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A Day in the Life

By Jacqueline Godbe | Sept. 27, 2017, 5:33 p.m. (ET)

(With apologies to the Beatles)

Woke up, fell out of bed
Ate some nut butter on bread
Made instant coffee and drank a cup
And looking up I noticed I was late
Put on my helmet and my cap,
Biked to the gym in minutes flat
Found my way upstairs and cracked a joke
Then Coach Chris spoke and I went into a 95 TSS workout …

Jacqueline Godbe

But seriously! When I talk to my friends (triathletes, non-triathletes and want-to-be-triathletes), one of the biggest questions I come across is: how do you train? So, here’s a look into my life on one of the last days before I began my proper taper for ITU World Age Group Championships.

5:20 a.m. – The alarm goes off. I make peanut butter toast and decaf coffee while I pump up my bike tires. My gym bag is all ready to go from the night before so it’s 15 minutes until I’m out the door.

5:50 a.m. – Arrive at FFC. I take my bike upstairs and set up in the CompuTrainer studio. It’s still dark at this time in the morning so I have to ride inside. Fortunately, I have other people to keep me company and keep me motivated.

6 a.m. – Class starts. Today we’re practicing progressive power bursts. With all of my Olympic-distance race focuses recently, I haven’t done a lot of supra-threshold work. However, the unique draft-legal format of ITU and the highly technical nature of the Rotterdam course will change that. I need to work on my ability to accelerate out of turns and catch/drop the peloton.

7:30 a.m. – Class ends! Time for a hot shower, compression, chocolate and bubbly. By chocolate, I mean my chocolate Kashi bar and by bubbly, I mean my Nuun.

8 a.m. – Second breakfast and more chocolate! More peanut butter too with a chocolate (protein powder), peanut butter and banana smoothie with extra cocoa powder. I think you guys might start to see a theme soon.

9-6 p.m. – Woooooooooork. I’m getting ready for my committee meeting. I’m just starting the fourth year of my chemistry Ph.D. at Northwestern University so it’s time to start organizing my data and condensing it into a few bigger stories. Sometimes I’m amazed at how hard it is to sit still and think. Fortunately, I’m tired from this morning’s workout so sitting in one place actually feels good!

12 p.m. - Lunch is vegetables with brown rice and spicy peanut sauce. It doesn’t look very pretty in a leftover peanut butter jar, but it’s really tasty! I think that’s also my third serving of peanut butter for the day …

5 p.m. – Afternoon snack with more chocolate!!! (Kashi)

6:30 p.m. – Arrive at FFC (round 2). Now it’s time to swim! Today I did a descending interval workout. I like this workout because it eases me into doing really high-quality yardage with good technique and good intensity:

  • 15-minute swim
  • 400 sub-threshold pace
  • 100 kick
  • 3 x 200 faster than the 400
  • 50 kick between each 200
  • 6 x 100 faster than the 200s
  • 50 kick after each set of 3 x 100s
  • 8 x 50s SPRINT!!!
  • 50 kick after each set of 3 x 50s
  • 6 x 100 50 ba/50 br for warm-down

7:45 p.m. – Post-workout Kashi bar. Yes, it contains chocolate.

Jacqueline Godbe

8:15 p.m. – Dinner. John and I bought 30 pounds of fresh San Marzano tomatoes at the farmers market on Saturday. That means they are fresh, ripe and perfect NOW. Paired with some leftover French bread, olive oil, salt and cheese, they make a perfect dinner. More importantly, they make a perfect dinner that I can eat right out of the serving bowl …

9 p.m. – Dessert. After dishes and packing a bunch of food for tomorrow, I get to sit down with my well-earned yogurt parfait and Flipboard. Because I did so well at my CompuTrainer class this morning, I give myself an extra scoop of peanut butter in my parfait.

Four scoops of peanut butter. Life is good. J

Find out how Jacquie prepared for her first international race in her last blog post. Learn more about the ITU World Triathlon Grand Final and World Championships in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, at