We are now half-way through the training for the June 2 triathlon!
I originally thought that I would be further along by now. I believe that I am making headway but I need to work harder. Now, that’s not to say that I haven’t been working hard so far. We have spent a lot of time building our core muscles. I see how important this is as we get into our triathlon training classes. I still need to work on those core muscles. I think originally I was expecting more from me than I could give.
As we go through this triathlon training, I have been most surprised by how out of shape I was and still am. I always thought that I was a little out of shape but as I got into the training I soon found out just how out of shape I was. I could never hold a candle to the personal trainers at the Ortho Sports building.
I feel every workout…all over. This is how I know that I am out of shape. I have always believed that I was in fairly good shape; after all I did run for years.
One thing that I learned was that the training I am doing now is more of a complete body workout and core strengthening than anything I have ever done. My focus for years was just on running. Now I am focusing on a more complete body routine.
The training that we are going through encompasses 3 disciplines; swimming, biking and running. I have run for many years and this is not a concern of mine because I can run 4 miles now. Biking is also not a huge concern for me. I have always road bike during the summer months for recreation. On Friday I went for my first outside bike ride to test my equipment and did an easy 8 mile ride. I don’t think 15 miles will be a problem for me.
Swimming by far is my worst event. I could swim since I was a teenager but I never took a swimming class so the only swimming I know was whatever kept me above water. I didn’t realize how much coordination is needed when you swim. Also, I didn’t realize just how much energy you can burn swimming. Swimming is a total body workout. This is where I need to spend more time on!
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