This training block for my first Olympic race has been a complete blur. It if weren’t for automatic upload on my Garmin, I’d probably have zero record of what I did. As it is, I don’t have anything like what I usually have to look back on. No in-depth analysis of each step, each stroke, and each mile. Yet time marches on, and race weekend has arrived (omg!) I want to take a few minutes to look back at how my training went over the last couple months, just to put it in perspective and see where my head is at. Also, I want to give this analysis a day to sink in before I make my race goals.
The pool has been my happy place for a year now. I love swimming!
- 2700 yard swims
- OWS practice in Lake Anna and 1.2 miles in the Potomac at Harbor Fest
- 400 yard repeats and flip turns are no big deal
- Meeting Megan and Liz
- My pool has been closed since late August for maintenance
- Too many missed swims for no good reason
- Goggles, man
I had a whole separate post about bike things, so I’ll keep this extra short and sweet.
- Long ride = 30 miles!
- Still lacking confidence
This season, running has taken a backseat to swim/biking. After all, I have to do those things before I ever get to run on race day. Even still, I’ve managed to make some impressive gains.
- Running 30 minutes is “short” now
- Meeting Stacey, running 6+ miles together, and eating watermelon in the parking lot
- Tip of toe blisters, the week of the race. Really?
Half the fun of triathlon is all the gear. The clothes, the toys, the gadgets…I love it all.
- Vivobarefoot Stealth II. Although, these aren’t available anymore, so maybe this should be a thumbs down?
- Coeur Sports kits. The shorts, especially, were a game changer for me in regards to bike comfort
- The cheap & cheerful Garmin Vivoactive
- My bike. Sorry, friend, but you just don’t fit
- Quest bike shorts. Seams don’t belong anywhere near my lady bits. These are banished.
- Pocket-less run shorts. Why do these even exist?
- Goggles, man
Nutrition hasn’t been a big deal for me, since Olympic distance racing = short course racing. Even still, I’m a slow athlete, and my race day is going to take almost 4 hours. That means snacks! Like Vivaldi (missing her so much lately…. gone 5 months this week) I’m hugely treat motivated.
- Skratch Labs Fruit Drops because they don’t stick together in the package or in my teeth. I’m also a fan of the Exercise Hydration Mix in Lemons + Limes and Pineapples
- Vfuel Endurance Gel has a nice thin texture and good flavor. They just came out with Salted Caramel Apple, which sounds tasty. I like Peach Cobbler
- Nature’s Bakery Fig Bars are like extra plump and fruity Fig Newtons. Raspberry is my favorite
- Nuun Active and Plus. A bottle of triberry on the pool deck is like a security blanket for me, and I like that Plus is flavorless, so I can add it to whatever I’m craving on the day
- Skratch Labs Exercise Hydration Mix in Matcha Green Tea. Not my cup of tea. (See what I did there?)
I’ve not had my head in the game lately. Depression is a beast, no two ways about it. I don’t want to talk about it too much, simply because at this precise moment I feel like I’m finally crawling out of the dark, and if I even glance back I may slide down there again. So instead of head shrinking, I’m bullet pointing.
- Forgiveness. I forgave myself for any missed workouts and moved onward. No dwelling!
- Lying to myself. I want to work on being more honest when I’m feeling fragile. I can’t adjust course if I don’t admit that I’m going the wrong way.
So there we have it. The road to my first Olympic distance triathlon. I’ve done spring/early summer sprints before, saying that I was going to end the season with an Oly. I tried and failed twice to even get to the registration point. Now, here I am, ready to toe the line in TWO DAYS. It was a tough summer. I had some struggles, to be sure. But I made it. I’m ready. And I’m excited. Next up: race expectations!