14 weeks until IMMT
4 weeks until Patriot Half Ironman (Freetown, MA)
This weekend marked exactly 3 months until Ironman Mont Tremblant!
Hours logged last week: 15:25
This past week was my highest volume week since mid-March! I had a tough week of training the prior week (May 5), so I was really having to dig in mentally and physically last week. I am looking forward to this week, which is a ‘step down’ week. I have roughly 8 hours of training this week, including a rest day tomorrow (actually really looking forward to it) and a few recovery workouts towards the end of the week. I now know what people mean when they say you will enjoy rest days when training for an Ironman. I have spoken previously on the blog about how I don’t like rest days, but now my view is changing ever so slightly.
One thing that has changed in my plan, is adding swim workouts to Sundays. I am now in the pool 4 days a week instead of my usual 3. This will continue until the race. Eventually I will do my open water workouts on Sundays when the water in the pond is warm enough! It’s still chilly, even with a wetsuit.
How am I feeling? I am quickly finding out that Ironman training just makes me TIRED (and hungry). Staying on top of proper pre, during and post workout nutrition HELPS, but it doesn’t make the fatigue completely go away. When I am mentally (and physically) drained, I try to remember why I am doing this and I envision the finish line in August. I know these three months are going to fly by, I’m not sure if that scares me or excites me, definitely a little bit of both. It’s just becoming so REAL!
Some highlights included:
Testing out new running sneakers. I have been running in New Balance 890’s for about 3 years now. I thought I would give the new 980 Fresh Foams a try, given my heel pain history. I am happy to report that my heel felt a lot better after running in the fresh foams! They are very light weight and are cushioned without feeling heavy. However, I think I should I have eased into them (instead of running 12 total miles in them this weekend). There is a low heel drop ~ 4mm and the 890’s have 8mm drop… my left hip and left patellar tendon are sore, which I think it a result of too much too soon in new running shoes. I think I broke one of the cardinal rules. Ugh.
Here is what I accomplished last week:
Swim 3,000 yds at Master’s practice
Focus on slower pace and distance
Bike 1:50 (with low cadence work 2 x 20 min @70 rpm)
Run 31 min @ recovery pace
Strength and Core Work
Swim 3,000 yds at Master’s/ Tabata Intervals
Run 45 min Z1 HR
Bike 1:45 (with low cadence work 2 x 20 min @70 rpm)
Swim 3,000 yds at Master’s practice w/ recovery work
Run 55 minutes @ Z1 HR
Bike 3:12:00 @ Z1 HR
TRX Upper Body Exercises
Run 30 minutes at recovery pace
Bike 1:00 (insert 10 x 30 sec all out sprints)
Swim 36 minutes, steady swim 3 x 600 yds
How was your training last week?