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Update No. 4 – Back in training 2014: Preparing for a half-marathon & triathlon February 10, 2014

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Trenton Half Marathon

Well, not much to report regarding my training for the Atlantic City International Triathlon, which I’ll be competing in on Sept. 14, 2014. (See the January 18 update and original post below for background information.)

I’m at the point where I’m basically swimming 72 laps—1.02 miles—in about 40 minutes, which is something I didn’t think I would be doing for at least another week or two when I started this. The unfortunate thing is that I’ve been doing it mostly with just my right arm the past couple of outings since straining my left shoulder a few laps into my final workout last week.

So far, I’ve been able to compensate by keeping my left-arm strokes a bit wide of my body, which seems to minimize any pain. I’m also adding more kicks for extra propulsion. However, that’s something I don’t really want to do in the triathlon since the one-mile swim will be followed by a 20-mile bike ride and a 10K (6.2-mile) run. I want to keep my legs as fresh as possible.

I also suspect that the pain is the result of a broken left clavicle I sustained in a cycling accident when I was a teenager. That never did heal exactly right and I have a slight protrusion near the junction of my neck and shoulder to prove it. That shoulder seems to have issues every now and then, and I’m just realizing that the clavicle may be what’s causing it—or, at least, augmenting the discomfort.

Anyway, this is throwing off my attempts to improve my technique and breathing, as I’m working much harder in the pool to compensate for the weakened state of my left shoulder rather than becoming more efficient with my strokes and breathing.

And, of course, I still need to get back on the roads for cycling and running sessions. It seems we may have a major snow storm coming our way later this week, but I may try to sneak in a run before that happens. Remember, in addition to the A.C. Triathlon, I’m also running in the Trenton Half-Marathon in November.

Please see the Training Tracker below to follow my major training swims, rides and runs.

1/18/2014 UPDATE:
Earlier this month (see original post below), I wrote about training for my first half-marathon, the Trenton (N.J.) Half-Marathon taking place Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014, and my other goal of reaching a target weight of 168 pounds.

Well, when I wrote that, I was also eyeing another ridiculously ambitious goal…competing and finishing in the Atlantic City International Triathlon on Sept. 14, 2014. However, I was still waiting to hear back from the organizers regarding a question about my bike. Well, I was given the information I needed and have officially registered for the event, which includes a one-mile swim, a 20-mile bike ride and a 10K (6.2-mile) run.

I’ve never done an official half-marathon before, but at least I’ve run 13.1 miles in training  so I know I can do it. I have completed a swim of around a mile, have ridden 20 miles on a bike many times before and have 6.2 miles several times. However, I am in no way ready to do all of these in sequence at one time, but I’m learning as fast as I can how to get myself trained and conditioned for it.

So I must revise the 2014 fitness goals I listed in the original post. They are now: 1) get weight down to (and stay at/near) 168 pounds, 2) complete the Atlantic City International Triathlon, and 3) complete the Trenton Half-Marathon.

Wow…when you write it all out, it looks daunting. What was I thinking? Oh well, nothing to do now but to get in shape and ready to compete.

At the bottom of each of these posts, you will find a training tracker so you can follow my progress.

Original Post – January 9, 2014:
Last year, I tracked my training for the Trenton 10K, which took place Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013. It was the first organized race I have run other than a 5K. I finished the Trenton 10K with a chip time of 59:46.399, and my goal was to finish in less than an hour…so mission accomplished.

But as I watched the half-marathon runners start their race that morning, I regretted not being more ambitious with my running goals. After finally shaking off a persistent head cold I came down with the day after the race, I mapped out a route and completed a test run of 13.1 miles in 2:27:27—and, admittedly, that included about a half-mile of walking.

Now that I know I can do it, I want to announce here that I have registered for the 2014 Trenton Half-Marathon, taking place Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014.

I also want to use this opportunity to finally get into the proverbial “best shape of my life”— a sports cliché used by so many aging veterans heading into training camp. The holidays and two bouts with colds have basically put me back to square one as far as conditioning is concerned, but next week I’m going to start getting serious about working out everyday and tracking my caloric intake. And, of course, I’ll be tracking my training runs here on the blog.

In addition to training for the half marathon, it is my goal to finally get down to 168 pounds, which means losing about 23 pounds. I had lost 35 pounds back in 2006 after a false heart disease scare, but my weight-loss efforts stalled at 173—leaving me five pounds shy of my goal. Unfortunately, I gained nearly all of the weight I lost back again within the following year and have only been able to lose about 10-15 pounds a couple of times since then.

So…those are my two main goals for 2014: 1) complete the Trenton Half Marathon, 2) get down (and stay at/near) 168 pounds.

Training Tracker
I’ll be posting updates on my progress here every so often. The table below includes my swim/bike/run distances and times during this training period:
Date Swim/Bike/Run Distance Time
12/5/2013 13.12 miles (run) 2:27:27 – longest distance run
1/24/2014 0.37 miles (swim) – 26 laps (25-yd pool) approx. 30 minutes
1/27/2014 0.71 miles (swim) – 50 laps (25-yd pool) approx. 40 minutes
1/29/2014 1.02 miles (swim) – 72 laps (25-yd pool) approx. 50 minutes
1/31/2014 1.14 miles (swim) – 80 laps (25-yd pool) approx. 1 hour
2/4/2014 0.57 miles (swim) – 40 laps (25-yd pool) unknown
2/6/2014 1.02 miles (swim) – 72 laps (25-yd pool) approx. 40 minutes
2/10/2014 1.02 miles (swim) – 72 laps (25-yd pool) approx. 40 minutes

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1. Brian - February 10, 2014

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