OK, I let you guys ask me all kinds of stuff, so now I have a few questions for you. I need some advice on a couple of training issues.
1. My first Olympic Triathlon is just 6 weeks away! Yikes! The race is a 1500 Meter Swim (just under a mile), a 25 mile bike, and a 6.2 mile run. As far as the running and swimming go, I have been putting in more training miles than my training plan required. But, I haven’t been as good on the bike. I have been riding at least 2 times per week, sometimes 3 and I have gotten in a 50 miler, a 42 miler, and several rides in the 25-30 mile range, but my training plan called for my long rides to be 35-40 miles for the last several weeks, and I haven’t always met that. I usually do my long rides on Sundays. I only have 5 Sundays before race day. This Sunday, I will be leaving for a short vacation and will miss my long ride all together (but I am doing a Sprint tri on Saturday – but the bike is only 10 miles). So this means I only have 4 Sundays to get in long rides….so here’s my question. On one of those weekends I have the opportunity to do another Sprint Distance Triathlon. I kind of want to do it because a lot of my girlfriends are doing the race and it’s in my hometown of Lee’s Summit. I also did the race last year and it would be nice to compare my times and see if I’ve improved. I’m on the fence about whether or not I should do it for two reasons: 1) It’s exactly two weeks prior to my Olympic Distance Race and 2) I wouldn’t be able to get in my long bike that weekend unless I did a long bike the day before the triathlon. So here are my questions for you?
· Would a Sprint distance race hurt my ability to do an Olympic Distance race in 2 weeks? i.e. would I not be recovered enough?
· Would I be better off to do my long bike instead of the race? Or could you kind of count this as an endurance event that is equivalent to a long bike.
· Should I do both – i.e. do a long ride on Saturday and then the triathlon on Sunday?
2. OK, my second issue is my 1st marathon that is coming up in January. As most of you know I am a slow runner. I anticipate my marathon time will be around 6 hours. That’s a long, long time to run. I had a training plan kind of together that would start on August 22. It’s a typical plan that builds for 3 weeks, and then has a 1 week recovery plan. I have already started kind of using the Jeff Galloway run/walk method and that seems to be working. I know there is no way I can run an entire marathon. I’m just not there yet and won’t be before January. However, another part of the Jeff Galloway training plan is to do a long run every other week and a shorter “recovery” run every other week. Disney has a couple of different marathon plans on their website that all incorporate this plan.
According to his training plan you only run 3 days a week, which I think is not enough. He does say if you are already running more days than this you can keep doing so. I think I would still plan to run 4 to 5 days a week. Anyway, his plan has you running 30-45 minutes 2 days a week and then alternating doing a short run and then a longer run every other week. For instance – Week 7 is 2 short 30-45 min run and then a 4 mile run as your long run, but then Week 8 is the same 2 short 30-45 min runs, but 9 miles on the weekend. You basically build your “short” long runs from 4-7 miles every other week, and then you go up 2 miles per week every other week for your other long run. So you go from 4 miles all the way to 26 miles in the training plan. On the one hand it sounds great because it really only means 2 long runs per month vs. 3 in most traditional plans. But I’m afraid by using this plan I just wouldn’t feel ready for the marathon. On the other hand you run a 26 mile run in this plan vs. most other plans that top out at 20-22 miles. So here are my questions for you:
· Has anyone ever tried this training method or know anyone who has?
· If so, what was your/their experience?
· Do you have another first time marathon training plan you would suggest?