Another race with Full Throttle Endurance is in the books!
We did the Pat Griskus Triathlon yesterday, an Olympic-distance event (one-mile swim, 25-mile bike, and 6.2-mile run) in Middlebury, CT. And we captured the USA Triathlon Northeast Regional Club/Team Championship!
Spoiler alert: It was a brutal race, but I took second place in my age group.
General training notes: Overall, I had a good pre-race week. Good, not great. Taper crazies arrived Thursday morning, and I also altered my race week workout schedule. Typically, I do nothing two days before a race and do something light the day before. However, I took my rest day 24 hours before the race (on Friday). This did not work. Looking forward, I will return to my normal schedule before Stamford this Sunday.
Monday – a.m. swim and run
Since this was the last hard swim before Griskus, I dusted off the ol’ Helix and wiggled into it for the 2,850-yd. set. Wow, I love that wetsuit! Even though it was monsooning outside, I logged an easy five miles; it takes a lot—a lot—to make me run indoors.
Tuesday – a.m. bike
Tuesday failed on the taper front. My workout called for three steady Central Park loops, and I may have done five—for a total of 50 miles. Whoops. But it’s not like I cranked the pace; it was a steady ride.
Wednesday – a.m. bike and swim
After talking with my coach, we decided biking and swimming would be better than running and swimming—because he’s not concerned about my run come Saturday. (We’ll see.) This was another easy, three-loop ride. I started out in charge of a group of dudes, and even though I communicated constantly (“is the pace OK? Everyone feeling good?”), they said I wasn’t going steady on the hills. So I pulled off the front and told two other guys to take the lead—and one of them just started hammering. Really, guys? So I removed myself from the chaos and rode with my coach. Since it was a shorter ride, there was time to hit the pool, so I logged 1,100 yards with 3×300 at race pace. It felt good!
Thursday – a.m. swim and run
So. This was an interesting day. I woke up with a full case of taper crazies and couldn’t totally shake them even when I hopped in the water. Speaking of the pool, my coach bumped me up a lane. Yes, during taper. And yes, I “swam” (a.k.a. hung on for dear life) with fast lane number one. #Wannabeswimmer moving up in the world! Although, if I’m being honest, I was pretty aggravated. Obviously, I worked a lot harder in that lane, which would be fine under normal circumstances, but not ideal for tapering. My coach totally knew it, too: “Carrie, I know you’re pissed, but work! Just work and stay on their feet!” Long story short, my 4x200s were above race pace. Anyway. Then my coach said he didn’t trust me to run easy outside, so he banished me to the treadmill for three easy miles. And then I shut everything down; the hay is in the barn. At least I hope there’s some in there.
Friday – off
Saturday – Pat Griskus Triathlon (one-mile swim, 25-mile bike, and 6.2-mile run)
I did not have a good race, but I learned a lot. Recap should go live Monday or Tuesday.
Sunday – easy/recovery run
Nothing interesting to report: just an easy 5.5-mile run. I left my Garmin at home, listened to some chill tunes, and reflected on yesterday’s race. I was able to work through what happened at Griskus, and it dawned on me it was similar to having a tough basketball game—failing to make easy shots, playing sloppy on defense, etc. And I know how I was able to bounce back from those types of games, so I know what needs to happen now. Overall, I felt much better mentally and physically once I returned home.
How do you bounce back from a tough race?