JS: How has your training changed this year?
AP: My training has a lot of similar tones to all of my seasons as a professional—this is my 10th season. There are a lot of things I’ve continued to do each and every season, but at the same time as I evolve as a triathlete and our sport evolves as a whole, there are new things I need to tweak or add to my training routine to make sure I’m still competitive. A couple years ago I started working out in a weight room to add power to my game. This year, I’ve done a few “longer runs”—I’m notorious for doing 45–50 minute runs to prepare for an Ironman—with my longest run as 90 minutes this year. That’s crazy long. There’s a lot of transfer effects from swimming and biking, fitness that you can transfer over without having to pound the pavement. I’m a bigger boy, so I think my body appreciates the lack of pounding.
JS: After a decade in the sport, do you still get excited about your workouts?
AP: If it involves swimming, biking and running, I want to do it and I want to do it well. I think it’s the challenge of pushing my boundaries and see what I’m capable of doing. You can continue to test and test and test yourself [in workouts], but the good news is you have an opportunity to race and show your fitness and celebrate your training. My potential is always moving ahead of me. I think it’s a good thing, although it’s a tantalizing thing.
Track the rest of Andy’s season:
Saturday, July 14
Life Time Tri Minneapolis
Saturday, July 22
Ironman Lake Placid, Lake Placid, N.Y.
Sunday, August 26
Life Time Tri Chicago
Sunday, September 9
70.3 World Championships, Henderson, Nev.
Sunday, October 7
Toyota U.S. Open Triathlon, Dallas
Saturday, October 13
Ironman World Championship, Kona, Hawaii
Sunday, November 18
Ironman Arizona, Tempe, Ariz.