Professional Triathlete Training Log - Weekly Swim, Bike, and Run Miles For Jan 7 - Jan 13

Retired ex-British cop makes sure my stroke is flawless,
 and the trains run on time.
Mentally this was a tough week of training for me. I still haven't felt quite right since a ride that pretty much knocked me out about 10 days ago. A recent cold streak in Tucson certainly hasn't helped things out any either. With that being said, there has been so much complaining on social media about doing rides and runs indoors, that it was actually pretty easy to summon up the energy to go outdoors and do the training. I seem to thrive on others' complaints, and although I prefer to train in a warm environment, I can adapt to a cold environment just fine.

Overall this week of training was another week of solid training for me. There were not a lot of flashy workouts, just a lot of consistency. In fact, this week I did the exact same 1600 yard mainset in my swim everyday. Although the mainset is short, it provided an interesting look into mental and physical markers. It also kept me fresh and allowed me to perform the mainset with good form. One thing I have really been aware of this off-season is truncating the mainset any time my form suffers. On the flip side, I have even doubled the mainset if I feel like I can hold good form.  

Too often I believe that athletes are not in tune enough with their bodies to really understand their state of fitness, mental status, and overall fatigue level. Too often athletes just blindly follow a plan instead of really trying to understand their body. A coach and tests can be great tools and objective markers, however there is no substitute for intuition. It is in blind following and/or compulsion where I see a lot of injuries start and staying in the game is the biggest battle for endurance athletes.

Here are my weekly swimbike, and run totals:

Total: 213 Miles / 21 hours 52 minutes
Swim: 20,600 yards / ~12 miles / 5 hours 38 minutes
Bike: 169 miles / 12 hours 02 minutes
Run: 33 miles /  4 hours 11 minutes
Core:  0 sessions / 0 hours 0 minutes

1 comment:

  1. Some really good points...I dont think I've trained outside on the bike since Kona but enjoy the indoor sessions just to really focus and get some good solid uninterrupted work in.

    Solid numbers this week.