Learning to Swim – Total Immersion

Six months ago, I could swim. That is, I could jump off a diving board and get to the side of the pool. In October 2016, when I signed up for an Olympic distance triathlon (1-mile swim, 25-mile bike, 6-mile run), I was signing up for something else altogether. I was signing up for a 1-mile open water (large lake) swim. My journey started online – watching people swim on…

MY TRIATHLON TRAINING PROGRAM: WEEK 20 CONCLUDED. WITH JUST 8 WEEKS LEFT, TRAINING VOLUME AND INTENSITY INCREASE!

This week’s (Mar-20 to Mar-26 2017) training is complete. I completed all the planned sessions. As is typical, I reordered the week based on my travel (adjust to my energy level during the trip and access to equipment). I started a revised training program (7 full weeks now). Here is what I used for weeks 1 to 13 (of triathlon training). Only 8 weeks of training left before the big day!…

MY TRIATHLON TRAINING PROGRAM: WEEK 19 CONCLUDED, 9 WEEKS LEFT

This week’s (Mar-12 to Mar-19 2017) training is complete. I completed all the planned sessions. I had to reorder the week – again. Why? I was on the road Wednesday to Friday. Wednesday and Thursday were very long days. I did train Friday. I started a revised training program (6 full weeks now). Here is what I used for weeks 1 to 13 (of triathlon training). Only 9 weeks of training…

MY TRIATHLON TRAINING PROGRAM: WEEK 18 CONCLUDED

This week’s (Mar-6 to Mar-12 2017) training is complete. I completed all the planned sessions. I had to reorder the week. Why? I was on the road Tuesday to Thursday. I expected the days to be long (so no time for training). My expectations were exceeded. I started a revised training program (5 full weeks now). Here is what I used for weeks 1 to 13 (of triathlon training). Only 10…

What if there are no secrets?

If you follow my posts, you know that I am training for my first triathlon. It is what’s know as an Olympic distance triathlon, which includes: 1 mile swim, 25 mile bike, 6 mile run (approximate distances). You complete the swim, bike and run events in that order. The top (50%) finishers will complete the event in 2 to 3 hours. The bottom (50%) of finishers will complete the event…

MY TRIATHLON TRAINING PROGRAM: WEEK 17 CONCLUDED

This week’s (Feb-27 to Mar-5 2017) training is complete. I completed all the planned sessions. I had to dramatically reorder the week. Why? I was on the road Tuesday to Thursday. I expected the days to be long (so no time for training). My expectations were exceeded. I started a revised training program (4 full weeks now). More on that below. Only 11 weeks of training left before the big…

Back on the road again! Down 19.2 pounds! DAYS 56 TO 62 ON MY WEIGHT LOSS PLAN

I’ve been on on my weight loss plan for 48 days. Day 56 was Feb-26 (Sunday). Day  62 was Mar-4 2017 (Saturday). Weighed-in also. My Eating This week was okay to good. Sunday and Saturday are/ were cheat days, and I stayed mostly Paleo. Monday to Wednesday went well, with few exceptions to plan. Thursday and Friday were planned Fast days. Thursday … I cracked, when I got to the airport that…

Beginner’s Mindset: Learning to Swim

One of the more enjoyable parts of training for my first triathlon is learning how to swim and applying what I’m learning. The learning process has been slow and clunky. The same with my progress – slow and clunky. Yet, I’ve kept at. And the payback has come. When I started swimming 4 to 5 months ago, I couldn’t really swim. I could jump off a diving board and get…

MY TRIATHLON TRAINING PROGRAM: WEEK 16 CONCLUDED

This week’s (Feb-20 to Feb-26 2017) training is complete. I completed all the planned sessions. I had to reorder the 2nd half of the week. I started a revised training program (3 full weeks now). More on that below. Only 12 weeks of training left before the big day! My original triathlon training program For context, here is a summary of my training program: I’ll consider a week to start…

I need a Get Out of Jail Free card this week! Days 49 to 55 on my weight loss plan

I’ve been on on my weight loss plan for 48 days. Day 49 was Feb-19 (Sunday). Day  55 was Feb-25 2017 (Saturday) – did not weighed-in. My Eating This week was bad. I gave myself Get Out of Jail Free card. I’m forgiving myself and not weighing in. Just so I don’t let myself off the hook completely, here is the horror show. Last weekend was a 3 day weekend. That set…