Daily Archives: August 17, 2014

Triathlon Training Log – Week of Aug. 11 (Week 31)

Remember Operation: Sloth Week after Nationals last year? I planned to do the same thing post-Milwaukee this week—relax, work out on my own terms, and slowly transform from triathlete to real person.

milwaukee-sunrise

I’ll be back next year, Milwaukee! (*Knock on wood*)

However, that mission lasted about three days before my body revolted.

General training notes: Basically, in the words of my high school basketball coach, I “farted around” Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday and worked out recreationally. (Not that there’s anything wrong with that.) By Thursday, I was itching to put in work again.

Monday – off

I slept until 6:30 a.m., leisurely enjoyed some Wegmans flavored coffee, and had a peaceful morning.

Tuesday – a.m. run and strength train

I slept in again, ran 3.6 steady miles, and did some upper-body strength training.

Wednesday – a.m. indoor cycle

Rain, rain, go away—because I want to ride my bike! The precipitation canceled our outdoor ride, so we retreated to the indoor cycle studio. My coach had to organize bike trailer unload, and he left me in charge of the workout. So I basically made my coaching debut.

Thursday – a.m. swim and run

After a sub-par swim at Nationals, I didn’t want to get back into the water. But I had to test some toys for work, so into the pool I went. Anyway, since some folks have upcoming races, we incorporated some race-paced efforts into this 3,100-yard workout. I felt good, and my splits were right where they should’ve been, which confirms I had an off day in Milwaukee. After, I ran an easy five miles along the West Side Highway with my coach, and we had a nice heart-to-heart about my training, what happened at Nationals, and where my efforts need to be focused this off-season.

Friday – a.m. bike

It felt so good to get back in the saddle! My last ride was at Nationals, but my last road-bike ride was … uh … two weeks ago? We had a smaller group, so we split into boys’ and girls’ groups for steady loops. Including the ride to the park and the warm-up and cool-down loops, I logged 33 miles.

Saturday – a.m. bike

A few teammates and I met up for a low-key, 45-mile ride, which obviously concluded with brunch.

SundayBattle of Brooklyn 10-Mile Race

Woohoo for another JackRabbit race! I worked and ran (best of both worlds, right?) two loops of Prospect Park. I had to “pinch hit” and join a JRab relay team, and then I did another loop with a coworker who signed up for the full 10-mile distance. So I ended the day with 6.8 miles or so—and brunch. Hmmm, I’m starting to notice a pattern …