This weekend kicked off the USA Triathlon National Club Challenge Competition, a fun contest during which members of the various triathlon clubs throughout the country log their swim/bike/run training miles during the months of December, January, and February – the traditional triathlon off season in the U.S. There’s an overall club winner for the duration of the challenge, but the most enticing part is the competition to log the most swim distance in December.
It’s SO ours. DC Tri club is going to win, even if I have to log 30,000+ meters in the pool some weeks to keep us in the lead. I made sure that I got off to a good start this weekend, and mid-day Saturday, some of us were doing quite well in the standings.
It didn’t last. But for a brief moment…there I was. And there Rachel was, just a couple spots down.
Monday: Rest day.
Tuesday: 40 minutes of strength training in the morning, 3750 yards of swimming with DCRP Masters in the evening.
Wednesday: A 7 mile run commute in the morning at an average pace of 9:31.
Thursday: One hour on the bike trainer, with 4x5 minute Z3/Z4 hill climb efforts.
Friday: 5 miles of running at a 9:16 pace in the morning, 3100 meters of easy swimming in the afternoon, including some work with new paddles that FINIS send me to evaluate.
Saturday: Kicked off the national club challenge in the morning with a 12 mile long run at 9:43 pace with Rachel, followed by a 4000 meter swim workout with DCRP.
Sunday: A 30 mile ride out in Great Falls and Potomac, including some extra fun climbing, with Rachel and Beth in the uncharacteristically warm December morning weather; in the afternoon, 4000 yards of swimming to add to the USAT national club challenge total.