HITS Napa Olympic Triathlon: Week 5 training recap

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It was no surprise that when both my training plan and travel schedule ramped up this week, my anxiety level quickly followed suit…that is, until I stopped fighting it and decided to go with the flow (sipping Pina Coladas poolside also proved helpful with this). It’s the Golden Rule of training: Sometimes you’ve just got to take a few steps back in order to move forward.

I had been hitting it pretty hard the past few weeks, and with a tweaky knee and some nagging plantar fascitis, my body seemed to be telling me to slow my roll. So a day after I got back from Michigan, Hubby and I boarded a plane to Costa Rica with some friends for what might be our last official “spring break.” It was the perfect opportunity to embrace some recovery time — and enjoy Pura Vida.

Here’s how the week played out…

Week 5 Olympic Distance Training Plan – planned & (actual)

  • Swim 60 min. (bodyboarding in the ocean – CR)
  • Bike 60-90 min. / Run 30 min. off the bike (55-min. spin & 25-min. treadmill run – MI)
  • Swim 60 min. (swimming around in the ocean – CR)
  • Easy run, 45-60 min. (30-min. treadmill run – CR)
  • Rest or active recovery (rest/travel)
  • Long bike, 90-150 min (70-min. recumbent bike – MI)
  • Long run, 9-12 miles (5-mile outdoor group run – CR)

Although I missed my long run, the five-miler was in some pretty intense heat and humidity, so we decided that the qualitative effort had to count for something extra. Then it was time to enjoy some views…

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And make some new friends! Here’s Hubby with an adorable Capuchin monkey. They may be small in stature, but they’re big in personality.

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We took an incredible Crocodile River Tour in which one of the guides hand-fed all kinds of crocs — from a new baby they were training up to an 18-footer they nicknamed Osama bin Laden.

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And on another tour of Manuel Antonio National Park, we encountered all kinds of creatures, including this juvenile Three-Toed Sloth. Hubby spotted him in the woods, so our guide went over and grabbed him to give us a closer look.

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In between, we enjoyed some of the local cuisine. My favorites were the fresh fruit (pineapple, mango and papaya), hand-made tortillas and empanadas, plus Gallo Pinto, a traditional mix of rice and beans.

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Here are Christian and Matt, our travel companions, flexing to demonstrate how we got a little balance and strength training in (sort of) while touring the hanging bridges and ziplining through the rainforest.

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We rounded out the week with a little surfing (Hubby and Matt) and bodyboarding (Christian and me) at Jaco Beach, a prime spot to catch some waves.

Although I didn’t get a structured swim workout, splashing around in the ocean and learning to navigate the powerful waves definitely helped me develop some more open-water swim confidence.

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Stay tuned for week six…I’m on more travels, but will be trying to keep better consistency with training!

11 thoughts on “HITS Napa Olympic Triathlon: Week 5 training recap

  1. Costa Rica is one of my favorite places on the planet! Traveled to the Pacific coast side, solo, in 2009… best trip ever! Looks like you’re having a blast!


      • I stayed at a small b&b near Mal Pais on the Nicoya Peninsula… I’d go back in a second! It was a pretty relaxing trip that consisted of surfing, zip lining, reading on the beach 🙂 Rented a four-wheeler one day and cruised to Montezuma, where I hiked to a waterfall and had *the* best watermelon water and lunch at an organic café!


      • That sounds amazing! I loved how active it was – mixed with some relaxing at the pool & beach, of course. Great food, wonderful people…can’t wait to go back, too!


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