All I can say is: WOW, now I know what training for an Ironman feels like.
Of course, I have known what it feels like for a while now… but now I finally GET what it’s like. I am writing this post just coming off of my biggest training weekend yet and one of my biggest weeks to date. This week forced me to dig DEEP mentally and physically and as always, this training continues to make me learn more about myself every day. I get emotional just thinking about it, but to think about how far I’ve come, now only 40 days away, I am just amazed. I read something on Instagram today from a fellow triathlete, that really hit home for me…But in finding the courage to overcome that self-doubt and pain, you meet a version of yourself that you didn’t even know existed. I couldn’t have said it better myself. These words are what I’ve been looking for. This whole experience is something that I often can’t find the words to describe. This experience has changed my life, and I’m not even at the start line yet.
Weeks until IMMT 7 (includes this current week)
Next Race: This Sunday July 13th! Mass State Olympic Tri
Total training hours last week: 16.5
Total hours on the weekend alone, Saturday and Sunday: 8:45
Total miles Sat & Sun: Biked 95 miles, Ran 16.5 miles, Swam 1 mile
I thought I would break up my recap into two segments, week day training and weekend. The weekend was so eventful with training, I think it deserves its own write up! This current week, I have a step back week leading up until my Olympic Tri on Sunday. After this race, I will have 2 BIG peak weeks of training… then it’s a taper… yikes! I never thought I would say that.
My favorite and most difficult workout of the weekdays was speedwork on Thursday! I LOVE speed work! The forecast was HOT, temps near 85 with 70-80% humidity. I knew the track wasn’t shaded and would be hot as hell, but I went anyway. I had the track to myself and pushed through my speedwork as best I could. I couldn’t go as fast as I normally do, thanks to the heat, but I still pushed it and dominated the track. I had the track to myself too, bonus! My face even matched the color of the red track afterwards.
Here’s what I was up to during the week:
Swim: 3,000 yards @ Master’s practice
TRX (full routine upper and lower body
35 min @ ZR/Z1
3 X (5 min interval, 3 min recovery @ ZR)
2 x (2.5 min interval, 2.5 min recovery @ ZR)
to final ride time @ ZR/Z1
Run the 1st mile off of the bike @ Z2 and the remainder at Z1.
Swim: 3000 yds @ Master’s practice
Mini Monster Set, combination of pull & paddles
Bike: Zone R 40 min
Bike: Zone 2
25 min @ZR/Z1
2 X 25 minutes at Z2 and 70rpm with 5 min @Z1 and 90rpm between each
To final ride time @ZR/Z1
Warmup: 20 min @ ZR/Z1
3 X (1/2 mile repeats, with 2.5 minute recovery between each)
4 X (1/4 mile repeats, with 1.5 minute recovery between each)
To final run time @ ZR/Z1
Run : 20 min Zone R
The weekend was quite the adventure in training! We left for New Hampshire on Friday morning after my recovery run, in the rain (thanks to hurricane Arthur, it rained all day July 4th). My plan was to ride on Saturday morning and the forecast looked great (except for the wind). I had no idea it was going to be super windy on Saturday, until I woke up that morning. I instantly got discouraged knowing how much I hate the wind and fighting it on my TT bike. The wind was only to get worse throughout, awesome, I thought… just what I need. I set out on my bike at 10:00 AM and as soon as I turned onto the main road, the crosswinds were whipping around like crazy. Before I even hit my first mile, I honestly thought about turning around and going back home. I thought ‘I can just do this ride tomorrow and run today…’ and I almost gave up. But then I thought about how I can’t control the weather on race day and it might be just as windy if not MORE windy than this very day. I convinced myself that I CAN do this and other people will be out riding… I told myself to ‘suck it up’ and continued on my way.
The plan for the ride was to bike to the start of the Timberman 70.3 bike course (13 miles from the house), do the entire course, plus extra at the end to get the full time in. I had done the course twice before (one time practicing, the other for the actual race) and I was comfortable with the course. I knew it was hilly as hell and would be great hill training for Tremblant! Throughout the entire ride, the crosswinds were knocking me around like crazy, but I didn’t give up. There were even points where I was swearing at the wind, literally, ha! I fought the wind and crushed the hills… my total ascent of the day was 5,230 ft… I pretty much biked a mountain. When all was said and done, and I returned home I was proud of myself for not giving up. I got off my bike and headed out for my brick run, and my legs felt GOOD! Again, my body never ceases to amaze me.
After the 45 min HILLY brick run, I was scheduled to do 40 minutes of swimming, but I had to improvise. I was at my parents’ house and their pool is not the length of a regular sized pool, it’s much shorter. I ended up swimming for 30 straight minutes, which I thought was better than nothing! I was getting dizzy with all of the laps:) It was so nice to be able to swim outside.
Bike: Zone 2
Brick Run Zone 1
Swim 30 minutes in my parents pool ( a lot of back and forth, but I got it done!)
Sunday was another tough brick day! I started with a 50 min trail run at some newly discovered trails near my house, I felt really good! I was shocked at how fresh my legs felt, especially after the killer session I had the day before. After the first run, I got on my bike for some recovery riding and 10 sets of 30 second sprints (my typical Sunday bike ride from coach). After the hour long bike ride, I did another 40 minutes of running at a lower intensity (more trails). This time my legs didn’t feel as great… I was getting tired. I pushed through the run, it wasn’t too pretty… then finished off the day with a 20 min recovery swim (only pulling, no legs). That closed out the weekend! Ironman training is no joke.
Run: #1 Zone 2
Run 16 minutes at Z1, then 34 minutes @ Z2
All Out 1:00:00
20 min @ ZR
10 X (30 seconds all out at 105+ rpm, 2.5 min total rest)
to final ride time @ ZR
Brick Run: Run #2 @ Zone 1 40 min
Distance: 1000 yds
2 x 500 Pull Buoy
Despite all the training, I still managed to enjoy myself in New Hampshire with the hubby and my parents. I was able to relax by the fire at night and enjoy some good food! It was definitely hard training this much on a holiday weekend, but it was worth the sacrifice.
How was your Fourth of July? How do you stay optimistic through a tough ride or run?