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