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2014-07-15 9:48 AM

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Subject: Establishing a base
I'm new to triathlon, and am training for an Oly in mid August. I think I'll survive it. I'm curious how long it takes for your body to adapt to the training and establish a good base. I've been training 3-4 days a week April through May, and now 6 days a week June - July. When I go back and look at the old workouts, I can see the improvements, but it seems like it's going to be 10 months of 6 days/week workouts before I can consider a HIM, and another 10 months of the same for an IM ...

Just curious how quickly our bodies can adapt.

For reference - The race is August 9: Last weeks workouts:

Monday: 15.5mi bike @ 15.5 mph
Tuesday: 1000m swim @ 2:10/100m
30min weight training
Wednesday: 4mi run @ 9:40/mi
Thursday: 1000m swim @ 2:05/100m
3mi walk (not for training, legs needed stretching)
Friday: Brick - 14.5mi bike @16.9mph
1mi run @ 9:00/mi
Saturday: REST!!!
Sunday: Run - Sprints @ local track

Regards,

Randall


2014-07-15 9:58 AM
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Subject: RE: Establishing a base

You are at about 5-6 hours per week and not much of it is running.....maybe 6-7 miles?  You need more.  Add it in days of running, not distance as you work your way up.

And to answer your question......you are in the very early stages of building a base.....don't be in a hurry to increase race distance, you've got quite a ways to go.

2014-07-15 9:58 AM
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Subject: RE: Establishing a base
I should have searched, bad forum etiquette. Sorry. I'll read those other posts first.
2014-07-15 10:50 AM
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Subject: RE: Establishing a base
Looking at your weekly total:
swim 2000 m
bike 30 miles
run 6 miles

Your OLY tri is going to be 1500M swim , 24.9 mile bike, and 6.2 mile run one right after the other.

You may find the event in 3 weeks more challenging than you think. I would say you are not putting in the training you to do an Olympic(not knowing your background).

Your run miles is a big red light. You should start running more days every week, at least 3 or 4 days. Don't try to do too much more too fast or you will hurt yourself.

Don't worry about a HIM or IM- you need to be putting in a lot more mile first. Look up some HIM plans and look at the miles you need to put in according to the plans.
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