I didn’t have a training plan this week. I have a coach that I’ve hired to get me to the starting and finish line of Ironman Chattanooga, and basically this week he just said to swim, bike, and run in a reverse taper fashion. Runs should be easy, and there should be more biking and swimming than there had been. Keeping that in mind and looking back on the week, I’m going to say I was successful. I kind of wish I’d gotten one more run in, but I guess I have tons of time for that going forward.
This whole “no training plan” thing was a bit odd for my training plan obsessed brain. I can’t remember the last time I didn’t have one. It was a little freeing in a sense, but at the same time with thoughts of races coming up I still worry that I’m not doing enough or I’m not doing the right thing. At the same time I like getting to pick what I want to do for the day, even if it kind of just looks similar to training plans I’ve had in the past.
Workouts this week:
Monday: Off day!
Tuesday: I got on the trainer and rode for an hour. I don’t have anything on my bike that tells me how far or fast I’m going, but I’m fairly certain I was holding at least the 17 mph that I gave myself.
Wednesday: I ran 5 miles in the cool weather, and I held 9:11 pace. It was perfection, though it may have been a little faster than it should have been for reverse taper.
Thursday: I swam 2100 yards with a set I made up and then rode 17.2 miles on a fancy spin bike at the YMCA.
Friday: Ran 4 miles without a watch after work.
Saturday: Ran 10.2 miles of bridges with Tori, Meg, and Patrick. I felt amazing for some reason and ran the bridges more successfully than I ever have before. I was really able to pick up my speed going up the bridges, and on the way down I was able to use the momentum better than I have before. I saw 7:00/mile and 6:45/mile a couple times on the descent, and I saw it for long enough that I know I was sustaining it for a bit. I felt a little out of control and like I was going to fall down any moment, but it was fun to run that fast and feel what that speed is like in my legs. My average pace for the run was 9:24.
Sunday: I drove to Ft. De Soto to meet up with a bunch of people again, and we had a good ride. We rode just under 30 miles and averaged 17.7 MPH. There was an incredibly headwind that made it feel like we were riding into a wall, but the tailwind was nice. I don’t think the tailwind made the headwind worth it though…
It’s weird how coming out of 70.3 training I don’t really look at 30 miles like I should. I know it’s a solid ride, but it doesn’t feel that long because of the last long rides I was doing before weekend rides stopped for marathon training.
It was a good week, but I’m ready to get back on a plan. My next goal is a half marathon PR. I’ll share my plan for that in the next few days. For now I’m just looking forward to running ZOOMA Florida next weekend in Amelia Island with a bunch of blogger friends, some I’ve met in person and others I’m looking forward to meeting!
Do you like to have a long term plan, a weekly plan, or do you prefer no plan at all?