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Countdown to Ironman Mont-Tremblant: 20 Weeks {a little update}

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I had full intentions of writing this post earlier in the week, but before I knew it, it was Friday… oops! 🙂

This week I’ve been off from work, it’s my ‘transition week’ before starting my NEW job on Monday! I tend to forget that being home for a week can sometimes be more stressful than it is relaxing.  I had a to-do list about a mile long.. from appointments to errands, the list was endless.  The great thing about have a week off is, being able to fit my training in whenever I want, lots of flexibility.  I’ve been sleeping a ton (yay!) and I’ve had extra time for TLC like stretching and foam rolling.

I thought I would do a brief update on my training last week

(March 23th – March 29th)

Swimming:  11,300 Total Yards

Continuing to see progress and loving my time in the pool.  Monday was a nice recovery swim.  On Wednesday and Friday I went to Masters Practice.  On Saturday, I did a 2,800 yard swim with focus on pulling and paddles:) My average pace at most of my Masters Practice’s is 1:27-1:30 per 100 yards.  I am leading freestyle 200’s at 2:45 per 200 yards.  I am able to hold a fast pace for a long period of time, which tells me I am getting efficient and very in shape in the water. Boo-yah!

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Bike: 119 miles (highest mileage week on the bike thus far)

Coach Jorge has me biking on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays (for the most part).  On Tuesday, I thought I was going to die during the workout, literally.  I am doing intense workouts during the week to build my POWER! Needless to say, it’s not easy and sometimes I feel like puking.

This was the most challenging bike session of the week… a lot of time in my  ‘High Threshold’ zone which is roughly 160-166 bpm… holy smokes it was hard!

WU: 10′ @z1, 5′ on/off as 30″ @ low z4/ 30″ @ z1 + 5 min low z2
MS: 5 x (5′ @ high z4, 2 min @ z1, 1 min @ z5, 2 min @ z1)
CD: 5 min @ z1

On Thursday I did more of an endurance ride at z2 heart rate. Saturday was more of Z2, steady state heart rate, but for a longer period of time (2.5 hours). I finally found a new Netflix series that makes the time go by, Bloodline.  You should check it out!

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Running: 13.1 miles

Running mileage ended up being low last week. I was supposed to do my 21 mile long run, but my body had different ideas.  My legs were not feeling the long run, and I listened to them.  As a result, I did some 30 minute easy runs during the week and moved the long run to this weekend.  Instead of my long run on this past Sunday, I rode my bike for 1.5 hours and then did some water running for 45 minutes.  Water running is NO joke! Talk about sucking wind.

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After my Sunday training sessions, Todd and I went to the TriMANIA Expo in Boston.  It was fun to walk around and see different triathlon vendors!  We didn’t end up listening to any of the speakers, unfortunately.  My FAVORITE part of the expo was trying on the Normatec Recovery Boots.  I’ve been wanting to try these boots for years now and I finally got the chance.  We waited in line for maybe 10 minutes and then had the boots on for roughly 20 minutes.  They feel unbelievable.  I describe it like having a blood pressure cuff around your legs, that’s massaging you from your feet to your hips… mmm soo good!

The science behind Normatec is fascinating.. you can read all about it here.

I would love to own a pair of these bad boys one day!

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Have you ever tried Normatec boots?

Do you like water running?

 

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7 Comments

  • Reply Phaedra @ Blisters and Black Toenails April 4, 2015 at 10:58 am

    I’ve seen those recovery boots but I’ve never gotten a chance to try them- they look AMAZING! I can’t say I’ve ever done any water running either but I imagine it’s pretty darn tough. I’m not sure I’d be able to stay in the water that long without having music or something to listen to. Good luck with your new job!

  • Reply Hailey April 5, 2015 at 1:19 am

    So exciting about your improvement in the pool! I need to give Bloodlines another shot, I watched like 15 minutes of the first episode and just felt like it was all over the place and couldn’t get into it, but my sister insisted that I try it again so I think I’ll give it another go! Normatecs are amazing! The athletic trainer’s in college had a pair and I swear I felt like I hadn’t just ran a workout after putting on those babies. I swear, if I were rich, I would just buy all kinds of recovery and exercise equipment haha.

  • Reply Kecia April 5, 2015 at 11:33 pm

    Nice solid week! I haven’t tried the Normatecs, but I hear they are da bomb!! I haven’t heard of Bloodlines, but I’ll have to look into it. Someone else also recommended that series to me, so it must be good 😉 I have done water running. The first time I did so, my calves were tight for a week…ouchie!! I think water running for 1 hour the first time might not have been the smartest thing for me, but I learned 😉

  • Reply Leslie @ Triathlete Treats April 6, 2015 at 2:53 am

    Great week!! Your swimming is going amazingly! 🙂
    I have tried the Normatecs and I own a pair of Recovery Boots. I used to use them all the time. I don’t feel like they do as much as I would like but as training is ramping up I am using them more! Whether they work or not the jury is still out!

    • Reply Kristin April 6, 2015 at 8:03 pm

      Thank you Leslie!! Honestly, I have been pleasantly surprised with my swim times lately! I hope it transfers into open water! Jealous you have a pair of recovery boots… I agree though, I wonder how much they are really helping… right now I’ll continue to stick to my foam roller!

  • Reply Lee@tri*inspired*life April 6, 2015 at 2:59 pm

    Another solid week Kristin! It sounds like you enjoyed your week off…when I was in between jobs a couple of years ago, I really took advantage of doing my workouts at different times too. It was great! Going to the pool when it was quiet and I did not have to fit it in after work hours when everyone else was there as well!

    Oh, I have tried the Normatecs too and I really loved them! Wish I had a pair at home! Good luck at your first week on the new job!!!

    • Reply Kristin April 6, 2015 at 8:02 pm

      Thank you Lee! Appreciate it!! It was so great last week, not having to wake up at 5 AM every morning and do my training sessions:) I had a lane to myself in the pool for most of last week, it was awesome! Hope you’re training is going well!

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