It’s been nearly 11 months since I signed up for Muskoka 70.3 last year. At the time, I had no idea what I was getting myself into. I was brand new to triathlon, having completed a “give-it-a-tri” and a sprint, and I was still tootin’ around on my hybrid bike. And yet, I already knew I was in it for the long haul.
Fast forward to June when I completed my first half-iron distance triathlon. Welland was a great experience to test out the distance, having limited tri-focused training after running Boston. It went well and it was good to get a taste of running a half marathon after cycling for hours on end. But Welland is flat as a pancake and pales in comparison to what most (all?) 70.3 courses have to offer.
To make it just a little bit more challenging, the bike course is actually longer than the standard 70.3 distance.
94 KM = 58.4 mi
So really, shouldn’t it be Muskoka 72.7?
Anyway, here I am once again at the helm of a big race and I find myself looking back on my training. I roughed up a schedule after Welland and
allowed it to collect dust looked at it occasionally as the summer went on. For the most part, I mapped out a plan at the beginning of each week based on what commitments I had (work, social, Miles, family, travel, etc.etc.) in an effort to accomplish some form of organized “training.” In a nut shell, I was winging it. This summer, I planned my training around my life as opposed to planning my life around my training. (Next year, I suspect it will be the other way around…)
I made sure to get the long runs and long rides in… although there were several weeks where I only managed one or the other. As much as possible, I completed a long ride on Saturday followed by a long run on Sunday. I also made an effort to put in the brick workouts; I aimed for a short run after most long rides, and added a couple of brick runs after Time Trial efforts on the bike as well.
To be honest, I don’t have a lot of confidence in my running right now. I feel slow and I’m pretty nervous about how my legs are going to respond on a tough half marathon course after a tough 94K bike. I’ve done all I can do at this point, so we’ll see what happens out there.
Swim – Stay calm and strong. 40:00
Bike – Ride smart. Shift often. Fuel/hydrate well! Do not attack hills. 3:15 (long course)
Run – Survive the first half (did you see that mountain?). Pace smart. Negative split. 2:00
Obligatory Weather Watch:
3 more sleeps!