The Saturday Sweat Log: Week 4

The goal for this week was 5 hours and 30 minutes of training. How did I do? Well, let’s take a look!



I had switched my workouts on the weekend because of my sore lower back, which meant today I should have been on my bike. Eh, nope. Back still hurt, so no workout today. Was disappointed, but I have to learn to let my body heal.  So instead, I did an arms and chest weights workout.

Monday: 35 minute swim (1.27 miles)

As per my triathlon training schedule, today was swim day. I was able to do the laps without any problems. Thankfully my back does not affect this portion of my training.

Tuesday: 60 minute bike (13.91 miles) 

I was going to switch up my run and bike days, but decided that delaying the inevitable may not help. So I took a chance and got back on my bike. The first 30 minutes went well. My back hurt, but only a little and I wasn’t going very fast. But the second part got increasingly painful. I paid attention to my body position and that was fine. Could it be the seat that is causing me back pain while riding? I need to figure that out and quick.

Wednesday: 40 minute run (3.8 miles)

Same story. My back still hurt. But I really wanted to get my run in, so I drove down to Long Beach for a run on the boardwalk. It was awesome. Humid, but not hot. The breeze off the ocean felt wonderful. I felt my lower back the entire way, but not enough to say it was painful. I was just acutely aware of it. It took me a long while to get my pace going,but eventually I got under 10-minute mile during the last 2 miles.

Afterward I made sure to stretch out for a long time. I walked down to the beach and did some poses that would cause real yogis to probably laugh at me. But it was important to get my back and legs stretched out so laugh away.

Thursday: rest day

Today was supposed to be swim day, but I decided to switch it and make today my rest day. Other than a few upper body exercises, I’m not doing anything. No cardio. No training.

Friday: 40 minute swim (1.55 miles)

I wasn’t in the mood for this swim, but I got off my ass and did it anyway. Now that my swim distances are getting longer, I am finding my pace earlier and just going with it. The swim feels good, I mean really good. Sure, I am still slow, but I feel more confident. The true test though is going to be when I finally start training in open water.

Saturday: 45 minute run

I was supposed to bike today, but with my back feeling the way it does still, I decided to forgo it. I am going to probably skip the next scheduled ride too (substitute with weights), until my back feels better. I cannot continue to be in pain much longer. So instead, I decided on a run.

Summary of my distances and time:

  • Swim – 1 hour and 15 minutes
  • Bike – 1 hours
  • Run – 1 hour and 25 minutes
  • Total training time:  3 hours and 40 minutes
  • Total training Distance: 20.53 miles

Eh…not too good. Only 14 minutes more of training than last week. I know that it’s not my fault though. I have to give my back a rest. Next week’s goal is 6 hours and 10 minutes. I hope I can do that. *knock on wood*

Question: How was your week in workouts?

PhytOriginal – the Better Fish Oil

Disclaimer: As a personal trainer, I was provided with a discount for a 30-day supply of PhytOriginal and decided to review the product. I was not compensated in any other way and the opinions are my own.

As you all know, I am an amateur triathlete, runner, and all around fitness freak. I teach fitness classes 4-5 days throughout the week and I workout every. single. day. This means I put my body through a lot.

As I get older, I find that doing the things I did 2-3 years ago is becoming a little bit more of a challenge, even though I am healthier and fitter. The 10-years I lived being obese took it’s toll on my joints and I get some aches and pains now and then. Particularly in my knees and hips. So those are areas I like to pay special attention to when stretching and during recovery.

I had been doing research on supplements for joint health for a couple of months when out of the blue, I discovered Aqua Health Labs, the makers of PhytOriginal.

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