One Week Out

My Olympic triathlon is one week from today, and I’m happy to say that my final full week of training was a good one.  I’ve been able to get all of my planned training done this week, except one strength workout.  I finished this morning with a bike/run brick in Little Rock, and it was the high point of the week.

The temperatures have finally broken here, at least for a little while.  It was actually in the mid 60s when I started out at 7:30 this morning.  Riding down the first big hill that leads out of the neighborhood, I actually felt… what’s that word… oh, yeah, cold.  I took the hill route that I’ve been riding this week one more time, but added on a few more side roads to bump the mileage up to 25.  Not a huge ride, but it equals the distance of the bike leg on the triathlon, so it fit the bill.

Riding through the country roads, lined with trees, and with very few cars, was a nice break from my most common Tampa rides with heavy traffic for the first few miles.  The hills are, surprisingly, another nice break.  At first I like riding the flat lands in Florida, but after a while all the routes start to look the same.  The rolling hills provide an extra punch to the workout, and make the route more scenic.

The run segment of the brick was only three miles, and I didn’t exactly hit the streets right off the bike.  It took me a few minutes to switch shoes, and I wolfed down a little nutrition before getting started.  It was still pleasant, but the temperatures were starting to climb by the time I made it back out the door.  The toughest part of the run was the first 3/4 of a mile… headed down the same steep hill that marked the start of the bike leg.  The pounding on the knees after 25 miles on the bike was a little painful, but the route flattened out once I cleared the neighborhood.

I’m already starting to walk myself through the race next week, especially the swim.  I like to think my way through every step to familiarize myself with the process.  It also helps me plan for the packing, which will occur later in the week.  The swim course is two loops of a triangular course, so that should at least help break it into manageable chunks psychologically.  I’m familiar with the bike and run routes, having done them last month in the duathlon.

This promises to be a busy week… not necessarily what you want when you’re heading into your “A” race.  The key will be to take things one day at a time, and keep calm.  Not bad advice for everyday, come to think about it.

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