Week 1 Training Schedule

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Another week of triathlon training completed! Only 10 more weeks to go!

My Training Schedule for Week 1 (6/3-6/9)

Monday: 5.18 mile bike ride at 9.3 avg mph

Tuesday: 1.95 mile run at 13’16” avg pace

Wednesday: Bike 3.5 miles at 7.4 avg mph and run 1 mile at 13’48” pace

Thursday: Swimming laps in between playing with the kids in the pool (okay, not the best “training,” but I am a mom)!

Friday: Rest day

Saturday: 2.14 mile run at 14’00” avg pace

Fun Moments: On my Monday evening bike ride, a neighborhood kid saw me and was amazed that a grown-up was out riding a bike. He asked if I wanted to race to the end of the street. After I said “sure” and he beat me while doing a lot of coasting, he was overjoyed at winning a race and I couldn’t stop laughing for the next mile.

Training Highs: Once again, on my Monday ride, I hit 9.3 avg mph and the SLIGHT incline that has been challenging for me was so much easier than it had been in the past. I came home feeling like the bike portion of the triathlon is going to be do-able!

Training Lows: During my run on Saturday, I tripped over a piece of tile. I scraped up my shin pretty bad and broke my phone screen protector (and sliced my thumb on the glass the next day because I waited to take it off). Considering how clumsy I am, I am surprised this was my first running injury!

I cannot wait to see what this week has in store!

Onward! Upward! For the Glory of Christ!

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Onward! Upward! For the Glory of Christ!

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When I first started running, I was reminded repeatedly on running blogs to pick out a mantra to help me when training seemed difficult.

A few years ago, I watched a video of a professional athlete who used “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” The athlete would open one finger for each word of the popular verse and said that it really made a difference on her endurance training. I have used this method myself a time or two in the past. It helps me focus on who is really doing all the work. But, I did not feel like that should be my mantra, mostly because it is a bit long.

I kept asking myself WHY I was running. And, the answer was “for the glory of Christ.” That answer reminded me of something our former life group leader said quite often to fire up our group: Onward! Upward! For the Glory of Christ!

So, I started telling myself “Onward!” when I felt like I couldn’t go any farther. I started telling myself “Upward!” when I hit a hill that I didn’t think I could reach the top of. And most importantly, when I started questioning “Why?” I would tell myself “For the Glory of Christ!”

Onward! Upward! For the Glory of Christ!

What is your “mantra?”