Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Advice Needed

Yesterday I got stormed out of my swim.  I completed 150m of a 500m swim before they chased us out of the pool.  I decided that at my level of training, at least I got some swimming in and I'll just stick to my schedule and bike today.

I'm wondering what other people do if life gets in the way of their training.  Would you have added a swim today before or after the bike?  If I added a swim today, should I have just completed the 500m, started over?

Also, I'd like to add some strength training to my triathlon training but I'm not sure when.  Right now I'm training 6 days a week, one tri discipline each day (no bricks, yet).  I do most of my training in the evening but I love working out in the morning.  I just don't know what to do, how many days to add strength work and which days to do it on.  Should my day off from tri training be a complete day off or can I add plyometrics or strength training that day?  Keep in mind, I'm still new at tri training so I don't want to add so much that I jeopardize my regular workouts.

Any advice is welcome and I'd love to hear from people that are reading this.  Have a happy 4th!


  1. Ahh life, always getting in the way of training. If it's not needing to work late, it's travel. That's why you need rest days in your plan. So if you can't work out one day, you don't have to feel guilty because you can swap your rest days. I ended up swapping an entire recovery week for an active week because of travel. You have to make your plan work for you. Adding in strength training is great but you should do it in lieu of one of your other days, not your rest day. Trust me, 7 day a week will burn you out and you will get discouraged. You are doing great though. Keep it up!

    1. Katie, thanks for the advice! I kind of knew that was the right thing to do, but I'm feeling good and having trouble holding myself back. I think I've decided to start strength training after my race, over the winter and research how to handle doing that between then and now. Thanks for reading!