Gabi at Lean Green Island Girl, Michelle at Ironwoman Strong and I are all training for Ironman Louisville. It is really exciting (and encouraging) to be sharing this journey with these two amazing women!
Today's topic is strength training!
Now, I'm not going to even try to pretend that I strength train regularly. Last night, Gabi, Michelle and I were Facebook messaging about today's blog topic and Michelle asked, "how do you have time for strength training?" To which I laughed and said that I don't, unless you count sign language interpreting. And Michelle also mentioned lifting a fork to her mouth to eat, and I said I do that kind of strength training too.
See you need muscles to lift that plate of delicious garlic knots!
I know that there are benefits of strength training, for example, reducing the risk of injuries, improving balance, flexibility and strengthening your fast and slow-twitch muscles (both of which are important for triathletes), and not to mention you look like a badass. Mike and I do strength train during the winter, although this past winter we didn't go to the gym as often as we normally do, and I did have my 30-day ab challenge where I held an over 7:30 plank.
I wish we continued strength training during peak triathlon and marathon training, but the reality is that when we are both working 40 hours a week and training 12-15 hours a week something has to go. And unfortunately for us that is strength training.
And I know that I COULD fit it in if I really wanted to and somewhere deep down I do want to strength train. I used to when I was a swimmer and I could see and feel the benefits, which is why I try to get us into a routine in the winter so that we will continue it in the spring, summer and fall months. But so far, it hasn't stuck (which I realize is just an excuse). So for those of you who think that I do it all, I also have my weaknesses and things that I just don't do.
So unfortunately, I can't provide you with the best strength training exercises for triathletes because I honestly don't do them. However, websites like Active and USA Triathlon can help you find workouts that might work for you (and me).
I think I already know a goal for 2015: strength train at least 30 minutes a week for the entire year. And maybe, just maybe, I'll try to start incorporating it now. It really is never too late!
Next week's topic is all about mental game and mental challenges!