Today is back to training and I am very excited. I have been following the run focused, 16 week training plan from beginner http://www.beginnertriathlete.com/ ( I have posted a copy on an adjacent page). I am in week 3 of month 3; with only 1 real work week left in the plan I have been thinking about new training plans. I have been thinking about skipping the end with the taper since I do not have an event at this time, so I may be done sooner.
As I finish my first training plan and am searching I have a few thoughts about what I do and don't need.
- I do not need to move to intermediate level plans because I am still slow.
- I do not need a race specific plan since I have no race.
- I need more structure. My current plan says swim 25 minutes, I need more planning than that. The running plan I have followed int he past from http://www.runnersworld.com/ have always had more details such as distance, description of workouts on speed work days, etc.
On another note, I am looking for a 5k to run in so I can measure my progress since December. I am hoping to have cut 3+ minutes off my time. I have found a 3rd of July race an hour away but i can't find any info about it. I also have found a fun series triathlon. It is "non-competitive", not chip times (just stop watch and time are not posted), and only has a 200 meter swim (shorter than i have been training for). The entrance fee is only $20 and I this might be a good way to gauge my training. Lastly, there is also a tri on my birthday(8/15) and I though this might be a good present to myself. I was not planing to actually compete until next year but I think I will do the fun tri and am giving serious thought to the 8/15 event. In the meantime, back to work.