I’m not the only person in the world that training seems to be a huge mountain to climb. Now the training itself is not the issue but finding the time is the issue. Trying to juggle a busy teaching job my different volunteering roles and a family means that I rarely get quality time to do good sessions.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m sure I have more time than some to train and need to get a bit more savvy with how, what and when and I should start to see the results I want to get. Now that I have put it out there that I want to do my first ever Tri this year I need to re think what I’m doing training wise.
Luckily for me I have a gym membership at David Lloyds so I am able to mix Swimming, Bike and running regardless of the weather but sometimes knowing what to do when I get there is the issue.
Post Brighton Marathon I have been really frustrated because I seem to have lost my speed (feel free to read my blog on Marathon training effecting your speed) I know that I need to start to find it again as I want to do my best in each discipline. I also know I need to be more specific on what I’m doing in the pool and on the bike when I train but feel really lost!
Doing an internet search for training programs for Triathlon brings a thousand and one suggestions which then creates its own headache too! As I’m still not 100% sure on the distance or race yet I guess this makes it even harder. I have my eye on the Cotswold Triathlon in September but I’m still unsure.
The key factor also is many of the programs is that you need to train each day, possible with 2 sessions too. I’m sure I’m not the only one who would struggle to do this. I aim to get 4 quality sessions a week and then anything above this I see as a bonus.
So where do I start? What do I focus on? Should I join a club? I don’t know the answer to these questions and that’s before I start to think about new shiny kit!
David Lloyd in Exeter have their own Tri Club/sessions so I’m going to talk to Rob and his will be my start, but I also think I need to think of some other changes to allow my quality training to happen:
- I need to do at least 1 Bike, Swim and Run session each week
- I need to get up earlier and try and do my runs before work (This seems to be the Triathlon Norm)
- As the weather improves I need to commute between work places by Bike more
So as half Term comes to an end Project ‘Begin To Tri’ is fully underway! Now to surf wiggle for some new shiny kit! (That’s classed as part of Tri training right!)