The last two weeks have flown by! Actually this whole year has but the last month in particular has been crazy between bachelorette & bridal shower planning, the wedding in Cabo, ACTIVEx CAxMP & triathlon training, and increased demands at work. I’ve hardly had time to breathe but it has been a great ride.
As of the end of “Pre-Season,” I was officially 20 weeks out from the marathon. Although I still am saying I have 3 weeks left of this Pre-Season, I feel like marathon training began after Solana Beach Triathlon. These last two weeks were the last two that will involve triathlon training for the rest of the year. The remainder of the year the focus is solely on the marathon.
I won’t go into too much detail but I wanted to at least post my weekly recap update to keep them going!
Preseason Week 2 – July 14th – 20th
This week was a big one and I felt really good. I had a great track workout and ended it with an intense weekend of training at CAxMP. It felt really good to push hard and have a been training week again. I almost felt like I was training for Ironman again… and I almost missed it!
AM: 50 minute spin on the trainer. After not cycling at all since the International Tri, I figured it was smart to at least get one bike ride in before ACTIVEx CAxMP that weekend.
PM: P90X3 Decelerator (full body strength & some plyometrics)
AM: P90X3 Yoga
PM: Track workout! This time Mike was my buddy, although we didn’t actually run together at all (he’s way too fast!). I ran 6 x 800 with a 1 lap easy jog between with the goal of keeping each one under a 6:40 average pace. Even though my legs felt heavy, I was successful! Average paces: 1 – 6:29, 2- 6:37 , 3 – 6:37 , 4 – 6:39, 5 – 6:35 and the final push – 6 – 6:27 !!!
AM: Easy 4.5 mile (Zone 1) run with Allison. The cat is now out of the bag – she’s pregnant! So we have been running nice and slow. It has been good because it keeps me in Zone 1, especially since it was a run the day after a track workout.
PM: ACTIVEx Swim at Fletcher Cove. We did quite a few entry/exit drills and dolphin diving.
Rest Day! I was zonked from the previous three days and had after work plans so it was the perfect rest day.
AM: P90X3 Double Day – P90X Eccentric Upper & P90X3 Eccentric Lower. I had decided this week to only do 4 out of the 6 P90X3 workouts (I skipped both cardio/plyo workouts) and I really wanted to get them in before camp so I did a double. It wasn’t too bad since the first workout was upper body and the second was lower so they basically just balanced each other out and it felt like a hard 1 hour boot camp session.
ACTIVEx Camp (read more about that in my recap here). 32 mile hilly ride with 2,800 feet of climbing, followed by breakfast and a short break and then a triple brick workout. The Triple Brick was 3 x 300 yards in the pool, descending distances on the bike (6, 4, 2 miles) and descending laps around the track (6 laps, 4 laps, 2 laps). Although this wasn’t a full out effort for me it, it was a pretty high intensity workout.
ACTIVEx Camp Day 2 – 7 mile run including 5 miles on very hilly trails followed by 1 hour of yoga.
- Miles Ran: 20.5
- Hours of Cycling: 3
- Hours of Swimming: 1
- Hours of “Bricking”: ~1.5
- Hours of Cross Training: 3
- Total Time: ~11.5 hours
Preseason Week 3 – July 21st – 27th
I brought down the intensity and the volume this week to recover from CAxMP and also to get ready for Solana Beach Triathlon. While I didn’t necessarily want to back off training too much to taper for a sprint triathlon that was basically just for fun, I was also busy (drove to LA during the week for a training plus up to OC for a baby shower Sunday) and tired last week and let myself rest a bit more.
PM: Easy 4.5 mile run (Zone 2) with Asia
PM: P90X3 Decelerator
AM: P90X3 Yoga
PM: 5 mile easy run (Zone 2)
Off. I wouldn’t call this a rest day as it was spent driving to LA for a training and getting home late! I don’t know how people in LA live with all that traffic!
AM: Easy 4.2 mile run (Zone 1) with Allison
PM: ½ mile swim (Bubbly to Buoy event with ACTIVEx)
AM: Easy 3 mile run. I was going to just run 2 as a shake-out run but for the first time in over a week my legs felt light and it felt great to run so I went an extra mile. I was tempted to go even further but I had to get back to get to the expo.
Solana Beach Triathlon –1/4 mile swim, 9 mile bike, 3 mile run. Race report coming soon!
- Miles Ran: 19.7
- Hours of Cycling: ½ hour
- Minutes of Swimming/Floating: 45 minutes
- Hours of Cross Training: 1
- Total Time: 5.5 hours