Full report to come later this week, but for now, I’ll say as horrible as I felt during Griskus, that’s how great I felt today. I’m really happy with how it went!
General training notes: This was my first time racing back-to-back weekends, which posed an interesting series of events. Since Griskus left a lot to be desired, I bounced back and recovered quickly. It’s interesting because both my coach and more experienced teammates said I could do absolutely nothing this week and still have a solid race on Sunday—but obviously, I can’t sit around and not train for seven days. So overall, this week ended up being a light training/taper week. I’ve become somewhat notorious on my team for not shutting down workouts during these easier weeks, so I got an earful from a lot of folks.
Monday – a.m. swim
For “racing” two days prior, I felt good during this swim. The workout incorporated a lot of pulling and race-pace efforts, and the only time I noticed fatigue was when fins came into the picture. Since I ran easy the day before, my coach said not to run again. (And I listened!)
Tuesday – a.m. brick (bike and run)
This taper-friendly workout went OK. My coach broke us into groups to ride two steady loops in Central Park. Then we ran 1.7 miles off the bike and then hopped back in the saddle for a cool-down. It’s possible I ran too fast, but I felt good. And my biggest goal coming off the bike is dialing into my pace and cadence immediately; I’m not at the point yet where I can increase my speed and negative split this run, so I need to set the tone early—because I will slow down.
Wednesday – a.m. run and swim
Geez, this tapering stuff is not fun: just an easy four-miler on the West Side Highway and 1,500 yards in the pool. Is it time to race yet?!
Thursday – a.m. swim and run
I couldn’t have asked for a better last swim pre-Stamford. The main set called for 7x100s, and my lane did them on 1:35. (I came in between 1:16-1:20. #wannabeswimmer) And since my coach doesn’t trust me to run easy, I logged three miles on the dreadmill.
Friday – a.m. bike
Yes, I planned to rest Friday, but when I woke up feeling good, I didn’t want to pass up an opportunity to ride. Don’t worry: I stayed in my small ring and spun out—for 40 miles. Probably shouldn’t have gone so far, but it was such a nice morning!
Saturday – a.m. easy run
Just two dreadmill miles to shake out the legs.
Sunday – Navigators Stamford KIC It Triathlon (0.9-mile swim, 24.8-mile bike, 6.2-mile run)
Time to celebrate! Enjoy the rest of your weekend!