Hey, hey, hey friends! I hope you are enjoying your weekend! We had a week with very little snow so I was a happy girl (and yes, I will always talk about the weather). This week also consisted of my biggest training day (and week) of this training cycle thus far.
On the schedule for Saturday was a masters swim practice followed directly by 4 hours on the bike with long race pace efforts. It had been a while since I had a 5+ hour training day so I was a little intimidated come Friday evening and Saturday morning. While the day ended up not being nearly as difficult as I expected, it did remind me of the purpose of these days beyond the physical training effects: confidence!
I think “back to the day” where I had training days that left me lying on my living room floor for a good 5 minutes, not just because the day was physically demanding but because I accomplished what had looked extremely daunting on paper. I walked away from every workout and long training day that pushed me a little further than I had previously been, either mentally or physically, with a little more tenacity. While the efforts may not get easier, the confidence to get started does.
a.m. Elliptical warm up 10 minutes, treadmill run 40 minutes, strength 50 minutes
p.m. Straight swim 20 minutes
a.m. Masters swim 1 hour 15 minutes
p.m. Ride with short 1 minute intervals 2 hours
a.m. Indoor cycling class 1 hour 20 minutes
p.m. strength 40 minutes, water running 30 minutes
a.m. Masters swim 1 hour 5 minutes
p.m. Easy ride 1 hour 5 minutes
Saturday: Masters swim 1 hour 10 minutes, Base ride 4 hours 5 minutes
a.m. Run 30 minutes, drills and strength 40 minutes
p.m. Easy ride 2 hours
Swim – 3 hours 45 minutes
Bike – 10 hours 30 minutes
Run + run replacement – 1 hour 50 minutes
Strength – 2 hour 10 minutes
18 hours 15 minutes
Hoping you have a fantastic week!