I am notorious for not sticking to training plans so I am so pleased and proud of myself for getting through the first week of my half iron training plan. It sounds like such a small thing, but this is a big thing for me. In the past, I’d end up cutting workouts because I had unit PT and it either ate too much time or worked muscle groups that didn’t fit with my training plan and eventually I just got too off track to get back on. It’s a lot easier now that I don’t have to do unit PT, but I did just start a brand new job and so it’s been interesting juggling that and also finding new ways to fit my workouts in.
I knew I needed something to keep me accountable so I joined Training Peaks and after looking at several different training plans (and you can input your own) I chose a Matt Fitzgerald beginner half iron plan because I liked that it was a good mix of the three, and also because if it was too easy or hard they’d let me trade plans for one that better suited my needs. It’s 80/20 which essentially means 80% of the time it’s easy, slow long distances and 20% of the time it’s hard, short intervals. It’s actually a lot harder to keep myself in the long, easy paces than I thought it would be, especially with swimming. I have never had to pace myself while swimming so I can’t help but try to kill myself by swimming every lap as fast as possible. I keep telling myself it will get better with more practice…
The indoor pool on post is closed until July so I went and joined the same Y I was a member at four years ago when I was here last. It’s changed a bit, my favorite yoga class is gone it seems, but it’s added more and different programs and I’m sure I’ll find a new favorite. Right now I’m mainly using it just for its pool. I don’t mind using the treadmill to make sure I’m hitting the right paces, but I’d rather ride my bike trainer at home or get out on the road.
I’m still a flailing swimmer, but the only way to get better is to do the work.