train, tri life

it’s crunch time.

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Well…. it’s almost here.

Hard to believe but I’ll be racing my second Ironman in less than four weeks now.

Time is flying by…. add in Ironman training into the mix and time goes by REALLY fast.

Thought I would do a little training update today, since it’s PEAK training time right now and my volume is picking up!

SWIM

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Doing a lot of open water swimming these days! Last week I did my first hour long swim in a long time.  This week I have two hour long swims, with intervals.  Getting used to my wetsuit and being in the open water for a long period of time.  I also had a great swim a few weeks ago at the Mass State Triathlon, where I swam a 1:32 pace for (0.9 miles).  I actually swam 1600 yards according to my Garmin (clearly going off course, ha), and that equals 1:31 pace for that distance. Last year at IMMT my pace was 1:37/100 yards.  This year I would love to be able to swim a 1:35 pace or faster.

BIKE

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One word: STRONG.  I am hands down a different cyclist than I was one year ago.  To think I used to dread biking, that is just plain crazy! One thing that has made a HUGE difference this year is riding with others/teammates.  Training for IMMT a year ago, I was alone, all the time. I never rode with a single person. Now that I ride with friends, I literally can’t imagine riding alone.  Funny how things have changed (for the better!) Also, VOLUME and POWER are in a different place than they were a year ago.  My volume of riding is higher, as well as the intensity. Last year I mostly rode at Z1 – Z2 on the bike, this year has brought on hard intervals and hill repeats.  For example, I attend a hill repeat session with my team every Tuesday, where I do repeats on a STEEP hill for an hour. I have also been on at least five 100+ mile rides this year, when last year I only did ONE 100 mile ride. Not to mention, the 100 milers have been in New Hampshire and Vermont where the hills are out of control.  I have a feeling the IMMT bike course will seem easy in comparison.. but that’s the point, right? Training should always be harder than your race day!

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I even returned to Vermont this past weekend to do my longest ride yet, 111 miles with 8,000 + feet elevation gain

RUN

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Lately it’s been lots of short transition runs after bike rides and long runs on Sunday’s. During the week I attend a track session with my coach & team for an hour (lung burner!). Other runs during the week tend to be 30-40 minutes in length, all done at an easy-moderate pace.  I’m running frequently and easy (besides track), and it seems to be working. My long runs on Sunday’s tend to have easy pace mixed in with moderate- hard pace segments.  For example, this past Sunday I did a BRUTAL 14 miler in Killington, VT… lots of hills and no shade!! This weekend I have a 16 miler. Legs have been feeling strong and fast. The only thing that’s slowing me down is the damn HEAT around here. It’s been so hot and humid! I try not to get frustrated about the heat, but it’s annoying when I can’t go faster than an 8:00 min/mile because  my body feels like it’s on fire…

RACING

My most recent race was the Mass State Olympic Tri a few weeks ago! Max Performance puts on fantastic races every year in the Boston area. One of the most popular (and competitive) is the Mass State Tri.  It was a .9 mile swim, 22 mile bike and 6.2 mile run. I PR’d from last years time and had a personal best swim and bike on that course.  Since it was really hot, my run time was slower than I would have liked, but that’s ok!

I won my Age Group and was the 5th Overall Female (placed higher than some of the elite women!)

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LIFE

Enjoying summer through IM training.  My entire summer (just like last year) has been  consumed by training.  I’m not complaining though,  I LOVE this life.  This sport went from being my hobby years ago, to now being my lifestyle.  I have no regrets and I plan to compete as long as my body allows.  It feels good knowing that I have founds something I love and it makes me happy!

26 DAYS

I’m counting down to IMMT, but in a way, I don’t want it to be over! Bib numbers and swim waves have been posted already and this sh*t is getting real. I’m SO READY. Can’t wait!!!

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16 Comments

  • Reply Jenny O July 21, 2015 at 5:24 pm

    Woohoo – I can’t believe it’s almost here. I am so excited to stand at the start of my first IM.
    Quick question for you, and assuming I finish (knock on wood), is there a process to getting the “finisher” jacket the next day? Or are they just in the expo?
    Thank you and good luck with the rest of your training!

    • Reply Kristin July 22, 2015 at 3:28 pm

      I KNOW!! Ahh!! So close!!! I’m excited for you, lady!! You WILL finish! The finisher jackets are available the next day at the IM store. People start lining up as early as before 7:00 AM… last year there was an error with the printing and we had to order them (only to receive them 3 months later!). Hopefully it’s better this year. Good luck with the rest of your training!!

      • Reply Jenny O July 23, 2015 at 2:18 pm

        Do they sell actually sell out? I have a feeling getting up super early to stand in a line might not be something I will feel up too!

        • Reply Kristin July 23, 2015 at 7:10 pm

          I think they do!!! But I’m not sure. I remember someone telling me that people line up for a reason….. they never have enough in stock? Hopefully it’s more organized this year!

  • Reply Nicole July 21, 2015 at 9:51 pm

    You’re doing so great! I’m so glad that you have found so much happiness in ironman – it’s truly a sport for those who really love it! I’m excited to see how the ironman goes – I bet you’re going to do great! And congrats on the 1st place podium !

    • Reply Kristin July 22, 2015 at 3:27 pm

      Thanks so much Nicole!! I agree with you… you have to love it, or else it’s not fun! Hope you are feeling great!!

  • Reply Laura July 22, 2015 at 5:42 pm

    I just started reading your blog a little while ago and I love it! You’ve put in such hard work and made such gains, and I’m excited for you!
    When do you start your taper?

    • Reply Kristin July 23, 2015 at 7:17 pm

      Thanks so much Laura! Appreciate you stopping by!! I start to taper on August 3rd. This week is my biggest week, next week also a big week… then taper!!

  • Reply Kecia July 22, 2015 at 7:10 pm

    Crazy that you are getting SO close!! I know it must be true, because I am T-11 days, but where did time go?!?!?! You are so ready to crush IMMT and I can’t wait to cheer you on!! I too love the triathlon lifestyle and am so happy pushing myself to new limits 🙂

    • Reply Kristin July 23, 2015 at 7:16 pm

      Ahhhhh I KNOW!!! And you are even closer!!! Time has gone SO fast this time around… faster than last year… probably because I’ve been having more fun. Love how you love this lifestyle too… it wouldn’t be worth doing if we didn’t love it.

      • Reply Kecia July 24, 2015 at 11:11 am

        So VERY true!! 🙂

  • Reply Kristen @ Glitter and Dust July 23, 2015 at 4:08 am

    You have done all the work, now it’s almost time to taper. What an exciting time for you. I can’t wait to see what you can do this year after building so much confidence and strength on the bike. Are you going to let us know what your BIB number is? 🙂

    • Reply Kristin July 23, 2015 at 7:11 pm

      Thank you so much Kristen!!! I cannot believe it’s ALMOST. It has been going by soooo fast!! My Bib # is 2266 ! I’ll post before the race too!

  • Reply Abby July 23, 2015 at 9:30 pm

    Can’t believe you’re so close!! I’ve loved following along with your training these past couple years. It’s amazing how far you’ve come on the bike!! Can’t wait to track your race!
    And, so great you have somewhere to open water swim on a regular basis!

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