Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Starting Over

Hi! Welcome to the new blog! Now that I've reached my goal of training for my first sprint and first Olympic Distance triathlons (which you can read about here), I thought that I should have a new blog that chronicles my continuing triathlon training as I "tri again" to cross the finish line. I'm choosing to continue to blog because I know that it makes me feel more accountable and keeps me motivated to workout on a more regular basis.

I have some big plans for the year ahead. First, I'm going to take it easy for a week or two. Second, I'm going to try to incorporate more yoga and more strength training into my workouts during the "off season". I'm in the midst of trying to figure out my race schedule for the year, but I'm planning on doing a half-marathon, and Olympic triathlon, and a half-Ironman triathlon. I've already signed up for the half-marathon, which is in March, so that's the first hurdle that I'll be tackling.

Well, I guess that's not entirely true, I actually am planning on doing a short duathlon this Sunday. It's a 2-mile run, 12-mile bike, 2-mile run in Central Park. My boyfriend, Drew, and I both signed up for this race. He's not a big swimmer, so I thought it'd be something fun for us to do together. The last few times we've been running, however, his calf has given him a lot of trouble.

This morning we got up to go for a quick run in the park to test out his legs and to have my first workout post-triathlon. I asked him how far he thought he might want to go and he said about 2 miles. That meant that we'd run around the lower loop of the park. I had suggested before leaving that we try to avoid his calf hurting any more and that I thought we should run for 5 minutes and then walk for 30 seconds and keep alternating for the duration of the run.

When we started running, I felt like he took off like a lightening bolt. I actually wonder if that's why he's had some pain recently? Because he's been running too fast without a good warm-up? Anyway, I made him slow down a little bit, and we followed my plan of running/walking. We ran the lower loop of the park and also added in the loop around Cherry Hill fountain. Luckily he left the park pain-free and my legs were also feeling pretty good post-triathlon.

Distance: 1.85 miles
Time: 17:10
Pace: 9:18/mile
Calories: 225
Maximum HR: 187
Average HR: 174

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