Well would you look at that, today marks day one of a gradual three week TAPER! We have reached taper…uninjured (knock on wood). The past two weeks haven’t been as long in duration as originally planned (life got in the way), but I still got in some solid training.
Unlike last year’s IMAZ training, IMCDA training has consisted of two 20 mile runs, two 2.4 mile swims, three 100+ mile rides, multiple double bricks and the big triple brick. All of which are far more than I got in before because of my knee injury – phew! With that, here’s a look at the past two weeks…and I’m going to abbreviate it as much as possible.
Oh, and more importantly, BIB NUMBERS ARE OUT!
Mon. 5/20: Rest
Tues., 5/21: Swim & Competitive Eating
I am continuing to work on my incredible eating skills, including this taco salad that will only set you back $12. Life is good.
Wed., 5/22: Run
Thurs., 5/23: Ride & Run
Fri., 5/24: A Special Visitor
Guess who came to visit… only the most adorable nephew in the world’s best t-shirt ever!
Sat. 5/25: TRIPLE BRICK!!!
Once in the training cycle we complete the infamous triple brick. This daunting day starts in the early a.m. and by the time you’re done, the rest of the world is getting ready for dinner.
While the triple brick (bike-run-bike-run-bike-run) makes for a long day, I actually think it’s quite manageable as you mentally break it up into chunks. Rather than “I have almost 100 miles of cycling and over 15 miles of running to do in one day,” you break it into the chunks and celebrate each chunk’s completion. In fact, the worst part of the day is the fact that you have to load your bike into your car three times for the run.
I thankfully rode with my friend Tom, where we commiserated about the heat and rejoiced in its completion. I felt strong, probably didn’t eat enough, but was happy to have that epic training day under my belt.
Sun., 5/26: Long Open Water Swim
2.4 open water miles with practically no anxiety. I’m happy to say that I think I’ve beat this whole open water anxiety thing!
I’m about to throw my Garmin against the wall as it keeps malfunctioning, so some of this data is an estimate, but I believe I closed out week 19 with:
12 hours and 13 minutes of training:
8,300 yards swimming
109.22 miles cycling
24.16 miles running
Mon., 5/27: Rest
More R&R time with the world’s cutest nephew who demands to hold my finger (well, I may place it there myself)…
Tues., 5/28: Run
This week I struggled to find the balance between training and life, and on this particular day, life won and I missed a swim.
Wed., 5/29: Ride & Run
Thurs., 5/30: Ride
Fri., 5/31: Yoga & Open Water Swim
Sat., 6/1: Long Ride
Holy mother of all that’s summer. 111 miles in 95 freaking degrees, plus a special guest appearance by the wind. Sure it was heat training, wind training, mind training, yada yada yada. But by the end, I was ready to never see the sun again.
Sun., 6/2: Run
Confession time: I overslept my 2.4 mile open water swim. GAH! But alas, I made it up by getting in 13 miles where my legs proceeded to feel heavy from Saturday’s ride. My body is tired and ready to do this thing.
I closed out week 20 with:
12 hours training:
2,200 yards swimming
135.73 miles cycling
21.41 miles running
15 minutes yoga
So there you have it. Not a lot of volume, but some solid workouts. Taper here we come!