WEEK 14 – March 28, 2016 – April 3, 2016
The bonus to already being an Ironman finisher while training for another race is knowing what to expect and how to adapt. I had an earlier week this time around where I had to make some adjustments, but it was nothing compared to this week.
First, the school where I swim was closed for spring break, and therefore I couldn’t swim. At first I was worried about not getting my swims in, and how it would set me back. But in my previous attempt at Ironman, I lost a week of swimming as well and it really didn’t make much of a difference. After thinking about that, I put the idea about it negatively affecting me out of my head, and actually enjoyed the swim-free week.
Next was the weird spring weather we are having. I guess it isn’t so out of the ordinary, but it certainly made me change some plans. I finally brought my tri bike up from the basement where it has been serving me this winter and spring on the trainer, and took it outside for the first time this year. I received a FLO full disc aero wheel for Christmas, and I decided to throw it on the bike and take it for an inaugural spin. Even with the moderate wind that I was somewhat cautious of, I could tell that it was going to be fun to ride. I even hit 36 mph during one slight downhill stretch that I normally struggle to get to 30 mph on regular cycling wheels.
The next day was much windier, so I opted for using my 60’s, which are also aero wheels. I thought I was going to get blown off the path. I never gripped the handle bars so intently before! Thankfully, I made it back in one piece.
Saturday was my scheduled long ride, calling for 3.5 hours and a 30 minute brick run. Mother Nature was not cooperating however, and my streak of riding outside turned to a tortuous 4 hours spent indoors. My butt is still angry with me. Being inside is just not where I prefer to ride. It may not have been as strong of a ride as if I had done it outside, but I sucked it up and got through it.
So I adapted this week, cutting some workouts and shortening others. But I know it is a long journey, and there are many quality swims/bikes/runs ahead in the upcoming weeks.
WEEK 14 TOTALS:
Swims: 0 – Zippo – Nada – None
Bikes: 4 total, 5.5 hours, 97 miles
Runs: 7 total, 4:50 hours, 33 miles