Sprint Triathlon Training: Week 6

A mom's journey from overweight to triathlete.

I have made it through Week 6 in my training.  That means that I am more than half-way finished training for my first sprint triathlon!

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     Week 5

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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Once again, I started my training week on a Tuesday.  Monday got away from me and I had more time (and childcare) on Tuesday.  My first workout of the week was on the treadmill and it was an easy 25 minute walk.  I read more of Lose the Clutter, Lose the Weight by Peter Walsh this week and it kept my mind busy as I walked.

There really wasn’t anything earth-shattering that happened during this workout.  I went in, walked and left.  It was nice to see so many more “curves” at the gym in the form of New Years Resolutioners.  I hope they stick around for a while, both for themselves and to keep me company since I don’t really fit in with all of the muscle men.

Final Stats

Time: 25 minutes

Speed: 3.4 mph

Distance: 1.39 miles


I originally planned to walk and swim on Thursday, but my plans were again foiled by the broken pool heater and really stinkin’ cold temps in Oklahoma.  No part of me wanted to get in a cold pool and then have to walk through the cold air to my cold car.  Not even a little bit.  So, I improvised.  Again.

I went ahead and did the 30 minute walk on the treadmill and read more of my book.  Then I swapped the 30 minutes I was supposed to swim for 30 minutes on the bike.  I decided to go down a resistance level just to see if I could go farther pedaling a little faster.  My pace was definitely quicker, which is something I’ll have to continue doing.  Otherwise, it will take me well over an hour to cycle the 12 miles in a sprint triathlon.

Final Stats


Time: 30 minutes

Speed: 3.4 mph

Distance: 1.67 miles


Time: 30 minutes

Resistance: 7

Distance: 5.3 miles


Sometimes you have good intentions, and sometimes life gets in the way.  We planned to send Little Miss to her grandparents’ house for the day so we could get some work done around the house without our tiny tornado following behind us.  The Mister took her to his parents’ house and I got dressed to head to the gym.  There was a mixup with keys and I ended up with no keys to his car, so I didn’t make it to the gym at all on Saturday.

I was a little bit bummed, but we got a lot done at home and between all the walking and lifting and cleaning, I’m sure I got a pretty decent workout in anyway.

Final Thoughts

It was a shortened week and I still didn’t swim, but I felt good about the training I was able to do.  I feel like my cycling is getting faster now that I’ve bumped down the resistance level and maybe my walking will get a little faster too.

Next week should be a good one.  I’m considering just swimming regardless of if the pool heater is fixed or not.  I need to get back to swimming, so we’ll see.  There are a couple of days next week that shouldn’t be as cold, so maybe my hair won’t turn to icicles when I walk to my car!  Bring it on Week 7!

A mom's journey from overweight to triathlete.

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