have pain, but for the first half of the run I did feel a bit sore in my right hip, which went away at the end. I felt this way when I first returned to running last time, so I’m pretty sure it’s just because I’m using muscles I haven’t used in a while. I’m going to monitor how I feel over the next few days to make sure I’m feeling up to the return of running, and hopefully I can try it again next weekend too!
It felt so good to run again!
As I’ve been starting to train for this race, I’ve had so many questions pop up. Most of them are about gear, but the logistical stuff is confusing too. I think each week I’m going to list any questions I had that week, and I’ll spend the week researching and trying to find out the answers and I’ll post those the following week. Hopefully this will help any other tri newbies, and it will also allow me to get some help from all of you triathletes out there! Here are my questions from this week, please answer them if you can!
- How do you fuel during a race like this?
- What am I going to wear? Keep in mind the swim is in a pool, and the rest of the race could see temps anywhere from 30 degrees up to probably 70 degrees (which is really warm for me!).
- Is there a sports bra that fastens in the back like a regular bra? After swim class I get stuck while changing into my regular sports bra, and that’s going to majorly slow down my T1 time during the race. Plus I don’t want people to have to help me pull my bra on, and that literally happened after class this week. Yep.
- What do you do with your wet swim cap, suit, and goggles after pool time? Right now I throw them in a big ziplock bag but I know that’s not what everyone is doing.
- Seriously, how do you breathe while swimming?! I’m currently breathing every other stroke and I definitely have to stop and catch my breath after every out and back. I’m hoping it’s a mental thing and that once I’m feeling more comfortable I’ll be able to regulate my breathing more!
Have you ever trained for a tri? Where did you go to get all of your tri related questions answered?