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.
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).