Some weeks are better than others, and this was one week that could not be over soon enough.
Bikes and skyscrapers: what being an NYC triathlete really looks like
Don’t worry; nothing too dramatic. There was just a lot of extra life stress. And unfortunately, I carried that mental fatigue to Middlebury for Saturday’s Rev3 Quassy.
General training notes: up until this week, my training schedule has been consistent. Essentially, I can go on autopilot because I know which discipline(s) I’m working on each day, and I can complete the workouts as prescribed. This week, however, life tipped the balance and forced us to re-adjust. Memorial Day weekend pushed back what would normally be Sunday’s brick to Monday. My sister and I looked at apartments Tuesday and Wednesday evenings; I was completely exhausted on Thursday, and all I wanted to go was go home and sleep—yet I ran the Chase Corporate Challenge in Central Park. Bottom line, this triathlon lifestyle is all about training through life and fitting in workouts where you can—and being flexible when things don’t go according to plan.
Monday – p.m. brick (CompuTrainer ride at Tailwind Endurance and run in Central Park)
Well, the final brick before Quassy could’ve gone better. In the saddle, I tackled 3×12 minutes at race wattage with four minutes recovery between each set. Then it was time for a long and easy 60-minute run. The humidity made the pace feel much harder, and I could tell it would be a challenge to keep my heart rate under control. After the first time two miles, I eased off the gas big time and tried to let the run happen. I even stopped for water a few times—which I never do—because it was just so hot.
Tuesday – p.m. swim with Bearcat masters
Per my usual Tuesday night, I had a swim workout scheduled, but it got nixed in favor of going to an apartment open house. Not ideal that I didn’t get to swim the week of a race, but finding an apartment is more important than attending a masters swim workout, especially when I’m tapering.
Wednesday – a.m. easy bike in Central Park
My #WingedFootLyfe insurance finally kicked in on June 1, so I was able to ride outside! Although Rev3 Quassy would be my first legitimate outdoor ride of the season, I still met up with one of my friends for an easy spin in Central Park. This was my first time riding outdoors since August, so things were twitchy at first, but I eventually found my groove. I won’t be breaking any bike course records on Saturday (spoiler alert: I logged my slowest bike split ever), but I do feel better having completed this abbreviated ride.
Thursday – p.m. Chase Corporate Challenge
Just an easy 3.2-mile shakeout run in Central Park with 15,000 other runners. Earl had me on a tight leash, so I stayed on cruise control—which was fine because I was already bobbing and weaving around a ton of folks anyway. Although my 60-year-old boss beat me … let’s blame the taper!
Friday – off
The Flat Feet Social Club left NYC around 3:30 p.m. and arrived in Middlebury, CT around 6:30 p.m. I hoped to do a little sportz shakeout, but it wasn’t in the cards.
Saturday – Rev3 Quassy (0.9-mile swim, 25.7-mile bike, 6.2-mile run)
A tough day that wasn’t my day—but any day you can do sportz with friends is a great day. Race report coming this week.
Sunday – a.m. CompuTrainer ride at Tailwind Endurance
Based on Saturday’s outing, outdoor riding needs to become the top priority, but Mother Nature was not cooperating today. That’s one of the great benefits of having a facility like Tailwind at my disposal—I was still able to log a 60-minute recovery ride. My legs and mind definitely needed it.
How do you rebound from a tough week at work—or a tough race?