One Week to Go

I start the last week of training for the Racing 4 Recovery Sprint Triathlon. My rental wet suit is out on the truck for delivery and I am expecting it today. I ran 9 miles this morning for my long workout, and I hope to get 2 – 2.5 hours in tomorrow on the bike, then I will start tapering for the race. I am still a bit frustrated that I have not been able to get my weight under 230, but I feel strong and am starting to have to consider buying new clothes, especially pants. I guess I shouldn’t complain.

Now I need to start doing things like preparing checklists and start planning/organizing the day. I just received the information letter from the race organizers that tells me everything I need to bring that I wouldn’t have thought of. 10 buck for the USA Triathlon one-day membership, a “reusable” bag for the SWAG.

I am looking forward to this race to test the last 6 weeks of training I have been doing.

Three Weeks to go.

I have just crossed the three weeks to go line for my first outdoor triathlon. I have ordered my rental wetsuit which should arrive next week. Last night, I took my road bike off the trainer for the first time in a long time and got in 20 miles. I did have 2 minor mechanical issues. The first one is when I dropped into my smallest cog, it spun right off the cassette. Since this is not a tool someone would normally carry on a ride, I had to improvise and managed to get everything back on and tightened down so I could get home. The other issue was one of my bar end plugs popped out. It felt great to be out riding and the road bike was very comfortable for the 20 miles I rode it. According to Motionbased I averaged 17.6 miles per hour when I was moving. I am very pleased with that, because I have not ridden the road bike outside very much. It is also looking like I am going to shift my rest day from Sunday to Monday, so I can run and bike outside on the weekend. I think this will work out well.

Wasting a Beautiful Weekend Is Really Annoying

Unfortunately this weekend is becoming typical. I have the best of intentions of getting in my long workout and something happens that prevents it. It is usually very easy to get in the weekday workouts at 4:30 am, the real trick is to get the weekend workouts in. This weekend started with a 10:30 soccer game for my daughter’s team (I am one of the assistant coaches.) After the game, we had the day planned out so if I wanted to get my long workout in, it would have to be first thing in the morning. The last thing I wanted to to was get out of bed at 4:00 am on a Saturday. Guess I would have to put off that workout until Sunday. Sunday morning started off normal. I got up and made my coffee and sat down at the computer to check email and catch up on news. Then the pager went off and Sunday was shot. Work would keep me busy from 7:00 am until 7:00 pm. A long workout after 7:00 pm would have pushed my bedtime and made Monday’s workout that much more difficult. So instead, I held off and did my normal Monday workout. I swam 1600m this morning. It was a really good work out, I can still feel the burn.