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A Training Week In The Life Of Pete Jacobs

  • By Paul Moore
  • Published June 23, 2010
Photo: Larry Rosa

Over the past week we’ve been following a training week in the life of Pete Jacobs. Part of a new feature for Triathlete Europe, we’re going to give you a glimpse into the daily training miles – and lives – of some of the best athletes in the World.

Photo: Larry Rosa

And Pete is certainly one of those. Despite an injury-plagued year Pete has backed up his eighth place at the Ironman World Championships with second (behind Craig Alexander) at the Australian Long Course Championships. Up until recently he was gunning for a win at Challenge Quelle Roth (where he’s finished second the past two years). However, a stomach parasite has disrupted his preparation (“my legs and strength completely disappeared, and I could only motivate myself for one run a week,” Pete said) although he is planning to race Roth in less than a month.

Pete has been updating us on his training via Twitter (you can follow him at twitter.com/petejjacobs).

THE WEEK:
Total Training Miles For the Week:
Swim: 13km
Bike: 370km
Run: 72km

Notes:
“This week was a normal week, most weeks are very similar. My run sessions were pretty short since it was the first week I’ve felt strong running and added some efforts.

“Three long rides is something I’ve just started doing the last four weeks, but it is feeling good and I’m getting good results so I will keep it up. I will also keep thursday as a run day (with a swim), and saturday as a one run session day. I ride fridays ride with strength efforts (big gear up the hills).”

MONDAY
Training:
Session One: Long run (20km) Monday. Faded bad with tight hips (front and back) over last 10km. Longest run in 4 months…
Session Two: 4km swim. 1km warm-up, 7x400m leaving on 5:30. Fastest was 4:45.
Food:
Meal One: Brown rice, natural yoghurt, walnuts, sweet chilli sauce, tinned tuna, olive oil. Extras today – celery and snow peas.
Meal Two: Powerbar chocolate protein powder, rice milk, granola, gluten free and almonds.
Extras:
90 minute sleep
Glute rolling on TP Therapy Balls.

TUESDAY
Training: Rest day.
Session One: Easy 2.5km swim.
Session Two: Pilates.
Food:
Meal One: Porridge and almonds and Maple Syrup.
Extras:
Self-massage on TP Therapy Gear

WEDNESDAY
Training:
Session One: Out at 8:20am for long ride (4hrs 15 minutes).
Session Two: Swim: 1km warm-up, 1km time trial, 1km cool down
Session Three: Easy 45 minute run
Notes:
‘I was either eating, training or getting ready to train all day. Felt very busy, but satisfying.’

THURSDAY
Training:
Session One: Short run: 4x1km efforts
Session Two: 1:15 run.
Extras:
Self-massage
Sleep
Notes:
‘Have let go my goal to win Roth. Hardly being able to run in May, meant stress prepping for Roth. Will do better now @ Roth without stress.’

FRIDAY
Training:
Session One: Five hour bike. Included two short stops.
Notes:
“Thinking I’ve been swimming more than ever but not getting fast. Am going to break from pool for 3-4 days.”

SATURDAY
Training: Rest Day
Session One: 2x3km run efforts
Extras:
Self-massage
Notes:
‘Saturday is usually my second rest day of the week, but I had a busy week and wanted to fit in another run session.’

SUNDAY
Training:
Session One: 140km bike. Five hours with five good climbs
Session Two: Swim: 5x400m leaving on 5min. First in 4:47, descend each to last in 4:37.
Notes:
‘Been my best week in months, & happier about Roth now ’

Pete Jacobs is a member of Team Abu Dhabi Triathlon. He’s fuelled by Powerbar and you can follow him on Twitter or on his website petejacobs.com

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Paul Moore

Paul Moore

Paul Moore is the Online Editor for Triathlete Europe. When not glued to a computer he can be found writing books - most recently Ultra Performance: The Psychology of Endurance Sports and The World's Toughest Endurance Challenges. Both are available on Amazon. Paul has also written Ultimate Triathlon: A complete training guide for long-distance triathletes which is also available on Amazon.