Thursday, April 17, 2008

Breaking away from routine

I haven't been very active in the blogging community. I haven't post a lot. I do read a lot of blogs and bloglines help me track which blogs are updated.

Today I glanced over Chuckie's blog. The topic was on training with no routine. Routine, on itself, is "the death of the soul".

He finishes the blog with:

"Training," I wrote to one athlete a few days ago, "consists of the following:
1) Swim
2) Bike
3) Rin"

He did exactly this, despite my fatigue-related misspelling of the word "run".

Last year when I was training for Ironman and was part of Race4Kids, the coach give me a template to follow. Every morning, I will have my session(s) lay out for me. Run intervals, hill repeats etc. Just get up, follow the plan and go.

Yesterday, I rode my bike after work. It was an easy ride. There wasn't much plan. Go home, grab gear, and go.

I checked my heart rate as I ride. I kept it under 160. Spin up the hills. Easy.

Three years ago, I would have no idea what heart rate is. I have no idea what cadence is. I just took my bike out for a spin simply the weather was nice.

Funny, how I am slowly getting back to that. To just train. And not follow a structure plan.

At the end, training is very simple. Swim, bike and rin run. I have some 'creative' ways to train this season. It's gonna be fun....


Brent Buckner said...

Yes, have fun!

Dances with Corgis said...

I think you inspired me to go for a rin myself when I get home. Unplanned :)

Fe-lady said...

That's what it's all about....I am loosely following a training plan but am staying away from intervals and too many numbers! Keep it fun and you will do triathlons for a LONG time!

CR said...

Have you found any good resource that might help me actually use my Garmin Forerunner!?!

Jen in Budapest said...

It sure is great to go from novice to in the know. good for you, Cliff, in all your training. Many wishes for good races ahead.