Monday, March 29, 2010

Back to Basics

I am now fully recovered from the marathon, and it's time to get back on the training horse! yippee! I kicked things off nicely today with a great triple. TriPower before work, 1200 yards in the pool over lunch, and a nice 30 mile bike ride after work. Also today was a vegetarian day. Good healthy eating compliments a strong workout schedule by leaving you fueled up for the next day.

It also makes me feel "purged". Last week I fully appreciated the recovery process. I got in a single swim last thursday, 1000 yards and that was it for the week. I ate anything I felt like. Hamburgers, fries, ice cream, whatever. I knew the metabolism was ramped after the marathon. Plus we had a big deadline at work last week, so it was quite stressful.

Today, for a monday, wasn't so bad. My forced purge was just what I needed to keep the stress at bay and keep everything moving forward. It's back into tri training now with the first tri of the season only about 3 weeks away! I don't even have a training plan laid out yet. Not that I need to form a training plan for a sprint. But I do need one for the following weekend.

Only 1 week after that tri is my first century ride, the Tarwheel century. It's on the NC coast, so we'll get to visit some friends out there. And it's a milestone that I can't wait to knock down! The 100 mile barrier is something that I've been afraid of for a long time. But the plan is to knock out 100 miles a week including a 60 mile long ride each week between now and april 24th. If I can keep that up I'm sure I'll have no problem with the Tarwheel.

And I'm switching a race up. June 7th come to Asheville, NC for the Fletcher Flyer! It's a full century (100 miles), metric century (64 miles) and half (50 miles) bike ride through the NC mountains. I want to do the full century. It has 4000 feet of climbing. Spread over 100 miles I'm not too worried about the climbing, but it will certainly be more hilly than the Tarwheel. This should be a really fun one, and if you are within driving distance of the NC mountains you should come do it with me! It's going to be a great challenge.

Back to Basics means this week is the time to get back into full blown tri training mode. It's back to the 14 workouts per week schedule I kept up the first part of the year. Time to slim down, speed up, and HTFU! Game on baby!

14 comments:

Lisa from Lisa's Yarns said...

Good luck, buddy! You have some cool races ahead of you. I am still taking it easy since my knee isn't quite back to normal yet. So I have been switching it up & doing lots of biking and swimming.

Glad you recovered well from the marathon!!

Al's CL Reviews said...

Sounds like good recovery!
Sounds like you have a good plan on your training.

Alisa said...

Nice!

I too am scared of the 100 mile marker. I haven't yet hit 50--this also scares me. I'm about to start ramping up the biking miles though and I'm super excited. There is nothing like a "new" sport to amp up the excitement. (Unlike running for me which has just become a chore--boo).

RockStarTri said...

I've done many centuries where my longest ride beforehand was 60ish miles but it helps if you are knocking out longer rides regularly. Enjoy the renewed training!

Lisa said...

From marathon to century rides, you are definately switching gears!

Wes said...

Wha? You have a tri already in three weeks? Hmmmmph! Not JEALOUS! :-)

teacherwoman said...

Busy busy busy! HTFU Baby! LOL

Glaven Q. Heisenberg said...

Good luck with your centuries, Cletus!

Whatever doesn't kill you will only make you stronger, right? But one of these days ... it WILL kill you.

Just sayin'.

Jon Gilchrist said...

yes sir..sounds damng ood to me!!

Heather @ Side of Sneakers said...

Yay for marathon recovery!! Sounds like you have some pretty exciting events coming up :)

Retta said...

You are a MACHINE! So glad you are recovered and are going balls to the wall lol. Love it!

BTW, love the "Take on me" comment on my blog. I seriously thought I was the only one that had that song going through my head when I said "AHA moment."

"I'll be gone, in a day or twoooooooooooooo!!"

Colleen said...

Looks like you have some great things coming up! You will do great on the century! Just remember to keep switching your positioning and you'll be fine!

I can't believe that you have a tri in 3 weeks. Us Ohioan can't get in the water outside until June! :( I guess I could travel somewhere exotic like NC to race...

Jess said...

Looks like you have some fun races coming up and it sounds like you have an awesome plan to tackle them!

Sarah said...

Yay century! I wish you could do Tour de Cashiers so that I have someone else to suffer with. Ah, well. Soon, we'll pick a race or ride for everyone to do, wouldn't that be fun!