It’s hard to believe that after months of training, my triathlon is less than 2 weeks away.
I feel like week 11 was really important on my training plan because it’s when my workouts really peaked in both intensity and length. Which is why I was completely devastated when I was sick for the *entire* week. And when I say sick, I’m talking the kind of sick where you are mostly sleeping all the time, taking meds around the clock and peeling yourself out of bed to function at life
The only workout I did was on Thursday when I felt up to trying to cycle. I lasted for about 30 minutes and still felt kind of bad afterwards. I really bounced back and forth between knowing it was important to rest to thinking maybe I should push a little bit through not feeling well. But once I started to develop a cough, I knew things were not going to work out well for my training. I’ve always heard that if you are sick from the neck up that it’s okay to go ahead with a workout, but you should put the breaks on exercise if you are dealing with anything from the neck down. I have no idea if this is true or not!
I’m not really sure what this means for the swimming part of my training. I have only swam a handful of times since getting my cast off. I have general swimming skills but I’m not conditioned at all, and this usually means that I get tired really easily from the swim. This is kind of a bummer to me because I was feeling really good about being in the water prior to my bike accident and cast. I have 2 swims this week and then 1 shorter swim next week for my taper.
Let’s Talk About Clothes: Tri Shorts
I know I am breaking the cardinal rule of races but I just now purchased what I am going to wear for the tri. I settled on these shorts and I ordered them from Amazon. I didn’t love that they had butterflies on the butt but they mostly have good reviews
I actually went to 2 sporting goods stores in Charlotte who advertised tri gear on their website but then they didn’t have any in the store. And then I got preoccupied with my new job and haven’t had the time to keep looking. So I ordered those shorts on Monday and they should be here today. I’m hoping they work out, lol.
I’m still not sure what to do on top but I am pretty well-endowed for my height and was afraid to order something online. I am hoping to figure this out ASAP.
I have alsooooooo been dealing with a running shoe conundrum the past week.
I have been training in my Mizuno Wave Inspire 11 shoes. You may remember that I got them right after my knee surgery and they haven’t gotten much use. They kind of turned into my ‘gym shoes’ because my foot ortho scared me into thinking they didn’t have enough support for my feet. But then I started running in them on the treadmill when I had to wait too long for equipment at the gym, and I really liked the way they felt on my feet. I also occasionally deal with a nagging IT band issue when I run, and that has not happened in the Mizunos.
About 2 weeks ago (as my runs got longer), my big toes were in a lot of pain after my runs. I realized that the shoes may be a 1/2 size too small for distance running and I never really noticed it because I wasn’t running much in them. Which means that I’m < 2 weeks from the tri and don’t have a good pair of shoes! I ordered the same Mizunos online in a 1/2 size bigger and I’m just going to pray that a few runs in them prior to the big day will break them in enough to not give me any issues. They really are the exact same shoes so I should be good, right?! I do have a back-up pair of Brooks in case this plan doesn’t work out!
My priority this week is getting back into the pool, at least enough to build my confidence a little bit. I need to put my regular tire back on my bike and decide for sure whether I’m going to ride with clipless or flat pedals.
I’m starting to get a little nervous for race day even though it’s over a week away.
Do you have any advice for a nervous racer?
Any triathletes want to share some words of wisdom for the big day?