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Triathlon Training (sink or swim)

Posted Jan 26 2010 12:00am

My indoor tri is less than a week away!

I know I haven’t posted much about my training–or lack there of!  My back to back 70 hour work weeks kind of interfered with posting, and a bit with training too!

Over the past couple weeks, my training has looked something like this:

4 medium-high intensity days of cardio (approx. 60 minutes)

  • 30 minute interval run, 20 minute bike, 10 minute rower
  • 30 minute elliptical, 30 minute interval run
  • 20 minute elliptical, 20 minute bike, 10 minute rower
  • 30 minute bike, 20 minute run, 15 minute elliptical, 5 minute rower

2 days of easier cardio (30-40 minutes elliptical)

2 strength sessions–such as J.M’s No More Trouble Zones and Exhale Core Fusion Body Sculpt

1 session abs (10 minutes)

1 rest day

Hmmm…anyone notice something missing in terms of triathlon training?

Yup, no swimming!

I actually haven’t swam in months, okay, besides splashing in the pool, like 4 years!

The first real encounter I had with water since lifeguarding in 2005 was on Saturday.  After I recovered from 360 Fit Bootcamp (check out details on an upcoming class below), I hit the pool for about 15 minutes or so of swimming.  I did about 50 laps–the pool in my building is only 20 yards or so, alternating 10 freestyle, 10 breaststroke.  While I was actually really worried about my stamina after all these years, I actually felt right at home in the water.  Swimming has always come very naturally to me, and I was shocked at how strong I was in the water.  It was amazing.  I have to work so hard at running, and it is NEVER easy for me, so this was a nice change of pace.   Random fact about me: I love love love the smell of chlorine! Anyways, I was happy that I don’t have to fear dropping out during the first third of the event!

Last night, I had session two in the pool.  I actually did a reverse triathlon workout.  It looked like this:

  • 30 minutes on the treadmill-running to Master the Treadmill with OKGO
  • 30 minutes on the  bike
  • 10-15 minutes in the pool.  Alternating 4 lengths free with 4 lengths breast and throwing in a length underwater or a length butterfly for good measure.

While I am worried about how my legs will feel during the running after the swimming and biking, all in all, I am excited for the race on Sunday!  When I got out of the pool last night, the lifeguard asked me where I used to swim.  Yup, I just brushed my shoulder off.  Believe me, I am no Janet Evans, but at least I don’t look like an active drowning victim as I had feared.  I did manage to rip my cap last night, so I will have to pick up a new one this week.  Darn, I guess that means I will have to go to Jack Rabbit Sports…tear.

If any one is interested in trying the 360 Fit Bootcamp this weekend, please see details below:

This Saturday, 360Fit will hold a fundraiser boot camp class! A portion of the proceeds will be added to the yoga fundraiser and the Nike 6.0 shoe raffle to Doctors Without Borders.


Where: 360Fit
211 East 43rd Street, Suite 1105

When: Saturday, January 30th from 10 – 11am. If this class gets too full, there will be an additional boot camp added at 11am.

Cost: $25

How to RSVP: email Shanna Farrar at or sign up through our meetup group on-line:

I am off to class, le sigh!  see you all soon! xoxo

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