Thursday, June 23, 2011

Adjusting and Fine-tuning

This week's been rough. I'm at the end of the third week of a very tough training block on the bike, with one more to come. I'm also at the end of a my second big running week in a row. In the past ten days, I've run over 70 miles. That's a lot for me, and when you combine that with all the high-intensity riding I've been doing, you might be able to imagine just how broken down my legs feel right now.

I'm supposed to run long (20 miles) again on Sunday, run hard through the week, and then take a week off before I tackle my final long run (21 miles) of the training program two weeks from Sunday. But... I don't think that's going to happen. As much as I'd like to squeeze two 20+ mile runs in before Vineman, my body's telling me otherwise.

The plan now is to lop a week off of this running block (down to two weeks from three) and take next week easy. After that rest week, I'll have one more "on" week (and try to hit that 20-miler) at three weeks out and then taper the mileage down significantly from there.

This cycling block ends Tuesday. At that point, I'll take a light week before ratcheting it back up for two weeks before starting to reduce mileage, intensity, and enjoy a short taper.

As my runs and rides become shorter and more infrequent, there are two things I have to do. The first: eat less. I'm running pretty close to #raceweight right now - the last thing I want to do is put on extra pounds in the weeks leading up to the race itself.

The second: swim more! At this point, I'm swimming three to four times a week for about 30 minutes at a time. I'd like to go from two hours per week to four hours per week by the end of July. (I'm not really focusing on the swim, so four hours per week should be enough to get me through the first leg of the triathlon.)

My legs are falling apart, and running this week has been... unpleasant... but I think a little rest will cure those ails. At five weeks, I'm feeling pretty darn good about this race. Time to start fine-tuning.