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Countdown to Ironman Mont-Tremblant: 24 Weeks {trust the process}

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First of all, thank you all for your kinds words about my new blog design! It honestly means the world to me:)

Second, Happy March! I am very happy to be saying goodbye to February 2015… so.much.snow.

Last week was HARD and my legs were tired by the end. There is no way to sugarcoat it. I completed every single one of my workouts and my Training Peaks was all GREEN (i.e. all of the boxes were checked, even my strength training and stretching).

Why was it so hard?

Coach has me doing  a few weeks of ‘testing’ where I will measure things like my run speed, VO2 max on the bike, heart rate, etc.  We are figuring out levels that we will retest several weeks from now.  Since I am at the point where I’m healthy (I’m scared writing this because I don’t want to jinx myself), it’s a good time to do the testing. Up until this point, I was setting a base and now I am GETTING TO WORK.  And speaking of work, I need to increase my power input on the bike! Which means… more INTENSE bike workouts. There’s no way around it, time to get down to serious business on two wheels. Biking is my weak spot and I need to face this beast head on:)

Training Totals last week:

14:24 hours

11,600 yards swam
4:08 hours biked (~80 miles)
33.1 miles ran
1:45 strength training

Highlights of last week’s training:

Running on Heartbreak Hill + completing my longest run since IMMT in August 

Swimming feeling so natural and smooth

Feeling 100% after my virus

VO2 Max testing on the bike

Puppy walks outside in the sunshine

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IMMT Training: Fla Keys Style!

“live in the sunshine. swim in the sea. drink the wild air.” -Emerson

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Last week was lovely in every single way. I trained outside, soaked up the sunshine and drank the salty air… oh and I actually relaxed! The Florida Keys in the dead of Winter is where it’s at!

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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.

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