Looking for everyone’s advice/ experience. I’m on a mid volume Olympic triathlon plan, have been all year. Second to last week of the build block. Calendar here.
Had 1.5 hr threshold for today, followed by a 30 min run. Early this week had hard 18x30s hill repeats (run) and 40 min base run, 1 VO2 and 1 threshold swims, and two hard VO2 rides. Lots of intensity, but all from the plan. Trying to fuel right and take it easy in between sessions.
Last evening (6pm)was the threshold swim, had to cut it short as I wasn’t feeling great doing it and wanted to save my energy for the workout today as it seemed like a key session. I moved my other longer intense run (3 min hard repeats) to Saturday after this brick and moved Saturday’s base run to Wednesday to try and keep my legs fresh for the brick.
This week I have been working out earlier in the day, as the heat in the Sacramento area is here. By 9am this morning it was 80+ degrees in the garage. Started at 730 am after a poor nights sleep (<6 hours). I am not really a morning person but faced with this heat I am forced to do it in the mornings. Didn’t have solid food before, but I had my carbohydrate bottles ready and was drinking those down as I woke up and got on the bike. Maybe my first mistake.
When I work up i took a 200mg caffeine pill, which I do occasionally for workouts where I need a boost. Helps in the mornings. I’m not a coffee guy.
Only lasted ~30 minutes into Geronimo. Legs didn’t have the energy. I tried turning it down 2%, didn’t help. Ended the ride and did ~30 min of a z2 train now ride.
Now im sitting here, wondering how to identify what went wrong, what I can control, and what to address. My legs feel fine now, and I’m doubting myself. Did I wuss out? Lol
Best practices for morning workouts for night owls? Ways to deal with heat? Better ways to manage the intensity of the plan? I’ve been through a mid volume Olympic triathlon plan base/build before this year, in 1 week will be my first specialty phase of the year. How do you decide when to absolutely gut it out/vs call it off with the thought of not digging too deep a hole? These tri plans have 5 weeks of loading and then a recovery week. Staring down 4 more weeks of loading played into me calling it off today.
For now I’m focusing on refueling my body today. Debating doing the brick again tomorrow or next weekend, the last weekend of build. For now I’ve moved the brick run to after my threshold ride next week.
Also for context, just got a AI ftp bump yesterday from 252 to 257, but didn’t accept it as I want to push my PLs as I move into and through specialty phase. Been at 252 since April.
Thanks in advance for any advice.
ETA: here are screen caps of the workouts the the rest of my week