Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Triathlon Training Update

In preparation for the triathlon in September, I started swimming at the South Davis Recreation Center. The first time I went, I went with Gordon, and he gave me some tips on how to breathe to the side, on how to stay horizontal, etc. That first time it was complete misery. I was so tired when I was done, and I only did 400 yards.

Then, I went again during the week, and only swam 450 yards, and the breathing was still very difficult as I was getting a lot of water in when I would turn my head to breathe. I also got very tired very quickly. I imagine it's just using muscles that I don't use running or biking, and they tire quickly. I called Gordon after I was done, and mentioned the difficulty breathing. He said that I need to rotate my body a little so that my arm is actually a little bit underneath my body rather than on the side. Makes sense to me, why didn't I think of that?

The third time that I went was on Monday. I concentrated very hard on doing the things that Gordon has taught me, including rotating my body. I have to say, I was amazed at how well I did. I was able to get good breaths, and able to swim a decent distance (for me) without getting too tired. Total distance was 550 yards. I felt very good after swimming and was so excited to go back and swim some more. I don't see myself ever getting to Gordon's level, but swimming is definitely a very good workout, but doesn't put a lot of stress on the joints.

Training for the triathlon continues to progress. I find myself being able to swim, bike, and run longer and faster with less energy required. The only thing that is a bit frustrating is that the weight loss does not seem to be coming as fast as I wish it would, even though I can tell a difference. Stacey and I have been limiting ourselves to one "cheat day" a week. Our "cheat day" is the day that we can have a treat. We have also been trying very hard to limit late night eating as well as portion control, which is probably my biggest weakness. I guess I'll just have to keep working at it.

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