Friday, June 25, 2010

Training Schedule Reflections...

Here I am on Friday afternoon while time is dragging at an ALL time s-l-o-w pace and I’m reading my desk calendar where I write down my entire workout activities. As I reflect on this last week, I can’t but think I need to “re-tweak” my training schedule.

One of the main reasons I’m thinking this is what happened this last Tuesday night. I found myself getting leg cramps about half way up on a canyon bike ride. OUCH! I quickly flicked my bike into the lowest gear and spun my legs working out the cramps. Afterwards, I of course pushed myself to continue all the way to the top of the canyon (me being my own worst enemy). But I had a fear that if I turned right around to coast down the canyon that the cramps in my calves would have stiffened to where my calves would have been essentially “locked” up.

I will admit that I was pushing it too hard on the way up the canyon in the first place. Yes, I was trying to be competitive with a couple of fellow cyclists; which would not have been so bad in of it self but I had gone for a walk/run of 4.5 miles early that morning. It was too much on my legs in one day.

Thus, here I am wondering about my training schedule, and I thought I would throw this out there and see if anyone might have a suggestion or a thought about what I’ve been doing. Now keep in mind that I’m training for a century bike ride and a half marathon. But here’s the general layout of my ideal week…

Sunday- Long bike ride—ideally 50+ miles (building up to 100 miles)

Monday- Early morning bike ride with club- 11 miles easy paced

Tuesday- Early morning walk/run of 3 to 4.5 miles; Canyon bike ride with bike club- 25 miles.

Wednesday- Early morning bike ride with club- 11 miles easy pace; sometimes I’ll throw in an extra 15-20 mile good paced bike ride on my own.

Thursday- Early morning walk/run of 3 to 4.5 miles; 15 or 20 mile club bike ride.

Friday- Early morning bike ride with club- 11 miles easy paced (Sometimes instead of biking I’ll go for a 1 mile swim.)

Saturday- Long walk/run of 6.5+ miles (building up to 13.1 miles)

And that’s my training schedule in a nut shell.  Any feed back would be appreciated! Thanks!


  1. Hey girl! how about a day OFFF for Jeanne? I mean a true day off???? :)

  2. Diane is right. You need at least one day a week off. Another day should be active recovery. You actually get stronger when you rest. If you don't rest you'll set yourself up for injury or burnout.

    The other thing to think of is to schedule your plan so that you build for 2-3 weeks and then have a less intense recovery week. I would also mix in more mid week intensity to make you faster - there is no doubt that you'll be able to finish these events so now the focus should go more to improving speed and then speed endurance.

    Send me a mail if you want more detailed ideas.

    In summary, train hard. Rest harder.

  3. Me three--I mean, you need a day of complete rest. This looks so grueling! How much time do you have before your events? Listen to your body--after all, you want to make it to the starting line.
    Good luck:)