Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Checking in!

I realize it's been a long time since I've blogged, but there hasn't been a whole lot to report lately. My last post outlined the workouts I'd planned for most of May. Unfortunately, I didn't stick to that plan as well as I'd hoped. Scheduling, life, disinterest got in the way of hitting all those workouts--I hit about half. Maybe. The ones I did were good, but none of them really grabbed me and held onto me the way I need them to in order to stay engaged. But no sense dwelling on the past--the future is now! Onward and upward! Or something.

Sprint tri training began last week! I'm excited to have a schedule and a goal again, but man--I don't know if I'm cut out for multi-sport training. Even with my spreadsheet schedule (nerd alert!), I always feel slightly scattered/confused/frantic about all of it. The schedule itself is fine--my designated run/bike/swim days don't vary--but the workouts themselves are different each week, and keeping track of 6 completely different workouts (times, distances, etc) is more than this little brain can handle. Not to mention that the whole idea of a triathlon makes me VERY nervous. There's so much to think about between the three separate events, two transitions, set-ups, take-downs...ahhh! I miss the days of having one goal: Run your ass off. However, I know it's early in the training process and I'm trying something brand-new. I hope that after a few more weeks, everything will feel less overwhelming and stressful and more natural and comfortable.

In the meantime, I'm geared up. I bought a run-of-the-mill hybrid bike and helmet, a new suit (that I adore), a 30-day pool pass and even obtained an official YWCA tri training shirt. I've managed to hit the indoor pool at 5:30am both training days last week, but missed this morning's session. However, the outdoor pool opened this weekend, so I think I'll catch some sun and hit my laps there after work. Three cheers for summer!

As for the future of this here blog, I do think I'll give the weekly training recaps a shot again, beginning with this week's report. Even though I have Dailymile and my Excel spreadsheet where I routinely log workouts, I like summarizing my week here as well. It gives me that extra layer of accountability, plus it's a good way to step back from the minutiae of the daily workouts and see the week as a whole, allowing for a bit more appreciation of what's been accomplished. Right? Or maybe I just like to talk about myself. Either way, stay tuned!