I am using an integration of Matt Fitzgerald's Training Plan guide (HIM Level 8), in combination with two good friends that give me plenty of swim consulting, bike coaching, and a half-marathon plan that was getting me in check for DC and Atlantic City this weekend. I love planning and lists so I have been having fun tweaking the schedule.
This is one area I have been playing with recently. We all know from my race reports that I am not a good swimmer and end up in the back of the pack all the time. I used to say "I just learned" but after 5 years it's time to hang that hat up and get down to business. I decided I needed to spend more quality time in the pool. I am using the Swim workouts in a binder and supplemented with some swims from there in lieu of the boring Training Plan guide swims...Last year, I swam about 2400-2500m per swim (3xweek) compared to this year 2800-3200 (3-4xweek) and FINALLY noticed the difference this past week when I did a time trial and saw a 10 second difference in my 100s from 6 months ago! To me that is significant and I am assuming it is from more swimming and TRX and strength training. Still have lots of work to do, but when I see a change it means something is working.
I have been biking 4 times a week. I feel like there is a difference but of course, you never know until the race, so all I keep thinking is I can't wait to do Red Bank Olympic in May to see where I am at. I plan on getting myself to Frenchtown, NJ in a couple weeks for some long hill rides and there is a 75 mile hill ride in Bucks County earlier in May to get me "remotely" prepared for this....
Having friends that want to ride is good too, okay 1 friend, Yasi, that is riding with me...
I feel like it's improving, I have felt better and stronger on my runs, especially after doing DC last week, I got in another 20+ miles last week and am tapering a little on the running so I can do Atlantic City 1/2 marathon this week.
So here is just a snapshot of my life this past week using my new obsession of instagram - most of this is food...
|Best Almond butter with some green tea|
|Perfect Power breakfast - poached eggs, garlic, bok choy and mushrooms with tamari|
|Tilapia over peppers, mushrooms and chard|
|Italian Family Dinner - Why I love being Italian|
|family dinner also equals lemoncello and strawberries|
|me and the pup cuddling|
|Yasi and I's trainer party -perfect set up|
|I stole this from Yasi - such a great capture of Sunday Yoga|