8/12 - 8/18 - Professional Triathlete Training Log - Weekly Swim, Bike, and Run Miles

Hay is in the Barn
Looking back at my training logs I can't believe how different the training has been in the lead up to Ironman Louisville for this year in contrast to last. Last year I was battling Achilles Tendinitis for the majority of the summer and that was really hampering my ability to get in the run miles. The same injury worked wonders for my bike as I focused on lots of lactate threshold intervals and V02 max intervals. This year I haven't worked so much on moving that red line. Instead I have focused more on getting more run miles and longer bikes. In addition, last year I went into Louisville after two weekends of racing at Rev3 Wisconsin Dells and Ironman Steelhead 70.3. This year I had two free weekends off.

Although overall I am feeling pretty good, I have no idea how the race will go this weekend. I have built up a good amount of fatigue with 4 century rides in just the last 10 days and a long run on Friday. I know it is very aggressive taper just leaving a short 7 days, but I remain cautiously optimistic about the race.

Regardless of my feelings on the day, I am at a point in my career where I know I can contend for the win in the right field. Looking at the race, the smaller field size suits me and the challenging rolling bike of Louisville suits me as well. It has been a terribly cool year in Wisconsin and I can't remember the last time we had a 90 degree day. This could potentially leave me unacclimated if weather presents itself like it did in 2010 and 2012 but nonetheless I'll take the day in stride. However, whatever the day brings, if I find myself in a position to make the winning move I will not hesitate. The days of me racing and people congratulating me on my consistency are behind me. I'm going to Louisville to win. I don't need anymore 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th place trophies, I want the big one. Next week my update will come from Louisville and we will see how the chips fell. Until then here are...

My weekly swimbike, and run totals:

Total: 285 Miles / 23 hours 03 minutes
Swim: 18591 yards / ~11 miles / 5 hours 39 minutes
Bike: 234 miles / 12 hours 18 minutes
Run: 41 miles / 5 hours 04 minutes
Core:  0 sessions / 0 hours 0 minutes


  1. Yeah go get it Thomas. Will be keeping an eye out from Australia mate

  2. Good Luck. See you on the course and I hope to see you in the lead!