Just a quick recap on my current training for the thing 🙂
First of all I haven’t a written plan, on purpose, because that would lead to disappointment since my work life is very intense, so I try to fit in all the training time I feel like I need, splitting it across the different disciplines.
Apart from some detours here and there I have been fitting in 2 swimming pool trainings + 2/3 running trainings during the week. Then on the weekend I have been aiming at a short brick combining something like 1 hour biking + 1 hour running and then a long biking train on the other day.
When I first started training, swimming seemed like the “big thing” but now I see the real challenge (at least for me coming from a running background) will be the biking. Some other athletes have also confirmed on this. This is basically because the swim is relatively short, so it won’t make much of a difference finishing on 40 or 50 minutes (some guys go well below that, but it is not my league), but since the bike is the longer stretch of the competition it makes big difference being able to ride at an average speed of 26 or 32km/h – so I guess this is where I need to put more training effort.
Meanwhile I have finally managed to go near the competition biking distance with a 80km and a 90km training sessions. It is not easy but it is doable if the road if mostly flat and the wind is light. Today I decided to ride up to Ericeira and I had to manage strong head winds (strong enough to ride my 7m kite 😉 – it was gusty and around 17 knots) and lots of hills (>1.500m accumulated climbing).
Here is a photo taken during a pit stop heading to Praia do Guincho: