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October 17, 2011 | Triathlon Training Blog

Seven Days of Training On My Way to The ITU Long Distance World Championship on Nov. 5

As anything in life, triathlon is as much about the journey as it is about the destination. With my “A” race now being less than 3 weeks away, I’m starting to feel the pressure. At the same time, I’m excited about revisiting the Silverman race course and seeing old friends.  

Only this time, the Silverman race course will not be the familiar 70.3 mile distance, but a triple-Olympic distance.

With a 4K swim (2.49 miles), 120k (74.6-mile) bike ride with more than 9,700k feet of climbing and a 30k (18.6-mile) run with another 2,000 ft elevation, a long, tough day is guaranteed.

I wouldn't want it any other way. I’m healthy and I’m blessed in so many ways.

Before the gun goes off on race morning, I will have had an entire support system carry me through the many early morning workouts, long rides and runs, spinning sessions and recovery times. 


So I thought, it would be only appropriate to dedicate a post of 7 typical training days leading up to my long-distance event to these very important and very patient people—who joke with me and put up with my $%#@—and also give thanks to my supporters at ACE.

So thanks for tuning in… and feel free to leave your comments, share a typical training day with others and give tribute to your friends! 

Saturday Oct. 8, 2011  

5:30 a.m.—I’m awake. I had all the intentions to ‘sleep in’ until 6:30 a.m., but my body is ready to go, so I may as well rise. At least there is coffee brewing and I can enjoy my spread of thick almond butter and a banana on toast--guilt-free.


I’m heading to the pool where I know my training partner and friend Ki is already logging the yards.  


7:30 a.m.—Arrive at the pool happy to see Ki and not do his workout. My coach’s order for the day: 2,800 yards. 55 minutes later, I’m done.

9:30 a.m.—Driving behind Ki to meet on the top of Torrey Pines hill for hill repeats. He’s laughing now. I have to ride up in the big chain ring, he rides for morale support. Two hours later, I'm done.

12:00 p.m.—I can smell the coffee from here. Pushing through the hard stuff makes you appreciate your health and gained fitness.

12:25 p.m.—I always have coffee after a workout. It’s my reward system and it never disappoints. It’s even better knowing that I’ll be meeting my longstanding running partner Monica for lunch—After indulging a Portobello sandwich with roasted potatoes in a coastal restaurant, I am feeling fatigued, but happy.



Tomorrow,  I will get up at 5:30 a.m. for a group ride in hilly East County.

By Marion Webb
Marion Webb

Marion Webb is an ACE-certified Personal Trainer and Group Fitness Instructor. Webb has worked as a longtime award-winning business journalist, covering fitness, small business, health care and biotech issues. A competitive age-group triathlete and two-time ITU Long Distance World Championship qualifier, Webb competes mostly in the Half Ironman (70.3 miles) and (140.6 miles) Ironman distances.

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