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Tri Training Week 6: Fitter, Faster, Stronger

by Marissa on August 20, 2012

I’m getting stronger, fitter, faster. I feel it with every workout. 

Welcome to Week 6 of my Triathlon Training re-caps.

If you’re just joining me, you can catch up on my progress here:

Tri, Tri Again

Tri Training Week 1: Things Don’t Always Go As Planned

Tri Training Week 2: No Pain, No Gain

Tri Training Weeks 3 & 4: Mind Over Matter

Tri Training Week 5: Fake It ‘Til You Make It

Week 6 Workouts:

Monday – Strength

Tuesday – 40 minute Bike + 15 minute Run

Wednesday – 15 minute Swim + 40 minute Run

Thursday – 40 minute Run + Strength

Friday – Rest

Saturday – 55 minute Run

Sunday – 30 minute Swim + 60 minute Run

Before I started training for this race, I had a limiting belief that I was too old to do another triathlon. 2008 was the last time I trained for a race. To me, training was something I did in my 20s.

In my 30s I was too slow. I was active but my fitness level had reached an all-time low as I fell into a routine. There was no way I could do what my hot little 20-year-old body could do.


Here’s another thing about my 20s: I did a lit of things mindlessly. Not in the moment. Not in tune with my body.

This training experience is better than any other.

I’ve experienced changes both physically and mentally. Since David and I have committed to eating at home most days of the week, I’m eating better than ever. I’m running faster than ever. I’m feeling more energized than ever.

I’m not saying you have to go out and train for a triathlon to feel this way (although if you want to, I highly recommend a Danskin), but I AM saying that it’s worth examining your limiting beliefs, acknowledging them for keeping you stuck then bulldozing right over them and never looking back.

I’m listening to my body. 

You hear it all the time, but it’s the truth. This week I had a hard, fast run on Wednesday that left me tired and sore on Thursday. Instead of pushing through Thursday’s workouts, I took my rest day one day early. That’s huge for me.

When you’re feeling good about a race, there’s nothing like visually examining the course to psych you up — or in my case out.

I don’t know what it is about maps or if this only happens to me, but when I review the course online, I freak out instantly. For some reason, 3 miles looks a lot farther mapped than it sounds.

So here’s a quick peek at the work I have cut out for me come Sept. 9. To view it in actual size, click on the photo.

Swim Course: 1.5 miles

Bike Course: 10 miles

Run Course: 3.1 miles

Week 7 Workouts

Monday – Strength

Tuesday – 45 minute Run

Wednesday – 40 minute Bike + Strength

Thursday – 30 minute Swim + 30 minute Run

Friday – Rest

Saturday – 60 minute Run

Sunday – 30 minute Swim + 60 minute Run

Now tell me in the comments below ONE limiting belief you’re hanging onto and how you plan to bulldoze over it. 


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