Well I am a little more than halfway through the training plan and my body is surely changing. I have been running faster, biking harder, and swimming stronger every week. My weight training has increased dramatically as well. I have had a few setbacks though. I’ve been tired a few days, usually Thursday nights. I have been regularly pushing my Thursday night workouts to Friday but in this stage of training I no longer have that luxury. My Friday rest day is gone, replaced with a shorter bike ride but this means pushing workouts is not an option. I have also added a swim to my Saturdays so March is going to be intense. My right shoulder is also getting a bit angry. Old issues (Torn rotator cuff and shoulder separation) have made that shoulder prone to injury. I need to be carful, there are only so many times that I can pop it back in place before the weekly partial dislocations become a bigger issue.
With the sheer volume of training I have had to make a few adjustments. Since my runs have gotten to almost 6 miles or greater it is almost impossible for me to swim in the morning and run at night on Tuesdays and Thursdays. I am just too tired. This means I need to run in the AM and swim in the PM. While this isn’t awful, the bike to work just 45 minutes after a long run is not pleasant. Hopefully in a few weeks I will become accustomed to the reverse brick. I also need to do my Wednesday weight workouts during the days which is an interesting thing to work into the plan. Since my schedule is so random a lunch by itself is irregular, but Wednesdays are even worse. Somehow someway I need to find and hour and a half each week to get to and from the gym. I also dropped a bit off my recovery weeks. They were still pretty intense so I reduced the swimming and cycling for the last two. I’ve got to make sure I avoid injury.
Last month, I got four flat tires in two weeks so I purchased new and better tires. These tires have allowed me to open up a bit more on rides and I set a new Lerer land speed record of 31.89mph! Hopefully with my average speed increasing in all my workouts, I won’t need to devote as much time. With the increasing distance each week, speed is the name of the game.
March is going to be pretty wild. With a conference trip in the mix and a spike in distance and intensity, I am going to have to adjust certain workout to make the most sense. For example, there is no way in hell I am riding 45mi in Orlando on a stationary bike so I need to swap a Friday ride with a Sunday. Things like this may become regular with my work schedule ramping up along side of my training, but as long as I get all the workouts done I should be good to go. Here’s to the next few weeks!
Take a look at March and let me know what you think!