triathlon training: week 1

Boom!  And just like that, week 1 of triathlon training is in the books Daily Mile!  Well, except of course my swim/run brick I have tomorrow morning.  Otherwise, I’m one week closer to my first sprint triathlon.  This week has definitely been about learning about my 2 new sports.  I’ve had no issue with the runs, obviously, but boy, do I have a lot of work to do on the swim and bike!

Tri Training-week 1

My first brick was Tuesday.  I had every intention of getting up early to get my swim in before running club in the morning, but MacKenna has definitely had other plans this week.  (Apparently, there is an 18 month sleep regression.  I would say waking up at 5 AM instead of her usual 6:30 or 7 a sleep regression.  Yesterday, it was 4 AM.  Grrrr…)  So, I spent my morning cuddling with my baby instead of in the pool.  I guess that’s a fair trade off…

I ended up going to the pool after running.  I have so much work to do in the pool – more than I even imagined.  My gym has a 25-yard pool.  I’d do one lap, turn, and start my way back only to have to stop in the middle to catch my breath.  I ended up alternating between freestyle for 200 meters and breaststroke for 200 meters.  I am much stronger in breaststroke than freestyle.  My flutter kick is just horrible and I can’t quite figure out how to breathe correctly,  but I’ll get there.


{ CrossFit }
5 rounds:
Sit-ups 20x
Sumo-High Pulls 20x, 20 lbs dumbbells


4 mile easy run

{ CrossFit }
My first WOD at CrossFit 70


Rest Day


4 mile easy run

{ CrossFit }
Back Squats 3×3, 95 lbs

21-15-9 reps:
Thrusters, 15 lb dumbbells
Run 800m after each set


3 mile run with the jogging stroller

25 minute swim
(850 yards)


Speed Hill Workout

(4.8 miles in 35:11)

{ CrossFit }
Shoulder Press 10-8-6x, 30-40-45 lbs

As many rounds as possible in 10 minutes:
Power Clean 3x, 65 lbs
Bar Facing Burpees 7x (sideways)


3 mile walk with the jogging stroller

45 minute interval spin

get thisFit Bit Friday 70 – Eat, Spin, Run, Repeat spin bike workoutPinned by Kristen Van HornOnto Move

Not too bad for my first week!  But between the increase in training (multiple sports) and MacKenna’s early wake up calls, I’m totally exhausted!  Hoping to catch up on a little bit of sleep this weekend!

  • Dana

    Kicking is what uses up the most oxygen in swimming, which makes you so out of breath. Luckily, when you’re swimming in a triathlon you actually don’t want to kick that much or that hard. After the swim your legs are going to get a good workout on the bike and run, so you don’t want to wear them out on the swim. Try kicking really lightly or more slowly. Your legs will be better rested for the rest of your tri and you won’t be so out of breath. Win-win. Good luck!

  • Great week one! You must be proud!

    I would say that snuggling with McKenna was a fair trade off for the swim!
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  • Congrats on week 1!!! Like you, I was already comfortable with the run and bike when I started tri training, but had work to do on the swim. I felt like I wasn’t making much progress for the first few weeks, but I stuck it out and ended up just fine- and you will too! I’m now back to just running and cycling and cross-training, but maybe you’ll inspire me to get back into the pool…. Maybe 🙂