I am officially less than TWO WEEKS away from my first 70.3!!! Training was so much fun last week my favorite day was the Lake Anna training day with my friend Laura. I think taking rest days and going into every workout with a more positive attitude (I get to do this) really helped me regain some love for the sport that was lacking in previous weeks. The words “I just want this race to be over” didn’t even come out of my mouth last week.
I started off the week on Monday with a rest day. It was exactly what I needed. I ate three meals and got to have a snack for the first time since the previous Monday. That alone was everything. I also got some much-needed cleaning and organization done, which I know doesn’t scream “rest day brags” but for me, a clean space promotes better sleep/relaxation.
I went ahead and took a rest day on Thursday too because I felt like it.
Swim 1000 meters
Laura and I headed to Lake Anna for a day of swimming and cycling. I got to finally try out my wetsuit for Maine because I can’t remember the last time I swam in a sleeved wetsuit and it was awesome. Laura also gave me some really good tips for open water swimming that calmed my nerves, so I’m a bit more confident in my swim on race day. That ended up being my only swim for the week-afternoon thunderstorms were the theme of the rest of the week so the pool would close before I got to swim. I’m making up one of the two missed swims this coming week.
Bike 70 miles
Cycling for the week started out at Lake Anna on Wednesday with a nice ride around the area. It’s a gorgeous place to ride and surprisingly cyclist friendly. I’m just going to say it: usually more conservative areas in Virginia are not bike friendly and you constantly get the “punishment pass.” Most people who passed us on the 50mph road outside the park slowed down, moved over and some even waved at us–with all of their fingers not just the middle finger! I can’t wait to do more training (and maybe race??) there next year!
I incorporated my long ride into my group ride by riding to group ride on my tri bike, doing my group ride on my gravel bike then riding back home on my tri bike. Not exactly ideal, but I did the best with the time I had without sacrificing my rest day and time for eating. At this point better nutrition is better than cramming in last-minute training anyway.
Run 21.4 miles
Shocker: once again, I loved running last week. I had my best long run of the training cycle, and here’s why: I ran 10.5 miles in 1 hour and 40 minutes. It was a bit faster than planned, but I went by feel versus staring at my watch obsessing over the pace. Had I been watching my Garmin, I would have forced myself to slow down
This week: TAPER!
How did your training go last week?