Plan Avoidance

For the past week or so, I have been trying to figure out my new training schedule.  But I can’t seem to bring myself to just sit down and do it.  I have a Sprint Tri in June and a 12 week tri training plan.  So I thought I would just try to extend that plan out a few extra weeks (12 weeks from the tri is in mid-March).  But the idea of jumping right into swimming twice a week and brick workouts when I’ve barely been swimming and biking just seemed so overwhelming.

And I think it was that overwhelmed feeling that had me avoiding making the plan.  After all, if there isn’t a plan, then I can’t follow it, right?

So I rethought the plan.  Why was I trying to extend the training plan?  I don’t need to jump into all those intense workouts right away.

While I still haven’t finished the plan, here are my thoughts moving forward:

  • Start swimming once a week and biking twice a week
  • Figure out where to fit in weight lifting
  • Make sure that my long runs are sufficient to get me through my upcoming half marathons
  • Start the official training plan the week of March 17, and at that point, evaluate whether any of the early bike/swim workouts should be made longer

Team Fight has group swims not far from me every Thursday evening so I’m going to do my best to get to those.  It’s tough because they’re at 8pm, and I’m not a late night person, what with getting up at 4:30 to workout on a normal day.  But I think it will be worth it.

2 thoughts on “Plan Avoidance

  1. 4:30 a.m. to work out! Wow! Once-upon-a-time I used to get up around 5 a.m. — coffee — about quarter past 5 warm up with some exercise show on television — then hit the pavement at 5:30 to run 3 to 5 miles (depending on day of week, weather, etc.) but that was back in the mid to late 1980s… I am impressed by your motivation.

    There are three sprint triathlons (here in Rhode Island) I am sort of day-dreaming about — one in late June, one in late July, and one in late September. I’ll find out more when I see my podiatrist on Wednesday morning for my next post-op checkup, but what I am guessing is that he may let me start walking but not want me to start jogging/running for a bit longer. After that visit, I am thinking about arranging for some coaching sessions at the YMCA with one of their fitness guys who is a triathlete and who coaches swimming and biking and running. I think it will be late February or early March before I could actually start running, but I don’t see any reason why I couldn’t start swimming and biking at the beginning of February. Who knows, maybe I can do my first triathlon this year.

  2. 4:30?? I was pretty impressed with myself getting up at 5:30 and, like Jim, waking up gradually with coffee or–more often–tea, then starting my workout closer to 6 am. Well all do what we have to do.

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