This week's lessons: sit, lay down, roll over.
Previously I've done things mostly my way when it came to exercise. Having been a fitness instructor, read a lot of books about triathlon & running training and attended a running coach certification course, many friends have often asked me for exercise/training advice and I'd tell them what I thought was best.
But do I always follow my own advice?
Are all doctors and nurses the picture of perfect health? Do parents always do what they tell their kids to do? NOOO!!!
In many ways, I am my own worst enemy. A former workaholic, I'm still very driven and competitive at heart (does that ever really change?). I take for granted things I can do well. The other things I think I can do too if I just work hard enough and keep at it. In either case, often I overdo things (shocking, I know!) and don't get the results I want.
That's why I need a coach. To save me from myself, so to speak, and especially this year with two iron tris on tap. What, doing full iron distance workouts a couple times a month is not a good idea?
And the first task Coach Bill has me doing is building a solid muscular base, which I've really never done before for triathlons (I just went straight to doing all the fun endurance stuff!). This means cutting back on my swimming, biking and running mileages (GAH!!) and doing more strength workouts. But, really, could I expect to build any strength at all while breaking down my body with all the cardio I like to do?
Here's a summary of this week's key workouts:
3 full-body strength workouts (easy resistance - just get back into regular strength training)
2 swims (3900 yards - one group swim, one on my own)
2 runs (13.25 mi - one easy run and one track workout; clearly obvious I've not done any speed work in a while)
1 bike ride (38.5 mi - easy, optional ride; mandatory for my mental health!)
No doubt the hardest part for me is not doing more, a LOT more. It reminds me of when I began training in karate (about 10 years ago). The average time it took to earn one's first degree black belt was four years and during that time we spent a lot of time on fundamentals and basics, not the self defense techniques that drew me to martial arts. The term we used to stay motivated and focused was "Black Belt Spirit," even as white belts. The term I will use to do the same in my training this year is "Heart of a Champion." I may not win any races but I can still have a winning attitude that will get me where I want to go.
Week one down!