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adjusting a weeks training for a race

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    AnastasiaJ
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    I purchased the 2021 ironman level 1 run hr and bike power program which I began on May 10th- about 20 weeks into the schedule I am doing a sprint distance for fun with my family on Sept 26th. Instead of an ironman two weeks later I’m actually just running a marathon on October 9th. I decided to try the ironman schedule to see how I can handle that kind of training with lupus – this year is kind of an experiment overall. Should I adjust that week at all for the sprint race? Or as its such a short distance and my training that day is a lot longer just go with the week as planned.

    Thanks!!
    Anastasia

    #12837
    David Warden
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    Anastasia,

    I love your attitude: “I’ll just try out IM-Level training to see what it’s like.” Next up: “I think I’ll get a law degree just for the experience…”

    Yes, you can dramatically decrease your training the week of the Sprint. Cut it back to maybe 6 total hours, 1.5 running 3 biking and 1.5 swimming.

    Technically, you are correct, it is such a short distance that you don’t have to change anything. If you really don’t’ care about the result, don’t’ change a thing. If you add a light taper, you’ll do better.

    David

    #12874
    AnastasiaJ
    Participant

    David,

    HAHAHAHA – Well Lupus is tricky and if I also had the pressure of an Ironman race while I was trying to figure out any new triggers for a lupus flare for this load of training – I’d definitely have some issues. I have to say though – so far I’m adapting well – in week 7 and I’ve only missed two days – one on which I was totally wiped and had my monthly lupus IV treatment and the other was a family event. I’m definitely not fast and my HR has me walking a lot but I’m still progressing safely and that’s what’s most important to me. Thanks for your feedback for my sprint week. I’m going to see how I feel. I may just opt to operate at the lower end of my HR zones that week and keep it going.

    Thanks again! (also no law degree for experience in my future)
    Anastasia

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