The pain of last weeks’ 50+ miles of running is still resonating around my body. My legs still ache and I have developed this pain in the top of my foot that feels very much like tendonitis. It does not respond to ice and there is no swelling, but it shoots a mild to medium pain around my foot with each step. Since I don’t want to START the year on the DL, I’m taking it easy on my legs this week. I can still ride with no pain or problems, so that’s what I’m doing. The “I was right” in the title refers to saying I needed to stick to shorter distances until I am ultra light in weight. My body does not like long distances at the weight I’m at. Last week just proved that again.
I still haven’t signed up at the gym so I’m not back in the pool yet. I can blame that on a busy work schedule, but I need to get it done. Probably today or tomorrow. I might also see if I can find some swim paddles and fins as well. I need to do lots of drills for strength and technique this spring.
I haven’t pulled the trigger on registering for my first race yet. I’m still considering options. I also want to see how this first month of “training” goes. Just need to re-up my membership to USAT and CMC for now. I am also going to re-join CTC (our local track club). Past that…? Lots of options but nothing firm.
Something did dawn on me last night while on the trainer though. I am committed to doing only sprint distance races this year in triathlon. I may do some longer adventure races, etc. but pure triathlons will be sprint only, except for Kirksville which is a bit longer but late in the season (still not a true Olympic distance though). That being said… For the first time, I am actually ahead of the training curve. WAY ahead.
What I mean is, as I look at distances vs. my current base, last year I was way behind. My longest ride ever was 40 miles, I had never swam more than a mile at once and was averaging one half marathon per year. Considering I needed to be at these levels (or above) and be able to do them all IN ONE RACE, I was WAY behind.
However, this year my longest race swim will be about .75 mi. I could swim this now. My longest ride will be about 30 miles. I did that last night on the trainer. My longest run will be about 6 miles I do that 3-4 times a week. I don’t need a base! In fact, I’m OVER base. Instead of struggling for the first half of the year just to get to a workable base to train from, I can start a race training plan NOW. I’m not sure what to do!
Actually, that’s not true. I am building a balanced training plan that emphasizes strength and speed work in the pool, interval and hill training on the bike and speed/hill work on the run. I will occasionally stretch my mileages out a bit, but weekly mileage totals of 3-4(swim), 100-150(bike) and 20-25(run) are really my MAX. Last year I was looking at those as INDIVIDUAL WORKOUT totals on some long days.
And not because I’m not a mileage junky or a type AAA personality. I admit to being those things. Yes, I will be jealous when I hear about the crowds heading out on long rides or doing big races. But I keep going back to that whole “Fun” goal I set. Short, hard workouts are fun for me. I love the intensity. I also love the manageability of a workout routine that lets me go like hell for an hour or so and then I’m done. I like the total exhaustion of a short, hard workout. No, they won’t all be that way, but I zone out and lose focus on the really long workouts (short attention span). I notice that this is also when I get hurt the most.
OK… Time to pick some races!