Countdown to Ironman Mont-Tremblant: 28 Weeks // snow and more snow

Ok the snow around my neck of the woods (Masachusetts) is getting out of control! Yesterday we received another FOOT of snow, on top of the two feet we received last week.

And THIS is how I feel about it all…

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According to the National Weather Service, as of 1 p.m. on February 2, Boston set a new record for the snowiest 7-day period, at 34.2 inches.We live just outside of Boston and our snow totals have been even higher than this.

This crazy weather is no doubt affecting my training. Running outside gets way more dangerous in the snow… especially when combined with narrow roads and snowed in sidewalks. While I do love adventure and fresh air, I also treasure my life and I don’t want to get into an accident of any kind.  While it is frustrating to have to do most of my training indoors, I still make sure to get outside for safe puppy walks with Oliver.  I did get outside for one run this week, around a plowed area, which helped get my fresh air fix.

Here is what I was up to last week, when all of the snow was falling outside my window.

Total Training Hours 13.5 

  • Swim: 13,700 yards
  • Bike: 4.5 hours
  • Run: 20 miles 

Monday 1/26

Swim 3,100 Yards at Masters practice!

My legs felt really heavy during this practice and I just could not warm up. Typically we warm up for 500 yards before the workout starts, and I honestly thing it took about 2,000 yards for me to warm up.  I just stuck with and and powered through practice, it was not my finest.  I was even asked to lead a 1,000 yard freestyle set, and I felt I was struggling, ugh.

That evening I ran for 50 minutes on the treadmill. I took it very slow and did 10 minute miles.  In the past I would NEVER have been okay with 10 minute miles, but now I know it’s the smart thing to do when I am building up miles again. Slow and steady wins the race, right?


Tuesday 1/27

SNOWPOCALYPSE  i.e. Blizzard of 2015, Storm Juno, etc + not able to get to the pool (or anywhere for that matter), womp womp.

Since I knew the storm would affect my ability to get to the pool, I texted coach asking if I could do a longer bike workout.  I knew I would get going stir crazy in the house and would want to have a serious sweat session on my trainer.  Snow day + bike workout day = match made in heaven. I cranked up the heat in the basement and got to work!

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1:30 workout looked like this:

WU: 25′ @ Z1, 5′ as 30′ @Z4, 5′ @ Z3
MS: 4 x (5×20 sec @ all out, 20 sec @ Z1) – 2.5′ @ Z2 as rest bewteen sets
20 min @ Z2
CD: 15′ @ Z1-Z2

Those all out intervals were killer!

Wednesday 1/28

Pool was closed in the Morning = no Masters Practice (insert sad face here). Determined to get my swim on,  I did my own workout at noon when the pool finally opened.

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Coach sent me a workout that was a doozy.  It’s hard to swim 3,000+ yards on your own, when you are used to swimming that distance with others.  Although, it does help to have a written workout!

Swim workout: 3,500 yards Total 

WU: 400 easy, 6×50 drill/swim, 200 buoy/lock, 200 snorkel/buoy/paddles
MS: 10 x 200 as
1-4 on Steady pace
5-7 on Moderate pace
8-10 on Hard pace – all R:15
100 all out effort

In addition to swimming, I did a nice core workout (planks, leg lifts, etc) 

Thursday 1/29

Swim 2,000 yards with a lane all to myself! Mix of drills included pully buoy and ankle band work.  I’ve been trying the pull buoy between my ankles and it’s definitely a different feel. I find it puts me in a more ‘natural’ swim position, versus having the buoy between my thighs.

Pilates class during lunch at work.  Again, loving pilates lately! Starting to notice a difference with my core strength, which will hopefully help with my running and biking as the volume picks up.

Bike Intervals  

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This workout was tough! The main set included 15 x 30” at Z5 (which is borderline all out effort, but just below) with 30” rest in between sets.  The 30” in between sets definitely felt more like 10 seconds, ha! I find with intervals, when you are resting, it never seems long enough:) However, this is what makes you stronger and helps you to get comfortable with the intensity.

WU: 15′ @Z1, 5′ ON/OFF as 10 sec @Z1/ 50 sec @Z2, 5 ‘ @Z2
MS: 15×30″ @ Z5 (30″ @Z1)+ 15′ @Z2
CD: 5′ @Z1

Friday 1/30

Swim 3,100 yards at Masters Practice! Lots of stroke work at this practice (back, fly, breast) which gave me a break from all of the freestyle I’ve been doing. Sometimes I like swimming the other strokes (even though they are a struggle for me) because you get to use different muscles.  However, does anyone else feel like they are drowning when they do backstroke? Because I do!

Run 40 minutes on treadmill. Another boring treadmill run… but I made the best of it with some good music.  I find my hip flexors get really tight on the treadmill, specifically my TFL, which I’m not a fan of. I think it’s because my stride is shortened on the treadmill, but that’s just a guess.

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Saturday 1/31


Trainer bike ride 2 hours.  This ride was supposed to be 1:30 hours, but it was a typo from my coach in Training Peaks (and I didn’t check with him before riding because I secretly wanted to ride a little longer, shhhh).  I wasn’t supposed to repeat the main set of the workout, but he forgot to delete that part.  The good news is, I did the full two hours and felt really good! I got tired at around 1:50 in the workout and my legs started to cramp up a little. Hard to believe that in a few months, two hours on the trainer will seem like a breeze;)

Nice long puppy walk with Todd and Oliver.. where we met three other Westies!

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Sunday 2/1

Swim 4,200 at Masters Practice. This wasn’t planned for Sunday, but figuring we were getting another FOOT of snow on Monday, and the pool would probably be cancelled, I decided to swap swim days. Practice was 1.5 hours, which is typically is on Sundays… and leaves me feeling hungry

Run 1:05 Outside! This was my first run outside all week and my longest run since probably October ish? Yipee! I ran 7.2 miles around the local pond and it felt awesome.  I encountered only a few sections where it wasn’t plowed much or it was icy, but overall, it was easy to run there!


I am in the process of getting spikes for my running sneakers.  It’s been hard to find the right ones, since I run in Hokas and they are wider than your average running sneaker. Currently waiting on a new pair to arrive and I will be sure to write about them if they work well!


Sunday ended with watching our Patriots win the Superbowl.. woo hoo! (sorry had to throw that in there;))

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How do you deal with your training in bad weather?

Does your body feel different running on the treadmill versus outside?



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  • Reply Kecia February 4, 2015 at 5:16 pm

    What a killer week you had!! We have also had a lot of snow, but thankfully only about 16 inches and a lot of it was the wet heavy stuff…YUCK!! I’m ready for spring and warm weather so I can ride outside 😉

    • Reply Kristin February 5, 2015 at 3:43 pm

      Thanks kecia!!! At least our snow has been the ‘light and fluffy’ kind… still REALLY annoying!! I am so ready for spring and summer, it’s not even funny.

  • Reply Abby February 4, 2015 at 6:16 pm

    Looks like you’re still kicking butt despite the weather!! I love your swimsuit; fun colours always make swimming a little easier for me 🙂
    And way to be smart and go slow on Mondays run. I’ve never been able to go slow either, but I am definitely going to try listening to my body better once I can get back into good workouts post-baby.

    We’ve had barely any snow this winter, and I find it kind of sad!

    • Reply Kristin February 5, 2015 at 3:44 pm

      Aww thanks Abby! I agree about the fun swimsuit colors, makes it more enjoyable!! Going slow is really hard, but I’m finally learning:) Can’t wait to see your progress post baby, you are going to do awesome, I know it!

      Sorry about your lack of snow.. you can have some of mine:)

  • Reply Hailey February 5, 2015 at 1:16 am

    Oh goodness, I can’t imagine swimming 3,000m ha! That’s amazing! I used to run on the treadmill all the time when I first started running, but now if I get on it for even just a short run, I get so sore from it!

    Thankfully, I don’t have to make too many training adjustments here in the desert, other than waking up even earlier and sometimes postponing second training sessions until the sun goes down in the summer.

    • Reply Kristin February 5, 2015 at 3:46 pm

      Thanks Hailey! I’ve turned into a fish lately. Who would have thought this runner would turn into a swimmer one day, I certainly didn’t;) good to know that the treadmill can make you sore too. Feel free to send some of your desert warmth my way:) !

  • Reply Lee@tri*inspired*life February 5, 2015 at 5:54 pm

    I am VERY happy to say that we have not had any snow (just one mini episode with ice one morning)…I don’t know how you all live with all that crazy snow:) With bad weather, I don’t hesitate to jump on the treadmill or trainer. I just know that I can get in a great session without being affected by crazy weather conditions.

    I am interested to know what it is like to swim with the ankle band. I have never used one and always looking for tips on any ways to improve! What are the benefits?

    Great solid week! It is crazy that you have already had swim volume of almost 14,000 yards this early on. You are definitely going to grow some gills!!

  • Reply Kelsey @ Happy Triathlete February 5, 2015 at 7:56 pm

    Awesome week of workouts! Way to get it done despite the weather and pool closures, etc. Just noticed that you are one of at least 2 Coeur girls doing IMMT! I have a bunch of friends from my tri club here going too, so I may just have to go cheer you all on!!

  • Reply Kim @ Swimmykimy February 5, 2015 at 9:35 pm

    OMG The weather here has just been INSANE!! Be glad you live in the burbs because Boston is just SUCH.A.NIGHTMARE. I think my husband and I will be following you to the burbs after this winter! What an awesome week of training despite the awful weather! I have been having a hard time finding motivation lately with all this snow and cold weather, so thanks for the motivation! You are going to rock IMMT! 🙂

    PS LOVE the group westie photo!!! Melt my heart 🙂

  • Reply Leslie @ Triathlete Treats February 6, 2015 at 11:23 pm

    Great week!! At least you are still getting all your work outs in with that crazy weather you are having!!
    They say swimming all 4 strokes really help your freestyle. My problem is I am just so slow at all the other strokes I don’t want to take the time to do them!

  • Reply erin February 10, 2015 at 12:48 am

    Awesome week, lady! You are already crushing it! And, the pool… damn! I see a sub hour swim in your future 🙂

    • Reply Kristin February 17, 2015 at 8:13 pm

      thanks lady!! oh man, a sub hour swim would be awesome!!

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