For Nicole Truxes, a professional triathlete from Tempe, Arizona, triathlon training is a way of life. The 23-year-old entered the world of triathlon during her freshman year at the University of Arizona. She wanted something to replace swimming since she wasn’t swimming at the college level.
Truxes joined TriCats, U of A’s student triathlon club. Triathlon was the perfect fit, and Truxes was ultimately chosen for USA Triathlon’s College Recruitment Program after she graduated.
For Truxes, training is a full-time job. Here’s a snapshot of a typical week of training for Nicole:
Monday: Recovery Day
Tuesday: Swim with Sun Devil Masters
, two-hour bike interval workout on trainer (36mi)
Wednesday: Swim with masters, one hour, 15 minute run at moderate endurance pace (10 mi)
Thursday: Swim with masters, one hour, 35-minute Group Ride (27 mi), 40 min easy run (5 mi)
Friday: Swim with masters, one hour, 10-minute run with 5 miles fast tempo (6:30-40 pace) (9 mi total)
Saturday: three-hour group bike ride (56 mi)
Sunday: two-hour bike interval workout (34 mi), 50-minute run off the bike, first 5 K tempo (6:40 pace), then 3 miles easy (6 miles total)
Total mileage for the week: Bike 143 miles, Run 30 miles
Truxes works with endurance coach Brian Grasky of Grasky Endurance Coaching
to keep her training regimen consistent. Since not all of us can have a coach, Truxes also suggests joining a triathlon club to find training partners.
If you’re inspired by Nicole’s training, try a variation of one of her workouts for yourself!