One of the best things about keeping a detailed training log is looking back and seeing how things differ between training cycles and figuring out what works best. The last two weeks have been much higher than I’m used to, and I’m definitely feeling it!
Last week was particularly tough because both days of boot camp were heavy on lower body workouts. I was sore after Thursday’s class and had to cancel my long bike ride home on Friday. I had already swam and biked home at lunch that day, but on the way up the hills on my lunchtime bike ride I could tell my legs were not happy and were not up for the last bike ride.
Here are my workouts since last Monday by the numbers:
- Time exercising: 8.25 hours
- Miles run: 11.9
- Bike miles by commuting: ~22.5
- Meters swam: 2800 (? – I lost track in yesterday’s workout)
- Lunges at boot camp: TOO MANY
I know this schedule isn’t a lot to some of you triathletes out there. But to put it in perspective, my usual workout schedule is 5-6 hours a week. In order to keep this up, I need to focus on a few things. Number one: more sleep. By Friday each week, I have been exhausted. Bags under my eyes, trouble focusing, the whole nine yards. The biggest challenge here is that Neil is a night person and I’m a morning person and I have trouble falling asleep without him there. So basically, I need to force him to go to bed at 9 pm. Number two: meal planning. I need to make sure I have enough (healthy) food to get me through the day. Because we had our families over for dinner last Sunday I didn’t do my usual weekly prep. Yesterday I went to Whole Foods and this week I will be focused on eating lots of veggies and lean proteins.
Workout plan for the week (I’m assuming with the rain I won’t be bike commuting much, so I’m adding the spin classes. I’ll try to bike commute as possible though):
Monday – Rest day as always
Tuesday – AM boot camp + run 4 miles
Wednesday – swim 40 minutes + lunchtime spin class
Thursday – AM boot camp + run 3 miles
Friday – swim 40 minutes + lunchtime spin class
Saturday – run 7 miles
Sunday – Bike DC (20 mile bike ride at an easy pace)
Do you have any tips on getting through high volume workout weeks? I need all the help I can get!