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I Need a Plan

by Meghann on May 17, 2011

Good Morning! 🙂

My goal for today (and tomorrow)? Finish designing my Half Ironman training plan.

Last night I put my head in a tailspin trying to figure out what I was going to do this morning. Apparently I’m not great at deciding things on a whim.  I need a plan! Having a plan just makes everything easier.

Eventually I settled on a nice swim (after realizing I wouldn’t have time for a swim any other day this week :/ ). Last night I set the alarm clock for 6:00am and this morning I headed to the pool to repeat the same swim workout I did last week.

The gym was packed this morning! All the lanes were full during my swim and when I hit the weights afterwards, there was a wait for some of the dumbbells. I’ve been a member of the Y for a couple weeks now and this was the first I’ve sen that!

Despite the crowds, it was nice to get in and get out. The swim workout went a lot quicker this week. I think it’s because I was a lot more confident in the water. I knew what I was doing and it felt good.

After the pool I got a strength training session in following the Hard Body Workout from the Big Book of Exercises.

I didn’t take any chances with remember the moves this time around and took photos of all the moves with my phone before hand.


Worked like a charm. 😉

Back-to-back workouts left my stomach feeling empty by the time I got home. I had planned on cereal or something a little more elaborate for breakfast, but when I walked in the door cereal was just the quickest, easiest thing to grab at that point in time.


The quick bowl contained:

  • 1/2 cup Puffins
  • 1/2 cup Kashi Golden Flakes
  • 1/2 cup Chocolate Granola <–the last of the bag
  • Lemon Chobani
  • Strawberries



Time to work on that plan!

Wish me luck!

1 Freya May 17, 2011 at 10:01 am

Aah I’d get so overwhelmed trying to fit in THREE sorts of workouts for an Ironman!! I admire you 🙂 (though my pool is a 20minute drive away and costs £10…)
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2 Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday May 17, 2011 at 10:59 am

It costs £10 every time you go?? That’s steep!

3 Freya May 17, 2011 at 4:09 pm

Yep! Parking costs a bomb too 🙁 Darn country living!
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4 Kelly May 17, 2011 at 10:02 am

That’s a really great idea to take photos of the moves with your phone. I’ve been guilty of not being able to do a move because I couldn’t remember what it was supposed to look like or doing it wrong.
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5 Courtney May 17, 2011 at 10:05 am

I agree with the plan! I’ve just started training for my first sprint triathlon and without the plan, I would definitely forget what to do or what I’ve done… or both! Best of luck creating your plan! 🙂

6 miranda @ working mom works out May 17, 2011 at 10:07 am

Ugh, My YMCA is always packed. We have to time our workouts JUST RIGHT. Otherwise we wait for machines and dumbbells… And it can get frustrating.

7 Jenny @ Fitness Health and Food May 17, 2011 at 10:08 am

I can’t wait to see what you come up with for your plan! Are you using any other plans to help design it?

Such a great idea to take pics of the exercises, proper form is so very important! 🙂

8 Holly @ The Runny Egg May 17, 2011 at 10:11 am

I don’t think I could design a plan on my own, I’d probably look online for a pre-made one. Or else I’d probably worry that I didn’t do it right!
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9 Kara May 17, 2011 at 10:14 am

Workout plans can be so stressful to put together because it looks so crazy on the paper, even if you know it won’t be that bad day to day!
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10 Courtney May 17, 2011 at 10:22 am

Love your double workouts! Way to get it girl! When is your half-iron man??
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11 Meghann May 17, 2011 at 10:26 am

September 25th

12 Courtney Smith May 17, 2011 at 10:43 am

The pool is one area of the gym that I’ve always avoided. I wish I was more confident in my swimming abilities because it can be a great workout!
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13 Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat May 17, 2011 at 11:09 am

Good luck building your plan! Call me a nerd, but I actually think workout planning is kind of fun! Congrats on the great swim this morning, and your breakfast looks delicious!
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14 Mac May 17, 2011 at 11:19 am

I am just in the process of revamping my half marathon plan! It’s exciting, but not the thing you ever want to sit down and do.
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15 Kate (What Kate is Cooking) May 17, 2011 at 11:22 am

I love / hate training plans. I rarely follow them, but sometimes I need the motivation!
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16 Shannon May 17, 2011 at 11:34 am

That is really clever to copy the moves with your phone! I’m definitely going to try that
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17 Brenna [fabuleuxdestin] May 17, 2011 at 12:04 pm

I love Lemon Chobani! Great job girl!
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18 Katy (The Singing Runner) May 17, 2011 at 12:05 pm

I function best with a plan too! Which is why I decided on a 29 week training plan for Chicago… granted the past 8 weeks were more or less rebuilding my mileage from an injury, but I consider this week (week 9!) to be the “real start” of my plan. 😉

19 Shannon May 17, 2011 at 12:16 pm

I can’t wait to hear about your training plan! Very cool that you are doing a half ironman
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20 Lauren May 17, 2011 at 12:17 pm

I am with you! I always need some kind of plan or else I’m lost. Especially when it comes to any kind of strength training.
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21 Jamie aka "Sometimes Healthy" Girl May 17, 2011 at 12:46 pm

Good luck! And yum that cereal bowl looks gooooood!
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22 katieRUNSthis May 17, 2011 at 1:14 pm

Having a good plan is a MUST. I’m still at the sprint triathlon and as soon as Baby Key arrives later this year (and I get the go-ahead from my doctor), I plan on stepping up to a half IronMan triathlon. Where did you get your plan from or did you create it yourself? I know that there are some good ones at I love having a plan. Having a plan everyday keeps me focused on what I have to get taken care of that day.

And on days when I’m tired or don’t feel like thinking, all I have to do is look at my plan and think, “Just gotta get it over with! The plan says so!”

Oh, and I don’t know what type of phone you have, but Woman’s Health magazine has some awesome apps for strength training! I do some of the exercises on my lunch break in my office! 🙂
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23 Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife May 17, 2011 at 2:55 pm

I too need a plan. ha 🙂

24 Emma (Namaste Everyday) May 17, 2011 at 6:37 pm

at least you do swim! I’m lazy and I never swim hard enough for it to count as a good enough workout. poo.
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25 Allison May 18, 2011 at 1:56 am

Those workouts are from Women’s Health, right? (As in, they published the book?) I think if you go on their website, you can download the workouts (or very similar ones) straight to your phone/iPod/whatever. I vaguely remember seeing/reading once that you can even download videos of certain moves to better check the correct form.

26 Emily May 23, 2011 at 1:29 pm

What a refreshing combo, Meghann! Thanks for the shout-out.

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