Triathlon Training Log – Week of July 27 (Week 30)

So this was a week—training and otherwise—that happened.

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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.

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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?

2 responses to “Triathlon Training Log – Week of July 27 (Week 30)

  1. Trainwreck was one of my favorite movies too. It is so funny!

    The week leading up to a goal race, I normally feel pretty bad if not downright awful. It’s always the worst! DadLOLZ once said the worse you feel, the better the race will go. Hopefully that is the case for you!

  2. Yes, the hay is in the barn, but that doesn’t stop taper weeks from feeling weird as hell. Given your training, though, I have no doubt you have the strength and grit to rock Nationals!

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