i have just finished week 15 and 14 of training and the following adaptation week - which i LOVE. can you believe i have only 12 weeks left to the BIG day !! FARK.
but staying focused my biggest training weeks of all time have always been the peak week for half iron training. in april 2011 i did 15.51 hours for 270k. in april 2012 i did 15.46 for 293k. after this i would be feeling very tired but happy to have completed it all. so it is quite satisfying that for week 15 i clocked 15.20 hours and 272 km and for week 14 16 hours and 298 km. things to note here are that i missed a swim in week 14, i was 15 minutes down in each tuesday windtrainer session and i now track my swim times more accurately. BUT i have put together two of my biggest weeks and i feel GREAT. my legs feel pretty good and it is monday and i am not ready to fall asleep at my desk. this is a good indication that i am managing the training - SO FAR. this week is an easy 10 hours and then more of the real work begins. week 12 is 16.15 and week 11 18.15 hours. i feel alot more settled with the programs routine and the weather is warmer so things should progress nicely.
i have finally decided what it is that really annoys me about some triathletes. aside from the ones who come to swim squad and like to tell anyone who will listen that they rode for 4 hours that morning followed by a 90 minute run. and THIS is why they swim slow. i read a comment on slowtwitch (of all places) that actually made sense. it was along the lines of how the back of the pack age grouper is in awe of anyone who finishes in 10 hours or less and much respect is given to those who are capable and have the talent and dedication to do so. BUT the same cannot be said for the age grouper who may not be as talented, finishes at the back of the pack but is no less dedicated or hard working. no respect for their efforts is given. and that attitude is what pisses me off.
so i now begin another two week block. there are three two week blocks with a recovery week in between to go. followed by TAPER time. there is also mandurah 70.3 in 5 weeks time. this will be the only occasion that i get rewarded with a t-shirt and a medal after a training session.
seriously how good was the weather this weekend !!