Hi everyone! I can’t believe that my very first triathlon is only 4 weeks away! I’ve been training for the Gold Nugget Tri for 4 weeks now, and while I’m excited about all the progress that I’ve made, I’m also so nervous about how much I need to accomplish in the next month! Here’s what I did this week:
Monday: My workout on Monday basically consisted of a tough PT appointment. My PT did a bunch of movement tests and told me that it’s my SI joint that’s causing all this trouble. When I went to him last November, he said that he suspected that my lower back was injured but that I was feeling most of the pain in my butt. So two weeks ago when I reinjured it on a hike, it came back in full force in both locations. He actually took away many of my current PT exercises, and gave me some new ones that I need to do twice a day. This is exactly why I don’t share my PT exercises on the blog – just because something works for someone else does NOT mean it will work for you and your body. Even things that worked for me last month aren’t working now, and I’m pretty relieved to know what’s going on and have some help getting back to normal.
Tuesday: Swim class. Today was the first time I felt like I was getting the hang of it, and I was so excited! My instructors took a video of me swimming and I was totally geeking out watching it. I didn’t even recognize myself!
Wednesday: Rest day. But my tri kit came and I was so excited to see that it fit and was really cute!
Thursday: Swim class. I learned how to turn around quickly using push turns and I was so excited about it. I am finally starting to feel like a real swimmer with all of these fancy tricks!
Friday: I brought my gear to work so that I could make it to the gym before going home, but it was a super stressful day. I didn’t leave until 6:45! So it just did not happen.
Saturday: I did a marathon…of new episodes of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. I also went for a 30 minute swim at the gym and was excited that I was able to have my own lane. I am so going to the gym an hour before it closes from now on!
Sunday: It was sunny, warm, and gorgeous outside! I went on a fabulous bike ride on the Campbell Creek Trail with my friend, and I was happy to discover that I’m slowly but surely becoming more comfortable on my new road bike! Then I went back into work for a few hours (told you I was busy!) and finished the day with another late swim at the gym.
In the upcoming week, I want to focus on doing one thing: getting comfortable. In case you didn’t notice, I did a ton of swimming this week! It’s mostly because I’m still not feeling 100% confident in the pool yet. I have so many things to think about as I swim – am I rotating too much, kicking enough, and pulling enough with my arms? And for some reason I just can’t handle doing more than a length of the pool at a time without getting out of breath. This weekend I was pushing myself to try to do a full lap before stopping, and I realized that once I turn around I begin to mentally freak out. I tell myself I’m not going to be able to make it to the other side without stopping to breathe, and then I literally can’t breathe anymore and have to stop. But sometimes I catch these thoughts before they become too loud, and I’m able to talk myself out of that feeling and can finish the lap without having a mini panic attack. It’s frustrating to me, especially because I need to be able to do 10 laps as fast as possible one month from now! So this week, I’m focusing on just getting comfortable and on keeping those crazy thoughts away. I want to get to the point where I’m not doubting myself anymore and can just focus on my form instead of breathing. I’ve come so far in the last month with swimming, and I can’t wait to see how far I’ll go in the next month. I also want to do more rides outdoors on my bike, so I’m looking forward to some mid-week riding after work.
Questions I have this week:
- How long did it take you to feel comfortable with your breathing in the water? Do you bilaterally breathe, and how long did it take you to get to that point?
- Are there any tips for gracefully getting on/off a bike? I don’t know if it’s the high bar, but I look like a crazy person trying to get onto that thing.
- How many times did you practice in your tri kit before a race?