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Week 49 - My name is Inigo Montoya

My first sprint triathlon is coming up, and the official training begins next week.

For the past few weeks I've just been trying to build up the run / bike / swim habit instead of just doing my normal only-running-routine. While I don't feel as fit as I did when I was just running, I do feel like I am less likely to injure myself.

While doing a few weeks of test training, I did find one slight flaw. I don't have a way of measuring my heart rate while swimming. It turns out the heart rate metric is important for the performance management chart. While I don't use the tracking data to its full potential, it does make my overall effort look lower than usual. I might get a heart rate monitor that works in the water, but for now… meh.

PMC

As I think I mention before, for the first part the training I am using a slightly modified version of the No Meat Athlete Triathlon Training Guide. After I get the sprint under my belt, I'll be stepping it up to a more rigorous plan to build up for the December Half Ironman.

The basics of the first part of the training is 2 days running, 2 days swimming and 2 days biking with one day for rest. Later in the plan are a few brick workouts as well (brick sessions are where you bike for a set distance and then run right after).

I have the days mostly mapped out, but I like to keep it loose because some days the pool is crowded, or something comes up and I have to move a workout around.

The other big change for me is all the workouts are based around time instead of distance. I am not sure if this is good or bad, but we'll see how it goes.

I've been regularly doing open water swims, and while I had a break through the other day (swam non-stop somewhere close to the 750m mark), I still have a lot to work on anxiety wise (let alone my technique, efficiency, and breathing).