Lil’ Training Update + I love Fall!

Thought I would spend today doing a training update… since it’s been a few weeks since I’ve done one these:)

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Check out these colors in my parent’s yard in NH!

I must say, Fall is the BEST time of year for training! Although, figuring out what to wear can be a challenge (how many layers?) the dry, cool temperatures are perfect for breaking a sweat. For some reason this year’s foliage in New England has been absolutely gorgeous!  The colors are just so vibrant, more so than usual.  I heard this has to do with the fact that we had a dry summer? Not sure if that’s accurate or not, but whatever the reason, I am obsessed with fall this year.  Fall is always my favorite season, but with the beautiful colors this year, my love for fall has jumped up a notch. Not to mention, the apples this year are delicious and I’ve been stocking up weekly at the local farmer’s market!

Here are some photos from over the weekend:

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I am currently following a training plan for the Manchester City (New Hampshire) Marathon on November 2nd. Let’s just say it looks a little hilly…

MCM 2012 Elevation

Crazy to think it’s less than three weeks now.  Two months post Ironman, my body feels good.  I am still dealing with random aches and pains, but nothing I didn’t have before the Ironman.  My biggest problem child is my TFL (tensor fasciae latae).  This stubborn hip muscle tends to tighten up big time on long runs and after running.  I describe it as a constant dull ache.  I’m currently seeking a new treatment for it, hoping I can finally get over it.  Ugh.

My current training block incorporates upper & lower body strength work, plus core work every week.  Most of my strength work is done on the TRX and using body weight.  I’ve also been doing band work to strength my glutes and help relieve that TFL muscle that’s overworked. Last week marked my biggest training week since about two weeks before IMMT.  It’s been a while since I’ve trained this much! Maybe that’s why I’m really feeling it?!

Most of my runs last week were done on the trails in the surrounding area of where I live.  I am SUPER lucky to live near a few networks of trails.  I pick trails over pavement any day!  Over the weekend,  I did my long ride (~3.5 hours) outdoors in New Hampshire. The temperature was in the 40’s at first, but moved up into the 50’s.  I had LOTS of layers on, since I was so afraid of being cold.  I actually got really hot in the middle of my ride, but better than being freezing cold.  It was really fun to ‘leaf peep’ on my bike and check out the foliage!

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I trained for 15.5 hours last week, which included:

  •  45 miles of running,
  • 100 miles (approx.) of riding
  •  4 miles of swimming

I can’t tell you the last time I ran a 45 mile week.  Holy crap. Since I am focusing on that marathon, I am running more often, but I’m also biking and swimming.  The truth is, none of my future training plans will ever be JUST running. I’ll continue to bike and swim during this Marathon training and when I start training for the Boston Marathon.

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Training Recap:

Monday 10/6

  • Recovery Swim @ Walden Pond
  • My (old) wetsuit zipper decided to break, so I went without a wetsuit.  The water was 62 degrees and it was COLD.  I thought I would warm up while swimming, but honestly, I never did.  My feet felt numb and my face was freezing cold everytime I put my head in the water.  I saw another person without a wetsuit, but everyone else had one on.  I know 62 doesn’t sound that cold, but to me it was!

Tuesday 10/7

  • Bike: 1:20 on the trainer @ Z1 HR
  • Run: Brick Run 32 mins @ Z1 HR
  • Strength work: TRX Upper Body workout

Wednesday 10/8

  • Swim: 2,700 yds with sprint intervals
  • Run: Recovery run 35 min easy

Thursday 10/9

  • Bike: 1:30 Tempo Ride (with 2 x 25 min low cadence at 70 RPM and Z2 HR)
  • Run: Tempo Run 1:10 @ Z2 HR (fast!)
  • Strength: TRX lower body exercises

Friday 10/10

  • Swim: 2,900 yds at Masters Practice
  • Run: Recovery run, 35 mins easy

Saturday 10/11

  • Bike: 3:20 Z1/Z2 Ride (hilly New Hampshire)
  • Run: Brick run @Z1 HR 35 mins

Sunday 10/12

  • Run: 1:10 @ Z1 HR
  • Bike: 1:00 at recovery pace – add in 10 x 30 second sprint intervals
  • Run: 1:10 @ Z1 HR

Whew! What a week.  This week I have even more training.. then I will be tapering for the Marathon.  Bring it on!

Oh,  and as a side note… can we just talk about the Ironman World Championship for a second?! Watching Mirinda Carfrae win after a 14+ minute deficit after the bike! AH-MAZING. Total girl crush, total inspiration.  Absolute ROCKSTAR!

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  • Reply Desiree October 13, 2014 at 6:02 pm

    Fall is my favorite season to train in also. Our leaves are turning here in GA however the temp today for my run was 77F and humid. Cooler temps are coming though. You have such a balanced training plan. Even though I am not a triathlete I do incorporate 2 spin classes and 2 body pump classes a week, along with running miles into my routine. Not sure if you have done a blog post on your TRX training or not, but how do you like it? My gym is a good 30 min away and with my schedule I just like to do something from home. I can run and do core work easy, but finding a good strength training program at home is a little bit more challenging. Glad your training is going well. My big week is THIS week, then taper time. AHHH. Love the beautiful fall scenery pics also.

  • Reply erin October 13, 2014 at 8:06 pm

    It is BEAUTIFUL there! Hard to be inside with colors like that 🙂 The foliage is stunning here, too… I biked over the Mississippi River between Minneapolis and Saint Paul this weekend, and man, trees were every single color. Solid week of training! You are gonna crush that 26.2! And, OMG… Rinny! Serious girl crush over here, too 🙂 Beyond inspired by her, and all the strong women, at Kona!

  • Reply Courtney@The TriGirl Chronicles October 14, 2014 at 12:33 am

    Seriously awesome training week! And it looks like your still rocking some serious tan lines too, haha.

  • Reply Phaedra @ Blisters and Black Toenails October 14, 2014 at 4:01 pm

    Fall is my favourite season as well! I can’t believe you went swimming without a wetsuit in 62 degree water. THAT IS COLD!
    I’m with you on the girl crush. Man oh man, Rinny is a machine! I wish I could run like that, never mind running like that after a 112 mile bike ride!!!!

  • Reply Abby October 14, 2014 at 6:31 pm

    I was wondering what your next race was with all the training you’ve been doing! I love that you’re always going to incorporate biking, swimming, and strength into your training plans. Sounds smart!
    Hope that pesky TFL smartens up.
    Kona was certainly exciting! I am in awe of Rinny and her running is simply outstanding, but I’d love to see other women take the podium there!

  • Reply Kristen @ Glitter and Dust October 14, 2014 at 10:36 pm

    Loooove the fall colors. It seems like all of your pictures are filled with reds, oranges, and yellows lately. Keep em’ coming! 🙂 That is so exciting that your marathon is coming up soon! It does look like a super hilly course, but I have no doubt that you will power through. I need to adopt your same mentality on swimming and biking while marathon training. Ever since I started focusing on marathons, my biking and swimming has been neglected. Maybe it’s because the weather is starting to change and I like riding my bike outside versus on the trainer (which I will be seeing a lot of this winter). And YES, Rinny!!!!! Total girl crush for sure!!!

  • Reply Kecia October 15, 2014 at 1:30 am

    I wish our fall colors were this magnificent!! It definitely makes wanting to be outside very different as the daylight hours shrink. Congrats on a great training week!! I was completely blown away by Rinney as well and have a serious girl triathlete crush on her too 🙂

  • Reply Brittany October 19, 2014 at 7:21 pm

    Great training week! I also had some issues with my TFL post-ironman. I got a couple ART treatments (which were really painful) and I’m not sure how effective, but eventually after rest, stretching and foam rolling it got better. I can still feel it getting tight on one side every now and then, sometimes from sitting long periods of time (if I’m traveling or in a long meeting for example). Hope yours gets better soon!

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