WEEK 41 TRAINING UPDATE

This is such a mixed-feelings sort of week. I just learned that (unsurprisingly) my race is cancelled due to Covid, directly following finishing my self-supported half-Ironman. Also, according to my training calendar, I am only two months from that (cancelled) Ironman. So I have lost some motivation, simply because I haven’t decided if I’m going to wait and continue training for another year or just go self-supported for the full Iron distance. I’ve been training for so long for this day, and I’m not sure if I can just not do it when Sept. 13 rolls around. So for now, I’m still training, but it feels …. weird.

With that said, last week was a good week of training. Other than the heat, which definitely took a toll on my body (especially during my half Iron), I felt good overall. The miles are building, and I think my body is responding. That is super encouraging. I do still feel like some of my paces have actually gotten slower, which is hard to wrap my head around. I don’t know what to think about that, but I’m just focusing on my perceived effort to make sure that I’m not over-(or under-)doing it. I’m hoping to have some clarity on what I want to do about race day by the end of the week.

So for now, let’s get into this week’s training (week 41 of 48):

  • Monday :: REST / yoga
  • Tuesday :: Interval Swim :: 1800m 
  • Wednesday :: Strength work + Interval Bike :: 90 min + 2 mile easy run
  • Thursday :: Open Water Swim :: 3200m
  • Friday :: Race pace run :: 8km
  • Saturday :: Race pace bike :: 40km
  • Sunday :: Aerobic Run :: 32-34 km

Last week’s recap:

  • Monday :: REST / yoga :: yay rest. I’ve been extra fatigued, so I do look forward to my rest days lately 🙂
  • Tuesday :: Interval Swim :: 1800m :: Actually ended up not swimming today. My body felt like it needed another day of rest.
  • Wednesday :: Strength work + Recovery Bike :: 60 min + 2 mile easy run :: Nice, easy ride for me today, and the runs to follow have been getting easier and more comfortable. That transition isn’t the easiest for me, so I’m working on it.
  • Thursday :: Open Water Swim :: 1500m :: Great swim today – got it in just in time for the storms to hit.
  • Friday :: REST / yoga :: rest felt oh so good this week, especially knowing that I have a race this weekend!
  • Saturday Sunday:: Race Pace Run :: 6km :: I swapped Saturday and Sunday’s workouts because of my work schedule this week, so today’s workout was actually the day following my Half-Iron. My legs definitely felt it, but pacing was manageable and I recovered well. I’ll take that!
  • Sunday Saturday :: Half-Ironman Distance Triathlon :: 1900m Swim + 90km Bike + 21km Run :: I was pleased that the nerves weren’t there like they were before my first half-iron in Maine (2018). I felt ready. I felt strong. You can read my full race recap here, but overall, I am happy with how my body handled everything, although I do hope to not battle this much heat again for any long day!

Total weekly miles | Run: 18.75mi | Cycle: 71mi | Swim: 4000m

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

4 Comments

    1. firedupfemale

      Oh girl, no way I’m giving up! I’m just trying to decide if I should switch my training plan to add in a few more months of training and take one of the options available to transfer to, or just go for it as is. I’m with you, and leaning toward doing it self-supported, but still pondering! Thanks for your input – I really appreciate it!

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