Hello, friends! If you celebrated Easter yesterday, then I hope you enjoyed it. This was my first Easter spent away from family, which bummed me out a bit, but I surrounded myself with my extended family, aka my Full Throttle Endurance teammates.
Great ride and great FTEaster brunch!
General training notes: After easing back into training post-South Beach last week, we cranked it up. And keeping race happenings in mind, I will focus on my bike and run during the next two months; ideally, four sessions per discipline would be ideal—and that’s exactly what I logged this week. I won’t be ignoring my swim, obviously, but compared to the other two sports, it’s at a good place now. Anyway, I definitely felt sleepier this week, which coincides with being busy at work—evening social events, a triathlon apparel photo shoot for which I was a model (seriously!), etc.
Monday – a.m. swim and run
This monster swim set totaled 3,700 yards and included some 100-yd. sprints. After, I headed outside for a steady five-mile run—in shorts and a t-shirt. Win!
Tuesday – a.m. brick (indoor cycle and run)
Unfortunately it was raining, so our first outdoor brick of the season got pushed to Friday. Womp, womp. We still did work indoors, though. This brick centered on steady efforts: five-minute blocks on the spin bikes and 800s and 400s, plus an easy mile.
Wednesday – a.m. run and swim
Holy junk—this speed workout was brutal: 1200, 2×800, and 4×400. On the bright side, I seem to be getting faster and stronger; this was the first time I’ve been able to hang with my group for the entire workout. (I usually blow up and fall off the pace for the last few repeats.) And a shorter swim followed that included a ton of pulling. Maybe it was the high coming off the speedwork, but I stepped up to the plate and did flip turns for 90 percent of the workout. #Wannabeswimmer progress!
Thursday – a.m. long-course swim; p.m. CompuTrainer class at Tailwind Endurance and recovery run
Incredibly solid training day. During the long-course swim at Chelsea Piers Connecticut, I “chicked” the boys and beat them during sprints. And they were wearing wetsuits—boom! That afternoon, I completed a power test at Tailwind Endurance: first came a five-minute blow-out effort (averaged 291 watts), followed by a 10-minute recovery spin, and then the brutal 20-minute power test (averaged 234 watts).
Instagrammed because workouts do no count unless they appear on social media.
I had to dig deep, especially coming off speedwork, but I increased my average wattage by 10, and my functional threshold power is now 222 watts. And for good measure, I logged a 6.6-mile recovery run.
Friday – a.m. bike
Woohoo for the first outdoor team ride of the season—and three cheers for not getting dropped! I “broed out” and rode with a bunch of our coaches, and I’m honestly still shocked I hung on for four loops of Central Park. Especially since every time we approached Harlem Hill, my coach said I was about to get an a** kicking; and yeah, I fell behind as we climbed, but I was able to push through and close the gap.
Saturday – off
Sunday – a.m. bike
Between the riding with strong cyclists and dealing with the wind, I had a tough ride. Our group of eight went to the bridge together, broke into groups on the other side, and agreed on a meet-up spot. Basically, I was “in the red” the entire time, but that’s how you get better; and our group extended the trip a bit, so we logged about 50 miles total. It was frustrating not spending a lot of time in aero, but you can’t wait for perfect conditions to ride. And we went out for brunch, so that made up for it.
Did you celebrate Easter?