I don’t loooove blogging about my training when it isn’t going as planned and the past 3 weeks have not gone as planned, hence the lack of posting last week. Between my lower leg injury and then my car accident, I haven’t been able to run for three weeks. It has certainly been frustrating at times. The hardest part is that I am on a race timeline with 70.3 World Championships less than 5 weeks away. I wrote more about my feelings in this Instagram post.
Instead of dwelling on what I can’t do, here are some training highs from the past couple weeks:
- I can swim and ride my bike! Running has my heart, but I also love riding my bike (I tolerate swimming and like it when I am done (; ). When dealing with an injury, I definitely have moments where I am mad at my body and don’t really want to do anything because I can’t run. As soon as I get on my bike or push myself in the pool, I am quickly reminded that I am so stinkin’ lucky to have a mostly healthy body that can do pretty amazing things even if at the moment, running isn’t it.
- Last Sunday, I finished 2nd at the Colorado State Road Race (SW 3). It was such a fun day with some of my favorite people.
- I am feeling more rested than usual. Running really takes it out of you! While I generally love the sore muscles and tired body that comes from pounding the pavement, I am embracing a little bit of extra energy these days.
- I rode a solo, serene and seemingly effortless century (100 miles) yesterday. I planned on riding long, climbing some mountains and getting lost but I wasn’t really planning for 100 miles. When I still felt great at 75 miles, I figured 25 more was a good idea. It was a fun (and necessary for my mental health) training day that wouldn’t have been had if I was tied to my training plan.
Weekly Training Recap 7.24 – 7.30
- AM Easy ride 1 hour
- PM Strength 40 minutes, straight swim 25 minutes
- AM Swim 1 hour
- PM TT bike workout 2 hours with 6×10 minutes at HIM pace
- AM Swim 1 hour 10 minutes
- PM Core strength 20 minutes, Indoor cycling 1 hour
- AM Swim 1 hour
- PM TT ride 2 hours
Race “training” day – I had been signed up for Boulder 70.3 and so I opted to turn the swim and bike into a solid training day and pull out after that. My swim and bike times were good but I didn’t feel great. Knowing that I wouldn’t be finishing the race and not having any sort of taper (besides not running and resting on Friday) made a 55 mile time-trial bike effort hurt. Regardless of how I felt, I know that this was a great day of training that will benefit me in races to come.
Splits according to my Garmin: Swim 31:59, 1:26/100 yards; Bike (short) 2:26:04, 22.2 mph
Finished the day with an easy 50 minute recovery effort ride
Ride 6 hours 8 minutes, 100.5 miles
- SWIM 4 hours 10 minutes
- BIKE 15 hours 20 minutes
- RUN zero hours zero minutes
- STRENGTH 1 hour
20 hours 30 minutes
Even though my training isn’t going exactly as I had expected in my final lead up to 70.3 worlds, I am trying to remind myself that I have had a lot of great training that isn’t just going to go away if I can’t run for a few weeks. I’ve got my fingers crossed for some easy run/walking this week but I am also mentally prepared if my body isn’t ready.
I hope your week is off to a great start!