Two more Triathlons!
I’m in the final six weeks until my first Olympic-distance (aka International-distance) triathlon. The Litchfield Triathlou is on September 11th, and on my way there, I’ll be picking up another sprint-length tri on August 28th, the Chicago Triathlon.
FYI: Sprint distance is usually .5-mile swim, 15-mile bike ride, and a 5k. The Olympic distance is usually a 1-mile swim, a 30-mile bike ride, and a 10k. Some courses are a bit shorter, but those lengths are in the ballpark.
Last week, my training partner Stacy and I drove two hours to the Chicago lakeshore to take an open-water swim clinic at Ohio Street Beach. It was the first time either of us had tried to swim in our wetsuits, and we soon learned that the advance training was a smart move. I don’t think either of us really understood how much buoyancy we’d gain by wearing the wetsuit. Here we are after the clinic was over. Love that view!
Well, time is marching on and I’ve been a bit nervous about training for the triathlons. It’s been a rough month for me personally, and though I’ve been working out plenty, I haven’t been focusing my training as much as I had been. I haven’t really been paying much attention to speed gains or anything other than not falling back. But now that I’m staring down the reality of only having six weeks left to train for the big one, I decided to put together a focused training plan and stick to it.
The best way for me to stick to it is to tell you about it. So, here is my training plan for the next six weeks leading up to the triathlons. So far I’m through Tuesday of week one and I’m excited to carry out this schedule.
For the Chicago Triathlon, I’d love to break two hours on time. My time for the other sprint tri I did was 1:53. However, the bike is two miles longer and the transition times are expected to be longer. So, we’ll see!
For the Litchfield Olympic Tri, I’d love to break 3:45. I don’t really have any experience to base that on. It just sounds like a good goal when I consider doubling my expectations for the sprint expect for the transitions.
I’ll keep you posted on my training and such as I keep my eye on the tris. There’s still time to join us!