WEEK 37 TRAINING UPDATE

I feel like IMWI is going to be here before I know it. 12 weeks to race day. I seriously cannot believe it! I’m trying hard to have faith that my training will pay off, and that I’ll be ready for that day. My brick workouts have been going well, but a big part of me honestly feels like there is too much of a difference between getting off the bike and running 6 miles and getting off the bike and running 26 miles. I am going to start adding in one easy mile after my interval bike days for the next few weeks to try to get better at that bike to run transition. Otherwise, I need to pay attention and not take my runs too fast. Sustained efforts are the goal, and I need to remember that 26.2 miles is a looooooong way.

I do have some longer brick workouts coming up, and at the end of this month will be my test of a half Ironman distance. I’m working on planning out my course for that since I will be doing it self-supported, but it will be good to compare to my times/feels/recovery from Maine 70.3 in 2018. I have been feeling completely exhausted, and I know I need more rest and sleep than normal. It’s weird. I didn’t really rest or sleep pre-IM-training, so it’s definitely an adjustment! I think that is what is wearing on me the most, but I really have fallen in love with the training so I just have to keep focused. I love the change of pace that every day of triathlon training is.

Looking ahead to week 37 (of 48), here’s what’s in store:

  • Monday :: REST / yoga
  • Tuesday :: Interval Swim :: 3000m 
  • Wednesday :: Interval Bike :: 80min + 1 mile easy run
  • Thursday :: Open Water Swim :: 2800m :: 3 x 600m hard swims 
  • Friday :: Strength work + Race Pace Run :: 8km
  • Saturday :: Race Pace Bike :: 60km
  • Sunday :: Aerobic Run :: 28km

Last week’s recap:

  • Monday :: REST / yoga :: Since this week was a recovery week, yoga today was even more relaxing. Holding poses longer, focusing on breath work and recovery.
  • Tuesday :: Interval Swim :: 2400m :: Today was brutal. Check out this Instagram post for more details, but suffice it to say that Lake Erie took a W on this one. I only made it 500m. Did a little mobility work to “make up for it.”
  • Wednesday :: Recovery Bike :: 50min :: Fun day and a leisurely ride along one of my favorite routes. My partner brought her bike along and we had our own little recovery adventure.
  • Thursday :: Open Water Swim :: 2400m :: 8 x 200m hard swims :: Again, Lake Erie was pretty strong (and cold!!!) but finished today, and felt amazing after. I am loving swimming, although I still struggle quite a bit.
  • Friday :: Recovery Run :: 5km @ PE 6 :: I have to be really conscious to keep to the correct pacing on days where I am trying to slow. Not that I am super speedy as it is, but deviating from my “normal” is hard no matter which direction I go, I’ve found.
  • Saturday :: Open Water Swim :: 2000m @ RP + 10km run @ RP :: Today went well. The water is still COLD, and my legs felt exceptionally “weird” when I transitioned to run, but we got there. I felt strong today, and I love that.
  • Sunday :: Brick :: 130km :: Bike 120km + Run 10km :: Wow. What a day. I had a time constraint so I had to be home by a certain time, but I got lost, phone died, and it was over 80 degrees. Not a super “fun” bike or run, but I freaking did it. I’m feeling good at fueling, and have really started to get a feel for what I like, what I don’t, and what works. My next task is saving up for a aerobar water bottle, so that I can carry a bit more hydration with me. But I’m happy with this week, and today especially, although it was DRAINING. The 10km run was faster than I anticipated, and I’m still working on slowing to my correct pace from the bike to the run.

Total weekly miles | Run: 15.5mi | Cycle: 94mi | Swim: 4500m

Get fired up! What are your goals and plans for the week? Drop them in the comments below!

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