Training Week #15 (Triathlon Build Week)

Today is the halfway mark of my 30 week Ironman triathlon training program. In 15 more weeks, I will be treading water, waiting for the cannon to go off and start the race. On one hand, this terrifies me. Will I be ready in time? On the other hand, I am starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel. I have never trained like this, and I can never keep this up long term. It’s too intense, and takes too much time. It is burning me out. I know I will never compete in another full ever again. But I think I will need a break from triathlon for awhile after this. I doubt I will leave the sport completely. But I have toyed with making 2015 a running only year. I have considered doing only 2-3 sprint triathlons next year. There is a Rev3 Half nearby that I will likely put off until 2016, or maybe not. After the Ironman race, I have several running events planned including the TC Marathon weekend “Loony Challenge” (5k/10k/10 mile), the Monster Dash HM (all in October), the Route 66 Marathon (November), Houston Marathon (January), Pittsburg Marathon (May). So, I will take a break from swimming and cycling for awhile, and likely wait and see how much I miss triathlon training and competing before deciding what I will compete in next year.

I am pleased with my bike improvement. I did an 85 mile session this week in 5:15. When looking at my splits, every single one was under 20 min/5 miles. Most were in the 18 minute range. A couple were in the 16:30 range. For a mixed use trail with a lot of slow traffic, blind curves and intersections, I think that I did pretty good. Last year, a similar ride had many 5 mile splits in the 20+ minute range. I am getting used to clip less pedals (I only fell once last week) and the time I spent on the trainer has helped. I am over 1100 miles cycling since starting my training.

Finally, I am dealing with a stupid rib injury. I can swim and cycle, but can’t run (well, I can, but it is painful and it sets me back). So I am substituting elliptical cross training. I will just include that with my running miles. The elliptical does not measure distance, just strides. I found a way to convert it to running miles, but you get very few miles in a heavy workout (a 2.5 hour session got me 10 miles). So, my running stats will suck as long as the elliptical stays in the training plan. I have a Half Marathon scheduled for next weekend. I will skip it if I have to, or maybe just walk it. Right now, I am treating at it as my first rehab run.

The Plan:
Tuesday-1:00 swim/1:00 run
Wednesday-0:45 bike/0:30 run (with transition)
Thursday-1:00 swim/1:00 bike
Friday-1:00 run
Saturday-4:00 bike/0:30 run
Sunday-0:45 bike/1:30 run

2 hour swim, 6:30 hour bike, 4:30 hour run
Total-13 hours/11 activities

What I did:
Monday-0:45 bike/0:28 run (10 miles/3.1 miles)
Wednesday-1:00 bike/1:10 swim (13.6 miles/1.75 miles)
Thursday-5:14 bike (85.0 miles)
Friday-1:20 swim/1:02 run (2 miles/6.3 miles)
Saturday-2:30 elliptical (10.1 miles)
Sunday-1:30 bike (20.0 miles)

Weekly Total
2:30 swim, 8:29 bike, 4:00 run (% change from week 14: +7.1%, -8.3%, -10.1%)
3.75 mile swim, 128.6 mile bike, 19.5 mile run (% change from week 14: +7.1%, -7.5%, -29.1%)

Total-14:59 hours/151.85 miles/9 activities

Grand Totals:
Swim-31:15 hours/46.5 miles
Bike-75:47 hours/1102.3 miles
Run 86:55 hours/511.3 miles
Total-193:57 hours/1660.1 miles

15 weeks to go.



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3 responses to “Training Week #15 (Triathlon Build Week)

  1. I agree! I do triathlons every other year and marathons on the year between them. I cycle and swim when I want to not because I have to on the off year. It keeps me sane :). Hope you heal fast!

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  2. One of the most difficult aspects of training is the mental burnout. I can only imagine that training for an Ironman will do that to everyone. It’s too bad that something that we are probably doing for fun (be it training for Ironman or just a short race) becomes a burden, and I think it’s OK to take a few days off or lighter and get some energy back.

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    • It’s a once in a lifetime challenge for me. Then, I will look for the right balance point. Just get’s a little overwhelming at times. I took it easy this week due to a minor injury, and I am already itching to do a long brick!


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