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Marathon Tapering and Triathlon Training.

Sunday, January 19, 2014

I love tapering. It means I have trained hard for a long time and now am receiving a payoff for all that hard training by slowly decreasing my mileage. Yesterday's long run was only 12 miles and this Saturday's long run will be a trifling 8 miler.

Everyone trains for a marathon differently. Many (usually a lot younger) have even started a marathon with no training at all. Casual runners who want to see if they can do it, and many do. Others take it extremely seriously, doing all the tempo runs, hill runs, slow runs, interval runs, etc. All right by the book.

Then there are guys like me, somewhere in the middle. I've never been a stickler for details. So, I get out there and run, and when it occurs to me, I do some hill work, some fast runs and slow runs. Not by the book, but I try to mix it up .

So, I've done my miles. I'm pretty good about following that part of the plan. I do log in the required miles and hardly ever miss a scheduled run. But, I'm doing more swimming and bicycling now and make sure I keep moving on non-running days. My weight training is only 2 times a week or so, now. But I justify that when I feel the burn after a long swim or long run. I'm not sure this 67 year old body needs to be lifting too many heavy weights with all the other abuse it's taking.

The cycling and swimming are doing okay. I am concentrating on the running for now. Once the marathon is finished I will spend more time on swimming and cycling. I think my running base is strong enough that I can take it easier on that up until triathlon day at the end of March.

I am sorta' nervous about that competition. It's a 70.3 tri or half ironman distance. I don't have a clue how my body will react to being in constant motion for at least 8 hours. That's my projection - 8 hours or so. I have 2 months after the marathon to finish training for that, and I expect that's not really adequate time. Still, I think it's enough time to train to finish. As the training progresses I may adjust my projected time But for now I'm thinking 1 hr swim, 4 hour bike, and 2:45 run, and about 15 minutes for transitions.

I know there are triathletes who read my blogs. So, feel free to hand out advise. I'll listen to you, no guarantees that I will apply your advise, though. :)

Today I am going for a swim. it's kind of cool down here in Florida, it's supposed to get up to 69 degrees at the highest today. The natural spring where I swim will be slightly higher in temp at 72F degrees, so I should be comfortable enough.

Thanks for reading and have a great day.


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BLUENOSE63 2/3/2014 7:49PM

  Yes before your race you should do an Olympic tri as it will give you an idea of how long your transitions take you and provide valuable insight to what you should eat, how to pace yourself etc.

From my I'm experiences, I recommend you put the following in your special needs bag...IBUPROFEN! SALT TABS! and your gels. On your bike, make sure you have your nutrition stuff in your bento bag on the crossbars. Take a small towel to wipe your feet thoroughly after the swim and before you put your bike socks on. Finally I would recommend that you swim in what you are going to race in and make sure you have tried it all out prior to race day.....I could go on and on but I will send more tips if you want them.

Cheryl

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GREGGWEISBROD 1/29/2014 12:01AM

    I can't say enough how much of an inspiration you are to me. Such a wonderful role model in so many respects. Thankful to be able to follow your journey, truly.

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WONDERWOMAN 1/26/2014 9:20AM

    I'm a middle of the roader too. Maybe as we get older we get wiser and realize we can't just "wing it" but also know we won't completely fall apart if we "adjust"...the stress of sticking to a plan with no wiggle room is probably more counter-productive. You continue to inspire me daily. Have a couple strong races. I'll be watching for reports.

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BROOKLYN_BORN 1/25/2014 1:16PM

    The status you just posted reminded me to drop by. Glad to see that you still have those serious goals. I've got a half marathon on the schedule, my first in 8 years. I wish I weren't afraid of open water, or I'd try a tri.
I'll be checking in more often to see how it's going.

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IFDEEVARUNS2 1/21/2014 11:28AM

    Good luck. I train pretty much the same way. I'm usually conscientious about the LSD runs, but the others, I do what I feel like at the time.

sorta nervous is good. It will serve you well.

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LISAINMS 1/20/2014 4:00PM

    Ahh the taper. That well-deserved downshift in training time to let your body recuperate before the big day.

I don't remember if you have done an Olympic distance tri. That would be my suggestion prior to your 70.3. It just gives you a feel for what you can expect going 2x as long. You have been doing well maintaining your training during the winter. Now is the time to start working on your long rides. You need to get in at least 4, preferably 6, rides of 50 miles. Practice your nutrition to get you through those hours. You're on the right track!

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SEABREEZE64 1/20/2014 1:37PM

    You are strong. Good for you. I am looking forward to hearing (reading) about your marathon. What number will it be?

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BUTTERFLY-1976 1/20/2014 12:19PM

    Enjoy your taper time, you definatly deserve it!!

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ONMYMEDS 1/20/2014 11:30AM

    I'm somewhere in the middle too. I have no trouble getting the miles in, but I let each run dictate what kind of training it's going to be, whether fast or slow, hills or intervals. And of course at this time of the year, the weather dictates whether the miles will be outside or on the treadmill.

Good luck on your marathon and tri. And remember, when swimming, you breath IN when the head is OUT of the water, just sayin'.

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MARGARITTM 1/19/2014 9:18PM

    I am at week 3 of the marathon training and have already figured that tweeking is necessary unless you are a professional..... between work, a family that demands some of my time and inclement weather conditions training is and will be a challenge.


Once you get through the marathon you might consider a practice or two on the actual course of the tri - at least drive the run and ride the bike portion. If you can replicate the swim conditions it would be good too. Pool vs ocean swim two entirely different experiences.

Keep us posted on your progress!

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1CRAZYDOG 1/19/2014 8:58PM

    Good luck to you!!!!!

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DALID414 1/19/2014 7:25PM

    Oh my gosh, I get a nervous-excitement reading about you doing the 70.3!!!
I need to suck it up and learn to swim already!

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CHANGINGHORSES 1/19/2014 6:39PM

    You are amazing! Enjoy the taper.
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SMITTY4RL 1/19/2014 5:14PM

    Doing a 70.3 Tri is nothing to sneeze at! Sounds like you've got your training in hand, so good luck. Sorry I don't have any advice ;-).

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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 1/19/2014 2:31PM

    Wow! Good luck!

I think the key at our age is to stay healthy and injury free.

Comment edited on: 1/19/2014 2:32:42 PM

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NATPLUMMER 1/19/2014 1:58PM

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ROXYZMOM 1/19/2014 1:28PM

    You are doing great with your training. I haven't done a triathlon, but I would think the transition from swimming to biking would be hardest for me. I watched my son compete one summer, and he found a swimsuit that also worked for the biking and running part. Are you going to try doing all three in a shorter distance during the last two months?

You will do great!

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HOBBESIS49 1/19/2014 12:56PM

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I like your motivation.. and stamina! Swimming in a natural spring in Florida with the alligators although?

Glad it's emoticon you can taper your distance..

8 hours!!! At 67? I MUST BE AN ABSOLUTE WIMP!! emoticon You Rock!

How in the world do you do it..?

One foot in front of the other I imagine emoticon

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LIGHTNINGRUNNER 1/19/2014 12:27PM

    Make sure you fuel well on the bike .

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BIGPAWSUP 1/19/2014 11:33AM

    You are amazing. I'm so inspired and impressed by your blogs. I know you are going to have a wonderful marathon and you will rock your Tri!!



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HILLSLUG98239 1/19/2014 11:21AM

    I like that you're "sorta nervous." Katharine Hepburn once said a little stage fright is a good thing. If you're not at all nervous, it's because you don't care; if you don't care, your audience will know.

Sorta nervous is motivating, not paralyzing. Sorta nervous keeps you focused without causing tunnel vision. Sorta nervous heightens your senses, allowing you to take in more of what's happening around you.

So I hope you stay sorta nervous until after your tri, and then I hope you're blissfully relaxed during your recovery period.

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