Greetings! What did you do this weekend? I kicked off Saturday with some swim-bike-run action at the Hopkins Vineyard Triathlon (0.5-mile swim, 10-mile bike, 3.1-mile run) in Connecticut. Serving as my last tune-up before Nationals in August, this race confirmed what I suspected about my training and abilities so far: I can swim, I can bike, but whether or not I can run depends on the day.
But any day you nab an overall podium slot is a good day—my first ever!
General training notes: Finally, a recovery week! As I become a more experienced triathlete, I find it easier to embrace the down time. Don’t get me wrong; it’s still hard to back off the intensity and shut down workouts early, but I know it’s part of the plan. In other training-related updates, my road rash has healed nicely. A teammate gave me magic DuoDERM patches; you keep them on and change them our every 24 hours, and they expedite healing and prevent scars. So fortunately or unfortunately, my bada** road rash has basically disappeared.
Monday – a.m. swim and run
In the spirit of decreasing intensity, the 3,050-yard swim contained mostly “steady” sets with some hypoxic-five breathing thrown in—which I actually completed (#wannabeswimmer). I felt good in the water, but when I went on the treadmill for four easy miles, my hip hurt a little bit from Friday’s crash. It wasn’t anything major; just an increased awareness of the area.
Tuesday – a.m. run, strength train, and swim
I don’t know what was going on in my head, but this easy five miler was tough mentally. Even with some chill music, I struggled to stay in the moment and focus on the workout at hand. Sympathy taper crazies, perhaps? Anyway, I did 15 minutes of corework and shoulders after and then swam 2,400.
Wednesday – a.m. brick and strength train
Ugh, this was a frustrating day. The forecast said there was a 90 percent chance of rain, so our outdoor ride was canceled—but it didn’t rain. Instead, I completed a mini-brick indoors: 30 minutes on the spin bike and one race-pace mile on the track. Since I was at the gym, I did some corework and a shoulder circuit.
Thursday – a.m. bike
Even though our normal team workout called for another swim, I opted to ride in Central Park instead. Two pool swims plus an open-water swim on Saturday seemed like enough time in the water. Anyway, two teammates and I logged four steady loops for 33 miles.
Friday – a.m. bike
Because of Saturday’s sprint, I really shut it down: three steady loops in the park for 26 miles.
Saturday – Hopkins Vineyard Triathlon
Solid training day. Race recap coming later this week!
Sunday – a.m. bike
So … I rode 78 miles today. That’s the farthest I’ve ridden—ever. And I’m a short-course triathlete. How did this happen? Well my teammate and I met up with our friend who rides on a cycling team. We didn’t realize it was a team ride, but the guys were cool. Anyway, they took (read: pulled/did all the work) us on a new route, and it took us until mile 45 to realize we were probably in over our heads–because we’d have to bike that distance back to NYC. At that point, we pulled ourselves out of the group and let the guys continue; we turned around to retrace our route and figured they’d catch us eventually. Long story short, we got lost, stumbled upon a mall (not sure if we were in New York or New Jersey at this point), and asked for directions at a gas station—after chugging a bottle of Coke.
Elixir of life. Seriously.
Anyway, time to put the blinders on, keep my head down, and go to work—three weeks until Nationals!