This is it!
Raceweek! The homestretch! Whatever you call it, it’s here. I’m thrilled with my training, and can’t wait until I get into the pool on Sunday. When I consider the swim alone, I’ve come SO FAR in just a few months. I have successfully overcome my traumatic near-drowning experience in Kauai a little over 4 years ago, which kept me out of the water all this time. Time is both a great healer and mentor. I have done the hard work: the laps in the pool, the miles on the road, the indoor and outdoor rides. This week I need to focus on nutrition, sleeping and stretching. I’ll get in the water once or twice, ride and run twice. Friday is REST DAY! The two days before the race I will load up on complete protein and complex carbohydrates to top off glycogen levels. Can’t forget to hydrate! For race-day endurance I plan on taking my EnergyBits before I hit the pool, and again in T1 before I get on the bike. I will load my water bottle with Nuun and have a backup ready to go. Fig bars will be the energy of choice – they are a great source of potassium, sodium and are extremely portable.
Do you have a big race coming up? What does your raceweek look like?
A couple years ago, in time for a special birthday, I made a vision board with some really serious goals. Run a sub-2hr half marathon and compete in a triathlon were two things I *needed* to get done. The marathon is on there too, but I’m still not convinced I want to run it. Every year, the triathlon season comes and I wistfully watch it from the sidelines. I thought, I don’t have a plan, so why bother signing up. In fact one year I thought I would do a super sprint tri, so I started training, but promptly ended training when I had nightmares of transition, getting lost while swimming or wearing the wrong shoes. This was the problem in years past, I always figured I needed a plan and *then* I would sign up. Life passes you by when you are always planning, sometimes you have to take the first step and allow the universe to lead you.
“Some people follow their dreams, others hunt them down and beat them mercilessly into submission” (Neil Kendall)
So here we go.. the triathlon is in June, time to start researching gear, and training plans.
I plan to follow the 12WeekOlympicDistanceTraining created by Karena Dawn from Tone It Up. I’ve been a member of their team for years and am really excited to try their #TIUTri plan. I plan to start getting acclimated with swimming by getting in the pool once a week for 30 minutes, and adding a run after my weekly spin class. The last 8 weeks prior to the triathlon I will kick training into high gear and just hope for the best on race day. I’m also excited to change up my nutrition and strength training a bit to accommodate brick workouts and figure out tri gear.
Have triathlon tips to share? I’d love to hear them!