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I have decided to try something new this time, and decided to start training for a triathlon. The running part I have down, the cycling I'm sure I can pick up quickly enough. The swimming, is probably going to be my toughest challenge.

 

The race that I'm eyeing right now is the 5150 Ironman at Bela Bela on 22 August. So that is an olympic distance triathlon. So this is my  goal for the next 4 months.

 

Main Quest:

 

1)  Follow the sprint triathlon training plan. The only days I'm allowed to miss is the Saturday workouts when my daughter is with me. Basically only Sundays and Thursdays are rest days. But most of the workouts are quite easy.  Hopefully this challenge I will be at the point where I can start an olympic level program

 

2)  Cut out sugar. Time to break the addiction to this stuff. All foods with added sugar will be avoided. Fruits in limited quantities (1-2 servings daily), preferably berries.

 

3)  Focus on getting to bed on time. If I can get to bed on time, then I will have more time in the mornings and be able to squeeze in most of my training before work.

 

And thats it :)

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Monday: Went for a nice 40 minute easy run after dropping off my daughter at school.

 

Tuesday: Swam 200m in the pool at the gym. I suffered from nausea the whole day long, hopefully things will get better. Not sure if quitting sugar added anything to the severity.

 

Wednesday: This turned out to be a rest day, even I had a trail run race the evening. Due to lovely load-shedding, I left work early and went to bicycle shop to look at some mountain bikes. And I left the shop with a nice new black mountain bike :) The traffic was so bad I decided I wasn't going to make the starting time for the race so I headed home.

 

Thursday:  My first 8.8km ride on my new mountain bike in the roads around my place. Started out strong in the beginning and then faded the last half. The last half was also mostly downhill. I have been suffering from a low level headache this last two days thanks to sugar withdrawal.

 

But now its past my bed time, so getting up tomorrow morning is going to be tough again.

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So, I am not sure if you have done triathalon training before or not, but speaking as a lifeguard who has painfully watched potential triathletes struggle in the pool a week or two before race day... please don't be that guy or gal!

 

Swimming challenges the muscles in a different way than does running and biking. 

 

What I'm getting at is, start swimming sooner than later!

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Friday: Woke up at 5am (only had about 5 1/2 sleep), so that I can be in the next town at 6am for group run. It was nice and dark when we started and getting slowly brighter as the run progressed. I was in the last little group that finished, but heck, I am used to that. Legs felt a bit sluggish, I'm guessing its the lack of carbs and sugar, I hear this will pass in a few weeks time. But still a nice 6.7km run to kickstart the weekend.

 

It's good you got out there on the bike. And maybe drinking lots o water will help with the headache.

Sleep well.

Its been years since I have been on a real bike. And sitting a bit tenderly today. But it was still fun.

 

So, I am not sure if you have done triathalon training before or not, but speaking as a lifeguard who has painfully watched potential triathletes struggle in the pool a week or two before race day... please don't be that guy or gal!

 

Swimming challenges the muscles in a different way than does running and biking. 

 

What I'm getting at is, start swimming sooner than later!

My training plan has two swimming sessions starting next week. Building from 200m per session to around 400m to the end of this challenge. But I know swimming is my weakest point by far, so the swimming workouts are my top priority.

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So I figured out what my side quest has to be now. Cleaning my place for 20 minutes before I go to bed.

The owner of my flat is very sick and needs to sell the flat urgently. So last night I was up till midnight cleaning, even had no power for 2 hours thanks to loadshedding :(

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Question: do you have booty calluses now? :redface-new:

Lol, not yet. But it sure feels that way.

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Monday: Had a nice 40 min run on the treadmill. Then after that was supposed to go for 200m swim, but all the swimming lanes were full at the gym. I tried to go past the gym after work, and all the lanes where full again...

Tuesday: This morning I headed off to the gym again, to squeeze in yesterdays swim, and a bike ride scheduled for the day.

Luck was on my side today, all the swimming lanes was open and after my swim, no nausea :) Had a nice 50 min ride going nowhere, with my rear getting nice and sore :tongue:

So far with regarding cutting out any added sugar it has gone very well, except for a few sips of a milkshake on Suturday, its going good. And the headaches have also finally stopped. Still feeling a tad tired at times.

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Way to go getting that swim in.

Yeah, sugar blues can take a bit to even out. What fruits are you eating? Or maybe complex carbs might help smooth things out during the transition.

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Tuesday update: Did a 10km evening trail run. Took things nice and easy, trying to keep my heart rate between 135 and 145. Managed to do it in 1:21, even though my GPS said it was only 9km. Things became real interesting as my headlight started getting weaker as the run progressed and the night became darker.

Wednesday: Woke up a bit late as I had to wash all my gear and hang it out to dry for tonights 8km night trail run. Yes, another one :tongue: By the time I got to the gym for my 200m swim, the swim lanes were all taken up. So tomorrows rest day will have to become my swimming day.

 

Way to go getting that swim in.

Yeah, sugar blues can take a bit to even out. What fruits are you eating? Or maybe complex carbs might help smooth things out during the transition.

I have been a bit lazy with regards to complex carbs. Fruits are mostly a cup full of frozen berry mix that goes into my breakfast smoothie. And now and then an apple or two if I'm feeling peckish.

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I saw a biokineticists today, and lest say say it didn't end well.

Basically it comes down to I have some major posture issues as well as some weak muscles in my lower back, and he strongly advised me to stop any strength training and running for now. That is till he is happy that I have strengthened the weaker muscles that is cause the imbalances in the left side of my body. So I'm not sure for how long I will be "out of action" for :( Seeing him again next week Thursday.

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I saw a biokineticists today, and lest say say it didn't end well.

Basically it comes down to I have some major posture issues as well as some weak muscles in my lower back, and he strongly advised me to stop any strength training and running for now. That is till he is happy that I have strengthened the weaker muscles that is cause the imbalances in the left side of my body. So I'm not sure for how long I will be "out of action" for :( Seeing him again next week Thursday.

 

     I know this is hard. I've just barely, and not completely, come off a running restriction for 4 months. It's important, albeit not as motivating as running, to do PT exercises to strengthen the back, but they gotta get done.

You can rewrite your goals to take all this into account. What workout exercises do you do now that don't flare your back up?

Get a list of questions for him to answer next week.

Examples:

What core exercises can I do to help stabilize my back?

What mobility work can I do to help this along?

Can you give me an idea of how long this will take if I stay consistent with the therapy I need to do?

Are there alternatives to some exercises that I can do?

How can I get a decent sweat on without harming my back? Trying to make exercise a life habit, don't want to lose ground.

 

     Keep your chin up as best as you can. It can be tough to keep disappointment aimed in the only direction it is meant for. we don't want you feeling like you can't keep moving forward on other parts of your life as well. 

 

Big Hugs,

Teri

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Thanks Teri :) 

 

I managed to make an appointment for Monday instead of Thursday. I will prepare my questions.

 

From what I remember he put it this way:

 

Level 1: No Load bearing, no impact exercise

Level 2: load bearing, no impact exercise

Level 3: load bearing, with impact exercise

Level 4: strength training exercise

 

I have to start at level 1, and once I progress to level 3 I'll be running again. Not sure if its going to treadmill only at first. But I will find out on Monday

 

This does explain somewhat the injuries I had over the last year or so. 

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