The last two weeks of training have been really important weeks for me. I did my first pro race, IM 70.3 Eagleman, and I did a 5-day training camp in Lake Placid.
7 Weeks Out
After racing Milton I took Monday off. I didn’t have too much planned for this week because I was racing Eagleman on Sunday. My main goals were:
- Test my swimming with a 10×100 set I use to see progress
- Activation workouts to keep my body firing on all cylinders
- Have a good race ay Eagleman
Here’s how the week went:
- I smashed my previous best in this workout. My 100s were 1:21 – 1:24
- I felt really strong and smooth in the pool
- My legs were a little flat after Milton
- I tried to spruce them up by doing easy workouts that included short and hard intervals. Strides running, and 30-second intervals on the bike
- These workouts seemed to help breath life into my legs.
- My first pro race. It went about as well as I could have hoped.
- I was dropped by the main pack in the swim after 100m, but I found someone to swim with.
- This was my first non-wetsuit swim, and I was pretty happy with the result
- On the bike I was able to ride with Tim Russell for the first 40k, and the 2 others joined the group.
- This was my first time riding in a group, and I’m glad I got that experience. I learned about spacing, and the need to get in nutrition.
- My power was slightly lower than planned at 262W AP, but that was in part dictated by the group (was aiming for 270W)
- I ran strong and steady in the heat, reeling in a number of athletes in front of me. I was able to back off in the closing couple kilometers.
- Didn’t get in much quality this week, but it was a very successful week.
- My improvements in the pool gives me a lot of confidence to keep doing what I’m doing in the swim (aim for minimum 14k/week in the pool)
- Eagleman was a great experience for me. Both to put together a steady race and get my first pro race out of the way. I’ll now have a better understanding of what to expect at Ironman Lake Placid because I’ve done one
6 Weeks Out
After a solid race at Eagleman, Lisa and I headed to Lake Placid for a 5-day training camp. I wasn’t sure how my legs would feel after Eagleman, but they held up relatively well. My goals for my time in Placid were:
- Get in some big miles on the bike
- Open water swim every day
- Run the run course on tired legs
Here’s how it went:
- I rode the entire IM Placid bike on both Wednesday and Friday
- I also got in a loop of the course on Thursday and added the gruelling climb up Whiteface to the loop
- I didn’t have the high end power, but I was happy to hold a decent pace and get the time in the saddle
- I tried to be aware of landmarks along the course to really get to know it as I rode
2. Open water swim daily (Thursday OWS)
- I got into the water every day for a total of over 14k of swimming
- The entire time my shoulders were a little sore and my pace wasn’t what I had hoped for
- Glad to get into the water because it was my first open water swimming of the year outside of Eagleman
- My legs were smashed by the time the weekend came around, but I was happy to run a loop of the run on Saturday and Sunday.
- On Saturday I had a good pace to my run and it was good to familiarize myself with it again
- On Sunday it was a struggle. I did the big climb into town at the start and end of my run to make it even more difficult. It was a grind the whole way, but I was happy to push through.
- Solid 5-day training camp. 14k of swimming, 510k of cycling, 70k or running, 26:36 total.
- I wasn’t able to do some of the quality work I had planned, my legs were smashed. But I was happy to get in the volume.
- I felt good and comfortable on my bike, which is great because these were the first big ride’s I’ve done.