My Epic Training Day

Posted on February 28, 2011

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As a short-course triathlete I have the luxury of avoiding the 6+ hour bike rides and 8 hour training days that my Ironman counterparts are subjected to on a weekly basis. However, this past Friday my schedule just happened to work out to create the “perfect storm” so to speak and I somehow wound up with a massive training day. On my schedule was a 45 minute bike ride with Tabata sprints, a 5k swim with paddle focus, another ride — this time 3.5 hours — with some tempo work towards the end, and finally a 75 minute run with tempo intervals. All in all, it was a 6.75 hour training day. Thinking there was some sort of huge error, I e-mailed Jesse to make sure there wasn’t a mistake. There wasn’t. So I had no choice but to “get er’ done!” My day played out as follows:

8:00 AM: wake-up
8:30 – 9:15 AM: 45 minute ride on trainer w/sprints
9:30 AM: breakfast
10:20 – Noon: headed to the pool, get in 5k
12:30 PM: lunch
1:00 – 5:00 PM: 3.5 hr ride
5:00 – 6:30 PM: protein smoothie, lots of eating & recovery
6:30 – 7:45 PM: tempo run
7:46 PM: lots of Endurox
8:30 PM: Chipotle for dinner!

There was a lot of caffeine involved in this day. Needless to say I slept like a rock that night! One of the reasons that this day was so big was because Jesse wanted me to do my long ride a day early in order to have a little bit of extra recovery before my first race of the season next weekend: US Sprint Nationals. It’s taking place Clermont, which is extremely convenient. The start list is currently pretty stacked. Not only are all the top Americans racing, so are Bevan Docherty (NZL), Leo Chacon (CRC), and a host of other top foreign ITU guys. It’s going to be a challenging debut to 2011, but it will be interesting to see where I stack up against the other top Americans.

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