IMMT Training Recap- TWO WEEKS

Almost go time. 

"I love to see a young girl go out and grab the world by the lapels. Life's a bitch. You've got to go out and kick ass." -Maya Angelou

My race is two weeks from yesterday! Two weeks from right now, I will officially (if all goes well) be an IRONMAN.  I just cannot believe that my Ironman training journey is coming to a close, but I am not tapering just yet. Last week was definitely a step down week, where I only trained for about 10 hours. This week I’m schedule to train for 15 hours, including a lot of Z1 and Z2 heart rate work on the swim, bike and run.  After this week over, I will be officially on my taper i.e. going through taper madness!

Goals for this week:

  • Train smart and don’t do more than I’m scheduled to do
  • Fuel smart: Continue to practice my race fueling plan (which I’ve been doing all along), sticking with what I know!
  • Stretch, foam roll, lacrosse ball massage every single day/night.  I need to really stay on top of mobility these next T-13 days.  Especially in my hips, glutes and calves aka my ‘problem’ areas
  • Get lots of sleep.  I will be training a lot this week and I need to remember to get lots of sleep leading into my taper.
  • Embrace this final training week, enjoy every minute of it!
  • Go through my IMMT Athlete Guide packet!

On Friday night, Ironman Mont Tremblant posted the ATHLETE GUIDE, Bib #’s and Swim Waves on their website. I swear it felt like Christmas! I have not read through the guide yet, but I did of course scroll through the list to find my number. My official race number is 779! Honestly, at first I was a little disappointed in my number. I really wanted an even number! But then I thought about it, my birthday is November 7th and I have always loved the number 7. The number 7, I feel is typically a lucky number (like when gambling, ha) and I consider it lucky to have not one, but two 7’s in my number. I will wear #779 with pride and hopefully it will be a number that always makes me proud.

Total hours last week: 10:20

Days until IMMT: 13

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Zone 1, steady swim
Distance: 1300 yds
Swim 2 X 650 at best 800 TT pace plus 10 seconds per 100 with 30 second rests between each.

Zone R (recovery ride)
Duration: 00:45:00
ZR Ride

Took the Oliver for a long walk

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Swim (outdoor pool!)
Best Sustainable Effort
Distance: 2500 yds
800 Time Trial
Swim 2 X 500 at best 800 TT pace plus 10 seconds per 100. 30 seconds rest between sets.
2 X 50 all out with 30 seconds rest between each
Cool Down:
3 x 200 easy pull buoy. 20 seconds rest between sets.

Zone 1 Trainer Ride (outside on the patio!)  We live in a very traffic-filled area and it’s really hard to ride outside after work during the week.  I got sick of being inside on the trainer, so I took it outdoors for a change!

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Duration: 01:30:00
Descend the pace by getting faster throughout the workout

Zone R, Transition run after bike
Duration: 00:20:00

Zone R
Duration: 00:45:00

Zone 1
Duration: 00:40:00
Descend the pace by getting faster throughout the workout.

Zone R
Distance: 1200 yds
Kick/Propulsion Drill Set
Main Set:
o 3 x (50 kick, 50 fist, 50 free)
o 6 x 100 as (25 pull, 25 kick, 25 pull, 25 kick…use pull buoy as a kick board), descend each 100, taking 15 sec between sets.
o 100 TT no kick
o 50 kick TT


The forecast called for 80% rain on Saturday (womp womp!).  I was looking forward to my second to last long ride outside.  Ugh!  I decided not to ride outdoors in the ran, and stayed in my basement for my Z1/Z2 ride.  It was really sweaty and really humid!  I also got to finish Orange is the New Black while riding!

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Duration: 03:00:00
Z1/Z2 Ride
Bike 97 minutes at Z1, then 83 minutes @ Z2. Descend the pace throughout the ride and finish toward the top of Z2. Keep cadence at 90+ rpm.


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I ran outside around the local pond and trails.  It was quite humid, but the rain made it a little cooler.  I love running in the rain!

Zone 2
Duration: 01:15:00
Z1/Z2 T Run
Run 51 minutes at Z1, then 24 minutes @ Z2.


Yesterday I was able to convince my husband to do my short recovery run with me (he’s not a runner, but comes with my on my easy runs).  We enjoyed a 3 mile run together!

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Zone R: Recovery run
Duration: 00:25:00

As a side note… today is our two year wedding anniversary!  I love spending my life with this guy:)

Photo: "In all the world there is no heart for me like yours. In all the world, there is no love for you like mine." Two years flew by. I love going through life with you @thigden #08042012 #twoyears #anniversary #loveyou

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  • Reply Jocelyn B August 4, 2014 at 10:06 pm

    And, 9 is Mia Hamm’s number, which will remind you all day of the fire you’ve been building throughout your training. #getitgirl

    • Reply Kristin August 5, 2014 at 4:23 pm

      Thanks for telling me, I honestly had no idea that was her #, I’m so excited now! Love it!!

  • Reply Cassie @ Rural Running Redhead August 4, 2014 at 10:37 pm

    Happy anniversary!

    I’m amazed that you can use the phrase “only trained 10 hours.” You’re amazing, and you’re going to rock that Ironman!

    • Reply Kristin August 5, 2014 at 4:23 pm

      Thanks Cassie!! I know, it is a little crazy to say that 10 hours is an easier week;)

  • Reply Sara @ lifebetweenthemiles August 5, 2014 at 2:30 pm

    I love your number and like your quote a few weeks ago from soccer superstar Mia Hamm, that is her jersey #!! It was fate! I can’t believe you are less than 2 weeks away! So exciting!

    Happy anniversary to you and Todd!

    • Reply Kristin August 5, 2014 at 4:24 pm

      I’m so excited about the #9 now!! I think 779 is very lucky, at least that’s what I tell myself:) I can’t believe I am THIS close. Thank you Sara:)

  • Reply Leslie @ Triathlete Treats August 5, 2014 at 6:37 pm

    I love the number 7 as well. My birthday is April 7th!! Double 7 is awesome!!! You are going to do great!!! If you follow all of your goals for the week and continue to do so next week!! Keep being smart about fueling, training, and sleeping!! You are going to do amazing!! I know how it feels to be 2 weeks out. You just want it to get here!! It will!! 🙂 So excited for you!!
    I started watching Orange is The New Black while we were on vacation! (The condo had Netflix) so now we are going through withdraws not being able to watch it. I think we are going to cave and get Netflix this weekend!! 🙂

    • Reply Kristin August 6, 2014 at 7:21 pm

      The #7 IS awesome! Love how your bday is the #7 too! I totally just want the race to be here… like right now. I can’t stop thinking about it, can’t focus on anything else.. it’s crazy! Thank you!! Oh and Orange is the New Black is super addicting!

  • Reply Kristen @ Glitter and Dust August 6, 2014 at 10:48 pm

    YAY, you got your race number. I’ll be cheering for 779 and will use you as inspiration to speed my way through Lake Stevens so I can track you ASAP. I can’t believe it is almost here. I could not be more excited for you. It sounds like your taper is going well and that you are being really smart about everything leading up to the race. Happy Anniversary!!! My husband and I will be celebrating our two year in two weeks (the day after your IM). 🙂

  • Reply erin August 8, 2014 at 11:39 am

    Happy anniversary! I think your number is a lucky one 🙂 IMWI bibs were just posted, too, and funny… I was hoping for an odd number because I like odds better! Wanna trade?! 😉 I’m 792!

    • Reply Kristin August 8, 2014 at 6:16 pm

      Thank you!! Too funny, we basically have the same #, love it! I would trade with you.. I like yours better:)

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