Triathlon Training Log – Week 14 (Feb. 29)

Greetings from Sanibel, FL!


Tuesday was my last day of work, so I hopped on a plane and headed south. I arrived Wednesday afternoon, and it’s been such a nice vacation—and a true vacation too because I haven’t had to check email, respond to tweets, or post on Instagram unless it was for personal use.

General training notes: This week was a mixed bag. Swimming is feeling great—finally!—and I only rode once this week. Plus, the weather has had more of an effect on my run workouts than I would like. Everything is getting logged, though, and this span is really about relaxing and enjoying Florida and family time before I head back to NYC and dial back in—both to training and to my new job.

Monday – a.m. CompuTrainer workout at Tailwind Endurance

Back to the Three Bears, a.k.a. low cadence/strength work in the saddle. This workout goes by fast—each block lasts only 3:30, and we repeat it four times—and it’s one of those where you don’t feel like you did a lot of work. But then you try to walk up the stairs at work …

Tuesday – a.m. run

We still haven’t introduced true speedwork yet, but we are starting to program some more challenging fartlek runs. I faced a 2-4-6-4-2 progression at my projected 5-K pace with three minutes recovery between each effort. The first time around, my legs felt stiff—totally my own fault for wearing shorts when it was windy and 37*F—and the pace was all over the place. Luckily, I had to repeat the set, and the second time, I was able to hit and hold the prescribed pace a little more easily. Overall, I didn’t feel great about this workout, but chances are, we’ll do it again next week.

Wednesday – p.m. swim

I’m baaaaaack!


My office for the week

Since I’m here for nearly one week, Earl and I decided an unofficial/self-imposed swim camp would be a great idea. Look at that outdoor pool and try to not be excited. This was a light, 2,250-yard workout with some body position drills and a 10×100 main set.

Thursday – a.m. run

Cruise intervals with eight minutes at Ironman, marathon, half-marathon, and 10-K efforts. Two minutes rest between. I started this workout too late in the day; it was 67*F when I began and 77*F when I finished, so the final set was tough.

Friday – a.m. swim and strength train

Easy, 2,250-yard swim with my new buds



Lots of body position work and lots of Pitbull and Rihanna

Saturday – a.m. swim

Blissful endurance swim with a main set of 3×1000 yards. Initially, I was concerned about keeping track of all those laps, but I played around with breathing—switching from left-side only to right-side only to bilateral—to keep it interesting and engaging.

Sunday – a.m. run

Easy six miles in the heat

When you’re on vacation, what’s your favorite type of workout to do?

4 responses to “Triathlon Training Log – Week 14 (Feb. 29)

  1. It sounds like you are having a great time. On vacation it’s so much easier to run versus everything else. Running you can pretty much do anywhere.

    Glad to hear that swimming is starting to feel awesome again!

  2. What a lovely little pool! So glad you’re getting some good vacation time in prior to starting the new job.

    I like to run and hike on vacations, and if there are bicycle rentals, I’ll bike, too!

    • carriestevens

      I’m going to miss this pool a lot! Swimming outside in the sunshine makes such a difference–who knew? 😉

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