Last week after writing my goals and choosing my races I realized I needed to find a training plan. On my to do list is to find a coach and to find an AFFORDABLE coach for such training plan. I am still on the fence regarding e-coaching. Tailored training plans are great and all but I want someone who can evaluate my form, etc. and help me remedy my problems. I have two pros near by that coach at what I think is an astronomical rate. I have found another local coach who's plans are MORE affordable, still a little pricey, but with a plan comes 1 one-on-one form evaluation and I can add on more one on one session for what I think is a reasonable rate, less than a trip for two to the movies. Even if I find another coach, I can buy one on one sessions with him but for twice the rate.
I think a coach is more important to me that the training plan for three main reasons- I think correcting my form will help me become faster, I think I have an immeasurable amount of potential left and to get there means breaking through my psychological plateau I believe that will take a third person view to do, and, lastly, if someone else is writing and rearranging my training schedule I have more time for the rest of my life.
I e-mailed this coach to get his opinion about his best training option considering the variety of my schedule and the getting the mos bang for the lowest buck. One of his suggestions was that
It is a 20 week plan and the first four weeks are exact same, as a preparation phase before the build. I calculated that I had 19 weeks until the race so I started the plan at week 19. I also took week 20 and compared it to the prior week of actual workouts and it turned out that I had everything accounted for except 3 swim workouts and 1 long bike ride. I planned to work those in, especially since they are lower impact.
I started the plan on a Wednesday so I did the same thing and compared the plan for the week back to Monday's actual workouts and was short one bike workout that I made up later in the week.
So for my first week here are the numbers:
Swim: 3100 Meters, 1h 9m
Bike: 67.91 Miles, 4h 10m
Run: 11.91 Mi, 2h 11m 55s
Thoughts: 2 of my swim workouts were 2000m and the third was shorter as it was speed work. Both of the long workouts had to be shorted due to time. My Y is the only indoor pool in the county and as it is high school swim season the schedule is abbreviated. The first long workout was my third time in the pool since October 11th (last tri). It was 4x400, I found my rhythm quickly but thought it was very tedious. In fact i had second thoughts about whether or not I am ready for this distance. The speed work was on point for distance and I wasn't even tired until my last interval (10x100 for time). This workout made me feel much better about the challenge of HIM training.
Running felt weird this week. Honestly my volume was much lower than the last few months. My long run was only 60 minutes. I kept it short because I also needed to do a long ride the same day, however my plan for the next few weeks will be to keep all of the runs per the plan except the long run which I will keep increasing by the rule of 10 up to 20 miles to prepare for a March marathon.
Overall, this has been challenging. The distance is large, but I do not think it is unrealistic. My biggest hindrance has been the winter. Riding in the cold, swim team scheduling, and my biggest nemesis- getting out of bed. I have little trouble getting up at 5 or earlier when it is warm outside, but cold makes me want to stay in bed. This will not be possible if I want to stick to this plan. The volume of the workouts will be great enough that i will not be able to fit in bricks after work some days, I will have to do an AM and PM workout as the plan is designed.
My last and final obstacle is my math. I originally started at week 19 but I did my math wrong. I only had 18 weeks till my race. My plan at this point is to remove next week, which is a repeat of the last two weeks and go directly into base building. I will keep the week posted and if any days lends itself to an extra workout and I am feeling froggy I will pick one form the list. They are all very low rpe.
Funny how 18 weeks seems so close and so far away at the same time.