Thursday, December 17, 2009

Back to Training

A few weeks ago I attempted to start the training program from Nicole Cooke's Cycle for Life book.  Due to Xmas festivities and illness, that went kaplooey.  I had made a decision to restart come January 4 2010, and to also incorporate a program to start running, doing the cycling and running on alternate days.

As I was riding to work this morning - in the lovely rain that we so desperately need - I wondered why I was waiting two and a half weeks to start this, when I could start now.  I have no festivities after work at all next week, then I have a whole week off.  Let's get this show on the road!

So I have worked out a training plan (will post spreadsheets in the sidebar at some point) that gives me 2 clear goals.

I want to be able to ride 50kms again.  I don't care how long it takes, I just want the endurance to do it.  I have based my training loosely around the one set out by Nicole Cooke, but modified it so I will get to where I want to be.  I am not starting from zero fitness level here.  I can comfortably do 10kms in half an hour.  I can still ride over 25 kms in a day.  So it is just a matter of building on that.  For the most part my cycling will be on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays.

I am using the word running instread of jogging (although it will probably be more of a shuffle) because running is what I want to ultimately do, so I am going to start using the word.  My first goal is to be able to run 1km without a break.  Yes, this may seem like a small goal, but I can not run at all right now, so I figure 8 weeks to get me there should be do-able.  I need to be careful.  I am still carrying SO much extra weight and I do not want to risk injuring myself, so I am starting small.  For the most part I will be walking/running on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays. 

Fridays will be my day off.  I am also going to try and put some swimming and yoga DVD's in there as well, just to round out what I am doing. 

I do have a major fitness goal in mind that will take quite a long time to prepare for.  It is not something I am prepared to share right now.  But let's just say that this is the first step towards this larger goal.



Anonymous said...

ooooh I can see a triathlete on the horizon :)

Linda50 said...

Kylie, have you tried the C25K program for your running/jogging? That is how I got started initially. I never did get to 5kms in 30 mins (still trying) but it did get me running (or in my case jogging). I am now trying to move my jog to a run.

Kylie said...

Not too sure about Tri's Mel, although who knows where life will lead....

Kylie said...

Linda I tried it last year, but found the walking intervals not quite long enough. So I am basically going to do the same thing, just adjust it so I have enough recovery time to run (shuffle) again. :o) Once my cardio fitness improves I may switch to C25K, but for now I just want to run 1 km. Just 1... :o)

Anonymous said...

We can go for a run in March when I'm there :)

Emz said...

Hi Kylie!

I love your blog :) Just found it on CK and it's great to read a South Aussie blog! I have one too -

Anyway, I'd love to start running too and my fitness is terrible! So if you're interested, we can do it together? I live in the city and don't have a car at the moment tho... where abouts are you?

PS I hope it's not too weird me posting and offering like this!!!

Kylie said...

Mel, Dunno about that. How about we go for a coffee and talk about runs! :o)

Hi Emz, nice to meet you. Send me an email at and we should catch up some time.