Hey guys! It is hard to believe my triathlon training is almost over but I’m reaching the end of my 13th week of training and the tri is in 3 DAYS!
This has been such a journey for me. I have an entire post coming reflecting on this experience but for now I will just say I feel like I have grown in so many ways. I started my training wondering if I could really complete a swim, bike and run back to back and I’m going into Sunday feeling confident and trusting my training. It is a great feeling
Here’s a recap of my training for weeks 12 and 13. I included week 13 (this week) because it’s my taper week.
I was feeling a lot better after coming back from Asheville but still not 100%. I decided on an outdoor run on the greenway but kept things a little less intense. I ran a 5k for the first time in 12 years. And I finished just the way I felt I should- feeling like I could have run longer if I wanted to.
P.S. How beautiful are the greenways in Charlotte? Whenever I’m on one, I just think about how great it is to have a place like this to enjoy in the city!
My first bike ride outside since my accident! I still have the trainer tire on my road bike so I rode my mountain bike. It’s funny comparing how much bigger and heavier my mountain bike feels. I don’t have clipless pedals on my mountain bike either, which was a good confidence booster for getting outside. I rode for 45 minutes.
I had been avoiding the pool while I was sick and coughing but I knew I needed to get back into things. Here’s a picture of dedication: I got up at 4:45 to be able to fit in a swim before work. I swam 1,000m at the Y. There were actually people in the pool that early!
So I got a heavily discounted Y membership from my old job and it happened that the Y called me on Friday afternoon letting me know that they were notified I had left my old job and my membership would be cancelled. This was pretty perfect because it was raining in Charlotte.
The old Sam would have used this as an excuse not to run…. but the new Sam knew I needed to follow through with my plan. After weighing the options- join a new gym ASAP vs. pay to use a treadmill somewhere as a guest vs. run outside, I decided to run outside. I have never run in the rain but I felt like it might be a good experience to have.
Even though it was wet, it was also COOL weather, which was a nice change from the hot hot hot that we’ve been experiencing in NC this summer. I thought this was my last long run and felt like it was a great way to end my training before taper…. but then I realized I had another long run on Sunday, lol.
I did a 60 minute ride on the trainer before heading out of town for the wedding. All I could think of was how I have not ridden outside yet with my clipless pedals but I just couldn’t bring myself to do it that morning.
It was kind of bittersweet that it was my last long ride of training!
I originally was supposed to do a long run this day but to keep things completely real here- I had WAY too much fun at the wedding on Saturday evening and there was no way I was doing anything physical that day.
Week 13: Taper Week
Monday was supposed to officially begin my taper (tri is on Sunday). I missed my last long run on Sunday so I was debating making up for it on Monday vs. doing a short run. I decided to go ahead and do a full 5k because I just needed the confidence booster.
If you’re familiar with Charlotte, I ran on the greenway at the Met all the way to Freedom Park and back. This is a great running place because it’s busy in the evening ( = feels safe) and there are lots of places to get snacks and drinks at the Met afterwards.
My run went really well and I kept about a 12:30 pace the whole time. I have really struggled mentally with how slow I run so seeing this time definitely made me feel a little more confident for Sunday.
Tuesday was the official beginning of my taper and I swam a breezy 500m at the Mecklenburg Aquatic Center. You can actually pay $5 to go and swim any time they have open swims, which was convenient since I don’t have my Y membership right now.
I have been completely dreading this swim because I know I’m not conditioned enough for the swim after being in a cast for 6 weeks, and I’m reminded of that every time I get in the pool.
Surprisingly, this swim went really well. I think the key for me is to not push myself too hard in the water because I start to panic and then get all messed up with my breathing. It seems weird to say not to try to swim fast, but I think that is my strategy on Sunday Also, the MCAC is where all of the amazing swimmers practice (ie Ryan Lochte) and it was kind of cool swimming in that same place. Clearly a sprint triathlon is nothing like training for the Olympics but it was cool thinking about it!
Preparing for Sunday
My last workout of taper week is a 30 minute bike ride today. I plan on doing that on my road bike, although there will be a little bit of ‘face your fear’ thoughts involved. Every time I sit on my bike, even on the trainer, I just think about falling. I’m hoping to have a good ride tonight to ease my mine a little bit!
I got my official triathlon email and have started getting things together for the big day. I’m going to pick up my packet on Saturday so that I don’t have to worry about it the morning of the race.
I feel nervous but happy to reach the end of training. I’m hoping for a safe and happy race on Sunday! Thanks so much for following me along on this journey and any tips, advice or encouragement you have given me along the way. And if you have blog and ever post about training for races then please know I have used that for motivation over the past few years as I’ve dealt with my various orthopedic injuries. Thank you!!