Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Planning My Next Race

I have 5 weeks until my next triathlon.

I want to get comfortable swimming 1.5k and do several open water practice swims between now and race day.

I want to get a bunch of longer bike rides under my belt so that I'm ready for the 40k distance. I also want to get a bunch of hilly bike rides under my belt because that route is a lot hillier than the Welland one.

I want to keep my running fitness up since I've fought so hard to get it here. I want to do some hill training to prepare for the hills and I want to do some speed work to see if I can run a little faster than I ran last weekend.

I have 5 weeks until my next triathlon.

Not enough time to transform myself but enough time that I can probably make some gains in terms of running and cycling fitness.

Any tips for how to get the most out of the next 5 weeks my triathlon friends?

My thinking?

Run three times per week. Stick to 10-15k long runs, do one speed or hill workout per week and one regular run per week (7k or so).

Cycle twice a week. One long ride on weekends and a shorter one during the week. Perhaps ride up and down the escarpment a few times?

Swim twice a week, at least once in open water. Working on endurance so that 1.5k doesn't feel like a big deal.

Taper in the last week. Watch my salt intake. Sleep well. Eat well.

Any other suggestions?

1 comment:

  1. Your plan sounds pretty good... and leaves you room for things like summer curling... I mean, golf. :-)

    Have you considered biking three times per week and running twice (or switching each week: bike 2x/run 3x, then bike 3x/run 2x)? You mentioned that your run is comparatively strong and your bike is your weaker sport. You'll end up working out the same amount, and time in the saddle is the best way to get more bike endurance and become faster.