Winter Challenge: Indoor Triathlons

This weekend I had to suck it up and not work out.  Why?

For this beauty:

new hairstyle

I got my hair cut & straightened Friday after work and found out at the end that I couldn’t wet or tie my hair back for 72 hours!  WTF?!! The price for low key maintenance, and for beauty – haha!  At least I got wine while I was getting all prettied up!

So I took it pretty easy over the 3 day weekend – hair pulled back in a thick hairband at my VQ Course Ride on Saturday, and then keeping warm on Sunday & Monday.

And today I’m onto prepping for my winter challenges – the FFC Indoor Triathlon Series!

I’ve got a few of these indoor races lined up:

  • This weekend – a Chicago Triathlon Club triathlon, sprint distance (~750m swim / 20k CompuTrainer Bike / 5k run)
  • February & March – a series of 3 time based triathlons:   15 minute swim (pool), 10 minute transition, 20 minute bike (on Life Fitness Upright Bikes), 5 minute transition, and 15 minute run (on track or treadmill).
  • March 23 – the culmination of an Olympic-distance triathlon!  1 mile swim, 40K Bike (on a computrainer), & 10K treadmill run

I’ve been working on my swimming, and I’ve been doing indoor cycling workouts, so I’m focusing on getting my treadmill endurance up!

Tonight I sped through a quick 5K run on the treadmill, and I’ve come up with a few “dread mill” tips that work for me:

  1. Listen to music – fast paced, and pump it up!  Put it on repeat if necessary
  2. Watch some TV.  I felt more virtuous watching “Chopped” tonight than when I when I’m sitting on my butt at home.
  3. Play some pace games – up the pace each song, or at commercial breaks, etc.
  4. Have two towels – one to wipe my sweaty face with, and the other to cover the treadmill monitor for the bulk of the workout.

Other treadmill tips from other bloggers:

I know it might not be the most conventional type of goal, but I think working up on the mental strength it takes to put in close to an hour on the treadmill will help me overall in my other endurance goals this year & in the future.

  • http://www.livehalffullblog.com Katie @ Live Half Full

    Great treadmill tips! I should plan my TV watching schedule around my workouts. Then again, when do I ever have time to watch TV…

    Do you like indoor tris? Are they good practice for the “real thing?”

    • lauren

      I’ve never done an indoor triathlon before, but I think that the key benefit will be practicing putting all three sports together, i.e. getting your body used to feeling what it is like to bike after swimming, and running after biking.

      Let me know if you want to know which weekends I signed up for – we could do brunch or something afterward!

  • http://annabellewinters.wordpress.com Annabelle

    First, your hair looks great! I’m in that in-between place of not being able to decide if I want to commit to growing my bangs out or not, so no matter what I do, I look sloppy. Issues.

    I’ve flirted with the idea of doing the indoor Tri’s at the Chicago Athletic Clubs every winter, but haven’t ever actually done it. I can’t wait to see how you like it!

    Lastly, I did a speed ladder on a treadmill last night, sans music or personal TV screen. It was grueling, but I know had I gone outside it would have been WAY more frustrating (so cold, stupid wind)! Next time I am grabbing a towel to cover the display…I stared at the mileage count the ENTIRE time, so punishing.

  • http://www.livehalffullblog.com Katie @ Live Half Full

    That sounds fun! Do you have to sign up for all of them at once? Let’s discuss at the beer run. :)

  • http://sushiandsitups.com Jessica @ Sushi and Sit-Ups

    Your hair looks great!

    • lauren

      Thanks!

  • http://www.ilaxstudio.com/blog/ kilax

    Great new look! The indoor tri series sounds like a lot of fun :)

  • Jaimie

    You got bangs?! Love!!

    • lauren

      Thanks sis!