I have 1 of 13 months of training complete. 13 months may seem like a long time to train for a race but I'm a firm believer of "periodization". My training will comprise of 3 periods, period one is October-Feb, 2 is March-July, 3 is Aug-Oct and the race is November. The first period is where you create the foundation to handle the load.
My weekly workouts look like this:
Swim: 2x's= 7,500 yards
Deep Water Running= 2x's
Bike= 2-3x's (spin and mountain)
Run= 4 x's
Core & weights 2-3x's.
Here's where I train (care to join me? ;)):
Swim & deep water running: Bangor (Navy Base)
Bike: Spin- Bangor & Kingston Fitness, Mountain Bike- Heritage and Port Gamble
Run- Kingston area road and trails
Core & weights: Bangor & Kingston Fitness
Sleep & nutrition are as important as the workouts. While I'm not a vegetarian, I do believe that meat increases inflammation and therefore slows down the recovery process so I have limited meat to 1-2x's a week. I have also almost eliminated processed foods from my diet, the main reason is they're pretty much bad for you & the more something is processed the less nutritional value it has.
Here are a few of my favorite meals during high training times:
Lentil soup cooked in the crock pot with garlic, carrots, onion, red potatoes and spices
Vegetarian tacos (Rob makes the best)- black beans, rice, rotelle, cilantro,cheese
Quinoa Pasta with roasted garlic and olive oil
Red leaf lettuce with pomegranate seeds, almonds, cranberries, fetta, olive oils and salt
Alcohol & sugar
I do love my Merlot and basically every form of dessert! At 42 years old I'm past giving up what I love for racing, I learned long ago that balance is best. So, I allow myself one dessert and 2 glasses of wine each week. On special occasions that will increase but those amounts are what I aim for. It's amazing how good dessert tastes when you only get one each week. Instead of cheap candy, cookies etc., it's about baking something delicious.
If you're interested in doing any of the above workouts with me, please comment here or shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org