OK...it is time..
Time to get ready to start the REAL training for Buffalo Springs Lake Half Ironman Triathlon..
This year we have no coach, no plan. So I am determined (with a little help from Beginner Triathlete.com and Coach Eric) to come up with our own little training program. I got one from BT online, showed it to H yesterday. The first thing we see is the 4700 yd swim on Monday. Is this a misprint? Already we are editing the plan. The most I have swam since IMAZ is 2000 yards. It has been a nice break from chlorine, bad hair days and general feeling soaked all the time..Funny thing is I looked at last year at this time and all our training was the same (bike and run) except swimming. AND I was 10 lbs lighter then.. So either Mark Allen's low HR training really does burn more fat or swimming really does burn alot of calories. SOOoooo, Monday we are back on the horse, so to speak. I am feeling a bit of lack of motivation..hope that turns around soon.
I am taking a 10 week "Time Trial Spin Class" from who I lovingly refer to as the "Spin Nazi". This fellow has had these classes annually at least for the last 10 years and I have taken it many times, although not in years. It is a 2 hour spin class that gets progressively harder until it all culminates into an hour time trial at the last class...The teacher (SN) has a "special" way of teaching-I sort of liken it to what I think a boot camp Sergeant or really tough basketball coach would be. Alot of yelling, mostly motivating, although he has no problem coming up and changing your resistance to a harder one if he thinks you are not working (dying) enough (and yes, I paid money for this and knew what I was gettig into)...The good news is that Dread Pirate and I are in this one together at 5:30 AM every Wednesday. I just wanted to break up my routine a bit and actually I like having my workout done at 7:30 in the AM It is just so hard to do if you don't have to!
We continue to do weekend rides with our triathlon club. Tomorrow I guess the newspaper will be there to do a story on us or something? That should be interesting and who knows if they are interested in all of us or just the new folks or what..
We continue dreaming more about Australia. H's mom seems to be in a good place physically for now, which may continue indefinitely so our travels are a real possibility..
On a last note-allergy season here in the Southwest this year is OUTRAGEOUS!! My eyes have ever burned so bad in one year. The sneezing, headaches..the pollen is awful..and after spending a few days in Long Beach where allergies are nothing except if you have lung issues from the pollution, this is torture. It is suppose to be better after the first week in March..That is today so it better get better soon. I know alot of folks who are suffering these days...