Preliminary Race Schedule 2015

Black Cat 20 miler March 2015
Boston Marathon April 2015
JCC sprint tri May 2015
B2B bike race/ride June 2015

? Musselman July or Lowell Olympic
? challenge Maine olympic in august
sprint or half September

Monday, November 30, 2009

Swimming, a LOVE/HATE relationship

This is a picture of me and my husband at the Park Plaza Hotel in Boston this weekend for our 12th anniversary, we've actually been together for over 17 years. We had a great time. Just thought I would throw in a picture of, "THE MAN", who puts up with me and all my training.The dreaded clock and my fabulous pool. Anyway, today starts my real triathlon training, where I start to do 3 days of swimming, 3-4 days of running and 3 days of biking, also some resistance training thrown into the mix 2-3 days a week. I feel like my training hasn't been too hard just keeping my fitness and hopefully getting a bit stronger but know its time to get to work.

So this week starts my first 3 day/week swim in a long time, I've been sort of loligagging it with 2 swims a week averaging roughly 2800-3200 yds with not too many hard intervals and probably not getting my HR up to zone 3 at all. WEll todays swim wasn't too tough but it was 3000 yards with a lot of drill work and the main set was 8 x 100 on 1:35, which means you leave the wall at 1:35 so you better get your ass there before that time if you want to get a little rest, then I had a 1 minute rest after that set and onto 8 x 50's on 50 seconds. Well, I was a little nervous I was going to be working really hard here to make these intervals today since I haven't really pushed since september. Well, it wasn't so bad, it was probably a good tempo workout for me, I hit the wall anywhere between 1:24-1:27 each time and my HR seem to recover pretty well, my 50"s weren't so bad either, I hit the wall around 36-39 on average so I had time to rest as well. Not bad for my first real interval session back.

I just always feel so nervous before I swim, I look at that clock and wonder if I'll make the intervals, that damn clock. I just hope that I can swim a tad bit faster this year with a lot less effort. I am working on really trying to count my strokes and working on my body position in the water, lets hope for some success.

The rest of my workouts today consisted of 1hr of pilates and a 5 mile extensive/intensive effort run. Tomorrow will be tough with a hard tempo run and some resistance training, f/b seeing my lovely Sara for Physical Therapy. Lets hope my 41 year old body holds up.


  1. happy anniversary! you guys look so sweet! nice treat. :) Say hi to Phil for us.

    The clock makes me crazy in the pool. it's so different than running and biking. I get upset if I don't hit those numbers, but with swimming it really destroys me. I end up sulking and staring into the gutter, throwing a really embarrassing fit, or crying in the shower after. Over the summer Craig switched to having us ignore the clock and do our intervals by effort for a bit and it helped me! I was still putting out the effort needed without the stress...and I still improved. Maybe try that for a bit? Is Janda prescribing your swim workouts?...see if he would give them to you by intensity and rest intervals instead.

    Since doing that, now I'm able to go back to swimming to the clock without all the anxiety and no more sulking. :) It somehow taught me to relax about it.

    Your pecan pie looked so yummy btw!!

  2. thanks, I don't know what it is but I can kill myself on the bike and run without batting an eye, I might not like it but it just gets done, but for some reason when I know I have a hard swim I get a bit nauseaus before getting in the pool. Its so weird, swimming is sort of a strength for me but it kicks my butt all the time. With regards to the Pecan Pie, thank you, it was my first that I made but I have to tell you after making it there is no way I would ever eat it, way too much sugar, good lord.