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Sprint Triathlon Training: Week 2

Sprint Triathlon Training- Week 2 | How a mom is training for a sprint triathlon

I am now officially through 2 weeks of my sprint triathlon training!  Week 2 was harder than I expected it to be and I had a scheduling issue, but I pushed through and finished!

If you have no idea what I’m talking about, you might want to read this post about how I’m training for a sprint triathlon.  I’m using this training schedule to build up to the 1/2 mile swim, 12 mile bike ride and 5K run.

Each Monday I’m going to give you a rundown of how the previous week of training went.  I’ll tell you about each workout, what went well, what I need to change and what’s in store for the coming week.

Let me tell you a little bit about Week 2.

Monday

Monday was bike day again- this time my workout was 45 minutes long.  I’ve noticed that my legs feel the worst for the first 5-10 minutes of the workout and then they get loosened up and felt much better.  I did all of this workout at a resistance of 6 and it wasn’t bad.  I might try to challenge myself with a 7 in Week 3, but we’ll see.

This week I kept myself occupied by watching a couple of YouTube videos.  I started with a podcast but it didn’t keep my attention very well.  It might be time to invest in an audio book.  Any suggestions?

Overall my ride was challenging but not punishing, which was a nice way to start the week.  I will say that my legs were a little wobbly when I was done and I was mildly concerned that I would fall down the stairs on the way to my car, but fortunately for me and my bones that didn’t happen.

Final Stats

Time: 45 minutes

Resistance level: 6

Distance: 7.62 miles

Tuesday

Week 2’s schedule was the same as Week 1, so Tuesday was another run day.  This time I came prepared with proper support (a sports bra) and decided to do some interval running.  I warmed up for 5 minutes and then got into an interval of 1 minute running, 2 minutes walking and did that for the following 20 minutes.  When I ran it was at a 4.5 and I walked at a 3.5.

It was on this day that I remembered what a bad runner I am.  I won’t sugarcoat it- it was hard, which is sad because I’m only running for a minute at a time.  But I pushed through and finished and was immensely thankful for Dr. Sheldon Cooper on the TV to distract me.

Final Stats

Time: 25 minutes (5 minute warmup + 20 minute workout)

Speed: 3.5 mph walking/4.5 mph running

Distance: 1.47 miles

Thursday

According to the training schedule I was supposed to swim on Wednesday, but due to scheduling conflicts I had to move my swim to Thursday.  I decided to drop the breaststroke kicks this week in an effort to eventually move to straight freestyle swimming.  Looking back, that might have been a little hasty.  I mean, I do have 13 weeks of training, so it’s not like I have to be a rockstar right away.

As I mentioned last week, the pool at our gym is 25 meters long, so I count going down and back as one lap.  I alternated one lap of freestyle, one lap of freestyle kicks with the kick board, and one lap of breaststroke.  I went through that rotation twice and thought I was going to die.  I’m not really sure what the deal was but I had a really hard time catching my breath during freestyle.

After my initial 300 meters of alternate strokes I decided that I needed to scale it back a little bit so I could finish (and finish without dying).  I opted to stick with breaststroke for the rest of my workout and did an additional 200 meters.

Final Stats

Time: 30 minutes

Distance: 500 meters

Strokes: Freestyle (100 meters), Freestyle Kick (100 meters), Breaststroke (300 meters)

Saturday

Saturday are when I train in each of the three triathlon events.  For Week 2 I had to swim for 20 minutes, bike for 30 and run for 25.  I felt better prepared this week when it came to what I was going to wear and when.  Week 1 was a bit of trouble in that department, so I opted to just bring my bathing suit and change into it before my swim.  This did add some extra transition time and more balancing on my flip flops as I changed in the gym shower, but it was worth it.

This week I stuck with the same order of “run, bike, swim” that I did last week and it worked well for me.  Starting with my worst event has both its pros and cons.  It’s nice to get it over with, but it also has a tendency to get my workout started poorly.  I opted for more running intervals this week and got through the first few before I got an awful side stitch.  I walked it out for a few minutes and got through my last couple of running intervals, but it wasn’t pretty.  The bike went well and my swim was nearly identical to what I did Thursday.

Final Stats

Run-

Time: 25 minutes

Speed: 3.5 mph walk/4.5-4.8 mph run

Distance: 1.47 miles

Bike-

Time: 30 minutes

Resistance: 6

Distance: 5.02 miles

Swim-

Time: 20 minutes

Distance: 500 meters

Strokes: Freestyle (100 meters), Freestyle Kick (100 meters), Breaststroke (300 meters)

Final Thoughts

I noticed a drop off in production and endurance this week and I’m thinking it’s because my eating was less than stellar.  But I finished, and for that I was proud of myself.

Now, on to Week 3, which should provide some new challenges!  Stay tuned.

Sprint Triathlon Training- Week 2 | How a mom is training for a sprint triathlon

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