I will admit, I am becoming a bit of a data junkie. I love Training Peaks. It is amazing to me how motivating seeing the little bars go up and down are for your training. Also, it doesn't show it here, but I did over 100 miles last week too. WOOHOOO! This IM training stuff rocks.
Now for the get real part. By the time my long run was done on Saturday, I was toast. My body was feeling each and every one of those 100+ miles last week. My ankle hurt, my shoulder hurt, and I was completely exhausted. By the time I got a good night's sleep that night I was fine, but it was tough!
This week will look much the same volume wise. It will just be trickier to fit it all in seeing as how we have a ton of extra stuff this week. Friday's long ride is 55 miles, and Saturday's run is 12.
What did I learn in Week 7 of IMTX training?
-In my ongoing experimentation with nutrition, I tried the EFS Liquid Shot this week for my long bike. NUTRITION FAIL. I felt alright, but man, is it nasty. I had the wild berry flavor, and it tasted like a liquefied fig newton. And I hate fig newtons. Not to mention is made me feel gassy and bloated and I was belching a TON on my long ride. That goes into the NOPE category. I think I will stick with the Gatorade Endurance and Shot Blocks :)
-I had a fantastic long swim on Thursday night. Averaged a 1:51/100 meters. Not bad at all! I am going to start timing the long swims and see how this compares from week to week.
-I really did pick the perfect training plan for me. As it goes on, it just makes more and more sense and works for me. I love that every 3rd week is a recovery week. It breaks the training up for me. I love that all the workouts are very specific and I know exactly what I need to accomplish for each of them. The build is all gradual and makes sense. I feel like following this plan I will be ready for IMTX :)
Week 8 is another build week, but then next week is Recovery! Happy Training and Racing all!