The last few weeks have been tough to keep up with the training plan. A road trip to Boise didn’t help but ultimately I have only myself to blame. I’ve adjusted workouts/plans based on the missed workouts and schedule, but as you can see below:
My training has been seriously off of the plan. I was nearly 5 hours off on the July 16-July 22 time frame, and the following week I was nearly 2.5 hours off. The biggest strikes have been my swim training and this is definitely an indicator why it is my weakest sport. I missed the one “long” bike two weeks ago, which was the only planned bike because of the road trip. The following week I reduced the bike planned time, but still fell short on just about everything. That said, I’ve doubled the training intensity (tss) from one week to the next. Although it is not an ideal way to train, I am getting back from my “recovery” week of only 5.2 hours of traing.
This week (Jul 30 – Aug 5) builds on the more successful Jul 23- Jul 29 week. Still short of plan, this week will be closer but only a 10-15% increase in training volume from the previous week. This week also is part of the “build” phase, so I saw a lot more higher heart rates than during the base phase.
In other words, I was panting a lot more, but hopefully this along with the strong base running in Zone 2 of my heart rate will make me stronger, faster competitor. But only, of course, if I keep closer to the plan!
I don’t want to hurt myself but I do need to focus more on making training a priority in my days so that I can maintain the consistency I need to finish the HITS Iron-Length (Full) Triathlon in December!