Peak Week(s) 2 of 3. Even though its an easier week because of some work training, I’m still feeling it. I followed the “Just Finish” plan for the long workouts.
Monday – run/swim. 60 minute stroller run/5.81 miles/10:20 average/HUMID. These runs are starting to make me irritated. I am so slow. Slow slow slow. And it is still so STICKY! BAAAAAAH! 95 minute swim/3500 meters. I traveled to the big pool to do the big swim. 2.25 miles straight, no stopping. I was, as usual lately, slow. Really slow. And my IPOD died 600m in, so I did basically the whole thing without music. I felt decent until the end and then started to poop out, but I did it! Longest swim ever! And all I could do all day was think about how slow it was, which is pretty ridiculous.
Tuesday ride 60 minute ride/17.2 miles/17.2MPH/72 degrees. Not much to report on the ride. It was (shockingly) humid. I took it easy.
Wednesday swim. 60 minute swim/2500 yards. I was pooped on the swim so did alternating sets of 300 yards worth of drills and then 300 yards freestyle.
Thursday long ride. 2.5 hour ride/43.5 miles/17.4 MPH/72 degrees. The goal here was to ride as much as possible without stopping and keep my heart rate where I’m aiming it to be for the race (137-140) and see where my average speed ended up.
Friday long run. 3 hour run/17.2 miles/10:28 average/73 degrees. Ugh. This was not the weather I had hoped for for my 3 hour run. It started out muggy and sticky, as usual. A misty rain started about an hour in which was welcome, until it started to POUR. After that, it went back to muggy and sticky. My legs were toast afterwards, and I couldn’t keep my heart rate down. Still, its done, so theres that.
Saturday/Sunday rest days – I briefly considered a swim, but didn’t. Even though I did ZERO exercise, I still ate like I did.
Total Time: 10 hours
Distance Traveled: 87.5 miles
Training Thoughts: is it time to taper yet? Why am I getting SLOWER?! I miss having speed. I am extra whiny lately. Where is the chocolate?
September 29, 2016 at 1:58 pm
I’m glad you still ate a lot on your rest day. You need it to fuel all the hours of working out… love the list on Facebook too!
October 1, 2016 at 9:34 pm
You are still my hero. What’s been the hardest part of this? Physical? Mental? Life sacrafices? Blisters?
October 2, 2016 at 5:58 am
Hmmm…interesting question. I’d say probably life sacrifices – mostly in the form of being too busy and tired to do much with family and friends. Chafing sucks pretty bad too when I forget the body glide 🙂
October 1, 2016 at 11:36 pm
I am no expert but isn’t it normal to slow down when you’re peaking? You’ve put ur body through so much stress… That’s why the taper is so crucial to recharge… And then you’ll be completely primed to explode on race day. I mean, that’s what I’ve heard anyway. I’m no Iron man by any stretch…
October 2, 2016 at 5:56 am
Logically yeah that makes sense. I’ve just never trained for one before and for a marathon for example you dont typically slow down – my fastest and longest run was during peak week. But, this is a whole new ballgame.