7/3/2017 – 7/9/2017: Recovery week + training race
Monday – Rest day! My first one in 4 weeks, this was so needed!
Tuesday – Run 1 hour, 4 x 1 minute hill repeats, cool down to 9 miles; Strength 30 minutes + Straight swim 25 minutes
Wednesday – AM: Masters Swim 1 hour NOON: Easy run 40 minutes PM: Teach indoor cycling 1 hour
Thursday – Group ride 2 hours + core 10 minutes
Friday – AM: Masters Swim 1 hour PM: Easy ride 1 hour 55 minutes
Saturday – Easy run 1 hour
Sunday – Olympic Distance Triathlon! 2 hours 25 minutes
Last week was a welcomed recovery week after three consistent build weeks (recaps here and here). I definitely needed it! I also had the opportunity to string together a swim, bike and run on Sunday at the Boulder Peak olympic distance triathlon.
This race was a fun way for me to practice racing without the stress of a longer goal race. Triathlon races can be overwhelming at times! There is a lot of coordination, equipment and things to remember in the days leading up to the race and on race morning so it was nice to have a low pressure race to practice all of this.
My 3 biggest goals for this race were:
- Feel good on the run
- Practice nutrition
- Have fun!
Brick runs have been tough for me since getting back into triathlon and while my run performance at St. George was hindered due to other issues, it didn’t help with my triathlon run confidence. With that in mind, I really needed a confidence boosting run and knew that the shorter distance and low pressure race would be a good time to hold back a bit on the bike in order to run strong.
I had some fueling issues at St. George and while an olympic distance triathlon doesn’t require a huge focus on race fueling, I knew it would still be a good opportunity to practice taking in calories at race intensity. Finally, I really just wanted to have fun with this race. Triathlon is my hobby and brings me a ton of joy but it is also a lot of work and provides it’s fair share of difficult moments. I definitely wanted to do this race as a reminder of why I love this sport.
I am happy to report that the race was a big personal success. I felt great on the run, practiced fueling with no tummy issues (woo hoo!) and I had SO much fun. My performance was not perfect but I met all three of my goals and finished happy. I even walked away with an AG win! It was exciting for me to feel great AND finish well. St. George 70.3 was a huge milestone in my return to triathlon but this race, although low-key and not a goal race, still felt just as important. I walked away encouraged and excited.