Balancing training in 3 sports…swimming says ‘what about me!?’

I have a meeting with Coach Gale Bernhardt today to fine tune my next 4 weeks of training…7 weeks to Ironman…2-3 weeks taper…so 1 month to get the last pieces in place.

…once you’re within 3 weeks to go to Ironman:

your time is better devoted to prayer than exercise

My bike and run training have gone well…solid…so well in fact that one of my primary questions for Coach Gale was/is…from my email to her:

…I have an issue that I wanted to get your feedback on, and was going to see if you had time next week for a quick chat once I had my numbers better organized

 … the question was/is ‘what do you adjust if workouts are going too well?’

 …sounds too funny of course, but I have to tell you that I’m ‘hammering’ the Intensity compared to our 20% criteria, and in the short-term at least, holding up, hitting new PR’s in testing etc.

 So at this point, I was going to run out this week, and see what happens…but I’m like turning out ‘scary’ numbers, and still intact

 …didn’t you say that’s typically 2 weeks before the crash 🙂

So with 4 weeks of training to go, although I want to get to all the fitness that I can, I don’t want to spiral through the top, over-train and break something or get sick…so the constant training theme…push the limits…but not too far.

The one thing that I’m seeing in the quest for bike and run dominance is that I’m stepping on my swim workouts, and not getting the quality that I should there…so need to make some adjustments to ‘protect’ the swim training so that I’m not as tired as I have been on swim training days.

I had a lot of focus on the swim about a month ago, and had very good improvements…as the bike and run have wound up in Intensity and Volume, they’ve ended up crowding the swim training…the swimming is still about 7000 yards a week, 3:30-4:00 hours a week, 3-4 workouts a week…but I haven’t been getting through the workouts as ‘cleanly’ ‘according to the workout spec’ as I should be.

If it were just bike and run, I think I’d be in great shape now, and could continue my training path…but there is that 2.4 mile swim to start the day, and that needs to be smooth, relaxed, efficient…so I will need to pull the bike/run stuff back a bit to make some more room for it over the next month.

…reminds me of a friend of mine that was always complaining that it was impossible to find good help to keep his outdoor pool and garden maintained

…sort of a high-end type of ‘problem’ to have 🙂


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5 Responses to Balancing training in 3 sports…swimming says ‘what about me!?’

  1. Anne Boone says:

    I’m in the same boat. Bike and run are on target. Swim needs work. I did my second 2 mile (1 1/2 hour) swim in the pool this AM. Was a little easier than last week. Plan to do two 2 mile swims plus a one miler each week for the next 6 weeks. Last 100 mile ride will be 3 weeks before IMFL. Last 16 mile run 2 weeks before. I love the taper!

    How’s your daughter’s training coming?

    • Dad says:

      Anne, as it turns out I did speak with Iron Daughter on Sunday morning via Skype video…at the time she was having a ‘lie-in’, and contemplating the timing of her long run on what was forecast to be a rainy day.

      …lucky for her, I was able to confirm on radar that the rain had passed for the moment, and that ‘right now’ looked like a good time 🙂

      She did say that training was going well, hitting her workout targets, so all good…

      • Daughter says:

        How I love technology!
        Turns out I had a great 21k run on Sunday – the weather was a perfect balance of post-rain cool and sunshine.

        Anne – thanks for your interest.. it’s good to have some extra eyes on my progress! I’ll try to put an update up tonight… but as my dad notes it’s going generally quite well 🙂

        • Dad says:

          Yeah what’s a Dad for anyway if there’s not a little ‘help’ along the way 🙂

          …good job on 21K! (13+ miles for the ‘Imperial’ group)

          I have to tell you that you looked pretty ‘cozy’ on a Sunday morning…and to get out and crank out a long run for over a couple of hours takes a special person

          …makes a Dad proud…well I almost deleted that so that it didn’t sound so schmaltzy, but that’s how it feels so there it is…not just the run of course…the whole package is pretty remarkable 🙂

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