Sunday, July 28, 2013

7/22 - 7/28 - Professional Triathlete Training Log - Weekly Swim, Bike, and Run Miles

2013 Chisago Triathlon - Swim Exit
Every year I train all winter and it seems like it takes forever before you can test any fitness gains. It can be quite frustrating as the the time creeps by ever slow slowly as you gut it out day-after-day fighting to grow faster than your competition. Without the constant feedback of racing it can be tough to know what you should be focusing on. That stands in stark contrast to my summers where the routine is basically train, eat, sleep, pack, race, unpack and repeat. Racing this summer has definitely continued to reiterate the importance of a great swim, but it can also be incredibly difficult to make solid gains mid-season. Now another week has flown by and the routine is complete but here is a little insight to the week:

After Ironman Racine last week, I got right back to work. There are no off days, only easy days. And as I get to the later part of the season I am switching the focus to build some late season endurance. Many coaches like to add the speed at the end of the season in preparation for their key races, but I find it works better for me to work on it early season and see how that new speed translates to the longer distance. Ideally you make efficiency gains with speed that can directly correlate to holding the same pace at a lower level of effort. With that being said I didn't get in the necessary volume I would have liked but that is ok and will make up for it in the coming days.

2013 Chisago Triathlon - Run Finish
As for racing this week, well I decided to head up to the Twin Cities to race in a great little local race put on by Midwest Sports in Chisago City. They offer both a sprint and half and both draw the local pros in the area and it is always very competitive. Last year I was signed up for the half, but fell ill earlier on in race week. After starting the Z-pak a few day priors to the race I decided to switch to the sprint but had a terrible result and was still feeling quite sick on race day. Needless to say I didn't have the best race I could produce and I was disappointed with my 2nd place finish to Minnesota pro Devon Palmer.

This year I wanted redemption and I also wanted to do a little recon of Devon for what is being dubbed "The Great IronGopher-Badger War". Devon will be the lone pro triathlete from Minnesota competing at this spectacle on September 8th at Ironman Wisconsin. From the Badger's side we will have a strong contingent of pro athletes including Blake Becker, Chris Wichert, Paul Eicher, Will Smith, and myself. Devon was fortunately signed up for the sprint again and I am happy to report that I reversed the results of last year as I captured my 3rd win of the season, and career win #23. Results below:

Overall Results - 2013 Chisago Sprint Triathlon


Lastly I want to thank Trijuice for providing the photographs for use in this weekly update.  I also wanted to thank my cousin, his wife, and son for coming out and cheering me on.
2013 Chisago Triathlon - Bike Finish

My weekly swimbike, and run totals:

Total: 200 Miles / 17 hours 54 minutes
Swim: 21,1106 yards / ~11 miles / 5 hours 52 minutes
Bike: 168 miles / 9 hours 41 minutes
Run: 21 miles / 2 hours 20 minutes
Core:  0 sessions / 0 hours 0 minutes

My Cousin Mark and his son Matt

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