Triathlon training: Week 3

January 22, 2015

Well, I believe the habit of going gym almost every day has FINALLY set in! I actually look forward to going to the gym each day after work, which makes training so much easier. Maybe that 21 day habit rule is actually true!

Here is where I am at with each category so far:

- Running 3km
- Biking 10km
- Swimming 800m

Lets start with the running. 
I've haven't made much improvement at all in that category and I'm not sure if I'm just not running enough or what. I also play soccer twice a week which is great, but that is anaerobic cardio not aerobic which is what I need to train. You want to run sprints? I'm your gal. But you make me run consistent speed long distance? heck to the no. Will have to try and kick that up a notch here soon.

The biking has been a bit easier for me. Not sure if I'm just not working hard enough but I swear I could go longer than 10km. The problem is, my fiance and I are trying to do the biking and running while keep our heart rates low. That has been the most difficult part, trying to train our body not to freak out and make our heart rate sky rocket. I believe that 10km I did was in about half an hour and I kept my heart rate under 125. Could still use a ton of improvement, but I feel a lot better than when I started.

The swimming has actually been my favourite so far. But let me tell you, before we started this training, I hated swimming with every fiber in my being. I would swim 20m and feel like I'm dying. However, this has been my most improved area of training by far. I still can only swim 50m without stopping for a few seconds, but my biggest workout so far has been 800m and I am darn proud of that! Swimming is such a full body workout and I love the low resistance on my body. 

Overall,  I'm pretty impressed with how we are doing on only week 3. Tomorrow is a rest day, we are hanging with some friends and I will probably have a glass of wine. Oh how I've missed you!

That time I thought I was a runner...

January 6, 2015

Week one of triathlon training is over and it was the longest week ever! We are finally getting into a routine (I think) and we seem to be getting the hang of things. Let me tell you friends, there is NO way in hell I'd be this committed if I was trying to do this alone. Before we decided to do this, wine and Netflix always won over going to the gym. All my wine lovers out there totally get me right?! RIGHT?

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That being said, having someone there to push you and support you through the process makes a huge difference. We went to the gym 5 of 7 days this past week so thumbs up for that!

I did have one workout however that didn't quite go as planned. Let me start off by telling you, my whole life I've been a runner. High five for high school 200m sprint pro right here! I have also played soccer for 23 years, so I thought I knew a thing or two about running my butt off. Well, I finally realized how much different anaerobic versus aerobic exercise is. Turns out anaerobic is a type of exercise such as weight lifting and sprinting. Anything that makes your heart rate jump up and fall quickly. Aerobic exercise is more of a constant, it means your heart rate may jump up, but it stays at a relatively static level without much change. Much like long distance running or biking. I definitely forgot about this lesson in grade 7 gym class. Well... I can run up and down a soccer field for hours but you put me on a track and tell me to run 5km and no way, Jose! I attempted to run even 3km and it wasn't happening. I got to 2km and I thought I was going to die. 

I even ran a half marathon with my good friend in California 2 years ago and I definitely couldn't imagine doing that now.

Anyways, turns out I have to work on my long distance running as well and I have a long way to go. Here I was thinking I could just jump into a triathlon no problem! However, it's all about the small victories so I'll take it. 

Boom, week 1 done! :)

Triathlon training: Day 1

January 3, 2015

As you can see by the title, I only made one goal for 2015 and that was to compete in a triathlon. My fiancĂ© and I wanted something that would challenge us and keep us fit, so this is what we came up with! 

He has been interested in triathlons for some time, but we've never wanted to put in the work or effort. We both thought we'd be too busy to handle training, but decided we have to make it a priority. 

That being said, we took out our bathing suits that have been collecting dust, running shoes that are old and bought gym passes that cost us wayyyy more money than I like to spend in a day. 
Cue day one of training, it went pretty much like this:

Yeah. I like to think I'm a good swimmer, but I was at 9 years old, not at 25 when I haven't stepped foot in a pool in years.
I couldn't even make it 25 meters, which is one end to the other by the way, without huffing and puffing like a had just run a marathon. Seriously, swimming is hard! It made me want to ask for a lifejacket and just doggy paddle the rest of the way!

That being said, we spent the rest of our training session that day swimming about 15-20 meters, taking long breaks then doing it again. There was even this kid in the lane next to us blowing past us like no big deal. I felt like asking him for tips, but that would be weird…haha.

We have a long road ahead of us. We are trying to go to the gym 5-6 days a week to either run, swim or bike. This goes along with trying to eat better, because I'm pretty sure I ate my weight in chocolate over Christmas. However, I don't regret a thing!

More to come!