Nine weeks… here we go…
3 Weeks until Mass State Olympic Triathlon (my next race)
9 Weeks until IMMT! (54 DAYS)
Hours Logged last week: 10 (12, if you count our hike on Sunday)
Favorite training quote this week:
“When the pain comes, you know what I do? I smile..” –Chris McCormick
The first day of Summer was on Friday, which makes it more and more a reality that I will be racing my first Ironman VERY soon. The fact that it’s nearly July, is starting to freak me out just a littttle bit. I can’t believe I am less than two months away from Ironman Mont Tremblant and I have a feeling these next several weeks are going to go by faster than I can believe.
Here’s the thing my friends, when you are training approximately 15-20 hours a week and working full time, the days and weeks go by so fast, you don’t even know what hit you. All of the training and the days just blend together. I am in tunnel vision until August 17th, and while I am sad that my Summer is going to most definitely go by fast, I am ok with that. I’m training for an Ironman after all. I knew what I was getting into when I hit that registration button. Plus, Fall is my favorite season anyway and I will get to enjoy it post-race!
How am I feeling?
Now that I am getting so closer to the race, I am starting to feel ‘ready.’ I can honestly say that I am confident that I will be ready for the BIG race and I am feeling this sense of readiness more and more every day. Brick workouts are becoming, dare I say, easy. Riding the bike for many hours on end, while keeping a solid pace, seems like second nature. I raced my Half Ironman last weekend and I wasn’t even sore afterwards or the days that followed. I think these are all signs that I’m getting ready.
This weekend, when all of my workouts were said and done, I felt a rush of confidence. It’s amazing when workouts that were once difficult become easy, you realize how far you’ve come. My legs are feelings strong and I recovered quickly from the Patriot Half Ironman. I haven’t had any breathing issues since the race, and I have made sure to have my inhaler on me at all times, just in case. I am planning to meet with my MD soon to figure out what may have happened during the race. Part of me just thinks it was the humidity and pollen that day, but I’m not totally convinced with that idea. Last week’s workouts were done at a lower intensity, coming off of the race. I started to pick things up mid-week and felt great throughout. This week coming up, I start incorporating more speed work on the bike and the run! I’m excited because I seriously love speed work. The speed work will continue until race day, and I look forward to switching up my workouts.
One thing I’ve realized is that IM training forces me to miss out on other things I love in the warmer months, like hiking and camping. I did my long brick workout on Saturday (lots of crazy rolling hills in New Hampshire- fun!) and Sunday was scheduled to be a recovery ride and run (both short workouts). I decided that I wanted to hike instead, since we were in New Hampshire and the weather was beautiful.. I don’t regret that decision for one second!
Here is what I was up to last week:
Monday: OFF (Rest day, walked Oliver)
Swim: Open water swim 38 Minutes
Bike: Ride @ Z1 HR 1:15
TRX Upper and Lower Routines
Bike: Ride @ recovery HR zone 45 min
Run: Z1 HR 50 min
Swim: 3,000 yds Masters Practice
Bike: 2:14 (43 miles) ~ 19 mph pace Z1/Z2 HR
Run: 1:01 Z1/Z2 HR
Both workouts done on some very hilly roads… great for training!
Hike 4.5 miles (2 hours 15 min)
Welch Dickey Loop NH with Todd and Oliver
How was your training last week?