Sunday, January 20, 2013

Professional Triathlete Training Log - Weekly Swim, Bike, and Run Miles For Jan 14 - Jan 20

With Team Timex athlete Barry Siff @ RnR Expo
The plan for the week was to hammer at the body a bit and show up for PF Chang's Rock n' Roll Marathon with some residual fatigue. After hard treadmill sessions on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday the job of hitting the running legs was accomplished. I coupled that with hard swim sessions all 6 days including Saturday, and I did long MTB bikes on Wednesday and Friday. By Saturday fatigue was definitely setting in and I had thought about pulling the plug on the swim session after a terrible warm-up, however, I opted to tough the session out.

Although the plan was to show up to the race fatigued, I wasn't prepared to break a toe, but somehow I did just that during Thursday or Friday's sessions. I am not really sure how it happened, but I have cracked toes before so I wasn't super surprised about it. I knew I could probably run on it, but I didn't really want to put too much undue stress on it. 

Now to be fair, I would have normally scrapped the race, but I had already committed to volunteering at the Powerbar tent on Saturday at the expo so I had to be in Phoenix anyway. In addition, since I don't normally race running events I didn't have any real running racing apparel so I had to be "high-maintenance" and put in a last minute phone call to 2XU. Thanks 2XU for helping me out btw. So I figured why waste a trip and some great apparel?  The comprise I made was that I would scrap the racing part and the Nike Lunaracers and instead run it as a descending run in a pair of Nike Frees. In general, I am a huge fan of descending workouts in training as they give my body a chance to warm up before they start to get difficult. If I had any great pain then the plan was to drop out.

In the end, the race ended up going just fine. It certainly wasn't what I am capable of, but it was a great change of pace to do a race like this while keeping it really casual and fun. In fact, I really don't understand why more people don't race like this. Races are soooo much more fun if you just back it off a bit from what you are truly capable of. Forget the PR, and unless you do it for a living, there is really no reason to beat yourself up so unnecessarily. In the end, I ended up getting a steady dose of endorphins and a great workout that hopefully will allow me to recover much more quickly than going full bore.

Anyway, I have 4 different results from 4 different outstanding triathletes listed below for comparison:

Lewis Elliott, Thomas Gerlach, Linsdey Corbin, Ryan Petry 2013 PF Changs's RnR Race Results
Lewis Elliott, Thomas Gerlach, Linsdey Corbin, Ryan Petry 2013 PF Changs's RnR Race Results

Here are my weekly swimbike, and run totals:

Total: 210 Miles / 22 hours 05 minutes
Swim: 24,900 yards / ~14 miles / 6 hours 44 minutes
Bike: 157 miles / 10 hours 58 minutes
Run: 39 miles /  4 hours 21 minutes
Core:  0 sessions / 0 hours 0 minutes



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