The last week has been pretty crazy so I'm just now catching up on some back posts and other things on my "to do"list.
Total miles for April: 151
Run miles: 67
Bike miles: 59 (likely more, but I don't have trainer set up to tell me distance when riding it indoors)
Swim miles: 4 (amazing how much time/energy and mental stress swimming causes me and yet the distance is nothing compared to running/biking mileage)
What I've learned this past month-
I need to bike, bike, bike and bike. Biking is where I'm going to be able to make up time. I'm not getting any faster running so not shooting for a PR, in fact, I hope to come in around 30 minutes for my sprint tri and 2 hours 30 minutes for the 70.3 (I may be dreaming). I do need to become a better (stronger) swimmer and go faster so I can finish within reasonable time, but as noted above the distance in training I cover with swimming compared to biking and running is nothing.
I need to fuel better and finally figure out my food issues. I spend a lot of my life feeling guilty about things (yep I'm one of those people), but food is one thing I'm kind of sick of fussing over. I need to find some lifestyle changes that can happen long term. I know the answers, but sometimes I just get too lazy to implement or stick with them. Here are some easy ones: in order to lose weight the output of energy has to be greater than the input of calories (DUH!), drinking water- goal of 8 8 ounce glasses will keep me well hydrated and may even ward off hunger issues and headaches, too much caffeine/alcohol isn't good for anyone trying to train for any sort of race- moderation is key- I SUCK at this! This will likely be a lifetime work in progress.
I have to get over my psych-out issues with going to the 50 meter/indoor natatorium. That place intimidates me and so do many of the swimmers there. But somehow I have to prevail, because I am a swimmer. I can swim 1000 meters (20 laps in a 50 meter pool)- I don't drown and I can swim multiple strokes (none of them perfect, but alas I am a swimmer). If I don't swim/practice/build endurance all my tris this season will start with very bumpy/choppy waters. I will not be a fast swimmer, but if I can stick with middle of the pack it would be a good start for any race.
So this week starts week 2 of the 70.3 training program. My goal is to swim twice (both times in big pool- I know " get over it already"- I'm telling myself), bike three times, run 2 times, and get one morning of weights/core training in. Onward March!