It’s Race Week: Why I’ve Already Won
Twenty weeks sounds like a long time. At least it did more than 5 months ago when I signed up for the Beach2Battleship Half Iron Triathlon and began my training. Yet, here we are. Just days away from the race. 4.5 days to be exact. The journey hasn’t always been easy, but it has been amazing.
As you can imagine, many people have been asking me … How do you feel? Are you ready?
My answer is yes. Because I’ve already won.
There are many factors we can’t control on race day. (For instance, I’m already panicking about the weather – which is now calling for cold temperatures on the bike – and the predictable coastal North Carolina wind.) But everything I can control, I have.
I’ve trained harder and more disciplined than I’ve ever trained. I’ve put in more time in the pool and on the bike than ever before. I’m swimming stronger, biking faster and running better than I ever have. I’ve tried to make myself as aerodynamic on the bike as possible, thanks to CogNation Cycling and my Giro Air Attack helmet. I’ve trained with some of the most incredible people I’ve ever met. I have friends because of this crazy sport who inspire me every day and add more to my life than I could ever have imagined.
No matter what happens on race day, I’ve already improved. I’m already better than I was before I started this training season. I’m proud, and I’m strong. I’ve already won.
Race day is going to be the celebration of all of this, not just judgment day. I’ve already proven to myself what I can do. What I am capable of. I’m happy with that. That was the real goal. Mission accomplished.
Last week (week #19) was the beginning of my taper, but it was no walk in the park. Here’s what last week’s training looked like:
- Monday: REST
- Tuesday: Swam 2,600 meters (warm up, drills, sets of 100s and 150s at maximum intensity, cool down)
- Wednesday: 43-minute tempo run (5.2 miles) with 23 minutes at tempo pace (7:19-7:30)/Biked 1 hour and 16 minutes on the trainer (18.25 miles) with 2 sets of 16 minutes at tempo pace with a 10-minute recovery between sets
- Thursday: Lunchtime brick indoors: 12.61 miles on the bike followed by a 20-minute run on the treadmill, increasing speed in 5-minute increments from 8:34 to 7:19 (2.5 miles)
- Friday: Swam 2,200 meters (warm up, drills, sets of 400s and 50s, cool down)
- Saturday: Biked 2:45 on the trainer (43 miles) and ran 30 minutes (4.12 miles) at 8:02 pace (run was progressively faster: 8:28, 8:02, 8:01, 7:43)
- Sunday: Open water swim at Red Top Mountain State Park (2,300 yards)
This week, I’m in New York City to hang out with the Brooks Running crew before I leave for Wilmington. I’m so excited to get to spend time with the Brooks staff and the Run Happy Blog Ambassadors. I’ll share more with you about our adventures soon! In the meantime, here’s what my last few days of training look like:
- Monday: REST and 90-minute sports massage
- Tuesday: 3 to 6 mile run on the West Side Highway (my favorite running spot) with the Brooks Running team and Brooks blog ambassadors (I’m planning to stick 2 tempo miles into our run)
- Wednesday: Easy 30-minute run; Easy 30-minute bike or swim
- Thursday: 45-minutes easy on the bike before we leave for Wilmington!
- Friday: Short, easy swim
- Saturday: RACE DAY!!!!!
- Sunday: REST! At last!
Thank you to all of you for your support, encouragement and love throughout this process. I’m grateful to all of you – more than you could ever know! Here we go!
Do you typically take a day or 2 off before a race, or do you like to train the day before a race? How do you prepare for race day?