Day 11: Early Rest Day

By Skip

Today is the day of rest for me.  Coming off of yesterday’s run that I don’t feel great about it gives me a chance to reflect on where I have been and where I am going.  The title of this post might be a little confusing… Since I have race on tomorrow(5K) I am taking today off instead of Monday so that I can rest my legs for tomorrow.  Looking at my schedule coming up, that means I will be working out for a week and half before my next rest day.  Not sure if that is a smart move or not.  I guess I just have to listen to my body and if it needs rest in that time period, I will make the adjustment.

This picture to the right is my Nike+ avatar that I created.  He greets me every time I log into the website.  Kind of fun, just thought I would share it with you.  Down below is another image you might find funny.  Makes me smile when I see this 🙂

So looking back over this past week, once again, I almost feel like I have not done enough… I don’t feel sore enough.  I know I am improving but the “no pain, no gain” thing is bothering me… I don’t feel ANY pain.  So I ask myself, “is this because I am training properly or not training hard enough?” 
The one area that needs the most work, ( if you have ready any of my recent blog posts you already know what the answer is) is the swim.   Looking at some of my workouts down the road, my swim time will be increasing and I just hope I can keep up.   My training plan gave me no words of wisdom for today’s workout.  I am about halfway through this initial “build up” routine before the real work kicks in.

Wish me luck in tomorrow’s race!  I will post my results when I get back home tomorrow.

Filed in: 5K, Sprint Training, Triathlon • Friday, June 4th, 2010


Good luck on your race. You continue to really scare me with the intensity of your workouts. As I think I’ve mentioned before, I’m coming at it from Marathoning (although I’ve only done the one recently). I’ve had exercise blackouts (kind of zoning out listening to my podcast and on cruise control around my favorite circuit) that are longer than your entire work outs. I think with as intense as your workouts are, you’re probably not going to get sore. I’ve been meaning to ask, do you do any strength training? I did them as cross training for marathon although it’s not the best use for that. In Triathlon it’s entirely different, you need a strength training regimen to develop core strength, and “force” for your workouts. Force is essentially the ability to pull stronger on the swim, climb faster on the bike, or sprint faster. Trust me, you start adding some strength workouts, and you’ll sore.

I have not really been strength training other than pushups and situps. It will start going into my routine next week. You are right, the more I read, the more I am understanding that core strength has a lot to do with your success!


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