Sunday, July 22, 2012

Professional Triathlete Training Log - Weekly Swim, Bike, and Run Miles For Jul 16 - Jul 22

With Timex Team Member Lauren Goss at Chisago Sprint
If you read my update last week, you know that I got sick towards the end of last week and I was hoping the sickness would clear up quickly without the need for antibiotics.   Unfortunately my sickness progressed from bad to worse on Monday, and to just dreadful on Tuesday and I finally made the call to go on antibotics to help combat this bacterial infection of the lungs that I had acquired.  It also meant yet another dismal week of training that consisted of mostly running errands on my bike including to PT - yes I still have an Achilles issue as well - and to Costco were I got a Z-Pak.  It probably didn't help that this biking was done midday in over 100+ heat, and 110+ heat index but when you commit to NOT using a car there really isn't any other choice.  I started feeling like I was rounding the corner today but I am nowhere near back to 100% as I sit here writing this and would expect at least another 2-3 days to to return to near normal but I have my fingers crossed.

David Thompson in route to 15th 70.3 Victory
With all that being said, I was supposed to race at the Chisago Lakes half ironman.  Chisago Lakes is another great midwest prize money race that always brings out a stellar field including perennial winner David Thompson.   There was absolutely no way I was going to do the half, but midweek fellow pro and friend Lauren Goss informed me that Midwest Sports were throwing some money at the sprint race as well.  The plan was just to make it an easy day and see some old friends and cheer on the half racers including fellow Madison pro Jackie Arendt.  Unfortunately on race morning I spied fellow pro and Minnesota #2, Devon Palmer on the rack and I knew that if I wanted to win that it would be the fight to the death.  On a good day I feel like it is pretty equal draw but when you probably shouldn't be racing it wasn't even close.  He broke me midway thru the bike and I was in the box big time.  I was told I had a 3 minute deficit to make up on the run but I not intention of racing for the win at this point and just putz in for 2nd.

The kiddos chasing DKT to his Win at Chisago 70.3
I did get a chance to spectate the half race and it was actually pretty electric to see DKT come in with his 15th 70.3 win.  DKT had a substantial lead and was all smiles as some kids chased him down the finishing shoot.  To top it off they had Jay-Z's Forever Young playing and was a great remainder to me that there is no better way to spend a Sunday morning.

I also wanted to give a special shout-out to my homestay Cally Warren.  She provided a great last minute homestay and I even convinced her to do her first triathlon.  With no swim experience and a borrowed commuter biker - with bike rack I might add - she rocked it.  She didn't even want any goggles for the swim.  Her attitude regarding the whole thing was amazing and I truly wish more people were as free-spirited as she was.

Here are my weekly swimbike, and run totals:

Total: 126 Miles / 10 hours 44 minutes

Swim: 8,774 yards / ~5 miles / 2 hours 46 minutes
Bike: 112 miles / 6 hours 48 minutes
Run: 9 miles /  1 hours 09 minutes
Core:  0 sessions / 0 hours 0 minutes

Weight: N/A
Body Fat: N/A

Calories Consumed: N/A
Calories Burned: N/A

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