I’ve been training for 3 weeks now. I’ve only taken 3 days off in that time (once a week). My roommate gave me shit about running on a treadmill last week when it was pretty hot here in San Diego. He said the heat is good for your body to acclimate to and it helps with weight loss.
My rebuttal was simple and it’s based around an idea he told me several year ago. His advice was (paraphrased), “Consistency first. Worry about specifics later.” I need a good habit of working out before I can worry about speed or strength. I listen to music and use GPS watch to track my improvement, though I really just need a clock.
I started out swimming 2 days a week for 2 weeks and last week I bumped it up to 3 days a week. Over the course of three weeks I’ve improved significantly. I’ve increased yardage from 1,200 in a workout to this morning where I hit 3,200 yards.
As far as times, I’m starting to get to a good place. I was able to do a pull set this morning 4 x (4 x 50) descending the interval by 5 seconds starting at 1:45 and down to 1:30. I missed one of the 100s on 1:30 but made the rest. I’m pleased with my progress after 8 workouts. By July, I’d like to feel comfortable doing 200s and 500s and hopefully get my base intervals down to at least 1:25 per 100. That might be a stretch, but if I’m consistent with working out, I’ll be fine.
Running is always the hardest for me. It’s the easiest to get out and do, no equipment or pool to worry about but it just takes it’s toll on a person. I got up to an hour and 45 minutes last night with a 15-20 minute emergency bathroom break. Runner’s trots might be the worst thing imaginable. I feel great on shorter 3 mile runs now. I’ll start worrying a little more about pace in the coming weeks.
Cycling is the easiest right now. As a swimmer, I was always strongest kicking breaststroke. It correlates with cycling well and I just don’t have a problem getting on the bike and working hard. I need to get out and do some hills at some point. Last weekend I went down to my old neighborhood and rode out east. I did about 31 miles on hilly terrain and it tanked me. I was able to finish it all but I could feel a lack of power at points.
Consistency is key for all of this. I’m getting to the point where I can mentally challenge myself with some workout goals and put myself into tougher training situations. It’s exciting to be at this point again. I’m looking forward to getting into some races sooner than later and hopefully having a full summer of workouts. No injuries, no illnesses, and no depressing thoughts.