Professional Triathlete Training Log - Weekly Swim, Bike, and Run Miles For Sept 24 - Sept 30

Getting Gas in Cali - I Could Never Live There
I'm back in Tucson and the first week of training went great.  After lots of racing and the transition to a new environment, I wasn't exactly sure how the body would respond, but my body seemed to be firing on all cylinders despite the tremendous heat and the dusty environment that seems to really trigger the allergies.  The biggest mishap this week was bringing Powerbar Gel Blasts to the pool.  They completely melted on a September day - this would never happen even on the hottest day in Wisconsin and is reminder of how different life can be across different geographical locations.

As for my training, I will say that the time has come where I need to get serious about my run.  For those that have heard me preach, you know that I am not a huge advocate for most triathletes having a heavy focus on running.  It just doesn't make sense in my opinion, and I myself have followed my own advice as I have worked tirelessly on my swim and bike. However, I have reached a point where the lowest hanging fruit is probably going to come from the run.  Yes there are still improvements that can be made with the swim and bike, but I'm going to focus more and more attention on the run and that started this week.  Now, my Achilles is no where back to 100%, but it is much better than say in June-July and I feel comfortable bumping up my mileage as I gear up for running centric races including Ironman Florida and Ironman Arizona.  Given that last 5 years have been focused on swimming and biking it will be interesting to see if I can make a similar transformation to my run.  We shall see.

Here are my weekly swimbike, and run totals:

Total: 177 Miles / 19 hours 15 minutes

Swim: 22,200 yards / ~13 miles / 6 hours 08 minutes
Bike: 121 miles / 7 hours 31 minutes
Run: 43 miles /  5 hours 33 minutes
Core:  0 sessions / 0 hours 0 minutes

Weight: N/A
Body Fat: N/A

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


  1. Curious why you feel that triathletes shouldn't focus a lot on the run

  2. I won't go into too much depth here but simply because there is much lower hanging fruit with the swim, and many people just end up nuking their run legs on the bike and can't use all that run fitness by the time they get to the run. These are generalizations obviously, and some people get into the sport through swimming. Lastly, it is the run that is most likely to get people injured.

  3. Good luck. I would have eaten the Power Bar Gel thingys off the wrapper. Kinda like when a candy bar melts. I'm shameless like that though :)