Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Fall 2015 Training Plan

Part of my fall training plan includes working strength training into my schedule. Since I am not very good at coming up with my own workouts, I choose to use workout DVDs like P90X, Les Mills, and INSANITY. However, while those workouts by themselves are great, they are just a little too long and too intense.  So once again, I am trying to do P90X3. My rational is that the workouts are all 30 minutes long so I have more than enough time to do them in the morning (provided I give up some of my time on Facebook.)

Last time I tried triathlon training in conjunction with P90X3, I quit P90X3 after a few weeks. I think my biggest problem was that I was too rigid with my schedule. I wanted to do my triathlon training exactly as I had scheduled and I wanted to do the P90X3 workouts exactly as they appeared on the printed schedule, regardless if they complimented or conflicted with tri workout I was doing that day. Since my triathlon training has some fixed workouts like swimming, the triathlon schedule really isn’t too flexible.

With that in mind, I am mapping out my triathlon training first and then fitting in the P90X3 workouts where they make sense.

My Plan


Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Saturday
Sunday
AM
X3 Yoga
Total Synergistics
Agility X
The Challenge
CVX, The Warrior, or Run
Long Ride
Long Run
PM
Recovery Ride
Run
Swim
Ride
Swim
The Challenge
Dynamix

Since the weekend is reserved for my "long" workouts, and since I am changing up my schedule a bit for fall and dropping one day of swimming, Monday is my new recovery day. The plan is to start the day with X3 Yoga (which I did do yesterday) and then do a nice recovery ride in the afternoon. 






Tuesdays are now a "run" day, so I am starting the day with Total Synergistics which is a full body resistance workout that shouldn't tax my legs too much. This morning, day #2 of my plan, was a test of my will. I really wanted to just stay in bed a few more minutes. The only thing that got me off the mattress was the fact that a coworker is doing P90X3 and I was afraid she was going to ask if I did the workout this morning (she asked yesterday!).

OMG MOMENT! I did a quick Google search for "triathlons strength training women" just to get a little more info on the importance of strength training for women. I had read something about how women lose muscle faster or something along those lines. As I scrolled through the search results, I came across my own blog post! Apparently I've tried this whole "I'm going to do strength training" thing more than once! I swear...this time will be different!! LOL
Back to My Plan

Since Wednesdays and Fridays are swim days (Don't worry +James Cotta I'm not going to stop swimming like I did last year), I don't want to do any kind of upper body workouts. Its hard enough dragging myself through the water when my arms aren't tired. I think I will mix things up a bit and do either Agility X, CVX, or The Warrior depending on how I feel. I also need to revisit each of these DVDs because I cannot remember what the workouts were like. I am also keeping the option open of doing a run on my "off" Fridays.

On Tuesdays and Saturdays, my designated riding days (besides my recovery ride) I think I will do "The Challenge" which is an upper body workout...gotta keep my legs fresh for the bike.

Sunday, my long, slow run day is going to be difficult. I want to get my run in early (before church) which makes even doing a 30 minute workout challenging. Right now I will play this by ear. I may just end up doing Yoga after I get home from church...theres nothing wrong with doing yoga more than once a week :-)

My Starting Point

Ok, right now I'm not going to broadcast what my starting weight was last Friday...it wasn't a good time to weigh myself. That being said, my goal is to get below 140 by CIM (December 6, 2015). It is a reasonable goal. Here is one of my "before" pics that I had +Lindsey Larkin take of me today.

My starting point
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