Now that I’ve completed my first test week of 2014, (you can read about it here), I’m ready to start my “base 2” training! This training period will last 4 weeks, and it will still largely be focused on building a good base fitness, but it will also incorporate some speed/power workouts.
For my swimming, I will still do one day a week of strictly form work. Since working so much on my form over the past month resulted in a much faster swim test, I figure I should probably keep doing that! Then, my mid-week swim will be interval speed work. My Saturday swims will be progressively longer distance workouts.
My biking workouts will remain the same length, but the intervals will differ. During my “base 1” weeks, I was focusing on building fitness in “zone 2”, now I will be doing “zone 3” intervals. These will be designed to build my power! I’ll continue increasing the length of my long ride as well. I’ll increase the long ride by 15 minutes each week until I get to 3 hours. Since I’m focusing on the half-Ironman distance this year, there is really no need to do a ride longer than 3 hours, I’m pretty happy about that. 🙂
Along with increasing the intensity of my swimming and biking workouts, I’ll actually get to start running workouts as well! For these four weeks, most of my running workouts will be variations of tempo runs. In addition, I’ll continue to increase my long runs by 15 minutes each week until I reach 2.5 hours.
I’m excited to continue to build up my fitness and get into some hard workouts this month!
What does your training plan for February look like?