I am a working triathlete. Like most age-groupers, I have full-time job to support my triathlon habit. Squeezing in the workouts around a busy schedule is challenging, especially when you are training for an Ironman distance race (Ironman Louisville is my next race). I thought it might be fun to chronicle a week in the life of a working triathlete.
Monday is meeting day at work. It starts with preparing and then participating in an 8:15 AM teleconference. I then have a little break before a 12:30 manager meeting and another teleconference at 3:00 PM. In between, it is a scramble to prepare a weekly report, catch up on the weekend emails (c’mon people, get a life outside of work), and actually trying to get some real work done. With this hectic Monday schedule, I’m usually not able to get my workouts done until after work.
I escaped a little after 5 PM and headed to the pool for a 45 min swim session. A fairly easy set today as I am recovering from the previous weekend workouts. After the swim I take a little recovery break and then head into the gym to get a 45 minute weight workout. I don’t usually like to do these back-to-back, but with the Monday schedule, I don’t have a lot of options. Finally, I get home around 8:30. The Crew Chief takes good care of my nutrition and has a meal ready for me. It’s Tour De France time so I have to get my Tour fix. I had recorded the telecast so I can watch the highlights and skip through the commercials. Efficiency is key for the working triathlete. In bed by 10 PM so I can try and get my 8 hrs sleep.
Today is travel day (or should I say travel night). Its sketchy getting the workouts in but I have a plan. Up and out the door by 6:15 AM to get a 45 min run (hill repeats this morning). Back home, I shower, get breakfast, and then out the door. I’m in the office by 8:15 AM to get the workday started. After a busy morning I head home at lunch to get a 1 hr bike workout on the indoor trainer. Second shower of the day, and then a great lunch from the Crew Chief (Keto-friendly squash enchiladas, yum!). I then had to do a quick packing job for my 3-day trip. Back at the office by 2:00 PM to get one more meeting in before I leave for the airport. I purposely scheduled my flight for late to accommodate my training. 6:30 PM flight to Richmond, VA arriving at around midnight. Check into the hotel and in bed by 1 AM. Long day.
Up by 7 AM to start my day. I don’t like only getting 6 hrs sleep but I needed to get going. Working out of one of our company offices, I have several meetings and preparation for a Thursday client meeting. After a mentally exhausting day, I got to the hotel around 6:30 PM. My training schedule called for a weight workout but I decided that rest would be better. Quick dinner, watch the Tour, and then lights out by 10:30.
Up and going at 6:30 AM (got my 8 in, yea). Big breakfast and out of the hotel for a three hour client meeting. Kind of a grueling meeting but I made it through. The afternoon consisted of more meetings. I had a goal of getting done at 5 so I could get a long run workout. My plan was to find a hilly course near the office. I made it out by 5:30 PM. The problem is, there is a heat wave in Virginia and it is still around 97 degrees. I wasn’t thrilled to do a 1.5 hr run in the hills given I didn’t really have the right hydration system with me for that temperature.
With a 1.5 hr drive ahead of me in addition to the workout, I decided to get the drive done first, check into the hotel and then get the run workout done on the treadmill. I finally got started with the workout around 8 PM. The training set included a long warm-up, 6 x 5 min on a 6% incline followed by 10 min of zone 4 running, and then a long cool-down. 10+ miles on a treadmill is not great. But I got the work in and that made me happy. Then I had hopes of watching the final climb of the last mountain stage of the Tour only to find that the hotel did not have NBCSN. Doh! Oh well, probably better to get some sleep to catch an early morning flight.
Up at 4:20 AM to catch a 6 AM flight back to Austin. My hopes of catching a little nap on the plane were foiled by my seat selection. I chose a seat next to one that had a sign on it that said “do not occupy.” The wiley traveler that I am thought “great, a broken seat next to me so I should have some extra room.” Little did I know at the time that the seat was reserved for an unaccompanied child. Don’t get me wrong, I love kids. But after two solid hours of non-stop chattering at me, I was kind of done. No nap. Lesson learned. I still love you Southwest Airlines; and I still love kids.
I arrived back in Austin around 11 AM. I headed home to grab lunch and then planned to work from home, catch a little nap, and get my training done. The training schedule consisted of a 30 min easy recovery spin on the indoor trainer, and then a fairly intense 1 hr swim workout. I got the training done by 6:30, got my dinner, and then off to bed by 9 PM. Heavy workout schedule planned for the weekend so rest is critical.
Up and going at 5:30 AM. It is summer in Texas, so getting an early start to a 4.5 hr bike ride is a must. For the first half of my ride, I treated myself to the Austin Dam Loop, a ~40 mile up-and-down loop with some nice climbs. After a quick stop to refill water bottles, I was off to finish up the last half of the ride. All went well except for two things: the temperature rose to 97 degrees before noon (thank goodness for my Base Salt that I took in throughout), and I got a flat at mile 62. All was good though as I fixed my flat and made it back home by 12:30. The rest of the day was dedicated to eating, drinking and being a couch potato, mixing in a nap and watching the Tour.
I slept in until 6:15 this morning. Three workouts planned but nothing too long. I start the day with a cup of coffee and then out the door for a 45 min easy run. I’m back by 8 AM. Breakfast consists of a 3-egg omelet with sausage-a typical low-carb high fat (LCHF) meal that now fuels my training and racing. My next workout of the day is supposed to be a 1.5 hour recovery ride. I decided to change it up a little and switched to the mountain bike for some trail riding. I get going about 10:30 AM and it is already hot with lots of humidity. Fun ride and I only fell once! I finished up a little after 12 and I felt cooked from the heat. Back home, I settled in with some lunch and lots of fluids. The plan was to rest for a few hours and get a swim session in late in the day. I did not count on the thunderstorm that rolled in and closed the pool (outdoor pool). Missed workout. Oh well, considering my travel week, I did pretty well to get most of the scheduled training in.
My D3 training plan had called for 15 total hours of training with 12 workouts. My totals included the following:
|# of Training Sessions||Duration (hrs)||Distance|
|2 (goal was 3)||1:40||4,400 yds|
|Weights||1 (goal was 2)||
I’m sure many of my fellow age-groupers have similar stories about their training adventures as a working triathlete. I would love to hear about yours.