IMMT is on the horizon…. 26 days and counting
It’s hard to believe how far I’ve come in this Ironman Journey… just when I thought it seemed so far away… this is no longer the case.
My monster week last week included a whopping EIGHTEEN and a HALF HOURS of training! This was my highest volume week to date and I am proud to say I completed every single workout as prescribed. It was definitely intimidating seeing all of the workouts at the beginning of the week, especially knowing that I had a lot going on in my personal/work life at the same time.
Of course one of my biggest training weeks just happened to fall on one my my busiest work weeks! Last week was very busy at work, with a big meeting in town AND after work events on a few nights (the WORST.. I don’t want to eat crappy food and drink after work, ugh). I had to work around my evening event on Thursday, by waking up extra early and doing back to back sessions (I was determined!). If there’s one thing I’ve realized during this process is that you have to make it work, no matter what. Since I am very ‘type A’ and a perfectionist this works well for me, ha! If I were to go through this past year and my training program, I can probably count on one hand, or a few fingers, the amount of workouts I’ve missed throughout this entire process. Hopefully this pays off at IMMT!
My weekend training was a huge success and I lucked out with low humidity, 70 degree temperatures and cloudy skies. This made for some great bike riding and running, without having to worry about losing tons of electrolytes! I also had the roads to myself it seemed on Saturday, not complaining about that!
How am I feeling?
Mentally: At this point, I am feeling READY and PREPARED. This week is going to be my biggest week yet, 20 hours of training, and then I start to back things down a little but, before the official taper. I am also starting to get very emotional about the whole process. When I think about all I have done to prepare for this race and all that I’ve sacrificed, I get very emotional! I can only imagine how I’m going to feel during race week!
(This photo was taken during my run on Sunday… the light really IS at the end of the tunnel!)
Physically: For the most part, my body feels really good (all things considered!). I honestly can’t believe how good my body feels right now, knock on wood! The foot pain I had during my Boston Marathon training, that lingered into the spring, has miraculously started to go away.. on it’s own. I don’t want to jinx myself, but it’s MUCH better than it was. My only other complaint is the deep ache I get in my low back after a long bike ride (i.e. 80 miles +). I have struggled with back pain for a while… thanks to playing field hockey for 10+ years and it flares up after long bike rides. I am considering getting my bike adjusted to see if that can help. The last thing I want is for my back to hurt during the Marathon at IMMT. Thankfully, I have a great chiropractor and that helps me manage the back pain.
Total Hours last week: 18.5
Weekend totals: 9 hours
Weeks Until IMMT: <4
Swim: 30 min Drill Set, sets of 100’s focusing on pulling
Bike: Speed work 2:00 hours on the trainer
Run: T- Run 30 min Z2 + Z1 HR
Swim: 3,800 yds, sets of 200’s getting faster in each set
Bike: Recovery ride 1:00 hour
TRX Strength Full Routine, Upper and Lower Body
Bike: 1:40 on the trainer
Tempo Ride, Warm Up then Zone 2 with 2 X 25 minutes at Z2 and 70rpm with 5 min @Z1 and 90rpm between each set, remainder of the ride @ Z1
Run: Speed work (back to back with my bike intervals, since I had an event after work, yikes!)
Had to do this one on my dreadmill since I was pressed for time:
15 minute warm up
2 X (1 mile repeats, with 3 minute recovery between each)
2 X (1/2 mile repeats, with 2.5 minute recovery between each)
Cool down run until I reached 55 minutes
Swim: 2,800 yards- speed set intervals at Masters Practice
Run: 20 Minute recovery run with the hubby
Saturday: Monster Day # 1
(longest bike ride yet!)
Bike: 4:37 (was supposed to be 4:20, but I went over a little bit;) 82 Total Miles on some beautiful roads! I was instructed to do the following workout: Bike 169 minutes at Z1, then 91 minutes @ Z2. Descend the pace throughout the ride and finish toward the top of Z2. I am proud to say I accomplished it for the most part. It’s hard to keep a specific heart rate when riding outdoors (thanks to all the hills) but I came pretty close! Since I had to keep my HR at Zone 1 for almost 3 hours of the ride, I rode at a slower pace and then picked it up at the end. I am finally learning that it’s good to hold back and not push myself like crazy when I’m not supposed to (i.e. over-training!). This is why my average pace was approx. 18 mph.
Run: 35 Minute Brick Run at Z1 HR effort.
Swim: 26 minute recovery swim 2 x 600 Pull Buoy at recovery pace, 30 seconds rest between sets. 100 easy kick
Sunday: Monster Day # 2
1st Run: 1 hour 20 minutes at Z1 HR, 10 miles
I ran this first run on my favorite trails in the Minuteman National Park. It was a cloudy morning and the park was not very crowded, so great! My back was sore from the previous Saturday’s workout and this affected my run a bit. I had to keep my HR at zone 1, which meant a slower pace for me ~ 8:00 min/mile. At times I get frustrated with having to go at an ‘easier’ pace, but I know it’s for a good reason!
Bike ride: 1 hour, recovery ride + 10 sets of 30 second sprints (all-out) in the middle, then more recovery riding until I reached the hour mark
2nd Run: 1 hour brick run at Z1 HR (within 10 minutes after my bike ride)
I actually felt better during the 2nd run versus the first, maybe because my body was more warmed up at this point. I ran around my other favorite running spot, the pond and trails near my house! By this point, it was afternoon and the sun was finally out! I also took this run at just under an 8:00 min/mile pace average, since it was a Z1 HR run. Oh and my legs were toast by the end….
How is your training going?