It’s been weeks since I did an Ironman Training Update, I have been slacking! Well slacking with the training posts that is, not the actual training. I’ve been kicking serious butt with my training and finally, one month after the Boston Marathon, I feel like I never even ran the race… now that’s a good sign!
13 weeks… 87 days until Ironman Mont-Tremblant!
Getting pumped for Eagleman 70.3! In just 24 short days, I’ll be racing my first triathlon of the season! Holy smokes! Eagleman is about an 8 hours drive from where we live (it’s in Maryland), so we’re making a little vacation out of it! Todd and I will be staying at a cute little B&B on the water, should be nice and relaxing (minus the 70.3 miles that is). I’m trying to think of this race as a long training day, as it’s not my ‘A’ race. However, a PR would be nice. The course is FLAT and FAST, but it can get windy and hot (comparable to Kona conditions I’ve heard). Oh and apparently, there’s jellyfish in the Choptank river where the swim takes place?! Ahhhh! The water tends to be too warm for a wetsuit legal race, so I went ahead and ordered my ROKA Viper SwimSkin, can’t wait to test that baby out when it arrives.
Anyways, time is flying by, so, so fast. I don’t even know what day it is most of the time. Train, eat (all day), work, train, sleep repeat…. I’m not going to lie, I feel like I’m on autopilot. I LOVE being busy, but it can also get exhausting at the same time. There is a fine line between busy and having your system be overtaxed. As I’ve said before, just trying to balance it all.
Still being a fish! I’m swimming 3-4 x week, last week I got up to 12,000 yards! In addition to Masters Swim practices during the week, I’ve been swimming on the weekends, to get an additional long swim workout in. For example Masters Practices are typically 3,000 yards and last Saturday I swam 3,600 yards. I also had the joy of swimming in a 50 meter pool- love long course swimming! I also love how the Garmin 920xt can switch to 50 meter mode, and then converts to yards when you are done! I also love how fast time goes by in a 50 meter pool, but my goodness, it seems to take forever to reach the other side. Looking forwad to starting open water swimming next week. The water is finally warm enough at the local pond and I can’t wait to get into some fresh water!
Loving… my Roka Googles (F2 light auburn), snorkel swimming (nose piece required) and soon to be open water!
Oh boy… where do I start.
The bike continues to be my Achilles heel. It’s where I’m not my most comfortable; it’s my slowest sport of the three. I lack confidence here and I still haven’t found my groove. I feel frustrated that it’s not happening faster (my connection with cycling), and I’m growing impatient. I keep asking myself: when will I get faster, stronger, more efficient on two wheels? Why does it always have to feel like such a struggle? I have been working REALLY hard though! I’ve been doing lots of TOUGH intervals. Intervals on the trainer so difficult that I want to throw up and there is no time for instagramming. I super determined to turn my legs into a powerhouse on the bike. I need to put things in perspective… I’ve been running since age 12. I’ve only been biking since 2010 (and only seriously focused on biking since ~2013). This takes time, I know,but what the heck, some people make it look so easy!!
Riding with teammates!
On the weekends, I am doing long rides and bricks, with others! Yay! This has been both fun and discouraging at the same time. So far I have been on two long rides with my E3 Training teammates (all who are faster than me). I know it helps you get better when you train with FAST people, but it also makes me feel slow, and that kind of sucks. I’m not good with being the ‘worst’ one of the bunch. I know I’m not SLOW by any means, 18.5-19 mph average over 60 miles is not that slow… but compared to people doing 21 mph over 60 miles, it feels slow. I averaged 18.2 mph at IMMT last year over 112, if I want to get to the Big Island, let’s face it, I need to get closer to the 20’s… it’s just the way it is. I have less than 90 days to get there… I like to think ANYHING is possible, but the bike has me worried!
Toughest workout so far… 61 mile ride with some TT intervals, followed by a 40 minute run at 7:30 pace! in 84+ degree weather! Wow that was tough!
After Boston, I’m back at it! Most of my runs have been at ‘easy pace’ and I only just started picking up the pace again. Last week I even did my first track workout since last summer, it felt awesome! I seriously love the track (I ran track in highscool and it takes me back). I think it’s important to change the surface you run on… track, trail, etc… to help with injury prevention. Speaking of trails, I’ve been doing a bit of trail running too! Leading up to Eagleman, I have some SOLID bricks coming up… bike rides followed by long runs… scared, yet excited.
Loving… my Hokas and running fast again!
As far as nutrition goes, I’m really enjoying trying new things this season! This means all things OSMO!
Osmo Nutrition Recovery Smoothies with White Mocha Women’s Protein + Cuppow lid/mason jar! Some of you asked me about my mason jar lid on Instagram. It’s a game-changer for smoothies!!
The new Osmo Strawberry, it’s so refreshing on long, hot bike rides! If only I could find a way to keep it cold!
and trying Osmo Pre-Load before TOUGH (and hot) training days to get that extra sodium. It tastes SUPER salty, and it kind of hard to take down at first, but I am getting the hang of if with baby sips:)
And how can I forget the well-deserved ice cream treat! It’s all about balance, right?! Sweet and salty taste so good after a tough weekend of training:)
In a nutshell, I am really happy with how things are going and the way I’m feeling. I feel strong and healthy… and I have no aches and pains, even after running Boston on April 20th. I had ART (Active Release Therapy) done this week and it felt amazing. Apparently my quads are strong, yet a knotted mess, who knew?! 😉 I am however feeling quite tired, and there are days when I don’t want to train. Days like this are what will make me mentally strong.
Looking forward to a mini training camp this weekend in New Hampshire with my E3 teammates. We’ll be biking 100 miles on Friday in the mountains… and 70+ miles on Saturday… all with some runs and swims thrown in the mix too. Bring it on!!