Time is getting short for what will be my first Sprint Triathlon in 3 weeks. This past week marked the completion of my third full week of training for it. I spent the beginning of the week recovering from a stomach bug. In the little time I made for training I focused on building swim and run endurance. I am hoping for better weeks ahead. Activity for the week of 14 Aug 2011 is shown below:
Monday: 8 mile long run (7:12 pace)
Tuesday: 10 mile bike (1 hour)
Wednesday: day of rest
Thursday: 45 min swim (750 yd + drills)
Friday: 9 mile long run (7:01 pace)
Saturday: 45 min swim (750 yd + drills)
Swim: 1.5 hours, 1500 yd + drills
Bike: 1 hour, 10 miles
Run: 2 hours, 17 miles
I finally traded in board shorts for jammers and found them far better suited for the task at hand. I read up on swimming and watched a lot of video this past week. I have re-read some of the same materials a few times now, each pass more meaningful then the last. Applying what I learned and focusing on streamlining got my stroke count per 25 yd down to 13-15, a noticeable improvement from last week. This week I will focus on more controlled breathing while I build endurance.
Bike volume was unfortunately low for a third week in a row. I got one recovery ride in on my upright bike. I was sick that day and this ride was the easiest I have taken it in recent memory. My plans to cycle were called off for lengthy Baseball game that proved to be a good time. After 3 weeks of low cycling volume I suspect this upcoming week may be the week I compensate for the recent past.
My dog has been performing poorly as of late so I gave him a bath, brush, clipped nails, and cleaned ears in hopes it would make him faster. I had mixed results but think it takes him longer to recover at his ripe old age of 5 years than when he was younger and less stubborn. Run mileage was the highest it has been since I hurt my foot. My plans to get in an interval, tempo, and distance run were changed because I was sick. Monday’s run made me sick longer then I had to be. I have lost some run fitness since my injury as my long run pace is close to 15 seconds off from where it was but the future looks promising. This week I should be able to get in all three runs.