Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Making Plans

First, thanks for the all the comments on my last post. I am now off the meds and feeling much better. The Sunday following the race, I did some yard work and at one point I was pushing our manual mower over some really tall grass and sweating when I noticed a sharp spike in my heart rate again. I quickly sat down and let myself rest. So scary! Since then, no heart rate spikes so I think I’m in the clear. Note to self, meds + race = not a good idea. Now that I’m recovered from that incident I thought it was time to create a new plan.

I know from chatting with some fellow P-towners that I’m not the only one that thinks making training plans and then re-working them, only to then re-work them once again for the eleventy millionth time is a fun past time. One of these times I’m going to not be training for multiple events at once and pick a schedule and just hammer it. But until that time, I’ll continue to work and re-work my training plan.

Now that Mr. Pi and I are committed to the Century Ride in August (YIKES) and I have my first Olympic distance triathlon at the end of July I decided I needed to get off of the informal plan and create something with a little more structure. So, I have a formal training plan that is back to my normal format (a word calendar document) that is color coded. (Yes, color coding is necessary.) Also, incorporated in the new plan is a vacation and some really fun training buddy meet ups, including:

Open Water Swims with Amy

Long rides with my favorite riding buddy Mr. Pi

A hopeful return to semi-regular Terwilliger runs moving from Terwilliger Tuesday’s to Terwilliger Thursday’s also with Amy

A pool scope (aka checking out a new very close and convenient OUTDOOR pool) with Jen

An EPIC riding adventure with both Jen and Zach (Mr. Pi too)

A long ride scheduled for our California vacation with my awesomely fit Dad (who I will likely be holding back with my pace) and Mr. Pi [we will likely be doing at least two long rides while in CA, one with my Dad and one up near Mr. Pi’s folks, maybe Sarah will join us?]

A long run scheduled for California with Roadbunner which will hopefully include a jaunt over one of my favorite California landmarks

Potential midweek rides with several folks—having athletic friends and office mates is great!

Buddy meet ups are a great way to help ensure a workout gets completed and motivation stays high. I went through a phase where I really didn’t want to work out with anyone; I was enjoying solo workouts. Then, I got really embarrassed that my pace (at least with running) had slowed and I was too nervous to meet anyone. A few weeks ago, I decided that really missed my buddies and that I would try to meet up with folks when it worked for my schedule (and theirs). Now that I have a formal schedule again, I built buddy meet ups right into the schedule. Even if my buddies are faster and fitter I figure at the very least it’ll be motivating to meet up, when it works with the schedule, even if we go our paces. Right buddies? I figure I’ll still have plenty of solo workouts to have a nice mix.

Do you like to workout solo or with buddies or have a mix? If you like working out with buddies what’s a fun buddy workout you’d like to share?


  1. Yay for a Century ride in August! I'm doing one too!
    It sounds like you have a lot of great meet-ups planned! Yay!
    Hopefully we'll be able to meet up too when you're out here in August!

  2. Sounds like a great plan to get it done! :)

    I wish I had some ladies around here that I could train with. I so all of my swimming, biking and running with the hubby (which, don't get me wrong, I love), but I feel like I hold him back and well... girls just get it! :)

  3. I'm jealous of your workouts with friends and your century ride. I can't imagine that right now.

  4. Sounds like you have a bunch of awesome workouts lined up. Especially excited for your century ride!

    I feel you on the feeling nervous about keeping the pace with others. I have several running buddies and some of them I have to catch on thier 'recovery' run days :) When I first started running after my injury I didn't want to run with anybody because I knew my fitness was so weak. Now I'm running with my old peeps again and it feel so good!

    And yes. VISIT soon! My hubby leaves the first week of July so maybe after the holiday?

  5. SOO excited for our run!! I looked and have 20 on the schedule for that day. So depending on what you're planning to run I can either run with you and do my long run a different day OR maybe tack on some miles before or after. And YES we will go over the bridge!!