Saturday, December 8, 2012

Try Charleston Training (Week 1)

Week # 1 of my 20 week 70.3 training plan for the Try Charleston 70.3 on April 20th, 2013 is in the books. The first 4 weeks of the plan is base building which goes from 7 hours to 9 hours and 35 minutes of training. My plan called for a week with 3:40 (h:mm) of cycling, 2:10 of running, and 1:10 of swimming. This totals 7 hours of training. I completed 100% of my cycling training during 3 sessions. The first cycling session was on the road and the other 2 sessions were on the trainer. I’m surprised to find that the trainer workouts have been pretty tough. Not tough because they’re boring, which they are not, but because my effort has to be continuous – no coasting. My running for the week was 16 minutes below the mark and my swimming stands at 0% done. Not a good start there! I think a neoprene swim cap might give me the courage I need to hit the open water.

I didn’t include the 75 miles of cycling I did in 4 hours and 30 minutes on Saturday, December 1st at the SBL Holiday in the Hampton ride. My plan started on Sunday, the day after the ride.

Week #2 starts on Sunday, December 9th. Hopefully I’ll be able to maintain my ability to stick with the plan. I’m gonna have to if I want to finish well. In 2011 the 3rd plan finisher in my age-group had a time of 4:47:01. A very impressive finish for someone over 50 years of age. I'm sure the 2013 participants will bring it as well.

Thanks for reading.