So this was a week—training and otherwise—that happened.
Sometimes, you just need to double-fist Doughnut Plant doughnuts after seeing “Trainwreck.” (Hilarious, by the way.) This may have been round one of two.
Why I thought I’d be immune to taper crazies is beyond me. For the first time this year, I’m truly backing off the volume and intensity in preparation for a race—and it’s awful. My body absolutely needs the rest, but it did not cooperate at all this week.
General training notes: Keeping it real and honest—I felt like total garbage this week. Slow, lethargic, weak, basically the exact opposite of how you want to feel heading into a race. Luckily, coaches in my triathlon arsenal calmed me down: “What did you do last week?” Essentially a half-Iron on Friday. “What did you do on Sunday?” Stood on my feet for 15-plus hours in the sun. “What did you do Monday?” Drove five hours from Lake Placid back to New York City. Workouts rarely reflect what you did the day before; rather it’s the sum of everything you’ve done for the past week. And both coaches said they would be concerned if I felt better than total c-r-a-p this week—because I’m supposed to feel awesome next week.
Monday – off
Unintentional day off. I hoped to run upon returning to the city, but I got sucked into work. Hey, life happens.
Tuesday – a.m. run; p.m. swim with Bearcat masters
Coach Pat’s 20x200m went great! Physically I hit faster splits than the ones prescribed, and mentally, I proved to myself I do have that top-end speed. It’s just a matter of trusting myself, tapping into it on race day, and not being afraid of a little pain. Speedwork took its toll, though, and since my body felt incredibly exhausted (see reasons above), I opted out of the planned masters workout.
Wednesday – a.m. CompuTrainer class at Tailwind Endurance
This was an incredibly frustrating ride. My legs were dead, and I struggled to maintain my FTP watts for the six-minute intervals. After the second set of four, it became a mental battle. The coach also noticed my pedal stroke wasn’t smooth (again, due to the reasons listed above), so instead of grinding through the fourth repeat, I simply spun out for 15 minutes or so.
Thursday – a.m. CompuTrainer class at Tailwind Endurance
This final VO2 max ride could’ve gone a lot better too. Although I tapped into the top-end power for all five of the one-minute intervals, I struggled to maintain an even output during the two- and five-minute blocks.
Friday – a.m. swim with Bearcat masters; p.m. run
This was the worst swim I’ve had in a while. Starting to notice a pattern? I felt like a total sloth, and it didn’t help that the main set centered on IM work. (On Friday mornings, it’s usually straight freestyle.) I cut my losses around 2,000m and shut it down.
Around 11 a.m., I headed to Central Park for a long run in an effort to get used the heat. First, Victoria informed me we’re looking at cool and potentially rainy race-day conditions (Yahtzee!). Second, I don’t know where this run came from, but I felt great. Like earlier in the week, this was a huge confidence-boosting run. Even though it’s been a tough season run-wise, the fitness is there. Again, it’s all about tapping into it next Saturday.
Saturday – a.m. bike
Locked in: easy 45-mile ride with a few race-pace efforts.
Unpictured: Smashfestqueen kit and iced coffee
Fingers crossed I feel this good on race day!
Sunday – off
All right. The hay is in the barn. See you soon, Milwaukee!
How do you usually feel during the week leading up to a race?