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Sprint Triathlon Training: Week 5

sprint triathlon training week 5

We are on week 5 of an 11-week sprint triathlon training series. It’s been fun and eye-opening to see the transformations, lessons, challenges and discoveries that each new week brings.

This past week, the aha moment came on the way to Green Lake Park, where I was headed to complete one of the longer runs. As I left my apartment, I was genuinely excited for the workout. But nearing the park, I increasingly lost my desire to even start the run. And that’s when it hit me: it wasn’t about running anymore, it was about the pressure I was placing on myself to fit the mold of what I thought a runner should be.

In my head, I idealized a runner as someone that loved to workout outdoors, loved to start the day early and clock a few miles in the fresh air. The only problem is, I’m not that person. I enjoy running, but as much as I want to be the outdoorsy athlete, I really just prefer a treadmill.

I can’t count how many times throughout the years I’ve abandoned or lost joy in a workout because I was pressuring myself to do it in a certain way. You may relate — things like having to fit in a workout first thing in the morning or the rest of the day is shot, having to do a full hour at the gym to make it worthwhile, having to run outdoors like all those real joggers do.

What if, for this next week, we released the extremes that we hold ourselves to? I’m not saying to abandon our goals or avoid facing challenges head on. But I think it’s fair to evaluate if the things that we are viewing as one-way streets, could really offer multiple ways to get around the block while accomplishing the same mission. For example, if you hit the snooze button every morning in an attempt to get up to workout, would it be so bad to try going to the gym in the evenings instead? If you can’t seem to find the time for a full 60 minutes at the gym, why not integrate short bouts of exercise into everyday life — take the long walk home, do a few pushups during commercials, and so on. And if, like me, you just can’t seem to muster the desire to run a few laps outdoors, let it go and run where your body feels at peace doing so.

Simple as it is, this revolutionized my way of thinking this week. It increased my joy in working out, and it made me feel like a partner to my body’s efforts, rather than its dictator. I hope it offers you a little help in whatever your fitness journey is, too. This week’s training schedule:

Monday: Rest
Tuesday: Run 2o minutes
Wednesday: Swim 300 yards
Thursday: Bike 30 minutes, Run 10 minutes, Walk 20 minutes
Friday: Swim 400 yards
Saturday: Run 40 minutes
Sunday: Bike 12 miles

P.S. Week 1, Week 2, Week 3, and Week 4.

{Photo via Etsy}

{ 2 comments… add one }

  • Chadd Balbi May 27, 2014, 11:53 am

    Glad to stumble upon your blog. I’m in the middle of a triathlon training schedule and know what it feels like to wonder if you fit the runner mold. Great post, keep up the good work!

    • Jessica May 28, 2014, 7:56 am

      Thanks Chadd! I really enjoyed reading through your posts as well. Looks like we’re in this journey together!

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