This time of year I tend to concentrate on building muscle for the coming season because during the season, I only hit the weights once a week. Still swimming a lot and continue to go to Masters Swimming once a week. I really should run and bike more, I’ve been slacking on those areas. The treadmill and bike trainer are just harder to get myself to use vs going outside. Two Saturdays ago the power was out so I had to do a bike trainer workout without the typical music video playlist! It was kinda torture. I also didn’t use my Wahoo Fitness app to save my phone battery so I don’t know how far or fast I went.
I’ve been thinking of dedicating a week to each sport (swim, bike, run) in April, or so, as spewing conditioning. This isn’t something I read in a magazine or anything, just something I thought of. I’m not totally sure how to go about it properly or if its even a good idea. I figure during each week, I can really concentrate on one sport at a time with the exception of one strength workout each week for maintenance. I plan to also do the weeks in order of a race. I need to put together a training plan for the three weeks. Any thoughts or suggestions?
Training in Northeast Ohio in the winter can be all over the place. Of course, there’s always the option of indoor training, but outside is always preferred. Last Saturday we had a 60 degree day and I actually got to run outside—IN SHORTS! Not only that, but I wasn’t slipping & sliding on the snow. I actually had traction and a respectable time. I’ve realized that my running times in the cold (and especially) wet winter aren’t nearly as good as they are in the summer. Perhaps its because I’m not as in shape, or maybe I’m just not built for cold weather. I’m still not biking outside (don’t want to mess up my pretty bike!), so the trainer is getting used…at least as much as I can tolerate it.
Of course, there’s always the gym, which I’ve been utilizing a lot in the past couple weeks. I’ll typically do a strength workout then swim & rest in the hot tub. As I’m getting older, I’m realizing I also get more soreness from training. I guess it’s just somthing to learn to deal with.
I’ve now gone to Masters Swimming practice four times. Although I’m still in one of the slower lanes, I’m improving. I’ve been concentrating on my upper body form and it’s helping. Part of it is taking the feedback I get at practice and applying it to my solo training. Just today I did a random time trial on my own and I cut around 12 seconds off my 100y free time!