Yes, another update to the blog… we are talking quantity with disregard to quality! Yay for you!
Today was my first run since the marathon on 03/26 and I was back to true Terry form. I started out wayyyy too fast and then ended up suffering in the major head wind AND the uphill of Lake Loudon Dr. I ended up running for 3 miles and it wasn't all that bad. I left my Powersteps at home and didn't have that much pain in my foot. I know now how to stretch it, so that helps a great deal. I was pretty please.
I made a decision on my Trideltathon training. It's going to go something like this:
Monday: tempo/speed run
Tuesday: Alternating brick
Friday: Terry's Choice
So you are looking at tomorrow's workout and thinking… “what's a brick?” A brick to a triathlete is a workout in which at least two disciplines are implemented during a workout. For most practical purposes this would be a run/bike or a run/bike/run workout, but given my locality at UT… I think that I can implement a swim/run, swim/bike and bike/run brick workouts at my whim. Of course, there is only 20 days until race day, so I won't get to do all that I want but I can get some of them.
The brick workout has a number of advantages. One, it acclimates your body to the rigors of changing disciplines during a race. The muscles you use in running are not all the same that you use in biking and so when you are transitioning from bike to run, your legs feel like lead weights. After a little while, they get used to running and you can keep going. Also, this workout will help with the transition period. By practicing switching disciplines, you cut down your transition time (there are 2 in a triathlon) which is time that is eaten up. The longer of the transition is the swim-to-bike when you have to put on shoes after the run. Professional are very quick about this, but us amateurs have a harder time or I should say longer time. Third, the brick workout also has more variety. Even though I could never fathom getting bored running a bazillion miles, changing up workouts is good for the brain and the body. So, I am anxious to start those tomorrow which will be a bike-to-run brick workout.
So, now for those split times from today:
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