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Is one week enough time to recover?(4 posts)

Is one week enough time to recover?empacher6seat
Oct 10, 2002 12:25 PM
I'm planning my races for next summer and I'm dissapointed to find the two I was most excited about (Victoria International Oly and New Balance 1/2 IM) are only 7 days apart. The oly distance tri is first, then the 1/2 the next weekend. I was planning to go balls-out on the oly distance and just try to finish the 1/2 (it will be my first 1/2 attempt). Do you think that's enough time to recover? Any advice?
Haven't had that exact senario, but I think it's do-able.js5280
Oct 10, 2002 1:39 PM
This summer I did an Xterra (harder than Olympic IMO), a 24 hour MTB race (team not solo), and an Olympic over 3 consecutive weekends. I'm no uber-athlete either, just a middle of the pack age grouper. Sounds like a fun summer you have going!
re: Is one week enough time to recover?brider
Oct 11, 2002 7:25 AM
I would routinely do triple weekends consecutively, and did well. Depends on YOU, but I had no trouble recovering from an oly in one week (actually, more like two days). Of course, that was YEARS ago... Don't know if I'd do as well now. But given your goals for the two races, it's definitely doable.
Yes, it is...sn69
Oct 12, 2002 5:54 PM
...But, your recovery is also dependant on your general physiology and your effort at the first race. I've found that a short course to long course transition seperated by a week works well for me, for example, in years past I've used the San Diego International to prep for the Half Vineman. Likewise, I've used the LA Marthon to prep for Wildflower. As with anything else, however, you might need to conserve just a bit at the first race and then really concentrate on active recovery during the week in between. By that, I mean, swim, run/bike lightly (no intervals or hills and no speed work) and stretch. Above all else, hydrate and sleep. People always under-estimate that last factor.

I realize that you want to push the throttle to the stops at the first race, but I'd suggest conserving just a bit, perhaps on the run only. Maybe you can use the first race's swim and bike as benchmark workouts.

Remember, jumping from Olympic to Long Course isn't simply doubling one's effort any more than Long Course to Full IM is. I speak from experience. Have fun, particularly at the second race. Personally, I've found Long Course/Half IM to be my favorite distance.

Best of luck,