Hello again Fitness for Mommies readers! This is my third guest blogging installment about training for my first Triathlon in September. I’m going to ask for some help in this one – so please read to the end!
Things are going OK. With the blessing of my orthopedist I am training through my Achilles issue. I’m continuing with physical therapy twice a week and doing a lot of stretching work at home. My doctor actually said that being sedentary is worse than continuing to exercise because it’s tightness that causes the pain and soreness. The thing that really makes it feel good is massage (especially calf massage). My husband isn’t big on foot massages, so in addition to PT, I go to the local nail salon every once and awhile and ask for this one Korean guy with huge biceps and pay for ‘extra massage”. The fact that he looks at my toes like he wants to eat them only freaks me out a little bit. He knows his way around the trotters.
Cycling is going great. I’m feeling more and more comfortable on the bike outside. I’m going to Oregon in a few days for a long visit and I’m having my bike shipped as I type. I can’t wait to ride where there are bike lanes! Not to mention motorists who for most part share the road and respect cyclists. What a concept. I have lots of friends who ride, and my dad (who ironically tried to get me on a bike for YEARS to no avail) as potential ride buddies. As far as the cycling part of the tri goes, I feel like I could do it in my sleep.
Running is fine. Not great, not horrible. I’m being very conservative with the running because it seems to be the biggest aggravator of the Achilles soreness. I have been doing a BRICK a week where I cycle for 45 minutes to an hour and then run and it actually feels pretty good. Running doesn’t freak me out because I’ve run team relays (slow as molasses) before and I know that I can dig in and do it. Not to mention the fact there’s no water involved.
Swimming. Oy vey. I just don’t know what to say here. I’m still taking lessons and do feel like I’m learning a lot. Coach Ivan has called me “pathetic” and “lazy” and asks me things like “why do you want to be like an old person?” This all stems from my apparent inability to maintain a streamline in the water. I’m working on it, but the bottom line is I still can’t put more than two lengths of freestyle together without stopping. I have to do 18. I’m going to swim at least every other day on my trip, but by the end of August, I need to know what my plan is to get through the swim, whatever that may look like. I told my husband this and he quoted Mike Tyson: “Everyone has a plan ’till they get punched in the mouth.” Thanks honey.
So here are my questions for you sage FFM readers:
1. Have you done multiple strokes in a triathlon and what seemed to work best for you?
2. Was there anything that caused you to have a swimming breakthrough?
3. What’s your number one tip for swimming freestyle?
4. Do you have any tips for improving breathing in freestyle? (I never feel like I have enough air and I panic.)
5. Any tips on just plain “getting through” the swim?
I appreciate any and all feedback! I am still determined to improve my freestyle!
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