Prepping for Triathlons
My wife, as part of her work to fight her MS, decided to do a triathlon this year. I've been going to the gym since 2011, and felt in reasonably good shape and chose to do it with her.
My regimen before has been weights and cardio, bootcamp classes (basically Insanity-type workouts), Body Pump, and spin classes.
I've got long limbs and never really bulked up, but I'm a lot stronger. I've gone from 195 down to my current weight of 170 and it feels great. But to train, we had to run, swim, and ride, obviously.
We've built up to 4 mile runs. I used to do a 5 minute mile in high school - 28 years ago - and I can now do an 8:30 mile pace for a 5k, but I think I can get it a bit lower.
I have also worked on my surface swimming technique. Never had a lesson as a kid - I taught myself after getting kicked out of class as a kid for choking on water all the time lol. I'm more comfortable underwater with scuba gear, but obviously the technique is different there too. LOL Breathing techniques to keep your body streamlined make ALL the difference I'm finding out. I did 400m this morning in the pool in under 15 minutes. Not bad for a guy who hates surface swimming, but I need to get faster.
We've both acquired road bikes (Specialized) and have been racking up the miles on long rides and tackling what hills we can. We're not up to the BIG hills yet, but getting there. We can do a 35 mile ride with a 14 mph pace easily enough, but again, we can improve that. For our tri race, it's only 8 miles, so a faster pace for that distance is definitely doable.
I've learned that endurance training has raised some issues with me. Found out endurance training can lead to iron deficiency, so I've put more red meat in my diet after having to cut it back due to cholesterol issues). Doing more proteins and good carbs with whole grains.
I'm still doing Body Pump, but not as often, but I'm missing doing the weights as often as I did. A nagging shoulder injury and some arthritis kept me from upper body stuff, but I'm finding the swimming is really helping with that and helping define my lats even better.
My wife has lost a LOT of weight (she'd kill me if I told how much, so I'm staying silent on that), and she feels better than she has in over 20 years.
I guess where I'm going with this is showing an alternate side of training. Not just weights, but the cardio and endurance side of things. It has opened doors to things like Warrior Dashes, Muckruns, and things like that too.
For any of you triathletes out there, I'd love to hear what kind of weight training (or any other training you do), to prepare for your races. Our first race is a sprint tri with a 400m swim, 8 mile ride, and a 5k run.
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