Training Week #28 (Taper Week)

I needed to get to taper week. I have been pushing myself well past the red line since Muncie, and last week was completely insane. Over 28 hours of training? A 114 mile bike/23 mile run? My first 50k? My body was screaming for sleep and recovery…demands which were completely ignored until now.

Looking at it, this was still a heavy week. A few months ago, it would have been a huge week. A 15 mile run. A 60 mile bike/3.1 mile run. Two 1.5 mile swims and  two OWS. I am looking forward to slashing it even more next week. Letting the mind and body rest is the biggest priority. Doing just enough to maintain is the key. Also, I am doing some final prep for the event. I bought a headlamp for the second lap of the run (I should be in darkness by then), and I did my first (and only) night run. I am getting some long overdue OWS sessions in a wetsuit-something that will be a big priority the rest of the way. My swim fitness is dialed in, but I need to be more comfortable in open water and in a wetsuit. I drank my first Red Bull (since I discovered that it will be on run aid stations), and will try chicken broth during my long workouts next week. Finally, I am trying not to freak out. I have done everything I could to prepare. Some things are out of my control. I just need to trust in the training and finish what I started…


The Plan:


Tuesday-1:00 swim/0:45 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-1:00 bike/2:00 run

2 hour swim, 6:45 hour bike, 4:45 hour run

Total-13:30 hours/11 activities

What I did:


Tuesday-0:31 run/1:00 swim (3.3 miles/1.5 miles)

Wednesday-0:46 bike/0:31 run(10.0 miles/3.3 miles)

Thursday-3:48 bike/0:32 run (56.9 miles/3.1 miles)

Friday-0:46 bike/1:00 swim (10.0 miles/1.5 miles)

Saturday-2:39 run/0:38 OWS C1 full sleeve wetsuit(15.0 miles/1.0 miles)

Sunday-0:34 night run/0:49 OWS C5 full sleeve wetsuit (3.2 miles/1.25 miles)

Weekly Total

3:27 swim, 5:20 bike, 4:47 run (% change from week 27: +3.5%, -47.9%, -68.4%)

5.25 mile swim, 76.9 mile bike, 27.9 mile run (% change from week 27: +5.0%, -48.8%, -66.7%)

Total-13:34hours/110.05 miles/12 activities

Grand Totals:

Swim-72:59 hours/106.25 miles

Bike-179:14 hours/2616.9 miles

Run-174:40 hours/1019.6 miles

Total-426:53 hours/3742.75 miles

2 weeks to go.



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2 responses to “Training Week #28 (Taper Week)

  1. It is amazing what we consider to be a taper week now compared to about 20 weeks ago 😉 Our first week of the taper fell apart…we haven’t done much by way of exercise. I think our bodies and minds really needed this 6 hour training week and we can regroup and focus for the last couple of weeks. Our bodies are trained and the rest/recovery will serve them well on race day 🙂

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    • I actually hit my goal hours perfectly. But what I did got rearranged. I have done very few OWS, and only one wetsuit swim. Doing a lot of those. Also did my first night run. Need to maintain fitness (I won’t gain any at this point), but I can work on specific skills. And rest. Lots and lots of rest…


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