Sprint Triathlon Training: Week 5

My original Week 5 training plan went out the window. It was Christmas week and I got sick and no working out happened. I was prepared for this, though (not the getting sick part- that hit me like a truck!) and gave myself a couple of “cushion” weeks in my original plan. But I’m out of cushion now, so there’s no down time for the next 9 weeks!

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. You can also read about my previous weeks of training here:

Week 1      Week 2      Week 3      Week 4

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.

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Usually I start my workouts on Mondays, but last Monday we still had one last Christmas and it was my youngest brother’s birthday too, so there was no time to get to the gym. I just pushed everything back and started my week on Tuesday. Flexibility in my schedule has been important with the holidays and having a toddler. Some days just don’t go as planned, and I’m learning to be ok with that and adapt.

Tuesday’s workout was on the treadmill. As I mentioned last time, I’ve decided to walk the 5K for this first sprint triathlon. Ultimately I would love to walk the whole 5K in under 45 minutes, but I’m not sure if that will happen. I tinkered with the speeds on the treadmill and to get to a 15 minute mile I’d have to walk at 4 mph. That doesn’t sound that fast unless you have short little legs like I do. I tried it for a few minutes and thought I was going to fall off backwards, so I slowed it down. Maybe I’ll work up to that pace.

I got to the gym and realized that I forgot my headphones. There was a moment of panic, but I was fortunate that the cardio cinema was playing New Year’s Eve, which I’d never seen, so I just went in there. It was a nice distraction, but it was also a little bit tricky since the whole room is dark. Overall it was a good workout and a great feeling to get back in the groove of training after a week off.

Final Stats

Time: 25 minutes
Speed: 3.4 mph
Distance: 1.42 miles


Once again, my week got crazy and I found myself waiting until the last possible moment to get to the gym to fit my swim and bike in. This week’s bike workout was 45 minutes and before I got to the gym I downloaded an ebook onto my phone. It is Lose the Clutter, Lose the Weight by Peter Walsh. I had never heard of this book, but it caught my eye in the library app hoopla, so I downloaded it. He has some very interesting points about excess clutter in your home and excess weight on your body (of which I have both) and how they go hand in hand. I’m anxious to finish the book and it gave me a lot of distraction during my ride.

After I finished on the bike I headed down to the locker room to change for my swim and noticed a disturbing sign- the pool heater is broken. Swimming in a cold pool in the middle of winter didn’t sound all that appealing to me, so I decided to call it a day. I didn’t feel too bad about this decision though, since swimming seems to be going the best for me so far and I’ve already been able to swim the sprint triathlon distance during training.

Final Stats

Time: 45 minutes
Resistance: 8
Distance: 7.62 miles


Oh, Saturday, how I both love and hate you. This Saturday was a little bit easier though, since I assumed they hadn’t gotten the pool heater fixed overnight, I opted not to even take my swim gear with me to the gym.

Once again, accompanied by Peter Walsh’s Lose the Clutter, Lose the Weight, I walked 30 minutes on the treadmill and biked 35 minutes. Good golly, my legs were tired after that! It’s probably a good thing I didn’t swim because someone would have had to carry me out of the gym!

Final Stats

Time: 30 minutes
Speed: 3.4 mph
Distance: 1.68 miles

Time: 35 minutes
Resistance: 8
Distance: 6 miles

Final Thoughts

The pool heater being broken really threw a curveball I wasn’t expecting and I hope deciding not to swim doesn’t come back to haunt me down the road. Surely they will have things fixed quickly and I can get back to my regular workouts. Or maybe I’ll just have to freeze in a pool in January.

This week was a little rough, both with scheduling and getting back into the swing of training after a week’s break. I’m looking forward to next week and the challenges that training will bring!

Journal of an out of shape mom training for a sprint triathlon.

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