Monday, May 13, 2013

5/6 - 5/12 - Professional Triathlete Training Log - Weekly Swim, Bike, and Run Miles

My roomate trying to "fatten" me up for Ironman Texas
This was the last full week I spent in Tucson and I must say it was a little bit of a doozy. Admittedly I look back on my Wildflower race and I can get a little upset with myself for being a little too cavalier. I chalked up my poor bike to the fact that I simply hadn't done enough endurance rides, when very well it could have also been that internally I was already getting very sick. The symptoms finally caught up to me on Tuesday and I was like a walking zombie with a brutal upper respiratory infection that I get periodically. What is frustrating about this one in particular though is I wonder if it was completely avoidable.

Truthfully I will never know what happened to my bike at Wildflower, but what I do know is there were a ton of things I did outside of my normal schedule which is usually centered around staying out of the hustle and bustle, and keeping on the straight and narrow. I won't analyze it any further than that, but I will say that I will keep on making sure I stay on the straight and narrow going forward. Yes, it may be boring and not what the typical onlooker imagines the life of Professional Triathlete to be, but frankly, the days leading up to the race are often the most important when it comes to rest and recovery and I give myself an "F" as in "Fred" for my efforts at Wildflower.

And that leaves me to where I am at now. Five days later on the Zpak and I am feeling much better. I have a ton of packing a head of me in the next 24 hours as I head for summer training back in Madison, Wisconsin. I have given things a lot of thought between Memphis in May and Ironman Texas. As of now I am planning on leaving Tucson on Wednesday morning at the "crack-a-ja-we-a" to make another 1,000+ mile drive to the middle of the country. While on a Zpak I have a rule that I only do zone 1 activity to bottom of zone 2. I actually feel it makes things better as it loosens up the chest a bit. Being on the Zpak and the speed training leading up into Wildflower has led me to be woefully under trained for an endurance event like Ironman so the plan is to take the day in stride. If I feel ok then I will continue on. However, if at any point I don't feel ok, then I will pull the plug at Texas. It is already difficult enough to move and race in the same trip, but I still think I have the potential to do well at Ironman Texas on Saturday.

My weekly swimbike, and run totals:

Total: 152 Miles / 14 hours 47 minutes
Swim: 18,850 yards / ~11 miles / 5 hours 19 minutes
Bike: 121 miles / 7 hours 01 minutes
Run: 20 miles / 2 hours 25 minutes
Core:  0 sessions / 0 hours 0 minutes


1 comment:

  1. Can't wait to follow you again. :) I have a few friends racing IM Texas.

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