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Triathlon Training Log – Week 10 (March 6)

Although half over already (what?), March will be a memorable month.

Long run headspace for the win

Next weekend is my third swim meet, and on the 26th, I’m guiding an Achilles athlete for the Queens Marathon. Big things coming!

Training notes: overall, this was another good week of swimming, biking, and running, and I also came to a few conclusions about training thus far. First, after Monday’s power test, I confirmed I cannot expect to make huge gains on the bike by riding only twice per week. I also realized I am ready to start biking more (remember how I avoided my bike for three months during the off-season?). This realization came at the right time, although I have a few events to finish first—my swim meet on St. Patrick’s Day weekend and the Queens Marathon on the 26th. After those two outings—and after some recovery from running 26.2 miles—we will shift to traditional triathlon training. Although I like swimming four times per week, my swim frequency will decrease to make room for more biking and running intensity.

Monday – a.m. CompuTrainer class at Tailwind Endurance

So that was a power test that happened. It had been a year since my last one, and I forgot how mentally tough it is. We started with a five-minute “blowout” effort to wake up the legs and open up the lungs before the official test began. I broke up the 20 minutes into mini, five-minute blocks and focused on building the effort throughout.  I did not make as many watts as I wanted, but I will get them back.

Tuesday – a.m. run and p.m. run

Started the day with five Cat Hill repeats for a total of five miles. After work, my Achilles buddy and I met up for a loop of Central Par. We both wore our neon Achilles t-shirts and received a ton of cheers and words of encouragement.

Wednesday – a.m. swim with Bearcat masters

There was a lot of “choice” work during this practice, meaning each swimmer got to select which stroke(s) to do—and since I have a swim meet in a week, I chose IM. (Never thought I’d see the day!)

Thursday – a.m. CompuTrainer class at Tailwind Endurance

This short, 60-minute ride was a “zone tester” to make sure our new FTPs were accurate. Since my FTP increased only a handful of watts, I didn’t have too much trouble hitting and holding threshold and low VO2 max intervals.

Friday – a.m. swim with Bearcat masters

We kicked off taper week with some short and fast efforts (lots of 25s and 50s), and during the workout, we also had our choice of strokes to work on. Since I’m doing the 100 IM at Harvard, that’s what I chose to do during our main set. I logged about 3,000m before heading to work.

Saturday – a.m. run; p.m. swim with Bearcat masters

Like last week, I tackled my long run on Saturday (12-mile progression run) before a longer, 1.5-hour (and 3,700m) swim with my Bearcat buds. It was a high-volume day, but I felt great during and after both workouts.

Sunday – p.m. swim with Bearcat masters

Short, hour-long swim just to get a feel for the water

When’s your next race?

Triathlon Training Log – Week 9 (Feb. 27)

Welp, better late than never …

I saw this place a decent number of times this week.

Hello. It’s me.

With the New England LMSC Short Course Yards Championship—aka Harvard—coming up, I’ve been spending time staring at that black line. Two weeks and counting until my third swim meet!

General training notes: I’m finally power testing next week, so we focused on staying fresh and getting the fatigue out of my legs. My bike workouts were recovery-based this week, and aside from my hill repeat run on Tuesday, my runs were easy as well. I do have a swim meet coming up

Monday – a.m. CompuTrainer class at Tailwind Endurance

We deviated from our normal Monday ride and tackled a workout that contained four builds on hills. Each five-minute interval began at 83 percent with the goal of increasing our effort as our cadence dropped.

Tuesday – a.m. run

Five Cat Hill repeats and five miles

Wednesday – a.m. swim with Bearcat masters

Aside from a cockroach on one of the lanelines, this was an uneventful freestyle-focused swim. (Progress: I’m becoming more proficient with paddles.) We logged 3,100m.

Thursday – a.m. CompuTrainer class at Tailwind Endurance

Since I’m power testing on Monday, this was an easy, 75-minute recovery ride for me.

Friday – a.m. swim with Bearcat masters

Hello, Friday fly-day. Following a longer freestyle warm-up with plenty of pulling, we tackled a main set that alternated between butterfly and freestyle. Per usual, I brought up the rear in the lane, but I’ve noticed my butterfly stamina has improved: I can do 25m without feeling gassed.

Saturday – a.m. run; p.m. swim with Bearcat masters

Woohoo for sportz Saturdays! I met up with my Achilles bud, and we tackled 11 miles in Central Park. Due to the temperature being in the 20s, it wasn’t packed, but we were lucky enough to have three additional guides running with us to flank the way. (It helps to have an extra person or two running in front of us to clear a path and “direct traffic.”)

That afternoon, I hit the pool for a monster 4,100m distance freestyle swim with the Bearcats. Gotta get everything locked in for Harvard!

Sunday – a.m. CompuTrainer class at Tailwind Endurance; p.m. swim with Bearcat masters

East hour-long spin-out at Tailwind followed by a 3,500m practice with the Bearcats

What’s your biggest workout day of the week?

Triathlon Training Log – Week 8 (Feb. 20)

Even though Monday was a holiday, this week felt especially long.

Bike, run, brunch: how every brick workout should transpire.

General training notes: all in all, this was another productive and uneventful week of training. As we enter March, both my swimming and running frequency will continue to increase in preparation for Harvard and the Queens Marathon.

Monday – a.m. CompuTrainer class at Tailwind Endurance; a.m. run

Thanks to the holiday, I slept in and took the 7 a.m. class at Tailwind instead of my normal 5:30 a.m. one. We repeated last Monday’s ride that focused on cadence and pedal work. One of my friends came to visit, so we met up immediately after for an easy run in Central Park—and my first brick of the season!

Tuesday – a.m. run

We are slowly bringing structure back into my runs, and this outing saw five easy repeats of Cat Hill and totaled five miles including the warm-up and cool down.

Wednesday – a.m. swim with Bearcat masters

All freestyle fun during this 3,750m practice—and I was able to swim the entire 1.5 hours.

Thursday – a.m. CompuTrainer class at Tailwind Endurance; p.m. run

Practice makes perfect: we repeated last Thursday’s threshold ride. During the two, 15-minute blocks we alternated between surging efforts (102 percent) and low threshold ones (93 percent).

After work, my Achilles bud and I ran six miles in Central Park. It was 60 degrees!

Friday – a.m. swim with Bearcat masters

Friday, IM day. This practice started off well enough, but the main set zapped me: 2×100 of butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke, freestyle, and IM. Yikes. Per usual, I hung on for dear life and brought up the caboose in my lane. The lifeguards were late getting to the pool so I only logged 3,000m before I had to go to work.

Saturday – a.m. run; p.m. swim with Bearcat masters

Easy 3.5-mile shake-out followed by an afternoon 2,800m swim

Sunday – a.m. run

Two of my tri buds and I met up to tackle our long runs together. We started at 7 a.m., and Central Park was relatively quiet. They both did 10, but I continued on for 12.

How do you get back into the swing of things after a long weekend?

Triathlon Training Log – Week 7 (Feb. 13)

Hip, hip hooray for a long weekend!

February in Central Park

It’s the perfect time for it too because my aunt is visiting. Saturday centered on cultural activities: we went to the Neue Gallery during the afternoon, and she took my sister and me to our first opera last night, Carmen. It was well worth staying up past my triathlete bedtime!

General training notes: it felt really good to get back to my normal training routine this week. My key sessions went well—Thursday’s bike and Saturday’s long run—and I’m excited to build on this momentum. This week also marks one month until my “main” swim meet, and the Queens Marathon is also five weeks away. Big things coming!

Monday – a.m. CompuTrainer class at Tailwind Endurance

Back to basics: this technique-based ride focused on cadence and included four, 10-minute blocks. Basically, as we built the effort from endurance to tempo to threshold, we added gear (increased tension) and allowed our cadence to decrease while focusing on the pedal stroke.

Tuesday – a.m. run

The return to dawn patrol: I woke up the sun with 5.5 easy miles through Central Park.

Wednesday – a.m. swim with Bearcat masters

The Russian coach led this IM-heavy practice, and my body was dunzo by the end. It took a lot to hang on, though, but I remembered I’m doing a swim meet in about a month.

Thursday – a.m. CompuTrainer class at Tailwind Endurance; p.m. run

We watched coverage of the Island House Triathlon while taking on this threshold ride. The main set included three blocks with efforts ranging from 107 to 93 percent, and we’d start at the high end and work our way down to the low end of the zone.

I had some time to kill after work and before dinner so I went to Central Park for a super easy four-mile shake-out run.

Friday – a.m. swim with Bearcat masters

As we progressed through the warm-up, tech portion, and transition set of this workout—which contained no IM work—I let myself believe this practice would be freestyle only. A girl can dream—and be unrealistically optimistic in this case because the main set was all IM work. Although I still hang on for dear life during these sessions, I can actually complete an entire practice as prescribed, which is huge progress. I logged 3,250m before heading into the office.

Saturday – a.m. run

With my aunt visiting this weekend, I wanted to get my long run out of the way and do it Saturday morning. It seemed daunting though: fifteen miles, and my running buddy couldn’t make it, so 15 solo miles. The conditions were perfect—sunny and the temperature hovered around 40 degrees—and the miles flew by. Since this would be a personal distance record, and because my most recent 14 miler didn’t go super well, I kept the pace ridiculously easy, especially on the hills. And the only time things got tough was at mile 14.5, but that’s probably because I was so close to being done. But overall, this run went really well—it was totally blissful, and it really was the elusive, easy, perfect outing we chase.

Sunday – off

What are your plans for the long weekend?

Triathlon Training Log – Week 6 (Feb. 6)

After a fabulous long birthday weekend filled with sun, swimming, and family time, I am back in New York City.

Swimming in solitude

I did not want to come back north, and the Tri-state area greeted me a “snow storm” on Thursday.

General training notes: finally I kicked the cold that plagued me all last week and settled in to my normal training routine. Er, “normal” being relative since I was still in Sanibel during the beginning of the week. We altered the schedule a bit to include two rides on Thursday and Friday, and I was able to sneak in a run on Saturday morning before going to the Millrose Games.

Monday – a.m. swim

Outdoor swimming for the win—and I had a lane to myself for 95 percent of the workout. Earl assigned a main set that included 20×100, plus 16×50 with builds in increments of four (i.e. 1-4, 5-8, etc.)

Tuesday – a.m. swim

Final outdoor swim that included an endurance ladder—100, 200, 300, 400, then back down—and totaled 3,600m. I already miss swimming outside!

Wednesday – p.m. run

A late flight back to NYC on Tuesday night prompt me to push back my run to after work on Wednesday, and this move paid off. Not only was the weather perfect—hovering around 50 degrees Fahrenheit—but my legs also felt fresh. This was also my first true run “workout” of this training cycle, and I faced four, eight-minute blocks at half-marathon pace broken up by three minutes at marathon pace. I could tell my fitness from the water transferred to the road, and I could also tap into distinct efforts quite easily.

Thursday – a.m. CompuTrainer class at Tailwind Endurance

Tailwind took on the Tour of Sufferlandria, and we tackling a workout titled “There Is No Try.” The primary set included four main blocks, each of which increased in time spent at our sweet spot/threshold: 15 seconds on, 15 seconds off; 30 seconds on, 30 seconds off; 45 seconds on, 45 seconds off; one minute on, one minute off. There was a five-minute sweet spot block as well before we progressed back down this ladder, staring with the one-minute intervals.

Friday – a.m. CompuTrainer class at Tailwind Endurance

Why I/my coach thought back-to-back days of Sufferfest workouts would be a good idea is beyond me. This “Hell Hath No Fury” workout contained two, 20-minute blocks with effort levels fluctuating between 90 and 120 percent.  This was the hardest bike workout of the year, and I felt its effects throughout the weekend.

Saturday – a.m. run

Easy 6.5-mile shake out in Central Park.  My legs were still zapped from the Sufferfest session, but they felt much better once I finished.

Sunday – a.m. run

Shot legs and less-than-ideal weather equated to a tough “long run” for my buddy and me. It usually takes four or five miles for my legs to warm up, but because things didn’t improve once I hit the seven-mile mark, I pulled the plug. Thanks a lot, Sufferfest. Oh how I miss running on fresh legs.

How long does it take you to recover from tough workouts?

Triathlon Training Log – Week 5 (Jan. 30)

Greetings from sunny Sanibel!

Morning beach walks with Zelda

I escaped the New York City and will be here on the beach in Florida for a few days. Bring on the sun!

General training notes: basically, this week was a complete wash workout-wise because I’ve been sick. I was feeling under the weather last week and thought the end was in sight—but last Sunday’s run proved otherwise. I’ve been taking it easy and trying to fend off this thing all week.

Monday – off

No watts, and no power test. In an effort to kick my cold, I slept in and took a rest day.

Tuesday – off

More resting and sleeping

Wednesday – a.m. run

Easy four miles to test out the lunges

Thursday – a.m. CompuTrainer class at Tailwind Endurance

It’s never good when you walk into the studio, and your coach asks, “why are you here?” I was still feeling under the weather so I kept this 75-minute ride super easy in my endurance zone.

Friday – off

Slept in and flew south to Sanibel

Saturday – off

I planned to swim, but I was still coughing too much.

Sunday – p.m. swim

Finally, the sickness seems to be gone so I was able to sneak in a birthday swim at the outdoor rec center pool. I missed my Bearcat buds, but it was warm and sunny, a.k.a. perfect conditions for a 3,300m workout.

Did you watch the Super Bowl last night?

Triathlon Training Log – Week 4 (Jan. 22)

To sum up this week in one photo:

My secret cold-fighting weapon. Guess it’s not a secret anymore, though …

It seemed like everyone was sick this week, and unfortunately, I succumbed to the congestion and coughing for a few days. Toward the end of the week, I was on the mend, but relapsed today and cut short my scheduled long run.

General training notes: as week four of structured training, this span served as a recovery week, and it was perfectly timed. Thanks to a nor’easter and a head cold, my workouts were affected a bit. Granted, almost everything got done (we missed an Achilles run due to the weather), but I was feeling only 75-80 percent throughout the week.

Monday – a.m. CompuTrainer class at Tailwind Endurance

I kicked off Monday with our normal technique-based ride. My coach also announced we’re power testing next week, and I’m strangely excited—probably because it’s been one year since I’ve done a proper test. Bring on the pain!

Tuesday – a.m. CompuTrainer class at Tailwind Endurance

Due to the nor’easter, I opted to ride indoors. This session contained three, 10-minute blocks filled with threshold and VO2 max efforts, plus a five-minute FTP block at the end. On Tuesday evenings, I normally run with Achilles, but my bud and I decided to skip it since it was still raining and pretty windy. (He’s visually impaired so any type of precipitation is a factor.)

Wednesday – a.m. swim with Bearcat masters

This freestyle-focused swim contained a lot of cruise and build efforts, and I’m really excited I can finally tap in to distinct speeds in the water. I logged slightly less than 3,000m before heading to work.

Thursday – a.m. CompuTrainer class at Tailwind Endurance; p.m. run

Wow, lots of time in the saddle this week. We repeated the ride we did last Thursday that centered on cadence. Since I didn’t run at all on Tuesday, I was itching to lace up so I logged four easy miles in the park after work.

Friday – a.m. swim with Bearcat masters

Why I swim with a masters team: I can lead my lane during freestyle practices, but I bring up the rear during IM sessions—and that’s very humbling and motivating. Our “normal” lanes saw some changes again, and a few folks who swim in the fast lane joined my medium-speed lane. Per usual, I took my place in the caboose and hung on for dear life, but I executed the workout as prescribed (i.e. not reverting to freestyle) and did not get lapped. Both I consider huge wins, ha.

Saturday – a.m. run with Achilles; p.m. swim with Bearcat masters

I met up with my Achilles bud for one loop of the park in the morning and managed to survive distance-freestyle day in the pool.

Sunday – a.m. run

I planned to do eight miles today, but since I was coughing and congested, I shut it down after five. Womp, womp.  A super early bedtime is in order tonight.

How do you decide if you should work out when you’re sick?

Triathlon Training Log – Week 3 (Jan. 16)

Did this short week seem long to anyone else?

All about that dawn patrol

General training notes: my body has finally acclimated to the 4:45 a.m. daily alarms, which means my super early bedtime is also being enforced. My swim and bike workouts felt great this week, but my legs felt less-than-fresh on the run. Tuesday’s outing was especially tough, and that prompted me to take a complete rest day on Saturday.

Monday – a.m. CompuTrainer class at Tailwind Endurance

Thanks to the holiday, I slept in and took the 7 a.m. CompuTrainer class at Tailwind instead of my normal 5:30 a.m. one. We repeated the same ride we’ve done the past two Mondays—lots of tech work with a few tempo blocks, plus four VO2 max blocks at the end. Coming off a 13.1-mile run, I wasn’t sure how my legs would respond to the harder efforts, but after some tough love from my coach, I hit them. “Don’t give up your strengths just because you’re going long.”

Tuesday – a.m. run

I kept this run super easy, but my legs felt the effects of Sunday’s long run and Monday’s CompuTrainer ride.

Wednesday – a.m. swim with Bearcat masters

The Russian coach subbed this workout, and we logged 3,000m of IM work.

Thursday – a.m. CompuTrainer class at Tailwind Endurance

This hour-long ride centered on tension and cadence work. After a longer warm-up, we tackled three builds that progressed from tempo to threshold to high threshold, and as the effort increased, our cadence decreased (which translated to adding more gear). Following a easy endurance block, we finished the workout with three VO2 max intervals.

Friday – a.m. swim with Bearcat masters

Wowza, what a tough swim. A handful of young, fast dudes attended practice (as one of my training buds exclaimed, “who are these 12-year-olds?!”), which affected our normal lane assignments: some folks who normally swim in the fast lane were bumped down to my lane. It’s one thing to see those swimmers doing their thing in the lane next to you, but actually swimming with them? Yikes, they are fast. My goal was not to get lapped during this IM practice, and I was thankfully successful. It was a very humbling and motivating experience because I feel like my swim has come a long way, but then to see how the faster athletes swim … holy cow. After 70 minutes, my body was screaming, and I shut it down with 3,300m logged.

Saturday – off

I realized I haven’t had a rest day in a while and figured taking one would be a good idea.

Sunday – a.m. run

New PDR (personal distance record) alert: I ran 14 miles! There was a half-marathon in Central Park that my running buddy was doing, so we linked up, and I tacked on an extra mile after. All things considered, it went well—although I spent the rest of the day on the couch, ha.

How did your week of workouts go?

Triathlon Training Log – Week 2 (Jan. 9)

Winter came to New York City this week, and spring also paid us a visit on Wednesday.

As seen on Church of the Sunday Long Run

And the cold weather returned in time for today’s long run—woohoo!

General training notes: base building week two is in the books! I’m still getting used to the daily 4:45-5 a.m. alarms (it takes me about two weeks to fully get back on the bandwagon), but other than some sleepiness on Wednesday, I felt great this week. I logged one “quality” workout this week—Thursday’s CompuTrainer ride—and everything else was relatively easy.

Monday – a.m. CompuTrainer class at Tailwind Endurance

We completed the same technique-based ride as last week: lots of cadence work with some tempo efforts, plus one build from threshold to VO2 max.

Tuesday – a.m. run; p.m. run with Achilles

My running bud is finally back! We met for 5.5 miles in the park before work. That evening, I guided an Achilles athlete for a complete loop (six miles) in the park.

Wednesday – a.m. swim with Bearcat masters

During this freestyle-heavy practice, we completed a variety of descending blocks (50s, 75s, and 100s) for 3,450m total.

Thursday – a.m. CompuTrainer class at Tailwind Endurance

The toughest ride of the week, this 60-minute workout contained a lot of quality efforts: we faced three, 10-minute blocks, and each contained various intervals at 85-90 percent of our FTP, 90 percent, 92-97 percent, 100-105 percent, and 105-115 percent.

Friday – a.m. swim with Bearcat masters

Friday practices tend to be IM-focused (butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke, and freestyle), and this one was no exception. Our main set included a 200 IM, plus drill work across the strokes for a total of 3,100m. The coach also gave me a slight, but big pointer for my backstroke (actual swimmers: I want not moving my shoulders enough/at all), and I immediately felt a difference in terms of speed and smoothness. The wannabe swimmer saga continues!

Saturday – a.m. run with Achilles; p.m. swim with Bearcat masters

Easy loop of Central Park guiding an Achilles athlete in the morning and a monster 4,300m freestyle swim with the Bearcats during the afternoon. Sportz Saturdays are my favorite!

Sunday – a.m. run

An easy two loops of the park plus one around the Reservoir for a total of 13.1 miles

Has the weather affected your workouts?

Triathlon Training Log – Week 1 (Jan. 2)

The first workweek and training week of 2017 is officially in the books!

Cold, snowy miles in the park. Hello, winter!

The office has been quiet the past few weeks, and fortunately, I’ve been able to make some progress on my long-term to-do list. I’m also back on the 4:45-5 a.m. alarms everyday, which means the season is underway. That has also meant I’ve needed an afternoon coffee three days this week, whoops.

General training notes: let the 2017 season begin! Like last week, I feel like a triathlete again because I did all three sports. (I even rode twice!) For the next four weeks, we’ll undergo phase one of base building on the bike while maintaining my current swim (three-ish days a week/9,000m) and run (four-ish days a week/30 miles) volume. I’m really excited for this upcoming season because it will see new challenges across the disciplines. (More on that later.)

Monday – a.m. CompuTrainer class at Tailwind Endurance

No work meant I got to “sleep in” and take the 7 a.m. class instead of the usual 5:30 a.m. Since official training has started, we will be doing this skill-building ride every Monday for the next four weeks: thirty minutes of drills/tech work with some tempo efforts sprinkled in.

Tuesday – a.m. run; p.m. run with Achilles

Double run days are my favorite. Two loops of the Reservoir before work and four miles guiding an Achilles athlete in the evening.

Wednesday – a.m. swim with Bearcat masters

So. Much. Kicking. After Tuesday’s high-for-me mileage day, my legs held up surprisingly well during our kick-heavy 3,750m practice.

Thursday – a.m. CompuTrainer class at Tailwind Endurance

Tension and pedal work was on tap. After a longer warm-up, we focused on tempo and threshold efforts in which cadence decreased as effort increased and finished up with a few sprints.

Friday – a.m. swim with Bearcat masters

Even. More. Kicking. If my legs still work at the end of this week, then I will be shocked. We did a fair amount of IM work during this 3,700m practice as well.

Saturday – a.m. run with Achilles

Five easy and snowy miles guiding one of my Achilles buds. We have some exciting race plans for 2017—can’t wait to share!

Sunday – a.m. run

Solo snowy long run: twelve miles in 17-degree weather. Even though I stayed in Central Park for two loops, I felt like I was at home in the tundra!

Do you enjoy running in the snow?