Sunday, February 8, 2009

Joining a Tri Club and coached workouts.

I joined a triathlon club (Silicon Valley Triathlon Club) and I'm so excited. Everyone was so friendly at the Open House on Monday. Plus I won a gift certificate to TriSports.com so I can get some equipment I need. Finally, for my $65 yearly dues, I can participate in a bunch of coached workouts and they have all helped me so much already after just one week.

First I went to the Tues. night track workouts. These are interval training and some stretching after. I only got in 2.8 miles instead of my usual 3.25+ and I was the slowest one out there, but when I went to run again on Thurs., I had improved so much. I ran my entire 30 minutes at 4.8 when I usually can only do that for 5 or 10 minutes at the most and I'm down to 4.6 by the end of the workout and definitely for the second interval. But I did my second run at 4.8 too!

Then I went to the Wed. swim session, which costs extra, but not that much ($7 drop-in fee) and learned that I was lifting my head when I breathed and this was causing me to sink in the water. I worked on it and improve it a lot. I also signed up for an additional swim clinic that is taking place over the next two months on alternate Sundays.

Saturday, I went to the "New to the Sport" workout. First we did squats. Yuck! I hate squats! I did okay, not great. Then we went out and biked for 16 miles. That's the farthest I've biked so far. I was okay, but slow until we hit the hills. I have not been doing any hill work up until now. It showed.

Plus my front derailer is not working properly. So I'd try to shift and it wouldn't shift. I'd eventually get it to shift but by then I'd be in the middle of the hill and had lost my momentum. I had to walk three times on the way out. I really hate that.

On the way back, it wasn't so bad. It was mostly downhill and I only had to walk up one hill and only because of my derailer problems. If I had been able to downshift in time, I think I would have been fine.

I dropped my bike off at the shop on the way home and hope my derailer problem gets fixed.

Then, at the end of the month, we'll do an open water swim so I need to figure out how to rent a wetsuit for it. I don't want to buy one while I am still losing weight. Because then I'll just have to buy another one a few months later. But I have this workout and the last swim clinic workout that both need wet suits so maybe I just need to break down and buy one. Dilemmas, dilemmas.
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