5 weeks down, 7 more to go!
I’m really starting to feel the benefits of the new training plan. There has been more of a shift in the intensity of my workouts while keeping the volume relatively modest. Even with the increase in intensity and volume I’m not feeling as drained as I did last season. Maybe it’s still too early in the season to really be able to say for certain the difference it’s making, but at this point I certainly feel a shift. I’m being very mindful of actually going easy on “easy” days and giving it my all on the hard intervals. I also started incorporating BASE electrolyte salt and Gatorade Endurance into my workouts and wow have they made a difference in my energy levels. Last season I struggled with finishing training rides and runs feeling good. I thought it was totally normal and natural to be totally wiped out and fatigued at the end of a workout. I haven’t had that issue at all since I started using these supplements in my training. Seriously a game changer. I used both during my long ride and run this weekend and finished both feeling amazing with lots of energy and like I could keep going forever. They say nutrition and proper fueling is the 4th discipline in triathlon. I’ll be the first to admit, I haven’t been the greatest at eating healthy and fueling properly, but trying to be extra diligent with my nutrition this year.
Below is my summery from TriDot for the week. Just over 9 total hours completed for a 95% achievement (I missed an easy 20 min run). The varying colors represent the amount of time spent in each zone.
Swim – 1:40
Strength: 30 minutes
This week the intense Zone 4 and 5 interval sets continue and the long bike and run get longer!