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Wednesday, December 10, 2008

The best-laid plans of mice and triathletes...

... often go awry.

My intention during my Preparation Period was to swim 5 times per week, bike and run twice. I even decided on what the typical week would look like, and made a pretty chart.

Life had other plans... I've been hit with a chest cold, again. What a frustrating few months! At least it's not a critical period in my training.

Last week was great, though, I stuck to the plan 100%. The swimming is coming along great, I've been following the drills in the Total Immersion book. This week's breakthrough was dropping my lead hand down to 4 o'clock (or 4:30). I sort-of knew to do this, but didn't make the connection that this would help my balance. Amazingly, it did, my feet came right up, much improved.

The other goal during this period was to get my bike set-up figured out. With the addition of the new saddle and seatpost, that's improved significantly. I'm going to tweak it a little, but it feels so good right now I don't want to mess with it too much.

Revised plan is simply to recover from this cold, and when my lungs clear out, get back at it. Gotta roll with the punches.


cdnhollywood said...

That's quite a week for the Prep phase - beats the hell out of mine (even if I could stick to it).

Regarding TI swimming, check their Easy Freestyle video. It's a great DVD - I review it before every masters swim.

Boris T said...

Sorry to hear about the chest cold, get well.

Anonymous said...

Hey, you are following the 36 tri program right?
when are you beginning?

Anonymous said...

I have just read all your blogs since July. What a journey! Plus, you're a good writer, so it's entertaining to read. I'm considering my first triathlon (...I'm 40 years old...) and your story is a real inspiration. I think I'm going to do it. I'll continue to follow your progress. Good luck!

Jon P said...

Robert - thanks for your comment, means a lot! I'm glad you find some inspiration in what I'm doing... I've been equally inspired by just about everyone out there, triathletes are just a great bunch of people. All ages, all walks of life, they just go for it despite any challenges in their life... that's the attitude I'm trying to embrace. :)